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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

 

 

13th 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, in Op-areas south of Tsushima Straits as part of the Korean Augmentation Force off the coast of Korea (21 August to 17 September 1976) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (22 August to 3 October 1976); Circumnavigating Japan and operating off the Republic of Korea Sea of Japan from Tsugaru Straits to Tsushima. Midway’s task group sailed north after recovering the air wing east of Tokyo (4 to 19 October 1976); conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (19 October to 31 October 1976), conducting upkeep period (19-30 October) for USS Midway (CV-41) alongside Piedmont Pier was devoted to preparation for the semi-annual Carrier Readiness Inspection (CRI), continuing efforts to overcome INSURV deficiencies, and advance planning preparations for the CVW-5 transition and ship’s Extended Incremental Selected Restricted Availability (EISRA), scheduled dry-docking in Yokosuka during May, June, and July of 1977.

(21 August to 31 October 1976)

CHAPTER XLVI

 

 

     “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 J. L. Fiinley, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) 21 August 1976, with Captain Lawrence Cleveland Chambers, USNA '52, as Commanding Officer, on her 13th 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, in Op-areas south of Tsushima Straits as part of the Korean Augmentation Force off the coast of Korea. Midway was scheduled to complete recovery from the INSURV and get underway again on the 23 August 1976, but plans were abruptly accelerated with the North Koreans murdered two U. S. Army officers in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) or Joint Security Area at Panmunjom on 18 August 1976; U.S. forces begin to increase readiness posture; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 15th 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 21st 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 31st 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 (CV-41) with CVW-5 (NF)

(21 August to 17 September 1976)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (13th Forward Deployed)

Western

Pacific

Region

Pacific Ocean

Coast of Korea

CVW-5

NF

21 Aug 1976

17 Sep 1976

Western Pacific

31st FWFD

28-days

Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Op-areas south of Tsushima Straits as part of the Korean Augmentation Force on 21 August 1976 off the coast of Korea and MULTIPLEX cancelled due to typhoon evasión.

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-6A

HC-1 Det. 2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3G

 

 

     “USS Chicago (CG-11) returned to Subic Bay, Philippines on 7 August 1976 for two weeks of upkeep and sailed for Hong Kong on 22 August 1976.

 

      USS Chicago (CG-11) arrived Hong Kong three days after 22 August 1976” (Ref. 1446).

 

     “Upon arrival in op-area, USS Midway (CV-41) commenced a heavy schedule of air operations over ROK. Moderate Soviet surveillance reaction on 23 August 1976” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     “USS Chicago (CG-11) departed Hong Kong six days after 25 August 1976.

 

      USS Chicago (CG-11) arrived Hong Kong three days after 22 August 1976, after avoiding the third typhoon of the deployment, the ship spent six days in that liberty port.

 

      Leaving Hong Kong on 31 August 1976, inport from 22 to 31 August 1976, USS Chicago (CG-11) joined rendezvous with USS Enterprise (CVN-65) for a war-at-sea exercise.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) returned to Subic Bay, Philippines on 8 September 1976, for a lengthy upkeep period” (Ref. 1446).

 

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) departed alert station due to relaxing of tensions and to evade Typhoon Fran on 8 September 1976 and the same day, hosts the following guests for briefing and lunch aboard ship during the period off Korea from 23 August to 8 September 1976: LGEN Lee, ROKAF, CDR, CAC; MGEN Pittman, USAF, CG AFK/314 AD plus 2; VADM Yu, ROKN, 1st VCNO; MGEN Koehler, USA, J-3 COMUSK; BGEN Chin, ROKA, DEP CAC ROKA; BGEN Willard, USAF, DEP J-3 COMUSK Plus 3; GEN Lee, ROKA, COS ROKA; LGEN Lee, ROKA, CG FIRST ROKA; LGEN Park, ROKA, CC 2ND ROKA; LGEN Cushman, USA, CDR I Corps; MGEN Singlaub, USA, C/S UNC/COMUSK; MGEN Kang, ROKA, DEP CDR I Corps; RADM Kin, ROKN, SUPT Naval Academy; Mr. Cleveland, AMEMB Political Advisor; RADM An, ROKN, COMNAVBASE Chinhae; GEN Still Werll, USA, CINCUNC/COMUSK and BGEN Kim, ROKA/US – OPS Planning plus 2.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) cancelled MULTIPLEX due to typhoon evasion on 10 September 1976” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     “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 J. L. Fiinley, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 17 September 1976, with Captain Lawrence Cleveland Chambers, USNA '52, as Commanding Officer, ending her 13th 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, Op-areas south of Tsushima Straits as part of the Korean Augmentation Force off the coast of Korea. Midway was scheduled to complete recovery from the INSURV and get underway again on the 23 August 1976, but plans were abruptly accelerated with the North Koreans murdered two U. S. Army officers in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) or Joint Security Area at Panmunjom on 18 August 1976; U.S. forces begin to increase readiness posture. Midway departed alert station due to relaxing of tensions and to evade Typhoon Fran returned to Subic Bay, Philippines on 8 September 1976, for a lengthy upkeep period on 8 September 1976 and the same day, hosts the following guests for briefing and lunch aboard ship during the period off Korea from 23 August to 8 September 1976: LGEN Lee, ROKAF, CDR, CAC; MGEN Pittman, USAF, CG AFK/314 AD plus 2; VADM Yu, ROKN, 1st VCNO; MGEN Koehler, USA, J-3 COMUSK; BGEN Chin, ROKA, DEP CAC ROKA; BGEN Willard, USAF, DEP J-3 COMUSK Plus 3; GEN Lee, ROKA, COS ROKA; LGEN Lee, ROKA, CG FIRST ROKA; LGEN Park, ROKA, CC 2ND ROKA; LGEN Cushman, USA, CDR I Corps; MGEN Singlaub, USA, C/S UNC/COMUSK; MGEN Kang, ROKA, DEP CDR I Corps; RADM Kin, ROKN, SUPT Naval Academy; Mr. Cleveland, AMEMB Political Advisor; RADM An, ROKN, COMNAVBASE Chinhae; GEN Still Werll, USA, CINCUNC/COMUSK and BGEN Kim, ROKA/US – OPS Planning plus 2. Midway cancelled MULTIPLEX due to typhoon evasion on 10 September 1976; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Ports of call included: Subic Bay, Philippines. 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. Her 15th 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 21st 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 31st 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 (21 August to 17 September 1976)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

21/08/76 to 17/09/76

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

31st FWFD

 

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

     “Repainting the exterior, and interior improvements of USS Chicago (CG-11) was conducted from 8 to 27 September 1976 when the cruiser got underway for home.

 

      USS Chicago (CG-11) stopped at Guam on 1 October 1976, to refuel” (Ref. 1446).

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 22 August to 3 October 1976” (Ref. 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     “Captain Chambers took USS Midway (CV-41) out of Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) for his last time on 4 October 1976, with RADM W. N. Small, COMCARGRU THREE, serving as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 since in January 1976 assigned and CDR J. L. Fiinley, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, to circumnavigate Japan and operate off the Republic of Korea in the Sea of Japan from Tsugaru Straits to Tsushima” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

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

(4 to 19 October 1976)

 

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

Sea of Japan Tsugaru Straits to Tsushima

CVW-5

NF

4 Oct 1976

19 Oct 1976

Western Pacific

28-days

Circumnavigating Japan and operating off the Republic of Korea Sea of Japan from Tsugaru Straits to Tsushima. Midway’s task group sailed north after recovering the air wing east of Tokyo.

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-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) embarked distinguished visitors from Misawa orientation visit from 6 to 7 October 1976: Mr. Minoru Furudomari, Chairman, ROKKASHO Council; Mr. Shogo Ebina, Chairman, SHIMODA Council; Mr. T. Ogasawara, Chief, Misawa Police; Mr. I. Takahashi, President, Chamber of Commerce Misawa; Mr. K. UBE, Chief, Labor Management Office Misawa; Mr. T. Asano, Chairman, Commerce Commission Misawa; Mr. H. Sawakami, Vice Chairman, MOMOISHI Council and Mr. S. Ishioka, President, Junior Chamber of Commerce” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     “USS Chicago (CG-11) stopped at Guam on 1 October 1976, to refuel, and Pearl Harbor on 9 October, for a dependents cruise” (Ref. 1446).

 

     “As USS Midway (CV-41) transited Sea of Japan from Tsugaru Straits to Tsushima, moderate Soviet surveillance was encountered from 8 to 11 October 1976.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) welcomed the following guests aboard during ops off Korea on 14 October 1976: VADM Kim, ROKN, CDR ROK Fleet; MGEN Wernstedt, Swedish Army, UN; Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission; MGEN Sohn, ROKA, J-5 ROK JCS; COMO Chong, ROKN, ASST DCNO LOGISTICS; COMO Kim, ROKN, CDR Security Force V; BGEN Kim, ROKA, DIR ROKA Aviation; and 3 others.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted extensive air operations over ROK from 12 to 15 October 1976” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     “USS Chicago (CG-11) returned to San Diego on 16 October 1976, stopping at Guam on 1 October 1976, to refuel, and Pearl Harbor on 9 October, for a dependents cruise. Chicago exterior was repainted, and interior improvements conducted from 8 to 27 September 1976 when the cruiser got underway for home. Following a month in port, and several service inspections, Chicago, a Baltimore class cruiser, left San Diego on 13 April 1976 to deploy to the Western Pacific. Sailing with an amphibious group the cruiser conducted multi-ship exercises, both before and after Pearl Harbor, and arrived at Yokosuka on 3 May1976. Task group exercises with Midway, "Multiplex 2-76" from 19 to 25 May 1976 and "Multiplex 3-76" in the South China Sea from 4 to 7 June 1976, and port visits to Subic Bay and Keelung, occupied Chicago through June. After a midshipmen cruise from Yokosuka to the Philippines in early July, the cruiser began an inport period lasting until 2 August 1976. On 4 August 1976 Chicago participated in "Multiplex 1-7T", followed by a successful missile firing exercise off Poro Point, Luzon, on 7 August 1976, returning to Subic Bay for two weeks of upkeep. Returning to Subic Bay, Philippines on 7 August 1976 for two weeks of upkeep, Chicago sailed for Hong Kong on 22 August 1976. Chicago arrived Hong Kong three days after 22 August 1976, after avoiding the third typhoon of the deployment, the ship spent six days in that liberty port. Leaving Hong Kong on 31 August 1976, inport from 22 to 31 August 1976, Chicago joined rendezvous with USS Enterprise (CVN-65) for a war-at-sea exercise lasting until 8 September 1976, before returning to Subic Bay, Philippines for a lengthy upkeep period” (Ref. 1446).

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) returned to Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) alongside Piedmont Pier on 19 October 1976, with RADM W. N. Small, COMCARGRU THREE, serving as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 since in January 1976 assigned and CDR J. L. Fiinley, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked, with Captain Chambers as Commmandinng Officer, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, after  circumnavigating Japan and operating off the Republic of Korea Sea of Japan from Tsugaru Straits to Tsushima. Midway’s task group sailed north after recovering the air wing east of Tokyo. Four Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force officers from the Maritime Staff Office, Tokyo, were welcomed aboard to observe carrier operations during this deployment. They became familiar with every department aboard ship during the next two weeks and departed with more knowledge and awareness of USN CV operations. Midway also made a major effort at public relations with Japanese community and business leaders from Misawa. A Cope Cherry mutual training exercise was also conducted on the 6th day while Midway operated east of Tsugaru Straits. Midway embarked distinguished visitors from Misawa to receive briefings, tour the ship, observe flight operations from 6 to 7 October 1976: Mr. Minoru Furudomari, Chairman, ROKKASHO Council; Mr. Shogo Ebina, Chairman, SHIMODA Council; Mr. T. Ogasawara, Chief, Misawa Police; Mr. I. Takahashi, President, Chamber of Commerce Misawa; Mr. K. UBE, Chief, Labor Management Office Misawa; Mr. T. Asano, Chairman, Commerce Commission Misawa; Mr. H. Sawakami, Vice Chairman, MOMOISHI Council and Mr. S. Ishioka, President, Junior Chamber of Commerce. As Midway transited Sea of Japan from Tsugaru Straits to Tsushima, moderate Soviet surveillance was encountered from 8 to 11 October 1976. Midway welcomed the following guests aboard during ops off Korea on 14 October 1976: VADM Kim, ROKN, CDR ROK Fleet; MGEN Wernstedt, Swedish Army, UN; Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission; MGEN Sohn, ROKA, J-5 ROK JCS; COMO Chong, ROKN, ASST DCNO LOGISTICS; COMO Kim, ROKN, CDR Security Force V; BGEN Kim, ROKA, DIR ROKA Aviation; and 3 others. Midway conducted extensive air operations over ROK from 12 to 15 October 1976. During the predawn hours of the 8th, Midway entered the Sea of Japan via Tsugaru Straits. Soviet Badger aircraft from the nearby Vladivostok naval complex flew out to greet us. Three more sections of Badgers flew reconnaissance missions near Midway, and a Kanin class DDG joined the task group about midway through the Sea of Japan. Midway reached the Tsushima Straits on 11 October and commenced extensive flight operations over Korea. On the 14th, VADM Kim, ROKN, CDR Rokflt; MGEN Wernstedt, Swedish Army, UN Neutral nations Supervisory Command, and seven other distinguished guests from Korea visited aboard Midway. On the 16th, Midway steamed east through Osumi Kaikyo and then headed for Yokosuka. The day before entering port, distinguished Japanese visitors from Atsugi were flown aboard Midway to tour the ship and observe flight operations. 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 (4 to 19 October 1976).

 

04/10/76 to 19/10/76

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

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) commenced upkeep period on 19 October 1976 alongside Piedmont Pier was devoted to preparation for the semi-annual Carrier Readiness Inspection (CRI), continuing efforts to overcome INSURV deficiencies, and advance planning preparations for the CVW-5 transition and ship’s Extended Incremental Selected Restricted Availability (EISRA), scheduled dry-docking in Yokosuka during May, June, and July of 1977” (Ref. 1178-G & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     “Captain Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, assumed command during a change of command ceremony aboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 20 October 1976, relieving Captain Lawrence Cleveland Chambers, USNA '52, 29th Commanding Officer, serving from March 26, 1975 - October 20, 1976” (Ref. 1178-G & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     “CDR W. B. Kirkconnell, relieving CDR J. L. Fiinley, as Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) on 20 October 1976 through 20 January 1978” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 19 October to 31 October 1976, conducting upkeep period (19-30 October) for USS Midway (CV-41) alongside Piedmont Pier was devoted to preparation for the semi-annual Carrier Readiness Inspection (CRI), continuing efforts to overcome INSURV deficiencies, and advance planning preparations for the CVW-5 transition and ship’s Extended Incremental Selected Restricted Availability (EISRA), scheduled dry-docking in Yokosuka during May, June, and July of 1977” (Ref. 72, 1178-G & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

14th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conductinng operations in the Okinawa area, Sea of Japan/Korea Straits, conducting Exercise AAW-Encounter 1-77, Subic op-areas; Exercise Blue Sky with ROKAF in southern Taiwan op-areas; Navy air-to-ground CAS, weapons delivery training over Korea; Cold weather ops over Korea from the Sea of Japan; Minex Alpha at Chinhae in the Korea Strait operating area; Carrier Qualification Training and aircraft maintenance op-area off Iwakuni, Japan; Independent Steaming Exercises in the Sea of Japan/Korea Straits op-areas en route to Iwakuni, Japan; Marine CQ’s from Iwakuni; Cope Cherry with JASDF, TU-95 Bear reconnaissance flight (1 November to 17 December 1976) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (17 December to 10 January 1977).

(1 November 1976 to 10 January 1977)

CHAPTER XLVII

 

 

     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) 1 November 1976, with Captain Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, as Commanding Officer, on her 14th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting operations in the Okinawa area, Sea of Japan/Korea Straits, conducting Exercise AAW-Encounter 1-77, Subic op-areas; Exercise Blue Sky with ROKAF in southern Taiwan op-areas; Navy air-to-ground CAS, weapons delivery training over Korea; Cold weather ops over Korea from the Sea of Japan; Minex Alpha at Chinhae in the Korea Strait operating area; Carrier Qualification Training and aircraft maintenance op-area off Iwakuni, Japan; Independent Steaming Exercises in the Sea of Japan/Korea Straits op-areas en route to Iwakuni, Japan; Marine CQ’s from Iwakuni; Cope Cherry with JASDF, TU-95 Bear reconnaissance flight; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 16th 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 22nd 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 32nd 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 (CV-41) with CVW-5 (NF)

(1 November to 17 December 1976)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (14th Forward Deployed)

Western

Pacific

Region

Pacific Ocean Okinawa

Op-areas

Binanga Bay Subic

Op-areas

Philippine Sea Northwest Pacific Taiwan

Op-areas

Korean

Op-areas

Sea of Japan/Korea Straits

Op-areas

off Iwakuni, Japan

CVW-5

NF

1 Nov 1976

17 Dec 1976

32nd FWFD

47-days

Operations in the Okinawa area, Sea of Japan/Korea Straits, conducting Exercise AAW-Encounter 1-77, Subic op-areas; Exercise Blue Sky with ROKAF in southern Taiwan op-areas; Navy air-to-ground CAS, weapons delivery training over Korea; Cold weather ops over Korea from the Sea of Japan. From 9 to 11 December 1976. Midway conducted Minex Alpha at Chinhae in the Korea Strait operating area; Carrier Qualification Training and aircraft maintenance op-area off Iwakuni, Japan; Independent Steaming Exercises in the Sea of Japan/Korea Straits op-areas en route to Iwakuni, Japan; Marine CQ’s from Iwakuni; Cope Cherry with JASDF, TU-95 Bear reconnaissance flight.

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-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) was en route to Pusan, Korea on 1 November 1976.

 

      On the 1st, 2nd and 3rd, engineering casualty control (ECC) drills and a refresher training were conducted. Prior to entering port, USS Midway (CV-41) hosted a Korean VIP orientation visit aboard that included MGEN Hak Jin Shhin, ROKA AIRDEFCOM and four other guests to receive briefings, tour the ship, and observe carrier flight operations (Been Chi Chong Yoo, ROKMC, DEP ACOS Intelligence; CAPT Ho Sok Yoo, ROKN, DEPDIV Communications; Dr. Daniel Waldorf, Executive VP, Kyung Energy Co. and Mr. Thomas Stern, Deputy Chief of Mission, U. S. Embassy). Also a E-2B Hawkeye aircraft was deployed to Osan Air Base, Korea for demonstration and static display the same day.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) anchors out from Pusan, Korea on 4 November 1976 to begin a four day visit that was marked by persistent winds and seas that restricted boating and liberty for the Midway crew, who had been looking forward to this visit for some time.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) anchors out from Pusan, Korea from 4 to 8 November 1976, weighing anchor, underway and embarked a small group of VIP’s to observe carrier flight ops.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted flight ops en route to Okinawa op-areas from 9 to 10 November 1976” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     “On 10 November 1976, USS Bausell (DD-845) began a six-week drydock and repair period at Yokosuka, during which it was determined she would return to the United States the following year for retirement” (Ref. 1447).

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) transited south to the Okinawa op-areas to conduct air-to-ground weapons proficiency training for CVW-5 and host VADM Coogan, COMNAVAIRPAC, CNAP and his staff: CAPT E. M. Wisenbaker; CAPT R. E. Gardmer; CAPT J. U. Ruehlin; CAPT D. S. Teachout; LCDR L. C. Bryant and AVCM J. H. Moyna on 11 November 1976. Midway’s department heads presented detailed briefings on the preparation and planning for the CVW-5 aircraft transition and Midway dry-docking/ISRA.

 

      Task Group 77.4 conducted two days of SSN direct support operations/tactics evaluation with the USS Scamp (SSN-588) while transiting on to the Subic op-areas and a Subic port visit from 12 to 14 November 1976, entering Subic Bay, Phillipines at noon on 14 November 1976 for six days of upkeep and provisioning, in preparation for the next 28 day at-sea period.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) departed Alava Pier, Subic Bay, Phillipines to commence 28 day at-sea period on 20 November 1976. While inport, CVW-5 flew training sorties and a Minex Bravo from Cubi Point on 21 November 1976 with the strike group recovering aboard Midway.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Exercise Newboy, R. P. on 22 November 1976 and Minex Alpha at Binanga Bay on 23 November 1976.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Safety/Readiness Flight Stand-down on 25 November 1976.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted CAST Events and mutual training with SSN SCAMP from 26 to 27 November 1976.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Exercise AAW-Encounter 1-77, Subic op-areas on 28 November 1976.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) steamed north en route to Taiwan,, arriving southern Taiwan op-areas on 2 December 1976 and joined the ROKAF in a Blue Sky exercise. Cyclic flight operations and emergency casualty control (ECC) drills were conducted as Midway steamed on to the Korean op-areas. The Engineering Department commenced extensive preparations for the Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE), scheduled to begin after the next deployment from Yokosuka. Planning continued while en route to Korea for Close Air Support (CAS) flights and strike sorties in support of a major US/ROK army maneuver.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Exercise Blue Sky with ROKAF on 3 December 1976.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Transit/Routine flight ops en route to Korean ops from 4 to 6 December 1976.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) Minex Alpha at Chinhae was cancelled due to below minimum weather for flight operations on 7 December 1976.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) commences Navy air-to-ground CAS, weapons delivery training over Korea on 8 December 1976.

 

      On 9 December 1976, a six-man briefing team from the 314th Air Force in Korea came aboard USS Midway (CV-41) to brief pilots and intelligence officers on the complex procedures to be followed during the exercise period for Navy ops over Korean. Inclement weather during this period resulted in numerous diversions over target areas and curtailed the planned level of flight operations over Korea. The driving cold rain, snow, and poor visibility that prevailed during this period provided Midway with considerable cold weather operations experience.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Cold weather ops over Korea from the Sea of Japan from 9 to 11 December 1976.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Minex Alpha at Chinhae after rescheduled and completed successfully on 11 December 1976, as Midway moved back to the Korea Strait operating area. On 12 December, Midway departed Korea and replenished en route to an op-area off Iwakuni, Japan. Marine aircraft from Iwakuni flew out to conduct Carrier Qualification Training and aircraft maintenance” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     On 13 December 1976, USS Worden (CG-18) went to sea for five days of Independent Steaming Exercises” (Ref. 1438).  

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) departed Sea of Japan/Korea Straits op-areas en route to Iwakuni, Japan from 12 to 13 December 1976.

 

      Marine CQ’s  were conducted from Iwakuni aboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 14 December 1976.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Major underway replenishment with USS White Plains (AFS-4), USNS Kiska (T-AE-35) and USS Navasota (AO-106) on 15 December 1976, participating in a Cope Cherry mutual training event with JASDF en route Yokosuka, and on the 15th, Midway F-4 Phantoms intercepted two Soviet Bear reconnaissance aircraft that penetrated the Japanese air defense identification zone (ADIZ) for surveillance of the Midway.

 

      Yokosuka/Atsugi Japanese guests arrived aboard USS Midway (CV-41) for orientation visit. CVW-5 flies off for Atsugi Naval Air Station on 16 December 1976” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     On 17 December 1976, 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 arrived Piedmont Pier, Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, as Commanding Officer, ending her 14th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting operations in the Okinawa area, Sea of Japan/Korea Straits, conducting Exercise AAW-Encounter 1-77, Subic op-areas; Exercise Blue Sky with ROKAF in southern Taiwan op-areas; Navy air-to-ground CAS, weapons delivery training over Korea; Cold weather ops over Korea from the Sea of Japan. From 9 to 11 December 1976. Midway conducted Minex Alpha at Chinhae in the Korea Strait operating area; Carrier Qualification Training and aircraft maintenance op-area off Iwakuni, Japan; Independent Steaming Exercises in the Sea of Japan/Korea Straits op-areas en route to Iwakuni, Japan; Marine CQ’s from Iwakuni; Cope Cherry with JASDF, TU-95 Bear reconnaissance flight. Midway conducted Exercise Newboy, R. P. on 22 November 1976 and Minex Alpha at Binanga Bay; Safety/Readiness Flight Stand-down; CAST Events and mutual training with SSN SCAMP; Exercise AAW-Encounter 1-77, Subic op-areas; steamed north en route to Taiwan,, arriving southern Taiwan op-areas on 2 December 1976 and joined the ROKAF in a Blue Sky exercise (Cyclic flight operations and emergency casualty control (ECC) drills were conducted as Midway steamed on to the Korean op-areas; Exercise Blue Sky with ROKAF; Transit/Routine flight ops en route to Korean ops; Navy air-to-ground CAS, weapons delivery training over Korea; Cold weather ops over Korea from the Sea of Japan; Minex Alpha in the Korea Strait operating area; Marine aircraft from Iwakuni flew out to conduct Carrier Qualification Training and aircraft maintenance; participated in a Cope Cherry mutual training event with JASDF en route Yokosuka, and on the 15th, Midway F-4 Phantoms intercepted two Soviet Bear reconnaissance aircraft that penetrated the Japanese air defense identification zone (ADIZ) for surveillance of the Midway. Ports of call included Pusan, Korea and Subic Bay, Phillipines. 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 16th 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 22nd 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 32nd 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 (1 November to 17 December 1976)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

01/11/76 to 17/12/76

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

32nd FWFD

 

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) 14th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting operations in the Okinawa area, Sea of Japan/Korea Straits and Subic op-areas Summary (1 November to 17 December 1976). – Chapter, Appendix I.

 

     USS Worden (CG-18) returned to Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) alongside Piedmont Pier on 17 December 1976 after five days of Independent Steaming Exercises; and spent the holiday season in port” (Ref. 1438).  

 

     On 22 December 1976, CVW-5 flew an Exercise Newboy against the Philippine Air Defense System. On the 23rd, a mine exercise was conducted at Binanga Bay. USS Scamp (SSN-588) then joined the carrier task group in the Subic op-areas for three days mutual training” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     More than a year of service remained to the destroyer, however, and USS Bausell (DD-845) resumed operations out of Yokosuka in January 1977, that will include carrier task force operations in February and March” (Ref. 1447).

 

     Through the Christmas holiday period, USS Midway (CV-41) men were in home port preparing for the major fleet exercise READEX 1-77, and the OPPE, scheduled during the next deployment in January 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 17 December to 10 January 1977. During the holiday inport upkeep period Midway aircraft participated in a Cope Cherry anti-air warfare exercise (AAWEX) with the Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) and maintained proficiency in flying and maintaining aircraft under severe cold weather conditions on 6 January 1977. Misawa, Japan, on the northern tip of Honshu, provided sub-freezing temperatures and prodigious quantities of snow to keep Midway crews and equipment proficient in this environment. CVW-5 conducts cold weather flight training at Misawa, Japan from 5 to 9 January 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) 14th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conductinng operations in the Okinawa area, Sea of Japan/Korea Straits and Subic op-areas Summary (1 November to 17 December 1976).

CHAPTER XLVII

Appendix I

 

 

      “On 17 December 1976, 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 arrived Piedmont Pier, Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, as Commanding Officer, ending her 14th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conductinng operations in the Okinawa area, Sea of Japan/Korea Straits, conducting Exercise AAW-Encounter 1-77, Subic op-areas; Exercise Blue Sky with ROKAF in southern Taiwan op-areas; Navy air-to-ground CAS, weapons delivery training over Korea; Cold weather ops over Korea from the Sea of Japan; Minex Alpha at Chinhae in the Korea Strait operating area; Carrier Qualification Training and aircraft maintenance op-area off Iwakuni, Japan; Independent Steaming Exercises in the Sea of Japan/Korea Straits op-areas en route to Iwakuni, Japan and Marine CQ’s from Iwakuni; Cope Cherry with JASDF, TU-95 Bear reconnaissance flight. Midway was en route to Pusan, Korea on 1 November 1976. On the 1st, 2nd and 3rd, engineering casualty control (ECC) drills and a refresher training were conducted. Prior to entering port, Midway hosted a Korean VIP orientation visit aboard that included MGEN Hak Jin Shhin, ROKA AIRDEFCOM and four other guests to receive briefings, tour the ship, and observe carrier flight operations (Been Chi Chong Yoo, ROKMC, DEP ACOS Intelligence; CAPT Ho Sok Yoo, ROKN, DEPDIV Communications; Dr. Daniel Waldorf, Executive VP, Kyung Energy Co. and Mr. Thomas Stern, Deputy Chief of Mission, U. S. Embassy). Also a E-2B Hawkeye aircraft was deployed to Osan Air Base, Korea for demonstration and static display the same day. Midway anchors out from Pusan, Korea on 4 November 1976 to begin a four day visit that was marked by persistent winds and seas that restricted boating and liberty for the Midway crew, who had been looking forward to this visit for some time. Midway anchors out from Pusan, Korea from 4 to 8 November 1976, weighing anchor, underway and embarked a small group of VIP’s to observe carrier flight ops. Midway conducted flight ops en route to Okinawa area from 9 to 10 November 1976. Midway transited south to the Okinawa op-areas to conduct air-to-ground weapons proficiency training for CVW-5 and host VADM Coogan, COMNAVAIRPAC, CNAP and his staff: CAPT E. M. Wisenbaker; CAPT R. E. Gardmer; CAPT J. U. Ruehlin; CAPT D. S. Teachout; LCDR L. C. Bryant and AVCM J. H. Moyna on 11 November 1976. Midway’s department heads presented detailed briefings on the preparation and planning for the CVW-5 aircraft transition and Midway dry-docking/ISRA. Task Group 77.4 conducted two days of SSN direct support operations/tactics evaluation with the USS Scamp (SSN-588) while transiting on to the Subic op-areas and a Subic port visit from 12 to 14 November 1976. Midway entered Subic Bay, Phillipines at noon on 14 November 1976 for six days of upkeep and provisioning, in preparation for the next 28 day at-sea period. Midway departed Alava Pier, Subic Bay, Phillipines to commence 28 day at-sea period on 20 November 1976. While inport, CVW-5 flew training sorties and a Minex Bravo from Cubi Point on 21 November 1976 with the strike group recovering aboard Midway, conducting Exercise Newboy, R. P. on 22 November 1976 and Minex Alpha at Binanga Bay on 23 November 1976. Midway conducted Safety/Readiness Flight Stand-down on 25 November 1976 and CAST Events and mutual training with SSN SCAMP from 26 to 27 November 1976. Midway conducted Exercise AAW-Encounter 1-77, Subic op-areas on 28 November 1976. Midway steamed north en route to Taiwan,, arriving southern Taiwan op-areas on 2 December 1976 and joined the ROKAF in a Blue Sky exercise. Cyclic flight operations and emergency casualty control (ECC) drills were conducted as Midway steamed on to the Korean op-areas. The Engineering Department commenced extensive preparations for the Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE), scheduled to begin after the next deployment from Yokosuka. Planning continued while en route to Korea for Close Air Support (CAS) flights and strike sorties in support of a major US/ROK army maneuver. Midway conducted Exercise Blue Sky with ROKAF on 3 December 1976. Midway conducted Transit/Routine flight ops en route to Korean ops from 4 to 6 December 1976. Midway conducted Minex Alpha at Chinhae cancelled due to below minimum weather for flight operations on 7 December 1976. Midway commences Navy air-to-ground CAS, weapons delivery training over Korea on 8 December 1976. On 9 December 1976, a six-man briefing team from the 314th Air Force in Korea came aboard Midway to brief pilots and intelligence officers on the complex procedures to be followed during the exercise period for Navy ops over Korean. Inclement weather during this period resulted in numerous diversions over target areas and curtailed the planned level of flight operations over Korea. The driving cold rain, snow, and poor visibility that prevailed during this period provided Midway with considerable cold weather operations experience. Midway conducted Cold weather ops over Korea from the Sea of Japan. From 9 to 11 December 1976. Midway conducted Minex Alpha at Chinhae was rescheduled and completed successfully on 11 December 1976, as Midway moved back to the Korea Strait operating area. On 12 December, Midway departed Korea and replenished en route to an op-area off Iwakuni, Japan. Marine aircraft from Iwakuni flew out to conduct Carrier Qualification Training and aircraft maintenance. Midway On 13 December 1976, USS Worden (CG-18) went to sea for five days of Independent Steaming Exercises. Midway departed Sea of Japan/Korea Straits op-areas en route to Iwakuni, Japan from 12 to 13 December 1976. Marine CQ’s were conducted from Iwakuni aboard Midway on 14 December 1976. Midway conducted Cope Cherry with JASDF, TU-95 Bear reconnaissance flight. Major underway replenishment with USS White Plains (AFS-4), USNS Kiska (T-AE-35) and USS Navasota (AO-106) on 15 December 1976. Midway participated in a Cope Cherry mutual training event with JASDF en route Yokosuka, and on the 15th, Midway F-4 Phantoms intercepted two Soviet Bear reconnaissance aircraft that penetrated the Japanese air defense identification zone (ADIZ) for surveillance of the Midway. Yokosuka/Atsugi Japanese guests aarrived aboard Midway for orientation visit. CVW-5 flies off for Atsugi Naval Air Station on 16 December 1976. Ports of call included Pusan, Korea and Subic Bay, Phillipines. 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 16th 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 22nd 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 32nd 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 (1 November to 17 December 1976)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

01/11/76 to 17/12/76

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

 

32nd FWFD

 

 

USS MIDWAY (CV-41) 1976 YEARS END SUMMARY

CHAPTER XLVII

Appendix II

 

 

Command Organization

 

1.  Captain L. C. CHAMBERS, USN, - - - -/1310; Commanding from 26 March 1975 to 20 October 1976.

 

2. Captain D. L. FELT, USN, - - - -/1310; Commanding from 20 October 176 through 31 December 1976.

 

3. USS Midway (CV-41) was homeported at U. S. Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan during all of calendar year 1976.  Midway and CVW-5 observed their three-year anniversary as the only forward deployed CV/air Wing.

 

FIRST QUARTER. USS Midway (CV-41) made three deployments from Yokosuka during the first quarter of 1976. During 53 days at-sea, Midway participated in two Cope Cherry exercises with the Japanese Air Self Defense Force, a Cope Diamond exercise with the USAF in Japan, Blue Sky mutual training services with the Republic of China Air Force off Southern Taiwan and finally READEX 2-76 northeast of Luzon with the USS Ranger (CV-61) and other units of the SEVENTH Fleet.

 

SECOND QUARTER. During the second quarter, USS Midway (CV-41) conducted extensive exercises off Korean with USAF, USMC, and ROK forces in three major events: Cope Jade, MAULEX 2-76, and Team Spirit. Midway hosted numerous guests and VIP’s while visiting Pusan, Yokosuka, Hong Kong, and Subic Bay.  Extensive upkeep and preparation for the first overseas Board of Inspection and Survey visit also commenced.

 

THIRD QUARTER. During the third quarter, USS Midway (CV-41) continued to improve her material condition prior to the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) visit on the first of August. Following a Subic visit, the ship and air wing hosted distinguished guests aboard from the Republic of China in conjunction with a Blue Sky exercise. Midway then returned to Yokosuka to embark the INSURV team to conduct the inspection. Before recovery from the open and inspect phase was complete, Midway got underway on short notice following the murder of USA officers in the Korean DMZ. Midway finally returned to Yokosuka again, after evading Typhoon Fran, on 17 September 1976.

 

FOURTH QUARTER. During the last quarter of 1976 USS Midway (CV-41) deployed from Yokosuka twice and spent 54 days at sea.  Major events included a circumnavigation of the Japanese mail islands, port visits to Pusan and Subic Bay. Captain Felt relieved Captain Chambers aboard Midway in Yokosuka on 20 October. Midway participated in Exercise Newboy in the Philippines, Blue Sky AAW events with the ROKAF, Cope Cherry mutual training with JASDF, and a major mine exercise off Korea.  Midway also went through a semi-annual incremental Carrier Readiness Inspection (CRI) from 8 November until 4 December 1976” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

Special Topics

 

1.  Engineering Department

 

             a. Miles steamed by smooth log:

 

JAN-MARCH

APRIL-JUNE

JULY-SEP

OCT-DEC

TOTAL

17,883

16,258 

18,945

19,430

72,516

 

b. Significant SHIPALTS:

 

                          (1) Completion of new o2N2 plant in Hangar Bay 2, replacing two old Linde O2N2 plants on the fourth deck.

                          (2) Installation of a new meat thaw box in the aft butcher shop.

                          (3) Improved Catapult Trough Steam Smothering system.

                          (4) Majority of main machinery space ventilation improvement is completed.

                          (5) Habitability SHIPALTS to install partitions between urinals and privacy doors in head stalls were accomplished.

 

c. INSURV was conducted by the Board of Inspection and Survey in early August.  As part of the inspection, a full power was achieved:  31 knots.

 

d. Upkeep was conducted during each Yokosuka at EISRA (extended IRSA) conferences in San Francisco and Yokosuka to coordinate and finalize Public Works Center and ship’s force work schedules.

 

2. Air Department

 

a. Number of Catapult/Free Launches:

 

JAN

606

FEB

819

MAR

1,175

APR

1,037

MAY

452

JUN

849

JUL

1,270

AUG

830

SEP

894

OCT

1,038

NOV

1,335

DEC

1,125

1976 TOTAL

11,431

 

b. Number of Arrested Landings:

 

JAN

 609

FEB

765

MAR

1,153

APR

1,001

MAY

463

JUN

820

JUL

1,292

AUG

860

SEP

847

OCT

1,122

NOV

1,378

DEC

1,095

1976 TOTAL

11,400

 

c. JP-5 Issued in Gallons:

 

JAN

1,159,408

FEB

1,349,339

MAR

2,073,964

APR

1,892,552

MAY

 838,151

JUN

1,347,680

JUL

867,619

AUG

1,701,809

SEP

1,734,913

OCT

2,048,457

NOV

2,376,675

DEC

1,949,747.

1976 TOTAL

19,340,314

 

3.  Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD).

 

During 1976, 32,430 aircraft components were processed for repair aboard ship.  Seventy-four percent or 23,901 of these components were returned to the ship's supply ready for issue (RFI) while the remaining 8,538 components were designated as beyond maintenance capability (BMC). Midway's assigned C-1A logged 876.8 flight hours, 813 total landings and 147 arrested carrier landings.

 

4. Supply Department

 

             a.  The Supply Department divisional structure was reorganized during 1976, with the traditional S-1 (Ship’s Supply) and S-6 (Aviation Stores) being revised into a group of three divisions (S-1, S-6, and S-8) designed to group the like functions of stock control, supply response, and material movement together.

 

             b. The Annual Inspection found the department in excellent condition, with S-2 (Food Service), S-3 (Sales), and . S-7, Automatic Data Processing (ADP) Divisions being cited as the best in the Pacific Fleet.  The operational command evaluations for the department were consistently outstanding and the Carrier Inspection gave the Supply Department a grade of 94, clearly indicative of the outstanding support given to Midway and CVW-5 in 1976.

 

             c. The Food Service Division (S-2) won the Ney Award in the large ship category.  This was a particularly significant achievement considering the age of the ship, its food service equipment, and the demanding operational commitments.  Extensive renovations for the food service operation included a new butcher shop, extensive tile and terrazzo work, complete renovation of wardroom spaces, and the opening of the next Executive Dining Room.

 

In January, 1976, Midway also went to a centralized feeding concept where the Wardroom and the Enlisted Dining Facility subsist from the same galley.  This resulted in more efficient manpower utilization and better food service for all hands.

 

             d. The Sales Division (S-3) was enhanced by the renovation of the two retail outlets, an annual sales figure of $1,944,000.00 and the highest stock turnover of any CV.

 

             e. The preliminary design work for a new laundry was completed with installation expected during the 1977 EISRA.

 

             f. Toward the end of the year the Supply Department commenced preparations for a renewed aviation consolidated allowance (REAVCAL) and the transition to new aircraft.  The consolidated shipboard allowance (COSAL) validation was completed in October 1976 and a new COSAL is scheduled to arrive in April 1977.  The installation of modular drawer cabinets in ship and aviation storerooms will result in significantly better store-keeping practices and inventory control for many years to come.

 

             g. S-7, Automatic Data Processing (ADP) Division received notification that a completely refurbished U-1500 computer system will be installed during the summer of 1977.

 

5. Dental Department

 

             a. During 1976, dental care and treatment was administered to 10,369 patients (sittings).  A total of 28,653 dental procedures were rendered.  Preventive Stannous Fluoride applications were administered to 2,982 patients and 3,350 plaque control caries instructions were given.

 

             b. During February 1976, Midway’s Dental Department assisted the U. S. Naval Regional Dental Center, Yokosuka in conducting a dental examination and Stannous Fluoride application program for dependent children in the Yokosuka/Yokohama area in conjunction with the National Children’s Dental Health Week.

 

6. Medical Department

 

             Midway’s Medical Department served an average on board complement of 4,300 Navy and Marine personnel.  A monthly average of 1,900 men visited sick bay and 1,200 laboratory tests were completed.

 

A.  Deployment Synopsis 1976

 

DATE

LOCATION, EXERCISES/OPERATIONS, UNREP & GUESTS

1-8 Jan

In port Yokosuka.

9-Jan

Underway from Yokosuka for Northern Japan/Okinawa operations.

16-Jan

COPE CHERRY with JASDF.

19-Jan

COPE DIAMOND with USAF.

23-Jan

Returned to Yokosuka for ISRA.

9-Feb

Departed Yokosuka for Northern Japan/Okinawa operations.

16-Feb

COPE CHERRY with JASDF.

29 Feb

Returned to Yokosuka for upkeep.

13-Mar\

Departed Yokosuka for Northern Japan/Okinawa/Philippine Sea operations.

17-Mar

BLUE SKY with ROKAF.

27-31 Mar

READEX 2-76, Philippine op-areas.

1-Apr

Arrived Subic Bay for port visit.

5-Apr

Underway for Subic, Okinawa, and Korean (East China Sea) area operations.

15-Apr

COPE JADE with ROKAF and USAF.

16-21 Apr

MAULEX 2-76 with USMC.

19-Apr

Anchored off Pusan for port visit after extensive air operations over ROK. Orientation visit aboard Midway by VADM KIM, ROKN, ROKFLT; RADM AN, ROKN, COMNAVBASE; RADM KIM, ROKN, SUPT ROK Naval Academy; ADM HWANG, ROKN, CNO; RADM YI, ROKN, DCNO; RADM FRUDDEN, USN, CNFK; and LGEN CUSHMAN, USA, CDR I Corps.

22-Apr

Visits for briefings and tours by ROKAF/USAF personnel: GEN CHOO, COS ROKAF; LGEN YOON, VCOS ROKAF; LGEN LEE, CDR CAC; LGEN BURNS, DEPCINCUNC/COMUSK; MGEN PITTMAN, COMAFK/314 AD; BGEN LIM, VDCSDEPCINCUNC / COMUSK.

23-Apr

Departed Pusan, Korea.

26-Apr

Moored Yokosuka for upkeep/ISRA, with emphasis on INSURV preparations

19-May

Underway from Yokosuka for Northern Japan/Okinawa/South China Sea operations.

19-20 May

Official visit aboard Midway by Ambassador James D. HODGSON, Ambassador to Japan; LGEN Walter T. GALLIGAN, USAF, COMUSJAPAN; RADM Thomas B. RUSSEL, USN, COMNAVFORJAPAN;  MGEN Otis C. LYNN, USA, COS USFJ; FSO-1 William D. MILLER, Minister Counselor for Pub

22-27 May

Midway/CVW-5 ORE, first in WESTPAC

29-May

Anchored at Hong Kong for port visit.

3-Jun

Departed Hong Kong for transit to Subic

5-Jun

Arrived Subic for extensive flight ops from Cubi Point and upkeep alongside for Midway

10-Jun

Departed Subic Bay for South China Sea and East China Sea operations.

15-18 Jun

 

Exercise TEAM SPIRIT, operating in southern Sea of Japan and over Korea.  Intense CAS/EW/Bombing/Recce air operations over ROK.

16-Jul

Orientation visit aboard Midway by: LGEN LEW, DIR ROK Joint Staff; MGEN LEE, DIR OPS ROK JCS; RADM Mark P. FRUDDEN, COMNAVFORKOREA; Commodore LEE, ASST DIR OPS JCS.

19-Jun

COPE CHERRY/Mutual Training Services with JASDF.

22-Jun

Arrived Yokosuka for ISRA/upkeep period with emphasis on INSURV preparations.

9-Jul

Departed Yokosuka en route to Subic op-areas. Extensive preparations for ship/VA weapons inspection conducted en route.

15-Jul

Arrived Subic.  Weapons inspection for VA squadrons.  Final prep for ship's weapons inspection.

19-Jul

Departed Subic. Commenced ship’s weapons inspection and South China Sea/Okinawa/Northern Japan operations.

23-Jul

BLUE SKY with ROKAF.

23-Jul

Official visit aboard Midway by MGEN T. C. LIANG, ROKAF, C.O. 3rd Wing, plus 16 other field grade and below ROK personnel.

28-Jul

COPE CHERRY with JASDF.   Final prep for INSURV.

1-Aug

Anchored off Yokosuka.

2-Aug

Embarked RADM BULKELEY and INSURV party.

2-3 Aug

UMI phase of INSURV, in local Yokosuka op-area.

4-Aug

Alongside pier, Yokosuka.

4-6 Aug

Open and Inspect phase of INSURV, inport Yokosuka.

7-Aug

Commenced recovery from INSURV.

18-Aug

North Koreans murder U.S. personnel in the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom; U.S. forces begin to increase readiness posture.

21-Aug

Underway from Yokosuka for op-areas south of Tsushima Straits as part of the Korean Augmentation Force.

23-Aug

Upon arrival in op-area, commenced heavy schedule of air operations over ROK. Moderate Soviet surveillance reaction.

23 Aug - 8 Sep

Midway hosts the following guests for briefing and lunch aboard ship during the period off Korea: LGEN LEE, ROKAF; CDR, CAC; MGEN PITTMAN, USAF, CG AFK/314 AD plus 2; VADM YU, ROKN, 1st VCNO; MGEN KOEHLER, USA, J-3 COMUSK; BGEN CHIN, ROKA, DEP CAC ROKA; BGEN WILLARD, USAF, DEP J-3 COMUSK Plus 3; GEN LEE, ROKA, COS ROKA; LGEN LEE, ROKA, CG FIRST ROKA; LGEN PARK, ROKA, CC 2ND ROKA; LGEN CUSHMAN, USA, CDR I Corps; MGEN SINGLAUB, USA, C/S UNC/COMUSK; MGEN KANG, ROKA, DEP CDR I Corps; RADM KIN, ROKN, SUPT Naval Academy; Mr. CLEVELAND, AMEMB Political Advisor; RADM AN, ROKN, COMNAVBASE Chinhae; GEN STILWELL, USA, CINCUNC/COMUSK and BGEN KIM, ROKA/US – OPS Planning plus 2.

8-Sep

Departed alert station due to relaxing of tensions and to evade Typhoon FRAN

10-Sep

Cancelled MULTIPLEX due to typhoon evasion.

17-Sep

Arrived Yokosuka

4-Oct

Departed Yokosuka for Sea of Japan transit via Tsugaru and Tsushima Straits.

6-7 Oct

Distinguished visitors from Misawa orientation visit: Mr. Minoru FURUDOMARI, Chairman, ROKKASHO Council; Mr. Shogo EBINA, Chairman, SHIMODA Council; Mr. T. OGASAWARA, Chief, Misawa Police; Mr. I. TAKAHASHI, President, Chamber of Commerce Misawa; Mr. K. UBE, Chief, Labor Management Office Misawa; Mr. T. ASANO, Chairman, Commerce Commission Misawa; Mr. H. SAWAKAMI, Vice Chairman, MOMOISHI Council and Mr. S. ISHIOKA, President, Junior Chamber of Commerce.

8-11 Oct

Transited Sea of Japan from Tsugaru Straits to Tsushima.  Moderate Soviet surveillance was encountered.

12-15 Oct

Conduct extensive air operations over ROK

14-Oct

Midway welcomed the following guests aboard during ops off Korea: VADM KIM, ROKN, CDR ROK Fleet; MGEN WERNSTEDT, Swedish Army, UN; Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission; MGEN SOHN, ROKA, J-5 ROK JCS; COMO CHONG, ROKN, ASST DCNO LOGISTICS; COMO KIM, ROKN, CDR Security Force V; BGEN KIM, ROKA, DIR ROKA Aviation; and 3 others.

19-Oct

Return to Yokosuka

20-Oct

CAPT L. C. CHAMBERS relinquished command to CAPT D. L. FELT.

1-Nov

Underway from Yokosuka, CAPT FELT commanding, en route to Pusan, Korea

3-Nov

Korea VIP CV Orientation visit: JEEM HAK JIN SHIN, ROKA, AIRDEFCOM; BEEN CHI CHONG YOO, ROKMC, DEP ACOS Intelligence; CAPT HO SOK YOO, ROKN, DEPDIV Communications; Dr. Daniel WALDORF, Executive VP, Kyung Energy Co. and Mr. Thomas STERN, Deputy Chief of Mission, U. S. Embassy.

3-Nov

Deploy E-2B Hawkeye aircraft to Osan Air Base, Korea for demonstration and static display.

4-8 Nov

Midway anchors out from Pusan, Korea

8-Nov

Weigh anchor, underway embark Korean VIP’s for orientation visit.

9-10 Nov

Transit, flight ops en route to Okinawa area.

11-Nov

VADM COOGAN, COMNAVAIRPAC and staff visit aboard Midway for CVW-5. Transition/Midway EISRA briefing.  VIP’s include: VADM COOGAN, CNAP; CAPT E. M. WISENBAKER; CAPT R. E. GARDMER; CAPT J. U. RUEHLIN; CAPT D. S. TEACHOUT; LCDR L. C. BRYANT and AVCM  J. H. MOYNA.

12-14 Nov

SSN Direct Support Tactics Evaluation/Training during transit enroute to Subic Bay.

14-Nov

Alongside Alava Pier, Subic Bay

20-Nov

Underway to commence 28 day at-sea period.

21-Nov

CVW-5 launch from Cubi to conduct MINEX BRAVO and recover aboard Midway.

22-Nov

Exercise NEWBOY, R. P.

23-Nov

MINEX ALPHA at Binanga Bay

25-Nov

Safety/Readiness Flight Stand-down

25-Nov

Safety/Readiness Flight Stand-down

26-27 Nov

CAST Events and mutual training with SSN SCAMP

28-Nov

Exercise AAW-Encounter 1-77, Subic op-areas.

2-Dec

Steam north en route to Taiwan

3-Dec

Exercise BLUE SKY with ROKAF.

4-6 Dec

Transit/Routine flight ops en route to Korean ops

7-Dec

MINEX ALPHA at Chinhae cancelled due to below minimum weather for flight operations.

8-Dec

Commence Navy air-to-ground CAS, weapons delivery training over Korea.

9-Dec

314th AF Briefing Team arrives for coordination/training briefs for Navy ops over Korean targets.

9-11 Dec

Cold weather ops over Korea from the Sea of Japan.

11-Dec

MINEX ALPHA at Chinhae was rescheduled and completed successfully.

12-13 Dec

Depart Sea of Japan/Korea Straits op-areas en route to Iwakuni, Japan

14-Dec

Marine CQ from Iwakuni aboard Midway.

15-Dec

COPE CHERRY with JASDF, TU-95 Bear reconnaissance flight. Major underway replenishment with White Plains, Kiska, and Navasota.

16-Dec

Yokosuka/Atsugi Japanese guests aboard for orientation visit. Air wing flies off for Atsugi Naval Air Station.

17-Dec

Midway moors alongside Piedmont Pier, Yokosuka.