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21 August 2020 Military News

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  • US Drone Strike Kills High-ranking al-Shabab Bomb-maker in Somalia VOA 21 Aug 2020 -- Authorities in Somalia say a U.S. drone strike on Thursday killed a high-ranking member of the Islamist terrorist group al-Shabab, hours before the country's leaders agreed on a plan for upcoming elections in which national security will be a major issue.
  • USS Nitze Recovers Over 3,000 Pounds of Marijuana US Navy 21 Aug 2020 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) seized 725 kilograms of suspected cocaine and 3,190 pounds of suspected marijuana, August 4.

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  • USS Ronald Reagan Pulls into Guam for Safe Haven Liberty US Navy 21 Aug 2020 -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) pulled into U.S. Naval Base Guam for a Safe Haven Liberty port visit Aug. 22.
  • USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Flight Operations US Navy 21 Aug 2020 -- The "Shadowhawks" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 held an inflight change of command ceremony Aug. 26, while embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
  • Media Background Briefing on the Air Force Inspector General's Investigation of RC-26B Operations, 1-4 June 2020 DoD 21 Aug 2020 -- Senior Defense Official
  • Acquisition Enterprise Capabilities to Continue Post Pandemic DoD News 21 Aug 2020 -- When the COVID-19 virus developed into a pandemic in the United States, the nation needed large quantities of medical supplies that were not readily available. In response, the Defense Department stood up the COVID-19 Joint Acquisition Task Force to help other government agencies meet their needs by tapping into the department's acquisition enterprise.
  • Flying high | RQ-21 soars into history with first Australian flight USMC News 21 Aug 2020 -- A U.S. Marine Corps RQ-21A Blackjack was flown for the first time in Australia as part of the annual Marine Rotational Force Darwin, August 8.
  • Gunfighter Flag 20-1 enhances capabilities against near-peer adversaries US Air Force 21 Aug 2020 -- The true strength of the U.S. military lies in its joint, allied and partner capabilities. That is, the combined power and coordinated efforts between branches of the U.S. military and nations across the world. Few places provide a more realistic training ground than the high desert found at Mountain Home Air Force Base.
  • USS Seawolf Operates in 6th Fleet US Navy 21 Aug 2020 -- The Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Seawolf (SSN 21) is operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations and conducted a brief stop for personnel in the vicinity of Tromso, Norway, Aug. 21, 2020.
  • USS Princeton Conducts Mass Casualty Drill US Navy 21 Aug 2020 -- Sailors assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser conduct a mass casualty drill.
  • NAVSUP WSS Supports Blue Angels Transition to Super Hornets US Navy 21 Aug 2020 -- The first of 18 F/A-18E Super Hornets touched down at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., July 27 ushering in a new era for the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, or Blue Angels, as they retire the legacy F/A-18 Hornet that has wowed audiences for 35 years. This transition was supported from the earliest stages by Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Weapon Systems Support (WSS).
  • Space Challenges Prompt DOD Response, Space Superiority DoD News 21 Aug 2020 -- U.S. Space Command operations in space deter conflict; deliver space combat power for the joint force, allies and partners; and defeat aggression if necessary, a leader of that command said. These are just some of the challenges being met and overcome to maintain space superiority.
  • Space Command Leadership Changes Hands DoD News 21 Aug 2020 -- For decades, the world has enjoyed the freedom to operate in space, and today, billions of people worldwide rely on space-based capabilities. ''Yet we now find that space has become highly contested, and the gains the United States possesses are threatened,'' Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said at the U.S. Space Command change-of-command ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • NATO AWACS joins binational training event in Poland NATO 21 Aug 2020 -- From August 21 to 28, 2020 a NATO AWACS aircraft will deploy to Krakow, Poland to join a binational training event of Alliance members Poland and the United States. Working closely together with the Polish Control and Reporting Centre, the AWACS crew will support the Polish and US fighter aircraft by providing exercise air command and control.
  • Russian Su-30SM Intercepted US Spy Plane Aircraft Over Black Sea, MoD Says Sputnik 21 Aug 2020 -- The development comes a day after an Su-30SM escorted French and British reconnaissance planes that were spotted over the Black Sea and two days after an Su-27 intercepted a Boeing P-8 Poseidon and RC-135, also over the Black Sea.
  • PLA announces large-scale, live-fire drills in Yellow Sea Global Times 21 Aug 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) will hold large-scale, live-fire exercises in the Yellow Sea from Saturday to Wednesday, and Chinese military experts predicted on Friday that the drills could feature anti-ship, air defense and anti-submarine exercises to prepare for possible military conflicts with the US, which has been frequently sending bombers, reconnaissance aircraft and warships near China.
  • Xi instructs army to complete follow-up flood control work People's Daily 21 Aug 2020 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), has instructed the armed forces to make unremitting efforts to complete the follow-up tasks of flood control and disaster relief.
  • Qingdao to close coastal area for military exercise PLA Daily 21 Aug 2020 -- A swath of ocean off China's east coast will be temporarily closed to all vessels from Saturday to Wednesday for a military drill, per a notice issued on Friday by the government of Qingdao, the eastern port city of Shandong province.
  • Defence Secretary's speech at meeting of UK, German and French defence ministers UK MOD 21 Aug 2020 -- Ben Wallace gave a speech at his first in-person meeting with the German and French defence ministers since the coronavirus outbreak.

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