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08 May 2012 Military News

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  • Secretary of the Navy Names High Speed Ferries Guam and Puerto Rico DoD 08 May 2012 -- The Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today the names of the Navy’s recently acquired high speed ferries (HSFs); the USNS Guam and the USNS Puerto Rico.
  • $54.7 Million Awarded to Universities for Research Equipment DoD 08 May 2012 -- The Department of Defense (DoD) today announced plans to award $54.7 million to academic institutions to support the purchase of state-of-the-art research equipment.
  • Re-alignment project cuts costs, improves safety AFNS 08 May 2012 -- The 820th Red Horse Squadron plans to save the Air Force more than $500,000 dollars while improving training and safety, during the Ellsworth Road re-alignment project.
  • U.S. Trainers, Military Cooperation Returns to Yemen AFPS 08 May 2012 -- U.S. military personnel are again training Yemeni forces, Defense Department officials said today.
  • Chairman's Corner: Sexual Assault Prevention, Response AFPS 08 May 2012
  • RIMPAC to begin June 29 NNS 08 May 2012 -- Twenty-two nations, 42 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 29 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands.
  • Phoenix Express 2012 Begins in Souda Bay NNS 08 May 2012 -- Phoenix Express 2012 (PE12), a multi-national exercise between Southern European, North African and U.S. naval forces, officially kicked off at the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operation Training Center (NMIOTC) in Souda Bay, May 7.
  • USS Underwood Transits Panama Canal NNS 08 May 2012 -- The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) transited the Panama Canal in support of Southern Seas 2012, May 6.
  • Final MSC Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship Christened in San Diego NNS 08 May 2012 -- Military Sealift Command ship USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14) was christened May 5 during an evening ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.
  • New ONR Program Aims to Develop Solid-State Laser Weapons for Ships NNS 08 May 2012 -- To help Sailors defeat small boat threats and aerial targets without using bullets, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) wants to develop a solid-state laser weapon prototype that will demonstrate multi-mission capabilities aboard a Navy ship, officials announced May 8.
  • NAVFAC Southwest Awards $99 Million Contract for Waterfront Construction NNS 08 May 2012 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest awarded a $99 million contract April 30 to five contractors for construction and renovation of various waterfront facilities at locations within the NAVFAC Southwest area of responsibility (AOR).
  • MDSU 2 Wraps Up Panamanian Stop of Navy Dive-SPS 12 NNS 08 May 2012 -- U.S. Navy divers assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2, Company 2-1, concluded a three-week subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) with Panamanian divers, May 3.
  • MCAST Participate in Key Leader Engagement During FST-E Exercise NNS 08 May 2012 -- Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training (MCAST) Command and role players participated in key leader engagement exercises during Fleet Synthetic Training - Expeditionary (FST-E) 12-1 at Naval Base Coronado from April 23 to May 4.
  • USS The Sullivans CO Relieved NNS 08 May 2012 -- The Commanding Officer of USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), was relieved of command May 8, 2012, by Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, Vice Adm. Frank C. Pandolfe due to loss of confidence in his ability to command.
  • Sunshine, Families Welcome Louisiana (Blue) Back Home NNS 08 May 2012 -- A sunny day provided an ideal setting for the return of the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Louisiana (SSBN 743), whose Blue Crew came home to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor on May 6 after a 56-day strategic deterrent patrol.
  • VFA 211 Holds Aerial Change of Command NNS 08 May 2012 -- The Checkmates of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 held an airborne change of command ceremony in the skies over deployed aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) May 7.
  • NAS Jax Completes Rooftop Solar Power Generating System NNS 08 May 2012 -- Engineers and technicians gathered at Naval Air Station Jacksonville's Hangar 1122, May 1, to celebrate completion of the station's largest rooftop solar power generating system.
  • Microwave technology could revolutionize combat feeding Army News 08 May 2012 -- Virtually every kitchen in America has at least one, and pretty much everyone knows how to use the technology to at least cook a bag of popcorn.
  • Army scientists develop deployable renewable-energy solutions Army News 08 May 2012 -- Soldiers stationed in remote combat outposts face logistics and safety challenges to power their radios, laptops and GPS units.
  • Hogg engages leaders in Djibouti, Ethiopia Army News 08 May 2012 -- During a whirlwind trip to East Africa, Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg, commander, U.S. Army Africa, and a small group of advisers visited U.S. Army troops at Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) in Djibouti and attended meetings with African Union mission leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 24-27.
  • AMC aims to increase casualty survivability in Afghanistan AFNS 08 May 2012 -- Air Mobility Command is working jointly with other U.S. military services to improve emergency care for service members critically injured in combat by employing newly-developed Tactical Critical Care Evacuation Teams, or TCCETs.
  • U.S., New Zealand air force medical experts exchange ideas, build partnerships AFNS 08 May 2012 -- When disaster strikes in the Pacific - whether natural or man-made, the U.S. relies heavily on its partners throughout the region to help respond, save lives and provide comfort to those requiring assistance. Leading the efforts are specially-trained international aeromedical personnel charged with caring for and transporting the most fragile to higher-level of care facilities.
  • Air Force innovation AFNS 08 May 2012 -- Lt. Gen. Robert R. Allardice, Air Mobility Command's vice commander, was among a panel of educators and civic leaders in St. Louis on April 27 to discuss the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or better known as STEM, education to an audience of teachers, parents, students and business leaders.
  • Chiefs Issue Strategic Direction to Combat Sexual Assault AFPS 08 May 2012 -- Despite years of concerted effort, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the commandant of the Coast Guard are dissatisfied with progress made in reducing sexual assault in the military, and have released strategic direction to increase the emphasis on combatting the crime.
  • New Task Force Supports Countertrafficking in Europe AFPS 08 May 2012 -- A new task force at U.S. European Command is helping other U.S. government agencies and their international counterparts confront trafficking in illicit goods and services that officials call a major national security threat to the United States.
  • AF nominates 111 for astronaut candidate program AFNS 08 May 2012 -- The Air Force has nominated 111 Airmen for the 2012 NASA Astronaut Candidate Program, Air Force Personnel Center officials said.
  • Russia to Adopt New Liquid Heavy ICBM after 2022 - Expert RIA Novosti 08 May 2012 -- Russia will only be able to adopt a new 100-ton liquid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) intended to penetrate the US missile defense system by 2022, the manufacturer said on Tuesday.
  • Russia Needs New System of Defense Procurement – Medvedev RIA Novosti 08 May 2012 -- Effective system of placement and implementation of state defense orders will be established when new Russian government is forged, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday.
  • Royal Navy duo in multinational anti-sub exercise UK MOD 08 May 2012 -- HMS Westminster and a Trafalgar Class submarine led the Royal Navy's involvement in Exercise Arabian Shark, a test of coalition navies to deal with submarines in the Gulf of Oman.
  • Taiwan urges U.S. to continue arms sales CNA 08 May 2012 -- The United States is urged to continue supplying Taiwan with defensive weapons, which will help maintain the peaceful development of relations across the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan's defense ministry said Tuesday, one day after a meeting between U.S. and Chinese defense ministers.
  • May 8, 2012 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 08 May 2012
  • Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jay Carney aboard Air Force One en route Albany, NY The White House 08 May 2012

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  • Panetta: U.S. Must Stay Vigilant Against Terrorist Attacks AFPS 08 May 2012 -- A recent attempt by Yemeni-based terrorists to plant an explosive device on an airliner bound for the United States shows the nation needs to remain vigilant against new acts of terrorism, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.
  • Ex-President Medvedev Confirmed as PM RIA Novosti 08 May 2012 -- Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was confirmed as the country's new prime minister by a majority of votes in the State Duma on Tuesday.
  • Pakistan parliamentary panel condemns US defense secretary IRNA 08 May 2012 -- Pakistan's Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PNSC), has condemned statement by US Secretary of Defense that the US will continue drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal regions.
  • Pakistan rejects Clinton's claim on al-Qaeda chief IRNA 08 May 2012 -- Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar Monday asked United States to provide information on presence of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri's in Pakistan hours after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claimed that Al Zawahiri is still hiding in Pakistan.
  • US Official: Al-Qaida Bomber No Longer a Threat VOA 08 May 2012 -- U.S. authorities are confident a suspected al-Qaida suicide bomber is no longer a threat to the American people.
  • Zebari: Iraq to contribute to Iran – G5+1 session talks IRNA 08 May 2012 -- Iraq's Minister of Foreign Affairs Hoshyar Zebari said here Monday evening Iran will contribute to Baghdad Iran-Group 5+1 by facilitating the talks.
  • Iran-5+1 talks are aimed at setting framework for cooperation, Mehmanparast IRNA 08 May 2012 -- Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ramin Mehmanparast said on Tuesday that the upcoming nuclear talks between Iran and the G5+1 are aimed at setting framework for bilateral cooperation.
  • Ukraine Forced to Cancel European Summit over Tymoshenko RIA Novosti 08 May 2012 -- Ukraine had to call off a Central European summit in Yalta after some European leaders refused to attend the event over alleged ill-treatment of jailed West-leaning ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko, a diplomatic spokesman said.
  • Greek Coalition Talks Fail RFE/RL 08 May 2012 -- The leader of Greece’s New Democracy Party, which came in first in Sunday’s elections, said Monday that his efforts to form a national salvation administration had failed.
  • Greek Leftists Seek Coalition, Reject EU Austerity VOA 08 May 2012 -- The leader of Greek's leftist Syriza party is beginning talks with other parties on forming a coalition government to reject what he calls 'barbaric' austerity measures imposed by the European Union. Voters failed to give any party a majority in Sunday's election, plunging Greece into more uncertainty. The result is part of a wave of anti-austerity feeling that is building momentum in Europe.
  • Israel Forms Unity Government, Calls Off Early Elections VOA 08 May 2012 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to a political deal forming a government of national unity with the leading opposition party and canceling plans to hold early elections.
  • YEMEN: Alarm bells over worsening humanitarian crisis IRIN 08 May 2012 -- Yemen is heading for a major humanitarian crisis unless relief organizations quickly boost their response capacity, and donors, including wealthy neighbours, provide much-needed funding to contain rising malnutrition, disease and poverty.
  • NEPAL: Mountain dwellers 'neglected' IRIN 08 May 2012 -- The needs of millions of indigenous mountain people across Nepal are overlooked, imperilling their food security and hindering their economic progress, activists and experts say.
  • Court Orders S. African Prosecutors to Investigate Torture in Zimbabwe VOA 08 May 2012 -- South Africa's high court has ordered prosecutors to investigate Zimbabwean officials who alleged committed torture and human rights abuses in the run-up to Zimbabwe's violent and disputed 2008 elections. The decision has important practical, political and diplomatic implications for South Africa.

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