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Flat Tops / Re: USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) - Nimitz class
« on: February 20, 2018, 02:13:21 AM »
USS Carl Vinson anchors off Manila | Asian Nikkei Review - February 17, 2018
The 333-meter vessel on Jan. 31 left Naval Base Guam, a strategic outpost in the Western Pacific that allows the U.S. to project military power into parts of Asia.

It is anchored about 10km offshore from Manila, having arrived with the guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy.

A U.S. Navy spokesperson told reporters on Saturday that the warship is involved in normal operations in the South China and other seas but is not taking part in so-called "freedom of navigation" operations.

The USS Carl Vinson, approximately the same height as Tokyo Tower, is one of the world's largest naval vessels. It carries 72 aircraft, including F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets.

On Friday, Philippine Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar came aboard to welcome the vessel.

Vietnam / Re: Vietnam's Gepard class frigate (Gepard 3.9 type)
« on: February 19, 2018, 05:38:09 PM »
Vietnam Navy commissions two Russian-built Gepard 3.9 frigates | Naval Today
The Vietnam People’s Navy commissioned two Gepard-class (Project 1166.1) frigates in a ceremony held at Cam Ranh military port, on February 6.

This is the second pair of frigates to be delivered by Russian shipbuilder Zelenodolsk Plant Named After A.M. Gorky.

The commissioning ceremony took place after the fourth unit in the class arrived in Vietnam in January 2018, after a month-long voyage from Novorossiysk, Russia, aboard semi-submersible heavy lift transport vessel M/V RollDock Star. The same vessel delivered the third Gepard 3.9 frigate in October 2017.

The two frigates’ naming is unclear as it appears that the third frigate – the “Tran Hung Dao” – assumed pennant number HQ-015 (the first two vessels bear pennant numbers 011 and 012). The fourth unit was initially expected to be named Ngo Quyen and bear pennant number HQ-014, but according to Vietnam media reports, it will be named Quang Trung with pennant number HQ-016.

Politics and Government / Re: The Return of Erap
« on: February 19, 2018, 05:18:06 PM »
Erap confident he will win 2019 mayoralty race | Manila Bulletin - February 15, 2018
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada expressed confidence that he will win the mayoralty race for the 2019 midterm elections.

Estrada confirmed that he will run again in the upcoming elections and is confident to win his third and last term as local chief of the capital city.

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Former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and former vice mayor Francisco Damagoso, also known as Isko Moreno, are rumored to be raring to run for mayor.

Estrada said that he has beaten Lim during the 2013 and 2016 mayoral elections, and his win, according to him, proved that he “is well-loved by the Manila voters.” “Kumbaga po, wala na po tayong dapat patunayan, I have nothing to prove anymore,” he said.

Politics and Government / Re: The Return of Erap
« on: February 19, 2018, 05:16:34 PM »
Erap takes oath for 2nd term as Manila mayor | GMA news - June 29, 2016
Former President Joseph "Erap" Estrada on Wednesday took his oath of office for a second term as Manila mayor after narrowly defeating his closest rival, Alfredo Lim, in the May 9 elections.

Estrada was proclaimed winner with 283,149 votes over Lim's 280,464 and Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing's 167,829 votes.

Surrounded by his wife, Dra. Loi Ejercito, and children, the former president was sworn into office by Court of Appeals Justice Andres Reyes Jr. at the Manila City Hall around noon.

Politics and Government / Re: The Return of Erap
« on: February 19, 2018, 05:11:43 PM »
Erap completes political comeback as new mayor of Manila | GMA news - May 14, 2013
Former President Joseph Estrada was proclaimed the mayor-elect of Manila City on Tuesday afternoon after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) decided to lower the threshold of votes needed to proclaim a winner.

It marks the return to office of one of the country's most popular politicians. Estrada had been convicted of plunder in 2007 and sentenced to life in prison, but was pardoned by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He came in second to Noynoy Aquino in the 2010 presidential race.

This will be his first elective position since he was ousted in 2001. Estrada had also been the long-time mayor in San Juan until he was replaced in 1986, after the People Power Revolt that toppled the dictator Ferdinand Marcos and swept President Corazon Aquino to power.


Erap gets cheers, jeers for Hong Kong mission | ABS-CBN news - Apr 25 2014
In behalf of the Philippine government, Estrada flew to Hong Kong last Tuesday to offer sympathy and regret to the families of Hong Kong tourists killed in the 2010 hostage taking at the Quirino Grandstand.
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada (center) gives a thumbs-up after a news conference in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Hong Kong scrapped travel sanctions against the Philippines after Manila offered an apology and compensation for the bus hostage tragedy almost four years ago. Photo by Tyrone Siu, Reuters,04/23/2014 08:57 PM

Politics and Government / Re: The Return of Erap
« on: February 19, 2018, 05:09:12 PM »
See also: The Fall of Camp Abubakar (2000)

Photos taken from

Former President Joseph Estrada, who declared an all-out war against the MILF, inspect MILF-made rockets shortly after soldiers captured Camp Abubakar. Photo by Froilan Gallardo

Politics and Government / The Return of Erap
« on: February 19, 2018, 05:05:56 PM »
From: ABS-CBN news
Career Timeline

1954, Entertainment: Estrada started his acting career with the film Kandelerong Pilak (Silver Candlesticks), a Lamberto Avellana 1954 classic for LVN Pictures. From then on, he starred as a lead actor in more than 100 films, more than half of which he produced himself. In his 33 years in the entertainment industry, he received five Best Actor Awards from Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences and was was placed in the FAMAS Hall of Fame twice—in 1981 and in 1984.

1968-1986, Local Politics: Estrada ran for Mayor of San Juan in 1968 but lost to Dr. Braulio Sto. Domingo because of his apparent lack of political experience. After filing an electoral protest against Sto. Domingo, Estrada was proclaimed mayor in 1969. He served for 16 continuous years.

1987, Legislative: He won as senator under the party Grand Alliance for Democracy (GAD) party, placing 16th out of the 24 winners. As senator, he voted to terminate the RP-US Military Bases Agreement, which led to the historic withdrawal of American servicemen from the Clark Air Base in Pampanga and the Subic Naval Base in Zambales.

1992-1998, Vice President: Estrada agreed to be the running mate of business tycoon Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr. under the Nationalist People’s Coalition Party (NPC). He won, while Cojuangco lost to Fidel Ramos. During his stint as vice president, Estrada organized the Citizens Movement for Justice, Economy, Environment and Peace (JEEP) and chaired the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission (PACC). He was also a member of the National Security Council.

1998-2001, President: Estrada won the 1998 presidential race by landslide—11 million votes, the biggest number registered for a single candidate in Philippine election history. As president, he declared an “all out war” against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Mindanao and captured its quarters and other camps. He also ordered the cleansing of the military and the police, and undertook a low-cost national housing program for the poor.

Not even halfway through Estrada’s 6-year term, allegations that Estrada committed plunder and engaged in corruption led to an impeachment trial in the Senate by late-2000. The case focused on allegations that Estrada received some P545 million from jueteng, an illegal numbers game; misappropriated some P130 million collection of tobacco sin taxes; profitted some P189.7 million from the share sale of Bell Corp, a real estate firm owned by his friend, and; owned a P3.2 billion funds in the fictitious Jose Velarde bank account in Equitable-PCI Bank.

When his allies in the Senate voted not to open his bank accounts, protesters trooped to the streets to call for him to step down from his office. Days into the EDSA II people power revolution, and after key cabinet and military officials resigned, he stepped down. The impeachment court did not convene anymore, but the cases were pursued in the anti-graft court. He was arrested in October 2001 and was detained at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center, Camp Capinpin in Tanay. He was eventually transferred to his Tanay rest house where he was on house arrest.

2007: After a lengthy trial at the Sandiganbayan, the anti-graft court ruled that Estrada was not guilty of perjury, but was guilty of plunder. He was sentenced to lifetime imprisonment. All his co-accused were acquitted. A month after, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo granted him a presidential pardon. He was 70.

Iranian drone shot down: a copy of the CIA’s RQ-170 Sentinel | Air Recognition - 17 February 2018
On February 10, over Syria, an Israeli attack helicopter shot down an Iranian drone whose shape strongly resembled that of Iran’s Saeqeh, or “Thunderbolt,” drone, which is based on a CIA-operated RQ-170 Sentinel captured by Iran in 2011 in Afghanistan.

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The Israelis state that the Sentinel shot down on 10 February had been launched from an Iranian base in Syria (which the Iranians naively deny). Tsahal (Israeli army) says it has got the debris of the drone and has broadcast a video showing a vehicle involved in the launch. Tracked by the Israelis since it was launch from the Iranian base close to Palmyre (central Syria), it was shot down over the Jourdain valley by an Israeli attack helicopter.

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US experts are now trying to determine how far the Iranians have succeeded in copying the technological capabilities of the Sentinel.

China Topics / Re: Chinese Arms Exports
« on: February 19, 2018, 04:40:10 PM »
China launches third Type C13B corvette for Bangladesh Navy | Janes - 14 February 2018
China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group has launched the third of four Shadhinota-class (Type C13B) corvettes on order for the Bangladesh Navy (BN), according to a news report published on the website.

The launch ceremony for the 90 m-long warship – with pennant number F113 – was held on 12 February at the company’s shipyard in Wuhan, said the report.

The vessel follows BNS Shadhinota (F111) and BNS Prottoy (F112), both of which were launched in Wuhan in late 2014 and were commissioned into the BN in March 2016, according to Jane’s Fighting Ships .

However, images show that, unlike the previous two ships of the class, the latest one appears to be equipped with a more advanced phased-array radar, which, according to, could be the SR2410C 3-D multifunctional radar, although no official confirmation has emerged.

On 12 February China launched the third Type C13B corvette (seen here prior to entering the water) on order for the BN, according to a local news report. Source: Via

Stealth / Re: F-35 Export
« on: February 19, 2018, 04:36:38 PM »
Denmark positions F-35 funds | Janes - 19 February 2018
The Danish Central Bank has completed the hedging of payments of USD3.7 billion so that the department of defence is able to acquire the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at fixed price in its local currency.

Copenhagen agreed in 2016 to acquire 27 conventional take-off and landing F-35A variants of the fighter to replace its incumbent F-16 fleet, and has hedged the dollars so that they are available at a fixed price when they are needed.

Discussions about all nations and places / Re: Airbus A400M Atlas
« on: February 16, 2018, 02:23:11 AM »
Airbus reports additional $1.6B charge in A400M aircraft program | Defense news
Paris — Airbus has reported a 2017 charge of €1.3 billion (U.S. $1.6 billion) on the A400M military airlifter and restated its expectation that further heavy financial damage was limited on the program.

That charge was based on a detailed review in the 2017 fourth quarter on changes of “schedule, capabilities and retrofit” on the A400M, Airbus said Thursday in a statement with 2017 financial results.

That provision brought total charges on the A400M to €8.5 billion. The charges reflect the cost of late delivery, while Airbus seeks to fit tactical capabilities on the turboprop plane.

Stealth / Re: DDG 1000 Zumwalt class destroyer
« on: February 16, 2018, 02:20:58 AM »
The Navy’s stealth destroyers to get new weapons and a new mission: killing ships | Defense news

The USS Zumwalt, the Navy's new guided missile destroyer heads out to sea, Monday, March 21, 2016, in Phippsburg, Maine. The ship class is changing missions to focus on surface strike. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

The Navy has a new vision for what its enormous high-tech destroyers will do: Killing enemy warships at extended ranges.

The Navy is asking Congress to fund a conversion of its 600-foot stealth destroyers from primarily a land attack ship to an anti-surface, offensive strike platform, according to budget documents released Feb. 12.

The service’s 2019 budget request includes a request for $89.7 million to transform its Zumwalt-class destroyers by integrating Raytheon’s long-range SM-6 missile, which can dual hat as both an anti-air and anti-surface missile, as well as its Maritime Strike variant of the Tomahawk missile.

Syrian downing of F-16I begs question: Why didn’t Israel deploy F-35s? | Defense news

TEL AVIV, Israel — As the Israeli Air Force continues to investigate the Feb. 10 loss of an F-16I to Syrian anti-aircraft fire, experts here are privately questioning why, given the operational circumstances that denied Israel the element of strategic surprise, it did not opt to deploy its newest front-line fighter: the stealthy F-35I.

In early December, the Air Force declared initial operational capability of the nine F-35s now in its possession. And from the aerial activity reported by residents near its home base at Nevatim, southern Israel, the aircraft are accruing significant flight time.

Yet none of the operational F-35s were part of the eight-aircraft force package tasked with destroying an Iranian command center in central Syria. The command center was reportedly operating the unmanned Shahed 171 drone that Israel says penetrated its airspace in the early morning of Feb. 10.

Discussions about all nations and places / Re: Flanker Export & News
« on: February 16, 2018, 02:16:44 AM »
Delivery of Su-30SM fighter jets to Belarus postponed to 2019 | Air Recognition - 15 February 2018
"So far the Russian Federation is unable to supply the aircraft to us because of problems with deliveries of spare parts which are under sanctions. A fully Russian aircraft is being localized and they promised to begin implementing the contract in 2019," he said.

"We determined the procurement schedule and will buy four aircraft a year. Su-30 will enhance the capabilities to protect troops and facilities from air attacks and will also renew the air fleet," he added.

Last year the Belarussian Defense Ministry signed a contract with Irkut Corporation on the purchase of 12 Su-30SM in 2018-2020. Belarus had to annually receive four aircraft. The ministry later said the contract was delayed for a year because of technical problems with aircraft components.

Unmanned Vehicles / Re: Syria: T-72 tank destroyed by US MQ-9 Reaper drone
« on: February 16, 2018, 02:13:45 AM »
Syria: T-72 tank destroyed by US MQ-9 Reaper drone | Army Recognition - 15 February 2018
Three crew members of the T-72 were killed when the U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone hit the tank with precision-guided munition. No U.S troops nor Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militants were wounded in the incident. The U.S.-led coalition contacted its Russian counterparts via the telephone de-confliction line before striking the tank, coalition spokesperson Col. Ryan Dillon said. The T-72 tank had been "maneuvering with coordinated indirect fire" on a position held by the SDF near Al-Tabiyeh. The strike was the second by the U.S. against pro-Syrian regime forces last week, according to the U.S. military's Central Command.

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