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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
1977 VISITS AND CEREMONIES ABOARD USS MIDWAY (CV-41)
VISITS AND CEREMONIES ABOARD USS MIDWAY (CV-41)
27 MAR - Republic of Korea VIP's. were Welcomed Aboard by RADM SPEER and CAPT Felt:
GEN J. W. VESSEY, CINC UNC/USF KOREA
ADM C. Y. HWANG, CNO ROKN
VADM R. B. BALDWIN, COMSEVENTHFLT
VADM C. K. KIM, COM ROKFLT
4 APR - Republic of Korea VIP Visit
RADM SPEER, CCG1 and CAPT FELT welcomed:
ADM C.Y. HWANG, CNO ROK
MGEN R. C. TAYLOR, PROS. CO USAFK
RADM M.P. FRUDDEN, COMNAVFORKOREA
BGEN E. L. KONOPNICKI, ACOS J4 USFK
LCOL H. GRUNWALD, FRG Military Attaché
19 APR - JAPANESE MEDIA EMBARKATION
Approx. 35 Japanese Media representatives were welcomed aboard.
5 MAY - EISRA/TRANSITION STATUS BRIEF
RADM H. P. GLINDEMAN, CTF 77/CCG 5
26 MAY - EISRA/TRANSITION STATUS BRIEF
ADM T. B. HAYWARD, CINCPACFLT
6 JUL - EISRA/TRANSITION BRIEF and TOUR
VADM R. B. BALDWIN, COMSEVENTHFLT
6 MAY - EISRA/TRANSITION PROGRESS BRIEF and TOUR
RADM H. P. GLINDEMAN, CTF77/ CCG 5
29 JUL - MIDSHIPMAN TOUR
Approximately 135 Japanese and American Midshipman visited MIDWAY for a general tour and orientation.
30 AUG - OKINAWA VIP VISIT
MGEN N. C. NEW, USMC CV 1st MAW
BGEN W. H. BAXTER, USAF CDR 18th TFW
CAPT W. D. CLOUGHLEY, USN COMFLTACT, OKINAWA
16 SEP - TOUR AND LUNCHEON FOR THE JAPAN DEFENSE SOCIETY
KOGA, SHIGEIGHI, ADVISOR, MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES
IBUKA, MASARU, HONORARY BOARD CHAIRMAN, SONY
ARAMAKI, TORAO, BOARD CHAIRMAN; ISUZU MOTORS
ABE, KENICHI, PRESIDENT, NIPPON OXYGEN INDUSTRY
EGUSA, SHIRO, BOARD CHAIRMAN, Y NIKAKU PUBLISHING CO,
ENDO, YOSHICOKO, MANAGING DIRECTOR, SUMITOMO LIGHT METAL INDUSTRY
FUNABIKI, KIMIHIKO, MANAGING DIRECTOR, SUMITOMO PRECISION INDUSTRY
FURUSAWA, TAKEYA, DIRECTOR, FUJI PHOTO OPTICAL MACHINERIES
FUSANO, NATSUAKI, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, KEIDANREN, GE. AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
ISHII, KOHJI, MANAGING DIRECTOR, ISHII IRON WORKS
KAWAHASHI, TAKESHI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NEC
KUGOH, KOHJI, MANAGER, TOSHIBA ELECTRICS, WIRELESS APPARATUS TECHNICAL SECTION
MURATA, MAMORU, ASS'T TO THE GENERAL MANAGER, HITACHI LTD. BUSINESS DEPT
NAKAGAWA, RITSUO, EX. DIRECTOR, NIPPON AIRCRAFT
NAKAGAWA, TAKESHI, PRESIDENT, MEIJI CONFECTIONERY
NAKANO, KANICHI, GENERAL MANAGER, JAPAN EXPRESS, BUSINESS DEPT
NAKAZAWA, HIKOSHICHI, PRESIDENT, NURIHIKO CO, (ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE WHOLESALE
NAMBA, SEIICHI, MANAGING DIRECTOR, NIPPON KOKI INDUSTRY
OHTANI, MITSUO,ADVISOR, KOITO WORKS
OSHITANI, HIROSHI, EXEC. DIRECTOR, HINO MOTORS SALES CO.
SAKANO, TSUNEFUSA, MANAGING DIRECTOR, JAPAN CHEMICAL FIBER ASS'N
SAKAYA, TADASHI, PRESIDENT, DAISERU CHEMICAL INDUSTRY
SHIMADA, YUTAKA, INSPECTOR, TEITO RAPID TRANSIT CORP.
(EX. ADMIN VICE DIRECTOR JDA)
TAKIZAWA, TAKASHI, DIRECTOR, CLARION SOUND INSTRUMENTS
TABABEM TISGUTISHT, ADVISOR, JAPAN AVIOTRONICS
TOFUKUJI, TETSUO, GENERAL MANAGER, ISHIKAWAJIMA-HARIMA INDUSTRIES, BUSINESS DEPT
USUI, SATORU, EXEC. DIRECTOR, NIPPON ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT
YOSHIDA, TAKASHI GENERAL MANAGER, TOSHIBA ELECTRICS, TECH DEPT
TOSHIBA, TAKEHIKO, DIRECTOR, MITSUBISHI INDUSTRIES
(FROM JDS EXECUTIVE OFFICER)
NAKAHARA, YUTAKA, DIRECTOR
NITTA, MASAZUMI, DEPUTY DIRECTOR
(FROM JDS PAO)
SASAKI, HIKOZO, STAFF MEMBER
MATSUBARA, KENICHI, GSDF LT. COLONEL
ALSO ATTENDED WERE USFJ PROTOCOL DEPT PERSONNEL, COL. G. J. COLLINS AND MAJ. R. E. HULIT
28 SEP - TOUR AND VISIT BY JAPANESE DIET DELIGATION
House of Representatives
House of Councilors
12 OCT - VISIT OF INDONESIAN OFFICIALS
The Governor of BALIA, 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.
Official visits during PERTH, Australia port visit from 17 to 22 October 1977:
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
His Worship W. A. McKENZIE, Jr., Mayor of Freemantle
Capt. B. T. SUTHERLIN, USN, ALUSNA, Canberra
Mr. C. Thomas HAYFIELD, AMCONSUL Perth
VIP VIST, Karachi, Pakistan from 8 to 10 November 1977:
Mr. Robert MOORE, U. S. Consul General
RADM SHAIKH, CDR KARACHI
RADM NIAZI, CDR Pakistan Fleet
RADM ARSHAD, CDR Logistics
Ten senior Pakistani Naval Officers also visited aboard as guests of the Executive Officer.
VISIT BY SINGAPORE, MINISTER OF STATE from 8 to 10 December 1977.
The following distinguished guests came aboard MIDWAY to observe MERLION operations rom5 to 6 December 1977:
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
Col. KHOO, Eng An, Cdr. Rep. of Singapore navy
SECRETARY OF NAVY VISIT
The honorable W. Graham CLAYTOR met with VADM BALDWIN, RADM PECK and Capt FELT and addressed the crew via KVTV.
VISIT BY RADM JOHN J. O’CONNOR, CHC Chief of Chaplains
CDR J. M. NASH relieved CDR T. C. KOEHLER as C. O. FITRON 161
USS MIDWAY 1977 PHOTO HISTORY
25 January - CINCPACFLT, ADM HAYWARD visits MIDWAY "GINZA" shop
3 March - VADM COOGAN's visit
18 March - Mayor ENDO of Yamato City Japan visits CAPT FELT
15 April - USO Show aboard MIDWAY
17 April - Japanese Press Corp visits MIDWAY
23 April - Civic Action Program at work at Subic Bay
10 May - MIDWAY in Dry Dock
16 September - Japan Defense Society visit
27 September - Japanese Diet members visit
1 October - One millionth communication transmission celebration
3 October - PACE/PREP Graduation aboard MIDWAY
11 October - CROSSING THE LINE Ceremony
12 October - INDONESIAN VIP's visit aboard MIDWAY
16 October - Entering port at Freemantle, Australia
16 October - Perth, Australia
16 October - Australian kangaroo
1 November - RADM PECK ashore at Diego Garcia
3 November - VERTREP with the USS WHITE PLAINS on the I. 0. cruise near Diego Garcia
9 November - Marine's Birthday celebration at Karachi, Pakistan
6 misc shorts of MIDWAY/TG units and Exercise participants during the I. 0. cruise.
(Photos not available)
USS MIDWAY (CV-41) 1977 YEARS END SUMMARY
1. Captain D. L. FELT, USN, ---- /1310; Commanding from 20 October 1976 through 31 December 1977.
2. The USS Midway (CV-41) was homeported at the U. S. Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan during all of calendar year 1977. Midway and CVW-5 observed their four-year anniversary as the only forward deployed CV/AIR Wing. The mission and function of the ship did not change during 1977.
Summary of Operations.
USS Midway (CV-41) met the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) for a War-at-Sea encounter on 17 December 1977. After which Midway steamed home to Yokosuka to reunite families after a long separation. The Midway crew gained further recognition by winning the Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific Battle Effeciency award for the period 1 January 1976 through 30 June 1977.
After the holiday leave period, USS Midway (CV-41) Air Wing sent detachments to Misawa, Atsugi, Okinawa and Korea to maintain flight proficiency while the ship commenced a much needed upkeep period.
USS Midway (CV-41) operations during 1977 fall into three major phases. During Phase I, January through April, Midway steamed 42,895 miles and flew 2713 aircraft sorties. Peak readiness was maintained as Midway participated in major fleet and multi-national joint service exercises. During Phase II Midway underwent major upkeep, renovation and refresher training from May through August. Midway deployed to the Indian Ocean during Phase III and carried the U. S. Flag to three multi-national exercises.
USS Midway (CV-41) made two deployments from her homeport Yokosuka, Japan during the period and made port calls at Subic Bay, Philippines and Hong Kong. During 47 at sea days (52% Operational Tempo) the ship and her permanently embarked air wing participated in four major training and readiness evolutions. The major fleet exercise Readex 1-77 was held in the Philippine Sea with the Seventhflt flagship USS White Plains (AFS 4) and the USS Enterprise (CVN-65).
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The event was followed by Cope Thunder VI with the USAF in the Philippines, the Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) and the multi-service joint exercise Team Spirit in the Republic of Korea (ROK).
Air Wing conducts cold weather flight training at Misawa, Japan from 5 to 9 January 1977.
During the holiday inport upkeep period USS Midway (CV-41) 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. Preparation and planning for the major fleet exercise Readex 1-77 had been actively underway for several weeks when USS Midway (CV-41) deployed from Yokosuka on 11 January 1977.
AT SEA – Western Pacific Ocean and Philippine Sea from 11 to 22 January 1977.
The Readex 1-77 scenario was designed to provide realistic training for SEVENTHFLT forces in a major conflict, blue water environment. Each unit has to cope with multiple threats simultaneously while the task force maneuvered to project power ashore. During the initial transit phase submarine opposition was countered as the CV closed hostile air surface and missile threats. During the second phase of exercise each CV was confronted the other in a war-at-sea scenario. Midway aircraft quickly located and then systematically attacked the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) while successfully avoiding detection and concentrated attacks from the Enterprise air wing. The hard work en route Readex has paid off. Superior performance, training and coordination had prevailed over newer and better airplanes and equipment Subsequent phases of Readex then emphasized sea control against a surface combatant missile equipped ORANGE opposition force while the CV's also conducted strikes ashore against hard targets and in support of simulated troops. At the conclusion of this six day maximum effort exercise from 16 to 21 January 1977, Midway entered Subic Bay for a six day repair and liberty period. Readex was then debriefed to gain the additional benefit from lessons learned and experience gained during those valuable days of at sea training.
Also, during this inport period, Midway aircraft flew 64 sorties in support of Cope Thunder VI. Training was accomplished in Electronic Warfare (EW), Close Air Support (CAS), Search and Rescue (SAR), Air Combat Maneuvering (ACM), and coordinated Air to Ground Strikes (ALPHA STRIKES). The concept, coordination and execution of Cope Thunder VI was excellent and valuable experience was gained during this period of training with the USAF from 25 January to 2 February 1977.
Midway also hosted a briefing team from the Naval Intelligence Support Center (NISC) who presented an excellent brief on the Soviet FOXBAT that had been flown to Japan by LT Belenko. Interested officers from other ships in Subic Bay were invited to attend. The Engineering Department was also busy this inport making final repairs and adjustments for the OPPE.
Operational propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) conducted from 5 to 8 February 1977
Although the OPPE precluded routine flight operations from Midway’s deck, the Air Wing participated in Exercise Newboy, R. P./USAF/CVW-5 AAWEX from Cubi Point NAF. The exercise emphasized anti-air warfare (AAW) and was conducted by the USAF in the Philippines.
AT SEA – South China Sea, Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific on 18 February 1977.
Midway was scheduled to participate in Multiplex 2-77 following the Hong Kong visit on 22 February 1977. Deteriorating weather in the South China Sea and speed of advance (SOA) constraints required to meet a scheduled JMSDF rendezvous limited to a great extend Midway’s participating in that exercise.
AT SEA – South China Sea, Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific from 18 to 28 February 1977
On 15 March 1977, COMNAVAIRPAC, VADM COOGAN, and his staff visited USS Midway (CV-41) for a pre-EISRA planning brief at which time the schedule and milestones for the dry-dock period were presented. Extensive planning for Exercise Team Spirit and Aswex 4-77 was also begun during this period.
On 22 March 1977, USS Midway (CV-41) steamed out of Tokyo Bay en route the Straits of Tsushima and the Sea of Japan. Aswex 4-77 was rescheduled and positioned to allow for the limited time available to the Carrier Task Group. Midway conducted an opposed transit of the Van Diemen Straits.
USS Midway (CV-41) USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Exercise Team Spirit, with the Republic of Korea at the Southern Defender Station (SDS) in the Korea Straits from 26 March to 6 April 1977. The first day of Exercise Team Spirit, Midway attack aircraft laid a practice minefield in Pohang Bay, South Korea. Reconnaissance aircraft followed the mine laying attack and confirmed successful mine implants. Additional training was gained by shore based mine counter-measure forces who then attempted to clear a navigable channel through the minefield.
AT SEA – Northwest Pacific Ocean, Philippine Sea and South China Sea from 19 to 24 April 1977.
AT SEA – South China Sea, Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific Ocean from 1 to 4 May 1977.
This period was dedicated to the Extended Incremental Ship's Restricted Availability and dry-docking from 5 May until 14 July 1977.
“USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 2 to 26 September 1977.
“On 21 December 1977, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM Peck, COMCARGRU THREE assuming operational control of CTG 77.4 and Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 27 September 1977, ending her Western Pacific/Philippine Sea/South China Sea, Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea, Sunda Sea, Indian Ocean Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman. 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. Midway Indian Ocean deployment is described in detail in Enclosure (2).
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 EFFECIENCY award for the period 1 January 1976 through 30 June 1977. 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 (3 October to 21 December 1977).
“USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) and Holiday Leave from 21 to 31 December 1977.
Major Departmental Reports:
1. Summary of significant events:
a. January 1977: Installation of NR 2 High Capacity Low Pressure Air Compressor.
b. February 1977: Midway’s Engineering Department successfully completed an Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE).
c. 9 May - 7 July 1977: Midway underwent an Extended Incremental Selected Restricted Availability (EISRA) at Ship Repair Facility Yokosuka. The EISRA workload planned by both ship's force and SRF was ambitious and included a sixty-day dry-dock period. The workload was completed in an extremely exemplary manner, receiving recognition from CINCPACFLT. Major work completed during EISRA included:
(1) Installation of JP-5 system modifications such as new service pumps, defueling pumps, a reclamation system, and new tank level indicators.
(2) Overhaul of major underwater appendages such as removal and repair of both rudders and three of four tail shafts, propellers and strut bearings (including accomplishment of SHIPALT CVA-2929, installation of monel lands in main prop shaft struts); overhaul of nearly all underwater paint job.
(3) Installation of new main circulating pump expansion joints.
(4) Major overhaul of boilers.
(5) Overhaul of most ship's service turbo generators (including accomplishment of SHIPALT CVA 3583, lube oil separators for SSTG's).
(6) Installation of new avionics equipment to support new aircraft provided to the air wing.
(7) Major improvements to SINS and NTDS system.
(8) Installation of AN/SPN 42 and ACLS systems.
(9) Installation of new 700 line ship's internal telephone switchboard.
(10) Installation of FZ alarm system.
(11) Removal of 1500 gallon N2 cryogenic tank and associated piping and commencement of installation of three 3000psi N2 storage flasks and associated piping.
(12) Installation of new shaft RPM indicators.
d. Immediately following the dry-dock period, Midway underwent a successful sea trial and has completed verification/installation of 98% of the major areas worked on during dry-dock.
e. August 1977: Midway successfully completed Interim Refresher Training (IRFT).
f. December 1977: Number 2A Main Feed Pump was removed and replaced with a pump from USS F. D. Roosevelt (CV-42).
All high frequency antennas and their associated platforms were completely overhauled and refurbished. The Communications Department was the recipient of the coveted "Green C" for communications excellence for this evaluation period. This was the second consecutive award for Midway’s Communicators designating them as number one within Pacific Carrier Fleet. On 28 September 1977 Midway received its One Millionth message since deploying to the Western Pacific in October 1973-Communications was one of three Departments to receive a grade of outstanding for its performance during refresher training. Significant SHIPALTS: The Satellite transceiver, WSC-3 and the Naval Modular Automated Communication System (NAVMA.C V2) were installed during the EISRA.
Midway Communicators processed 752 Class "E" messages this past year. This privilege exists primarily to improve morale by affording Navy personnel at sea a means of rapid communications for personal matters.
Midway’s Medical Department served an average onboard complement of 4,200 Navy and Marine personnel. An Intensive Care Unit was added to the ward greatly increasing the care that may be provided to the crew. A new sterilizer in the operating room enhances the capability of that area. An active Hearing Conservation Program has been instituted onboard. The Medical Department received an outstanding during the NTPI.
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1. Significant achievements:
2. During EISRA, the anchors and anchor chains underwent major overhaul for the first time since 1970. Midway’s hull was cleaned, preservatives added, and painted. This was accomplished by SRF Yokosuka during MIDWAY’s limited dry-dock period from May – July 1977.
1. This year was an extremely busy one for the Supply Department. Several significant projects took place; including the COSAL Revalidation Program, a Self-Processed SOAP (Supply Overhaul Assistance Program), and a REAVCAL during the TRANSITION Period.
a. COSAL REVALIDATION PROGRAM: Midway went into the yards at Yokosuka last summer. Old equipments were removed and new ones were installed. Prior to going into the yards, Midway conducted an intensive COSAL REVALIDATION in which APL's (Allowance Parts List) were validated and equipments verified for continued serviceability; old worn-out equipments were identified and surveyed and were offloaded. The supporting repair parts were bumped against the new APL's for service applicability with the new COSAL. Newly installed equipments went through the same process as the old ones. Repair parts carried were requisitioned up to their COSAL allowance quantity. The new parts support not identified in the Master Record File (MRF) were ordered with JE (NAVSEA Funded) fund codes. Parts that could not be identified for service applicability were dropped from the MRF and offloaded as excess.
b. SELF-PROCESS SOAP: A wall to wall inventory was held as the S-1 storeroom material was pulled out and modular cabinets were Installed. All consumables and repair parts were bumped against the Inventory count cards. Items with corresponding cards were put in the modular cabinets. At the same time spot inventory cards were prepared; cards were prepared manually during the process of inventory to establish new locations and delete the old locations; these were then input into the computer to update the MRF. Stock number sequence list containing NSN's, APL's, and COSAL quantity for the newly installed equipments were prepared by Ship Repair Facility, Yokosuka. These listings were then bumped against the old COSAL. APL's with deficient quantity were identified and ordered utilizing NAVSEA funds. Repair parts for newly installed equipments were ordered up to their COSAL quantity. Requisitions were submitted to NSC Oakland for monitoring and coordination of shipment. These items were established on the MRF. NSN's with allowance type codes of 6, 7 and 8 that were identified during the Self-SOAP process, were offloaded as excess items and turned-in to the shore activity.
c. REAVCAL: While Midway was undergoing her dry-dock period during the summer, the Supply Department was to conduct a REAVCAL process. The AVCAL is a consolidated list of material stocked on board in support of the aircraft comprising the deck load. As the embarked Air wing was transitioning to new aircraft, the AVCAL supporting those aircraft would, of necessity, change. However, those familiar with the REAVCAL process realize it cannot be accomplished in the short period of three months; the period of time in which Midway would not be operating. The conventional REAVCAL process assumes a longer time period, typically 8-12 months, and does not include a requirement to support an Air wing which was the situation with Midway. Thus the problem was to develop a strategy which would accommodate the two required objectives. Continued support for the Air wing and accomplishment of the REAVCAL during the three month no-operating period.
It was apparent that there was no way the REAVCAL process could be condensed into such a short period of time. Thus the plan required a phased implementation over a longer period but still meeting the stated objective of continued Air wing support – an objective which dictated that the design criteria maintain visibility of the old AVCAL assets throughout the process. As a given aircraft model was phased out, items peculiar to it could then be phased out and turned in.
As the planning began, it became readily apparent that Midway would be maintaining both the “old” and the “new” AVCALs simultaneously. This same technique had to be utilized to distinguish the old AVCAL items from the new AVCAL items. After receiving the new AVCAL tape from ASO it was bumped against the current MRF. From this, items were categorized into three groups using Local management Codes (LMC). Items peculiar to the F4N were coded “4N”, items carried over into the new AVCAL were coded “OA” (old AVCAL), and items which were common to both the old and new AVCALS were left blank. This latter group became known as “common” items. After this had been accomplished, the range adds from the new AVCAL were loaded into our MRF with blank LMC. Thus we were maintaining a “dual” AVCAL. In order to complete the REAVCAL by August it was necessary to requisition the new AVCAL material much earlier. Accordingly, requisitions for “range adds” (in full depth) were dropped on the supply system in January 1977 with a special project code of 843. The remaining depth on the common items were not ordered because money would be saved through recovery of misplaced material when high density storerooms were inventoried. This was accomplished in June and the NSA depth reorder was dropped at that time.
An additional requirement of the REAVCAL project was space. Midway prevailed upon her neighbors, NSD Yokosuka, for a suitable site to conduct the REAVCAL. NSD agreed to let Midway utilize the bottom floor of one of the NSD buildings, B-48. This became the REAVCAL project headquarters.
Another facet to the project was completing an outstanding shipalt to install modular storage cabinets. In B-48 the “new storerooms” were mocked up with modular storage cabinets or racks for the ribbed/can storerooms. As the normal flow of material came to Midway, material with project code 843 was routed to B-48.
In late April 1977 Midway sailed for Subic Bay to offload the A7 squadrons at NAS Cubi Point. The short time frame precluded waiting until Midway returned to Yokosuka to begin the incremental offload of the aviation storerooms; therefore the decision was made to offload selected storerooms prior to departure for Cubi Point. The storerooms chosen represented those with lowest number of demands. While enroute to Subic Bay, all the "OA" material was pulled from the storerooms and prepared for turn-in to NSD Subic Bay. On the return trip all the "4N" material was pulled and prepared for shipment to NAF Atsugi.
After Midway’s return to Yokosuka several storerooms were pulled each week and sent to B-48 where the material was screened for common items and inventoried. The visibility of "common" assets was lost for that period of time between storeroom removal and receipt processing at B-48; this averaged four days.
The original plan called for storerooms to be incrementally loaded back aboard after processing at B-48 was completed. This plan would have spread out the load back of storerooms over a month. As the project progressed it became apparent that this was not desirable because storerooms would be split between B-48 and Midway. With the stock control function being performed in B-48, the processing of issues and receipts for storerooms loaded back on Midway would have been extremely cumbersome. Therefore, it was decided that completed storerooms would remain in the warehouse until processing of all storerooms was finished. At that time, the load back was accomplished in the compressed timeframe of one week, following which the stock control function also returned to Midway.
By the end of June, all storerooms had been moved to B-48 and processed along with the new material received up to that time. During the first two weeks of July, the storerooms were loaded back aboard along with the majority of MSP. The remainder of MSP was loaded in late July after the new space for MSP was completed. Thus the REAVCAL was completed.
AIRCRAFT INTERMEDIATE MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT
1. Data Summary:
b. Ship’s C1A ASD Data;
c. Ship’s C1A ASD data: Due to the loss of Midway’s C-1A in an accident at Clark AFB, Republic of the Philippines, there is no data for September – December 1977 time frame.
2. SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS:
a. AIMD continued to maintain a high RFI production rate exceeding 81% each month up to Midway’s ISRA/Transition when production was shifted to NAS CUBI PT, NAF ATSUGI, MCAS IWAKUNI and NAF MISAWA.
b. During the May 77 thru September 77 time frame AIMD was faced with highly technical and complex ships avionics and engine test cell installations and assigned Air Wing support problems at multi-site locations of NAS CUBI PT, NAF ATSUGI, MCAS IWAKUNI and NAF MISAWA. Current and future support of old and new Air wing aircraft required a complete new Manpower Authorization Allowance with concurrent training of old and new personnel to insure full operational readiness at the end of the transition period. Close liaison was maintained with all Fleet Training quadrons (FRAMPS) and BUPERS to insure skilled technicians were both made available and trained. Additionally, AIMD worked closely with the Pacific Fleet Type Commander and Commander Naval Air Forces Western pacific to coordinate required avionics, engine and airframe support equipment (PGSE and Yellow Gear) at each of the multi-sites from which Midway’s assigned Air wing was operating.
Additionally, over 1200 items of new support equipment required to support newly assigned Air wing aircraft were identified, ordered and appropriate follow-up action taken to insure timely delivery prior to the Indian Ocean extended deployment.
c. During Midway’s very short sixty day dry-dock period, AIMD was called upon to attend the multitude of shipyard conferences hosted by SRF Yokosuka, and to monitor, coordinate and assist in making and implementing many proposals to insure that all old avionics test benches were removed and new avionics and engine test benches were expertly installed and verified on or before time schedules promulgated by higher authority.
d. During the April thru August 1977 timeframe, AIMD expended many man-hours revamping all assigned GSE (Yellow Gear) that was not programmed for CONUS or PWC Atsugi rework during the transition period. Liaison with PWC Yokosuka resulted in the use of their paint and corrosion control shop where all hydraulic jennies, spotting dollies, NR2 and NR5C air conditioners, NAN Carts and over one hundred weapon skids were thoroughly corrosion controlled and repainted by AIMD GSE personnel.
e. In October 1977, AIMD processed 2720 items with an RFI rate of 84.4%. During November 1977 the items processed jumped to 3962 reflecting the extended operating period and the Mid-Link Exercise. An RFI rate of 85.6% for this month was indicative of the professional excellence of AIMD's technicians and lends credence to the premise that an Aircraft Carrier must be self sufficient when operating for extended periods at extended range in an environment of severely reduced off-ship support. In December 1977 port visits to Singapore and Cubi Pt, Operation Compass and a Wasex with USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), AIMD processed a total of 1666 items with a RFI rate of 83.0%.
f. Throughout the Indian Ocean Cruise AIMD made significant contributions to task group readiness by repairing equipment ranging from hydraulic test stands used on ASW helicopters to hydraulic return lines on a destroyer missile launcher radar antenna. In addition the ship's computer and radars were repaired by AIMD technicians.
Midway’s Dental Department has accomplished its mission through the delivery of comprehensive oral care to the officers and men of Midway, embarked Flags, Staffs and the Navy's only permanently embarked air wing, CVW-5. With a team of four Dental Officers and eight dental technicians, 36,270 dental procedures were performed in 11,105 patient sittings. In addition, 5514 plaque control caries prevention instructions were given, and 4308 preventative stannous fluoride applications were administered. A continuing preventive dentistry program was maintained whereby crew-members were instructed in the theory and technique of correct oral hygiene.
The Safety Department was established on 27 September 1977. The organization is a consolidation of the safety and the 3-M offices. Its purpose is to consolidate and coordinate shipboard efforts to enhance safety awareness and improve preventive maintenance accomplishment.
Number of Catapult/Free Launches:
b. Number of Arrested Landings:
c. JP-5 Issues in Gallons:
1. Significant Achievements and Weapon Expenditures: