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02 May 2009 Military News

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Other Conflicts
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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Comfort Mission a Success in Dominican Republic Navy NewsStand 02 May 2009 -- Medical teams aboard hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) saw their last patients May 1 on the second stop during Continuing Promise 2009 (CP09).
  • Combined Naval Forces Now Tackle PE09 At Sea Navy NewsStand 02 May 2009 -- Sailors and Marines completed the land portion of exercise Phoenix Express (PE09) May 1.
  • New Dunker At NAS Jacksonville Ready For Ditching Navy NewsStand 02 May 2009 -- Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville introduced the next-generation underwater egress trainer at Aviation Survival Training Center (ASTC) Jacksonville during a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 28.
  • AFRICOM Commander Visits Combined Naval Forces During PE09 Navy NewsStand 02 May 2009 -- The commander of United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) visited combined naval forces participating in exercise Phoenix Express (PE09) 2009 May 1.
  • NSWC Crane Lights the Way Anywhere, Anytime Navy NewsStand 02 May 2009 -- Known for expertise in pyrotechnics and ordnance, the Special Missions Center at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) developed and deployed Improved Exothermic Rod Igniter (IERI) - a
    reliable, practical solution for the warfighter.
  • Navy Stands Ready to Respond to Oil Spills Navy NewsStand 02 May 2009 -- The Navy voluntarily participates in the national Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) -- developed as a mechanism for the government and oil industry to achieve compliance the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) passed by Congress.
  • Seabees Enhance Vital Facility in Dominican Republic Navy NewsStand 02 May 2009 -- Crew members aboard hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 1 at the National Reference Laboratory to celebrate the opening of an extension built by Seabees.
  • HVBSS Team Shares Techniques with PE09 Partner Nations Navy NewsStand 02 May 2009 -- Sailors from Maritime Expeditionary Security Force (MESF) Squadron Team 2, Helicopter Visit Board Search and Seizure (HVBSS) Team 4 participated in fast-roping exercises with Sailors and Marines from nations participating in exercise Phoenix Express 2009 (PE09) in Souda Bay April 30.
  • Phoenix Express 2009 Trains in Fast Roping Navy NewsStand 02 May 2009 -- Sailors from various countries conducted fast-roping exercises from a Greek SH-60 Seahawk helicopter and a MH-60 Seahawk helicopter assigned to USS Mt. Whitney (LCC 20) during Phoenix Express 2009 (PE09).
  • Australia to Modernize Military Hardware VOA 02 May 2009 -- Australia has announced plans to buy 100 state-of-the-art U.S. jet fighters and double the size of its small submarine fleet to keep pace with an Asian military buildup.
  • Clinton Says US to Counter Chinese, Iranian and Russian Influence in Latin America VOA 02 May 2009 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Obama administration is working to improve relations with Latin American leaders, in part, to counter the growing influence of China, Iran and Russia. Clinton says it is not in U.S. interests to shun countries in its own hemisphere.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • Iranian Helicopters Attack Iraqi Kurdish Border Region VOA 02 May 2009 -- Kurdistan's Zagros TV announced the raids by Iranian helicopters in the border region and quoted Kurdish officials as saying that it was the first time that combat helicopters have been used during months of sporadic border clashes. A Kurdish military spokesman said the helicopters did not violate Iraqi airspace but attacked by flying parallel to the border.
  • 64 killed as Sri Lankan Army attacks hospital IRNA 02 May 2009 -- Sri Lanka Army (SLA) on Saturday attacked the only remaining makeshift hospital in northeastern war zone, twice, killing 64 patients and attending relatives, and causing injuries to 87.
  • Sri Lanka Military Contends Civilian Safety Paramount as Final Offensive Continues VOA 02 May 2009 -- Military commanders on the ground in northern Sri Lanka say no civilians have been killed in their offensive in the last several months to defeat the Tamil Tigers. A United Nations report says 6,500 civilians have died in the fighting since the beginning of the year. But in a rare briefing in the Northern Province for correspondents permitted to travel there, top-ranking officers claimed only Tamil Tiger fighters have been killed by military forces.
  • Fighting Continues Between Sri Lankan Army, Rebels VOA 02 May 2009 -- Sri Lankan soldiers, at a lagoon adjacent to the last sliver of northeastern coastal territory still held by the Tamil Tiger rebels, are standing by with water tankers, medical teams and buses awaiting more Tamil civilians escaping from the war zone.
  • Russian guards take up duties on Abkhaz, S. Ossetia borders RIA Novosti 02 May 2009 -- Russian border guards have started their duties as part of a joint border-protection agreement concluded between Russia and two former Georgian republics, a border service spokesperson said on Saturday.
  • Israel Launches Airstrikes in Gaza VOA 02 May 2009 -- Israel has launched an air strike on the Gaza Strip. Palestinian medical sources say two Palestinians were killed in the attacks. The Israeli military confirmed the attacks on Saturday. The Palestinian Popular Resistance Committees said earlier they had fired rockets into Israel.

News Reports

  • 2 NRIs with Swine (H1N1) Flu symptoms admitted to Delhi hospital IRNA 02 May 2009 -- Two young Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), who came from London and Texas, with suspected H1N1 Flu (earlier referred to as Swine Flu) were admitted to Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital in New Delhi and have been kept under observation in the isolation ward.
  • Swine flu death toll rises to 16 in Mexico - minister RIA Novosti 02 May 2009 -- Mexico's health minister Jose Angel Cordova said that the number of people infected with swine flu had risen to 397 with 16 confirmed deaths.
  • WHO confirms 615 swine flu cases RIA Novosti 02 May 2009 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday said the number of human cases of the swine flu virus A (H1N1) had risen to 615 from 365.
  • Preparedness vital as confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1) increase – UN UN News Centre 02 May 2009 -- The United Nations health agency today stressed the importance of preparedness for a possible global pandemic, as the number of laboratory confirmed cases of the influenza A(H1N1) infection topped 600 worldwide.
  • WHO Expects To Raise Flu Alert Level To Maximum VOA 02 May 2009 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) says the H1N1 swine flu virus continues to spread around the world, with the number of confirmed cases reaching 615, in 17 countries. WHO officials say they expect to raise their alert to the highest level. But experts say the spread of the flu is slowing down in Mexico, where the outbreak started.

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