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12 April 2018 Military News

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  • Army looks to modernize safety doctrine Army News 12 Apr 2018 -- Sweeping changes to Army Safety doctrine, training, and ease of accident reporting are the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center's top priorities, explained Brig. Gen David J. Francis as he addressed safety professionals from around the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command during an inaugural safety summit at Anniston Army Depot recently.
  • Little Rock Arrives in Mayport NNS 12 Apr 2018 -- The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Little Rock (LCS 9) arrived to its homeport here this morning for the first time since it was commissioned.
  • F-35 Completes Comprehensive Flight Test Program NNS 12 Apr 2018 -- The F-35 program has accomplished the final developmental test flight of the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the program.
  • Budget Allows Forces to Restore Competitive Edge, DoD Leaders Tell House AFPS 12 Apr 2018 -- The budget agreement hammered out in Congress will allow the U.S. military to restore its competitive edge during a time of renewed great power competition, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said today before the House Armed Services Committee.
  • DoD Official: Years of Sequestration Caused Need for Larger Budget AFPS 12 Apr 2018 -- Though the increased funding in the fiscal year 2019 budget deal is welcome, it will not fully restore the damage to DoD facilities caused by years of sequestration spending cuts, a senior Defense Department official told Congress today.
  • Niger-Hosted Exercise Enhances Regional Cooperation, Security AFPS 12 Apr 2018 -- Exercise Flintlock 2018 opened yesterday with a ceremony here.
  • Coast Guard Commandant Talks Icebreakers, Counterdrug Operations AFPS 12 Apr 2018 -- The recapitalization of the nation's polar icebreaker fleet is a matter of vital national interest, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft told reporters here yesterday.
  • Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Indianapolis DoD 12 Apr 2018 -- The Navy will christen its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Indianapolis (LCS 17), during a 10:00 a.m. CDT ceremony Saturday, April 14, in Marinette, Wisconsin.
  • Carl Vinson Completes Western Pacific Deployment NNS 12 Apr 2018 -- Sailors from aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) returned home to Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, April 12, after completing a scheduled three-month deployment.
  • USS Porter Departs Cherbourg, France NNS 12 Apr 2018 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) departed Cherbourg, France, April 11, after a scheduled port visit which enhanced U.S.-France relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability.
  • Edging Closer: US Spy Planes Reportedly Land in Crete Amid Tensions in Syria Sputnik 12 Apr 2018 -- As the United States and some of its allies threaten military action against Syria in the wake of an alleged chemical weapons attack, two aircraft, which reportedly took part in previous US-led invasions, have arrived in the Mediterranean region.
  • South Florida Guard units prepare ahead of hurricane season Army News 12 Apr 2018 -- It's not hurricane season yet, but Soldiers with the Florida National Guard's 50th Regional Support Group (RSG) out of Homestead are already preparing to support civilian authorities in case a storm threatens the state again in the coming months.
  • Pentagon Halts F-35 Deliveries Again Over Repair Cost Squabble Sputnik 12 Apr 2018 -- The United States Defense Department has reportedly told F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin its planes cannot be accepted for the time being because of a debate over who will provide a financial remedy for a "production error found last year on more than 200 of the stealthy jets," Reuters reported Wednesday.
  • US-South Korea Military Exercises Minimize Public Show of Force VOA 12 Apr 2018 -- The annual U.S.–South Korea joint military exercises currently underway have historically been a very public demonstration of force intended, in part, to counter North Korea's aggressive nuclear and missile tests. But with looming diplomatic summits aimed at reaching a deal to end the North's nuclear program, media coverage of the drills has so far been limited.
  • NATO Secretary General praises Slovakia's contributions to NATO NATO 12 Apr 2018 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Kažimír to NATO Headquarters on Thursday (12 April 2018). The leaders met to discuss preparations for the upcoming NATO Summit in July.
  • Yak-130 Plane Crashes in Southwestern Russia, Pilots Unharmed - Defense Ministry Sputnik 12 Apr 2018 -- A Russian Yak-130 plane crashed in southwestern Voronezh region during a scheduled training flight, both pilots ejected themselves safely, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.
  • Australia: No Place for Chinese Military Bases in Pacific VOA 12 Apr 2018 -- Australia is warning Vanuatu against allowing China to build a military base in the South Pacific archipelago.
  • China announces live-fire drills along Taiwan Strait Press TV 12 Apr 2018 -- China has announced that it will launch live-fire naval drills in the strait which separates the mainland from the breakaway island of Taiwan.
  • China Prepares Live Fire Drill as Xi Emphasizes 'Urgent' Need for Powerful Navy Sputnik 12 Apr 2018 -- The People's Liberation Army Navy is planning to hold live-fire drills in the Taiwan Strait next week, a move that could step up tensions between Beijing and Taipei.
  • Germany's Tornado Jets Still Can't Fly at Night Sputnik 12 Apr 2018 -- Germany's Panavia Tornado jets are not ready for combat in after-dark scenarios. The problem? The pilots can't see. Worse yet, night vision goggles won't work as a substitute since the lights in the aircraft's cockpit would be blinding to pilots wearing them.
  • India Approves Technical Configuration of Ka-226T, Delivery Likely From 2020 Sputnik 12 Apr 2018 -- In October 2016, India and Russia had finalized a broad agreement for a joint venture between Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and Russian Helicopters. India will buy the first lot of 60 helicopters in a flyaway condition, while the remaining 140 will be made in India under the joint venture.
  • Japan's ShinMaywa to Build US-2 Amphibious Aircraft in India Sputnik 12 Apr 2018 -- It is not clear who the consumer of the aircraft would be as discussions on the procurement of the aircraft for the Indian Navy has hit a logjam with Japan initially unwilling to reduce prices and allow transfer of technology and now with the Indian Navy facing a severe fund crisis.
  • India's Top Bureaucrat to Visit Moscow; Acquiring Russian Submarine Tops Agenda Sputnik 12 Apr 2018 -- India and Russia have been engaged in an advanced stage of negotiation on the sale of strategically crucial defense platforms like the S-400 air defense system, four stealth frigates, and helicopters despite the threat of US sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.
  • Military pension reform aims to encourage longer service CNA 12 Apr 2018 -- The Cabinet on Thursday proposed a military pension reform bill that takes years of service beyond 20 years as a key factor in pension calculation, with an eye to encouraging longer military service.
  • President to review military readiness at Su'ao exercise CNA 12 Apr 2018 -- The soldiers involved in the military drill President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will observe at Su'ao naval base in Yilan County on Friday will not be using live ammunition, according to a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • Security in the Gulf is vital to keeping Britain safe UK MOD 12 Apr 2018 -- Standing side by side with our Gulf partners against mutual threats not only improves regional security and stability, but keeps our people safe at home, the Defence Secretary reaffirmed in his first visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.
  • Greek jet crashes in Aegean Sea, pilot killed Press TV 12 Apr 2018 -- A Greek fighter jet has crashed into the Aegean Sea, leaving its pilot killed amid rising tensions with neighboring Turkey.

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