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15 February 2006 Military News

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  • U.S. Officials Call Draft U.N. Detainee Report Flawed, Unbalanced Washington File 15 Feb 2006 -- The draft of a United Nations report on detainees in U.S. custody at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba is flawed, unbalanced, and should be viewed with skepticism, says a top State Department official.
  • ESG 3 Deploys in Support of Global War on Terrorism Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2006 -- Nearly 6,000 Sailors and Marines and six ships of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 departed San Diego Feb. 15 for a six-month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.
  • Forward Deployed ARG Departs Guam Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2006 -- The Forward Deployed Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) completed the backload of personnel, equipment and supplies for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) after the completion of Training in an Urban Environment Exercise (TRUEX) and departed Guam Feb. 12.
  • Stennis Cleared for Take-off Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2006 -- With the recovery of an SH-60 helicopter from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 8, USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) flight deck was certified capable of conducting regular flight operations Feb. 8, transforming the ship from a carrier in maintenance back to an operational carrier.
  • TR Completes U.S. 5th Fleet Mission Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2006 -- USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) (TR) and associated strike group units completed their support of Maritime Security Operations (MSO) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) when the carrier and USS San Jacinto (CG 56) transited the Suez Canal Feb. 15 as they continue their return trip home.
  • USS Porter Trains with Black Sea Navies to Strengthen Partnerships Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2006 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) arrived in the Black Sea in early February to train with the Ukrainian and Romanian navies.
  • Twelfth Air Force becomes Air Forces Southern AFPN 15 Feb 2006 -- Headquarters 12th Air Force is taking on an expanded mission and a new name. As part of the Air Force transformation, 12th Air Force transitions today into a warfighting headquarters and became Air Forces Southern (12th Air Force) provisional.
  • Forces prepare for Exercise Balikatan 2006 AFPN 15 Feb 2006 -- U.S. servicemembers and Armed Forces of the Philippines are in the final week of preparations for Exercise Balikatan 2006, the 22nd annual bilateral combined exercise, scheduled Feb. 20 to March 5.
  • Missile flight test program targets new successes AFPN 15 Feb 2006 -- The Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile flight test program added two more successes to its record during recent tests conducted at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
  • Army Modernizing to Win Long War, Officials Tell Congress AFPS 15 Feb 2006 -- The U.S. Army needs the support of Congress to win the long war against terrorism and to meet other 21st century threats, Army officials said during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee here yesterday.
  • Returning troops to get additional health screening Army News 15 Feb 2006 -- Soldiers returning from deployments will now participate in a new health screening program three to six months after arriving home.
  • Guantanamo Detainees Being Held Legally, Official Says AFPS 15 Feb 2006 -- Detainees at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are being held in accordance with the laws of armed conflict, John Bellinger, a State Department legal adviser, said here today.
  • Kyrgyzstan Wants To Raise Rent On U.S. Air Base RFE/RL 15 Feb 2006 -- Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev is quoted today as saying the United States should have to pay dramatically more to continue using a Kyrgyz air base it has used for five years.
  • Kyrgyz Reportedly Got Massive Rent Hike For U.S. Base RFE/RL 15 Feb 2006 -- Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev has outlined the new rent agreement his government struck with the United States for its use of the Ganci air base at Bishkek's Manas airport.
  • Kyrgyzstan Plans to Raise Rent on Airbase Used by US Military VOA 15 Feb 2006 -- Kyrgyzstan President Kurmanbek Bakiyev says he wants to increase rent 100 times for a military airbase used by the United States in the former Soviet republic.
  • Russian Defense Minister Says Hazing Scandal Being Stoked RFE/RL 15 Feb 2006 -- Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov today accused unnamed politicians and social activists in Russia of stoking a recent army hazing scandal to score political points.
  • India buys Scorpene submarines from France at 'bargain price' IRNA 15 Feb 2006 -- Ruling out the involvement of any intermediaries Indian Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said India was buying Scorpene submarines from three French companies at a 'bargain price' of Rs 13,000 crore.

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  • Haiti: Security Council calls for peaceful expression of electoral concerns UN News Centre 15 Feb 2006 -- Stressing that post-election demonstrations have been hampering the vote count, United Nations Security Council members today called on Haitians to rely on legal processes to express any concerns about last week's presidential poll.
  • Sea Launch Delivers EchoStar X Satellite to Orbit Boeing 15 Feb 2006 -- Sea Launch Company today successfully delivered the EchoStar X communications satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). Early data indicate the spacecraft is in excellent condition.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN-BUILT ECHOSTAR X SATELLITE LAUNCHED SUCCESSFULLY Lockheed Martin 15 Feb 2006 -- The EchoStar X telecommunications satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for EchoStar Communications Corporation of Englewood, Colo., was successfully launched today aboard a Sea Launch Zenit-3SL launch vehicle from the Equator. Lift-off occurred at 6:35 p.m. ET and initial contact with the satellite, called acquisition of signal, was confirmed at 8:19 p.m. ET from the Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems (LMCSS) satellite tracking station in Uralla, Australia.

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