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28 October 2005 Military News

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  • Invitation to U.N. Special Rapporteurs 28 Oct 2005 -- The Department of Defense announced today the U.S. government's decision to extend an invitation to three U.N. special rapporteurs to visit detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba.

  • Bush Outlines U.S. Strategy Against Terrorism Washington File 28 Oct 2005 -- President Bush, speaking in Norfolk, Virginia, October 28, repeated a familiar theme: that the United States will not shrink from its mission to defeat terrorists who seek to establish a totalitarian empire that denies all political and religious freedom.
  • Bush: U.S. Won't Stop Short of Victory Against Terror AFPS 28 Oct 2005 -- President Bush opened a major speech about the war on terror today by praising the military and crediting veterans for the solid example they've set for today's troops waging a fight he said the United States won't abandon.

  • Nuclear-Powered U.S. Aircraft Carrier To Be Deployed to Japan Washington File 28 Oct 2005 -- The United States will be deploying to Japan a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to replace the aging, conventionally powered USS Kitty Hawk now operating out of the port of Yokosuka.
  • US Nuclear-Powered Carrier to be Based in Japan, Despite Protests VOA 28 Oct 2005 -- The U.S. Navy has announced that the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, currently stationed in Japan, will be decommissioned, and replaced for the first time by a nuclear-powered carrier.

  • USNS Niagara Falls Grounded Near Palau Navy NewsStand 28 Oct 2005 -- The Military Sealift Command combat stores ship USNS Niagara Falls (T-AFS 3) grounded while departing Malakal Harbor, Palau, at 1 p.m. local time, Oct. 27.
  • Raptors return with insight, information AFPN 28 Oct 2005 -- The familiar sound of flying Raptors will soon fill the Virginia skies again.
  • 1st EMS troops build Joint Direct Attack Munitions for first deployment of Langley F/A-22s AFPN 28 Oct 2005 -- When 1,000 pounds of steel and concrete fell a mile and smashed through the back of a truck, it ushered in a new era for the 1st Fighter Wing -- the return of air-to-ground combat.
  • U.S. Navy Announces CVN to Replace USS Kitty Hawk in 2008 Navy NewStand 28 Oct 2005 -- The U.S. Navy announced Oct. 27 that one of its nine Nimitz-class aircraft carriers will replace USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the forward-deployed carrier in the Western Pacific, and will arrive in Yokosuka, Japan in 2008.
  • USS Cleveland Provides 280 Tons of International Relief Supplies Navy NewStand 28 Oct 2005 -- The amphibious transport dock USS Cleveland (LPD 7) offloaded 280 tons of emergency earthquake relief supplies here Oct. 27-28 to assist the victims of the devastating earthquake in Kashmir.
  • Reserve Sailors Actively Integrate in Support NAVELSF Operations Navy NewStand 28 Oct 2005 -- Navy Ordnance Reporting and Handling Battalion (NORHB) 1, headquartered in Yorktown, Va., was commissioned to support the need for Active Reserve Integration (ARI) and unit consolidation within the Naval Expeditionary Logistics Support Force (NAVELSF).

  • SWITZERLAND TO OFFER TAIWAN JUDICIAL AID IN LAFAYETTE SCANDAL PROBES CNA 28 Oct 2005 -- The Swiss Federal Commission approved Thursday the handover of bank files to foreign judicial authorities concerning the controversial sale of French warships to Taiwan.
  • NEXT STAGE IN LAFAYETTE SCANDAL PROBE 'A TOUGHER CHALLENGE': ROC ENVOY CNA 28 Oct 2005 -- Taiwan's top envoy in Berne said Thursday that he sees the next stage of retrieving the money payed out as kickbacks in the scandal surrounding the sale of French Lafayette frigates to Taiwan and of implementing the legal assistance offered by Swiss authorities to the island as "a tougher challenge."
  • F-16 JET FIGHTERS' COMBAT CAPABILITY UNDER QUESTION CNA 28 Oct 2005 -- The combat capability of the Republic of China Air Force's F-16 jet fighters came under question Friday after it was revealed that two F-16s sent to sink an overturned cargo ship carrying a load of toxic chemicals off Hsinchu Thursday fired four laser-guided missiles but failed to accomplish their mission.

  • White House Daily Briefing, October 28 Washington File 28 Oct 2005 -- President's schedule, radio address, Bush/speech on war on terrorism, 40th anniversary of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships, savings package of spending rescission/reallocation of existing funds to Congress, week ahead
  • State Department Briefing, October 28 Washington File 28 Oct 2005 -- Invitation to U.N. Special Rapporteurs to visit Guantanamo Bay, treatment of detainees/Geneva Convention, Middle East, Cyprus, Iran, North Korea, Japan, United Nations, Hong Kong

Defense Industry

  • ATK Withdraws Small-caliber Ammunition Protest ATK 28 Oct 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) is withdrawing its protest of an award to General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) for second source small-caliber ammunition. The decision to withdraw comes after a series of meetings with U.S. Army officials to gain a more complete understanding of all the factors that influenced the decision.
  • Raytheon Lands Three Army Contracts for Circuit Card Assembly Raytheon 28 Oct 2005 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was awarded three U.S. Army contracts with a total value of $18.6 million for PATRIOT Configuration-3 weapons system spare assemblies. Two contracts are valued at $5.6 and $5 million, and the third has a not-to-exceed contract value of $8 million.

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