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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)

CHAPTER LII

Appendix III

 

 

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                    

                         

MITSUO INAGAKI                

TOKUICHIRO TAMASAWA                        

SETSU SHIGA                        

                         

House of Councilors                

                         

KANAMI ENDO                     

SHINYA TOTSUKA               

TARO NAKAMURA              

TARO NAKAYAMA              

TIKIICHIRO MATSUMURA                         

                         

Secretaries                    

                         

KENICHI ICHIMUWA                       

SEIYA KOIZUMI                   

SHIRO ARISAWA                  

                         

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

CHAPTER LII

Appendix IV

 

 

Command Organization

 

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.

 

PHASE ONE

 

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).

 

Pages 37 to 50

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 SEAWestern 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 SEASouth 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 SEANorthwest Pacific Ocean, Philippine Sea and South China Sea from 19 to 24 April 1977.

AT SEASouth China Sea, Philippine Sea and Northwest Pacific Ocean from 1 to 4 May 1977.

 

PHASE II

 

This period was dedicated to the Extended Incremental Ship's Restricted Availability and dry-docking from 5 May until 14 July 1977.

 

PHASE III

 

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:

 

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

 

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).

 

COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT

 

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.

 

MEDICAL DEPARTMENT

 

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.

 

Outpatiens                                            Pharmacy Prescriptions

Jan.

1808

Jul.

1002

Jan.

3113

Jul.

2292

Feb.

1703

Aug.

1738

Feb.

4383

Aug.

8173

Mar.

1304

Sep.

1280

Mar.

2714

Sep.

6870

Apr.

1236

Oct.

2302

Apr.

2394

Oct.

7647

May

397

Nov.

2171

May.

1658

Nov.

5601

Jun.

1256

Dec.

1303

Jun.

2155

Dec.

4531

 

X-Ray                                                      Laboratory

Jan.

319

Jul.

119

Jan.

1005

Jul.

492

Feb.

483

Aug.

402

Feb.

2185

Aug.

986

Mar.

285

Sep.

199

Mar.

947

Sep.

464

Apr.

301

Oct.

489

Apr.

1149

Oct.

983

May

Yard Period

Nov.

425

May

Yard Period

Nov.

1014

Jun

Yard Period

Dec.

391

Jun

Yard Period

Dec.

1187

 

NAVIGATION DEPARTMENT

 

DECK DEPARTMENT

 

1.  Significant achievements:

 

a. Number of alongside refueling

37

b. Number of alongside transfers (Manila High Line, Ammo, Etc.)

35

c. Number of Man overboards (drills and real)

19

d. Number of Vertreps:

4

e. Number of anchorages

13

f. Number of Abandon Ship drills

2

g. Number of times MIDWAY refueled escorts

11

h. Number of emergency breakaways

13

 

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.

 

SUPPLY DEPARTMENT

 

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:

 

Production Information:

 

MONTH

 

COMPONENTS REPAIRED

COMPONENTS

REPAIRED - RFI%

JAN

2885

2351 (81.5%)

FEB

2643

2135 (81.0%)

MAR

1979

1604 (81.1%)

APR

876

728 (83-1%)

MAY

ISRA

ISRA

JUN

ISRA

ISRA

JULY

ISRA

ISRA

AUG

ISRA

ISRA

SEP

1200

959 (79.9%)

OCT

2720

2295 (84.4%)

NOV

3962

3385 (85.6%)

DEC

1666

1383 (83.0%)

 

b. Ship’s C1A ASD Data;

 

MONTH

 

FLT HRS FLOWN

FLTS

 

ARRESTED LANDINGS

OP READY

 

JAN

41.5

20

4

97%

FEB

46

40

12

100%

MAR

49.3

26

5

99%

APR

88.8

41

19

90%

MAY

17.5

10

22

32%

JUN

33.8

11

0

59%

JUL

61.5

33

17

56%

AUG

61.4

26

7

90%

SEP - DEC

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

            

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.

 

DENTAL DEPARTMENT

 

             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.

 

SAFETY DEPARTMENT

 

             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.

 

AIR DEPARTMENT

 

Number of Catapult/Free Launches:

 

JAN

832

JUL

287

FEB

926

AUG

1325

MAR

456

SEP

215

APR

486

OCT

1168

MAY

13

NOV

1583

JUN

0

DEC

561

 

b. Number of Arrested Landings:

 

JAN

862

JUL

304

FEB

928

AUG

1281

MAR

509

SEP

205

APR

502

OCT

1171

MAY

25

NOV

1505

JUN

0

DEC

531

 

c. JP-5 Issues in Gallons:

 

JAN

1,602,410

JUL

103,313

FEB

1,543,641

AUG

1,748,104

MAR

1,004,046

SEP

410,617

APR

1,147,759

OCT

2,282,435

MAY

1,250

NOV

2,208,468

JUN

-0-

DEC

531

 

WEAPONS DEPARTMENT

 

1.  Significant Achievements and Weapon Expenditures:

 

a. CONREPS/VERTREPS:

13

(808.2 Short Tons)

b. Pier side Loading:

4

(514.5 Short Tons)

c. Total On load:

1382.7

Short Tons

d. Ammunition Off-load:

699.4

Short Tons

e. Missilex:

9

(11 Sparrow IIIs, 17 Sidewinders)

f. Minex:

2

(10 mines Inert MK 52)

g. AQM 37s (for missilexs)

6

Short Tons

h. Total expenditures

451/7

Short Tones

i. Awarded Weapons Department Battle “E” for competitive period ending 30 June 1977.

j. Sprinkler modification and FZ alarm shipalts were completed during EISRA.

k. Completely overhauled 28 ship’s magazines and 450 pieces of ordnance handling equipment during EISRA.

l. Completed NTPI in three and one half days with a grade of satisfactory.