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07 May 2011 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Gates Visits Littoral Combat Ship USS Independence AFPS 07 May 2011 -- Seeing one of the littoral combat ships in the flesh was one of the items on Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' bucket list, and he got to mark that off yesterdayfollowing a visit to the USS Independence here.
  • The New Breed: Corps unleashes Labradors in counter-IED fight USMC News 07 May 2011 -- The Marine Corps believes it has found the right dog for the counter-IED fight, but it's not the traditional military working dog.
  • Navy Christens Guided-Missile Destroyer Michael Murphy NNS 07 May 2011 -- The Navy christened its newest guided-missile destroyer, Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) Michael Murphy (DDG 112), during a morning ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine May 7.
  • Exercise Maple Fury Concludes NNS 07 May 2011 -- U.S. Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) units and Canadian military forces conclude Exercise Maple Fury, April 29.
  • Lake Champlain Completes Successful Seven-Month Deployment NNS 07 May 2011 -- The guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) returned to its homeport of San Diego May 6, after completing a seven-month independent deployment in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
  • USS Rentz Set for SOUTHCOM Deployment NNS 07 May 2011 -- Guided-missile frigate USS Rentz (FFG 38) will depart Naval Station San Diego, May 9, for a deployment to the U.S. Southern Command Area of Responsibility.
  • S. Korean War Maneuvers KCNA 07 May 2011 -- The Inchon People for Achieving Peace and Reunification of south Korea and other civic and public organizations in Inchon area at a press conference outside the city office on May 3 denounced the war exercises.
  • China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan complete anti-terror drills RIA Novosti 07 May 2011 -- China, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have conducted a joint anti-terror exercise in northwest China, Xinhua reported on Saturday.

Defense Industry

  • Lockheed Martin-Built Next Generation Missile Warning Satellite Launched Successfully Lockheed Martin 07 May 2011 -- The first Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous (GEO-1) spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Air Force, was successfully launched today at 2:10 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
  • Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Boosts Early-Warning Missile Detection System into Orbit Pratt & Whitney 07 May 2011 -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne today demonstrated its ongoing commitment to national defense by boosting into orbit the U.S. military’s first Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite (SBIRS GEO 1) for early-warning missile detection. The mission was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida by a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

Other Conflicts

  • Libyan tribal chiefs call for amnesty RIA Novosti 07 May 2011 -- Libyan tribal chiefs have urged a general amnesty for all fighters engaged in the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, the Aljazeera news network reported on Saturday.
  • Gadhafi Forces Bomb Oil Tanks in Besieged Misrata VOA 07 May 2011 -- Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi pounded oil tanks in the besieged city of Misrata Saturday, setting off gigantic fires that poured black smoke into the air.

News Reports

  • Security Crackdown in Abbottabad Follows US Raid VOA 07 May 2011 -- Following the U.S. commando raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden earlier this week in Abbottabad, Pakistan officials have begun a security crackdown there.
  • Army Tanks Enter Syrian Flashpoint City Banias - Activists RFE/RL 07 May 2011 -- Syrian army units stormed into the city of Banias with tanks overnight, attacking the districts that had defied the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.
  • Syrian Tanks Enter Coastal Town of Banias VOA 07 May 2011 -- Rights activists say Syrian troops have killed three women marching in a demonstration outside the coastal city of Banias, a day after violence during a 'day of defiance' by anti-government protesters left at least 31 people dead.

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