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15 August 2016 Military News

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  • Detainee Transfers Announced DoD 15 Aug 2016 -- The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of 15 detainees: Abd al-Muhsin Abd al-Rab Salih al-Busi, Abd al-Rahman Sulayman, Mohammed Nasir Yahi Khussrof Kazaz, Abdul Muhammad Ahmad Nassar al-Muhajari, Muhammad Ahmad Said al-Adahi, Abdel Qadir al-Mudafari, Mahmud Abd Al Aziz al-Mujahid, Saeed Ahmed Mohammed Abdullah Sarem Jarabh, Mohammed Kamin, Zahar Omar Hamis bin Hamdoun, Hamid al-Razak (aka Haji Hamidullah), Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmed, Ayub Murshid Ali Salih, Obaidullah, and Bashir Nasir Ali al-Marwalah from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of the United Arab Emirates.
  • An AF first for aircraft research, development AFNS 15 Aug 2016 -- For the first time the Air Force has a means to conduct airworthiness assessments on non-Defense Department military type aircraft. This process enables the Air Force to gain a much deeper understanding of the state of civil aviation, while providing industry with an expert, independent evaluation of the safety and reliability of their products.
  • USS Nimitz Implements Newest PACFLT Plan NNS 15 Aug 2016 -- U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott H. Swift recently established a six-part plan that aims to focus and align Sailors' efforts in preserving a resilient workforce, maintaining fleet readiness, reinforcing international order, leading in credibility, embracing opportunity and projecting power.
  • Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Detroit (LCS 7) NNS 15 Aug 2016 -- The Navy accepted delivery of future USS Detroit (LCS 7) during a ceremony at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard, Aug. 12.
  • Obligated Service Requirements Help Fleet Readiness NNS 15 Aug 2016 -- Navy Personnel Command (NPC) recently released guidance to the fleet on obligated service (OBLISERV) requirements that helps stabilize fleet manning and minimize personnel uncertainty.
  • 'US nuclear weapons in Turkey at risk of seizure by hostile forces' Press TV 15 Aug 2016 -- A large number of American nuclear weapons stored at Turkey's Incirlik Air Base are at risk of being seized by "terrorists or other hostile forces," according to a Washington think tank.
  • John C. Stennis Sailors Return Home NNS 15 Aug 2016 -- More than 3,000 Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) returned to their homeport of Bremerton, Washington, Aug. 14, following a regularly scheduled seven-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific.
  • USS Stethem visits Sydney to Promote Green Energy Initiatives NNS 15 Aug 2016 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) is conducting a port visit in Sydney, Australia, during her scheduled deployment in the 7th Fleet Area of Operations.
  • GHWB Traps First Aircraft in 13 Months NNS 15 Aug 2016 -- Aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) trapped its first aircraft after more than 13 months, Aug. 9.
  • Pacific Partnership 2016 Completes Malaysia Mission NNS 15 Aug 2016 -- Pacific Partnership 2016 departed Kuantan, Malaysia, Aug. 14, marking the completion of Pacific Partnership 2016's fourth mission stop.
  • New Orleans Anchors in Bali NNS 15 Aug 2016 -- Sailors and Marines from amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) anchored off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, Aug. 7-12.
  • US Service Members, Lebanese Armed Forces Participate in Exercise Resolute Response 16 NNS 15 Aug 2016 -- U.S. service members are participating in Exercise Resolute Response (RR) 16 with Lebanese armed forces (LAF) at Jounieh Naval Base, Lebanon, Aug. 8-17.
  • Boxer Bids Farewell to Kota Kinabalu NNS 15 Aug 2016 -- Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), along with Amphibious Squadron 1 and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, following a four-day port visit, Aug. 13.
  • USS America Returns Home Following RIMPAC 2016 NNS 15 Aug 2016 -- Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) returned to homeport following the successful completion of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016, Aug. 12.
  • T-45 Crashed Near NAS Kingsville, Pilots Eject Safely NNS 15 Aug 2016 -- A U.S. Navy T-45C Goshawk crashed southwest of Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas, at approximately 9:20 p.m. central time, Aug. 14.
  • Russia to Produce First Modernized NK-32 Aircraft Engines by End of 2016 Sputnik 15 Aug 2016 -- Russia's the manufacturing firm Kuznetsov plans to produce an initial batch of the upgraded Kuznetsov NK-32.02 aircraft engines by the end of 2016, according to media reports.
  • Heavy Metal Meets the Rails: Russian Armored Trains Begin Exercises in Volgograd Sputnik 15 Aug 2016 -- On Monday, the Russian army kicked off military exercises in the Volgograd region, using its 'Baikal' and 'Amur' armored trains for the first time in nearly fifteen years.
  • Russia Offered NATO Specific Proposals on Renewed Military Cooperation - Lavrov Sputnik 15 Aug 2016 -- Russian Foreign Minister said that Russia presented NATO with specific proposals on restoring military cooperation at the latest NATO-Russia Council meeting.
  • NATO's Eastward Expansion Deepens Divisions in Europe - Lavrov Sputnik 15 Aug 2016 -- Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov stated that NATO's expansion into Eastern Europe will deepen the region's divisions.
  • Russia: Preparing an Offensive or Maneuvering for Easing of Sanctions? VOA 15 Aug 2016 -- What is President Vladimir Putin planning for Ukraine? Kyiv officials argue Russia's leader is accumulating pretexts to justify a major assault with the aim of securing a land route through Ukraine's southeast regions to Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula Moscow annexed weeks after the 2014 ouster of Putin's ally Viktor Yanukovych.
  • Estonia Mulls Russian Proposal to Discuss Air Security Issues Sputnik 15 Aug 2016 -- Estonian Defense Ministry has not yet worked out its position regarding the Russian invitation to discuss air security issues, Deputy Head of the Estonian Defense Ministry's Strategic Communications Department, Artur Jugaste said Sunday.
  • UK accuses two Chinese servicemen of espionage: Report Press TV 15 Aug 2016 -- Two Chinese servicemen participating in a training program by the UK's Royal Air Force were "high-level intelligence officers" tasked with espionage duties, a confidential report has confirmed.
  • South Korea's Park defends THAAD deployment despite protests Press TV 15 Aug 2016 -- South Korean President Park Geun-Hye has defended the deployment of an advanced US missile system in the East Asian nation despite fierce opposition inside and outside the country to the plan.
  • Media: South Korea will pay a price if it does not give up THAAD deployment People's Daily 15 Aug 2016 -- Dissenting voices have been on the rise since Seoul and Washington announced their decision to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.
  • Japan plans to 'go on offense' with 300 km-range missiles People's Daily 15 Aug 2016 -- Japan's decision to develop surface-to-sea missiles with a range of 300 kilometers to cover the disputed islands shows the country may be eyeing a shift to an offensive posture, analysts said.
  • Tokyo threat to block Miyako unacceptable People's Daily 15 Aug 2016 -- Japan will develop a new land-to-sea missile that has a range of 300 kilometers, according to Yomiuri Shimbun.
  • Beheading The Eagle: Is This The End Of The Turkish Army As We Know It? RFE/RL 15 Aug 2016 -- In 2011, Bilgin Balanli, a decorated four-star general in the Turkish Air Force, was expected to become Turkey's chief of the general staff. Instead, he was arrested, together with hundreds of other generals, admirals, and high-ranking officers. His supposed crime? Plotting to overthrow the government of then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP).
  • August 15, 2016 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 15 Aug 2016

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