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12 December 2018 Military News

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  • AFSPC assumes COMSATCOM procurement responsibility for DoD AFNS 12 Dec 2018 -- The Air Force Space Command commander assumed responsibility for procurement of commercial satellite communications services for the Department of Defense from the Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency December 12. The move is in accordance with Section 1601(a) of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.
  • Officials Detail Steps to Improve Navy, Marine Corps Readiness AFPS 12 Dec 2018 -- The Navy and Marine Corps have some readiness challenges, but both services are taking steps to address them, Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer and a senior Government Accountability Office official told Senators today.
  • Cal Guard's new helicopters make fire debut during Camp Fire Army News 12 Dec 2018 -- Two of the Army's newest helicopters worked their first wildfire missions recently as the California National Guard supported state agencies battling the deadly Camp Fire in Northern California.
  • Strike Fighter Squadron 147 Declares Safe-For-Flight NNS 12 Dec 2018 -- The "Argonauts" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 completed their carrier qualifications Dec. 12 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), the final required component for Commander, Joint Strike Fighter Wing (CJSFW) to issue the squadron its safe-for-flight operations certification. This marks a major milestone for the U.S. Navy toward declaring Initial Operating Capability (IOC) next year.
  • USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Returning Home NNS 12 Dec 2018 -- Nearly 6,500 Sailors from the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) are scheduled to return to Naval Station Norfolk, Dec. 16, after completing an eight-month deployment across the 2nd, 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation.
  • US 4th Fleet Hosts Annual Maritime Synchronization Conference NNS 12 Dec 2018 -- U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet (USNAVSO/FOURTHFLT) is hosting the annual Maritime Synchronization Conference (MSC) onboard Naval Station Mayport, Dec. 10-14.
  • Secretary General welcomes King of Jordan to NATO Headquarters NATO 12 Dec 2018 -- Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan to NATO Headquarters on Wednesday (12 December 2018) for talks on the Alliance's partnership with Amman, as well as regional security challenges. His Majesty participated in a meeting of the North Atlantic Council, addressing security challenges facing the Middle East and North Africa, including the fight against terrorism. At the meeting, Mr. Stoltenberg praised Jordan's role in promoting regional security, and its active role in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.
  • Increasing NATO Forces Near Russian Borders Will Only Increase Tensions - MoD Sputnik 12 Dec 2018 -- Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the Russian General Staff, has told NATO Allied Command Operations' Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti that NATO presence near Russian borders was not reducing tensions, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
  • Colombia Won't Succumb to Venezuelan Provocations - MoD on Tu-160 Arrival Sputnik 12 Dec 2018 -- Colombia will not let Venezuela make provocations with the assistance of Russia, which recently sent its aircraft to Caracas, Colombian Defence Minister Guillermo Botero said.
  • U.S. Wants UN To Reimpose Ballistic Missile Restrictions On Iran, Says Pompeo RFE/RL 12 Dec 2018 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told the UN Security Council that Washington would seek to work with the 15-member body to reimpose ballistic missile restrictions on Iran.
  • Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Meeting on Iran US Dept. of State 12 Dec 2018 -- Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
  • Pompeo: Iran Increasing Ballistic Missile Activity VOA 12 Dec 2018 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the U.N. Security Council Wednesday that Iran's ballistic missile activity has been growing since the 2015 nuclear deal was agreed upon, and he urged stronger restrictions to prevent such activity.
  • Iranian army units ready for mission: Commander IRNA 12 Dec 2018 -- Deputy commander of the Iranian Army for coordination Rear Admiral Habibullah Sayyari said various units of the Army are ready to undertake the mission and defend the country and attend where it is needed.
  • India Negotiating Purchase of Russian Igla-S Missile System - Indian Def Min Sputnik 12 Dec 2018 -- India's Minister of State for Defense Subhash Bhamre said in the parliament that the case of purchase of the missile system is at contract negotiation stage with Rosoboronexport of Russia, the L1 vendor, which has offered Igla-S missile system.
  • Indian Navy Inducts Its First Submarine Rescue Vessel Sputnik 12 Dec 2018 -- Joining the elite club of nations, the Indian Navy has commissioned its first deep submergence rescue vehicle (DSRV) along with associated equipment- built by the UK's James Fisher & Sons.
  • Air Force to take delivery of first four F-16Vs in March CNA 12 Dec 2018 -- The Air Force is scheduled to take delivery of its first four upgraded F-16 fighter jets at the end of March next year, a military official said Wednesday during a legislative session.

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