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27 February 2010 Military News

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  • Elections part of the big picture in Iraq Army News 27 Feb 2010 -- Iraqi police are preparing themselves for the elections in Iraq. With the help of U.S. forces, they have been working to build a safe and secure environment, not only during the elections, but long after the last ballot is cast.
  • UK hoping to end Afghan combat operations next year IRNA 27 Feb 2010 -- The head of the British Army says that the eight-year war in Afghanistan has reached a “turning point” and is hopeful of ending combat operations next year.
  • UN Condemns Kabul Attacks That Killed At Least 17 RFE/RL 27 Feb 2010 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the Taliban attacks in the Afghan capital, Kabul, that reportedly killed at least 17 Afghans and foreigners and injured more than 30 others.
  • Pakistani court stops deportation of Afghan Taliban leaders IRNA 27 Feb 2010 -- A Pakistani court on Friday asked the government not to hand over five top Afghan detained Taliban leaders to any country.
  • Suicide Bombing at Pakistani Police Station VOA 27 Feb 2010 -- Pakistani officials say a suicide bomber has rammed an explosive-laden van into a police station, killing four people. Investigators say at least two police officers and a child are among those killed.
  • Comfort Delivers Relief Supplies to Haiti Navy NewsStand 27 Feb 2010 -- USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) offloaded $2.5 million in relief supplies Feb. 25 for distribution throughout Haiti in support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to help the local government with earthquake recovery efforts.
  • Comfort Completes Replenishment at Sea, Returns to Haiti Navy NewsStand 27 Feb 2010 -- Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) completed a replenishment at sea (RAS) Feb. 22 before returning to carry on with humanitarian medical assistance to help the people of Haiti recover from last month's earthquake.
  • Navy Medicine West Welcomes Home 87 from Operation Unified Response Haiti Navy NewsStand 27 Feb 2010 -- Personnel from Navy Medicine West (NMW) who were deployed in support Operation Unified Response returned to San Diego Feb. 23.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Poland ratifies SOFA deal on U.S. troop presence RIA Novosti 27 Feb 2010 -- Polish President Lech Kaczynski has ratified the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the U.S., laying out the conditions for the deployment of U.S. troops on Polish soil, his administration said.
  • Navy Cancels Tsunami Warning in Hawaii; Ships Return to Pearl Harbor AFPS 27 Feb 2010 -- The commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific ordered the return of Pearl Harbor-based ships that sortied today.
  • Navy in Pacific Responds to Tsunami Warning AFPS 27 Feb 2010 -- The Navy is taking precautionary measures in response to the Tsunami warning issued in the wake of an 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile today. The measures include preparing to sortie ships and moving a ship from Naval Station Pearl Harbor and one from Naval Station San Diego.
  • T-AKE Ship Class Grows: USNS Matthew Perry Delivered to MSC, USNS Charles Drew Launched Navy NewsStand 27 Feb 2010 -- The Lewis and Clark-class of dry cargo/ammunition ships - the Navy's newest class of logistics ships, also called T-AKEs – continued to grow last week with the launch of the 10th ship in the class and the delivery of the ninth to the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command.
  • Top Pentagon Official Says Navy's Doing Diversity Right, Discovers Model of Diversity at Corona Warfare Center Navy NewsStand 27 Feb 2010 -- As part of its Black History Month celebration, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Corona hosted the Pentagon's top diversity management and equal opportunity official Feb. 25, marking the first visit by the DoD office to the Navy's command responsible for independent assessment.
  • Submarine Group Two Changes Command Navy NewsStand 27 Feb 2010 -- Submarine Group 2 held a change of command ceremony Feb. 26 at Naval Submarine Base New London's Shepherd of the Sea Chapel in Groton, Conn.
  • U.S. Forces Train Philippine Special Forces Group Navy NewsStand 27 Feb 2010 -- Thirty members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Special Forces (SF) Battalion are receiving specialized training from members of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) in Recodo, Philippines over the next three months.
  • ONR Global Opens Doors in Prague Navy NewsStand 27 Feb 2010 -- Building on a successful technology-sharing partnership with the Czech Republic that dates back to 1999, the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Global division opened a new international science and technology office in Prague Feb. 26.
  • Truman Awarded Second Consecutive Battle "E" Navy NewsStand 27 Feb 2010 -- The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) added a black stripe underneath the white "E" on its superstructure Feb. 24 to signify the ship's second consecutive win of the East Coast Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") Award.
  • NATO keeps 'door open' for Georgia, Ukraine RIA Novosti 27 Feb 2010 -- NATO will keep the door open for a possible accession of Georgia and Ukraine provided they fall in line with the strict criteria required for membership, an alliance official said on Saturday.
  • China concerned by ASEAN subs - admiral RIA Novosti 27 Feb 2010 -- China is concerned by the buildup of ASEAN submarine fleets in seas bordering China, a top Navy official said on Saturday.
  • Germany locking horns with US over maintaining nuclear deterrence IRNA 27 Feb 2010 -- Germany has been at odds with the US over the need to maintain nuclear deterrence, triggering new tensions in transatlantic relations.
  • What's New In Russia's New Military Doctrine? RFE/RL 27 Feb 2010 -- Earlier this month, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev signed the new "Military Doctrine Of The Russian Federation Until 2020" to replace the doctrine signed by Vladimir Putin in 2000. It's supposed to be a guiding document for the development of the armed forces.
  • S. Korean Navy Stages Maneuvers in East Sea KCNA 26 Feb 2010 -- The First Fleet of the south Korean puppet navy launched squadron maneuvers in the East Sea of Korea on Feb. 22, according to south Korean Yonhap News.

Defense Industry

  • General Dynamics NASSCO Launches USNS Charles Drew General Dynamics 27 Feb 2010 -- General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today launched the U.S. Navy’s newest supply ship, USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10), during a christening ceremony at the shipyard. The ship is named in honor of Dr. Charles R. Drew, the African American surgeon and hematologist who pioneered the procedures for the safe storage and transfusion of blood.

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