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Daily Defense News Capsules for 01/18/2019

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The U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier has accepted its first advanced weapons elevator (AWE), a key capability for transporting ordnance to the flight deck, reports the Navy NewsStand. The elevator, designated AWE Upper Stage #1, was handed over to the USS Gerald ...
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The Trump administration has approved the use of federal direct investment for suppliers of chemicals and parts used in U.S. bombs in an attempt to fix supply chain vulnerabilities, reports Defense News. President Trump signed four memos on Wednesday to bolster the supply ...
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The U.S. Navy is moving towards developing two hull designs as part of the recapitalization of its sealift fleet, reports Defense News. The Navy launched the Common Hull Auxiliary Multi-Mission Platform program last year to replace its aging fleet of auxiliaries and sealift ...
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A Pentagon program that brings in role-players to prepare U.S. troops for real-life situations on foreign deployments has faced little attention despite its cost, reports NBC News.  The program brings actors, primarily recent immigrants, to U.S. military training ...
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The presidents of the Philippines and Sri Lanka have signed a new defense cooperation accord among other agreements, reports the Philippine Star. On Wednesday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hosted his Sri Lankan counterpart, Maithripala Sirisena, for talks in Manila. The ...
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Two of NATO's standing naval groups have new commanders, reports the alliance. On Monday, U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Edward Cashman formally assumed command of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) during a ceremony in Copenhagen, Denmark, succeeding a Royal Danish Navy commodore, ...
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The Indian army has killed five Pakistani troops following ongoing cease-fire violations along the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir, reports the News Nation Network (New Delhi). On Thursday, the Indian army opened fire on Pakistani troops along the line of control ...
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The Somali government has taken delivery of donated armored vehicles from Qatar, reports Radio Dalsan (Mogadishu). On Thursday, 68 Storm 4 x 4 armored personnel carriers were formally handed over to Somali defense officials in Mogadishu, said the Qatari Defense Ministry. The ...
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Five militants have been killed in an operation by Egyptian security forces in North Sinai, reports Asharq Al-Awsat (London). On Wednesday, police raided a militant hideout on a deserted farm in Arish setting off a gun battle, said the Egyptian Interior Ministry on Wednesday. Explosives ...
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At least 21 people have been killed in a car bombing at Colombia's main police academy in Bogota, reports Reuters.  On Thursday, a car broke through checkpoints surrounding the General Santander School and exploded. The Nissan Patrol SUV was carrying 176 pounds ...
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The Japanese government has decided to end local assembly of F-35 fighter jets purchased form the U.S., reports Defense News.  The aircraft to be acquired under the fiscal 2019 contract will be delivered in fly-away condition, said a spokesman for the Japanese Acquisition, ...
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The pilots of two Russian Su-34 fighter-bombers that collided over the Sea of Japan have been rescued, reports the Moscow Times.  On Friday, the jets were on a training flight when they "touched" in mid-air, said the defense ministry. The crews of both aircraft ejected, ...
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Singapore has identified the F-35 fighter jet as the best choice to replace its aging F-16s, reports the Straits Times (Singapore).  The next-generation fighter jet was chosen after an evaluation by the Defense Science and Technology Agency and air force, the ...
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A Canadian geologist who was kidnapped while working in Burkina Faso has been confirmed dead, reports CBC News.  Kirk Woodman was kidnapped on Tuesday while working at a mining site in Tiabongou, near the border with Niger.  Security forces found his body ...
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French President Emmanuel Macron says France will remain militarily engaged in the Middle East regardless of the U.S. withdrawal from Syria, reports Agence France-Presse.  France's priority remains eliminating ISIS, Macron said on Thursday at an army base near Toulouse ...
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The Burmese army says it has killed 13 rebels during operations in the western Rakhine state, reports Reuters.  Between Jan. 5 and Jan. 16, 13 rebels were killed in eight clashes, said Maj. Gen. Tun Tun Nyi. There were also at least five land mine explosions, ...
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