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April 14, 2014

Dear Shipmates,

 

The reunion is now six months away. Complete details are posted at the AOM REUNION SITE. If you haven't made reservations, check the web page.

 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE NEARS

 

 

All those who have, or hope to have, AOM Scholarship applications submitted should make sure they are correctly completed and sent as soon as possible. The deadline date for receiving these applications is 1 May 2014. They should be sent to Mike Femrite, Sec. (PO Box 510519 - Punta Gorda, FL 33955-0519)

 

Description of the program and applications can be found at the web site.

 

WWII MINES FOUND OFF NZ COAST

  

Don Johns has submitted an interesting article regarding a find by 

Navy divers of WWII mines off New Zealand coast. Four World War II mines laid off the New Zealand coast in September 1942 have been found in an international navy minesweeping exercise. This interesting article can be found at the Special Broadcasting Service (AU) web site. We thank them for use of this article.

 

THE NAVY'S ACHILLES'HEEL?


 

Mines have plagued the seas for decades, yet the Navy relies on Cold War-era ships and helicopters to find and destroy them. And a future mine-hunting force has been delayed for years as technology problems have surfaced.

 

At the website is an article on the Navy's MCM program.  Among other things, it says, "Every Sea Dragon is now equipped for mine-sweeping, and most of the Avenger-class ships have received significant engine and sonar upgrades."  Farther on it says, "Sea mines are increasingly regarded as a likely weapon for terrorist groups and rogue nations looking to disrupt global commerce."  

 

This is another submission by Don Jones. Publication credit for this article should go to The Virginia Pilot and their web site.

 

 

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