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At sea in the Western Pacific, 30 November 1974. Good overhead showing stern of Midway after her 1966-1970 overhaul: note 3 deck-edge elevators, two to starboard (forward and abaft the island) and one to port. F-4s, A-6s, A-7s, E-2s and an SH-3 are shown on the flight deck - NS024105 - USN. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024105.jpg

 

15th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Western Pacific Ocean, Philippine Sea, on her 18th South China Sea deployment and Northwest Pacific Operations, for War-at-Sea exercise (WASEX); Readex 1-77; Exercise Cope Thunder VI with USAF, R. P.; Operational propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE); Exercise Newboy, R. P./USAF/CVW-5 AAWEX (The exercise emphasizes anti-air warfare (AAW) and will be conducted by the USAF in the Philippines); Multiplex Phase II in the South China Sea, Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific; Passing Exercise with JMSDF Teruzuki (DD-162) and Akizuki (DD-161) and accompanied by the USS Lockwood (FF-1064) and USS Bausell (DD-845) (11 January to 1 March 1977); conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 1 to 21 March 1977, under going a 21 day up­keep period and final planning, for the Extended Incremental Ship's Restricted Availability (EISRA) scheduled for Midway in May 1977; 16th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific Region, Straits of Tsushima and the Sea of Japan, for Aswex 4-77 and Exercise Team Spirit with Republic of Korea, operating on Team Spirit Southern Defender Station (SDS) in the Korea Straits and in the East China Sea and ASWEX 4-77/MINEX with Pohang, South Korea (Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific was reported with no evidence) (22 March to 9 April 1977) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (9 to 18 April 1977).

(11 January to 18 April 1977)

CHAPTER XLVIII

 

 

“Preparation and planning for the major fleet exercise Readex 1-77 had been actively underway for several weeks when USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM W. N. Small, COMCARGRU THREE, serving as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 since in January 1976 assigned and CDR W. B. Kirkconnell, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) 11 January 1977, with Captain Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, as Commanding Officer, on her 15th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Western Pacific Ocean, Philippine Sea, on her 18th South China Sea deployment and Northwest Pacific Operations, for War-at-Sea exercise (WASEX); Readex 1-77; Exercise Cope Thunder VI with USAF, R. P.; Operational propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE); Exercise Newboy, R. P./USAF/CVW-5 AAWEX (The exercise emphasizes anti-air warfare (AAW) and will be conducted by the USAF in the Philippines); Multiplex Phase II in the South China Sea, Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific; Passing Exercise with JMSDF Teruzuki (DD-162) and Akizuki (DD-161) and accompanied by the USS Lockwood (FF-1064) and USS Bausell (DD-845), Midway will conduct coordinated type training with the Japanese destroyers, with Teruzuki (DD-162) and Akizuki (DD-161); redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 17th deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. She will under go her 23rd deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. She will under go her 33rd Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II(Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & 84A, USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977 & 1977 Cruise Book Command -

https://www.navysite.de). https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-77/index_002.htm

 

USS Midway (CV-41) with CVW-5 (NF)

(11 January to 1 March 1977)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (15th Forward Deployed)

Western

Pacific

Region

Pacific Ocean

Okinawa       Western Philippine Sea

18th SCS

Northwest Pacific

CVW-5

NF

11 Jan 1977

1 Mar 1977

Western Pacific

33rd FWFD

50-days

War-at-Sea exercise (WASEX); Readex 1-77; Exercise Cope Thunder VI with USAF, R. P.; Operational propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE); Exercise Newboy, R. P./USAF/CVW-5 AAWEX (The exercise emphasizes anti-air warfare (AAW) and will be conducted by the USAF in the Philippines); Multiplex Phase II in the South China Sea, Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific; Passing Exercise with JMSDF Teruzuki (DD-162) and Akizuki (DD-161) and accompanied by the USS Lockwood (FF-1064) and USS Bausell (DD-845), Midway will conduct coordinated type training with the Japanese destroyers, with Teruzuki (DD-162) and Akizuki (DD-161).

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4N

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4N

VA-93

Blue Blazers -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7A

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7A

VA-115

Arabs - Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6A / A-6B   KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye -Electronics

601-604

E-2B

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps - Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 610

RF-4B

VMAQ-2 Det.

Playboys - Marines Electronics Warfare

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

(CY) 620

EA-6

HC-1 Det. 2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King -       Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3G

 

 

      “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted War-at-Sea exercise on 12 January 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

      “The Midway Task Group 77.4 with USS Parsons (DD-949/DDG-33) and USS Francis Hammond (FF-1067), formerly (DE-1067) was opposed during transit to Readex by two surface action groups (SAG), the USS Halsey (CG-23), former DLG-23 and USS Bausell (DD-845), and USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5) and USS Rathburne (FF-1057). These two SAGS sprinted ahead of the carrier group, then positioned to strike the advancing carrier. This preliminary training in surface subsurface surveillance coordination (SSSC) among units transiting to the Readex op-area made optimum utilization of the sea time. The SAGS made every effort to avoid detection while closing the CV for a destructive attack; the CV endeavored to locate and destroy the attackers at maximum range. The SSSC effort evolved into a war-at-sea exercise (WASEX) as soon as Midway’s aircraft located the hostile surface units. Upon conclusion of the Wasex all participants submitted critiques and suggestions that would enhance each unit’s performance” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

      An A-7A assigned to VA-56 taxies overboard USS Midway (CV-41) 250 miles north of Okinawa on 13 January 1977. A plane captain is lost in the accident” (Ref. 84A).

 

      “On 14 January 1977, Task Group 77.4 operated near Okinawa, COMSEVENTHFLT, VADM Baldwin, came aboard USS Midway (CV-41) conducted via helo to finalize planning for Readex 1-77.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) commenced Readex 1-77 on 16 January 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

      “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Readex 1-77 from 16 to 21 January 1977. The Readex scenario was designed to provide realistic training for SEVENTHFLT forces in a major conflict, blue water environment. Each unit has to cope with multiple threats simultaneously while the task force maneuvered to project power ashore. During the initial transit phase submarine opposition was countered as the CV closed hostile air surface and missile threats. During the second phase of exercise each CV was confronted the other in a war-at-sea scenario. Midway aircraft quickly located and then systematically attacked the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) while successfully avoiding detection and concentrated attacks from the Enterprise air wing. The hard work en route Readex has paid off. Superior performance, training and coordination had prevailed over newer and better airplanes and equipment Subsequent phases of Readex then emphasized sea control against a surface combatant missile equipped ORANGE opposition force while the CV's also conducted strikes ashore against hard targets and in support of simulated troops. At the conclusion of this six day maximum effort exercise, USS Midway (CV-41) headed for Subic Bay, Philippines.

            

       USS Midway (CV-41) was underway in the Western Pacific Ocean and Philippine Sea from 11 to 22 January 1977, pulling in for a port of call at Subic Bay, Philippines on 23 January 1977, for a six day repair and liberty period.

            

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Exercise Cope Thunder VI with USAF, R. P. and CINCPACFLT, ADM Hayward visits Midway "GINZA" Shop on 25 January 1977.

            

       NISC presents FOXBAT/KIEV brief aboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 26 January 1977.

            

       USS Midway (CV-41) departed Subic Bay, Philippines on the 29th, inport from 23 to 28 January 1977, conducting a six day repair and liberty period. Readex was then debriefed to gain the additional benefit from lessons learned and experience gained during those valuable days of at sea training on the 24th. Also, during this inport period, Midway aircraft flew 64 sorties in support of Cope Thunder VI commencing on 25 January 1977. Training was accomplished in Electronic Warfare (EW), Close Air Support (CAS), Search and Rescue (SAR), Air Combat Maneuvering (ACM), and coordinated Air to Ground Strikes (ALPHA STRIKES). The concept, coordination and execution of Cope Thunder VI was excellent and valuable experience was gained during this period of training with the USAF. Midway also hosted a briefing team from the Naval Intelligence Support Center (NISC) who presented an excellent brief on the Soviet Foxbat that had been flown to Japan by LT Belenko. Interested officers from other ships in Subic Bay were invited to attend. NISC presents FOXBAT/KIEV brief aboard Midway on 26 January 1977. The Engineering Department was also busy this inport making final repairs and adjustments for the OPPE.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) was underway in the South China Sea from 29 January to 12 February 1977.

            

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Exercise Cope Thunder VI with USAF, R. P. from 25 January to 2 February 1977.

            

       The Propulsion Examining Board (PEB) came aboard USS Midway (CV-41) via helo on 4 February 1977 and put Midway through her paces during the next three days, commencing Operational propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) on 5 February 1977.

            

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Operational propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) from 5 to 8 February 1977. The Propulsion Examining Board (PEB) came aboard Midway via helo on 4 February 1977 and put Midway through her paces during the next three days. The safety, efficiency and reliability of the propulsion plant was examined in detail. Personnel were thoroughly tested and observed during numerous casualty control drills. The PEB evaluated Midway "safe to steam". OPPE critique – Midway evaluated safe to steam. Midway conducted Exercise Newboy, R. P./USAF/CVW-5 AAWEX on 8 February 1977. Although the OPPE precluded routine flight operations from Midway’s deck, the Air Wing participated in Exercise Newboy from Cubi Point NAF. The exercise emphasized anti-air warfare (AAW) and was conducted by the USAF in the Philippines.

            

       USS Midway (CV-41) was underway in the South China Sea from 29 January to 12 February 1977.

            

       The CVW-5 Air Wing was recovered from Cubi Point, R.P., aboard on 10 February 1977 and conducted cyclic training flight operations on two days while USS Midway (CV-41) steamed through the South China Sea from 10 to 12 February 1977.

            

       USS Midway (CV-41) was underway in the South China Sea from 29 January to 12 February 1977.

            

       With a successful Readex and OPPE behind, USS Midway (CV-41) pulled in for a port of call at Hong Kong on 13 February 1977.

            

       USS Midway (CV-41) made a port of call at Hong Kong from 13 to 17 February 1977, successfully completing Readex and OPPE before anchoring out and utilized the excellent ferry service available in Hong Kong to move liberty parties between the ship and fleet landing on Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong offered a real chance at liberty for most of the crew of Midway. Multiplex MSN Planning was conducted. Midway was scheduled to participate in Multiplex 2-77 following the Hong Kong visit. Deteriorating weather in the South China Sea and speed of advance (SOA) constraints required to meet a scheduled JMSDF rendezvous limited to a great extent Midway’s participating in that exercise.

            

       USS Midway (CV-41) was underway in the in the South China Sea, Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific on 18 February 1977.

            

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Multiplex Phase II on 22 February 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

First mention of RADM Foley served

 

      “RADM S. R. Foley, COMCARGRU SEVEN duties as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region during 1977 is not clear but Photos of three Carrier Group Commanders, RDAM Peck, RDAM Foley and RADM W. A. Gureck” (Ref. 1977 Cruise Book Command - https://www.navysite.de).

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-77/index_002.htm

 

      “On 28 February 1977, RADM Foley welcomed JMSDF RADM Hirano aboard USS Midway (CV-41). Midway, accompanied by the USS Lockwood (FF-1064) and USS Bausell (DD-845) conducted coordinated type training with the Japanese destroyers, with Teruzuki (DD-162) and Akizuki (DD-161). Tactical maneuvering, signaling, ASW screen formation steaming and helo transfer evolutions were very successfully conducted. This exercise was the first joint training between Midway and the JMSDF. At their request, press security was maintained for the training period and no post-exercise news releases were made.

            

       USS Midway (CV-41) was underway in the South China Sea, Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific from 18 to 28 February 1977, conducting Passing Exercise with JMSDF Teruzuki (DD-162) and Akizuki (DD-161) on the 28th” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

     On 1 March 1977, preparation and planning for the major fleet exercise Readex 1-77 had been actively underway for several weeks when USS Midway (CV-41) with presumably a COMCARGRU, serving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4, relieving RADM W. N. Small, COMCARGRU THREE, serving as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4, serving since in January 1976 assigned and CDR W. B. Kirkconnell, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, as Commanding Officer, ending her 15th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting operations in the Western Pacific Ocean, Philippine Sea, on her 18th South China Sea deployment and Northwest Pacific. Participating in War-at-Sea exercise (WASEX) as soon as Midway’s aircraft located the hostile surface units; Readex 1-77 (During the second phase of exercise each CV was confronted the other in a war-at-sea scenario. Midway aircraft quickly located and then systematically attacked the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) while successfully avoiding detection and concentrated attacks from the Enterprise air wing); Exercise Cope Thunder VI with USAF, R. P.; Operational propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE); Exercise Newboy, R. P./USAF/CVW-5 AAWEX on 8 February 1977 (The exercise emphasized anti-air warfare (AAW) and was conducted by the USAF in the Philippines); Multiplex Phase II in the South China Sea, Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific; Passing Exercise with JMSDF Teruzuki (DD-162) and Akizuki (DD-161) and accompanied by the USS Lockwood (FF-1064) and USS Bausell (DD-845), Midway conducted coordinated type training with the Japanese destroyers, with Teruzuki (DD-162) and Akizuki (DD-161). Tactical maneuvering, signaling, ASW screen formation steaming and helo transfer evolutions were very successfully conducted. This exercise was the first joint training between Midway and the JMSDF. At their request, press security was maintained for the training period and no post-exercise news releases were made. Ports of call included: Subic Bay, Philippines and Hong Kong. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4N; VF-151, F-4N; VA-93, A-7A; VA-56, A-7A; VA-115, A-6A / KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VMAQ-2, EA-6A; and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 17th deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. Her 23rd deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. Her 33rd Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II (11 January to 1 March 1977)(Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & 84A, USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977 & 1977 Cruise Book Command - https://www.navysite.de).

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-77/index_002.htm

 

11/01/77 to 18/04/77

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

EAST COAST

Battle Efficiency Award (Navy "E" Ribbon), marking her as the outstanding carrier in the Pacific Fleet – Ref. 1180B

NOV 1965

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

01 JUL 77 ~ 31 DEC 78

01 JUL 80 ~ 31 DEC 81

01 JAN 82 ~ 30 JUN 83

01 JAN 90 ~ 31 DEC 90

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

18th SCS

33rd FWFD

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) 15th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Western Pacific Ocean, Philippine Sea, on her 18th South China Sea deployment and Northwest Pacific Operations Summary (11 January to 1 March 1977).- Chapter 48, Appendix I.

 

      “More then a year of service remained to the destroyer, however, and USS Bausell (DD-845) resumed operations out of Yokosuka in January 1977. These included carrier task force operations in February and March, during which Bausell drew the task of shouldering a persistent Soviet Krivak-class destroyer away from USS Midway (CV-41), and more ASW exercises with South Korean and Japanese warships” (Ref. 1447).

 

      “On 3 March 1977, COMNAVAIRPAC, VADM Coogan, and his staff visited USS Midway (CV-41.

            

       Following this training USS Midway (CV-41) conducted a 21 day up­keep period and final planning at Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), for the Extended Incremental Ship's Restricted Availability (EISRA) scheduled for Midway in May 1977.

            

       On 15 March 1977, COMNAVAIRPAC, VADM Coogan, and his staff visited USS Midway (CV-41) for a pre-EISRA planning brief at which time the schedule and milestones for the dry-dock period were presented. Extensive planning for Exercise Team Spirit and Aswex 4-77 was also begun during this period.

            

       On 18 March 1977, the Mayor Endo of Yamato City Japan visits CAPT Felt, CO, USS Midway (CV-41).

            

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 1 to 21 March 1977, under going a 21 day up­keep period and final planning, for the Extended Incremental Ship's Restricted Availability (EISRA) scheduled for Midway in May 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

      “USS Midway (CV-41) with presumably a COMCARGRU, serving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 assigned and Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 22 March 1977, with Captain Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, as Commanding Officer, on her 16th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific Region, Straits of Tsushima and the Sea of Japan, for Aswex 4-77 and Exercise Team Spirit with Republic of Korea, operating on Team Spirit Southern Defender Station (SDS) in the Korea Straits and in the East China Sea and ASWEX 4-77/MINEX with Pohang, South Korea (Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific was reported with no evidence)” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) with CVW-5 (NF)

(22 March to 9 April 1977)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (Forward Deployed)

Western

Pacific

Region

Pacific Ocean

Straits of Tsushima

Sea of Japan

ECS

Philippine Sea

Northwest Pacific

CVW-5

NF

22 Mar 1977

9 April 1977

Training

19-days

Aswex 4-77 and Exercise Team Spirit with Republic of Korea, operating on Team Spirit Southern Defender Station (SDS) in the Korea Straits and in the East China Sea and (Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific was reported with no evidence).

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4N

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4N

VA-93

Blue Blazers -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7A

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7A

VA-115

Arabs - Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6A / A-6B   KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye -Electronics

601-604

E-2B

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps - Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 610

RF-4B

VMAQ-2 Det.

Playboys - Marines Electronics Warfare

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

(CY) 620

EA-6

HC-1 Det. 2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King -       Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3G

 

 

      “USS Midway (CV-41) steamed out of Tokyo Bay en route the Straits of Tsushima and the Sea of Japan on 22 March 1977. Aswex 4-77 was rescheduled and positioned to allow for the limited time available to the Carrier Task Group 77.4. Midway conducted an opposed transit of the Van Diemen Straits. USS Barb (SSN-596), a Permit-class attack submarine simulated on Echo I SSN that attempted to gain position and attack the high value unit (HVU) as the CVTG entered the Tsushima Straits. USS Halsey (CG-23), former DLG-23, USS Whipple (FF-1062), USS Francis Hammond (FF-1067), formerly (DE-1067) and USS Brewton (FF-1086), formed an ASW screen to protect the carrier. SSN Barb was detected near the end of the exercise and a simulated attack was launched by the prosecuting units. Excellent training and experience was gained by the antisubmarine warfare (ASW) capable units during the search, analysis and tactical reaction phases of this exercise. Considerable value was also gained from the post-exercise reconstruction and analysis of sensor data as Midway approached the Team Spirit Southern Defender Station (SDS) in the Korea Straits, commencing Exercise Team Spirit on 26 March 1977. The first day of Exercise Team Spirit, Midway attack aircraft laid a practice minefield in Pohang Bay, South Korea. Reconnaissance aircraft followed the mine laying attack and confirmed successful mine implants. Additional training was gained by shore based mine counter-measure forces who then attempted to clear a navigable channel through the minefield. Midway then steamed north to the Northern Defender Station in the Sea of Japan. Surface escorts screened against submarine and surface attack and coordinated missile air defense with Midway’s combat air patrol (CAP) fighters. Attack aircraft flew strikes ashore under forward air controller (FAC) direction and preplanned Alpha Strikes against hard targets. This major allied joint service exercise required the integration of air resources to support multiple operations including amphibious assault, air defense and troop support. Although inclement weather often affected mission completion, significant aspects of strike penetration, electronic warfare, air defense and coordination were sharpened and improved during Exercise Team Spirit. Further, training and experience in the effective application of carrier air power was realized during the reconstruction phase. Strike plans and air defense procedures were debriefed and analyzed to refine tactics and assure the maximum effectiveness of asset employment in future events.

            

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted ASWEX 4-77/MINEX with Pohang, South Korea from 24 to 26 March 1977.

            

       On 27 March 1977, Republic of Korea VIP's were Welcomed Aboard USS Midway (CV-41) by RADM Speer and CAPT Felt; GEN J. W. Vessey, CINC UNC/USF KOREA; ADM C. Y. Hwang, CNO ROKN; VADM R. B. Baldwin, COMSEVENTHFLT and VADM C. K. Kim, COM ROKFLT” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

    “The pilot of an A-7A assigned to VA-93 ejects after a catapult failure off USS Midway (CV-41) in the Pacific on 30 March 1977, however, the seat/man separation of the ejection seat does not work properly and the pilot is killed on impact” (Ref. 84A).

 

Possible Carrier Group Commander or visitor to USS Midway (CV-41):

 

      “COMSEVENTHFLT visits aboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 1 April 1977.

            

       On 4 April 1977, RADM Speer, CCG 1 and CAPT Feflt welcomed a Republic of Korea VIP Visit aboard USS Midway (CV-41) from ADM C.Y. Hang, CNO ROK; MGEN R. C. Taylor, PROS. CO USAFK; RADM M.P. Frudden, COMNAVFORKOREA; BGEN E. L. Konopnicki, ACOS J4 USFK and LCOL H. Grunwald, FRG Military Attaché.

            

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Exercise Team Spirit with Republic of Korea from 26 March to 6 April 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

      “On 9 April 1977, USS Midway (CV-41) with presumably a COMCARGRU, serving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 assigned and CDR W. B. Kirkconnell, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, as Commanding Officer, on her 16th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s Western Pacific Region, Straits of Tsushima and the Sea of Japan, for Aswex 4-77 and Exercise Team Spirit with Republic of Korea, operating on Team Spirit Southern Defender Station (SDS) in the Korea Straits and in the East China Sea and ASWEX 4-77/MINEX with Pohang, South Korea (Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific was reported with no evidence). Midway steamed out of Tokyo Bay en route the Straits of Tsushima and the Sea of Japan on 22 March 1977. Aswex 4-77 was rescheduled and positioned to allow for the limited time available to the Carrier Task Group 77.4. Midway conducted an opposed transit of the Van Diemen Straits. USS Barb (SSN-596), a Permit-class attack submarine simulated on Echo I SSN that attempted to gain position and attack the high value unit (HVU) as the CVTG entered the Tsushima Straits. USS Halsey (CG-23), former DLG-23, USS Whipple (FF-1062), USS Francis Hammond (FF-1067), formerly (DE-1067) and USS Brewton (FF-1086), formed an ASW screen to protect the carrier. SSN Barb was detected near the end of the exercise and a simulated attack was launched by the prosecuting units. Excellent training and experience was gained by the antisubmarine warfare (ASW) capable units during the search, analysis and tactical reaction phases of this exercise. Considerable value was also gained from the post-exercise reconstruction and analysis of sensor data as Midway approached the Team Spirit Southern Defender Station (SDS) in the Korea Straits, commencing Exercise Team Spirit on 26 March 1977. The first day of Exercise Team Spirit, Midway attack aircraft laid a practice minefield in Pohang Bay, South Korea. Reconnaissance aircraft followed the mine laying attack and confirmed successful mine implants. Additional training was gained by shore based mine counter-measure forces who then attempted to clear a navigable channel through the minefield. Midway then steamed north to the Northern Defender Station in the Sea of Japan. Surface escorts screened against submarine and surface attack and coordinated missile air defense with Midway’s combat air patrol (CAP) fighters. Attack aircraft flew strikes ashore under forward air controller (FAC) direction and preplanned Alpha Strikes against hard targets. This major allied joint service exercise required the integration of air resources to support multiple operations including amphibious assault, air defense and troop support. Although inclement weather often affected mission completion, significant aspects of strike penetration, electronic warfare, air defense and coordination were sharpened and improved during Exercise Team Spirit. Further, training and experience in the effective application of carrier air power was realized during the reconstruction phase. Strike plans and air defense procedures were debriefed and analyzed to refine tactics and assure the maximum effectiveness of asset employment in future events. Midway conducted ASWEX 4-77/MINEX with Pohang, South Korea from 24 to 26 March 1977. On 27 March 1977, Republic of Korea VIP's were Welcomed Aboard Midway by RADM Speer and CAPT Felt; GEN J. W. Vessey, CINC UNC/USF KOREA; ADM C. Y. Hwang, CNO ROKN; VADM R. B. Baldwin, COMSEVENTHFLT and VADM C. K. Kim, COM ROKFLT. The pilot of an A-7A assigned to VA-93 ejects after a catapult failure off USS Midway in the Pacific on 30 March 1977, however, the seat/man separation of the ejection seat does not work properly and the pilot is killed on impact. COMSEVENTHFLT visits aboard Midway on 1 April 1977. On 4 April 1977, RADM Speer, CCG 1 and CAPT Feflt welcomed a Republic of Korea VIP Visit aboard Midway from ADM C.Y. Hang, CNO ROK; MGEN R. C. Taylor, PROS. CO USAFK; RADM M.P. Frudden, COMNAVFORKOREA; BGEN E. L. Konopnicki, ACOS J4 USFK and LCOL H. Grunwald, FRG Military Attaché. Midway conducted Exercise Team Spirit with Republic of Korea from 26 March to 6 April 1977. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4N; VF-151, F-4N; VA-93, A-7A; VA-56, A-7A; VA-115, A-6A / KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VMAQ-2, EA-6A; and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G. Ports of call included. Not reported (22 March to 9 April 1977)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

22/03/77 to 09/0477

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

EAST COAST

Battle Efficiency Award (Navy "E" Ribbon), marking her as the outstanding carrier in the Pacific Fleet – Ref. 1180B

NOV 1965

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

01 JUL 77 ~ 31 DEC 78

01 JUL 80 ~ 31 DEC 81

01 JAN 82 ~ 30 JUN 83

01 JAN 90 ~ 31 DEC 90

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

Training

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

      “Japanese Press Corp visits and USO Show aboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 15 April 1977.

            

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 9 to 18 April 1977. The pace of preparations for the approaching Dry-docking for Extended Incremental Ship Restricted Availability (EISRA) accelerated as key personnel completed planning and training efforts. Operations and air wing personnel also met to map out strategy that would assure another War-at-Sea victory for Midway during the coming deployment. USO Show aboard Midway on 15 April 1977 and Japanese Press Corp visits on 15 April 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) 15th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Western Pacific Ocean, Philippine Sea, on her 18th South China Sea deployment and Northwest Pacific Operations Summary

(11 January to 1 March 1977).

CHAPTER XLVIII

Appendix I

 

 

      “On 1 March 1977, preparation and planning for the major fleet exercise Readex 1-77 had been actively underway for several weeks when USS Midway (CV-41) with presumably a COMCARGRU, serving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4, relieving RADM W. N. Small, COMCARGRU THREE, serving as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4, serving since in January 1976 assigned and CDR W. B. Kirkconnell, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, as Commanding Officer, ending her 15th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting operations in the Western Pacific Ocean, Philippine Sea, on her 18th South China Sea deployment and Northwest Pacific. Participating in War-at-Sea exercise (WASEX) as soon as Midway’s aircraft located the hostile surface units; Readex 1-77 (During the second phase of exercise each CV was confronted the other in a war-at-sea scenario. Midway aircraft quickly located and then systematically attacked the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) while successfully avoiding detection and concentrated attacks from the Enterprise air wing); Exercise Cope Thunder VI with USAF, R. P.; Operational propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE); Exercise Newboy, R. P./USAF/CVW-5 AAWEX on 8 February 1977 (The exercise emphasized anti-air warfare (AAW) and was conducted by the USAF in the Philippines); Multiplex Phase II in the South China Sea, Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific; Passing Exercise with JMSDF Teruzuki (DD-162) and Akizuki (DD-161) and accompanied by the USS Lockwood (FF-1064) and USS Bausell (DD-845), Midway conducted coordinated type training with the Japanese destroyers, with Teruzuki (DD-162) and Akizuki (DD-161). Tactical maneuvering, signaling, ASW screen formation steaming and helo transfer evolutions were very successfully conducted. This exercise was the first joint training between Midway and the JMSDF. At their request, press security was maintained for the training period and no post-exercise news releases were made. The Midway Task Group 77.4 with USS Parsons (DD-949/DDG-33) and USS Francis Hammond (FF-1067), formerly (DE-1067) was opposed during transit to Readex by two surface action groups (SAG), the USS Halsey (CG-23), former DLG-23 and USS Bausell (DD-845), and USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5) and USS Rathburne (FF-1057). These two SAGS sprinted ahead of the carrier group, then positioned to strike the advancing carrier. This preliminary training in surface subsurface surveillance coordination (SSSC) among units transiting to the Readex op-area made optimum utilization of the sea time. The SAGS made every effort to avoid detection while closing the CV for a destructive attack; the CV endeavored to locate and destroy the attackers at maximum range. The SSSC effort evolved into a war-at-sea exercise (WASEX) as soon as Midway’s aircraft located the hostile surface units. Upon conclusion of the Wasex all participants submitted critiques and suggestions that would enhance each unit’s performance. An A-7A assigned to VA-56 taxies overboard Midway 250 miles north of Okinawa on 13 January 1977. A plane captain is lost in the accident. On 14 January 1977, as Task Group 77.4 operated near Okinawa, COMSEVENTHFLT, VADM Baldwin, came aboard Midway conducted via helo to finalize planning for Readex 1-77. Midway commenced Readex 1-77 on 16 January 1977. Midway conducted Readex 1-77 from 16 to 21 January 1977. The Readex scenario was designed to provide realistic training for SEVENTHFLT forces in a major conflict, blue water environment. Each unit has to cope with multiple threats simultaneously while the task force maneuvered to project power ashore. During the initial transit phase submarine opposition was countered as the CV closed hostile air surface and missile threats. During the second phase of exercise each CV was confronted the other in a war-at-sea scenario. Midway aircraft quickly located and then systematically attacked the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) while successfully avoiding detection and concentrated attacks from the Enterprise air wing. The hard work en route Readex has paid off.  Superior performance, training and coordination had prevailed over newer and better airplanes and equipment Subsequent phases of Readex then emphasized sea control against a surface combatant missile equipped ORANGE opposition force while the CV's also conducted strikes ashore against hard targets and in support of simulated troops. At the conclusion of this six day maximum effort exercise, Midway headed for Subic Bay, Philippines. Midway was underway in the Western Pacific Ocean and Philippine Sea from 11 to 22 January 1977, pulling in for a port of call at Subic Bay, Philippines on 23 January 1977, for a six day repair and liberty period. Midway conducted Exercise Cope Thunder VI with USAF, R. P. and CINCPACFLT, ADM Hayward visits Midway "GINZA" Shop on 25 January 1977. NISC presents FOXBAT/KIEV brief aboard Midway on 26 January 1977. Midway departed Subic Bay, Philippines on the 29th, inport from 23 to 28 January 1977, conducting a six day repair and liberty period. Readex was then debriefed to gain the additional benefit from lessons learned and experience gained during those valuable days of at sea training on the 24th. Also, during this inport period, Midway aircraft flew 64 sorties in support of Cope Thunder VI commencing on 25 January 1977. Training was accomplished in Electronic Warfare (EW), Close Air Support (CAS), Search and Rescue (SAR), Air Combat Maneuvering (ACM), and coordinated Air to Ground Strikes (ALPHA STRIKES). The concept, coordination and execution of Cope Thunder VI was excellent and valuable experience was gained during this period of training with the USAF. Midway also hosted a briefing team from the Naval Intelligence Support Center (NISC) who presented an excellent brief on the Soviet Foxbat that had been flown to Japan by LT Belenko. Interested officers from other ships in Subic Bay were invited to attend. NISC presents FOXBAT/KIEV brief aboard Midway on 26 January 1977. The Engineering Department was also busy this inport making final repairs and adjustments for the OPPE. Midway was underway in the South China Sea from 29 January to 12 February 1977, conducting Exercise Cope Thunder VI with USAF, R. P. from 25 January to 2 February 1977. The Propulsion Examining Board (PEB) came aboard Midway via helo on 4 February 1977 and put Midway through her paces during the next three days, conducting Operational propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) from 5 to 8 February 1977. The Propulsion Examining Board (PEB) came aboard Midway via helo on 4 February 1977 and put Midway through her paces during the next three days. The safety, efficiency and reliability of the propulsion plant was examined in detail. Personnel were thoroughly tested and observed during numerous casualty control drills. The PEB evaluated Midway "safe to steam". OPPE critique – Midway evaluated safe to steam. Midway conducted Exercise Newboy, R. P./USAF/CVW-5 AAWEX on 8 February 1977. Although the OPPE precluded routine flight operations from Midway’s deck, the Air Wing participated in Exercise Newboy from Cubi Point NAF. The exercise emphasized anti-air warfare (AAW) and was conducted by the USAF in the Philippines. The CVW-5 Air Wing was recovered from Cubi Point, R.P., aboard on 10 February 1977 and conducted cyclic training flight operations on two days while Midway steamed through the South China Sea from 10 to 12 February 1977, underway in the South China Sea from 29 January to 12 February 1977. With a successful Readex and OPPE behind, Midway made a port of call at Hong Kong from 13 to 17 February 1977, successfully completing Readex and OPPE before anchoring out and utilized the excellent ferry service available in Hong Kong to move liberty parties between the ship and fleet landing on Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong offered a real chance at liberty for most of the crew of Midway. Multiplex MSN Planning was conducted. Midway was scheduled to participate in Multiplex 2-77 following the Hong Kong visit. Deteriorating weather in the South China Sea and speed of advance (SOA) constraints required to meet a scheduled JMSDF rendezvous limited to a great extent Midway’s participating in that exercise. Midway was underway in the South China Sea, Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific on 18 February 1977. RADM S. R. Foley, COMCARGRU SEVEN assumed duties as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region on 19 February 1977 from RADM W. N. Small, COMCARGRU THREE (in January 1976 to 19 February 1977) and his Chief of Staff, COMCARGRU THREE, CAPT D. E. Leue. RADM S. R. Foley, COMCARGRU SEVEN duties as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region is not clear but Photos of three Carrier Group Commanders, RDAM Peck, RDAM Foley and RADM W. A. Gureck. EQNEEDF Note: Suggested as the period RADM Foley served. Midway conducted Multiplex Phase II on 22 February 1977. On 28 February 1977, RADM Foley welcomed JMSDF RADM Hirano aboard Midway. Midway, accompanied by the USS Lockwood (FF-1064) and USS Bausell (DD-845) conducted coordinated type training with the Japanese destroyers, with Teruzuki (DD-162) and Akizuki (DD-161). Tactical maneuvering, signaling, ASW screen formation steaming and helo transfer evolutions were very successfully conducted. This exercise was the first joint training between Midway and the JMSDF. At their request, press security was maintained for the training period and no post-exercise news releases were made. Midway was underway in the South China Sea, Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific from 18 to 28 February 1977, conducting Passing Exercise with JMSDF Teruzuki (DD-162) and Akizuki (DD-161) on the 28th. Midway, accompanied by the USS Lockwood (FF-1064) and USS Bausell (DD-845) conducted coordinated type training with the Japanese destroyers, with Teruzuki (DD-162) and Akizuki (DD-161). Tactical maneuvering, signaling, ASW screen formation steaming and helo transfer evolutions were very successfully conducted. This exercise was the first joint training between Midway and the JMSDF. At their request, press security was maintained for the training period and no post-exercise news releases were made. Ports of call included: Subic Bay, Philippines and Hong Kong. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4N; VF-151, F-4N; VA-93, A-7A; VA-56, A-7A; VA-115, A-6A / KA-6D, VFP-63 Det. 3, RF-8G; *VMCJ-1 Det. 101, RF-4B & EA-6A; VAW-115, E-2B; HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G; *VQ-l Det., EA-3B; *VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B and VMAQ-2 Det., EA-6B; ; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 17th deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. Her 23rd deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. Her 33rd Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II (11 January to 1 March 1977)(Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & 84A, USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977 & 1977 Cruise Book Command - https://www.navysite.de).

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-77/index_002.htm

 

11/01/77 to 18/04/77

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

EAST COAST

Battle Efficiency Award (Navy "E" Ribbon), marking her as the outstanding carrier in the Pacific Fleet – Ref. 1180B

NOV 1965

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

01 JUL 77 ~ 31 DEC 78

01 JUL 80 ~ 31 DEC 81

01 JAN 82 ~ 30 JUN 83

01 JAN 90 ~ 31 DEC 90

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

18th SCS

33rd FWFD

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

16th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northwest Pacific Ocean, Philippine Sea, her 19th South China Sea and will meet the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) in a War-at-Sea encounter (19 April to 5 May 1977).

CHAPTER XLIX

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) with presumably a COMCARGRU, serving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 assigned and CDR W. B. Kirkconnell, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) 19 April 1977, with Captain Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, as Commanding Officer, on her 16th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northwest Pacific Ocean, Philippine Sea, her 19th South China Sea and will meet the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) in a War-at-Sea encounter. The Japanese Press corps was aboard in force to observe and film air operations on the first day. Briefings and tours were provided to acquaint Approx. 35 Japanese Media representatives with the ship and to emphasize safety precautions during flight operations. Film footage and commentary from their experience and observations found its way into Japanese homes as Midway continued en route Subic for the weapons offload; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 18th deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. She will under go her 24th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. She will under go her 34th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) with CVW-5 (NF)

(19 April to 5 May 1977)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (16th Forward Deployed)

Western

Pacific

Region

Pacific Ocean

Northwest Pacific Ocean Philippine Sea

19th SCS

CVW-5

NF

19 Apr 1977

5 May 1977

Western Pacific

34th FWFD

140-days

Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northwest Pacific Ocean, Philippine Sea and South China Sea with USS Coral Sea (CV-43) in a War-at-Sea encounter.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4N --> F-4J

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4N --> F-4J

VA-93

Ravens -

Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7A --> A-7E

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7A --> A-7E

VA-115

Arabs -

Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -     Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6A / A-6E & A-6B /  KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye -Electronics

601-604

E-2B

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps - Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 610

RF-4B

VMAQ-2 Det.

Playboys - Marines Electronics Warfare

Grumman - Intruder -      Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

(CY) 620

EA-6A

HC-1 Det. 2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King -       Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3G

 

 

      “Approx. 35 Japanese Media representatives were welcomed aboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 19 April 1977.

 

      At first light on 20 April 1977, USS Midway (CV-41) from CVW-5 aircraft launched to find and strike the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) in a War-at-Sea encounter. Fourteen attack aircraft launched and nine arrived on-target over Coral Sea without opposition, while Midway fighters intercepted seven hostile aircraft from Coral Sea before they could attack Midway. COMCARGRU ONE, RADM Speer, CCG 1, possibly serving as Commander Task Group 77.4 disembarked and RADM H. P. Glindeman, COMCARGRU FIVE came aboard for the transit to Subic Bay on the same day. A high SOA was maintained as Midway transited southbound to participate in an ASW encounter before entering Subic. The Task Group exercised total Emission Control (EMCON) while a direct support P-3B Orion aircraft attempted to locate the U. S. submarine which was simulating a Victor II class SSN. Task Group 77.4 made a high speed transit that enabled the SSN to make a detection but frustrated the submarine's efforts to position for torpedo attack. The ASW encounter provided a welcome and beneficial opportunity to refine coordinated VP/surface screen operations.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted ASW Encounter Exercise on 23 April 1977.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) was underway in the Northwest Pacific Ocean, Philippine Sea and South China Sea from 19 to 24 April 1977.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) entered Subic Bay, Philippines on 25 April 1977 and moored alongside Nabasan Pier at the Naval Magazine. A major ammunition offload was accomplished in preparation for extensive refurbishment and modification of the magazines during the Dry-docking for Extended Incremental Ship Restricted Availability (EISRA). The Yokosuka Ship Repair Facility (SRF) was anxious to meet all repair commitments and came aboard in strength to begin preliminary work during the four day transit from Subic to Yokosuka.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) departed Subic Bay, Philippines on 30 April 1967, inport from 25 to 30 April 1977. Partial Air Wing off load at Cubi Point, R.P. and the Yokosuka Ship Repair Facility (SRF) was anxious to meet all repair commitments and came aboard in strength to begin preliminary work during the four day transit from Subic to Yokosuka. The air wing also conducted a major offload at Cubi Point to begin the transition to new model aircraft that would occur concurrently with the EISRA. RADM H. P. Glindeman, COMCARGRU FIVE stay aboard Midway was short as they departed in Subic before Midway steamed back north to Yokosuka. On 23 April 1977, the Civic Action Program was at work at Subic Bay. CVW-5 maintained a defensive combat air patrol posture during the transit flying the last aircraft off to Atsugi NAF as Midway entered home port for an extended upkeep period.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted South China Sea, Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific Ocean from 1 to 4 May 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

            

      “On 5 May 1977, USS Midway (CV-41) with presumably a COMCARGRU, serving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 assigned and CDR W. B. Kirkconnell, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, as Commanding Officer on 5 May 1977, ending her 16th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northwest Pacific Ocean, Philippine Sea, her 19th South China Sea and met the USS Coral Sea (CV-43). Approx. 35 Japanese Media representatives were welcomed aboard Midway on 19 April 1977. “At first light on 20 April 1977, Midway from CVW-5 aircraft launched to find and strike the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) in a War-at-Sea encounter. Fourteen attack aircraft launched and nine arrived on-target over Coral Sea without opposition, while Midway fighters intercepted seven hostile aircraft from Coral Sea before they could attack Midway. COMCARGRU ONE, RADM Speer, CCG 1, possibly serving as Commander Task Group 77.4 disembarked and RADM H. P. Glindeman, COMCARGRU FIVE came aboard for the transit to Subic Bay on the same day. A high SOA was maintained as Midway transited southbound to participate in an ASW encounter before entering Subic. The Task Group exercised total Emission Control (EMCON) while a direct support P-3B Orion aircraft attempted to locate the U. S. submarine which was simulating a Victor II class SSN. Task Group 77.4 made a high speed transit that enabled the SSN to make a detection but frustrated the submarine's efforts to position for torpedo attack. The ASW encounter provided a welcome and beneficial opportunity to refine coordinated VP/surface screen operations. Midway conducted ASW Encounter Exercise on 23 April 1977, underway in the Northwest Pacific Ocean, Philippine Sea and South China Sea from 19 to 24 April 1977 Midway entered Subic Bay, Philippines on 25 April 1977 and moored alongside Nabasan Pier at the Naval Magazine. A major ammunition offload was accomplished in preparation for extensive refurbishment and modification of the magazines during the Dry-docking for Extended Incremental Ship Restricted Availability (EISRA), inport from 25 to 30 April 1977. Partial Air Wing off load at Cubi Point, R.P. and the Yokosuka Ship Repair Facility (SRF) was anxious to meet all repair commitments and came aboard in strength to begin preliminary work during the four day transit from Subic to Yokosuka. The air wing also conducted a major offload at Cubi Point to begin the transition to new model aircraft that would occur concurrently with the EISRA. RADM H. P. Glindeman, COMCARGRU FIVE stay aboard Midway was short as they departed in Subic before Midway steamed back north to Yokosuka. On 23 April 1977, the Civic Action Program was at work at Subic Bay. CVW-5 maintained a defensive combat air patrol posture during the transit flying the last aircraft off to Atsugi NAF as Midway entered home port for an extended upkeep period. Midway conducted South China Sea, Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific Ocean from 1 to 4 May 1977. Ports of call included: Subic Bay, Philippines. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4N --> F-4J; VF-151, F-4N --> F-4J; VA-93, A-7A --> A-7E; VA-56, A-7A --> A-7E; VA-115, A-6A / KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VMAQ-2 Det., EA-6A and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G; CVA-41 redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 18th deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. Her 24th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. Her 34th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II (19 April to 5 May 1977)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

19/04/77 to 05/09/77

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

EAST COAST

Battle Efficiency Award (Navy "E" Ribbon), marking her as the outstanding carrier in the Pacific Fleet – Ref. 1180B

NOV 1965

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

01 JUL 77 ~ 31 DEC 78

01 JUL 80 ~ 31 DEC 81

01 JAN 82 ~ 30 JUN 83

01 JAN 90 ~ 31 DEC 90

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

 

19th SCS

34th FWFD

 

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

Dry-docking for Extended Incremental Ship Restricted Availability (EISRA) at Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (5 May to 14 July 1977), followed by at Sea Trials, refresher training, (REFTRA) and rearming; and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (22 July to 7 August 1977).

(5 May to 7 August 1977)

CHAPTER L

 

 

      “USS Midway (CV-41) commenced an Extended Incremental Ship's Restricted Availability and dry-docking in Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 5 May 1977 and made preparations to enter Yokosuka Dry Dock #6 on 9 May 1977. Extensive planning, training and organization of the ship's force into industrial management and production teams had preceded the EISRA. All ships personnel had been trained to implement the Ship's Force Overhaul Management System (SFOMS) in order to gain maximum productivity from available manpower. Extensive planning had been completed at Yokosuka Ship Repair Facility (SRF) and by major contractors such as Sumitomo Company of Japan.

 

      CINCPACFLT, ADM T. B. Hayward also took a personal interest in the progress of this unique ship Dry-docking for Extended Incremental Ship Restricted Availability (EISRA) progress and receive EISRA/Transition Status Brief as well as concurrent air wing transition during his visit onboard USS Midway (CV-41) and personal inspection on 26 May 1977.

 

      VADM R. B. Baldwin, COMSEVENTHFLT visits aboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 7 June 1977 to review Dry-docking for Extended Incremental Ship Restricted Availability (EISRA) progress and receives EISRA/Transition Status Brief.

 

      RADM H. P. Glindeman, CTF 70/CCG 5 visits aboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 8 June 1977 to review Dry-docking for Extended Incremental Ship Restricted Availability (EISRA) progress and receives EISRA/Transition Status Brief” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977). 

 

      “In June, USS Bausell (DD-845) participated in "Dolphinex 1-77", an ASW exercise with units of the Philippine Navy” (Ref. 1447).

 

      “RADM H. P. Glindeman, COMCARGRU FIVE (CTF 70/CCG 5), who had previously served aboard USS Midway (CV-41) as the Carrier Group commander followed the Dry-docking for Extended Incremental Ship Restricted Availability (EISRA) progress closely and visited aboard again on 8 June 1977. With close command attention and interest the work that seemed too ambitious was somehow accomplished. Although much cleanup and preservation work remained to be completed USS Midway (CV-41) crew prepared for and began training to resume their more usual work and duty assignments.

 

      Yokosuka Dry Dock #6 was flooded and boilers were lit onboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 5 July 1977 marking near completion of Dry-docking for Extended Incremental Ship Restricted Availability (EISRA).

 

      A full scale rehearsal or "Fast Cruise" onboard USS Midway (CV-41) marking the end of Dry-docking for Extended Incremental Ship Restricted Availability (EISRA) was conducted on the 12th and 13th of July 1977 to familiarize all hands with getting underway again inport Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan)” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

      “USS Midway (CV-41) was in Dry-docking for Extended Incremental Ship Restricted Availability (EISRA) at Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 5 May until 14 July 1977, followed by at Sea Trials, refresher training, (REFTRA) and rearming. Midway commenced preparations to enter Yokosuka Dry Dock #6 on 9 May 1977. Extensive planning, training and organization of the ship's force into industrial management and production teams had preceded the Dry-docking for Extended Incremental Ship Restricted Availability (EISRA). All ships personnel had been trained to implement the Ship's Force Overhaul Management System (SFOMS) in order to gain maximum productivity from available manpower. Extensive planning had been completed at Yokosuka Ship Repair Facility (SRF) and by major contractors such as Sumitomo Company of Japan. RADM Glindeman, COMCARGRU FIVE visits aboard Midway on 16 May 1977 to review Dry-docking for EISRA progress. CINCPACFLT, ADM Hayward also took a personal interest in the progress of this unique ship Dry-docking for EISRA and concurrent air wing transition during his visit onboard Midway and personal inspection on 26 May 1977. VADM R. B. Baldwin, COMSEVENTHFLT visits aboard Midway on 7 June 1977 to review Dry-docking for Extended Incremental Ship Restricted Availability (EISRA) progress and receives EISRA/Transition Status Brief. RADM Glindeman, COMCARGRU FIVE, who had previously served aboard Midway as the Carrier Group commander followed the Dry-docking for EISRA progress closely and visited aboard again on 8 June 1977. With close command attention and interest the work that seemed too ambitious was somehow accomplished. Although much cleanup and preservation work remained to be completed Midway crew prepared for and began training to resume their more usual work and duty assignments. A full scale rehearsal or "Fast Cruise" onboard Midway was conducted on the 12th and 13th of July 1977 to familiarize all hands with getting underway again inport Yokosuka. During the six week dry-dock period extensive hull and machinery work was completed aboard Midway. Sea valves were inspected, repaired and replaced; the ship's propellers, shafts and rudders were inspected and repaired. The entire ship's hull was sand blasted and preserved. Equally impressive work was accomplished throughout the ship. Every department applied all available manpower to the task of preservation and refurbishment of spaces. Major ship alterations accomplished included the extensive JP-5 fueling and defueling installation, the AIMD avionics installation and air conditioning duct modifications required to support the significantly increased electronics component repair facilities. The SPN-42 automatic carrier landing system (ACLS) radar and control installation. A new seven hundred line telephone switchboard, new security and alarm mechanisms for the ship's weapons magazines, major overhaul of the ship's steam turbine generators (SSTGS) and boiler wall and tube replacement to four boilers was accomplished. Combat systems were also upgraded by the installation of the new Naval Tactical Data System (NTDS) Model 4 hardware in the Combat Information Center and the computer center. All new Satellite Inertial Navigation System equipment was installed to upgrade mission capabilities. Extensive renovation of supply storage areas and maintenance spaces was conducted to enable support of the new generation aircraft coming aboard Midway. Ship's force personnel with SRF assistance rehabilitated all ship exterior surfaces prior to the Indian Ocean deployment. Despite the hectic pace of so many major jobs underway concurrently, completion goals were met and Yokosuka Dry Dock #6 was flooded and boilers were lit onboard and undocked a Midway on 5 July 1977. A full scale rehearsal or "Fast Cruise" onboard Midway was conducted on the 12th and 13th of July 1977 to familiarize all hands with getting underway again inport Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan). Midway had also hosted three flag visits during the dry-dock period. CVW-5 On-load Midway following Transition commences on 3 August 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

      “USS Midway (CV-41) embarked conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 5 May to 14 July 1977. The pace of the Dry-docking for Extended Incremental Ship Restricted Availability (EISRA) accelerated and was credited as a successful overhaul completed on time departing Yokosuka, with Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, as Commanding Officer, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting post-overhaul and engineering Sea Trials in the Northwest Pacific Ocean on 15 July 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

USS Midway (CV-41)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea Fleet D. No.

CV-41 – 7th (Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

WestPac

 

 

15 Jul 1977

21 Jul 1977

Inspection

Dry-docking for Extended Incremental Ship Restricted Availability (EISRA) accelerated and was credited as a successful overhaul completed on time departing Yokosuka conducting post-overhaul and engineering Sea Trials in the Northwest Pacific Ocean.

 

      “USS Midway (CV-41) arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 21 July 1977, with Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, Commanding Officer, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting post-overhaul and engineering Sea Trials and Verification/ Certification of Repairs and Alterations in the Northwest Pacific Ocean. The results of testing extensive underbody work were highly satisfactory. Over two hundred sea valves had been reworked and replaced; only one had a deficiency. No deficiencies were noted on the extensive repair work done on shafts, rudders and main propulsion equipment. These outstanding results attest to the fine workmanship of SRF, SUMITOMO planners and production personnel during Dry-docking for Extended Incremental Ship Restricted Availability (EISRA) at Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 5 May until 14 July 1977. During the first post-overhaul at sea period of one week, the flight deck was certified, NTDS Modeal 4 installation was completed and certified, the SPN-42 was partially accepted and pre-certified except for Mode III, avionics spaces were completed for initial test runs and the JP-5 fuel system checked satisfactorily except for two stations. Every major job, except the SINS installation, was meeting or exceeding expectations. Midway personnel contributed $74,116.60 to the Combined Federal Campaign. On the third day at sea, on 18 July 1977, two SOVIET BEAR aircraft on an ocean surveillance flight located the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) near Okinawa and then penetrated the Japanese ADIZ to reconnoiter the Midway in the Yokosuka op-areas. Limited daily air operations were conducted but no intercept was authorized. CVW-5 aircraft made 303 traps aboard while general training and crew proficiency was emphasized aboard the ship. Midway returned to Yokosuka with great pride in many significant achievements. A unique CV repair and modernization ISRA had been accomplished concurrently with an unprecedented CVW transition overseas, and in a greatly condensed time frame. While the ship was in dry-dock, five Midway squadrons had been completely outfitted and trained to operate the newest aircraft configurations, while the ship gained the capacity to completely support the new air wing composition. Simultaneously, Midway was upgraded in such areas as prop shafts, telephone communications, ADP equipment, JP-5 fuel systems, etc. and all accomplished within a very restrictive time frame that allowed no margin for error or delay in material delivery. With these immense accomplishments behind, Midway was now faced with a formidable training challenge of putting it all back together into a cohesive fighting unit. A significant personnel turnover had occurred and the demands of industrial productivity had necessarily cut into the professional and military training necessary to operate effectively (15 to 21 July 1977)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

      “In July 1977, USS Bausell (DD-845) made one last visit to Korea” (Ref. 1447).

 

      “Approximately 135 Japanese and American Midshipman visited USS Midway (CV-41) for a general tour and orientation on 29 July 1977.

 

      CO FICPAC visits aboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 1 August 1977.

 

      CVW-5 On-load USS Midway (CV-41) following Transition commences on 3 August 1977.

            

       CVW FIVE personnel began returning to familiar and frequently improved spaces.  On 6 August 1977, a new staff from Alameda, California embarked aboard USS Midway (CV-41); COMCARGRU THREE, RADM Peck, and his staff would command the Midway Task Group during the next six months; scheduled to assume operational control of Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region on 19 September 1977 and RADM Peck would command the Midway CTG-77.4 Task Group during the next six months once COMNAVAIRPAC inspection teams also came aboard to train, observe and qualify Midway crews during the transit to Subic Bay for rearmament. Training battle problems that required the active participation of the entire crew and air wing were repeatedly held. All personnel were drilled in damage control, weapons employment, ship handling, and emergency conditions. Refresher Training (REFTRA) during the week long transit was intensive but very beneficial to a crew out of practice.

            

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 22 July to 7 August 1977. During two weeks in port following the first post-overhaul cruise, Midway’s crew and SRF raced to put the finishing touches on projects that affected literally every area of the ship. Planning shifted to preparation of training plans and operation orders for the approaching Indian Ocean cruise.  Conferences with support activities ashore became, numerous as every department initiated the advanced planning that would assure adequate support during that extended deployment.

 

17th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, on her 20th South China Sea, Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific Ocean, for COMNAVAIRPAC certification and Training Battle Problem work-up, CNAP Final Battle Ready Qualification and COMNAVAIRPAC Refresher Training (REFTRA) (8 August to 1 September 1977) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (2 to 26 September 1977). (8 August to 26 September 1977)

CHAPTER LI

 

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM Peck, COMCARGRU THREE arriving on 6 August 1977, scheduled to assume operational control of Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 on 19 September 1977 assigned and CDR W. B. Kirkconnell, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 8 August 1977, with Captain Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, as Commanding Officer, on her 17th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, on her 20th South China Sea, Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific Ocean, for COMNAVAIRPAC certification and Training Battle Problem work-up, CNAP Final Battle Ready Qualification and COMNAVAIRPAC Refresher Training (REFTRA); CVA-41 redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 19th deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. She will under go her 25th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. She will under go her 35th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 1182A & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) with CVW-5 (NF)

(8 August to 1 September 1977)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (17th Forward Deployed)

Western

Pacific

Region

Pacific Ocean

20th SCS Philippine Sea Northwest Pacific Ocean

CVW-5

NF

8 Aug 1977

2 Sep 1977

Western Pacific

35th FWFD

26-days

 

COMNAVAIRPAC certification and Training Battle Problem work-up, CNAP Final Battle Ready Qualification and COMNAVAIRPAC Refresher Training (REFTRA).

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4N --> F-4

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4N --> F-4J

VA-93

Ravens -

Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7ª --> A-7E

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7A --> A-7E

VA-115

Arabs -

Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -     Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6A / A-6E & A-6B / KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye -Electronics

601-604

E-2B

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps - Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 610

RF-4B

VMAQ-2 Det.

Playboys - Marines Electronics Warfare

Grumman - Intruder -      Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

(CY) 620

EA-6A

HC-1 Det. 2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King -       Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3G

 

 

      “USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM Peck, COMCARGRU THREE arriving on 6 August 1977, scheduled to assume operational control of Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 on 19 September 1977 and CDR W. B. Kirkconnell, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked conducted COMNAVAIRPAC Refresher Training (REFTRA) operations in the South China Sea, Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific Ocean from 8 to 14 August 1977.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) moored alongside Nabasan Pier at Nabasan Naval Magazine (NAVMAG), Subic Bay, Philippines on 15 August 1977, to load aboard and strike below the weapons and ammunition that had been removed before the overhaul. The A-7 squadrons that had transitioned to new model aircraft moved back aboard from their temporary quarters at Cubi Point.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) departed Nabasan Pier at Nabasan Naval Magazine (NAVMAG), Subic Bay, Philippines on 18 August 1977, loading aboard and strike below the weapons and ammunition that had been removed before the overhaul from 15 to 17 August 1977. The A-7 squadrons that had transitioned to new model aircraft moved back aboard from their temporary quarters at Cubi Point.

 

      Three days after arrival at Nabasan Pier at Nabasan Naval Magazine (NAVMAG), Subic Bay, Philippines, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM Peck, COMCARGRU THREE arriving on 6 August 1977, scheduled to assume operational control of Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 on 19 September 1977 and CDR W. B. Kirkconnell, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked put to sea to recover aircraft and re-qualify the air wing on 18 August 1977 and for COMNAVAIRPAC certification and Training Battle Problem work-up and CNAP Final Battle Ready Qualification in the South China Sea, Philippine Sea and West Pacific Ocean. The crew trained and worked hard to master all tasks that the final battle problem would test. The crew responded and in the judgment of the inspection team, the crew was ready for the qualifying problem after just one week of workup in the Subic op-area. The crew loaded aboard and stowed below the weapons and ammunition that had been removed before the overhaul from 15 to17 August 1977. The A-7 squadrons that had transitioned to new model aircraft moved back aboard from their temporary quarters at Cubi Point.

 

      Tragedy also occurred during this period. On 25 August 1977, three shipmates died and four were seriously injured when USS Midway (CV-41) C-l Cod aircraft "Liberty Bell", crashed on takeoff at Clark Air Force Base.

            

      On 27 August 1977, the Final Battle Problem was run and USS Midway (CV-41) was certified Battle Ready, by COMNAVAIRPAC. The inspection team disembarked in the Philippines as Midway steamed north for a final inport upkeep before deployment to the Indian Ocean.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Training Battle Problem work-up and CNAP Final Battle Ready Qualification from 19 to 27 August 1977.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) Okinawa VIP Orientation visit was hosted MGEN N. C. New, USMC CV 1st MAW; BGEN W. H. Baxter, USAF CDR 18th TFW and CAPT W. D. Cloughley, USN COMFLTACT, OKINAWA aboard on 30 August 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

      “On 2 September 1977, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM Peck, COMCARGRU THREE arriving on 6 August 1977, scheduled to assume operational control of Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 on 19 September 1977 and CDR W. B. Kirkconnell, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, as Commanding Officer, ending her 17th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, on her 20th South China Sea, Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific Ocean, conducting COMNAVAIRPAC certification and Training Battle Problem work-up, CNAP Final Battle Ready Qualification and COMNAVAIRPAC Refresher Training (REFTRA) from 8 to 14 August 1977. Midway moored alongside Nabasan Pier at Nabasan Naval Magazine (NAVMAG), Subic Bay, Philippines, loading aboard and strike below the weapons and ammunition that had been removed before the overhaul from 15 to 17 August 1977. The A-7 squadrons that had transitioned to new model aircraft moved back aboard from their temporary quarters at Cubi Point. On the 18th, three days after arrival at Nabasan Pier at Nabasan Naval Magazine (NAVMAG), Subic Bay, Philippines, Midway with RADM Peck, COMCARGRU THREE scheduled to assume operational control of CTG 77.4 on 19 September 1977 and CVW-5 embarked put to sea to recover aircraft and re-qualify the air wing on 18 August 1977 and for COMNAVAIRPAC certification and Training Battle Problem work-up and CNAP Final Battle Ready Qualification in the South China Sea, Philippine Sea and West Pacific Ocean. The crew trained and worked hard to master all tasks that the final battle problem would test. The crew responded and in the judgment of the inspection team, the crew was ready for the qualifying problem after just one week of workup in the Subic op-area. The crew loaded aboard and stowed below the weapons and ammunition that had been removed before the overhaul from 15 to17 August 1977. The A-7 squadrons that had transitioned to new model aircraft moved back aboard from their temporary quarters at Cubi Point. Tragedy also occurred during this period. On 25 August 1977, three shipmates died and four were seriously injured when Midway C-l Cod aircraft "Liberty Bell", crashed on takeoff at Clark Air Force Base. The Final Battle Problem work-up and CNAP Final Battle Ready Qualification was conducted from 19 to 27 August 1977 and Midway was certified Battle Ready, by COMNAVAIRPAC. The inspection team disembarked in the Philippines as Midway steamed north for a final inport upkeep before deployment to the Indian Ocean. Midway Okinawa VIP Orientation visit was hosted MGEN N. C. New, USMC CV 1st MAW; BGEN W. H. Baxter, USAF CDR 18th TFW and CAPT W. D. Cloughley, USN COMFLTACT, OKINAWA aboard on 30 August 1977. Ports of call included: Subic Bay, Philippines. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4N --> F-4J; VF-151, F-4N --> F-4J; VA-93, A-7A --> A-7E; VA-56, A-7A --> A-7E; VA-115, A-6A / KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VMAQ-2 Det., EA-6A and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G; CVA-41 redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 19th deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. Her 25th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. Her 35th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II (8 August to 2 September 1977)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 1182A & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

08/08//77 to 02/09/77

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

EAST COAST

Battle Efficiency Award (Navy "E" Ribbon), marking her as the outstanding carrier in the Pacific Fleet – Ref. 1180B

NOV 1965

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

01 JUL 77 ~ 31 DEC 78

01 JUL 80 ~ 31 DEC 81

01 JAN 82 ~ 30 JUN 83

01 JAN 90 ~ 31 DEC 90

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

 

20th SCS

35th FWFD

08//08/77 to 02/09/77

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

      “USS Midway (CV-41) commenced Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 2 September 1977.

 

      COMNAVAIRPAC visit aboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 10 September 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

      “The Japanese Defense Society, a group of distinguished Japanese business and industrial leaders were welcomed aboard Midway on 16 September 1977. Then, during the second day at sea, a delegation of eight legislators from the Japanese Diet was hosted aboard Midway to tour the ship and observe flight operations. The visits were very successful in projecting an image of dedication to our mission in Japan and in demonstrating a creditable military force. However, the crash of a Marine F-4 Phantom aircraft attached to Midway detracted from our efforts and resulted in unfavorable press coverage for several months. Extensive joint investigations exonerated both the crew and Atsugi maintenance personnel of any blame, citing faulty engine assembly as the cause:

 

TOUR AND LUNCHEON FOR THE JAPAN DEFENSE SOCIETY - 09/16/1977

                         

KOGA, SHIGEIGHI, ADVISOR, MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES   

IBUKA, MASARU, HONORARY BOARD CHAIRMAN, SONY 

ARAMAKI, TORAO, BOARD CHAIRMAN; ISUZU MOTORS   

ABE, KENICHI, PRESIDENT, NIPPON OXYGEN INDUSTRY   

EGUSA, SHIRO, BOARD CHAIRMAN, Y NIKAKU PUBLISHING CO,            

ENDO, YOSHICOKO, MANAGING DIRECTOR, SUMITOMO LIGHT METAL INDUSTRY  

FUNABIKI, KIMIHIKO, MANAGING DIRECTOR, SUMITOMO PRECISION INDUSTRY    

FURUSAWA, TAKEYA, DIRECTOR, FUJI PHOTO OPTICAL MACHINERIES

FUSANO, NATSUAKI, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, KEIDANREN, GE. AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

ISHII, KOHJI, MANAGING DIRECTOR, ISHII IRON WORKS   

KAWAHASHI, TAKESHI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NEC         

KUGOH, KOHJI, MANAGER, TOSHIBA ELECTRICS, WIRELESS APPARATUS TECHNICAL SECTION 

MURATA, MAMORU, ASS'T TO THE GENERAL MANAGER, HITACHI LTD. BUSINESS DEPT   

NAKAGAWA, RITSUO, EX. DIRECTOR, NIPPON AIRCRAFT 

NAKAGAWA, TAKESHI, PRESIDENT, MEIJI CONFECTIONERY       

NAKANO, KANICHI, GENERAL MANAGER, JAPAN EXPRESS, BUSINESS DEPT  

NAKAZAWA, HIKOSHICHI, PRESIDENT, NURIHIKO CO, (ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE WHOLESALE     

NAMBA, SEIICHI, MANAGING DIRECTOR, NIPPON KOKI INDUSTRY       

OHTANI, MITSUO,ADVISOR, KOITO WORKS   

OSHITANI, HIROSHI, EXEC. DIRECTOR, HINO MOTORS SALES CO.          

SAKANO, TSUNEFUSA, MANAGING DIRECTOR, JAPAN CHEMICAL FIBER ASS'N         

SAKAYA, TADASHI, PRESIDENT, DAISERU CHEMICAL INDUSTRY          

SHIMADA, YUTAKA, INSPECTOR, TEITO RAPID TRANSIT CORP.

(EX. ADMIN VICE DIRECTOR JDA)         

TAKIZAWA, TAKASHI, DIRECTOR, CLARION SOUND INSTRUMENTS      

TABABEM TISGUTISHT, ADVISOR, JAPAN AVIOTRONICS  

TOFUKUJI, TETSUO, GENERAL MANAGER, ISHIKAWAJIMA-HARIMA INDUSTRIES, BUSINESS DEPT         

USUI, SATORU, EXEC. DIRECTOR, NIPPON ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT          

YOSHIDA, TAKASHI GENERAL MANAGER, TOSHIBA ELECTRICS, TECH DEPT 

TOSHIBA, TAKEHIKO, DIRECTOR, MITSUBISHI INDUSTRIES         

(FROM JDS EXECUTIVE OFFICER)                       

NAKAHARA, YUTAKA, DIRECTOR         

NITTA, MASAZUMI, DEPUTY DIRECTOR          

(FROM JDS PAO)                   

SASAKI, HIKOZO, STAFF MEMBER        

MATSUBARA, KENICHI, GSDF LT. COLONEL  

ALSO ATTENDED WERE USFJ PROTOCOL DEPT PERSONNEL, COL. G. J. COLLINS AND MAJ. R. E. HULIT.

 

       THREE, RADM Peck, and his staff would command the Midway Task Group during CVW FIVE personnel began returning to familiar and frequently improved spaces.  On 6 August 1977, a new staff from Alameda, California embarked aboard USS Midway (CV-41); COMCARGRU the next six months; scheduled to assume operational control of Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region on 19 September 1977 and RADM Peck would command the Midway CTG 77.4 Task Group during the next six months once COMNAVAIRPAC inspection teams also came aboard to train, observe and qualify Midway crews during the transit to Subic Bay for rearmament. Training battle problems that required the active participation of the entire crew and air wing were repeatedly held. All personnel were drilled in damage control, weapons employment, ship handling, and emergency conditions. Refresher Training (REFTRA) during the week long transit was intensive but very beneficial to a crew out of practice.

 

      “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fast Cruise on 23 September 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

      “In September 1977, USS Bausell (DD-845) short cruise to the Philippines early in September 1977 made final preparations at Yokosuka to return to the United States” (Ref. 1447).

 

      “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 2 to 26 September 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).