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30 April 2004 Military News

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  • Navy's Newest Amphibious Ship Named in Honor of San Diego 30 Apr 2004 -- Secretary of the Navy, Gordon R. England, has named the U.S. Navy's newest amphibious transport dock ship (LPD 22) in honor of the city of San Diego.
  • America's Oldest Active Warship Turns 43, Still Going Strong Navy Newsstand 30 Apr 2004-- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), currently the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, turned 43 years old April 29, with an under way cake-cutting ceremony to celebrate the beginning of another year in the life of America's oldest active Navy ship.
  • USS Columbus Returns from Western Pacific Deployment Navy Newsstand 30 Apr 2004-- USS Columbus (SSN 762) returned to its homeport of Pearl Harbor April 28, following a six-month deployment in the Western Pacific.
  • A Big Idea and a Bigger Check NAVSEA News Wire 30 Apr 2004-- By taking the initiative and overhauling equipment themselves, nine Sailors from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower's (CVN 69) Combat Systems Department helped move the ship closer to the day when "Ike Reloaded" will become a reality.
  • The Kidd to return to Navy Fleet NAVSEA News Wire 30 Apr 2004-- The keel laying for the third ship to be named Kidd (DDG 100) took place April 29, 2004 at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems - Ingalls Operations Shipyard. Isaac Campbell Kidd, III, grandson of the ship's namesake, Medal of Honor recipient Rear Adm. Isaac Campbell Kidd was on site for the keel laying. The Kidd name has been distinguished in the Navy's 20th Century history, with the family providing at least one four star admiral, Adm. Isaac C. Kidd, Jr. The Adm.'s father, Rear Adm. Isaac C. Kidd, Sr. died at Pearl Harbor in USSArizona. He was the first flag officer to die in WWII and the first in the U.S. Navy to meet death in action against any foreign enemy.
  • A Quiet Kentucky returns to Patrol NAVSEA News Wire 30 Apr 2004-- After spending more than nine weeks in an unusually complex refit, USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) confidently slipped into the open waters of Hood Canal, April 19 in preparation for her next patrol. With 100,000 production man-hours executed in the completion of more than 1,000 jobs, the refit was a first-ever demonstration of the new surge maintenance capability in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Carderock Scientist wins Patent for Undersea Mapping Program NAVSEA News Wire 30 Apr 2004-- A scientist at Navy Systems Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock has invented a method for displaying high-risk littoral mine threat areas in geographical regions of interest.
  • Air Force begins Raptor operational tests AFPN 30 Apr 2004-- Operational testing on the F/A-22 Raptor began April 29 when the first two-ship sortie was flown and tested by members of the F/A-22 Combined Test Force here.

  • ADDITIONAL DEPLOYMENT OF THE PATRIOT, AIR DEFENSE MISSILE SYSTEM US Forces Korea 30 Apr 2004 -- Republic of Korea and United States has agreed to deploy additional Patriot units, air defense missile system to Korea temporarily this fall.
  • 35TH AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY BRIGADE PREPARES FOR THE DEPLOYMENT TO THE KOREAN PENINSULA US Forces Korea 30 Apr 2004 -- Expectations by the soldiers from the 35 Air Defense Artillery Brigade of 8th Army, being deployed to Korea in this fall to operate the latest Patriot anti-missile system, runs high. That's because these soldiers expect Korea to be fresh and full of new experiences.

  • GEORGIA / EXERCISES VOA 30 Apr 2004 -- Georgia has begun three days of large-scale military exercises near the Black Sea port city of Poti, just 30 kilometers from the tense autonomous province of Ajaria. Georgian officials say the exercises are peaceful in nature, but Ajarian leader Aslan Abashidze says they will only increase tensions in the region.

  • White House Daily Briefing, April 30 Washington File 30 Apr 2004 -- President's schedule, Haiti/UN resolution, Iraq, Al Jazeera/coverage, poll/U.S. viewed as an occupier, free trade agreements, Syria, marriage amendment, World Press Freedom Day

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Other Conflicts

  • LIBERIA: Disarmament Official Estimates 60,000 Combatants IRIN 30 Apr 2004 -- The head of Liberia's disarmament commission Moses Jarbo estimates that about 60,000 combatants expected to be disarmed, substantially more than the 40,000 projected by the United Nations.
  • DRC-RWANDA: Hutu rebels accuse leaders of barring their repatriation IRIN 30 Apr 2004 -- Three Rwandan Hutu rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), who have surrendered to the Congolese army, have accused leaders of their rebel group of preventing them from voluntary repatriation.
  • Security Council threatens individuals blocking Ivorian peace pact UN News Centre 309 Apr 2004 -- The United Nations Security Council today threatened unspecified actions against individuals whose activities might block the full implementation of the 2003 peace accord between the Government of Cte d'Ivoire and its opposition.
  • UNHCR / SUDAN REFUGEES VOA 30 Apr 2004 -- The United Nations refugee agency says more than 25-thousand Sudanese refugees have fled their settlements in northern Uganda in the aftermath of a series of attacks by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army in recent weeks. The agency says the attacks took place around the Adjumani district.
  • THAI VIOLENCE / CULPRITS VOA 30 Apr 2004 -- In Thailand, the mystery of who is behind months of violent attacks in the mostly Muslim south remains, but new clues are starting to emerge. Since Wednesday's deadly clashes, with a death toll of more than a hundred, police have captured and interrogated some militants, finding that a shadowy Islamic movement may be responsible. But drug smugglers, bandits and terrorists are still under suspicion.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 30 Apr 2004 -- Colin Powell says support for Iraq war will revive / Ethnic Albanians say UN whitewashes Kosovo river deaths / Serbian plan seeks autonomy for Serbs in Kosovo / President Chirac says Turkey's entry into EU not desirable in short-term / UK spy agency MI5 uses web to help tackle terror
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 30 Apr 2004 -- ISAF official says Taliban too weak to increase Spring operations / Daily: Britain seeks legal resolution for deployment after June 30

  • NIGERIA / PROTEST VOA 30 Apr 2004 -- Disagreements among opposition groups in Nigeria appear to be scaling down what was expected to be a major protest march next Monday, to contest last year's election results. As VOA's Nico Colombant reports from Abidjan, the main opposition parties favor focusing on court actions instead.

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