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Subject: NAVY NEWS SERVICE                                               

Unit: US NAVY     

Parent Organization: US NAVY     

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Folder Title: FOLDER MESSAGE CHRONOLOGICAL FILES 7 AUG - 19 SEP 90 12 OF 27                                   

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                  ACCORDING TO A MEDIA POOL REPOP@-. FROM THE SAUDI DESERT, MOST                       ABOUT THE GROWING POSSIBILITY OF ARMED CONFLICT WITH IRAQ, AND
                  COMMANDERS ORDEP, THEIR MEN TO DRINK AT LEAST FOUR TO SIX GALLONS Or                 YOU'LL LIKELY HEAP, THE SAME ANSWER TIME AND AGAIN--CHEMICAL
                  WATER EACH DAY.                                                                      WARFARE.
                      GEN COLIN POWELL, CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS 0; STAFF, St. E                         CHEMICAL WEAPONS ARE A DIFFICULT THREAT, BUT BY GAINING A
                  THAT WITH EACH PASSING DAY, 'I AM MORE AND MORE CONFIDENT IN OUR                     THOROUGH KNOWLEDGE OF ANTI-CHEMICAL WARFARE EQUIPMENT, SHIP SYSTEMS
                  ABILITY TO ACCOMPLISH THE MISSION." GEN POWELL WARNED SADDAP                         AND SAFETY PROCEDURES. SAILORS CAN GO A LONG WAY TO PROTECT
                  HUSSEIN, 'DON'T TRY TO SCAR; LIS OR THREATEN US. IT WON'T WORK@          I-          THEMSELVES FROM EXPOSURE TO CHEMICAL AGENTS, ACCORDING TO CART PAUL
                  NEVER HAS.'                                                                          X. RINN, HEAD OF THE NAVY'S SHIP SURVIVABILITY, SAFETY AND COMBAT
                                                   -USN-                                               READINESS OFFICE. 'THE POST 114PORTANT FACTOR IN SURVIVING A
                      NAVY NEWS BRIEFS                                                                 CHEMICNL ATTACK IS BEING PREPARED AT ALL LEVELS,' RIKN SAID.            'YOU
PMENT, AND YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH
                  WASHINGTON (NNS)---TODAY IN THE MIDDLE EAST, OUR NATION IS                           IT.'
                  CONFRONTING A FORMIDABLE OPPONENT ... NO MATTER HOW SUPERIOR             OUR               TO ENSURE EVERY PIECE OF PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT 15 IN PERFECT
                  SHIPS AND PLANES ARE TO ANY POTENTIAL ADVERSARY -- NO MATTER HOW                     WORKING ORDER, RINN SAID ALL SAILORS SHOULD CONDUCT A METICULOUS
                  MUCH OUR CONTINUING RESEARCH AWD DEVELOPMENT PRESERVES OUR                           INSPECTION OF THEIR ANTI-CHEMICAL GEAR, FOLLOWING THE PREVENTIVE
                  TECHNOLOGICAL EDGE -- AMERICA" MARGIN OF SUPERIORITY ULTIMATELY                      MAINTENANCE (PMS) CHECKLIST TO THE LETTER TO ENSURE NOTHING IS
                  DEPENDS ON EACH AND EVERY ONE OP YOU AND ON THE SACRIFICES YOU AND                   OVERLOOKED AND PAYING SPECIAL ATTENTION TO FACIAL FIT AND DIAPHRAGM
                  YOUR FAMILIES SO WILLINGLY MAKE. YOU ARE THE REASON WHY THE U.5.                     CONDITION. CHECK TO ENSURE THE GAS MASK FITS PROPERLY, KNOW THE AGt'
                  NAVY IS SECOND TO NONE.                                                              OF THE FILTER AND ALWAYS HAVE AN EXTRA FILTER AT THE READY, HE
                          --SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, H. LAWRENCE GARRETT 111,                            ADVISED. 'YOU WWLD@I'T GO MOUNTAIN CLIMBING WITHOUT CHECKING YOUR
                                  LONG BEACH NAVAL STATION, AUG. 22--                                  GEAR,' HE EXPLAINED, 'SO MAKE SURE YOUR EQUIPMENT IS 4.0 -- 3.9 TS
                                                   -USN-                                               NOT GODD ENOUGH.'
                  3.  PRESIDENT ACTIVATES RESERVES TO    SUPPORT DESERT   SHIELD                             RINN ALSO EMPHASIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF A DETAILED KNOWLEDGE OF
SON                EMERGENCY @EDURES, STRESSING THAT SAILORS SHOULD BECOME FAKILIAR
                  WBILIZED RESERVISTS DURING THE VIETCONG TET OFFENSIVE IN 1989, THE                   WITH THEIR PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT BY PRACTICING DONNING THE GAS MASK
                  U.S. ACTIVATED MILITARY RESERVE FORCES ALr. 22 TO JOIN IN THE EFFORT                 AND GETTING USED TO WORKING AND COMMUNICATING IN THIS RESTRICTED
                  TO DETER IRAQI AGGRESSION IN THE MIDDLE EAST.                                        ENVIRONMENT. ALL DEPLOYING SHIPS ARE STOCKED WITH A 125 PERCENT
                      IN AN EXECUTIVE ORDER ISSUED LATE LAST WEEK, PRESIDENT BUSH                      SUPPLY OF CHEMICAL WARFARE PROTECTIVE SUITS, RINN ADDED.
                  AUTHORIZED DEFENSE SECRETARY DICK CHENEY TO CALL MEIABERS OF THE                           SAILORS NEED TO BECOMI CONFIDENT 1% THEIR ABILITY TO USE THE
                  SELECTED RESERVE TO ACTIVE DL;TY STATUS.   THE RESERVISTS WILL                       GEAR PROPERLY AND MUST HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE GEAR ITSELF, HE
                  SUPPORT OPERATION DESERT SHIELD BY JOINING ACTIVE DUTY UNITS IN          AND         ADDED. RINN ALSO STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT SAILORS READ OVER THE
                  AROUND THE ARABIAN PENINSULA AND BY FILLING CRITICAL MILITARY                        CHEMICAL WARFARE CHAPTERS IN NWP 62-1 AND THE NAVSHIPS TECHNICAL
                  SUPPORT POSITIONS IN THE U.S.                                                        MANUAL.
                      IN A PENTAGON NEWS BR]IFINL@ AUG. 23, ASSISTANT SECRETARY            OF                IN THE EVENT OF A CHEMICAL ASSAULT, SHIPS AT SEA HAVE SEVERAL
                  DEFENSE FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS PETE WILLIAMS ANNOUNCED DOD HAS                           MEANS OF PROTECTING THE CREW, RINN EXPLAINED. A SHIP'S CIRCLE
                  AUTFIORIZED UP TO 24,734 ARMY, 14,476 AIR FORCE, 6,243 NAVY AND                      WILLIAM FITTINGS CAN BE SECURED TO 'BUTTON UP" THE SHIP AND PREVENT
        1,250 COAST GUARD RESERVISTS TO BE CALLED UP. HE EXPLAINED THAT                      CHEMICAL AGENTS FROM GETTING IN. IN ADDITION TO THE PERSONAL
                  THE ACTIVATION WILL TAKE PART IN TWO PHASES -- THE FIRST ENDING                      PROTECTIVE GEAR, ALL NAVY SHIPS ARE EQUIPPED WITH WATER WASH DOWN
                  AUG. 31, THE SECOND OCT. 1. THE MARINE CORPS, ALTHOUGH AUTHORIZED                    SYSTEMS TO RINSE LIQUID OR GEL-BASED AGENTS OFF THE SHIP. FOR
                  TO ACTIVATE UP TO 3,000 RESERVISTS, IS ANTICIPATED TO CALL UP VERY                   BT
                  FEW, WILLIAMS SAID. MARINES TYPICALLY DEPLOY IN SELF-CONTAINED                       UNCLAS //NO5780// SECTIDN 03 OF 05
                  UNITS AND ARRIVE WITH ALL OF THE LOGISTICAL SUPPORT THEY NEED.                       DETECTING A CHEMICAL ATTACK, ALL SHIPS HAVE AN DN BOARD INFRARED
                      OF THE 6,Z43 NAVAL RESERVISTS THAT WILL BE CALLED TO ACTIVE                      DETECTION SYSTEM (ARKASI) CAPABLE OF IDEKTIFYING CLOUDS OF CHEMICAL
                  DUTY, ABOUT ONE HALF WILL GO TO THE THEATER OF OPERATION, WILLIAMS                   AGENTS. ADDITIONALLY. STRIPS OF A CHEMICALLY-SENSITIVE PAPER (M8
                  SAID. IN THE EARLY STAGES, THE NAVY WILL BE ACTIVATING 2,400                         AND Mg PAPER) CAN BE PLACED THROLRHWT THE SHIP WHICH WILL INDICATE
                  MEDICAL PERSONNEL, MANY OF WHOM WILL BE FILLING IN AT HOME FOR THOSE                 A LIQUID CHEMICAL ATTACK, RINN SAID, WHILE M255 KITS CAN DETECT A
                  WHO DEPLOYED TO THE MIDDLE EAST.                                                     VAPOR CHEMICAL ATTACK.
                      NEARLY 2,5M NAVY DOCTORS, NURSES AND CDRPSSEN HAVI ALREADY                             IN THE EVENT A SHIP COMES IN CONTACT WITH A CHEMICAL AUNT,
                  DEPLOYED TO THE PERSIAN GULF REGION, MANY EMBARKING IN THE HOSPITAL                  DECONTAMINATION SCRUB KITS CONTAINING CALCIUM HYPDCHLORITE (FITH)
           SHIPS USNS COMFORT AND USN5 MERCY. MANY RESERVE MEDICAL PERSONNEL                    CAN BE USED TO REMDVE THE AGENT FROM THE SHIP'S SURFACES, HE ADDED.
                  WILL BE REPORTING TO NAVY HOSPITALS IN BETHESDA, MD., PORTSMOUTH,                    SHIPS ALSO CARRY SUPPLIES OF INJECTABLE AND ORAL ARTIDOTES FOR
                  VA.. OAKLAND, CALIF. AND SAN DIEGO, WHERE SHORTAGES EXIST DUE TO THE                 SAILORS COMING IN CONTACT WITH AGENTS.
                  DEPLOYMENT.  ABOUT 800 RESERVISTS WILL BE CALLED UP TO FILL                                ENVIRDNMENTAL FACTORS CAN ALSO PLAY AN IMPORTANT PART IN
                  ESSENTIAL SEALIFT, fU ILE INSHORE UNDERSEA WARFARE AND MINE WARFARE                  HELPING SHIPS AVOID A CHEMICAL ASSAULT. THE OPPRESSIVE HEAT OF THE
                  COUNTERMEASURES BILLETS,                                                             PERSIAN GULF REGION, THOUGH UNCOMFORTABLE, SERVES TO DIMINISH THE
                      BY LAW, THE PRESIDENT CAN ACTIVATE UP TO 200,000 RESERVISTS                      EFFECTS OF THE ATTACK BY EVAPORATING A CHEMICAL CLOUD OR LIQUID
                  FOR 90 DAYS. IF THE NEED STILL EXISTS, THE RESERVISTS' ACTIVE                        AGENT, ADDITIONALLY, SHIPS CAN USE A COMBINATION OF
                  SERVICE CAN BE EXTENDED AN ADDITIONAL 90 DAYS WITHOUT A DECLARATION                  MANEUVERABILITY AND AN ANALYSIS OF CURRENT WIND CONDITIONS TO HELP
                  OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY OR WAR.                                                      THEM AVOID CLOUDS Of CHEMICAL AGENTS.
                      SECRETARY CHENEY ALSO GRANTED 'STOP LOSS' AUTHORITY TO THE                             THE NAVY IS OUTFITTED AND TRAINED TO MEET THE THREAT.
                  MILITARY SERVICES, WHICH DELAYS PERSONNEL POSSESSING CRITICAL                        'APPROACH CHEMICAL WARFARE IN AN EDUCATED AND AGGRESSIVE FASHION,
W YOUR EQUIPIAERT AND PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE,' RINK SAID.
                  SAID THE MAJORITY OF THE 'STOP LOSS' CASES WOULD BE IN THE ARMY.                                                      -USN-
                      RADM JAMES E. TAYLOR, DIRECTOR OF NAVAL RESERVE, EXPLAINED                       5.    SALUTE TO EXCELLENCE: SAILORS, MARINES READY WHEN CALLED
                  THAT THE SCOPE OF OPERATIONS IN SAUDI ARABIA IS SUCH THAT RESERVES                   WASHINGTON (NNS)--WHETHER DEPLOYED TO THE WATERS AROUND THE MIDDLE
                  ARE NEEDED UNDER THE TOTAL FORCE POLICY. ONE REASON IS THAT                          EAST OR PROVIDING VALUABLE SUPPORT TO U.S. FORCES, SAILORS AND
                  AIRLIFT. SEALIFT AND SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR DISERT SHIELD ARE                      MARINES PARTICIPATING 1% OPERATION DESERT SHIELD SHOULD TAKE GREAT
                  ENORMDUS, ONE NAVY OFFICIAL SAID. IN RECENT YEARS, MORE AND MORE         OF          PRIDE IN WHAT THEY ARE DOING. SAID CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATION5,
                  THESE FUNCTIONS HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED TO THE RESERVE FORCES.                            ADM FRANK B. KELSO 11.
                      'WE'RE TRAINED, AND WE'RE READY, AND OUR MORALE IS HIGH,'                              IN AN AUG. 23 NAVYWIDE MESSAGE, ADM KELSO PRAISED THE
                  TAYLOR SAID. 'I THINK THE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SEE THEY GOT THEIR                     NAVY/MARINE CORPS TEAM, FIRST ON THE SCENE TO PROVIDE SECURITY TO
                  OUNEY'S WORTH IN THE RESERVES.'                                                      THEIR SISTER SERVICES AS THEY MOVED IN AIR AND GROUND TROOPS TO
                                                   -USN-                                               SUSTAIN LONG-TERM OPERATIONS, FOR BEING READY WHEN CALLED UPON.
                  4.  KNOWLEDGE OF EQUIPMENT, PROCEDURES IS BEST DEFENSE AGAINST                             'IN MY DAILY TALKS WITH LEADERS IN THE PENTAGON, CAPITOL HILL,
                                                              STATE DEPARTMENT AND WHITE HOUSE, ONE MESSAGE COMES THROUGH
                  WASHINGTON (NNS)--ASK ANY SAILOR ABOARD ANY SHIP WHAT HE FEARS MOST                  CLEARLY,' ADM XELSO SAID. 'THIS NATION'S LEADERS ARE UNIFORMLY

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