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17 September 2011 Military News

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  • Navy's First Joint High-Speed Vessel Christened NNS 17 Sep 2011 -- USNS Spearhead, the first of 10 Navy joint high-speed vessels designed for rapid intra-theater transport of troops and military equipment, was christened Sept. 17 during a ceremony at Austal USA in Mobile, Ala.
  • BRAC Decision Produces Energy, Maintenance Savings NNS 17 Sep 2011 -- One of the final directives of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Law was completed when the Tri-Service Research Laboratory officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 15.
  • U.S. to offer Taiwan fighter upgrade but no new planes CNA 17 Sep 2011 -- The United States will offer Taiwan a US$4.2 billion upgrade of its aging F-16 A/B fighter fleet but not the more advanced F-16 C/D fighters Taiwan covets at this time, the U.S. State Department told Congress Friday, according to a senior congressional aide.
  • Defense minister reiterates importance of F-16 C/D purchase CNA 17 Sep 2011 -- Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu reiterated Saturday Taiwan's hope to purchase F-16 C/D jet fighters from the United States, after it was widely reported that the U.S. will not offer Taiwan the advanced planes in a new arms package.
  • 'Screws coming loose' in Air Force: commander CNA 17 Sep 2011 -- The Air Force needs to undergo an overall review of its operations to address recent human lapses in maintenance and supervision, Air Force Commander Gen. Yen Ming admitted Saturday.
  • Probe of Arms Deal Draws Widespread Reactions in South Africa VOA 17 Sep 2011 -- South African President Jacob Zuma has ordered an inquiry into a controversial 12-year-old arms deal, intended to modernize the country's military, that has been plagued by charges of corruption and malfeasance almost from its inception. There has been widespread reaction to the announcement.

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Other Conflicts

  • West to Play Pivotal Role in Libya Rebuilding VOA 17 Sep 2011 -- NATO played a crucial role in helping Libyans to oust leader Moammar Gadhafi from power after 42 years. Now as a transitional authority takes over, Libyans are talking about recovery and rebuilding with help from the United Nations.
  • Israel Says Palestinian Statehood Bid at UN is 'Futile' VOA 17 Sep 2011 -- A showdown is looming during the coming week at the United Nations General Assembly, when Palestinian leaders say they will petition the international community to recognize the Palestinian Authority as an independent state, eligible for full U.N. membership.

News Reports

  • Iran Considers Release of US Hikers VOA 17 Sep 2011 -- The lawyer for two Americans jailed in Iran says he needs the signature of one more judge on bail papers before his clients can be released.



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