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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

 

 

U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific Region Refresher Operations in the Northern Japan Op-area, Transit to Okinawa Op-area, USN ASWEX 1-78 & PASSEX (25 January to at 1000 on 21 February 1978); conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep (21 February to 1 March 1978); Northern Japan Op-area, East China Sea and Sea of Japan, conducting ASWEX K2-78 and Exercise Team Spirit-Defense of South Korea (0855, 2 to 20 March 1978) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep

(21 March to 10 April 1978). (25 January to 10 April 1978)

CHAPTER LIII

 

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) with presumably RADM S. R. Foley, Jr., USN as Commander Carrier Group Seven, COMCARGRU SEVEN assigned and CDR S. D. Langdon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan at 0830 on 25 January 1978, with Captain Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, as Commanding Officer, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific Region, when the Officer of the Deck shifted his watch from the quarterdeck to the navigational bridge. By 0902 Midway was underway for the-first time in 1978. At that time, Midway displaced 63,000 tons and had a navigational draft of 36" 10". Midway proceeded to rendezvous with USS Knox (FF 1052) and USS Worden (CG-l8) for operations in waters off northern Japan and in the Philippine Sea operating with the 7th Fleet, for Refresher Operations in the Northern Japan Op-area, Transit to Okinawa Op-area, USN ASWEX 1-78 with USS J. Strauss (DDG-16) (with Commander Destroyer Squadron 15 embarked), USS Worden (CG-18), USS Knox (FF-1052), USS F. Hammond (FF-1067), USNS Mispillion (TAO-105), and CTG 72.2 (P3C aircraft), PASSEX with HMS Cleopatra (F-28), HMS Grey Rover (A-269) and HMS Amazon (F-165), members of Task Unit 317.6.2 for two war-at-sea exercise strikes, aircraft tracking exercises, and a night surface action group (SAG) encounter and operations in the Okinawa Op-area” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

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

(25 January to at 1000 on 21 February 1978)

 

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

Northern Japan Philippine Sea

Okinawa

Op-area

CVW-5

NF

25 Jan 1978

1000 on 21 Feb 1978

Training

25-days

Refresher Operations in the Northern Japan Op-area, Transit to Okinawa Op-area, USN ASWEX 1-78 with USS J. Strauss (DDG-16) (with Commander Destroyer Squadron 15 embarked), USS Worden (CG-18), USS Knox (FF-1052), USS F. Hammond (FF-1067), USNS Mispillion (TAO-105), and CTG 72.2 (P3C aircraft), PASSEX with HMS Cleopatra (F-28), HMS Grey Rover (A-269) and HMS Amazon (F-165), members of Task Unit 317.6.2 (Events included two war-at-sea exercise strikes, aircraft tracking exercises, and a night surface action group (SAG) encounter and operations in the Okinawa Op-area).

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4J

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4J

VA-93

Ravens -

Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7E

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7E

VA-115

Arabs --> Eagles (*1) -

Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -      Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6E / KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye -Electronics

601-604

E-2B

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps -Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 610

RF-4B

VMAQ-2 Det.

Playboys - Marines Electronics Warfare

Grumman - Intruder -      Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

(CY) 620

EA-6A

HC-1 Det. 2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3G

(*1) changed nickname in Mar.1978

 

    “Ambassador and Mrs. Michael J. Mansfeld (Chief of Tokyo Mission and his lady) were welcomed aboard and given a Midway tour by VADM Peck and CAPT Felt, USS Midway (CV-41) Commanding Officer on 27 January 1978. Members of the ambassador's official party included Mr. William C. Sherman (Deputy Chief of Tokyo Mission), Mr. Charles F. Kartman (Executive Secretary to the ambassador), Colonel Gerald Wilson (Army Attaché), and Captain and Mrs. Marvin L. Duke (Defense Attaché). Scheduled events for the visit included briefings, tours, static displays, lunch, aircraft launch, an aerial demonstration, and aircraft recovery.

 

      On 28 January 1978 USS Midway (CV-41) received 606,873 gallons Diesel Fuel Marine (DFM) and 330,000 gallons JP-5 from USNS Mispillion (TAO-105).

 

     Midway (CV-41) conducted Refresher Operations in the Northern Japan Op-area from 25 to 28 January 1978.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Transit to Okinawa Op-area from 29 to 30 January 1978.

 

      When Midway came alongside USNS Mispillion (TAO-105) again on 1 February 1978 she took on 375,000 gallons of DFM. The soon-to-be removed 5"/54 cal gun mounts 52 and 53 were exercised on 3 February.

 

      On 3 February 1978 staff exchange began off Okinawa. USS Midway (CV-41)  closed the beach to assist. On 4 February 1978 COMCARGRU SEVEN arrived by COD at about 1300. The remainder of his staff arrived at about 1500. COMCARGRU SEVEN relieved COMCARGRU THREE effective this date.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted ASWEX 1-78 from 31 January to 4 February 1978.

 

      Participants in the 31 January to 5 February 1978 USN ASWEX 1-78 included USS Midway (CV-41) (with COMCARGRU THREE as CTG 77.4 embarked), USS J. Strauss (DDG 16) (with Commander Destroyer Squadron 15 embarked), USS Worden (CG-18), USS Knox (FF-1052), USS F. Hammond (FF-1067), USNS Mispillion (TAO 105), and CTG -72.2 (P3C aircraft).

 

      Task Group 77.4 participated in a PASSEX on 7 and 8 February 1978 with HMS Cleopatra (F-28), HMS Grey Rover (A-269) and HMS Amazon (F-165), members of Task Unit 317.6.2. Events included two war-at-sea exercise strikes, aircraft tracking exercises, and a night surface action group (SAG) encounter.

 

      PCO-CAPT T. F. Brown III arrives USS Midway (CV-41) on 11 February 1978.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted operations in the Okinawa Op-area from 5 to 11 February 1978.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted READEX 1-78 from 12 to 17 February 1978 in the Okinawa Op-area, en route Yokosuka, Japan on 18 February 1978:

 

AAW:  Orange air surveillance made first contact on 13 February with a single P-3 simulating a Bear/Badger D. Air raids began late on 14 February and continued throughout the remainder of the exercise.  Overall raid density was evaluated as low to moderate. On 13 and 14 February 1978, Orange surveillance aircraft (P-3) were detected and escorted in the vicinity of CV-41.  Late on the 14th, Orange initiated their first air attacks. Orange began continuous low density air raids at sun­rise on the 15th and continued them until after midnight, on the 16th. Moderate air attacks began again on the morning of the 17th and continued through mid-afternoon. Average detection range from Midway (including detections from other than Midway radar) was 114 nm. Average kill/splash range from Midway was 56 nm.

 

CAP:  Seventy three FORCAP sorties from Midway were flown resulting in 31 intercepts. Intercept distance for 12-15 February averaged 95 nm from Midway. When raid intensity increased on 16 and 17 February 1978, the average intercept distance was 56 nm. Sixty two tanker sorties were flown during READEX with nearly all fuel going to fighters.

 

ASW:  At comex TG-77.4 commenced a covert transit. Initial contact on an Orange submarine was gained by SSN (DS) submarine in late afternoon of 11 February 1978. Two P-3 aircraft provided continuous support for TG-77.4 during the transit. One of these P-3 established LOFAR contact. VP aircraft continued to hold tenuous contact on the Orange submarine throughout Phase One. Overall covert transit in EMCON using only passive sensors was considered highly effective in denying Orange SSN accurate positioning data on the task group. Orange locating forces failed to locate the task group until almost 42 hours after comex.

 

Air Attacks:  Eight Alpha/Mini-Alpha Strikes from Midway were scheduled. Of these, three were successfully completed, four were cancelled due to weather and one was diverted because of a surface threat to the task group. Nineteen of the forty eight scheduled sorties attacked shore targets and delivered 204 constructive MK-82's.

 

CTG-77.4 Task group summarized the READEX 1-78 by saying that it "provided an excellent test of task group readiness wherein all aspects of task group operations in a multi-threat environment were exercised...there is no doubt that task group readiness has been enhanced."

 

CTG-77.4 Task group operations during this period were the subject of nearly continuous surveillance by Soviet intelligence collector platforms. The Dnepr AGI IZMERITEL began surveillance operations and later was joined by Dnepr AGI PROTRACTOR which had departed its SIGINT patrol area to observe U. S. units participating in READEX 1-78. Midway made national, U. S. as well as Japanese, news when the Secretary of the Navy described Midway as the "Mother ship of a nuclear armed air unit." There were numerous reports of planned demonstrations but none ever materialized.

 

      RADM S. R. Foley, Jr., USN, COMCARGRU SEVEN tour of duty dates conflict with COMCARGRU THREE who was relieved by COMCARGRU SEVEN.

 

      RADM S. R. Foley, Jr., USN, COMCARGRU SEVEN being relieved this date is after RADM Peck, Commander Carrier Group Three tour of duty (arriving on 6 August 1977, scheduled to assume operational control of CTG-77.4 on 19 September 1977), arriving in August 1977.

 

      At 0900 Sunday 19 February 1978, RADM W. A. Gureck, USN relieved RADM S. R. Foley, Jr., USN as Commander Carrier Group Seven in a ceremony onboard USS Midway (CV-41). The principal speaker was Vice Admiral R. B. Baldwin, USN, Commander Seventh Fleet(Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

     As reported in the USS Midway (CV-41) 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command section, it shows a Photo of RADM W. A. Gureck, USN and below his period of duty states from 19 February 1977 to 21 August 1978, yet as stated above, the 1978 USS MIDWAY (CV-41) Command History Report contradicts the information in his photo. Furthermore, the USS Midway (CV-41) 1977 Cruise Book Command section includes photos of RADM Peck and then RADM S. R. Foley, Jr.

 

As previously mentioned, the only mention in the 1976/77 USS MIDWAY (CV-41) Command History Report of RADM Foley:

 

     “On 28 February 1977, RADM Foley welcomed JMSDF RADM Hirano aboard USS Midway (CV-41). Midway, accompanied by the USS Lockwood (FF-1064) and USS Bausell (DD-845) conducted coordinated type training with the Japanese destroyers, with Teruzuki (DD-162) and Akizuki (DD-161).

 

      Suggested as the period RADM Foley, COMCARGRUP SEVEN served, supported by Photos in the 1977 USS MIDWAY (CV-41) Cruise Book, being relieved by most likely RADM Peck in August to September 1979, but does not account for: “At 0900 Sunday 19 February 1978, RADM W. A. Gureck, USN relieved RADM S. R. Foley, Jr., USN as Commander Carrier Group Seven stated in the USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978. Also RADM W. A. Gureck, USN biography states February 1978 to May 1980 was his tour of duty as COMCARGRU SEVEN, which stated in the USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979 “Vice Admiral R. P. Coogan, Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific (COMNAVAIRPAC), and members of his staff were welcomed aboard by Rear Admiral Gureck, Commander Carrier Group Seven and Captain H. Carmichael on 8 September 1979.

 

RADM W. A. Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN relieving RADM S. R. Foley, Jr.

 

      RADM Peck’s photo nor RADM S. R. Foley, Jr. is listed as a carrier group commanders in the USS Midway (CV-41) 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command section, but does show RADM W. A. Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN (19 February 1977 to 21 August 1978); RADM M. S. Holcomb, COMCARGRU ONE (21 August 1978 to 11 April 1979) and RADM R. E. Kirksey, COMCARGRU THREE (11 April to 11 June 1979).

 

      In order for RADM W. A. Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN to assume duties as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region on 19 February 1978, he would have had to reilieve RADM S. R. Foley, Jr., COMCARGRUP SEVEN, yet RADM Peck, COMCARGRU THREE served for six months, so on or around 7 February 1978, RADM W. A. Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN relieved RADM S. R. Foley, Jr., COMCARGRUP SEVEN, after he reassumed command from RADM Peck, COMCARGRU THREE or he didn’t serve as CTG-77.4 during 1976/77, merely hosted visitors as RDAM Peck is reported as serving, yet were faced with:

 

    “At 0900 Sunday 19 February 1978, RADM W. A. Gureck, USN relieved RADM S. R. Foley, Jr., USN as Commander Carrier Group Seven in a ceremony onboard USS Midway (CV-41). The principal speaker was Vice Admiral R. B. Baldwin, USN, Commander Seventh Fleet(Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

      As reported in the 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command, RADM William A. Gureck was to have began his command of COMCARGRUP SEVEN on 19 February 1977, which would have been before RDAM Peck, arriving 6 August 1977. RADM William A. Gureck, USN (Ret.) pdf of Duty Assignment Chronology, states February 1978 assumed (2/78-5/80 - Commander Carrier Group SEVEN) and 1977 USS MIDWAY (CV-41) Command History Report states RADM Peck, COMCARGRU THREE, arrived on 6 August 1977 and was scheduled to assume operational control of CTG-77.4 on 19 September 1977” (Ref. 1977 Cruise Book Command - 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de).

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

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-78/index_002.htm

http://www.epnaao.com/BIOS_files/REGULARS/Gureck-%20William%20A.pdf

 

EQNEED Conclusion

 

      Because of the lack of disclosed records it is not possible to determine when RADM S. R. Foley, Jr. served as COMCARGRUP SEVEN or if he assumed CTF 77.4, but it is clear that not all carrier group commanders of USS Midway (CV-41) were COMCARGRUP FIVE or CCG-5 as suggested by the dual hated control of CTF 77, CTF 75 and CTF 70.

 

      Yet we have RADM Peck’s period of duty of CTG-77.4 (arriving on 6 August 1977, scheduled to assume operational control of CTG-77.4 on 19 September 1977) and three different dates from references, like RADM William A. Gureck, USN (Ret.) pdf of Duty Assignment Chronology, that states February 1978 assumed (2/78-5/80 - Commander Carrier Group SEVEN) and 1977 USS MIDWAY (CV-41) Command History Report states RADM Peck, COMCARGRU THREE was scheduled to assume operational control of CTG-77.4 on 19 September 1977)

 

       RADM Foley to have served before RADM Peck or after for a short time, its self questionable, must be considered as were left with:

 

    “On 28 February 1977, RADM S. R. Foley, Jr. welcomed JMSDF RADM Hirano aboard USS Midway (CV-41) and at 0900 Sunday 19 February 1978, RADM W. A. Gureck, USN relieved RADM S. R. Foley, Jr., USN as Commander Carrier Group Seven” shows two periods of duty as COMCARGRUP SEVEN before and after RADM Peck. RADM Peck commanding for six months from 19 September 1977 to February 1978, relieved by RADM Foley makes since. Like wise, COMCARGRU THREE (RADM Peck) relieved COMCARGRU SEVEN, so RADM Foley had to come back.

 

      Not able to verify all CGT-77.4 Commanders aboard USS Midway (CV-41) to any degree of accuracy without the history of each COMCARGRU CTG-77.4, but when Command History Reports or Ship Cruise Books Photos and pages clearly state dates, then they are most accurate, so beginning with RADM William A. Gureck, USN, and now RADM M. S. Holcomb, we continue.

    “USS Midway (CV-41) was en route Yokosuka, Japan from 18 to 20 February 1978” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

    “At 1000 on 21 February 1978, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM W. A. Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN, serving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 since 0900 Sunday 19 February 1978 assigned and CDR S. D. Langdon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked retuned to Yokosuka, Japan, with Captain Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, as Commanding Officer, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific Region, conducting operations in waters off Northern Japan and in the Philippine Sea with USS Knox (FF 1052) and USS Worden (CG-l8), Refresher Operations in the Northern Japan Op-area, Transit to Okinawa Op-area, USN ASWEX 1-78 with USS J. Strauss (DDG-16) (with Commander Destroyer Squadron 15 embarked), USS Worden (CG-18), USS Knox (FF-1052), USS F. Hammond (FF-1067), USNS Mispillion (TAO-105), and CTG 72.2 (P3C aircraft), PASSEX with HMS Cleopatra (F-28), HMS Grey Rover (A-269) and HMS Amazon (F-165), members of Task Unit 317.6.2 for two war-at-sea exercise strikes, aircraft tracking exercises, and a night surface action group (SAG) encounter and operations in the Okinawa Op-area. At 0830 on 25 January 1978, when the Officer of the Deck shifted his watch from the quarterdeck to the navigational bridge. By 0902 Midway was underway for the-first time in 1978. At that time, Midway displaced 63,000 tons and had a navigational draft of 36" 10". Ambassador and Mrs. Michael J. Mansfeld (Chief of Tokyo Mission and his lady) were welcomed aboard and given a Midway tour by VADM Peck and CAPT Felt, Midway Commanding Officer on 27 January 1978. Members of the ambassador's official party included Mr. William C. Sherman (Deputy Chief of Tokyo Mission), Mr. Charles F. Kartman (Executive Secretary to the ambassador), Colonel Gerald Wilson (Army Attaché), and Captain and Mrs. Marvin L. Duke (Defense Attaché). Scheduled events for the visit included briefings, tours, static displays, lunch, aircraft launch, an aerial demonstration, and aircraft recovery. On 28 January 1978 Midway received 606,873 gallons Diesel Fuel Marine (DFM) and 330,000 gallons JP-5 from USNS Mispillion (TAO-105), Midway conducted Refresher Operations in the Northern Japan Op-area from 25 to 28 January 1978. Midway conducted Transit to Okinawa Op-area from 29 to 30 January 1978. When Midway came alongside USNS Mispillion (TAO-105) again on 1 February 1978 she took on 375,000 gallons of DFM. The soon-to-be removed 5"/54 cal gun mounts 52 and 53 were exercised on 3 February. On 3 February 1978 staff exchange began off Okinawa. Midway closed the beach to assist. On 4 February 1978 COMCARGRU SEVEN arrived by COD at about 1300. The remainder of his staff arrived at about 1500. Midway conducted ASWEX 1-78 from 31 January to 4 February 1978. Participants in the 31 January to 5 February 1978 USN ASWEX 1-78 included USS J. Strauss (DDG-16) (with Commander Destroyer Squadron 15 embarked), USS Worden (CG-18), USS Knox (FF-1052), USS F. Hammond (FF-1067), USNS Mispillion (TAO-105), and CTG 72.2 (P3C aircraft). Task Group 77.4 participated in a PASSEX on 7 and 8 February 1978 with HMS Cleopatra (F-28), HMS Grey Rover (A-269) and HMS Amazon (F-165), members of Task Unit 317.6.2.

Events included two war-at-sea exercise strikes, aircraft tracking exercises, and a night surface action group (SAG) encounter. PCO-CAPT T. F. Brown III arrives Midway on 11 February 1978. Midway conducted operations in the Okinawa Op-area from 5 to 11 February 1978. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4J; VF-151, F-4J; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115 (*1), A-6A / KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VMAQ-2 Det., EA-6A and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G. (*1) changed nickname in March 1978 (25 January to at 1000 on 21 February 1978)” (Ref. 1977 Cruise Book Command - 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de and USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

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

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-78/index_002.htm

http://www.epnaao.com/BIOS_files/REGULARS/Gureck-%20William%20A.pdf

 

25/01/78 to 21/02/78

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) U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific Region Refresher Operations in the Northern Japan Op-area, Transit to Okinawa Op-area, USN ASWEX 1-78 & PASSEX Summary (25 January to at 1000 on 21 February 1978) – Chapter 53, Appendix I.

 

      “VA-115 Change of Command ceremony onboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 24 February 1978 while inport Yokosuka, Japan.

 

      “On 24 February 1978 Commander L. E. Thomassy, USN relieved Commander J. T. Grafton, USN as Commanding Officer of VA-115 in ceremonies held at 1000 in Hangar Bay One onboard. Guest speaker was Rear Admiral L. F. Eggert, USN, Commander Fleet Air Western Pacific” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

      “Captain Thomas Francis Brown III, NAVCAD, assumed command during a change of command ceremony aboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 27 February 1978, relieving Captain Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, 30th Commanding Officer, serving from October 20, 1976 - February 27, 1978 while inport Yokosuka, Japan” (Ref. 1178-G).

 

      “At 1400 on 27 February 1978 in port Yokosuka Captain Thomas F. Brown III, USN, relieved Captain Donald L. Felt, USN, as Commanding Officer, USS Midway (CV-41). The ceremony was held in Hangar Bay One. Vice Admiral Robert B. Baldwin, USN, Commander Seventh Fleet, was guest of honor. Other guests included Commander, Naval Forces Japan; Commander Fleet Training Group Western Pacific; C.O., Ship Repair Facility, Yokosuka; C.O., Public Works Center, Yokosuka; C.O.'s of Navy Regional Medical and Dental Centers, Yokosuka; C.O., Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force Second Service School; C.O. Naval Air Facility, Atsugi; Commander Fleet Air Western Pacific; Commander Fleet Activities, Yokosuka; Commander Escort Flotilla One; Commander Destroyer Squadron 15; C.O. Marine Barracks, Yokosuka; President Yokosuka Chamber of Commerce; Commander Naval Surface Group, Western Pacific; Commander Japanese Self Defense Fleet; Commander Submarine Group Seven; and the Commanding Officers of USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5), USS Lockwood (FF-1064), USS Navasota (AO-106), USS Knox (FF-1052) and USS Haruna (DDH-141).

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep from 21 February to 1 March 1978. The air wing remained on board Pacific. A CINCPACFLT team presented a briefing on Nuclear/Non-nuclear Strike Planning in Mission Planning from 0900 until 1200 on 1 March 1978. COMCARGRU SEVEN and his staff as well as ship and air wing personnel attended.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM W. A. Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN, serving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 since 0900 Sunday 19 February 1978 assigned, serving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 assigned and CDR S. D. Langdon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) departed Yokosuka, Japan at 0855 on 2 March 1978, Captain Thomas Francis Brown III, NAVCAD, Commanding Officer, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific Region, in the Northern Japan Op-area, East China Sea and Sea of Japan, conducting ASWEX K2-78 with ROKN and Exercise Team Spirit-Defense of South Korea” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

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

(0855, 2 to 20 March 1978)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

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

Western

Pacific

Region

Pacific Ocean

Northern Japan Op-area

ECS

Sea of Japan

CVW-5

NF

0855, 2 Mar 1978

20 Mar 1978

Training

19-days

Northern Japan Op-area, East China Sea and Sea of Japan, conducting ASWEX K2-78 with ROKN from 7 to 10 March 1978 intended to support the development of ROKN basic ASW techniques for surface and air ASW components of the operations plan for the defense of Korea (Three days of dedicated training were accomplished in ASW/AAW/GUNNERY by combined ROKN/USN surface units) and Exercise Team Spirit-Defense of South Korea was conducted from 7 to 17 March 1978 (Both of these exercises were with the Republic of South Korea's armed forces).

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4J

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4J

VA-93

Ravens -

Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7E

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7E

VA-115

Arabs -

Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -      Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6E / KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye -Electronics

601-604

E-2B

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps -Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 610

RF-4B

VMAQ-2 Det.

Playboys - Marines Electronics Warfare

Grumman - Intruder -      Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

(CY) 620

EA-6A

HC-1 Det. 2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3G

 

 

      “USS Midway (CV-41) commenced ASWEX K2-78 with ROKN and Exercise Team Spirit-Defense of South Korea on 7 March 1978.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted ASWEX K2-78 with ROKN from 7 to 10 March 1978 intended to support the development of ROKN basic ASW techniques for surface and air ASW components of the operations plan for the defense of Korea. Three days of dedicated training were accomplished in ASW/AAW/GUNNERY by combined ROKN/USN surface units. All objectives were achieved except for the final phase which had to be cancelled because of adverse weather.

 

      Nineteen Japanese, Korean, and American media representatives embark USS Midway (CV-41) 10 March 1978.

 

      Seventeen Japanese, Korean, and American media representatives Embark USS Midway (CV-41) on 11 March 1978.

 

      Team Spirit Conference attended by BGEN Smith, Commanding General, First Marine Air Wing on board USS Midway (CV-41) on 13 March 1978.

 

      Naval Weapons Center Technical Director visits USS Midway (CV-41) from 15 to 17 March 1978.

 

      Team Spirit 78, which was the largest joint Republic of Korea/United States military exercise since the Korean conflict of the 1950's, was conducted between 7 and 17 March 1978. USS Midway (CV-41), as part of a Carrier Task Group, provided seaward protection for amphibious landings and for United Nations Command Forces on the eastern flank in the Sea of Japan. Objectives were in the naval mission areas of AAW, ASW, SUW, and NGFS. Sea lines of communications were kept open as the CVTG with supporting VP/VQ aircraft provided 24 hour air/surface/subsurface protection. During Team Spirit Midway hosted numerous visitors. These included nearly 40 Japanese, Korean, and American media people; the Commander of the First Marine Air Wing, BGEN Smith; and the Technical Director of the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake. 0ther visitors, uninvited, were the AGS Vega, USS Krivak (DD-808), USS Kanin (DDG-112), and AOL ILIM, all Soviet surface surveillance vessels.

 

      In addition, between 14 and 17 March 1978 a total of 26 Soviet aircraft BADGERS, BEARS, and CUBS) conducted aerial surveillance against the task group. Intercepts were attempted with all 26 aircraft. Of these, 20 were successful and 6 were broken off because of distance or because a tail chase situation developed. The successful intercepts generally occurred at 100 nm or greater distance and no Soviet aircraft penetrated closer than 50 nm. Although Midway lost an A-7E due to mechanical failure during the exercise, there was no permanent injury or loss of life. Major General Robert C. Taylor, USAF, Commander, Air Forces Korea summarized Team Spirit 78 as "...an outstanding success as a training vehicle and a way to assess our capabilities and our limitations in event of a real-world contingency. The U. S. Navy and Marine forces...have fully demonstrated expertise and their ability to adjust to and compensate for adverse situations...Our combined efforts came together in a very professional way."

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Exercise Team Spirit-Defense of South Korea from 7 to 17 March 1978” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

      “On 20 March 1978, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM W. A. Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN, serving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 since 0900 Sunday 19 February 1978 assigned, serving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 assigned and CDR S. D. Langdon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) returned to Yokosuka, Japan, with Captain Thomas Francis Brown III, NAVCAD, Commanding Officer, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific Region, in the Northern Japan Op-area, East China Sea and Sea of Japan, conducting ASWEX K2-78 with ROKN from 7 to 10 March 1978 intended to support the development of ROKN basic ASW techniques for surface and air ASW components of the operations plan for the defense of Korea. Three days of dedicated training were accomplished in ASW/AAW/GUNNERY by combined ROKN/USN surface units. All objectives were achieved except for the final phase which had to be cancelled because of adverse weather. Exercise Team Spirit-Defense of South Korea was conducted from 7 to 17 March 1978. Both of these exercises were with the Republic of South Korea's armed forces. Nineteen Japanese, Korean, and American media representatives embark Midway on 10 March 197. Seventeen Japanese, Korean, and American media representatives Embark Midway on 11 March 1978. Team Spirit Conference attended by BGEN Smith, Commanding General, First Marine Air Wing on board Midway on 13 March 1978. Naval Weapons Center Technical Director visits Midway from 15 to 17 March 1978. Team Spirit 78, which was the largest joint Republic of Korea/United States military exercise since the Korean conflict of the 1950's, was conducted between 7 and 17 March 1978. Midway, as part of a Carrier Task Group, provided seaward protection for amphibious landings and for United Nations Command Forces on the eastern flank in the Sea of Japan. Objectives were in the naval mission areas of AAW, ASW, SUW, and NGFS. Sea lines of communications were kept open as the CVTG with supporting VP/VQ aircraft provided 24 hour air/surface/subsurface protection. During Team Spirit Midway hosted numerous visitors. These included nearly 40 Japanese, Korean, and American media people; the Commander of the First Marine Air Wing, BGEN Smith; and the Technical Director of the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake. 0ther visitors, uninvited, were the AGS Vega, USS Krivak (DD-808), USS Kanin (DDG-112), and AOL ILIM, all Soviet surface surveillance vessels. In addition, between 14 and 17 March 1978 a total of 26 Soviet aircraft BADGERS, BEARS, and CUBS) conducted aerial surveillance against the task group. Intercepts were attempted with all 26 aircraft. Of these, 20 were successful and 6 were broken off because of distance or because a tail chase situation developed. The successful intercepts generally occurred at 100 nm or greater distance and no Soviet aircraft penetrated closer than 50 nm. Although Midway lost an A-7E due to mechanical failure during the exercise, there was no permanent injury or loss of life. Major General Robert C. Taylor, USAF, Commander, Air Forces Korea summarized Team Spirit 78 as "...an outstanding success as a training vehicle and a way to assess our capabilities and our limitations in event of a real-world contingency. The U. S. Navy and Marine forces...have fully demonstrated expertise and their ability to adjust to and compensate for adverse situations...Our combined efforts came together in a very professional way." Squadrons: VF-161, F-4J; VF-151, F-4J; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115 (*1), A-6A / KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VMAQ-2 Det., EA-6A and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G. (*1) changed nickname in March 1978 (0855, 2 to 20 March 1978)” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

02/03/78 to 20/03/78

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

 

      “On 21 March 1978 Midway moored starboard side to Piedmont Pier in Yokosuka for a much needed and much deserved rest. Ship Repair Facility, Yokosuka, had twenty-one days for upkeep. The air wing conducted limited flight operations at Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, Japan, and Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) at Naval Air Facility, Misawa, Japan.

 

      3M Inspection by COMNAVAIRPAC-USS Midway (CV-41) received highest grade ever recorded by CNAP (85.9) from 20 to 23 March 1978 while inport Yokosuka, Japan.

 

      VA-56 and VA-93 Change of Command on board USS Midway (CV-41) on 30 March 1978 while inport Yokosuka, Japan.

 

      March went out with pomp and ceremony as sister Attack Squadrons 56 and 93 held a joint change of command at 1400, 30 March, in Hangar Bay One. The principle speaker was Rear Admiral Robert P. McKenzie, USN, Commander Light Attack Wing U. S. Pacific Fleet. In the ceremony, Commander Roger P. Flower, USN, relieved Commander Robert E. Smith, USN, as Commanding Officer VA-56 and Commander C. Scott Vaught, USN, relieved Commander John W. Patterson, USN, as Commanding Officer VA-93. Guests at the ceremony included the Secretary of the Japanese House of Representatives as well as many U. S. Navy dignitaries.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) commenced removal of 5"/54 cal guns on 3 April 1978 while inport Yokosuka, Japan.

 

      Visit by 10 members of Japanese Diet, Democratic Socialist Party (DSP) visit USS Midway (CV-41) on 4 April 1978 while inport Yokosuka, Japan.

 

      In order to re-acquaint the crew with underway procedures, a Fast Cruise was conducted between 0745 and 1500 on 10 Apri1 1978. During this cruise, Commander D. S. Strole, USN, relieved Captain J. F. Dorsey, USN, as Executive Officer, USS Midway (CV-41) while inport Yokosuka, Japan.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep from 21 March to 10 April 1978” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific Region Refresher Operations in the Northern Japan Op-area, Transit to Okinawa Op-area, USN ASWEX 1-78 & PASSEX Summary

(25 January to at 1000 on 21 February 1978).

CHAPTER LIII

Appendix I

 

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) with presumably RADM W. A. Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN, serving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 since 0900 Sunday 19 February 1978, arriving on 4 February 1977 and CDR S. D. Langdon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked retuned to Yokosuka, Japan at 1000 on 21 February 1978, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific Region, conducting operations in waters off Northern Japan and in the Philippine Sea with USS Knox (FF 1052) and USS Worden (CG-l8), Refresher Operations in the Northern Japan Op-area, Transit to Okinawa Op-area, USN ASWEX 1-78 with USS J. Strauss (DDG-16) (with Commander Destroyer Squadron 15 embarked), USS Worden (CG-18), USS Knox (FF-1052), USS F. Hammond (FF-1067), USNS Mispillion (TAO-105), and CTG 72.2 (P3C aircraft), PASSEX with HMS Cleopatra (F-28), HMS Grey Rover (A-269) and HMS Amazon (F-165), members of Task Unit 317.6.2 for two war-at-sea exercise strikes, aircraft tracking exercises, and a night surface action group (SAG) encounter and operations in the Okinawa Op-area. At 0830 on 25 January 1978, when the Officer of the Deck shifted his watch from the quarterdeck to the navigational bridge. By 0902 Midway was underway for the-first time in 1978. At that time, Midway displaced 63,000 tons and had a navigational draft of 36" 10". Ambassador and Mrs. Michael J. Mansfeld (Chief of Tokyo Mission and his lady) were welcomed aboard and given a Midway tour by VADM Peck and CAPT Felt, Midway Commanding Officer on 27 January 1978. Members of the ambassador's official party included Mr. William C. Sherman (Deputy Chief of Tokyo Mission), Mr. Charles F. Kartman (Executive Secretary to the ambassador), Colonel Gerald Wilson (Army Attaché), and Captain and Mrs. Marvin L. Duke (Defense Attaché). Scheduled events for the visit included briefings, tours, static displays, lunch, aircraft launch, an aerial demonstration, and aircraft recovery. On 28 January 1978 Midway received 606,873 gallons Diesel Fuel Marine (DFM) and 330,000 gallons JP-5 from USNS Mispillion (TAO-105), Midway conducted Refresher Operations in the Northern Japan Op-area from 25 to 28 January 1978. Midway conducted Transit to Okinawa Op-area from 29 to 30 January 1978. When Midway came alongside USNS Mispillion (TAO-105) again on 1 February 1978 she took on 375,000 gallons of DFM. The soon-to-be removed 5"/54 cal gun mounts 52 and 53 were exercised on 3 February. On 3 February 1978 staff exchange began off Okinawa. Midway closed the beach to assist. On 4 February 1978 COMCARGRU SEVEN arrived by COD at about 1300. The remainder of his staff arrived at about 1500. Midway conducted ASWEX 1-78 from 31 January to 4 February 1978. Participants in the 31 January to 5 February 1978 USN ASWEX 1-78 included USS J. Strauss (DDG-16) (with Commander Destroyer Squadron 15 embarked), USS Worden (CG-18), USS Knox (FF-1052), USS F. Hammond (FF-1067), USNS Mispillion (TAO-105), and CTG 72.2 (P3C aircraft). Task Group 77.4 participated in a PASSEX on 7 and 8 February 1978 with HMS Cleopatra (F-28), HMS Grey Rover (A-269) and HMS Amazon (F-165), members of Task Unit 317.6.2. Events included two war-at-sea exercise strikes, aircraft tracking exercises, and a night surface action group (SAG) encounter. PCO-CAPT T. F. Brown III arrives Midway on 11 February 1978. Midway conducted operations in the Okinawa Op-area from 5 to 11 February 1978. Midway conducted READEX 1-78 from 12 to 17 February 1978 in the Okinawa Op-area, en route Yokosuka, Japan on 18 February 1978. AAW:  Orange air surveillance made first contact on 13 February with a single P-3 simulating a Bear/Badger D. Air raids began late on 14 February and continued throughout the remainder of the exercise. Overall raid density was evaluated as low to moderate. On 13 and 14 February 1978, Orange surveillance aircraft (P-3) were detected and escorted in the vicinity of CV-41. Late on the 14th, Orange initiated their first air attacks. Orange began continuous low density air raids at sun­rise on the 15th and continued them until after midnight, on the 16th. Moderate air attacks began again on the morning of the 17th and continued through mid-afternoon. Average detection range from Midway (including detections from other than Midway radar) was 114 nm. Average kill/splash range from Midway was 56 nm. CAP:  Seventy three FORCAP sorties from Midway were flown resulting in 31 intercepts. Intercept distance for 12-15 February averaged 95 nm from Midway. When raid intensity increased on 16 and 17 February 1978, the average intercept distance was 56 nm. Sixty two tanker sorties were flown during READEX with nearly all fuel going to fighters. ASW:  At comex TG 77.4 commenced a covert transit. Initial contact on an Orange submarine was gained by SSN (DS) submarine in late afternoon of 11 February 1978. Two P-3 aircraft provided continuous support for TG 77.4 during the transit. One of these P-3 established LOFAR contact. VP aircraft continued to hold tenuous contact on the Orange submarine throughout Phase One. Overall covert transit in EMCON using only passive sensors was considered highly effective in denying Orange SSN accurate positioning data on the task group. Orange locating forces failed to locate the task group until almost 42 hours after comex. Air Attacks:  Eight Alpha/Mini-Alpha Strikes from Midway were scheduled. Of these, three were successfully completed, four were cancelled due to weather and one was diverted because of a surface threat to the task group. Nineteen of the forty eight scheduled sorties attacked shore targets and delivered 204 constructive MK-82's. CTG 77.4 Task group summarized the READEX 1-78 by saying that it "provided an excellent test of task group readiness wherein all aspects of task group operations in a multi-threat environment were exercised...there is no doubt that task group readiness has been enhanced." CTG 77.4 Task group operations during this period were the subject of nearly continuous surveillance by Soviet intelligence collector platforms. The Dnepr AGI IZMERITEL began surveillance operations and later was joined by Dnepr AGI PROTRACTOR which had departed its SIGINT patrol area to observe U. S. units participating in READEX 1-78. On 3 February 1978 staff exchange began off Okinawa. Midway closed the beach to assist. The remainder of his staff arrived at about 1500. COMCARGRU SEVEN arrived by COD at about 1300, 4 February 1978. The remainder of his staff arrived at about 1500. COMCARGRU SEVEN relieved COMCARGRU THREE effective this date. COMCARGRU SEVEN arrived by COD at about 1300, 4 February 1978. The remainder of his staff arrived at about 1500. COMCARGRU SEVEN relieved COMCARGRU THREE effective this date. EQNEEDF believes CCG-3 Was: CVW FIVE personnel began returning to familiar and frequently improved spaces. On 6 August 1977, a new staff from Alameda, California embarked aboard Midway; COMCARGRU THREE, RADM Peck, and his staff would command the Midway Task Group during the next six months; scheduled to assume operational control of Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region on 19 September 1977. Participants in the 31 January to 5 February 1978 USN ASWEX 1-78 included Midway (with COMCARGRU THREE as CTG 77.4 embarked), USS J. STRAUSS (DDG 16) (with Commander Destroyer Squadron 15 embarked), USS Worden (CG-18), USS Knox (FF-1052), USS F. Hammond (FF-1067), USNS Mispillion (TAO 105), and CTG -72.2 (P3C aircraft). At 0900 Sunday 19 February 1978, RADM W. A. Gureck, USN relieved RADM S. R. Foley, Jr., USN as Commander Carrier Group Seven in a ceremony onboard Midway. The principal speaker was Vice Admiral R. B. Baldwin, USN, Commander Seventh Fleet. As reported in the Midway 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command section, it shows a Photo of RADM W. A. Gureck, USN and below his period of duty states from 19 February 1977 to 21 August 1978, yet as stated above, the 1978 USS MIDWAY (CV-41) Command History Report contradicts the information in his photo. Furthermore, the Midway 1977 Cruise Book Command section includes photos of RADM Peck and then RADM S. R. Foley, Jr. The only mention in the 1977 USS MIDWAY (CV-41) Command History Report of RADM Foley: “On 28 February 1977, RADM Foley welcomed JMSDF RADM Hirano aboard Midway. Midway, accompanied by the USS Lockwood (FF-1064) and USS Bausell (DD-845) conducted coordinated type training with the Japanese destroyers, with Teruzuki (DD-162) and Akizuki (DD-161). EQNEEDF Note: Suggested as the period RADM Foley, COMCARGRUP SEVEN served, supported by Photos in the 1977 USS MIDWAY (CV-41) Cruise Book, being relieved by most likely RADM Peck in August to September 1979, but does not account for: “At 0900 Sunday 19 February 1978, RADM W. A. Gureck, USN relieved RADM S. R. Foley, Jr., USN as Commander Carrier Group Seven stated in the USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978. Also RADM W. A. Gureck, USN biography states February 1978 to May 1980 was his tour of duty as COMCARGRU SEVEN, which stated in the USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979. Vice Admiral R. P. Coogan, Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific (COMNAVAIRPAC), and members of his staff were welcomed aboard by Rear Admiral Gureck, Commander Carrier Group Seven and Captain H. Carmichael on 8 September 1979. RADM W. A. Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN resurfaces in 1979. RADM Peck’s photo nor RADM S. R. Foley, Jr. is listed as a carrier group commanders in the Midway 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command section, but does show RADM W. A. Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN (19 February 1977 to 21 August 1978); RADM M. S. Holcomb, COMCARGRU ONE (21 August 1978 to 11 April 1979) and RADM R. E. Kirksey, COMCARGRU THREE (11 April to 11 June 1979). In order for RADM W. A. Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN to assume duties as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region on 19 February 1978, he would have had to reilieve RADM S. R. Foley, Jr., COMCARGRUP SEVEN, after he relieved RADM Peck, COMCARGRU THREE on or around 7 February 1978 or RADM W. A. Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN relieved RADM Peck, COMCARGRU THREE. As reported in the 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command, RADM William A. Gureck was to have began his command of COMCARGRUP SEVEN on 19 February 1977, which would have been before RDAM Peck, arriving 6 August 1977. RADM William A. Gureck, USN (Ret.) pdf of Duty Assignment Chronology, states February 1978 assumed (2/78-5/80 - Commander Carrier Group SEVEN) and 1977 USS MIDWAY (CV-41) Command History Report states RADM Peck, COMCARGRU THREE, arrived on 6 August 1977 and was scheduled to assume operational control of CTG-77.4 on 19 September 1977. EQNEED Conclusion is that RADM S. R. Foley, Jr. served as COMCARGRU SEVEN as noted by: On 28 February 1977, RADM S. R. Foley, Jr. welcomed JMSDF RADM Hirano aboard Midway, followed by RADM Peck, COMCARGRU THREE, arriving 6 August 1977 with a visit from RADM Glindeman, COMCARGRU FIVE to  Midway on 16 May 1977 to review Dry-docking for EISRA progress. RADM Glindeman, COMCARGRU FIVE, who had previously served aboard Midway as the Carrier Group Commander followed the Dry-docking for EISRA progress closely and visited aboard again on 8 June 1977. And served again, relieving RADM Peck, COMCARGRU THREE, so that COMCRGRU SEVEN could be relieved by RADM William A. Gureck, serving as COMCARGRUP SEVEN possibly as early as February 1977 and February 1978 to May 1980, possibly relieving RADM W. N. Small, COMCARGRU THREE (in January 1976 to 19 February 1977), thereby remaining COMCARGRU SEVEN. Was not able to locate the period of duty RADM Glindeman served aboard Midway as the Carrier Group Commander and if CCG-5 is also CTF-77, CTF-75, and CTF-70, then RADM Peck, COMCARGRU THREE, arriving 6 August 1977 and scheduled to assume operational control of CTG-77.4 on 19 September 1977, would have had to relieve RADM Glindeman, yet reports indicate COMCARGRUP SEVEN relieved COMCARGRU THREE. Because of the lack of disclosed records it is not possible to determine when RADM S. R. Foley, Jr. served as COMCARGRUP SEVEN or if he assumed CTF-77.4, but it is clear that not all carrier group commanders of USS Midway (CV-41) were COMCARGRUP FIVE or CCG-5 as suggested by the dual hated control of CTF-77, CTF-75 and CTF-70 unless RADM Peck relieved RADM Glindeman to become CCG-5/CTF-77, etc., which is not reported, and RADM W. A. Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN would have had to relieve RADM Peck which contradicts the 1978 USS MIDWAY Command History Report stating: At 0900 Sunday 19 February 1978, RADM W. A. Gureck, USN relieved RADM S. R. Foley, Jr., USN as Commander Carrier Group Seven in a ceremony onboard Midway. The principal speaker was Vice Admiral R. B. Baldwin, USN, Commander Seventh Fleet. Yet we have RADM Peck’s period of duty of CTF-77.4 (arriving on 6 August 1977, scheduled to assume operational control of CTG-77.4 on 19 September 1977) and three different dates from references, like RADM William A. Gureck, USN (Ret.) pdf of Duty Assignment Chronology, that states February 1978 assumed (2/78-5/80 - Commander Carrier Group SEVEN) and 1977 USS MIDWAY (CV-41) Command History Report states RADM Peck, COMCARGRU THREE was scheduled to assume operational control of CTG-77.4 on 19 September 1977. RADM Foley to have served before RADM Peck or after for a short time, its self questionable, must be considered as were left with: On 28 February 1977, RADM S. R. Foley, Jr. welcomed JMSDF RADM Hirano aboard Midway and At 0900 Sunday 19 February 1978, RADM W. A. Gureck, USN relieved RADM S. R. Foley, Jr., USN as Commander Carrier Group Seven” shows two periods of duty as COMCARGRUP SEVEN before and after RADM Peck. RADM Peck commanding for six months from 19 September 1977 to February 1978, relieved by RADM Foley makes since. Like wise, COMCARGRU THREE (RADM Peck) relieved COMCARGRU SEVEN, so RADM Foley had to come back. Midway was en route Yokosuka, Japan from 18 to 20 February 1978. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4J; VF-151, F-4J; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115 (*1), A-6A / KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VMAQ-2 Det., EA-6A and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G. (*1) changed nickname in March 1978 (25 January to at 1000 on 21 February 1978)” (Ref. 1977 Cruise Book Command - 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de and USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978). https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-77/index_002.htm

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http://www.epnaao.com/BIOS_files/REGULARS/Gureck-%20William%20A.pdf

 

25/01/78 to 21/02/78

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

 

U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific Region (1978-79) Senior Command and Staff

CHAPTER LIII

Appendix II

 

 

USS Midway (CV 41) WestPac Cruise Book 1978-79

 

 

Table of Contents:

History

Command and Staff

Ports and Activities

Ship's Crew

AIMD

Air Department

Communications Department

Deck Department

Dental Department

Engineering Department

Executive Department

Medical Department

Navigation Department

Marine Detachment

Operations Department

Safety/3M/Training Departments

Supply Department

Weapons Department

Carrier Air Wing 5

VA-56

VA-93

VA-115

VAW-115

VF-151

VF-161

HC-1 Det. 2

VMAQ-2 Det. X

VMFP-3 Det. 2

VQ-1 Det. A

VRC-50 Det.

Cruise Book Staff

In Memoriam

 

 

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