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Friday, November 7, 2014
US knocks down ballistic, cruise missile targets in complex Aegis system test
Published time: November 07, 2014 02:54
This US Navy jandout image shows a Standard Missile (SM-3) being launched from the Aegis combat system equipped Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) operating in the Pacific Ocean (AFP Photo/ HO / US NAVY)
The US Navy has successfully tested an Aegis missile defense system, simultaneously destroying two cruise and one ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii, in a demonstration of capabilities “no other nation in the world has.”
“In partnership with the Missile Defense Agency, a US Navy destroyer successfully engaged ballistic and cruise missile targets simultaneously with a Raytheon-made Standard Missile-3 and Standard Missile-2s in a complex integrated air and missile defense exercise,” Raytheon, a major American defense contractor said in a statement.
The test validated a new upgrade of the Aegis missile defense system built by Lockheed Martin Corp, the US Missile Defense Agency confirmed. It is due to be installed both on US Navy Aegis destroyers, in Romania next year as part of the "Aegis Ashore" system, sources told Reuters.
This picture released by the US Navy 25 June 2007 shows a Standard Missile (SM-3) being launched from the Aegis combat system equipped Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Decatur operating in the Pacific Ocean (AFP Photo)
In a simulation of an enemy missile attack just after noon Hawaii time, a Navy destroyer USS John Paul Jones hit a short-range ballistic missile target with an “SM-3 Block IB” while the two cruise missile targets were taken down by two “SM-2 Block IIIAs”.
“This test showcases the US' ability to defend against numerous ballistic and cruise missile threats in ‘raid’ scenarios,” said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems. “No other nation in the world has the capability to do what the US Navy and Missile Defense Agency demonstrated today.”
The company claims that SM-3's kill vehicle is “a state-of-the-art projectile that destroys long-range ballistic missiles outside the earth’s atmosphere using the sheer force of impact.” SM-3s destroy incoming ballistic missile targets in space with an impact equivalent to a “10-ton truck traveling at 600 mph.” Throttleable Divert and Attitude Control System is used to guide the missile towards the target.
Over 200 SM-3s are already deployed in the US military and Japan to date, the company says. Romania is to receive SM-3 Block IB to be deployed ashore in 2015.
Russia has questioned repeatedly whether the US missile defense program is targeted at withstanding strategic threats from countries such as Iran and North Korea as the US has maintained. Russia has instead suggested that it threatens its own ballistic defence capabilities and its general security.
Last year Russia confirmed the deployment of Iskander ballistic missiles in the exclave of Kaliningrad which came in response to the development of the US missile defense system in Europe. In response to the transfer of a new military base in Romania to US command, Russia’s representative to NATO recently said Russia would take further measures.
The latest US missile tests follow a series of Russian exercises in which the navy has test-fired a Bulava strategic nuclear missile from a submerged Borey-class submarine Yury Dolgoruky, while a Delta IV-class submarine Tula has successfully test-fired a Sineva strategic SLBM. In addition to the latest tests of SLBMs, Russia tested a silo-based Topol-M missile last week.
Posted by Neptunus Rex at 6:18:00 AM
Navy transfers land for veterans clinic, national cemetery near San Francisco
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The U.S. Navy has transferred hundreds of acres of land to the Department of Veterans Affairs for an outpatient clinic and national cemetery that will eventually house the remains of 300,000 veterans.
The Alameda Naval Air Station, which closed in 1997, is now called Alameda Point and is in the eastern San Francisco Bay.
The San Jose Mercury News reports the U.S. Navy transferred 624 acres for the $210 million project to the Department of Veterans Affairs Monday.
The clinic will offer health care for up to 9,000 veterans and will also serve active duty Air Force and Coast Guard members.
The new cemetery will include only a columbarium, where ashes can be interred, but it's much needed because the national cemeteries in the San Francisco Bay Area are closed to new internments.
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Posted by Neptunus Rex at 6:17:00 AM
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World War I Living History Project, Centenary Edition
EDWARD James Annison was born in Wagga in 1890 or 1891, the son of James and Mary Ann (née Irving) of Fitzhardinge Street.
Edward was educated at Newtown Superior School, South Wagga, and was a jockey prior to enlisting in the AIF.
He embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Palermo on October 29, 1915 and disembarked at Marseilles June 17, 1916.
Edward served with great distinction throughout the war.
On August 29, 1918, Edward was awarded a Military Medal (MM) at the Battle of Mons.
On February 25, 1920, he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM):
“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Angre on November 6, 1918.
“With his patrol he discovered a large gap in the line, and, realising the great danger, he placed his small patrol in a strong point; and, galloping back, he collected parties of infantry and placed them in the gap, thus making the position safe, being the whole time subject to heavy machine gun fire.”*
After the war, Edward joined the Air Force at Point Cook, where he was in charge of construction works and was drill instructor.
He was chosen as one of the personal attendants of King George VI (at that time, the Duke of York), on the occasion of his visit to Australia with his wife in 1927.
For his strict attention to duty he was awarded the Royal Victorian Medal (RVM).
Squadron Leader Annison attended the coronation of King George, afterwards remaining in England for special instruction, which proved useful for his service during World War II.
When The Daily Advertiser reported his obituary on December 12, 1945, they concluded that “those who knew him will regret the death of a brilliant soldier and a genial and sterling character”.
He died December 9, 1945 at the age of 54 (or 55) years, and was survived by his wife and one son, Wallace.
His brothers, Private Norman Victor Annison (1429) and William Robert (6602) also served with the AIF during World War I.
* Source: Commonwealth Gazette No. 42, May 20, 1920
Information compiled by Michelle Maddison from the Museum of the Riverina for the exhibition He Belonged to Wagga – Our Anzac Story (1914-19), now on display at the Museum of the Riverina Botanic Gardens site.