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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  JohninMK on Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:13 pm

    Isn't this the same USS Donald Cook that was reputedly 'disabled' by an overflying RuAF aircraft and the crew wanted out? If so, it can't have had a lasting effect so maybe in reality nothing actually happened. Its certainly a good way for the USN to gloss over the incident.

    The US guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook cast anchor in Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odessa on Tuesday, Ukrainian media reported. The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer will take part in the Sea Breeze-2015 international naval drill now on in Ukraine’s Odessa and Nikolayev regions, Vesti.ua online paper wrote. The USS Donald Cook is armed with two Aegis ballistic missile defense system launchers with up to 56 nuclear-capable Tomahawk cruise missiles. It also carries a SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter and has a crew of 337.

    The Sea Breeze-2015 land, naval and air drills, to run until September 12, are also designed to improve interoperability between the Ukrainian Naval Forces and the Naval Forces of NATO member and partner countries. The exercises, held under NATO's Partnership for Peace program in Ukraine’s Odessa and Nikolayev regions, involve around 2,500 military personnel also from Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Britain, Romania, Sweden, Turkey and Moldavia, including about 1,000 troops from Ukraine.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150901/1026435313/Ukraine-destroyer-arrival-drill.html#ixzz3kUoI6NOs

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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  max steel on Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:14 pm

    JohninMK wrote:Isn't this the same USS Donald Cook that was reputedly 'disabled' by an overflying RuAF aircraft and the crew wanted out? If so, it can't have had a lasting effect so maybe in reality nothing actually happened. Its certainly a good way for the USN to gloss over the incident.

    The US guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook cast anchor in Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odessa on Tuesday, Ukrainian media reported. The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer will take part in the Sea Breeze-2015 international naval drill now on in Ukraine’s Odessa and Nikolayev regions, Vesti.ua online paper wrote. The USS Donald Cook is armed with two Aegis ballistic missile defense system launchers with up to 56 nuclear-capable Tomahawk cruise missiles. It also carries a SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter and has a crew of 337.

    The Sea Breeze-2015 land, naval and air drills, to run until September 12, are also designed to improve interoperability between the Ukrainian Naval Forces and the Naval Forces of NATO member and partner countries. The exercises, held under NATO's Partnership for Peace program in Ukraine’s Odessa and Nikolayev regions, involve around 2,500 military personnel also from Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Britain, Romania, Sweden, Turkey and Moldavia, including about 1,000 troops from Ukraine.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150901/1026435313/Ukraine-destroyer-arrival-drill.html#ixzz3kUoI6NOs


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    Post  George1 on Sat Sep 12, 2015 2:03 am

    US Considers Military Buildup in Iceland After 10 Year Absence

    Iceland's Foreign Ministry confirmed that the US did express interest in the possibility of its military assets returning to Iceland.

    The US government may be considering a military buildup in Iceland, according to media reports.

    The US Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work visited Iceland earlier this week and inspected the section of the Keflavik International Airport that used to serve as the hub of the US military presence on the island.

    Allegedly the recent instances of Russian military aircraft approaching Iceland's airspace have caused great concerns both in Iceland and in the US.

    "The Russians have long done transit flights where they pass close by Iceland," Work told DefenseNews, "but they've recently made several circumnavigation flights" — flying completely around the island nation. As a result, "Iceland is interested in increasing military cooperation."

    Local public-service broadcaster RUV contacted the Iceland's Foreign Ministry regarding the issue. The ministry officials confirmed that the US did express interest in the possibility of its military assets returning to Iceland, but that so far no formal talks between the two nations were held on the matter.

    The Naval Air Station Keflavik used to be the key element of the US military presence in Iceland. It was shut down in 2006 when the last of the US military assets were withdrawn from the island, and is currently being used by the Icelandic Coast Guard.

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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  George1 on Thu Oct 29, 2015 4:25 am

    US to Increase Ground Forces in Iraq While Avoiding Invasion

    The United States will likely increase the number of combat troops on the ground in Iraq to fight the Islamic State but will stop short of launching a full-scale invasion, former Pentagon official Lawrence Korb told Sputnik.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that the Pentagon does not rule out conducting ground attacks against the Islamic State.

    "We have to step it [ground forces] up…but we are not going to cross the line and do anything like we did in 2003 [in Iraq]," Korb said on Wednesday.

    Korb added that the US military already has special forces on the ground in Iraq and the Pentagon wants to enlarge that presence.

    Carter wants to communicate the possibility of increases in ground forces before reports surface that make it look like a repeat of Iraq in 2003, Korb argued, especially considering full intervention is no longer politically feasible.

    "Look, even the Republican presidential candidates do not support another invasion of Iraq."
    US soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 22nd Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division, ride on a military vehicle as they leave their base on a mission in Tikrit, 180 Kilometers (110 miles) north of Iraqi capital Baghdad, 30 December 2003.

    Commenting on reports the Pentagon might send Apaches to Iraq, Korb noted that attack helicopters would be helpful because they provide more accurate targeting than fighter planes for attacking ISIL positions.

    On Wednesday, the US Central Command said it was unaware of any plans to boost ground forces in Iraq.

    However, the Pentagon confirmed last week that a Special Operations team carried out a rescue mission with Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga counterparts near the town of Hawija in northern Iraq. One US soldier was killed during the raid.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20151029/1029257782/us-iraq-ground-forces-pentagon.html#ixzz3pvK1fv1L


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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  max steel on Tue Nov 03, 2015 11:00 pm

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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  George1 on Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:01 pm

    Pentagon Decision to Deploy Soldiers in Iraq Violates Withdrawal Agreement

    Aan Iraqi lawmaker said that Pentagon's decision to deploy its special forces to Iraq to fight against Daesh is a violation of the US-Iraqi agreement on the withdrawal of US troops from the country.

    BAGHDAD (Sputnik) — Pentagon's decision to deploy its special forces to Iraq to fight against the Islamic State (ISIL, or Daesh in the Arab world) is a violation of the US-Iraqi agreement on the withdrawal of US troops from the country, an Iraqi lawmaker said on Friday.

    Earlier this week, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Washington was deploying a "specialized expeditionary targeting force" to Iraq to assist Iraqi and Kurdish forces battling Daesh, a militant group outlawed in Russia.

    "We completely reject the deployment of US forces in Iraq to carry out military and intelligence operations. Iraqi security forces and the forces of Shiite militia al-Hashd al-Shaabi [part of Popular Mobilization Forces] able to liberate areas occupied by IS militants," Khalaf Abd Samad said in a statement.

    He also stressed the need to respect the Iraqi-US agreement on the withdrawal of US troops signed in 2011, and noted that any foreign deployment in Iraq would be considered occupation and the violation of Iraqi sovereignty.

    In March 2003, a US-led coalition invaded Iraq, as Washington accused Iraqi then-leader Saddam Hussein of supporting terrorism and having weapons of mass destruction. The invasion signaled the start of the Iraq War, which ended only in 2011, when the US forces were completely withdrawn from Iraq, except for servicemen at the US Embassy.

    The United States leads a multinational coalition that has been conducting airstrikes against Daesh in Iraq and Syria since 2014. The militant group, in control of vast territories in both countries, is also being countered by Syrian and Iraqi troops, as well as Kurdish forces.

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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  George1 on Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:58 am

    Ethiopia Kicks Out US Killer Drone Base

    At the request of the Ethiopian government, the United States has stopped flying drones from southern Ethiopia in its campaign against militants in Somalia and Yemen, officials said.

    On Tuesday, US officials confirmed that drone activities had ceased at an airfield in the town of Arba Minch, which had been used to launch Reaper drones that can carry Hellfire missiles and satellite-guided bombs.

    "This was done upon request by the Ethiopian government," government spokesman Getachew Reda said, according to Reuters.

    "In the first place, this was a project with a limited timespan and both governments had long prepared themselves for this eventuality," he added without giving further details.

    The closure is likely to mean US drone activity will return to the base in Djibouti. Flights there had been halted due to safety concerns, but the facility has since been upgraded.

    Ethiopia is one of Washington's key allies and is considered a bulwark against militant Islam in the region, Reuters reported. Ethiopian troops have been fighting al Qaeda affiliate al Shabaab militants in Somalia since 2011 as part of an African Union peacekeeping mission.

    "US military personnel are no longer in Arba Minch," said David Kennedy, Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy in Addis Ababa.

    "As we work with our African partners, our mutual needs change over time, and a determination was made that our use of the facilities in Arba Minch is no longer necessary," he told Reuters in an email.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/africa/20160106/1032770496/ethiopia-us-drone.html#ixzz3wXzDqBBA


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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  George1 on Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:49 am

    War Games Continue: Philippines to Allow US to Use Eight Military Bases

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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  JohninMK on Thu Jan 28, 2016 12:04 am

    The B-1s in the Gulf are on their way home. No more there for several months, if they go back.

    https://www.dvidshub.net/news/186376/farewell-b-1-b-1b-lancer-sets-rotational-records-before-leaving-aor#.Vqk1ClMrJyr

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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  max steel on Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:50 pm

    Decision Nearing on Where To Fix Damaged LCS

    The littoral combat ship Fort Worth remains sidelined at Singapore's Changi Naval Base, waiting both for the results of a mishap investigation into how major portions of the ship's propulsion gear was damaged and a decision on where to fix the ship.

    Several sources indicated the LCS needs between six to 12 months in a shipyard to repair the damage sustained in Singapore during a pierside accident while undergoing scheduled maintenance Jan. 12.

    US Navy officials would not comment on the ongoing investigation, but the top US commander in the western Pacific confirmed that the choices on where to repair the ship are in Singapore, from where the ship has been operating for more than a year; in Japan, where the US Seventh Fleet is based; or on the US West Coast, where the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego is already preparing to overhaul the ship in 2017.

    "I'd like to get it fixed expeditiously," Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, Seventh Fleet commander, said during a Feb. 15 interview in Singapore. "I think for that though, I think Yokosuka or back in San Diego would probably be better. That's me personally. But it's still too early."

    The full extent of the damage, he said, is still being determined.

    "We've got Lockheed Martin, they are helping us look at the extent of the damage, what on the drive train can still be used," Aucoin said.

    Unofficially, several US sources indicated the combining gear, a complicated — and expensive — piece of equipment that combines power from the ship's gas turbines and diesel engines to propel water jets that drive the ship, is wrecked, and the diesel engines — installed as the most economical way to drive the ship — cannot be engaged.

    Rather, it appears the Fort Worth can get underway on its one power, but only by using the large Rolls Royce MT30 gas turbines, installed to give the ship the propulsive power to reach speeds in the upper 40-knot range.

    But the powerful MT30s — larger than the General Electric LM-2500 gas turbines that drive most of the US Navy's surface warships — are notorious gas hogs if used as the ship's sole means of propulsion. Should the ship need to make the long voyage to Japan — at least 3,000 nautical miles — or cross more than 10,000 nautical miles of ocean to reach San Diego, a fleet oiler would need to accompany the Fort Worth and conduct frequent underway refueling operations.

    Some Navy officials dismissed those concerns, noting that US ships routinely engage in underway replenishment operations.

    Repairing the Fort Worth's drive train is complicated by the densely-packed machinery spaces installed low in the ship, spaces difficult to work in in the best of circumstances. Inspectors have had to dig deep into the ship even to see how far the damage spread. Repairs are likely to involve hull cuts to gain access to the machinery spaces.

    "You have to remove heavy pieces of gear, lift it out," Aucoin said.

    "There's a lot of things associated" with determining the damage, he added. "Just removing those layers in order to get down to see the extent of damage, that's taken some time."

    Aucoin said the investigation is a standard Manual of the Judge Advocate General, or JAGMAN, probe, and that there is no criminal investigation.

    "It's just a mishap investigation," he said. "It looks like [someone was] just not following standard procedures. That does happen, people do make mistakes."

    Aucoin reiterated his support for the LCS in the western Pacific.

    "For a year, Fort Worth has been out here doing really good work," he said. "I'm very pleased with what it's done in the region. And this is a setback. I wish it hadn't happened, but we're going to learn from it.

    "I can't wait until we get other ships of that type over here because I really do think it's the size and shape of a platform that can really help us in our efforts out here."

    Aucoin decried the lengthy acquisition process in Washington. The Pentagon's Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) and the General Accountability Office continue to urge the Navy to slow down acquisition and deployment of the LCS in favor of more testing, even though the type has been under development for well over a decade. The deployment of the Fort Worth, like the previous cruise of the LCS Freedom, is in many ways seen as a test mission, employing as many operational elements as possible. The Freedom, now in overhaul at San Diego, is expected to deploy again to this region late this year, likely preceded by the Coronado, which will be making the first deployment of an Independence-class ship.

    "There is some risk involved in bringing these ships out early," Aucoin acknowledged. "We took that on, and we learned a lot, and I think we need to keep on progressing forward. I'm trying to do this in other areas too.

    "You know, our acquisition process is pretty slow. And we're trying to bring these things out earlier, to do some of the test and evaluation out here, to learn from it. To wring it out faster.

    "That's one of my key tenets," the Seventh Fleet commander said. "That's the guidance I've given to my fleet ... to not be averse to risk. Let's bring things out early. Let's test, not just platforms, but processes, the way we do things, tactics, to learn from them. And not just do the run-of-the-mill stuff and wait for the whole acquisition process."

    So could DOT&E testing and evaluation be carried out in the western Pacific?

    "We can do a lot of things out here," Aucoin declared.

    GD NASSCO Takes Over

    Behind the scenes, a little-noticed development is apparently complicating the question of where to repair the Fort Worth, several sources said.

    The General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) is taking over as the prime sustainment agent for LCS, having outbid Lockheed Martin in April. At that time, NASSCO was awarded a $24.1 million contract to maintain and modernize 12 LCSs in San Diego, including both GD-designed Independence-class and Lockheed-produced Freedom-class ships. The initial contract contains options worth up to $96 million, the Navy said.

    NASSCO took over the maintenance and repair of the LCS Independence in July, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) said in a Feb. 22 statement, and became the support agent for the latest two ships, Milwaukee and Jackson, when the ships were delivered last year to the Navy.

    Lockheed is handling the selected restricted availability (SRA, a type of Navy overhaul) for the Freedom, NAVSEA said, but will relinquish responsibility for the ship when the overhaul is completed later this month.

    Lockheed will also turn over responsibility for the Fort Worth "in March," NAVSEA said.

    "NASSCO is already ahead of the curve," NAVSEA added, "working toward [the Fort Worth's] SRA in 2017."

    Some sources indicated concerns that as Lockheed's experienced management team is replaced by NASSCO managers, a new learning curve will be injected into the LCS program. Other sources said most of the actual work is done by subcontractors and many of those already working under Lockheed on LCS will simply switch over to NASSCO.

    Sources also said NASSCO was lobbying heavily for the Fort Worth to make the Pacific crossing, despite the expense, and undergo full repairs in San Diego. Wherever the ship is repaired, the LCS is already scheduled to be overhauled at NASSCO when she gets back to the US, so the argument is that it's better to endure the transoceanic crossing than have the ship undergo major repair periods in two different shipyards.

    Sweltering at Changi

    Meanwhile, the energy of the Fort Worth's first 14 months on deployment has been been replaced by the ship's enforced idleness at this base. During a Feb. 16 visit, members of LCS Crew 101 indicated they were continuing to carry out basic maintenance and otherwise take care of the ship, but crew members were clearly disappointed.

    One problem for sailors is keeping up active qualifications. Flight crew of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35, which operates the ship's embarked MH-60R helicopter and MQ-8B Fire Scout helicopter drone, have traveled to Japan to maintain flying hours on the MH-60R, but the drone operators will need to be recertified, a crew member said.

    Nearby sat the submarine tender Emory S. Land, a repair ship carrying out a scheduled port call. The tender's presence at Changi, said Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Arlo Abrahamson, was not related to the Fort Worth's problems. While Land sailors provided some assistance to the LCS, the Guam-based tender left after a short stay.

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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  George1 on Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:26 pm

    Pentagon Plans Rapid Increase in Iraq Military Operations

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    Post  George1 on Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:33 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico -- The Pentagon is sending 615 additional US troops to Iraq to help bolster local forces as they prepare to invade the Islamic State group’s stronghold in Mosul

    http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/us-prepares-to-send-final-increase-of-american-forces-to-iraq


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    Post  George1 on Fri Nov 04, 2016 5:13 am

    The US Army Public Affairs said that the United States will deploy to Iraq the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division to replace the 101st Airborne Division that has so far been training the Iraqi Security Forces.

    Read more: https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201611031047054182-usa-deploy-army-iraq/


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