12 February 2011 Military News
- Lincoln Flies Final Flight in Support of OEF NNS 12 Feb 2011 -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) aircraft flew their last flights in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) for the ship's current deployment, Feb. 3.
- U.S. customs advisors establish relationship with Afghan customs officials Army News 12 Feb 2011 -- Two members of the Border Management Task Force introduced themselves to Afghan customs officials and inspected containers at the Weesh customs yard.
- Newest vehicle checkpoint demonstrates improved highway security in southern Afghanistan Army News 12 Feb 2011 -- A recently refurbished vehicle checkpoint along Highway 4 was open for business.
- Troopers deploy HIIDE system at border crossing point Army News 12 Feb 2011 -- Afghan Border Police partnered with Combined Task Force Lightning Soldiers to collect biometrics scans at the border crossing point customs facility Feb. 4.
Defense Policy / Programs
- USS Blue Ridge Arrives in Manila NNS 12 Feb 2011 -- The 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived in Manila, Philippines, Feb. 13, for the ship's first port visit to the island nation since August 2010.
- Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Completes Emergent Repairs on FFG NNS 12 Feb 2011 -- Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY&IMF) completed emergent repair work on the guided-missile frigate USS Reuben James (FFG 57), enabling ship to meet a Feb. 1 deployment to the Western Pacific.
- USS Oklahoma City Arrives in Pacific NNS 12 Feb 2011 -- Los Angeles-class submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a port call Feb. 10 while conducting an inter-fleet transfer.
- Naval Submarine Support Center Bangor Holds Change Of Command NNS 12 Feb 2011 -- Naval Submarine Support Center (NSSC) Bangor welcomed a new commanding officer on Feb. 11 in a ceremony at the Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor chapel.
- USS New York Holds First Change Of Command Ceremony NNS 12 Feb 2011 -- The crew of USS New York (LPD 21) celebrated the ship's first change of command Feb. 11.
- Newly-Elected Senator Visits COMUSNAVSO/C4F Headquarters NNS 12 Feb 2011 -- The commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) welcomed a U.S. senator to COMUSNAVSO/C4F headquarters during his tour of Naval Station Mayport, Fla., Feb. 11.
- Partner nations train for real-world threats USMC News 12 Feb 2011 -- At any given moment, Americans in third-world countries can be in dangerous situations and may need to be evacuated immediately. But evacuating them might not be easy. They could be in an area under enemy fire and have very little time to escape. U.S. forces must be prepared to efficiently move citizens to a safe location and in some cases can be responsible for partner nations’ citizens as well.
- Iran to install, run long-range radar systems soon ISNA 12 Feb 2011 -- An Iranian military official said on Saturday that the country intends to install and run long-range radar systems in different parts of the country in near future.
- UN Gears Up To Help Sudanese Returning To South VOA 12 Feb 2011 -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says it is preparing to help thousands of displaced Sudanese who will be returning from the capital, Khartoum, and other parts of northern Sudan to their new country in the south. Relief agencies anticipate as many as 800,000 southerners will return from the north this year.
- Palestinians Announce Plans for Presidential Elections VOA 12 Feb 2011 -- The Palestinian Authority has announced plans to hold long-overdue presidential and legislative elections by September.
- Highway Project Will Connect Southern Sudan to Outside World VOA 12 Feb 2011 -- Work crews have started paving Southern Sudan's first highway, which will connect the new nation to the international community. This highway brings the south one step closer to full independence.
- Egyptians Celebrate Mubarak's Exit From Power RFE/RL 12 Feb 2011 -- Cleanup has begun in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the popular uprising that led to the ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak.
- Whose Side Is History On After Egypt's 'Berlin Moment'? RFE/RL 12 Feb 2011 -- The end triggered a tsunami-like outpouring of human emotion, expressed in the deep atavistic roar of elation that filled central Cairo as news of President Hosni Mubarak's departure filtered out.
- Egypt bans ex-premier, senior officials from leaving country RIA Novosti 12 Feb 2011 -- Egypt's chief prosecutor has banned former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and other senior officials from leaving the country to escape corruption charges, the MENA news agency said on Saturday.
- Egypt's military council vows to abide by international deals RIA Novosti 12 Feb 2011 -- Egypt's new military leadership which seized power after Hosni Mubarak's resignation has pledged to abide by all international agreements, the statement said on Saturday.
- Mubarak's 30-year rule comes to end RIA Novosti 12 Feb 2011 -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 82, who ruled the country for almost 30 years, stepped down on Friday after 18 days of heated protests demanding his resignation.
- Egyptians Celebrate Mubarak Departure, Look to Future VOA 12 Feb 2011 -- Egyptians are cleaning up after celebrations that followed the resignation of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's leader of nearly 30 years. The military, which assumed control of the country, on Saturday said Mr. Mubarak's Cabinet will remain in place for now while Egypt transitions to a democratic system.
- China Reacts Cautiously to Events in Egypt VOA 12 Feb 2011 -- China's authoritarian government has reacted with caution to the ousting of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak.
- New Wave of Protests Sweeps Middle East VOA 12 Feb 2011 -- Thousands of protesters gathered in Yemen's capital, Sana'a, Saturday, calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down a day after Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak resigned
- Algerian police crack down on protesters at Egypt-inspired rally RIA Novosti 12 Feb 2011 -- Police have arrested several hundred protesters at a mass rally in Algeria, inspired by the recent anti-government demonstrations in Egypt, local media said on Saturday.
- Thousands in Streets of Algiers Demanding Change of Government VOA 12 Feb 2011 -- Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Algeria's capital and other main cities demanding the government's ouster, mirroring protests in fellow North African countries Egypt and Tunisia.
- Yemen Protesters Clash with Security Forces VOA 12 Feb 2011 -- Yemen's government security forces clashed with anti-government protesters Saturday, after groups of mostly young men, celebrating the resignation of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, tried to march on the Egyptian Embassy.
- Pakistan issues arrest warrant for ex-president over Bhutto's murder RIA Novosti 12 Feb 2011 -- An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has issued an arrest warrant for ex-President Pervez Musharraf in the 2007 murder of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Hindustan Times reported on Saturday.
- Mars500 simulated mission 'lands' on Red Planet RIA Novosti 12 Feb 2011 -- The crew of the Mars500 stimulated mission on Saturday landed on the "surface" of the Red Planet.
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