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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

 

18th 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 14th “WestPac,” on her 21st South China Sea, operating in the Philippine Sea, Western Pacific, Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea, Sunda Sea, on her third Indian Ocean to conduct Exercise Readex “B”, Combined Passing Exercise (COMPAS ’77) with the Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy and Exercise Merlion ’77 with Singapore Navy and met the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) for a War-at-Sea encounter, on her first Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman deployment to conduct CENTO Exercise Midlink ’77 hosted by the Iranian Navy, including representatives of Pakistan, Turkey and the Royal Navy (27 September to 21 December 1977) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (22 December 1977 to 24 January 1978), conducting Upkeep (1 to 24 January 1978). (27 September 1977 to 24 January 1978)

CHAPTER LII

 

 

     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 27 September 1977, with Captain Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, as Commanding Officer, on her 18th 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 14th “WestPac,” on her 21st South China Sea, Philippine Sea, Western Pacific, Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea, Sunda Sea, on her third Indian Ocean to conduct Exercise Readex “B”, Combined Passing Exercise (COMPAS ’77) with the Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy and Exercise Merlion ’77 with Singapore Navy and met the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) for a War-at-Sea encounter, on her first Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman deployment to conduct CENTO Exercise Midlink ’77 hosted by the Iranian Navy, including representatives of Pakistan, Turkey and the Royal Navy. During September 1977 Midway completed preparations for the three month deployment to the Indian Ocean. Midway also worked hard to build a positive image in Japan during the September inport period; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 20th 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 26th 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 36th 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

 

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

(27 September to 21 December 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 (1st Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman) (18th Forward Deployed)

Western

Pacific

Region

Pacific Ocean

14th WestPac

Philippine Sea

21st SCS

Sulu Sea Celebes Sea Sunda Sea

3rd IO

CVW-5

NF

27 Sep 1977

21 Dec 1977

Indian Ocean

36th FWFD

86-days

Exercise Readex “B”, Combined Passing Exercise (COMPAS ’77) with the Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy and Exercise Merlion ’77 with Singapore Navy and met the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) for a War-at-Sea encounter, on her first Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman deployment to conduct CENTO Exercise Midlink ’77 hosted by the Iranian Navy, including representatives of Pakistan, Turkey and the Royal Navy.

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-4J

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4J

VA-93

Ravens -

Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7E

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7E

VA-115

Arabs -

Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -      Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6E / 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

 

 

     “Japanese Diet Members visit aboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 28 September 1977:

                         

House of Representatives: Itsuo Inagaki; Tokuichiroo Tamasawa and Setsu Shiga.

 

House of Councilors: Kanami Endo; Shinya Totsuka; Taro Nakamura and Taro Nakayama and Tikichiro Matsumura.

 

Secretaries: Kenichi Ichimuwa; Seiya Koizumi and Shiro Ariawa.” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).                         

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted operations in the Western Pacific, Philippine Sea and South China Sea from 27 September to 3 October 1977.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) made a port of call at Subic Bay, Philippines from 4 to 6 October 1977, conducting a complete stores replenishment for extended Indian Ocean deployment.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) was underway to the South China Sea, Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea, Sunda Sea and Indian Ocean on 7 October 1977.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) crossed the Equator and Hosted “King Neptune” from 10 to 11 October 1977.

 

       Indonesian Officials visit USS Midway (CV-41) on 12 October 1977: The Governor of Bali, BRIG GEN Sukarmen, Commodore Rudolf Kasenda, Dep, ACOS for OPS, Commodore Farel Parapet, Dep Asst R & D Staff and Maj. Trimerdoru toured Midway and observed flight operations.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) was underway in the South China Sea, Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea, Sunda Sea and Indian Ocean from 7 to 16 October 1977.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) anchored at Perth, Australia on 17 October 1977.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) anchored at Perth, Australia from 17 to 22 October 1977. Over 8,000 Australian visitors were welcomed aboard Midway. Official visits during Perth port visit: RADM Peck and Capt Felt host: Commodore Neil Boase, NOCWA; Hon. Colin Jamieson, Leader of the Opposition; Hon. Sir Charles Court, Premier of West Australia; Mr. Graham Chiholm, State mgr, Australian BCST Commission; Mr. Kim Beasley, Jr., Murdock University; Prof. Byron Kakulas, University of Western Australia and His Worship W. A. McKenzie, Jr., Mayor of Freemantle; Capt. B. T. Sutherlin, USN, ALUSNA, Canberra and Mr. C. Thomas Hayfield, AMCONSUL Perth.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) was underway in the Indian Ocean on 23 October 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

     “On 26 October 1977, USS Bausell (DD-845) left Japan for her last long voyage” (Ref. 1447).

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Exercise Readex “B” from 29 to 30 October 1977.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted VERTREP from Diego Garcia on 1 November 1977.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Major replenishment from the USS White Plains on 3 November 1977.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Exercise Readex from 5 to 6 November 1977.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) was underway in the Indian Ocean from 23 October to 7 November 1977.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) anchored at Karachi, Pakistan on 8 November 1977.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) anchored at Karachi, Pakistan from 8 to 10 November 1977. VIP Visit included Mr. Robert Moore, U. S. Consul General; RADM Shaikh, CDR Karachi; RADM Niazi, CDR Pakistan Fleet and RADM Arshad, CDR Logistics and ten senior Pakistani Naval Officers also visited aboard as guests of the Executive Officer.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) was underway in the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman on 11 November 1977, commencing CENTO Exercise Midlink ’77 on 12 November 1977.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) was underway in the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman from 11 to 19 November 1977, conducting CENTO Exercise Midlink ’77 from 12 to 19 November 1977, Debriefing Exercise Midlink ’77 on 20 November 2017.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) anchored at Bandar Abbas, Iran from 20 to 21 November 1977, conducting VERTREP from Bandar Abbas during the inport period.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) was underway in the Indian Ocean on 22 November 1977 and commenced Combined Passing Exercise (COMPAS ’77) with the Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy.

 

       Soviet Bear Aircraft Recon of combined Task Group 77.4 on 25 November 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

     “On 26 October 1977, USS Bausell (DD-845) left Japan for her last long voyage. She stopped for liberty calls at Keelung, Bangkok, Singapore, and Rabaul, before putting in at Sydney, Australia in late November 1977” (Ref. 1447).

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) underwent USN/RN vs. RAN War-at-Sea encounter from 27 to 28 November 1977.

 

       COMNAVAIRPAC awarded USS Midway (CV-41) personnel the Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific Battle Efficiency Award on 1 December 1977 for 1976-1977.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Combined Passing Exercise (COMPAS ’77) with the Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy from 22 November to 2 December 1977.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Exercise Merlion ’77 with Singapore Navy from 5 to 6 December 1977. The following distinguished guests came aboard Midway to observe Merlion operations: His Excellency, Mr. Bernard Chen, Minister of State, (Defense); Mr. John H. Holdridge, U. S. Ambassador; BGEN Winston Choo, Director General Staff; Mr. B. Ortega, Dir. Of Manpower, MOD; Mr. E. D. Ingraham, Dir. Chief of Missions; Col. LIU, Ching Chuan, Dir. Air Staff; Col. TAN, Chin Tiang, Asst. Chief of Gen. Staff and Col. Khoo, Eng An, Cdr. Rep. of Singapore navy” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977). 

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) was underway in the Indian Ocean from 22 November to 7 December 1977. A KA-6D assigned to VA-115 hits Midway ramp on approach. Both crewmembers of the aircraft are recovered western Pacific on 7 December 1977” (Ref. 84A & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) anchored at Singapore from 8 to 10 December 1977. VIP Visit by Singapore, Minister Of State.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) was underway in the South China Sea on 11 December 1977.

 

       COMNAVAIRPAC TEAM conducts NTPI aboard USS Midway (CV-41) from 10 to 12 December 1977.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) was underway in the South China Sea from 11 to 13 December 1977.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) made a port of call at Subic Bay, Philippines from 14 to 15 December 1977, with SECNAV and COMSEVENTHFLT visit aboard Midway prior to entering port on the 14th.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) was underway in the South China Sea, Philippine Sea and Western Pacific Ocean on 16 December 1977.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) met the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) for a War-at-Sea encounter on 17 December 1977, conducting War-at-Sea encounter from 17 to 18 December 1977. After which Midway steamed home to Yokosuka to reunite families after a long separation.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) was underway in the South China Sea, Philippine Sea and Western Pacific Ocean from 16 to 20 December 1977.

 

     “On 21 December 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 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 18th 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 14th “WestPac,” on her 21st South China Sea, operating in the Philippine Sea, Western Pacific, Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea, Sunda Sea, on her third Indian Ocean to conduct Exercise Readex “B”, Combined Passing Exercise (COMPAS ’77) with the Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy and Exercise Merlion ’77 with Singapore Navy and met the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) for a War-at-Sea encounter, on her first Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman deployment to conduct CENTO Exercise Midlink ’77 hosted by the Iranian Navy, including representatives of Pakistan, Turkey and the Royal Navy. During September 1977 Midway completed preparations for the three month deployment to the Indian Ocean. Ports of call included: Subic Bay, Philippines; Perth, Australia; Karachi, Pakistan; Bandar Abbas, Iran; Singapore and 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 20th 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 26th 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 36th 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 (27 September to 21 December 1977)(Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

27/09/77 to 21/12/77

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

21st SCS

36th FWFD

27/09/77 to 21/12/77

 

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) 18th 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 14th “WestPac,” on her 21st South China Sea, operating in the Philippine Sea, Western Pacific, Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea, Sunda Sea, on her third Indian Ocean, on her first Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman deployment Summary (27 September to 21 December 1977) – Chapter, Appendix I.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) 18th deployment, on her 11th “WestPac” and 1977, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region - USS Midway (CV 41) WestPac Cruise Book 1977 – Chapter 52, Appendix II.

 

     1977 VISITS AND CEREMONIES ABOARD USS MIDWAY (CV-41) – Chapter 52, Appendix III.

 

     USS MIDWAY (CV-41) 1977 YEARS END SUMMARYChapter 52, Appendix IV.

 

     “After the holiday leave period, Midway Air Wing sent detachments to Misawa, Atsugi, Okinawa and Korea to maintain flight proficiency while the ship commenced a much needed upkeep period.

 

       The new year began with USS Midway (CV-41) in port in homeport Yokosuka for holiday leave and upkeep. Carrier Air Wing Five had detachments of A7's at Misawa, Japan; F4's at Kadena, Japan; and A6's at Kwangju, South Korea. The inport period was routine and quiet except for various visitors and a change of command ceremony.

 

     “The Commander Naval Air Force Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC) and members of his staff visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 7 January 1978. While on board, VADM Coogan arrived briefings by RADM Peck, Commander Carrier Group Three; Capt Felt, Commanding Officer, Midway CDR Kirkconnell, Commander Carrier Air Wing Five; and members of ship's company. After a ship's tour and lunch VADM Coogan departed. Members of his staff remained on board for meetings with their counterparts in ship's company and the embarked air wing:

 

GUESTS

 

             VADM ROBERT P. COOGAN          COMNAVAIRPAC

             CAPT D. H. RERCHARDT                 FORCE MEDICAL OFFICER

             CAPT E. M. WISENBAHLER           FORCE MATERIAL OFFICER

             CAPT R. E. SHEETS                            FORCE PERSONNEL OFFICER

             CAPT J. L. FINNEY                             FORCE SHORE ACTIVITIES OFF

             CAP F. M. SUZAN                               FORCE READINESS OFFICER

             CAPT W. K. RHODES                        FORCE SAFETY OFFICER

             CAPT C. J. CELLAR                            FORCE AIR TRAINING OFFICER

             CAPT R. L. THOMAS                         FORCE SHIPS MATERIAL OFFICER

             CAPT J. J. RUCHLIN                          FORCE SUPPLY OFFICER

             CDR O. R. MORRIS                             EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

             LCDR J. I. MASLOWSKI                    FLAG LIEUTENANT

 

       On 20 January 1978, Commander S. D. Langdon relieved Commander W. B. Kirkconnell as Commander Air Wing Five in ceremonies onboard USS Midway (CV-41)  at Piedmont Pier, U.S. Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan.  Guest speaker was VADM Robert B. Baldwin, Commander Seventh Fleet. On the 21st, COMCARGRU ONE relieved COMCARGRU SEVEN.

 

       On the day prior to getting underway after being in homeport for an extended period of time, USS Midway normally spends the day simulating at-sea operations. Such an exercise, known as a Fast Cruise, took place on the 24th of January 1978:

 

             0730     OOD shifted his watch from the quarterdeck to the navigational bridge

             0755     Set Special Sea & Anchor Detail

             0911     Simulated Underway

             0913     Stationed the Underway Replenishment Detail

             0948     Drill at General Quarters

             1025     Secured from General Quarters

             1035     Stationed the Underway Replenishment Detail

             1103     Secured the Underway Replenishment Detail

             1301     Re-manned Underway Replenishment Stations

             1403     Secured Underway Replenishment Stations

             1404     Drill:  Man Overboard

             1515     OOD shifted his watch from the navigational bridge to the quarterdeck

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (22 December 1977 to 24 January 1978), conducting Upkeep (1 to 24 January 1978)” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) 18th 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 14th “WestPac,” on her 21st South China Sea, operating in the Philippine Sea, Western Pacific, Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea, Sunda Sea, on her third Indian Ocean, on her first Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman deployment Summary (27 September to 21 December 1977).

CHAPTER LII

Appendix I

 

 

      “On 21 December 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 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 18th 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 14th “WestPac”, on her 21st South China Sea, operating in the Philippine Sea, Western Pacific, Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea, Sunda Sea, on her third Indian Ocean to conduct Exercise Readex “B”, Combined Passing Exercise (COMPAS ’77) with the Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy and Exercise Merlion ’77 with Singapore Navy and met the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) for a War-at-Sea encounter, on her first Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman deployment to conduct CENTO Exercise Midlink ’77 hosted by the Iranian Navy, including representatives of Pakistan, Turkey and the Royal Navy. During September 1977 Midway completed preparations for the three month deployment to the Indian Ocean. Midway also worked hard to build a positive image in Japan during 2 to 26 September 1977 inport period. Japanese Diet Members visit aboard Midway on 28 September 1977: House of Representatives: Itsuo Inagaki; Tokuichiroo Tamasawa and Setsu Shiga. House of Councilors: Kanami Endo; Shinya  Totsuka; Taro Nakamura and Taro Nakayama and Tikichiro Matsumura. Secretaries: Kenichi Ichimuwa; Seiya Koizumi and Shiro Ariawa. Midway conducted operations in the Western Pacific, Philippine Sea and South China Sea from 27 September to 3 October 1977; making a port of call at Subic Bay, Philippines from 4 to 6 October 1977, conducting a complete stores replenishment for extended Indian Ocean deployment. Midway was underway to the South China Sea, Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea, Sunda Sea and Indian Ocean on 7 October 1977; crossing the Equator and Hosted “King Neptune” from 10 to 11 October 1977. Indonesian Officials visit Midway on 12 October 1977: The Governor of Bali, BRIG GEN Sukarmen, Commodore Rudolf Kasenda, Dep, ACOS for OPS, Commodore Farel Parapet, Dep Asst R & D Staff and Maj. Trimerdoru toured Midway and observed flight operations. Midway was underway in the South China Sea, Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea, Sunda Sea and Indian Ocean from 7 to 16 October 1977; anchoring at Perth, Australia from 17 to 22 October 1977. Over 8,000 Australian visitors were welcomed aboard Midway. Official visits during PERTH port visit: RADM Peck and Capt Felt host: Commodore Neil Boase, NOCWA; Hon. Colin Jamieson, Leader of the Opposition; Hon. Sir Charles Court, Premier of West Australia; Mr. Graham Chiholm, State mgr, Australian BCST Commission; Mr. Kim Beasley, Jr., Murdock University; Prof. Byron Kakulas, University of Western Australia and His Worship W. A. McKenzie, Jr., Mayor of Freemantle; Capt. B. T. Sutherlin, USN, ALUSNA, Canberra and Mr. C. Thomas Hayfield, AMCONSUL Perth. Midway was underway in the Indian Ocean on 23 October 1977. Midway conducted Exercise Readex “B” from 29 to 30 October 1977 and Vertrep from Diego Garcia on 1 November 1977. Midway conducted Major replenishment from the USS White Plains on 3 November 1977; Exercise Readex from 5 to 6 November 1977, underway in the Indian Ocean from 23 October to 7 November 1977; anchoing at Karachi, Pakistan from 8 to 10 November 1977. VIP Visit included Mr. Robert Moore, U. S. Consul General; RADM Shaikh, CDR Karachi; RADM Niazi, CDR Pakistan Fleet and RADM Arshad, CDR Logistics and ten senior Pakistani Naval Officers also visited aboard as guests of the Executive Officer. Midway was underway in the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman from 11 to 19 November 1977, conducting CENTO Exercise Midlink ’77 from 12 to 19 November 1977, Debriefing Exercise Midlink ’77 on 20 November 2017; anchoring at Bandar Abbas, Iran from 20 to 21 November 1977, conducting VERTREP from Bandar Abbas during the inport period. Midway was underway in the Indian Ocean on 22 November 1977 and commenced Combined Passing Exercise (COMPAS ’77) with the Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy. Soviet Bear Aircraft Recon of combined Task Group 77.4 on 25 November 1977. Midway underwent USN/RN vs. RAN War-at-Sea encounter from 27 to 28 November 1977. COMNAVAIRPAC awarded Midway personnel the Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific Battle Efficiency Award on 1 December 1977 for 1976-1977. Midway conducted Combined Passing Exercise (COMPAS ’77) with the Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy from 22 November to 2 December 1977 and conducted Exercise Merlion ’77 with Singapore Navy from 5 to 6 December 1977. The following distinguished guests came aboard Midway to observe Merlion operations: His Excellency, Mr. Bernard Chen, Minister of State, (Defense); Mr. John H. Holdridge, U. S. Ambassador; BGEN Winston Choo, Director General Staff; Mr. B. Ortega, Dir. Of Manpower, MOD; Mr. E. D. Ingraham, Dir. Chief of Missions; Col. LIU, Ching Chuan, Dir. Air Staff; Col. TAN, Chin Tiang Midway, Asst. Chief of Gen. Staff and Col. Khoo, Eng An, Cdr. Rep. of Singapore navy. Midway was underway in the Indian Ocean from 22 November to 7 December 1977. A KA-6D assigned to VA-115 hits Midway ramp on approach. Both crewmembers of the aircraft are recovered western Pacific on 7 December 1977;  anchoring at Singapore from 8 to 10 December 1977. VIP Visit by Singapore, Minister Of State. COMNAVAIRPAC TEAM conducts NTPI aboard Midway from 10 to 12 December 1977. Midway was underway in the South China Sea from 11 to 13 December 1977; making a port of call at Subic Bay, Philippines from 14 to 15 December 1977, with SECNAV and COMSEVENTHFLT visiting aboard Midway prior to entering port on the 14th. Midway was underway in the South China Sea, Philippine Sea and Western Pacific Ocean on 16 December 1977 and met the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) for a War-at-Sea encounter on 17 December 19776, conducting War-at-Sea encounter from 17 to 18 December 1977. After which Midway steamed home to Yokosuka to reunite families after a long separation. Midway was underway in the South China Sea, Philippine Sea and Western Pacific Ocean from 16 to 20 December 1977. During this 85 day deployment from homeport, Midway steamed over 18,000 miles and flew over 3,000 aircraft sorties. Midway welcomed dignitaries aboard from Indonesia, Australia, Pakistan, Iran and Singapore. The Midway Task Group represented the United States in three major multi-national fleet exercises and was honored upon return to Subic Bay by a visit of the Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable W. Graham Claytor, Jr. The Midway crew gained further recognition by winning the Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific Battle Efficiency Award for the period 1 January 1976 through 30 June 1977. Ports of call included: Subic Bay, Philippines; Perth, Australia; Karachi, Pakistan; Bandar Abbas, Iran; Singapore and 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 20th 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 Station” in the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. Her 26h 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 36th 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 (27 September to 21 December 1977)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

27/09/77 to 21/12/77

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

14th WestPac

21st SCS

36th FWFD

 

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) 18th deployment, on her 11th “WestPac” and 1977, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region - USS Midway (CV 41) WestPac Cruise Book 1977 – Chapter 52, Appendix II.

 

      1977 VISITS AND CEREMONIES ABOARD USS MIDWAY (CV-41) – Chapter 52, Appendix III.

 

      USS MIDWAY (CV-41) 1977 YEARS END SUMMARYChapter 52, Appendix IV.

 

18th deployment, on her 11th “WestPac” and 1977, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region.

CHAPTER LII

Appendix II

 

 

USS Midway (CV 41) WestPac Cruise Book 1977

 

Table of Contents:

Introduction

Command

Ports of Call

Ship's Log

Crew

AIMD

Air Department

Communications Department

Deck Department

Dental Department

Engineering Department

Executive Department

Medical Department

Navigation Department

Operations Department

Safety / 3-M Department

Supply Department

Weapons Department

Carrier Air Wing 5

VA-56

VA-93

VF-151

VF-161

VA-115

VAW-115

HC-1 Det. 2

VQ-1

VMAQ-2

Lucky Bag

Credits

In Memoriam

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