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April 8, 2013

News Briefs April 8, 2013

Super Hornet crashes in the Arabian Sea

An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower crashed April 8 in the North Arabian Sea. No one was injured.

The Super Hornet encountered an engine failure at 12:20 p.m. local time, the Navy stated in a news release. The incident is under investigation.

The two members of the aircrew, from Virginia Beach-based Strike Fighter Squadron 103, ejected safely and were picked up by search and rescue swimmers from Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Five.
Ike is deployed to 5th Fleet.

South Korea’s top military officer puts off U.S. trip

South Korea says its top military officer has put off a plan to visit Washington due to current tension with North Korea.

South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Jung Seung-jo had planned to meet his U.S. counterpart, Gen. Martin Dempsey, in Washington April 16 for regular talks.

Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Sunday the allies have agreed to reschedule the meeting because Jung couldn’t be away from South Korea for several days at a time when North Korea is escalating its threats to attack.

North Korea has threatened to launch attacks on South Korea and the U.S. and produce more fuel for nuclear weapons. It is protesting South Korea-U.S. military drills and toughened international sanctions on the country.

The U.S. has 28,500 troops in South Korea. AP

Italy pardons U.S. Air Force officer in CIA case

Italy’s president has pardoned a U.S. Air Force colonel convicted in absentia by Italian courts for the CIA-conducted abduction of an Egyptian terror suspect from a Milan street.

President Giorgio Napolitano’s office said April 5 he hoped the pardoning of Joseph Romano would ease a delicate situation between the two allies, which cooperate closely on security.

Romano was security chief of northern Italy’s Aviano air base where the abducted Egyptian cleric was taken before being flown out of the country and eventually to Egypt. The trial was the first in the world involving the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program to abduct terror suspects and transfer them to third countries where torture is permitted.

Romano’s defense said he was never formally notified of charges. Twenty-three Americans were convicted, all in absentia. AP




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