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03 April 2018 Military News

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  • Department of Defense Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs) – December 2017 DoD 03 Apr 2018 -- The Department of Defense (DoD) has released details on major defense acquisition program cost, schedule, and performance changes since the December 2016 reporting period. This information is based on the comprehensive annual Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs) for the first quarter of FY 2018, as updated by the President's FY 2019 budget submitted to Congress on February 12, 2018.
  • Kuwaiti, U.S. Ordnance Techs Share Experience, Techniques AFPS 03 Apr 2018 -- Explosive ordnance disposal technicians with the Kuwait Land Forces and the U.S. Army trained together March 22 at Gerber Training Area here, to improve both countries' ability to counter improvised explosive devices during terror attacks in cities.
  • Department of Defense Announces FY18 Research Equipment Awards DoD 03 Apr 2018 -- The Department of Defense announced awards to 175 university researchers at 91 institutions in 36 states, totaling $53 million through the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program. DURIP augments research capabilities at universities conducting cutting edge research for DoD, through the procurement of state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Largest regional amphibious combat rehearsal to commence in Djibouti, Africa USMC News 03 Apr 2018 -- Naval Amphibious Forces, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (TF 51/5), announced the commencement of a two-week amphibious training event in international waters off the coast of Djibouti, Africa, scheduled to begin today.
  • U.S. Marine Aircraft Crashes in Djibouti NNS 03 Apr 2018 -- An AV-8B Harrier pilot is receiving medical care after ejecting during takeoff from from Djibouti Ambouli International Airport, Djibouti, April 3, 2018, just after 4 p.m. local time.
  • USS Topeka Returns to Guam NNS 03 Apr 2018 -- Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Topeka (SSN 754) returned to its homeport of Apra Harbor, Guam, on March 30 following a three-month forward-operating period to the Western Pacific.
  • Mitscher, Gunston Hall Complete Task Force Exercise NNS 03 Apr 2018 -- Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and the dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) completed Task Force Exercise (TFEX) 18-2 this past weekend.
  • USS Porter Departs Naval Station Rota, Begins Fifth FDNF Patrol NNS 03 Apr 2018 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain to begin its fifth forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, April 2.
  • PP18 Officially Starts with Ceremony in Indonesia NNS 03 Apr 2018 -- Service members assigned to Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) made the first official Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) mission stop in Indonesia where they participated in a two-part opening ceremony, April 2.
  • Pacific Partnership 2018 Enhances Interoperability with HADR Seminar NNS 03 Apr 2018 -- Service members supporting Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) exchanged knowledge and experience with colleagues from the Tentara Nasional Indonesia (TNI) and the Badan Penanggulangan Bencana Daerah (BPBD), a local Indonesian disaster management agency, at a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) seminar in Bengkulu, Indonesia April 3.
  • US Navy to Deploy First F-35Cs to Korean Peninsula in 2021 Sputnik 03 Apr 2018 -- The US Navy plans to forward-deploy its fifth-generation F-35Cs near the Korean Peninsula sometime after 2021, a service spokeswoman said this week.
  • Baltic Leaders Expected To Ask Trump To Bolster Defenses Against Russia RFE/RL 03 Apr 2018 -- The presidents of three Baltic states are expected to ask U.S. President Donald Trump to do more to deter Russia by bolstering U.S. forces on NATO's eastern flank at a White House meeting scheduled for April 3.
  • Trump Tells Baltic Leaders 'Nobody Tougher On Russia' Than Him RFE/RL 03 Apr 2018 -- The three Baltic presidents, after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, pledged to continue meeting NATO's defense-spending obligations in the hope that the alliance will bolster security along NATO's eastern flank.
  • Balts Reportedly Asking US for More Troops and Arms to 'Deter Russia' Sputnik 03 Apr 2018 -- With tensions between the West and Russia being at a post-Cold War low, the former Soviet Baltic republics are looking for greater protection from NATO against the imaginary "Russian threat."
  • Trump Hosting Baltic Leaders Amid Russia Tensions VOA 03 Apr 2018 -- Hosting leaders of Baltic states at the White House Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump discussed how to strengthen security, business, trade, energy, and cultural partnerships between the United States and the three NATO allies.
  • Admiral Explains Why Russia Moving Caspian Flotilla HQ to Dagestan Sputnik 03 Apr 2018 -- Russia is preparing a new base for its Caspian Flotilla, which is set to become of the country's most technically advanced naval facilities.
  • Russian Navy Considering Permanent Presence in Northeastern Part of Black Sea Sputnik 03 Apr 2018 -- The command of Russia's Black Sea Fleet is considering the issue of ensuring the safety of navigation in the north-eastern part of the Black Sea, in particular, the permanent presence of naval forces and equipment in this area, in addition to maritime border guards, a Crimean security source told Sputnik on Tuesday.
  • Boeing to Build New F/A-18 Super Hornets for Kuwait Sputnik 03 Apr 2018 -- Aerospace giant Boeing has won a contract in excess of $1 billion for engineering services related to the Kuwait Air Force's acquisition of more than two dozen F/A-18 Super Hornets, according to a recent Pentagon announcement.
  • Russia, Turkey agree to speed up S-400 missile deal Press TV 03 Apr 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed to hasten the delivery of S-400 air defense missile systems to Ankara.
  • Putin, Erdogan Agree To Speed Up Delivery Of S-400 Air-Defense Systems RFE/RL 03 Apr 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that he and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have agreed to speed up the delivery of S-400 air-defense missile systems to Ankara, a purchase that has raised concern among Turkey's NATO partners.
  • Defense minister praises Iran-Russia military cooperation IRNA 03 Apr 2018 -- Iranian defense minister on Tuesday expressed satisfaction with the level of cooperation between Tehran and Moscow in the military field.
  • Indian Air Force Mi-17 Helicopter Crashes Near the Himalayas Sputnik 03 Apr 2018 -- The Russia-made Mi-17 is one of the world's most advanced military transport helicopters. Although the cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained, prima facie it looks like the aircraft became entangled with iron girders while landing, according to a local resident.

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