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TOP STORIES:
1. NATO To Send Ships As Somali Pirates Ease Demands
(ASSOCIATED PRESS 09 OCT 08) ... Salud Duhul
    MOGADISHU, Somalia — NATO joined a growing international force to protect vessels off Somalia's perilous coast Thursday,
sending military ships to the treacherous waters where pirates are negotiating the release of an arms-laden tanker.

2. Somali Pirates Free 15 Filipino Seamen, Hold 67
(ASSOCIATED PRESS 09 OCT 08) ... Hrvoje Hranjski
    MANILA, Philippines — Pirates in Somalia released 15 Filipino seamen and four other crewmen of a chemical tanker hijacked
nearly two months ago, but were still holding 67 other Filipino sailors, officials said Thursday.

3. The Somali Pirates: Tanks, But No Tanks
(TIME 09 OCT 08) ... Nick Wadhams
    The Somali pirates who hijacked a Ukrainian ship with 33 battle tanks aboard have lowered their ransom demand and say they are
eager to negotiate, raising hope that the two-week standoff over the MV Faina will be resolved in a few days. If they're true to their
word and the ship is released, the pirates will disappear back into the stew of Somalia and wait for their next opportunity.

4. Justices Mull Environmental Law, Job Discrimination
(PBS ONLINE NEWSHOUR 08 OCT 08) TRANSCRIPT (EXCERPT)
    The Supreme Court appeared divided over judges' authority to limit the U.S. Navy's use of sonar to protect whales and weighed a
workplace harrassment case Wednesday. Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal recaps the day in the courtroom.

5. Whales Plaintiffs May Face Long Odds In High Court, Prof Says
(AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION JOURNAL 09 OCT 08) ... Debra Cassens Weiss
    A Georgetown law professor says environmental plaintiffs have not fared well in the U.S. Supreme Court when citing the
National Environmental Policy Act, and plaintiffs who claim Navy sonar harms whales may be no different.

6. Korean Shipyards Demonstrating Significant Production Rates, Official Says
(DEFENSE DAILY 10 OCT 08) ... Geoff Fein
     South Korean shipyards are achieving significant production rates, upward of a ship per week, and there are no signs the facilities
are planning to slow down, according to Navy Secretary Donald Winter, who recently returned visiting them.

CURRENT OPERATIONS:
7. US Marines And Navy Invade Sydney
(AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS 10 OCT 08)
   More than 3,000 US marines and naval personnel have invaded Sydney, but they are as meek as lambs when out of uniform, their
commanding officers say.

8. GW Participates In S. Korean Naval Review
(ASSOCIATED PRESS 09 OCT 08)
    BUSAN, South Korea — South Korea held its first naval fleet review in a decade Tuesday, putting state-of-the-art destroyers on
display in a show of force amid heightened tension on the divided peninsula over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
9. Navy Hosts Security Forum
(KOREA HERALD 09 OCT 08) ... Kim Ji-Hyun
   Naval officials from over 20 nations from the western Asia-Pacific region yesterday gathered in Busan to discuss methods to
combat security threats such as piracy and terrorism, the Navy said.

10. Report On USS George Washington Fire Posted Online
(STARS AND STRIPES 09 OCT 08)
     YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The USS George Washington’s chief engineer spotted 300 gallons of flammable oil
illegally stored below the aircraft carrier’s deck plates and ordered it moved.

11. U.S. Navy Doctors Care For Patients In Baní
(LISTIN DIARIO (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC) 07 OCT 08) ... Joseph Dicén
    Las Calderas, Baní .- The U.S. Navy medical team is treating dozens of patients with various health ailments daily at the
Calderas Naval Base. The team has been carrying out the "Continuing Promise 2008" operation since last Saturday, which is a
humanitarian tour visiting other countries in the area.

GLOBAL MARITIME ENVIRONMENT:
12. U.S. Navy's Keating Wants Japan's Continued Naval Support
(TOKYO JIJI PRESS 09 OCT 08)
   Tokyo -- Visiting U.S. Navy Admiral Timothy Keating on Thursday urged Japan to continue its naval operations in the Indian
Ocean in support of the U.S.-led antiterrorism war in Afghanistan.

13. US Pacific Commander Calls On Japan To Do More
(NHK 09 OCT 08)
    The top US military commander in the Pacific has called on Japan to contribute more to the fight against terrorism than the
refueling of US-led coalition vessels in the Indian Ocean.

14. NKorea Navy Warns Of Possible Sea Clash With SKorea
(AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 09 OCT 08)
    SEOUL — North Korea's naval command on Thursday accused South Korean ships of violating its territorial waters in the
Yellow Sea and warned that escalating tensions could lead to a clash.

15. Russian Navy Patrols Mediterranean Sea
(MOSCOW NEWS WEEKLY 10 OCT 08) ... Ilya Kramnik
   A squadron comprising the nuclear-powered battle cruiser Peter the Great, the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) ship Admiral
Chabanenko and two supply ships from the Russian Navy's Northern Fleet recently entered the Mediterranean Sea.

16. Russia Denies Nuclear Weapons On Ships Bound For Venezuela
(RIA NOVOSTI 09 OCT 08)
    MOSCOW - Russian warships en route to Venezuela to take part in naval exercises are not carrying nuclear weapons, a Foreign
Ministry spokesman said Thursday.

PERSONNEL:
17. Local Family Remembers Fallen Naval Officer
Navy Calls Father's Death An Accident
(WDIV (DETROIT NBC) 09 OCT 08)
   CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A Clinton Township family is mourning the loss of a naval officer.

18. Navy Is Making Sure Sailors Get A Chance To Vote
(WVEC (HAMPTON ROADS ABC) 09 OCT 2008) ... Broadcast Clip
     The Navy is making sure its sailors get a chance to exercise their right to vote. The 'Navy Voting Assistance Program' provides
sailors with the information they need to cast an absentee ballot. They go forward on ships, all over the world, far from home. (RT
1:57) View Clip

19. Sailor Represents The Future Of The Navy
(WKOV (JACKSONVILLE RADIO 09 OCT 08) ... Jeff Hess
    The 233rd anniversary of the Navy is this weekend. In honor of the Navy Anniversary, our special series about the Navy
continues with someone who represents the future of the Navy.
20. Husband Awaits With Infant Son While Wife Returns From Deployment
(HANFORD SENTINEL (CALIF.) 09 OCT 08) ... Shawbong Fok
    For two months, Jason Dulski, 31, of Lemoore, took care of his 4-month-old son, Austin, alone. During that time, he constantly
thought about his wife, Heather Dulski, 22, who spent two months aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln supporting
operation Iraqi Freedom.

21. Couple To Stand Trial In Daughter's Death
(KNSD (SAN DIEGO NBC) 09 OCT 08)
    SAN DIEGO -- A Navy man and his wife accused in the slaying of their 3-year-old will be tried on murder and child abuse
charges.

FORCE STRUCTURE/PROGRAMS:
22. AoA Should Help Navy And Marine Corps Find Best Options For NSFS Gap, Official Says
(DEFENSE DAILY 10 OCT 08) ... Geoff Fein
     The Navy is optimistic a new Joint Expeditionary Fires Analysis of Alternatives (JEF AoA) will help them and the Marine Corps
find a solution that meets the requirement at an affordable price, a top Admiral said.

23. Defense Industry Worries About Cutbacks
Financial-Industry Bailout Could Prompt Congress To Trim Costly Pentagon Programs, Executives Say
(WALL STREET JOURNAL 10 OCT 08) ... August Cole
    Defense –industry executives are starting to worry that the costs of rescuing the financial industry will be taken in part out of the
Pentagon's programs, and that could have a big impact on their companies.

BASES / COMMUNITY OUTREACH:
24. Navy Promotes Motorcycle Safety
(WTKR (CBS NORFOLK) ... Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Press Release
    NORFOLK - Representatives from the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Traffic Safety office will be on hand at Bayside Harley-
Davidson Saturday, October 11, following the 8th Annual Rumble Through the Tunnel to promote the Navy's Motorcycle Safety
Courses.

25. Carrier Basing Subject Of Friday Meeting With Navy Secretary, Va. Reps
(WVEC (HAMPTON ROADS ABC) 09 OCT 08)
   NORFOLK – Hampton Roads’ congressional delegation on Friday will tell the Navy secretary how they feel about the possible
move of a Norfolk-based aircraft carrier to Mayport, Florida.

26. New Energy Savings Contract Expected To Save Millions
(NORFOLK VIRGINIAN-PILOT 10 OCT 08)
    A new energy savings performance contract for Oceana Naval Air Station's Dam Neck Annex in Virginia Beach is expected to
save about $32 million on energy bills over the course of 17 years, the Navy announced this week.

27. Joint Land Use Study For NSA-PC Kicks Off
(WMBB (NBC PANAMA CITY, FLA.) 09 OCT 08) ... Tuquyen Mach
   Panama City, Fla: - The U.S. Navy hopes to work better with its neighbors when it comes to development.

28. Worries Aired About Navy Test Range Expansion
(PENINSULA DAILY NEWS (PORT ANGELES, WASH.) 09 OCT 08) ... Jeff Chew
    QUILCENE -- East Jefferson County residents told Navy officials at a public hearing that they worried that an expanded undersea
warfare test range in Hood Canal would result in less recreational and commercial water access.

29. Naval Hospital Sued For Mother's Death
(FIRST COAST NEWS.COM (JACKSONVILLE, FLA.) 09 OCT 08) ... Jackelyn Barnard
    JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The attorney for the family of Rosario Caoile says his investigation shows doctors at Naval Hospital
Jacksonville could have prevented Caoile's death.
30. Seacoast Hospitality Awaits Crew Of The USS N.H.
(FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT (PORTSMOUTH, N.H.) 09 OCT 08) ... Charles McMahon
     Whether you're a sailor just stepping off the USS New Hampshire following it's arrival at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, or an
interested spectator hoping to catch a glimpse of the Navy's newest fast-attack submarine, there's plenty to do during the weeklong
celebration leading up to the boat's commissioning.

NEWS OF INTEREST:
31. Secretary Of The Navy To Attend Waterloo Vets Museum Opening
(WATERLOO AND CEDAR FALLS COURIER (IOWA) 09 OCT 08)
   WATERLOO - Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winters will speak at the opening of The Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans
Museum, 503 South Street, Nov. 15.

32. Think You Can Be Top Gun?
(NPR.ORG 09 OCT 08) ... Kathleen Masterson
   For military pilots, multitasking means more than just talking on the phone and typing at the same time.

33. Service For Lost Submarine USS Grunion Revives Memories
(CLEVELAND PLAIN-DEALER 09 OCT O8) ... Brian Albrecht
    For 64 years after the USS Grunion disappeared in a sea of mystery during World War II, families of the submarines 70 crewmen
waited and wondered.

34. Navy Chefs Get Basic Training In Fine Dining
(FIRST COAST NEWS 09 OCT 08)
     JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The US Navy is turning 233 years old. And there's going to be a big birthday party this weekend on the
First Coast.

OPINION:
35. Judges Wild On Whales
(WASHINGTON TIMES 09 OCT 08) ... James Jay Carafano
     It's a dangerous world out there. Iranian mullahs push forward their missile and nuke development programs while musing about
a world without Israel ... or America. Russia rattles its saber, invades Georgia, plants its flag in the Arctic and dismisses the United
States as a has-been superpower. Islamists wage a "holy war" against "the Great Satan" with firefights in Afghanistan, bombings in the
Middle East and plots around the world.

36. A Middle Ground On Use Of Sonar
(THE REPUBLICAN (MASS.) 09 OCT 08)
   The Supreme Court has a whale of a problem on its hands.

37. Naval Fleet Review
(DONG-A ILBO (SOUTH KOREA) 08 OCT 08) ... Yuk Jeong-soo; Editorial
     Off the coast of Busan on Tuesday afternoon, the Korean destroyer Kang Gam-chan, carrying President Lee Myung-bak, passed
the 18000-ton Dokdo large-deck landing ship with about 2,000 dignitaries on board and sailed at the head of the fleet. As two
inspection ships aligned in front of and back of the destroyer, 20 naval and coast guard vessels, which lined up while waiting, sailed
past the inspection ships one after another, with Aegis-class destroyer King Sejong the Great at the head of the line. Other destroyers,
convoy ships, patrol ships, and submarines followed. The chants of troops giving a salute reverberated through the open sea.
TOP STORIES:
1. NATO To Send Ships As Somali Pirates Ease Demands
(ASSOCIATED PRESS 09 OCT 08) ... Salud Duhul
     MOGADISHU, Somalia — NATO joined a growing                    announced it would cooperate with the West on fighting the
international force to protect vessels off Somalia's perilous      pirates.
coast Thursday, sending military ships to the treacherous               The U.N. Security Council this week called on countries
waters where pirates are negotiating the release of an arms-       to send naval ships and military aircraft, and U.S. warships are
laden tanker.                                                      being diverted from counterterrorism duties to respond to the
     The pirates softened their ransom demands for the             sea bandits.
Ukrainian ship hijacked two weeks ago in a brazen high-seas             Somalia's government has given foreign powers the
attack. Pirates have seized more than two dozen ships off          freedom to use force against the pirates.
Somalia's coast this year but the MV Faina has drawn the most           The U.S. Navy said the 20 crew members aboard the MV
international concern because of its dangerous cargo — 33          Faina were living in fear.
tanks and other heavy weapons.                                          "They want it to end peaceful and quickly," said Lt.
     "We are open for give-and-take negotiations," pirate          Nathan Christensen, a spokesman from the U.S. 5th Fleet in
spokesman Sugule Ali told The Associated Press via satellite       Bahrain. He said the Navy was in regular radio contact with
telephone, as a helicopter could be heard buzzing overhead.        the crew.
Six U.S. warships have surrounded the boat, and a Russian               But pirate spokesman Ali said the crew was holding up
frigate is expected within days.                                   well.
     Ali had vowed in earlier interviews never to reduce the            "Their chef still prepares their food for them," he said.
ransom fromUS$20 million (euro14.57 million).                      "They are healthy and have no worries. But of course their
     Despite his willingness to negotiate, Ali vowed to "cause     only worry is when they will gain their freedom. Their feeling
a lot of problems for the world" if foreign powers use force to    is typically that of hostages — no more, no less."
end the two-week standoff. If the ransom is paid, he said, the          Ukraine's Foreign Ministry said that authorities in
ship will be released.                                             Somalia had been unhelpful.
     NATO defense ministers meeting in Hungary agreed that              "Over the past 20 years, criminal groups on the territory
a seven-ship force would be in the region within weeks.            of Somalia have taken deep roots, possess big financial
     "There will soon be NATO military vessels off the coast       resources and are heavily armed and well organized," it said.
of Somalia, hopefully deterring piracy and escorting food          "The pirates' only aim is to get a ransom and safely move deep
shipments," NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer           onto the territory of Somalia."
said. "That's good news for the people of Somalia and, as it            Other Somali pirates released 15 Filipino seamen and four
should be, bad news for the pirates."                              other crewmen seized when a Japanese-operated chemical
     De Hoop Scheffer said "millions of Somalians risk             tanker was hijacked nearly two months ago, officials said
starvation if" aid is prevented from reaching the country.         Thursday. Pirates still hold 67 Filipino sailors on four different
     NATO said a NATO naval group based in the                     ships.
Mediterranean Sea would sail to the Horn of Africa and stay             Somalia, a nation of around 8 million people, has not had
until at least December.                                           a functioning government since 1991. A quarter of Somali
     Momentum has been growing for coordinated                     children die before age 5 and nearly every public institution
international action against the pirate menace after the seizure   has collapsed.
of the MV Faina. Several European Union countries last week             Islamic militants with alleged ties to al-Qaida have been
said they would launch an anti-piracy patrol, and Russia           battling the government and its Ethiopian allies since the
                                                                   Islamists were driven from the capital in December 2006.
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2. Somali Pirates Free 15 Filipino Seamen, Hold 67
(ASSOCIATED PRESS 09 OCT 08) ... Hrvoje Hranjski
     MANILA, Philippines — Pirates in Somalia released 15               Four ships with 67 Filipino sailors remained in the hands
Filipino seamen and four other crewmen of a chemical tanker        of Somali pirates, including the MV Stella Maris, a Japanese-
hijacked nearly two months ago, but were still holding 67          owned bulk carrier that was seized July 20, Cristobal said.
other Filipino sailors, officials said Thursday.                        One Filipino sailor was killed when pirates in speed boats
     A spokesman for the Philippines Foreign Affairs               climbed aboard one of two Malaysian tankers last month,
Department, Claro Cristobal, said the seamen from the MT           which have since been released.
Irene, a Japanese-operated vessel, were freed late Wednesday            Meanwhile, the 20 crew members aboard a Ukrainian
and expected in Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.              ship hijacked two weeks ago off Somalia's coast and laden
     "All crew members are safe and sound despite the ordeal       with heavy weapons are living in fear of the pirates who
they have undergone," he said.                                     seized the vessel, the U.S. Navy said Thursday.
     The Philippines, one of the largest suppliers of crewmen           Lt. Nathan Christensen, a spokesman from the U.S. 5th
in the international shipping industry, has been hit hard by a     Fleet in Bahrain, said the Navy is in regular contact with the
sharp increase in the number of Somali pirate attacks in the       crew of the MV Faina. "They want it to end peaceful and
Gulf of Aden.                                                      quickly," he said.
     Christensen said the Navy has no information on when            Moscow say the ship's Russian captain died of a heart
the standoff will end but added the U.S. will guard the cargo        condition soon after the hijacking.
of the vessel and the welfare of the crew until then.                    A Russian frigate also is headed toward the standoff.
     Six U.S. warships are surrounding the Faina, which was
hijacked late last month with 21 crew on board. Officials in
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3. The Somali Pirates: Tanks, But No Tanks
(TIME 09 OCT 08) ... Nick Wadhams
     The Somali pirates who hijacked a Ukrainian ship with 33        express permission from a Joint Defense Board, which is then
battle tanks aboard have lowered their ransom demand and say         obligated to inform the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Sudan.
they are eager to negotiate, raising hope that the two-week          A spokesman for the U.N. Mission in Sudan tells TIME that
standoff over the MV Faina will be resolved in a few days. If        the mission has received no such information about the tanks.
they're true to their word and the ship is released, the pirates           Without definitive proof, there may be no choice but to let
will disappear back into the stew of Somalia and wait for their      the Faina go. The shipping manifest quoted by the BBC is
next opportunity.                                                    ambiguous at best — and does say that the consignee is
     Once that happens, however, the question will arise: What       Kenya's Ministry of Defense. "After a ship is released, what
to do about those tanks? There is mounting evidence from             normally happens is, the ship is taken and debriefed by the
U.S. officials and other experts that the tanks aboard the Faina     warships that are closest to it," says Roger Middleton, the
were not destined for Kenya, as both the Kenyan government           Africa Program consultant at the Chatham House think tank.
and the tank's Ukrainian shippers claim, but for South Sudan,        "I'm pretty sure that whatever happens, they're going to be
the autonomous oil-rich region of Sudan, which has a fractious       escorted for the rest of their journey. But the thing is that if
relationship with the central government in Khartoum. If the         these have been bought legally, I don't know that there's a lot
standoff is resolved, will the three American warships               anybody can do to keep them from reaching their destination."
encircling the Faina just clear a path and allow it to proceed?            The stakes of the negotiations rose significantly on
     The U.S. Navy says its primary concerns are making sure         Wednesday, when the U.N. Security Council passed a
the crew is safe and that the armaments don't fall into the          resolution authorizing governments to use all necessary
wrong hands — that is, those of the Islamic insurgents who           measures to combat piracy. That would presumably include
have made Somalia ungovernable. It may simply be a matter            the use of force. Now the warships guarding the Faina must
of national priorities. As long as the insurgents don't get any of   calculate whether such a raid, which would put the lives of the
the weapons, the U.S. Navy will look the other way. "I               20 hostages aboard the ship at risk, is worth a potential
certainly won't speculate on where they might end up," 5th           catastrophe. "If they attack us, we will defend ourselves and
Fleet spokesman Lieutenant Nathan Christensen says. "We              the situation will worsen. We will fight until only a drop of
want this to end as peacefully as possible."                         blood is left in our bodies," Sugule Ali, the pirate spokesman,
     Christensen himself told reporters early in the crisis that     tells TIME from the deck of the Faina. "We believe that
South Sudan was the destination. Though he later backed off          humans die once. They have weapons, and we also have
that claim, Western diplomats have told TIME on condition of         weapons."
anonymity that those suspicions are probably true. On                      Because of the scrutiny the ship has been under, Kenya
Tuesday, the BBC published a document that it said was the           may ultimately have to take responsibility for the tanks and
Faina's freight manifest. The contract number on the manifest        keep them, diplomats say. Proof that the tanks are headed for
includes the initials MOD/GOSS — the initials for Ministry of        South Sudan would be a major embarrassment for Kenya,
Defense/Government of South Sudan.                                   which not only helped broker the CPA but was one of the
     The Kenyan government contested that interpretation,            seven co-sponsors of a U.N. resolution that demanded a
saying GOSS stood for General Ordinance and Security                 binding Global Arms Trade treaty, which would bring more
Supplies — a division of the Kenyan Defense Ministry. But a          transparency to the worldwide shipping of weapons. In reports
South Sudanese government adviser, speaking on condition of          to the U.N. over the past several years, Kenya has claimed no
anonymity on Thursday, rejected that notion. The adviser, a          imports or exports, even though in 2007 Ukraine said it was
former fighter with the Sudan People's Liberation Army               shipping 77 battle tanks — exactly the number found aboard
(SPLA), told TIME that Kenya had agreed long ago to                  the Faina — to Kenya.
facilitate such arms deals for South Sudan. "I know they                   One diplomatic source tells TIME that the most likely
belong to us, to South Sudan," the adviser said in a telephone       scenario would be for the tanks to simply turn around and
interview. "There was a deal between the SPLA and the                return to Ukraine. "Everybody will be following where the
Kenyan government that they facilitate everything. The               tanks go now that this cargo has the spotlight on it," the source
destination is simple — they were going to South Sudan."             says. "I just have to assume that the cargo will have to go
     If that's indeed the case, that the tanks are meant for South   back, and they'll have to act like it never happened. I don't
Sudan, then it's possible the parties involved are violating the     think now it's politically possible for South Sudan to take
terms of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), the                them." So far, Kenya has not produced what would be the
historic 2005 deal that ended Sudan's 21-year civil war.             conclusive document: an end-user certificate, which would
According to the CPA, neither North nor South Sudan is               show whether it was keeping the tanks for itself or re-
allowed to rearm in the period before a 2011 referendum is           exporting them to Sudan. It is legally bound to report to
held on South Sudanese independence — unless they have               Ukraine if it is turning around and selling the arms.
     If the Faina is let go, the only chance of learning what      ultimate destination of its weapons. "The Ukrainians are keen
really happened may be in Ukraine. After enduring severe           on parliamentary commissions on illegal arms transfers at the
criticism for arming all sides in various African conflicts with   moment," says Paul Holtom, a researcher with the Stockholm
Soviet-era weapons from its stockpiles, Ukraine, experts say,      International Peace Research Institute's Arms Transfers
is cleaning up its act and taking a far greater interest in the    Project. "One would hope the Ukrainians would follow up."
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4. Justices Mull Environmental Law, Job Discrimination
(PBS ONLINE NEWSHOUR 08 OCT 08) TRANSCRIPT (EXCERPT)
     The Supreme Court appeared divided over judges'               the exercises, which in turn would damage our ability to
authority to limit the U.S. Navy's use of sonar to protect         protect national security.
whales and weighed a workplace harrassment case                         And he also argued that the court here ignored statements
Wednesday. Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal recaps         by the president, as well as the nation's chief naval officer, that
the day in the courtroom.                                          this was a serious interference with what the Navy was trying
     JIM LEHRER: And now, two arguments before the                 to accomplish.
Supreme Court, and to Judy Woodruff.                                    The court -- the justices in their questioning probed the
     JUDY WOODRUFF: On just the third day of their new             Navy about how 2,200 yards and 75 percent power-down
term, the justices today tackled two of the main issues on their   really affected their use of sonar. But they also were very
docket this year: environmental law and job discrimination.        concerned about the Navy's claim that, one, it did its own
     Here to walk us through both cases is NewsHour regular        environmental assessment and that assessment showed there
Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal.                          would be no serious injury to marine mammals.
     Hello, Marcia.                                                     So they asked the solicitor general, What do you mean by
     MARCIA COYLE, National Law Journal: Hi, Judy.                 that? Justice Alito said, Tell me in practical lay terms, what is
     JUDY WOODRUFF: All right, these are two really                non-serious injury to mammals?
interesting cases...                                                    And Mr. Garre told the court that no mammals would be
     MARCIA COYLE: Yes, they are.                                  killed by the use of sonar, that there may be a temporary
     JUDY WOODRUFF: ... one of them, the United States             impact on breeding and feeding, and if whales heard the sonar,
Navy against the whales off the coast of California. Let's start   they would probably turn and go in the opposite direction.
by telling us what it is that the Navy and the Bush                     The environmental challenge
administration are -- what they argue as they bring this case?          JUDY WOODRUFF: Can you tell how much those
     MARCIA COYLE: The Navy is basically challenging a             environmental arguments are going to matter?
court order here that imposed restrictions on how it conducts           MARCIA COYLE: Well, I think the court is concerned
very complicated, sophisticated sonar training exercises off       about the Navy's ability to do what it has to do to protect
the coast of Southern California.                                  national security. So that put the onus on the environmental
     The judge here, in order to protect marine mammals, said      group's counsel, who was up next, Richard Kendall for
that the Navy had to power off the sonar if a marine mammal        Natural Resources Defense Council.
came within 2,200 yards of the sonar source or power down               And he argued that, well, this judge who issued the order
75 percent if the Navy detected activity in the water.             had ample evidence based on prior Navy training exercises
     The judge's order was the result of a lawsuit filed by an     that the Navy could do the exercise under the conditions the
environmental group, the Natural Resources Defense Council,        judge imposed.
which claimed the Navy had violated federal law by not doing            And he also disputed the Navy's assessment of injury to
an environmental impact statement before starting the training     marine mammals. He said, for example, there was
exercises.                                                         overwhelming scientific evidence that beaked whales that
     The Navy's argument                                           have been stranded around the world were stranded because of
     JUDY WOODRUFF: So the case here boils down to                 sonar.
what? I mean, you were telling me before, it's not so much              JUDY WOODRUFF: So this is a case you were saying
about environmental impact as it is what the judge did in          the environmental groups and, of course, the military are
issuing this injunction?                                           watching...
     MARCIA COYLE: Well, the Navy is basically saying the               MARCIA COYLE: The Navy wants a rule...
judge used the wrong standard when it issued his -- when he             JUDY WOODRUFF: ... closely?
issued his order for the Navy.                                          MARCIA COYLE: ... that will prevent future orders like
     Today, Solicitor General Greg Garre, who represented the      this. Environmentalists are concerned that the Navy's rule
Navy in the court, argued that the court here that issued the      would prevent them from enforcing a major environmental
order ignored evidence that the restrictions imposed by the        law.
judge would seriously interfere with the Navy's ability to do
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5. Whales Plaintiffs May Face Long Odds In High Court, Prof Says
(AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION JOURNAL 09 OCT 08) ... Debra Cassens Weiss
     A Georgetown law professor says environmental            citing the National Environmental Policy Act, and plaintiffs
plaintiffs have not fared well in the U.S. Supreme Court when who claim Navy sonar harms whales may be no different.
     The professor, Lisa Heinzerling, told the New York                  The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of
Times that plaintiffs have lost all 15 cases brought under the      Appeals had required the Navy to limit its use of sonar to
act. The court heard the 16th case yesterday, and even liberal      accommodate the whales. The appeals court had modified a
Justice Stephen G. Breyer seemed skeptical.                         more expansive injunction issued by U.S. District Judge
     "I don't know anything about this. I'm not a naval officer,‖   Florence-Marie Cooper.
Breyer said. ―But if I see an admiral come along with an                 The trial judge’s ruling troubled Justice Samuel A. Alito
affidavit" swearing to the necessity of Navy training exercises     Jr. ―Is Judge Cooper an expert on anti-submarine warfare?‖ he
using the sonar, Breyer said, he was inclined to believe that       asked.
assertion.                                                               Also covering yesterday’s oral arguments were the Los
                                                                    Angeles Times, Legal Times and USA Today.
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6. Korean Shipyards Demonstrating Significant Production Rates, Official Says
(DEFENSE DAILY 10 OCT 08) ... Geoff Fein
     South Korean shipyards are achieving significant                     "It's really remarkable to see modules being put together.
production rates, upward of a ship per week, and there are no       It wasn't just the outfitting levels which were good," Winter
signs the facilities are planning to slow down, according to        said.
Navy Secretary Donald Winter, who recently returned visiting              The yard executives talk about 80 percent outfitting of the
them.                                                               modules being a general standard, he added. "That's not
     During his visit, Winter said he was fascinated with the       exceptional...not unusual...that's the way people are going both
work going on at the Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.             in Europe and even in a few yards in the U.S."
(HHI) shipyard at Busan and the Daewoo Shipbuilding &                     But, Winter added, when a person looks at modules being
Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. (DSME) shipyard at Koje Island.         put together in the Korean yards, they fit just about perfectly.
     "First of all, in terms of just simply production rates,             "You got the modules, and all the edges are just nicely
you've got to look at the these yards and recognize they are        fitting up. All they have to do is weld them together. They
defining the industry to a very great extent," he told Defense      have automatic welding capabilities and things of that nature,"
Daily in a recent interview.                                        he noted.
     Both HHI and DSME have production rates of well over a               "One of the fundamentals of modern process engineering
ship a week, Winter noted.                                          is that the earlier you can design in engineering produce
     "You are talking about some very significant production        quality, the more leverage it has later on," Winter said. "You
rates and discussions of exceeding two ships a week," he            don't find that much use of grinders, and trying to even out
added.                                                              lines and trying to get things to work together, the way you
     And it just isn't the production rates that caught Winter's    might in many U.S. or even European yards. I think all of that
attention. The yards are churning out ships in excess of            is kind of remarkable."
100,000 tons, he added.                                                   One other thing that struck Winter was that the Korean
     The two Korean yards were also employing a lot of              shipyards tend to build multiple ships in huge dry-docks.
technology into the ships, Winter noted. "[There is a]                    ―The interesting thing that really got me was you can't
tremendous emphasis on fuel efficiency, even to the point of        really float a ship out unless all the ships are done. You do
using single screw designs up over 100,000 tons, [and]              them all at once, you just don't do one at a time," he said.
offsetting that with other mechanisms...bow thrusters and the       "They have such good process control over their ships that this
like."                                                              was not a problem for them.
     Winter also pointed out that the ships being built were not          The schedule control, the dependability on a schedule,
bulk cargo ships, but complex vessels--container ships with         was at level I have never seen anywhere else."
tremendous capacities, sophisticated oil processing ships,                Maybe even more impressive Winter noted, is that the
offshore oil industry drilling platforms, cryogenic storage for     two shipyards are relatively new.
liquefied natural gas (LNG) purposes.                                     "Both yards were built out of whole cloth in the early 70s.
     Top executives from both HHI and DSME commented to             There was nothing there," he said. "[These are not] 200 to
Winter that they were targeting their business for those areas      300-year-old shipyards. It isn't like going to Portsmouth,
where they think they can be competitive, notwithstanding           England, which has been around."
some of the labor cost advantages the Chinese yards have.                 HHI broke ground on its shipyard in April 1972 and
"Although they do expect the Chinese to start having more           began building two 260,000 tons of deadweight (DWT) very
labor costs as time goes on," Winter noted.                         large crude carriers (VLCC) along with its dry dock. In 1974,
     Although Winter has tried to visit shipyards wherever he       HHI had a simultaneous christening ceremony for its first two
has traveled abroad, his motivation for wanting to see the          VLCCs and the dedication of its shipyard, according to the
Korean shipyards came after a trip he made to the Rim of the        company's website.
Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC).                                                DSME broke ground on its shipyard in 1973. In 1979, the
     It was during this trip he got to see one of the Korean        yard built its first chemical carrier and, in 1993, DSME built
destroyers, "which, quite frankly, looked very good."               Korea's first submarine.
     One of the things that stood out, during his tour of the             Winter also noted that both shipyards are doing all
shipyards, was the emphasis on quality control at the early         technology development in the yards.
production phases.
     "I have seen technology elsewhere that they don't yet              These are not agile ships, Winter continued. While they
have, so it's not that they have the absolute best everywhere,"    are not going to do a crashback stop very well, they are not
he added.                                                          just big open bulk carriers either.
     But they are both modern facilities, no question about it,         "They are complex ships designed with a huge premium
Winter said.                                                       for fuel efficiency. [The executives] talked about some of the
     Both HHI and DSME did use a lot of European                   diesels they had on board. [They are] very, very conscience of
shipbuilding experience in addition to the production              the fuel consumption rates that are being
technologies that are evident, he said. "These are both two        employed...conscience of crew sizing issues," Winter said. "I
huge companies that have just incredible technology breadth        went on board the new destroyer they are building...it's
and depth."                                                        beautifully put together...again, very meticulous workmanship.
     As he toured the two yards, Winter noted that every place     It gives you a sense it has been put together with some
he looked the two companies are putting up new fabrication         meticulous degree of care."
buildings.                                                              The 8,000-ton destroyer is not up to the combat capability
     "They are talking about significantly increasing the          of the DDGs, Winter added.
number of ships that they are building. There is also evidence          "It doesn't have the radar we have, the ASW suite we
of increasing technology investment in the ships themselves."      have," he said. "[Still] it's a very capable ship...again
     And some of those ships are in excess of 300,000 tons, he     beautifully put together."
added.                                                                  Although Winter was taken by the Korean destroyer, he
     "That's the classes they are building up to."                 noted that naval shipbuilding is a small part of the yards'
                                                                   business. "I would say less than 10 percent, maybe less than
                                                                   five. Less than that if you did it on a tonnage basis."
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CURRENT OPERATIONS:
7. US Marines And Navy Invade Sydney
(AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS 10 OCT 08)
     More than 3,000 US marines and naval personnel have                Major James Franks told his company of young men -
invaded Sydney, but they are as meek as lambs when out of          average age 19 - to respect Australian laws, ignore any
uniform, their commanding officers say.                            derogatory comments about the US military and return to their
     The USS Peleliu, an amphibious assault ship, and the          ship on time no matter what temptations arose.
USS Halsey, a guided missile destroyer, arrived in Sydney               "I want you to think long term," he told them.
Harbour on Friday with sailors coming ashore to see the sights          "That one girl, that one group of girls - save it and come
and enjoy much-anticipated Australian hospitality.                 back the next day."
     Both warships cruised through the heads shortly before             In addition to rest and relaxation, Peleliu and Halsey crew
9am (AEDT) under blue skies and accompanied by a                   members will volunteer to help community service
procession of NSW police air and water craft.                      organisations.
     It was all smiles from crew members aboard the Peleliu as          It is estimated that US sailors each spend about $A280 a
they huddled in groups to practise the local lingo.                day during port visits, which equates to $784,000 in daily
     "Good day, good day mate," one marine uttered in what         revenue to the Sydney economy.
sounded like a US south-western twang.                                  The crew are granted liberty ashore in buddy pairs, and all
     The Halsey has about 30 officers and 340 enlisted             below the rank of sergeant must return to the ship each night
personnel on board.                                                by midnight.
     The Peleliu carries 260 officers and 2,500 enlisted men            Higher-ranking personnel have curfews of 1am or 2am.
and women, including a detachment of 1,300 marines.                     Anyone breaching regulations could face military
     Most will tour Sydney in civilian clothes but their           charges, jail time or lesser punishments of extra work details
unmistakable military haircut should make them easy to spot.       and loss of liberty.
     The Peleliu's commanding officer Marcus Hitchcock                  The Peleliu departed its home base at San Diego,
doesn't expect any mischief from the crew.                         California, on May 4 and was deployed in the Persian Gulf for
     "We have a philosophy of being great warrior diplomats        most of the time since, but was not called into combat.
and putting forth our best faces when we come ashore and                It resembles an aircraft carrier and measures 250 metres
visit," Captain Hitchcock told Australian media aboard the         in length, while the smaller but deadlier Halsey is 155 metres
ship.                                                              long.
     Colonel Brian Beaudreault, in charge of the marine                 The Peleliu is named in honour of the US assault and
detachment, put it a bit more bluntly.                             capture of Peleliu Island in Micronesia in 1944.
     "You'll find that they're lions in time of war and lambs in        The Halsey earned its name from the late Fleet Admiral
time of peace. So, hopefully, they'll get along with               Frederick Halsey Jr.
everybody," Col Beaudreault said.                                       The ships will depart on Sunday or Monday for Hawaii
     Groups of 100-plus marines were mustered on the flight        and then head home to San Diego to complete their six-month
deck, which is home to more than 30 attack and transport           tour.
helicopters and six Harrier attack jets.
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8. GW Participates In S. Korean Naval Review
(ASSOCIATED PRESS 09 OCT 08)
     BUSAN, South Korea — South Korea held its first naval               South Korean warships, led by the Aegis-equipped Sejong
fleet review in a decade Tuesday, putting state-of-the-art          the Great destroyer, staged a firepower demonstration, as well
destroyers on display in a show of force amid heightened            as anti-terrorism and landing demonstrations after the parade.
tension on the divided peninsula over North Korea’s nuclear              Tensions have ramped up on the divided Korean
ambitions.                                                          peninsula in recent weeks since North Korea started to restore
     The review of some 50 vessels featured about two dozen         its nuclear facilities in violation of an international
foreign warships — including the aircraft carrier George            disarmament pact.
Washington — taking part in maneuvers off South Korea’s                  China and Russia for the first time sent warships to take
southeast coast.                                                    part in South Korea’s naval review in an indication of their
     The fleet review was organized to mark the 60th                strengthened ties with Seoul.
anniversary of the foundation of the country’s armed forces.             China fought alongside North Korea during the Korean
     South Korea ―was able to accomplish an economic                War and still remains Pyongyang’s only major ally. But its
miracle because our military defended the country,‖ President       relations with South Korea have warmed significantly since
Lee Myung-bak said, referring to the country’s rise from the        they opened diplomatic ties in 1992, driven mostly by their
rubble of the 1950-53 Korean War to one of the world’s              economic interests.
economic powers. ―We have to play a role given to us that                Moscow was also a major backer of North Korea before
befits our international status. We have to cooperate with the      the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991. Seoul
international community to tackle joint threats, such as            established diplomatic ties with Moscow in 1990 and their
international terrorism and piracy.‖                                relations have since improved.
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9. Navy Hosts Security Forum
(KOREA HERALD 09 OCT 08) ... Kim Ji-Hyun
     Naval officials from over 20 nations from the western          captive. They are among an increasing number of Koreans
Asia-Pacific region yesterday gathered in Busan to discuss          who are threatened by pirates and international terrorists.
methods to combat security threats such as piracy and                    The Western Pacific Naval Symposium is a biennial event
terrorism, the Navy said.                                           that first started in 1988 to help improve regional cooperation
     Some 60 high-ranking navy officers including navy chiefs       against naval security threats and to increase mutual trust
were dispatched from 23 nations such as the United States,          between the Asia-Pacific nations.
Japan, China and Russia to participate in the 11th Western               The forum is the only such multilateral table for
Pacific Naval Symposium.                                            discussing naval security issues.
     "There is a growing need to cooperate on a regional basis           Korea began participating in the forum in 1988 and has
in order to cope with rising transnational and untraditional        hosted it once before in 1998.
threats, such as piracy and terrorism, which are threatening our         Members of the symposium are currently working to
regional peace and stability," Korean Chief of Naval                expand the floor to include more regional participants
Operations Adm. Jung Ok-keun said in opening remarks.               reaching out to the entire Asia-Pacific. Members have
     Koreans are harboring concerns about naval security in         tentative plans to change the name to the Asia Pacific Naval
the face of frequent threats they face while at sea.                Forum after the expansion.
     Eight Koreans aboard a Korean freighter were seized off
the coast of Somalia last month, and are still being held
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10. Report On USS George Washington Fire Posted Online
(STARS AND STRIPES 09 OCT 08)
      YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The USS George                   led to the fire, including an environment where 90 gallons of
Washington’s chief engineer spotted 300 gallons of flammable        hazardous material could be "stowed within the ship with little
oil illegally stored below the aircraft carrier’s deck plates and   likelihood of discovery."
ordered it moved.                                                        "This fire was entirely preventable," Pacific Fleet
      But 90 gallons were stashed in an uptake space instead,       Commander Adm. Robert Willard stated in the report, calling
later becoming fuel for the May 22 blaze that cost the Navy         many to task, including senior leadership and those associated
$70 million and several months of ship repairs.                     with fire prevention, readiness and training and firefighting
      Those and other details about the fire are now available      management.
online on the Pacific Fleet’s Web site. The unclassified report,         For the complete report, visit
posted in response to a Freedom of Information Act request          www.cpf.navy.mil/foia_rr.shtml.
from the San Diego Union-Tribune, cites shortcomings that
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11. U.S. Navy Doctors Care For Patients In Baní
(LISTIN DIARIO (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC) 07 OCT 08) ... Joseph Dicén
     Las Calderas, Baní .- The U.S. Navy medical team is         the Naval Base in the early hours of the morning and leaving
treating dozens of patients with various health ailments daily   after 3:00 pm. People from Las Salinas, Calderas, Matanzas,
at the Calderas Naval Base. The team has been carrying out       Sabana Buey, and other nearby communities were also treated.
the "Continuing Promise 2008" operation since last Saturday,          Roselys Herrera, a teenager from Las Salinas, who treated
which is a humanitarian tour visiting other countries in the     for a rash on one of her hands, said she felt very satisfied with
area.                                                            the care she received. Meanwhile, Rosaura Mendez from
     Patients are picked up in buses that travel to different    Escondido, who was treated for stomach problems, explained
rural communities, after an initial announcement is made in      that she came to this operation because she did not have
different neighborhoods here by the media, authorities and       enough money to pay a physician.
official institutions, including the governor, city council, and      Sikes, who heads the team of doctors from the U.S. Navy,
other municipal boards, explained an officer in charge.          told Listin that she is accompanied by 37 doctors, among them
     Between infants, adolescents, and adults, some 450          dermatologists, nephrologists, general practitioners such as
people had been treated as of yesterday. Patients who came       nurses and family health doctors, as well as translators and
forth with skin disorders, stomachaches, and headaches           technical specialists to repair medical equipment to complete
received necessary medicine and educational materials on         the mission.
health guidelines from the medical team, [LCDR] Kathaleen             She said that since she arrived in the country they have
Sikes, the medical chief of the charity mission, explained to    received excellent treatment from the Dominican military in
Listín Diario.                                                   logistical support, personal attention, and their stay.
     Recently the U.S. embassy announced the arrival of the           This group of military doctors performing this
United States Navy ship USS Kearsarge, which is carrying out     humanitarian mission on behalf of families banilejas [people
a humanitarian mission to several Latin American countries, at   from Bani] will spend the first week providing optometry care
the port of Don Diego to provide medical care to 6,000 people    and giving vaccinations to prevent certain viral problems.
of all ages for 13 days.                                              In addition to the other ailments being treated, Kathaleen
     Yesterday, most of the patients came from Escondido, a      Sikes explained that a new team of dentists will join them on
remote rural town 18 kilometers from Las Calderas, arriving at   the 9th.
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GLOBAL MARITIME ENVIRONMENT:
12. U.S. Navy's Keating Wants Japan's Continued Naval Support
(TOKYO JIJI PRESS 09 OCT 08)
    Tokyo -- Visiting U.S. Navy Admiral Timothy Keating on           next year. In the mission, the Maritime Self-Defense Force is
Thursday urged Japan to continue its naval operations in the         supplying fuel to U.S. and other foreign warships.
Indian Ocean in support of the U.S.-led antiterrorism war in              Keating also held talks with Japanese Foreign Minister
Afghanistan.                                                         Hirofumi Nakasone.
    Keating made the request in talks with Japanese Defense               Nakasone called on the United States to ensure the safety
Minister Yasukazu Hamada.                                            of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George
    Hamada, in reply, promised to make efforts to gain the           Washington, which arrived in Japan last month.
support of the Japanese parliament and public.                            Keating said his country will exercise the utmost caution
    Lawmakers are scheduled to start discussions on a bill to        in operating the nuclear flattop.
extend the refueling mission beyond its expiration in January
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13. US Pacific Commander Calls On Japan To Do More
(NHK 09 OCT 08)
     The top US military commander in the Pacific has called             But he said Japan should play a greater role in beefing up
on Japan to contribute more to the fight against terrorism than      the Afghan operations. He suggested Japan make larger
the refueling of US-led coalition vessels in the Indian Ocean.       contributions of both financial and personnel support.
     Admiral Timothy Keating was speaking to reporters at the            NHK (Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai) or Japan Broadcasting
US Embassy in Tokyo on Thursday.                                     Corporation, is Japan's public broadcaster.
     The admiral said he sincerely hopes Japan will continue
its mission to refuel US-led coalition vessels engaged in anti-
terrorism efforts in Afghanistan.
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14. NKorea Navy Warns Of Possible Sea Clash With SKorea
(AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 09 OCT 08)
     SEOUL — North Korea's naval command on Thursday                   The North fired up to two short-range missiles into the
accused South Korean ships of violating its territorial waters    Yellow Sea on Tuesday in what Seoul officials described as
in the Yellow Sea and warned that escalating tensions could       "routine military exercises."
lead to a clash.                                                       It is preparing up to 10 more short-range missiles for a
     The warning came two days after the hardline communist       mass test-launch in the same area, South Korean news reports
country fired short-range missiles in the Yellow Sea, the scene   said Thursday.
of bloody naval clashes in 1999 and 2002.                              Chosun Ilbo newspaper said a US satellite had spotted the
     "The situation... has become so tense that a naval clash     North readying the missiles for launch from the Chodo island
may break out due to such military provocations as the            navy base.
ceaseless infiltration of warships deep into the (North's)             The North has carried out such short-range missile tests at
territorial waters," the state news agency KCNA quoted a navy     sea many times before. Seoul usually describes them as part of
command spokesman as saying.                                      customary drills but analysts say they are sometimes timed to
     He accused the South's navy of sending more warships         make a political point.
into the North's territorial waters since early September in an        Friday is the anniversary of the founding of the North's
attempt to legitimize the disputed sea border known as the        ruling communist party. Analysts are closely watching the
Northern Limit Line (NLL).                                        event to see if top leader Kim Jong-Il, who reportedly suffered
     The two Koreas have remained technically at war since        a stroke in August, will appear.
their 1950-1953 conflict ended in a fragile armistice, rather          And a six-nation nuclear disarmament agreement is
than a peace treaty.                                              deadlocked because of a dispute over verification of the
     North Korea has never recognized the sea border with the     North's nuclear program.
South that was drawn up by a US-led UN Command after the               The US State Department said Wednesday it could not
war.                                                              confirm the test-firing but advised the North against such
     The area was the scene of bloody naval skirmishes in         actions.
1999 and again in June 2002, when six South Korean sailors             "It's not helpful in any way to managing tensions within
were among the dead.                                              the region," said spokesman Sean McCormack.
     The North's navy "keeps itself fully combat-ready to deal
a crushing blow at the provocateurs any time," the spokesman
said.
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15. Russian Navy Patrols Mediterranean Sea
(MOSCOW NEWS WEEKLY 10 OCT 08) ... Ilya Kramnik
     A squadron comprising the nuclear-powered battle cruiser     who owned the sea controlled global commerce, while those
Peter the Great, the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) ship            controlling global commerce owned the Earth and its riches.
Admiral Chabanenko and two supply ships from the Russian               This may be an overstatement which, nonetheless, reflects
Navy's Northern Fleet recently entered the Mediterranean Sea.     the real situation. Naval superiority facilitates unimpeded
     The squadron was joined there by the Russian Baltic          merchant-marine traffic and makes it possible to destroy
Fleet's escort ship Neustrashimy (Intrepid) and a Black Sea       enemy shipping.
Fleet tanker Ivan Bubnov.                                              British and U.S. naval superiority was a major factor of
     After exercising in the region, the Northern Fleet           the Allied victory in both world wars.
squadron will sail to Venezuela. The Neustrashimy will go to           In peacetime, naval superiority provides substantial
Somalia; and the empty Black Sea Fleet tanker will return to      commercial advantages to individual countries or groups of
her home base in Sevastopol.                                      countries.
     For over 200 years, the Mediterranean Sea has played an           Since the late 16th century, the Anglo-Saxon world,
important part in Russian history. During the Russo-Turkish       namely, the United Kingdom and the United States, have
War of 1768-1774, Admiral Grigory Spiridov (1713-1790)            dominated the seven seas.
commanded a naval squadron that defeated the Turkish fleet             Although Russia has never aspired for naval superiority, it
during the battles of Chios Strait and Cesma Bay in July 1770.    has always tried to maintain a navy capable of undermining
     The subsequent blockade of the Dardanelles Strait            superior enemy forces.
facilitated Russia's eventual victory in the war.                      In the 19th and 20th centuries, Russian expeditions to the
     Throughout the early 19th century, the Russian Navy          Mediterranean Sea tried to undermine British and Turkish
operated in the Mediterranean Sea. However, France and the        naval superiority. In case of war, Russian squadrons were to
United Kingdom defeated Russia in the 1853-1856 Crimean           have attacked British shipping, while avoiding superior enemy
War. Under the 1856 Paris Peace Treaty, Russia was forced to      forces. If a war broke out with Turkey, they were supposed to
scrap its Black Sea Fleet and could only dispatch Baltic Fleet    support the Black Sea Fleet's operations aimed at blockading
squadrons to the region.                                          and seizing the Bosporus and the Dardanelles Straits.
     Russian expeditions had both psychological and practical          Although tensions have relaxed since the Cold War, and
implications. Famed English writer, poet, soldier, courtier and   though the United States has scaled down its naval presence in
explorer Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618) used to say that those    the Mediterranean, this theater linking Europe, Asia and
Africa retains its key importance. Moscow, which is showing       Gibraltar more frequently, obviously realizes the region's
its naval flag between Port Said in Egypt and the Strait of       strategic importance.
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16. Russia Denies Nuclear Weapons On Ships Bound For Venezuela
(RIA NOVOSTI 09 OCT 08)
     MOSCOW - Russian warships en route to Venezuela to                He said the presence of the nuclear-powered Pyotr Veliky
take part in naval exercises are not carrying nuclear weapons,    missile cruiser in Latin American and Caribbean waters would
a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday.                       not violate the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
     "There are no tactical nuclear weapons on board these
ships," Andrei Nesterenko told a news conference at RIA
Novosti.
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PERSONNEL:
17. Local Family Remembers Fallen Naval Officer
Navy Calls Father's Death An Accident
(WDIV (DETROIT NBC) 09 OCT 08)
     CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A Clinton Township                military. He liked being on the flight deck and he was very,
family is mourning the loss of a naval officer.                   very proud to serve in the United States Navy."
     Robert Robinson, 31, was killed Oct. 4 while on board the         Robinson said her son was also very proud of his 14-year-
USS Eisenhower.                                                   old son and 3-year-old daughter.
     "When I opened the door I just knew what it was. That's           "He just loved his children," she said. "We were just
what I can't get out of my face," said Sherrene Robinson,         together at Christmas."
referring to the day military officials arrived at her home to         Robinson's mother said last Christmas was the first time
inform her about her son's death. "I just keep seeing these two   the entire family had been together in about 10 years.
men at the door telling me that."                                      She said she will remember her son as a positive role
     Robinson's mother said she has had a hard time getting       model. "No gangs, no drugs, He was just trying to set a
information about the apparent accident.                          (positive) example."
     "I just know that somehow, an aircraft took off and a
wing somehow caught my son," Robinson said. "He loved the
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18. Navy Is Making Sure Sailors Get A Chance To Vote
(WVEC (HAMPTON ROADS ABC) 09 OCT 2008) ... Broadcast Clip
    The Navy is making sure its sailors get a chance to           cast an absentee ballot. They go forward on ships, all over the
exercise their right to vote. The 'Navy Voting Assistance         world, far from home. (RT 1:57) View Clip
Program' provides sailors with the information they need to
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19. Sailor Represents The Future Of The Navy
(WKOV (JACKSONVILLE RADIO 09 OCT 08) ... Jeff Hess
     The 233rd anniversary of the Navy is this weekend. In             ―Education and just being able to see the world. So while
honor of the Navy Anniversary, our special series about the       I have been here I have been able to get my bachelors degree
Navy continues with someone who represents the future of the      in physical education and it's working out pretty good."
Navy.                                                             Williams said.
     The USS Steven Groves will be in downtown                         He found that his fellow sailors became a family for him.
Jacksonville as part of the navy celebration.                     He says his real family is spread out in all over the nation so
     Nathaniel Williams Jr. is the Operations Specialist First    this was a special experience for him. So instead of moving on
Class aboard that ship responsible for operations, writing        after getting his degree, he chose to make the Navy his career.
message and sometimes boarding other ships.                            "I'm applying for officer programs. And if I don't make
     He joined the Navy about 10 years ago after his football     the officer programs, I am pretty sure I will advance as a
career didn't pan out.                                            chief," Williams describes chiefs as the backbone of the navy.
     "I went to UNLV to play football. A country guy in a big          He says the navy helped him improve his life in ways that
city. Things didn't work out. So I wanted to do something         probably wouldn't be possible in Alabama. This is especially
positive with my life and I wanted to serve the military so I     clear when he goes home and sees people he went to high
joined the Navy," Williams said.                                  school with doing the same things they did when they were in
     He says the Navy appealed to him as a way to finish his      high school.
education.
     He says he has seen much of the world and has learned so       youth and just being able to know that you making a
much from the Navy that he wants to stay on help other young        difference," Williams said.
sailors they way the veterans helped him.                                He says there is no limit to what he can achieve if he stays
     "When I first came in and, you know, the guys, the             with the Navy.
veteran guys, that were in trained me. So now I see that cycle           "Sky's the limit. That means I could own this ship at
going to where I train other guys. So, it's a huge impact on the    sometime," Williams said.
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20. Husband Awaits With Infant Son While Wife Returns From Deployment
(HANFORD SENTINEL (CALIF.) 09 OCT 08) ... Shawbong Fok
     For two months, Jason Dulski, 31, of Lemoore, took care             His wife felt the same way, too, about joining the Navy,
of his 4-month-old son, Austin, alone. During that time, he         and she is now a parachute rigger, who deals with pilots' flight
constantly thought about his wife, Heather Dulski, 22, who          gear. She makes sure the gear functions properly.
spent two months aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham                 She was deployed abroad this time for two months, living
Lincoln supporting operation Iraqi Freedom.                         in the cramped quarters of the aircraft carrier.
     They finally met at Lemoore Naval Air Station                       "It's hard, especially after having a newborn baby," said
Wednesday afternoon. Heather Dulski was one of nearly 1,000         Heather Dulski, about the two-month experience abroad.
sailors to return to Lemoore this week after deployment to the           The couple e-mailed and called each other, but not as
Middle East.                                                        often as they desired since communication was difficult.
     This was the first time Jason Dulski had been separated             Asked what he felt like after meeting his wife after two
from his wife since they were married. The couple met while         months, Jason Dulksi said: "It was amazing. There's emotion
they were both serving in the U.S. Navy.                            going through. I'm so glad she's home. It's going to be good."
     Jason Dulski was part of the Navy for more than a decade,           Husband, wife and baby plan to spend family time
as an aviation ordnance. He placed bombs and missiles on            together for the next few days. Both Jason and Heather have
airplanes.                                                          birthdays this week, so they are going to "relax at home,"
     "It was a demanding job," he said. "But it's not bad being     Heather said.
deployed knowing you're out to make a difference."                       Heather Dulski returned Wednesday with fellow squadron
     Dulski said he joined the Navy because he needed order         personnel from Carrier Air Wing Two staff and Sea
in his life and wasn't ready for college right after high school.   Operations detachment. Pilots returned to LNAS on Tuesday
Now, he's out of the military and going to college, studying to     from deployment in the Middle East.
become a medical assistant.
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21. Couple To Stand Trial In Daughter's Death
(KNSD (SAN DIEGO NBC) 09 OCT 08)
     SAN DIEGO -- A Navy man and his wife accused in the                "He asked Armani why she did this to her mother, who
slaying of their 3-year-old will be tried on murder and child       was pregnant. He kept saying, 'Why did you do that to your
abuse charges.                                                      mother.' He said Armani would just stand there. He said she
     Police said on April 27, Christopher Simmons punched           wouldn't cry, she would just stand there," said Det. Brett
his stepdaughter Armani Hansberry in the stomach while her          Burkett. "He said he had no intent to kill her. That it was an
mother, English Simmons, stood nearby and watched.                  accident."
     Paramedics were called to Simmons' Paradise Hills home             Simmons, who is a Navy chef, faces 25 years to life if
in a Navy-housing complex. The child later died at the              convicted of murder.
hospital. Prosecutors said the child died as a result of blunt          The toddler's mother faces up to 10 years in prison if
force trauma due to a lacerated liver.                              convicted of felony child abuse.
     In court Thursday, a homicide detective testified how
Christopher Simmons said he reacted when he found out his
stepdaughter had wet her bed.
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FORCE STRUCTURE/PROGRAMS:
22. AoA Should Help Navy And Marine Corps Find Best Options For NSFS Gap, Official Says
(DEFENSE DAILY 10 OCT 08) ... Geoff Fein
     The Navy is optimistic a new Joint Expeditionary Fires         George Flynn, Deputy Commandant for Combat Development
Analysis of Alternatives (JEF AoA) will help them and the           and Integration both signed off on the memo establishing the
Marine Corps find a solution that meets the requirement at an       JEF AoA last month.
affordable price, a top Admiral said.                                   McCullough told Defense Daily in a recent interview that
     Vice Adm. Barry McCullough, Deputy CNO for                     he and Flynn would work to see the JEF AoA through to
Integration of Capabilities and Resources (N8), and Lt. Gen.        recommend a material solution to the NSFS capability gap.
     "There are several alternative paths you can go down,"               But with the Navy's plan to truncate the Zumwalt-class
McCullough said.                                                    combat ship, the future appears uncertain for AGS and
     For example, the Non Line-Of-Sight Launch System               LRLAP.
(NLOS LS) built by NetFires LLC, a limited liability company              There has been some discussion of installing AGS onto a
established by Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Raytheon [RTN],            DDG-51.
for the surface warfare mission package for the Littoral                  McCullough recently told a gathering of Surface Navy
Combat Ship is one possibility. McCullough noted that NLOS          Association members that the Navy had looked at that, but
LS has a GPS targeting capability and has relatively the same       such a proposal would require some modification. "The issue
net explosive weight as a 5-inch projectile.                        is the size of magazine. It goes down a third of what is on
     "Now, it doesn't go as far as what we were projecting          DDG-1000," he said last month (Defense Daily, Sept. 22).
ERGM would go, but it goes significantly farther than what                McCullough has also been approached about installing
we have in a 5-inch gun," he said. "That's a potential material     AGS on a LPD- 17-class amphibious ship.
solution."                                                                "We have not looked at that...I can honestly say we have
     Raytheon was under contract to produce a 5-inch                not looked at that, but that is something I am willing to
projectile for the Extended Range Munition effort. Their            explore in the future, because we liked the way AGS
ERGM, or Extended Range Guided Munition, was supposed               performed," he said. "The EDM (Engineering Development
to reach a distance of up to 55 nautical miles and withstand the    Model) for AGS has been highly successful."
pressure of 10,000 Gs (Defense Daily, April 26, 2006, Jan. 16,            And LRLAP tests have "gone relatively well overall,"
2007).                                                              McCullough added.
     The Navy had planned to fire the 5-inch ERGM from                    "So we know the capability is there. It's been
BAE Systems' Mk 45 Mod 4 naval gun system. The service              demonstrated, in limited capacity, with the projectiles, but it
had planned to install the Mk 45 Mod 4 on 32 DDGs,                  had a great success rate for what we did," he noted. "We will
beginning with DDG- 81 (Defense Daily, May 24).                     continue to look at ways where we can forward fit it or back
     But ERGM had a number of challenges, including the             fit it as we go forward."
inability of Raytheon to demonstrate consistent reliability,              McCullough has also looked at the High Mobility
culminating in the Navy terminating the effort in March 2008.       Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). "That has potential. I
     ATK [ATK] was also pursuing a similar effort with its          think they just shot an extended range one in excess of 70
Ballistic Trajectory Extended Range Munition (BTERM).               kilometers."
However, the company had numerous rocket motor problems                   In July, the Army established a new 85-kilometer distance
and until recently was also unable to demonstrate reliability.      record for Lockheed Martin's Guided Multiple Launch Rocket
     But just last month, ATK successfully fired BTERM, with        System rocket, which was fired from a HIMARS launcher
one of the rounds hitting the target at range (Defense Daily,       (Defense Daily, July 8).
Oct. 1).                                                                  Whatever system the Navy and Marine Corps agree to
     The company used funds it had remaining from prior             pursue to fill the NSFS gap, McCullough said it comes down
congressional plus-ups for last month's test.                       to what best serves the requirement at the most affordable cost
     "That was good to see that worked," McCullough said.           to the government.
     Another possibility is downsizing Lockheed Martin's                  "[It's] what hopefully the AoA will show us and we will
Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP), McCullough               take that forward as a program," he said. "There are a lot of
added.                                                              alternatives that I think we could adapt relatively easy."
     The 6-inch LRLAP projectile was to be fired from BAE's
Advanced Gun System (AGS). Both the gun and projectile
were to be used on DDG- 1000.
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23. Defense Industry Worries About Cutbacks
Financial-Industry Bailout Could Prompt Congress To Trim Costly Pentagon Programs, Executives Say
(WALL STREET JOURNAL 10 OCT 08) ... August Cole
     Defense –industry executives are starting to worry that the    how the government's financial-industry bailout might affect
costs of rescuing the financial industry will be taken in part      Boeing's more than $30-billion-a-year defense business, Mr.
out of the Pentagon's programs, and that could have a big           McNerney said: "No one really yet knows when or to what
impact on their companies.                                          extent defense spending could be affected, but it's unrealistic
     As recently as a few weeks ago, the executives were            to think there won't be some measure of impact."
relatively bullish about the long-term prospects for defense             Howard Lance, chief executive of Harris Corp., which
spending, regardless of which party wins the White House in         specializes in defense communications and is expanding into
November. But as the financial turmoil on Wall Street has           the intelligence market, said in an interview this week that
spiraled into an international crisis, that optimism is fading.     there is a sense in the industry that "everything is going to be
     In a note last week to employees, Boeing Co. Chief             subject to reconsideration," particularly big-ticket programs
Executive Jim McNerney wrote that the world's biggest               such as fighter jets, tanks and ships.
aerospace company by sales is "well positioned" to weather               It could be months before any specific programs come
the financial turbulence because it has a solid credit rating and   under pressure. The defense budget for fiscal 2009, which
a big backlog of commercial airplane orders. But addressing         started Oct. 1, is set, and Pentagon officials are well into
planning the 2010 budget. The Pentagon's regular budget for         produce thousands of cutting-edge jets. Lockheed is also the
fiscal 2009, not including special funding for Iraq and             lead contractor on that program.
Afghanistan, stands at more than $540 billion. That figure, up           Defense Secretary Robert Gates had already been
about 5.5% from fiscal 2008, is at a record level.                  pressuring the armed services over the F-22 and Future
     In the wake of Congress's emergency action to rescue the       Combat Systems, saying that neither program is relevant to
nation's financial system, some top leaders have made it clear      current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 2009 defense
that they must find ways to pay for it. Rep. John Murtha (D.,       budget postponed until the next administration tough decisions
Pa.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee's              that could lead to shutting down production lines that make
defense subcommittee, warned that the bailout will only             the F-22, as well as Boeing's C-17.
increase the pressure on Pentagon officials to find ways to              Political leaders will have to tread carefully. Cutting
balance their needs for new programs with paying for ongoing        defense dollars can be perilous, particularly for Democrats
military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.                        eager to be seen as strong on defense issues and when the
     "No matter who wins the White House, the next president        reductions come during a downturn, since such jobs are seen
is going to be forced to decrease defense spending in order to      as one of the mainstays of the economy.
respond to neglected domestic priorities," Mr. Murtha said.              Even before the bailout, fiscal pressure was growing on
"Because of this, the Defense Department is going to have to        the government. The U.S. ran a deficit of $438 billion in fiscal
make tough budget decisions involving trade-offs between            2008, some $276 billion wider than the prior year, the
personnel, procurement and future weapons spending."                Congressional Budget Office said this week. Yet some defense
     Boeing has some big programs on the line: the Army's           executives still believe that a variety of threats to U.S. national
more-than-$160-billion modernization effort called Future           security, such as Russia's invasion of neighboring Georgia,
Combat Systems, the C-17 Globemaster transport plane, a shot        would support strong defense spending.
at a $40 billion Air Force refueling jet contract, and work on           Programs deemed to be technological boondoggles or
Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-22 Raptor fighter.                        irrelevant to operations in Iraq or Afghanistan may get
     Other sophisticated weapons that will likely be                postponed or pared back to pay for more pressing military
scrutinized for their need are the Navy's $3 billion DDG-1000       needs. The Aerospace Industries Association, an industry trade
Zumwalt-class destroyer, which is being built by Northrop           group, said that even before the Wall Street financial crisis,
Grumman Corp., General Dynamics Corp. and Raytheon Co.              plans to increase ground forces by tens of thousands of
Closer look also may be given to the almost $300 billion F-35       enlisted personnel were already threatening funding for
Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, a multinational effort to        longer-term programs to modernize or develop new weapons.
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BASES / COMMUNITY OUTREACH:
24. Navy Promotes Motorcycle Safety
(WTKR (CBS NORFOLK) ... Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Press Release
     NORFOLK - Representatives from the Navy Region Mid-            sport bike mishaps, a Military Sport Bike Rider Course was
Atlantic Traffic Safety office will be on hand at Bayside           developed strictly for sport bike riders. All sport bike riders
Harley-Davidson Saturday, October 11, following the 8th             are required to take the eight-hour training that the new course
Annual Rumble Through the Tunnel to promote the Navy's              entails.
Motorcycle Safety Courses.                                               For information on any Fleet Week Hampton Roads
     In an effort to increase the awareness level and riding        event, please contact MCC Stefanie Holzeisen-mullen at 322-
skills of Sailors and DoD civilians, and to curtail the rising      2852 or Beth Baker at 322-2853.
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25. Carrier Basing Subject Of Friday Meeting With Navy Secretary, Va. Reps
(WVEC (HAMPTON ROADS ABC) 09 OCT 08)
     NORFOLK – Hampton Roads’ congressional delegation                   All the carriers at Naval Station Norfolk are nuclear
on Friday will tell the Navy secretary how they feel about the      powered, so converting Mayport for that would be costly,
possible move of a Norfolk-based aircraft carrier to Mayport,       detractors say. Reports in 2005 stated that cost would be in the
Florida.                                                            $140 million range.
     Rep. Randy Forbes (Va-4th D.), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-3rd              Supporters of the move cite national security concerns
D.), Rep. Thelma Drake (R-2nd D.) and Rep. Rob Wittman              about all East Coast carriers being in one place.
(R-1st D.) will meet with Secretary Donald Winter at Old                 Naval Station Norfolk, the world's largest naval base, has
Dominion University.                                                already lost one carrier -- USS George Washington. It's now
     In a release from Forbes' office, the four want to know        homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, replacing the retiring USS
how the Mayport carrier homeporting decision fits into the          Kitty Hawk.
Navy’s stated priorities in a constrained budget environment.            The Navy has said it's considering 13 alternatives for
     Mayport, not nuclear-capable, lost its only carrier with the   Mayport's future. It could let the base slowly wind down
retirement of USS John F. Kennedy. She was                          operations or transfer surface ships and an aircraft carrier
decommissioned on March 23, 2007 and put into inactive              there.
service after nearly 39 years.
    Winter's public affairs officer says the Secretary can't            If Hampton Roads were to lose a carrier, that could mean
render a decision about a possible carrier move until a Navy       an estimated $450 million in personal income and over 8,200
Environmental Impact Study is complete.                            military and civilian jobs gone.
                                                                        The Navy's finding are due in December.
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26. New Energy Savings Contract Expected To Save Millions
(NORFOLK VIRGINIAN-PILOT 10 OCT 08)
    A new energy savings performance contract for Oceana           new geothermal water source heat pumps. The upgrades were
Naval Air Station's Dam Neck Annex in Virginia Beach is            completed in September, according to a news release. The heat
expected to save about $32 million on energy bills over the        pumps replace a central steam plant.
course of 17 years, the Navy announced this week.                       Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic
    The new system, funded entirely through operational            manages the energy savings programs at naval stations in the
savings, includes upgrades to 36 buildings on the base with        region.
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27. Joint Land Use Study For NSA-PC Kicks Off
(WMBB (NBC PANAMA CITY, FLA.) 09 OCT 08) ... Tuquyen Mach
     Panama City, Fla: - The U.S. Navy hopes to work better        Alliance, will oversee the study. A technical committee will
with its neighbors when it comes to development.                   consist of planning and other staff.
     The Department of Defense has funded a study for the               County staff members say the group will try to work out
Naval Support Activity - Panama City to look at potential          any issues related to the areas surrounding the base.
conflicts for new development.                                          ―We’ll come up with a plan of land use compatibility
     Today a private consultant met with those who will help       regulations to look at how we can better help the mission of
create the study.                                                  the navy installation and also work with the objectives and
     A policy committee, including Panama City Mayor Scott         policies of municipalities involved,‖ says Ian Crelling from
Clemons, Panama City Beach Mayor Gayle Oberst, Bay                 Bay County Planning.
County Commissioner Mike Thomas, base Commander                         The joint land use study is expected to be completed next
Jessica Pfefferkorn and Tom Neubauer from the Bay Defense          summer
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28. Worries Aired About Navy Test Range Expansion
(PENINSULA DAILY NEWS (PORT ANGELES, WASH.) 09 OCT 08) ... Jeff Chew
     QUILCENE -- East Jefferson County residents told Navy       Naval Base Kitsap Bangor and the area in Dabob Bay -- would
officials at a public hearing that they worried that an expanded increase from about 32.7 square nautical miles to 45.7 square
undersea warfare test range in Hood Canal would result in less   nautical miles, and the number of days used per year would
recreational and commercial water access.                        remain the same, at 200.
     "My concern is that this range expansion proposal may            The proposed extension from the southern boundary of
limit recreational opportunities on the waters," said Don        the current range to the mouth of the Hamma Hamma River,
Coleman, owner of Brinnon-based Pacific Adventures scuba         and from the northern boundary of the current range to within
diving who also works at Pleasant Harbor Marina.                 one nautical mile of the Hood Canal Floating Bridge, would
     Coleman said Navy officials have told him not to enter      afford a straight run of approximately 27.5 nautical miles for
Quilcene Bay when the range was active.                          testing.
     "I am fully against expansion," he said.                         The Quinault Underwater Tracking Range between
     Coleman was one of four who commented Tuesday night         Pacific Beach in Grays Harbor County and Kalaloch in West
before Capt. Stephen E. Iwanowicz, commander of the              Jefferson County, would increase from about 48 square
Keyport Naval Undersea Warfare Center during a public            nautical miles to 1,840 under the preferred alternative to the
hearing that was part of the procedure for the Navy's            full size of a current military air space on nautical charts.
environmental impact statements for expansion of its                  The proposed extension is beyond 12 nautical miles from
submarine test ranges.                                           shore.
     Under the proposal, three test ranges would be expanded,         The average annual number of days of use for offshore
and two of the three ranges would have a slight increase in the  activities would increase two days, from 14 to 16 days per
number of days per year that they are used by the Navy.          year.
     The current ranges, identified on nautical charts, are           The Keyport range site would increase from 1.7 square
located on Hood Canal in Dabob Bay and between Toandos           miles to 3.7 square miles, and the average use would increase
Peninsula and Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor; and on the coast of      by five days, to 60 days per year.
Washington state near Kalaloch; and in the Port Orchard               Written comments on the draft statements will be
Reach near Keyport.                                              accepted through Oct. 27.
     As proposed:                                                     Economic impact
     The Dabob Bay Range Complex on Hood Canal --                     Lifetime Quilcene resident Herb Beck told Iwanowicz
comprised of the north and south military operating areas near   and other Navy officials at the hearing that he's concerned
about the economic impact of expanded ranges limiting boat              "We have all the infrastructure in place to test vehicles,"
access into the Dabob and Quilcene bays.                           said Diane Jennings, Naval Undersea Warfare Center public
     He's not against the range, Beck said. He remembers it        information officer.
opening in 1948 when he was a high school student who was               Effect on wildlife
paid up to $250 to collect torpedoes he and his friends found           Shari Unger, project manager for the environmental
on the shore.                                                      impact statement said the draft study found that California
     "I would like to see a limit to range activity," Beck said,   sealions and harbor seals could be temporarily affected by
proposing that the Navy use the range four days a week and         testing vehicles they come in contact with.
leave Friday, Saturday and Sunday to private boaters.                   She said, however, that she expected that to be the extent
     "It's a two-way street."                                      of wildlife or endangered species interference caused by noise
     He asked that the environmental impact statement also         or confrontation.
include the economic impact on the communities near the test            There would be no impact to seabirds during testing,
ranges.                                                            Unger said.
     The proposal would enable the undersea warfare center              The Navy is consulting with federal fish and wildlife
"to continue fulfilling its mission of providing test and          officials to ensure that marine fish and wildlife impact is
evaluation services and expertise to support the Navy's            minimal, she said.
evolving manned and unmanned undersea vehicle program,"                 The proposal includes a third range in the Port Orchard
the Navy said.                                                     Reach near Keyport.
     Since 1914, the Keyport base has provided facilities and           Preparation of the environmental impact study began in
capabilities to support testing of torpedoes -- which are          2003 with four public scoping meetings in Kit-sap, Mason,
unarmed and with no explosives -- other unmanned vehicles,         Jefferson, and Grays Harbor counties.
submarine readiness, diver training and similar activities              Each range has diverse characteristics of depth, bottom
critical to Navy undersea warfare, Iwanowicz said.                 type, and sea state.
     Surf zone                                                          Public access through these extended range areas will
     The Quinault coastal proposal includes a 7.8 square           remain open, Navy officials said.
nautical miles of surf zone area at Pacific Beach, a shoreline          There should be little inconvenience, if any, to the public
owned and maintained for recreational use by the Navy.             in these areas, they said.
     It would include a surf zone stretch of about a mile of            The operation of the range in Dabob Bay remains the
beach south of Kalaloch, inside the Olympic Coast National         same, where lights continue to be posted at key points on the
Marine Sanctuary.                                                  shore line to inform boaters of Navy range activities.
     The dramatic increase in size of the coastal test range is         The underwater warfare center works with the Coast
because it is already "an established charted area," said Carl     Guard in the issuance of notices to mariners to notify boaters
Hasselman, a Navy environmental policy representative who          of the Navy's testing activities if navigational hazards will be
was one of several on hand at information stations inside the      presented.
Quilcene School multipurpose room.                                      The draft environmental impact statement for the
     The average annual use of the surf zone area would be         NAVSEA NUWC Keyport Range Complex is posted at
about 30 days per year.                                            http:/www-keyport.kpt.nuwc.navy.mil.
     The proposal would cover hand-held to torpedo-size                 Written comments will be taken during the public
unmanned underwater vehicles, the latest in under-water            hearings; if mailed, they must be postmarked no later than
warfare technology.                                                Oct. 27.
     They include air or surface launches, underwater tracking          Comments are to be addressed to Kimberly Kler
signals form sensors via radio-linked buoys, unmanned              (EIS/OEIS project manager), Naval Facilities Command, 1101
kayaks, even "surf crawlers," unmanned vehicles that can be        Tautog Circle, Suite 203, Silverdale, WA 98315-1101, or
launched at sea, tumble through the surf to the beach and          faxed to her at 360-396-0857.
crawl up onto the shore to relay environmental data back to a           A final environmental impact statement, ready for
ship.                                                              publishing in the Federal Register, should be completed by
     Remote operating vehicles or Navy divers are also used to     September 2009, Navy officials said.
recover unmanned vehicles lost at sea.
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29. Naval Hospital Sued For Mother's Death
(FIRST COAST NEWS.COM (JACKSONVILLE, FLA.) 09 OCT 08) ... Jackelyn Barnard
     JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The attorney for the family of           The 58 year old, mother of two, went to the Naval
Rosario Caoile says his investigation shows doctors at Naval  hospital in December, 2005, by ambulance for a severe
Hospital Jacksonville could have prevented Caoile's death.    headache.
     Sean Cronin held a news conference on the case because       Cronin says doctors did a scan and found her brain was
of recent information he uncovered in depositions.            normal and sent her home.
     Cronin told reporters that Caoile's treating physician       But hours later, another doctor saw the scan and noticed
testified her case, "kind of fell through the cracks."        abnormalities and a possible aneurysm. An MRI was
     Cronin says the system of checks and balances to protect scheduled for the next day.
Caoile broke down on numerous levels.
     Caoile's ER doctor testified, in his deposition, that he did          Caoile did the MRI the next day, but Cronin says the scan
not know about the possible aneurysm and if he did, he would          was not read by a radiologist for five days. Cronin says the
have skipped an MRI. The doctor said he would have called             MRI found an aneurysm in Caoile's brain.
his patient and told them to dial 911.                                     Cronin also says the family was not notified of the
     When Cronin asked the doctor why he would have told              findings. Eighteen hours after the scan was read by a
them to call 911, the doctor said, "....because of the potential      radiologist, Caoile died at home.
bad outcome."                                                              The family is suing the Naval hospital. A trial is set for
                                                                      May 2009.
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30. Seacoast Hospitality Awaits Crew Of The USS N.H.
(FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT (PORTSMOUTH, N.H.) 09 OCT 08) ... Charles McMahon
     Whether you're a sailor just stepping off the USS New          visiting restaurants and businesses that have provided in-kind
Hampshire following it's arrival at the Portsmouth Naval            donations. Crew members will be offered a variety of
Shipyard, or an interested spectator hoping to catch a glimpse      activities that include taking aim at a shooting range, playing a
of the Navy's newest fast-attack submarine, there's plenty to       bit of golf, catching a comedy show and enjoying some private
do during the weeklong celebration leading up to the boat's         parties held at local residences.
commissioning.                                                           The list of social opportunities for the crew is growing,
     Starting Oct. 17, the Port City will play host to a flurry of  according to Renee Riedel, the committee's social chairperson.
events geared at marking the arrival and commissioning of the            On Oct. 24, crew members and their families are invited
nuclear powered submarine.                                          to a lobster bake, hosted by the N.H. Propeller Club, on
     Having been delivered to the Navy eight months ahead of        Jamaica Island at the shipyard. Later that night a special
schedule nearly $60 million under budget, the USS New               commander's reception will place at the Wentworth by the
Hampshire is the fifth member of the Virginia Class and only        Sea.
the fourth Navy vessel to bear the Granite State's moniker.              The VIP reception will feature the boat's officers,
     The date of the boat's arrival has not been released by the    contractors that have helped sponsor social events and invited
Navy, but local officials expect to be told 96 hours before its     guests.
arrival in port.                                                         The following day, on Oct. 25, local and state officials
     Since the announcement that the city would play host to        will gather along with U.S. Navy officials for the
the submarine's commissioning, the USS New Hampshire                commissioning ceremony to be held at the shipyard at 10 a.m.
Commissioning Committee has been working with city leaders          Tickets to the live event are distributed by invitation only.
to plan a calendar of events leading up to and following the             Those unable to get into the event have the opportunity to
Oct. 25 commissioning ceremony.                                     view it simultaneously via a 9-by-12 foot "jumbotron" at
     The weeklong string of events will begin with the kickoff      Prescott Park. The public is invited to attend this viewing at no
of the first "Scarecrows of the Port Festival."                     charge.
     The crew of the USS New Hampshire, their families and               The Portsmouth Rotary will also hold a lunch that can
other visitors to Portsmouth will be greeted by a downtown          accommodate 2,000 guests under a tent in Strawbery Banke at
bedecked in autumn colors and harvest season finery.                a cost of $15 a ticket.
     In addition, a boat parade is planned to coincide with the          As it turns out, the celebration will be a homecoming for
submarine's arrival in port. It will include Portsmouth's new       some of USS New Hampshire crew members.
fire boat, the Sagamore; Tub Boat 2; and the Coast Guard,                Of the 130 officers and crew, four are Granite Staters: Lt.
along with tour boats, the M/V Thomas Laighton and                  Donnie Carmichael of Grantham, Machinist's Mate First Class
Heritage.                                                           James Gile of Portsmouth, Electronics Technician First Class
     Those interested in getting an up-close view of the            Tom Chase of Farmington and Electronics Technician,
submarine can purchase tickets to ride on the tour boats, but       Seaman Ryan Bourrie of Concord.
since the exact time of its arrival is uncertain, ticket prices and      Third graders from Dover's Garrison Elementary School
the schedule have yet to be determined.                             will also be on hand. The boat was named the USS New
     The kickoff event is scheduled for Oct. 17, 5-7 p.m., with     Hampshire after a letter-writing campaign by the third graders
family events in the West End (Islington Street corridor)           to their congressmen, the New Hampshire governor, and
including street musicians.                                         Secretary of the Navy.
     The festival will last through Nov. 2 and is intended to            For more information on the USS New Hampshire and its
showcase Portsmouth to visitors as well as the sub crew and         commissioning events, visit www.ussnewhampshire.org; To
their families                                                      help by donating click on "Support Our Submarine." For
     Other activities planned to welcome the crew and their         details regarding sponsorships, call Mike Daigle at 778-8985
families include opportunities to get out and about the city        or e-mail mdaigledatarisk.com.
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NEWS OF INTEREST:
31. Secretary Of The Navy To Attend Waterloo Vets Museum Opening
(WATERLOO AND CEDAR FALLS COURIER (IOWA) 09 OCT 08)
     WATERLOO - Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winters                Some events during the day will include Civil War Day,
will speak at the opening of The Sullivan Brothers Iowa           live military reenactments and Vietnam, Iraq and World War
Veterans Museum, 503 South Street, Nov. 15.                       II veterans will share their experiences.
     A grand opening ceremony that date will be kicked off by          The addition, an expansion of the Grout Museum, is
a parade through downtown Waterloo starting at 10 a.m.            named for the five Sullivan brothers of Waterloo who lost
Following the parade Secretary Winters will speak outside the     their lives during World War II while serving together on the
museum entrance.                                                  USS Juneau on Nov. 13, 1942.
     After the ribbon cutting the doors will be open to the            It is designed to be a museum and research archive of
public.                                                           Iowans’ role in U.S. wars since the Civil War. It will contain
                                                                  historic and interactive exhibits from various eras.
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32. Think You Can Be Top Gun?
(NPR.ORG 09 OCT 08) ... Kathleen Masterson
     For military pilots, multitasking means more than just            In one test, Meyer and Kieras built a computational model
talking on the phone and typing at the same time.                 that tested the ability of participants—including some trained
     They must be able to operate million-dollar machinery        pilots— to simultaneously do two visual-manual tasks.
and keep it targeted on an enemy aircraft while monitoring        Participants had to monitor and manually respond to two
screens and making tactical decisions about objects on the        screens.
ground. Every split-second decision has an outcome, and the            On the left were the tactical decisions: participants had to
stakes are high.                                                  classify tiny blips representing potentially dangerous objects
     "It involves a lot of executive mental processing,           as 'hostile' or 'neutral.' On the right-hand screen participants
cognitive control, allocation of the mind and body's resources    had to keep the crosshairs cursor on an airplane target icon as
for doing these various tasks," said David Meyer, a               it moved through space.
mathematical psychologist and cognitive scientist at the               Researchers measured both the speed and accuracy with
University of Michigan.                                           which participants completed these tasks.
     "It's like a computer operating system allocates resources        The simulations help pinpoint moments when operators
for different programs more or less simultaneously."              are vulnerable to making bad decisions. When test subjects
     The Navy asked Meyer to assess how well operators            were forced to add a second task on top of one they were
could handle these tasks and whether changes in equipment         already doing, researchers found that their responses in the
could improve their performance.                                  new task might be slow or inaccurate.
     Meyer and his colleague David Kieras, a professor in the          And some of the participants were more adept at
electrical engineering and computer science department,           balancing the bombardment of mental and physical tasks than
teamed up to build models that measure and predict just what      others, the researchers found.
kind of multitasking the human mind and body can handle.               The Navy has used data from some of these tests to
                                                                  design equipment that is more conducive to multitasking.
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33. Service For Lost Submarine USS Grunion Revives Memories
(CLEVELAND PLAIN-DEALER 09 OCT O8) ... Brian Albrecht
     For 64 years after the USS Grunion disappeared in a sea           For June Alexander, 88, of Amherst, whose late husbands
of mystery during World War II, families of the submarines 70     cousin Frank Alexander was on the Grunion, the service
crewmen waited and wondered.                                      brings back memories of a time when loss was all too common
     But never forgot.                                            as with her brother, an Army infantryman killed in Italy during
     Two years ago, the answer to the Grunions fate was           the war.
revealed with discovery of a battered and broken sub lying             Stanley Sullivan, 81, formerly of Akron and now living in
3,000 feet below the Bering Sea near the Aleutian Islands,        California, hopes the day dedicated to remembering his lost
southwest of the Alaskan Peninsula.                               brother, Paul, will bring a sense of finality and a reassurance
     On Saturday in Cleveland, a memorial will be held as         that he has not grieved alone. As he said, It helps to
more than 200 relatives of the lost crew gather here from         understand that other people had a loss, too.
across the country for services at the Grunions sister sub, the        One thing Grunion families dont share is the knowledge
USS Cod.                                                          of exactly how the sub met its end.
     The memorial will be special for Betty Krueger, 86, of            The Grunion was on its first war patrol in the Aleutians as
Cleveland, whose son is named for her brother, missing            part of the American counter-offensive to the Japanese
Grunion crew member Ralph Youngman. She hopes it wont             invasion of Kiska and Attu Islands in 1942.
be too emotional. The loss hit hard enough the first time              The sub sank two patrol boats and survived an attack by a
around, she said.                                                 Japanese destroyer, but reported intense enemy anti-submarine
activity near Kiska harbor in its last radio transmission on July         Linda Sullivan, who lives with her father, Stanley, in
30.                                                                  Castro Valley, Calif., said he always talked about the older
     The Grunion remained missing for 60 years until the three       brother who cared for him when he was stricken with polio
sons of the subs skipper, Lt. Commander Mannert Abele,               early in life; who played with him, read to him and sang his
discovered a Japanese researchers account on the Internet            favorite song, You Are My Sunshine.
about an encounter between an armed Japanese cargo ship and               I dont think, in his heart, he ever got over it, she said.
the Grunion near Kiska.                                                   There were other Ohioans lost on the Grunion, including
     The Abele brothers used that information to pinpoint a          Merritt Graham, of Circleville; Louis Doell, of Cincinnati;
likely site with side-scanning sonar in 2006. They returned a        Richard Carroll, of Springfield; and George Caldwell, of
year later to take photos and videos.                                Columbus.
     The memories have endured just as long as the wrecked                Their names, along with the rest of the crew, will be read
sub.                                                                 aloud during the memorial by Mary Bentz, of Bethesda, Md.,
     June Alexander said Signalman Third Class Frank                 who had an uncle on the sub.
Alexander, 27, of Elyria was a darling man, easygoing and                 In one sense this roll call will be hard for Bentz, after
fun.                                                                 spending the past two years with other sub ladies tracking
     When the vessel was discovered, I couldnt believe it.           down surviving relatives and photos for each Grunion
Miracles do happen, I guess, she said. In a way, it probably         crewman.
puts people at peace.                                                     When I read their names, I see their faces, she said. And
     Fireman Second Class Ralph Youngman, 22, a graduate             having talked with their families, I know they suffered just
of John Marshall High School in Cleveland, was very happy-           like we did.
go-lucky, recalled his sister, Betty Krueger, who will be                 Like her Italian grandmother who never got over the loss.
attending the memorial with her namesake son.                        Bentz recalled, When she was dying, she would say in broken
     He was my buddy, she added. He let me tag along                 English, The fish ate my son.
wherever he went. We used to do a lot together, like ice                  But as hard as reading the roll may be, Bentz hoped that it
skating.                                                             would in an African tribal tradition sort of way finally begin
     Stanley Sullivan said his brother, Paul, 27, a 1933             the healing.
graduate of Akrons Garfield High School, joined the Navy and              When you speak their names, their spirits are released,
became a Pharmacists Mate First Class, after unsuccessfully          she said.
trying to become an undertaker in Cleveland.
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34. Navy Chefs Get Basic Training In Fine Dining
(FIRST COAST NEWS 09 OCT 08)
     JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The US Navy is turning 233                       So to get some menu ideas and new techniques, Reynolds
years old. And there's going to be a big birthday party this         turned to the experts, the chefs at the Ritz-Carlton and its five
weekend on the First Coast.                                          diamond restaurant, "Salt."
     The USS Stephen W. Groves from Naval Station Mayport                 "What you can do with the same ingredients from a
will be docking in front of the Hyatt Regency downtown for           presentation, texture perspective is obviously something they
the celebration.                                                     don't have the ability to do on the ship or have learned in the
     And the ship's crew is putting on a VIP dinner Saturday         past. So that's where these guys come in, show them a couple
night for more than 150 people.                                      tricks," says Ritz-Carlton Executive Chef Thomas Tolxdorf.
     The three men in charge of all the meals served on the               "We learned a lot from the chef. It's a great experience to
ship are used to cranking out food for hundreds at a time.           learn different techniques," says Groves Culinary Specialist
     But Thursday they went through basic training in fine           Marvincent Williams.
dining.                                                                   And with the Ritz's help Saturday's menu will be infused
     "What we do on the ship is industrial, it's breakfast, lunch,   with a little more style.
dinner, traditional type meals, here it's cuisine," says Groves           "The concept of a lot of the items, that we can take
Culinary Specialist Timothy Reynolds.                                something simple and make it extraordinary, that's the main
     Saturday's reception will be served on the deck of the          thing," says Reynolds.
USS Stephen W. Groves when it's docked in downtown
Jacksonville.
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OPINION:
35. Judges Wild On Whales
(WASHINGTON TIMES 09 OCT 08) ... James Jay Carafano
     It's a dangerous world out there. Iranian mullahs push          and dismisses the United States as a has-been superpower.
forward their missile and nuke development programs while            Islamists wage a "holy war" against "the Great Satan" with
musing about a world without Israel ... or America. Russia           firefights in Afghanistan, bombings in the Middle East and
rattles its saber, invades Georgia, plants its flag in the Arctic    plots around the world.
     Perilous times, indeed. And while America is at war,            (NHPA) by failing to evaluate how a new air base, the
environmental extremists are on a mission, too. Just not             Futenma Replacement Facility, might affect the Japanese
necessarily on our side. Increasingly, environmental                 dugong.
organizations have opted to advance their agendas with a                  Since NHPA is intended to apply to historical property,
single-mindedness that borders on blindness. Zealous                 not animals, the court's decision is as strange as the unusual
dedication to The Cause has led them to wage legal battles           mammal it purports to protect.
even when victory means compromising national security to                 More than odd, the ruling undermines security. A joint
achieve little more than symbolic advances in environmental          statement by U.S. and Japanese officials "reaffirmed that
protection. Alarmingly, they have found common cause with a          completion of the Futenma Replacement Facility... by the
judiciary that has lost a sense of proportionality.                  target date of 2014, is the key to... the overall realignment plan
     Case in point: The Navy has a whale of a problem. It uses       for Okinawa," including relocation of a Marine Expeditionary
sonar to detect underwater dangers and to navigate its own           Unit to Guam. The actions of an activist judge have now all
submarines. But sonar may adversely affect the navigational          but ensured this vital process will not be complete by the
ability of whales and other sea creatures. In five different         deadline.
cases, environmental groups have sued the Navy to restrict                Worse, the dugong decision may create a new opening for
testing low- and medium-range sonar frequency arrays.                environmental activists to target other U.S. bases around the
     The Navy tried to address the issue long before any suits       world, relabeling arcane animals as historic relics that must
were filed. Working with the National Marine Fisheries               take precedence under the NHPA.
Service, it developed 29 operational procedures to protect                Judges gone wild is a symptom of a bigger problem. In
sonar-sensitive creatures. For example, when naval ships             the end, the greatest threat to American security may be
detect sea mammals within 200 yards during training                  constituent politics that puts narrow self-interest above the
exercises, they shut down the sonar immediately. Scientific          common good.
experiments by the Navy determined that a 200-yard buffer                 "Lawfare" advocates a constituent concern regardless of
minimizes the risk of whales becoming disoriented by military        the cost. As long as stakeholders advance their agenda,
sonar.                                                               nothing else matters. This problem can get out of control when
     But instead of deferring to the service's scientifically        judges cultivate a culture of litigation and creative
based buffer zone, a U.S. District judge decided the Navy            interpretation of law.
must turned off its sonar at a range of 2,200 yards. The new              The activists can rightly argue they are just doing their
buffer zone — more than a 1.25-mile radius — appears based           job, lobbying for their thing. Government, however, is
on nothing but the whim of the court. The Navy called the            supposed to be about more than just the sum of constituent
restrictions "crippling."                                            politics.
     As a result of this decision, the commander of the USS               Lawmakers have an obligation to give us laws that will
Ronald Reagan Strike Group recently had to slash sonar               keep us all free, safe and prosperous. Courts are obliged to
training. Meanwhile, China continues to build its super-quiet        protect us from those who would violate or abuse the law.
diesel submarines that are harder and harder to find — even               But when activists hijack the judiciary and advance one
with sonar up and running.                                           goal at the expense of another, justice is perverted. And when
     A gray whale dives in the waters off the Palos Verdes           government's fundamental obligation to "provide for the
Peninsula in California. Environmentalists argue that mid-           common defense" falls victim to perverse court rulings, the
frequency Navy sonar can disrupt whale feeding patterns, but         nation's future is at risk.
scientists don't fully understand how whales are hurt by sonar.           James Jay Carafano, a senior research fellow for
     The Navy is not the only service losing "lawfare" battles       national security at The Heritage Foundation (heritage.org),
to the enviros. Earlier this year, a U.S. District Judge ruled the   is the author of the books "G.I. Ingenuity" and "Private
Pentagon violated the National Historic Preservation Act             Sector, Public Wars."
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36. A Middle Ground On Use Of Sonar
(THE REPUBLICAN (MASS.) 09 OCT 08)
     The Supreme Court has a whale of a problem on its                   She barred the Navy from using sonar within 12 nautical
hands.                                                               miles of the coast. She ordered the Navy to shut off sonar
     Earlier this year, a federal judge in California blocked the    within 2,200 yards of a marine mammal.
U.S. Navy from using sonar in training exercises off the coast           Here's our biggest problem with this: One lone federal
because of possible negative effects on whales. A federal court      judge should not be allowed to effectively shut down an entire
of appeals upheld that ruling, but the Navy has been allowed         Navy operation.
to continue its training until the Supreme Court weighs in on            The Navy uses sonar to look for enemy submarines. It has
the matter.                                                          other uses, but that is the matter at hand here.
     There is every reason to believe that no one alive knows            Do whales supercede military operations? That would
with any degree of certainty the full effect of sonar on whales      seem to be the view of the judge. But that would appear to
and other marine mammals. But that didn't stop U.S. District         most folks as an extreme position.
Judge Florence-Marie Cooper from issuing an injunction with              We do not advocate the opposite extreme: allowing the
a great deal of specificity.                                         Navy to do as it pleases without a care in the world for the
                                                                     whales, but no one is really arguing for that.
     The only sensible course is a middle ground that would            If our Navy is forced to let down its guard against enemy
allow the Navy to perform its exercises while providing some       submarines, someone eventually will seek to exploit that
protections for whales and other marine mammals. It makes          opening.
no sense to save the whales - when they might not even be in           Don't believe that? Feel free to whistle a merry tune on
such a precarious position - at the expense of the Navy's          your way to the whale watch. The rest of us will hope that the
efforts to keep the people safe.                                   high court finds a way for sonar and whales to coexist.
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37. Naval Fleet Review
(DONG-A ILBO (SOUTH KOREA) 08 OCT 08) ... Yuk Jeong-soo; Editorial
     Off the coast of Busan on Tuesday afternoon, the Korean         The naval fleet review that held to celebrate the 60th
destroyer Kang Gam-chan, carrying President Lee Myung-          anniversary of Korea’s Armed Forces showed off Korean
bak, passed the 18000-ton Dokdo large-deck landing ship with    navy’s prowess and reminded the importance of traditional
about 2,000 dignitaries on board and sailed at the head of the  military alliances and military diplomacy. Korea’s Aegis
fleet. As two inspection ships aligned in front of and back of  destroyers and landing ships along with the U.S. naval fleet is
the destroyer, 20 naval and coast guard vessels, which lined up the barometer of the combat capability of the Korean and U.S
while waiting, sailed past the inspection ships one after       forces in the event of emergencies. Following the Korea-U.S.
another, with Aegis-class destroyer King Sejong the Great at    joint military drill in Pocheon, Gyeonggi Province on Sept. 26,
the head of the line. Other destroyers, convoy ships, patrol    which showcased air and ground combat capabilities of the
ships, and submarines followed. The chants of troops giving a   two countries, the naval review boasted the military power of
salute reverberated through the open sea.                       the combined forces. The fleet review has also paved the way
     At the same time, naval airplanes, helicopters and combat  for military exchanges between neighboring powerhouses
aircraft performed air show and paratroopers of the             such as China, Russia, and Japan.
Underwater Demolition Team showcased their sea mission.              Naval power symbolizes national strength. The power of
The inspection ships reviewed 20 warships from 12 countries     Britain that once called the empire on which the sun never sets
around the world. The participating countries, except for       stemmed from naval power. And the same is true for the
China, Russia, and Japan, fought in the Korean War. The         United States, the only superpower on the planet. Korea, who
United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, India, and Thailand sent     depends on exports for economic driving engine and imports
their warships. Also included was the aircraft carrier USS      almost all of its oil, must secure sea routes because its three
George Washington, which was dispatched from Japan’s            sides are surrounded by the sea. Suppressing North Korea’s
Yokosuka Naval Base, home to the U.S. Navy`s 7th Fleet, and     military aggression is not the only goal of the Korean Navy. In
three Aegis destroyers. This international fleet review         this context, the plan to set up Jeju naval base must be pushed
culminated in naval gun and helicopter shootings and an         ahead to build more capable navy forces.
amphibious landing.
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