CHAPTER CX to CXII

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw, A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983)

 

A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983) Operation Evening Light and Eagle Claw - 24 April 1980

 

Book - ISBN NO.

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EBook - ISBN NO.

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Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to Present)

 

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to 1980)

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

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U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHIP HISTORY (1920 to 2019)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

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Library of Congress

Control Number: 

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(Book Version)

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIERS REDESIGNATED AND OR RECLASSIFIED (1953 to 2016)

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT

CARRIERS

REDESIGNATED

AND OR

RECLASSIFIED

(1953 to 2016)

 

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ENERGY QUEST AND U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER DEPLOYMENT HISTORY INVESTMENT CAPITAL REQUIRED TO PUBLISH 55 EIGHTH HUNNDRED PAGE BOOKS, EBOOKS & CDs (48 Navy Books)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

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EBook - ISBN No.

978-1-365-26038-4

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) History Vol. I (27 December 1982 to 6 May 2003)

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) History Vol. I of III (27 December 1982 to 6 May 2003)

 

Book Vol. I of IV ISBN: TBA EBook Vol. I of IV

ISBN: 978-1-365-73794-7

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) History Vol. II (7 May 2003 to 13 January 2010)

 

USS Abraham Lincoln

(CVN-72) History Vol. II of III

(7 May 2003 to 13 January 2010)

 

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USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) History Vol. III (14 January 2010 to 31 December 2012)

 

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(CVN-72) History Vol. III of III

(14 January 2010 to 31

December 2012)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

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Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw, A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983)

 

USS Coral Sea CV-42 CVB-43 CVA-43 and CV-43 History and Those Aircraft Carriers Operating with Coral Sea During Her Tour of Service CONSTRUCTION to LAUNCHING and EARLY JET AIRCRAFT DEVELOPMENT (10 July 19442 April 1946) and a Tour of Duty in the U. S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983)

 

ISBN: 9781434382917

 

 

An overhead view of the flight decks of the aircraft carriers USS Independence (CV-62), top, and USS Midway (CV-41), bottom, moored beside each other, Naval Station Pearl Harbor, 23 August 1991. A great detailed photo, showing the various aircraft of their Air Wings. Midway was en route from Naval Station, Yokosuka, Japan, to Naval Air Station, North Island, California, where she would be decommissioned in the spring of 1992. Independence would travel to Yokosuka to take over as the Navy's only forward-based aircraft carrier. US Navy photo by PH2 Omar Hasan. (Available from DefenseImagery.mil as photo # DN-ST-9203042.) NS026252. Presented by Robert M. Cieri. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/026252.jpg

 

CHAPTER CX to CXII

 

 

 

AWARD OR CITATION

AIR WING

TAIL

CODE

East & West Coast & 7th Fleet

World War II Victory Medal

SEP 45 ~ DEC 46

CVBG-75

 

WW II

American Campaign Medal

NOV 45 ~ MAR 46

CVBG-75

 

same

Navy Occupation Service Medal with "Europe" clasp

Several periods, DEC 47 ~ OCT 54

CVBG-1 (*1)

CVG-17

CVG-4 (*1)

CVG-7

CVG-6

CVG-6

CVG-6

M

R

F

L

C

C

C

Europe

1st Med

10/10/47 to 11/03/48

 

Europe

2nd Med

04/01/49 to 05/03/49

 

Europe

3rd Med

06/01/50 to 06/05/50

 

Europe

4th Med

10/07/54 to 10/11/54

 

Europe

5th Med

09/01/52 to 05/05/52

 

Europe

6th Med

01/12/52 to 19/05/53

 

Europe

7th Med

04/01/54 to 04/08/54

National Defense Service Medal

Korea

JUN 50 ~ JUL 54

 

CVG-4 (*1)

CVG-7

CVG-6

CVG-6

CVG-6

CVG-6

 

F

L

C

C

C

C

 

Europe

3rd Med

06/01/50 to 06/05/50

 

Europe

4th Med

10/07/54 to 10/11/54

 

Europe

5th Med

09/01/52 to 05/05/52

 

Europe

1st NorLant 26/08/52 to 01/10/52

 

Europe

6th Med

01/12/52 to 19/05/53

 

Europe

7th Med

04/01/54 to 04/08/54

China Service Medal (extended)

FEB ~ MAY 55

CVG-1

T

SoLant

1st Cape of Good Hope

1st IO

1st SCS

1st WestPac

West Coast Transfer

27/12/54 to 14/07/55

China Service Medal (extended)

FEB ~ MAY 55

CVG-1

T

SoLant

1st Cape of Good Hope

1st IO

1st SCS

1st WestPac

West Coast Transfer

27/12/54 to 14/07/55

Battle Efficiency E by Commander,

Air Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet

Fiscal year 1952

CVG-6

 

C

Europe

6th Med

01/12/52 to 19/05/53

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Seven Awards)

Taiwan Straits

06 ~ 10 SEP 58 *a

12 ~ 29 SEP 58 *a

12 ~ 30 OCT 58 *a

11 ~ 15 NOV 58 *a

30 NOV ~ 12 DEC 58 *a

Vietnam

24 ~ 25 MAR 61 *b

28 MAR ~ 07 APR 61 *b

09 APR ~ 11 MAY 65 *b

20 MAY ~ 28 JUN 65 *b

Cambodia

17 ~ 19 OCT 71 *c

Vietnam (Operation "Frequent Wind")

29 APR ~ 30 APR 75 *d (see Note 1)

Persian Gulf (Operation "Earnest Will")

NOV 1987 to FEB 1988

CVG-2

CVG-2

CVW-2

M

M

NF

2nd WestPac

16/08/58 to 12/03/59

 

4th WestPac

15/02/61 to 28/09/61

 

8th WestPac

8th SCS

16/04/71 to 06/11/71

 

 

 

 

 

 

CVW-5

12th WestPac

14th SCS

26th FWFD

31/03/75 to 29/05/75

Middle East

31st WestPac

42nd SCS

12th IO

7th Arabian Sea

5th North Arabian Sea

3rd Gulf of Oman

1st Arabian /

Persian Gulf

64th FWFD

15/10/87 to 11/04/88

 

 

AWARD OR CITATION

AIR WING

TAIL

CODE

East & West Coast & 7th Fleet

Navy Unit Commendation

Navy Unit Commendation (Four Awards)

Vietnam

16 APR ~ 04 NOV 65

Operation "Frequent Wind"

29 ~ 30 APR 75

Indian Ocean

01 JAN 78 ~ 30 JUN 79

Operation "Desert Storm"

17 JAN ~ 07 FEB 91

CVG-2

 

NE

 

7th WestPac

7th SCS

06/03/65 to 23/11/65

 

 

 

 

 

 

CVW-5

12th WestPac

14th SCS

26th FWFD

31/03/75 to 29/05/75

22nd SCS

37th FWFD

11/04/78 to 23/05/78

38th FWFD

22/08/78 to 07/09/78

39th FWFD

19/09/78 to 12/10/78

23rd SCS

40th FWFD

11/04/78 to 23//05/78

24th SSC

41st FWFD

11/01/79 to 20/02/79

Training

26/02/79 to 17/03//79

15th WestPac

25th SCS

42nd FWFD

07/04/79 to 18/06/79

34th WestPac

48th SCS

14th IO

8th Arabian Sea

6th North Arabian Sea

4th Gulf of Oman

2nd Arabian/Persian Gulf

72nd FWFD 02/10/90 to 17/04/91

 

 

 

AWARD OR CITATION

AIR WING

TAIL

CODE

East & West Coast & 7th Fleet

Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Silver Star (see Note 2)

Vietnam Service Medal (Five Awards)

Vietnam Defense Campaign

22 JUL ~ 26 AUG 65

10 SEP ~ 09 OCT 65

18 OCT ~ 04 NOV 65

Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase VII

17 MAY ~ 09 JUN 71

29 JUN ~ 20 JUL 71

31 JUL ~ 17 AUG 71

26 SEP ~ 11 OCT 71

Vietnamese Ceasefire Campaign

01 MAY ~ 01 JUN 72

11 JUN ~ 07 JUL 72

16 JUL ~ 13 AUG 72

23 AUG ~ 10 SEP 72

19 SEP ~ 12 OCT 72

23 OCT ~ 23 NOV 72

03 ~ 22 DEC 72

31 DEC 72

04 ~ 24 JAN 73

03 ~ 09 FEB 73

Operation "Frequent Wind"

Apr 1975 (see Note 1)

CVG-2

CVW-5

CVW-5

CVW-5

NE

NF

NF

NF

7th WestPac

7th SCS

06/03/65 to 23/11/65

 

8th WestPac

8th SCS

16/04/71 to 06/11/71

 

9th WestPac

9th SCS

10/04/72 to 08/03/73

 

12th WestPac

14th SCS

26th FWFD

31/03/75 to 29/05/75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Medal with Palm)

05 OCT 65

09 OCT 65

30 MAR ~ 15 JUL 72

CVG-2

CVW-5

CVW-5

NE

NF

NF

7th, 8th & 9th WestPac

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Listed, but

without date(s)

CVG-2

CVW-5

CVW-5

NE

NF

NF

7th, 8th & 9th WestPac

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

CVG-2

 

NE

7th WestPac

7th SCS 06/03/65 to 23/11/65

 

CVW-5

Training

09/01/76 to 23/01/76

09/02/76 to 28/02/76

28th FWFD

13/03/76 to 26/04/76

 

16th SCS

29th FWFD

18/05/76 to 22/06/76

17th SCS

30th FWFD

09/07/76 to 04/08/76

31st FWFD

21/08/76 to 17/09/76

 

04/10/76 to 19/10/76

 

32nd FWFD

01/11/76 to 17/12/76

18th SCS

33rd FWFD

11/01/77 to 01/03/77

19th SCS

34th FWFD

19/04/77 to 05/09/77

20th SCS

35th FWFD

08//08/77 to 02/09/77

14th WestPac

21st SCS

36th FWFD

27/09/77 to 21/12/77

Training

25/01/78 to 21/02/78

Training

02/03/78 to 20/03/78

22nd SCS

37th FWFD

11/04/78 to 23/05/78

Training

13/03/76 to 26/04/76

13/06/78 to 27/06/78

18/07/78 to 02/08/78

38th FWFD

22/08/78 to 07/09/78

39th FWFD

19/09/78 to 12/10/78

23rd SCS

40th FWFD

11/04/78 to 23//05/78

24th SSC

41st FWFD

11/01/79 to 20/02/79

Training

26/02/79 to 17/03//79

45th FWFD

10/06/80 to 24/06/80

 

17th WestPac

27th SCS

46th FWFD

14/07/80 to 26/11/80

 

Training

16/12/80 to 20/12/80

05/01/81 to 12/01/81

18th WestPac

28th SCS

47th FWFD

23/02/81 to 05/06/81

29th SCS

48th FWFD 26/06/81 to 16/07/81

Training

08/06/81 to 13/08/81

30th SCS

49th FWFD

03/09/81 to 28/10/81

50th FWFD

29/10/81 to 22/11/81

Training

03/12/81 to 23/12/81

08/03/82 to 05/04/82

31st SCS

51st FWFD

26/04/82 to 18/06/82

Training

27/07/82 to 20/08/82

 

19th WestPac

32nd SCS

1st NorPac

52nd FWFD 14/09/82 to 10/12/82

Training

12/01/83 to 03/02/83

20th WestPac

2nd NorPac

53rd FWFD

25/02/83 to 10/05/83

21st WestPac

33rd SCS

54th FWFD

02/06/83 to 13/08/83

22nd WestPac

34th SCS

55th FWFD

16/10/83 to 11/12/83

34th WestPac

48th SCS

14th IO

8th Arabian Sea

6th North Arabian Sea

4th Gulf of Oman

2nd Arabian/Persian Gulf

72nd FWFD 02/10/90 to 17/04/91

 

 

 

AWARD OR CITATION

AIR WING

TAIL

CODE

East & West Coast & 7th Fleet

Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Three Awards)

Vietnam

07 MAY ~ 28 OCT 71

15 April 1972

Indian Ocean

13 NOV 79 ~ 08 FEB 80

27 JUL 82 ~ 01 MAY 84 - Ref. 1081

SEP 88 ~ DEC 89

CVW-5

NF

7th WestPac

7th SCS

16/04/71 to 06/11/71

 

8th WestPac

8th SCS

10/04/72 to 08/03/73

16th WestPac

26th CSS

6th Indian Ocean

3rd Arabian Sea

1st North Arabian Sea

2nd Gulf of Oman

44th FWFD

30/09/79 to 20/02/80

Training

27/07/82 to 20/08/82

 

19th WestPac

32nd SCS

1st NorPac

52nd FWFD 14/09/82 to 10/12/82

Training

12/01/83 to 03/02/83

20th WestPac

2nd NorPac

53rd FWFD

25/02/83 to 10/05/83

21st WestPac

33rd SCS

54th FWFD

02/06/83 to 13/08/83

 

22nd WestPac

34th SCS

55th FWFD

16/10/83 to 11/12/83

23rd WestPac

34th SCS

9th I O

5th Arabian Sea

3rd North Arabian Sea

56th FWFD

28/12/83 to 23/05/84

Pacific Ocean

66th FWFD

18/10/88 to 09/11/88

 

 

 

AWARD OR CITATION

AIR WING

TAIL

CODE

East & West Coast & 7th Fleet

Presidential Unit Citation

Vietnam

30 APR 72 ~ 09 FEB 73

CVW-5

NF

8th WestPac

3rd SCS

10/04/72 to 08/03/73

National Defense Service Medal

Vietnam

JAN 61 ~ AUG 74

Gulf War

JAN 91 ~ MAR 91

CVG-2

CVG-2

CVG-2

CVG-2/CVW-2

(*1)

CVW-2

CVW-2

 

M

M

M

M/NE

NE

NE

 

4th WestPac

15/02/61 to 28/09/61

 

5th WestPac

06/04/62 to 20/10/62

 

6th WestPac

08/11/63 to 08/11/64

 

7th WestPac

06/03/65 to 23/11/65

 

8th WestPac

16/04/71 to 06/11/71

 

9th WestPac

10/04/72 to 08/03/73

CVW-5

WestPac

Sea of Japaan

West Coast to Japan Transfer

6th Cruise

11/09/73 to 05/10/73

Training

19th FWFD

17/10/73 to 29/10/73

10th SCS

26/11/73 to 22/12/73

Training

11/01/74 to 19/01/74

10th WestPac

21st FWFD

29/01/74 to 06/03/74

22nd FWFD

25/03/74 to 13/04/74

Training

22/04/74 to 06/05/74

25/05/74 to 05/06/74

14/07/74 to 17/06//74

08/07/74 to 22/0077/74

01/08/74 to 15/08/74

27/08//74 to at 1730I, 30/08/74

 

AWARD OR CITATION

AIR WING

TAIL

CODE

East & West Coast & 7th Fleet

Humanitarian Service Medal

Operation "Frequent Wind"

APR 75

CVW-5

NF

12th WestPac

14th SCS

26th FWFD

31/03/75 to 29/05/75

Southwest Asia Campaign Medal

Southwest Asia Campaign Medal (Two Awards)

02 NOV 90 ~ 14 MAR 91

 

 

34th WestPac

48th SCS

14th IO

8th Arabian Sea

6th North Arabian Sea

4th Gulf of Oman

2nd Arabian/Persian Gulf

 

72nd FWFD 02/10/90 to 17/04/91

Navy Expeditionary Service Medal

Navy Expeditionary Medal (Four Awards)

Iran, Yemen & Indian Ocean

15 APR ~ 06 JUN 79 *f

Iran, Yemen & Indian Ocean

21 NOV 79 ~ 07 FEB 80 *h

Iran, Yemen & Indian Ocean

19 AUG ~ 13 NOV 80 *h

Iran, Yemen & Indian Ocean

12 MAR ~ 19 MAY 81 *h

CVW-5

CVW-5

CVW-5

CVW-5

NF

NF

NF

NF

15th WestPac

25th SCS

43rd FWFD

07/04/79 to 18/06/79

 

16th WestPac

26th CSS

6th Indian Ocean

3rd Arabian Sea

1st North Arabian Sea

2nd Gulf of Oman

30/09/79 to 20/02/80

 

17th WestPac

27th SCS

46th FWFD

14/07/80 to 26/11/80

 

18th WestPac

28th SCS

47th FWFD

23/02/81 to 05/06/81

Liberation of Kuwait Medal (Saudi Arabia)

Saudi Arabia

Jan to Feb 1991

CVW-5

NF

34th WestPac

48th SCS

14th IO

8th Arabian Sea

6th North Arabian Sea

4th Gulf of Oman

2nd Arabian/Persian Gulf

72nd FWFD 02/10/90 to 17/04/91

Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Nov 1990 to Jan 1991

CVW-5

NF

same

National Defense Service Medal

Gulf War

Jan to Mar 1991

CVW-5

NF

same

Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars

Defense of Saudi Arabia

Nov 1990 to Jan 1991

CVW-5

NF

same

Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars

Liberation and Defense of Kuwait

Jan to Mar 1991

CVW-5

NF

same

Joint Meritorious Unit Award      

Operation "Fiery Vigil"

10 ~ 28 JUN 91

CVW-5

NF

73rd FWFD

Early June to June 1991

Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

(17 awards during 46 at sea periods and FWFDs) Not possible to determine specific at sea periods or FWFDs based on the 17 awards reported.)

Sea Service Ribbon (17 Awards)

AUG 74 ~ AUG 91

CVW-5

NF

Below

"The Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (SSDR) is a service award of the United States Navy which was established in May 1980 and retroactively authorized to August 1974. It was the first type of sea service ribbon established in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The Sea Service Deployment Ribbon is granted to any member of the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps assigned to a deployable unit (e.g., a ship, aircraft squadron, detachment, battalion, or other unit type that operates away from its assigned homeport) and is forward-deployed for a period of either 90 consecutive days or two periods of at least 80 days each within a given 12-month period; or 12 months stationed overseas in a forward deployed location.

When a ship's crew qualifies for the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the ship is authorized to paint and display the ribbon and award stars on the port and starboard side of the bulwark aft to designate the number of deployments conducted throughout the commissioned life of the ship since August 1974.

When a U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps aviation squadron qualifies for the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the squadron is authorized to paint and display the ribbon and award stars on the exterior or interior of their hangar/office spaces to designate the number of deployments conducted throughout the active life of that squadron since August 1974 (Ref..1181D).

Ref. 1181C declares 17 awards, yet there were more than 17 cruises.

CVG-2 - http://navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-59/index_015.htm

(*1) CVG-2 (M) redesignated CVW-2 on 20 December 1963. CVG-2 was also redesignated its tail code from M to NE (M Sep. 1, 1948 to Dec. 20, 1963)

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Service outside the geographical limits of South Vietnam and direct combat support to the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces for more than six months.

Note 1 Public Law 107-314 of 2 December 2002 stipulates that personnel who were awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM) for their participation in Operation Frequent Wind, during the period 29 to 30 April 1975, may elect the Vietnam Service Medal (VSM) in lieu of the AFEM for such service. However, no person shall be entitled to both awards for the same service.

Note 2 1 Silver Star = 5 Bronze Stars

OPNAVNOTE 1650 NOTES:


*a = Taiwan Straits (23 AUG 50  ~  01 JUN 63)

*b = Vietnam (01 JUL 58  ~  03 JUL 65)

*c = Korea (01 OCT 66  ~  03 JUN 74)

*d = Operation FREQUENT WIND (29  ~  30 APR  75)

*e = Operation FREQUENT WIND (29  ~  30 APR  75)

*f = Iran/Indian Ocean (06 DEC 78  ~  06 JUN 79)

*g = Persian Gulf (24 JUL 87  ~  01 AUG 80

*h = Iran/Indian Ocean (21 NOV 79  ~  20 OCT 81)

 

PUBLIC LAW 107-314-DEC.2, 2002 (BOB STUMP NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2003):


SEC. 542. OPTION TO CONVERT AWARD OF ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL AWARDED FOR OPERATION FREQUENT WIND TO VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL.

 

(a) IN GENERAL. - The Secretary of the military department concerned shall, upon the application of an individual who is an eligible Vietnam evacuation veteran, award that individual the Vietnam Service Medal, notwithstanding any otherwise applicable requirements for the award of that medal. Any such award shall be made in lieu of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal awarded the individual for participation in Operation Frequent Wind.

(b) ELIGIBLE VIETNAM EVACUATION VETERAN. - For purposes of this section, the term "eligible Vietnam evacuation veteran" means a member or former member of the Armed Forces who was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for participation in military operations designated as Operation Frequent Wind arising from the evacuation of Vietnam on April 29 and 30, 1975.

  

REFERENCES: USS Midway 1992 decommissioning ceremony program.

OPNAVNOTE 1650

PUBLIC LAW 107-314-DEC.2, 2002 (BOB STUMP NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2003)

U.S. Navy

USS Midway's Symbols of Succes Ref. 1181C

During the early years of the Vietnam War, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal was issued for initial operations in South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

The Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Medal), with Palm, was awarded to a unit cited at the Armed Forces level.

7th, 8th & 9th WestPac - 1st 2nd & 3rd Vietnam Combat Cruise

5th Vietnam Peace Patrol - Operation Frequent Wind

Ref. - 1181 reported Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal was awarded for Persian Gulf Operation "Earnest Will" for the period Sep to Nov 1989, which is not possible as Operation "Earnest Will" was conducted from 24 July 1987 to 26 September 1988 was the American military protection of Kuwaiti-owned tankers from Iranian attacks in 1987 and 1988 (Ref. 1181E).

Ref. 1181 - USS Midway (CVB, CVa and CV-41 Awards, NavSource Naval History

Last update: 22 January 2016 http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/41w.htm

1181/C - USS Midway's Symbols of Success, Midsailor https://www.midwaysailor.com/midway/awards.html

Ref. 1181E - Operation Earnest Will, Wikipedia is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Earnest_Will

Ref.1181D - Sea Service Ribbon, Wikipedia is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization.

 

Following is the text part of the Meritorious Unit Commendation awarded to the USS Midway in 1971.

 

CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION to

USS MIDWAY (CVA-41)

and

ATTACK CARRIER AIR WING FIVE (CVW-5)

for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

 

    For meritorious service from 7 May 1971 to 28 October 1971 while conducting sustained and successful combat operations in Southeast Asia as a unit of the Attack Carrier Striking Force, U. S. SEVENTH Fleet. While on her first deployment since undergoing extensive conversion and modernization, USS MIDWAY and embarked Attack Carrier Air Wing FIVE skillfully executed all their assigned missions. These missions included thousands of combat and combat support sorties against the enemy, delivering over 8,000 tons of ordnance while striping enemy logistic and military installations and lines of communications in Southeast Asia. All operations were carried out with effectiveness, tenacity, and great ingenuity despite the fact that they were conducted largely during the southwest monsoon season, with attendant poor target area weather. The determined efforts and highly professional skill demonstrated by all hands
resulted in prompt, reliable, and successful completion of assigned tasks, and reflected great credit upon the officers and men of USS MIDWAY and Attack Carrier Air Wing FIVE, their ship, and the United States Naval Service.

For the Secretary,     
E. R. Zumwalt, Jr.     
Admiral, United States Navy     
Chief of Naval Operations   

 

http://www.netmeister.net/~cpaige/22aAWARDS.htm

http://www.netmeister.net/~cpaige/Meritorious_Unit_Commendation_1971.html

 

Following is the text part of the Presidential Unit Citation awarded to the USS Midway in 1973 by Richard M. Nixon.

 

By virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States and as
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, I have today awarded

THE PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION (NAVY)

FOR EXTRAORDINARY HEROISM TO

USS MIDWAY (CVA-41) and

ATTACK CARRIER AIR WING FIVE (CVW-5)

 

For extraordinary heroism and outstanding performance of duty in action against enemy forces in Southeast Asia from 30 April 1972 to 9 February 1973. During this crucial period of the Vietnam conflict, USS MIDWAY and embarked Attack Carrier Air Wing FIVE carried out devastating aerial attacks against enemy installations, transportation, and lines of communications in the face of extremely heavy opposition including multi-calibre antiaircraft artillery fire and surface-to-air missiles. Displaying superb airmanship and unwavering courage, MIDWAY/CVW-5 pilots played a significant role in lifting the prolonged sieges at An Loc, Kontum, and Quang Tri and in carrying out the concentrated aerial strikes against the enemy's industrial heartland which eventually resulted in a cease-fire. By their excellent teamwork, dedication, and sustained superior performance, the officers and men of MIDWAY and Attack Carrier
Air Wing FIVE reflected great credit upon themselves and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

 

Richard Nixon

http://www.netmeister.net/~cpaige/22aAWARDS.htm

http://www.netmeister.net/~cpaige/Presidential_Unit_Citation_1973.html

 

CVB, CVA and CV Assigned Naval Bases and areas of operations during local and deployment sea periods

CHAPTER CXI

 

 

NS Norfolk, Va. - 10 September 1945 to August 1955.

USS Midway (CVB-41) conducted a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington, decommissing and recommissiong from August 1955 to 30 September 1957 (Ref. 1176A, 1176G, 1176I & 1081N).

PUGET SOUND NAVAL SHIPYARD - 30 SEP 57 2 DEC 57

NAD BANGOR, WASHINGTON - 2 DEC 57 6 DEC 57

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - 6 DEC 57 10 DEC 57

NAS ALAMEDA, CALIFORNIA 14 DEC 57 31 DEC 57

NAS ALAMEDA-Operations off West Coast U. S. - 1 Jan 25 Jan 58

San Diego Long Beach, California - 26 Jan 14 Feb

NAS ALAMEDA - 15 Feb 25 Feb

Long Beach Area - 26 Feb 7 Mar

NAS ALAMEDA - 8 Mar 25 Mar

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington - 26 Mar 31 Mar 58

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington - 1 Apr 19 May 58

NAS ALAMEDA Operations off west coast - 23 May 25 June

Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, CA - 25 June 30 June

Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, CA - 1 JUL 16 JUL

NAS Alameda, California - 17 JUL 16 AUG

Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco - 3/14/59 to 3/31

1959

Alameda, California - 3/12/59 to 3/14/59

Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco - 3/14/59 to 3/31

NAS Alameda - 4/1 TO 4/20 --- 4/25 TO 5/3 ---- 5/9 TO 5/10 --- 5/15 TO 5/17 ---

5/23 TO 5/24 - 5/30 TO 6/14 --- 6/20 TO 6/21 --- 6/27 TO 6/28 -- 7/3 TO 7/13 ---

7/17 7/20 --- 7/24 7/27 --- 8/1 8/15

1960

 

NAS Alameda, California - 3/25/60 4/26/60

EASTPAC (Shock Test) - 4/26/60 4/29/60

San Francisco Naval Shipyard - 4/29/60 9/6/60

Explosive Anchorage 14, San Francisco Bay - 9/6/60 9/7/60

NAS Alameda, California - 9/7/60 9/12/60

EASTPAC ( ISE) - /12/60 9/16/60

NAS Alameda, California - 9/16/60 9/19/60

EASTPAC (ISE & ENR LBEACH) - 9/19/60 9/23/60

Long Beach Naval Station - 9/23/60 10/2/60

East Pac - /3/60 10/7/60

Long Beach Naval Station - 10/8/60 10/10/60

East Pac - 10/11/60 10/14/60

N.A.S. Alameda, California - 10/15/60 10/23/60

East Pac - 10/24/60 10/27/60

N.A.S. Alameda, California - 10/28/60 10/30/60

East Pac - 10/31/60- 11/4/60

N.A.S. Alameda, California - 11/5/60 11/6/60

East Pac - 11/7/60 11/9/60

N.A.S. Alameda, California - 11/10/60 11/27/60

East Pac - 11/28/60 12/2/60

N.A.S. Alameda, California - 12/3/60 12/4/60

East Pac - 12/5/60 12/9/60

N.A.S. Alameda, California - 12/10/60 12/11/60

East Pac - 12/12/60 12/15/60

1961

 

N.A.S. Alameda, California - 12/16/60 1/15/61

East Pac - 1/16/61 1/19/61

N.A.S. Alameda, California - 1/20/61 1/22/61

East Pac - 2/3/61 2/14/61

NAS Alameda, California - 9/28/61 -- 9/30/61

East Pac - 10/1/61 10/3/61

NAS Alameda, California - 9/28/61 9/30/61 --- 10/1/61 10/3/61

NS San Francisco, California - 10/3/61 11/3/61

11/3/61 11/8/61 ---- 11/15/61 11/29/61--- 2/8/61 1/8/62

1962

 

NAS North Island - 1/10/62 -- 1/11/62

NAS Alameda - 1/17/62 1/29/62 --- 2/7/62 2/23/62 --- 3/2/62 3/12/62 --- 3/23/62 3/31/62 ---- 1 Apr 6 Apr 62

NAS Alameda, California - 20 Oct 7 Dec 62

USNS Hunters Point, San Francisco, California - 7 Dec 62 31 Mar 63

1963

 

4/1/63 4/9/63 SFNSY, San Francisco, California

4/9/63 4/11/63 Anchorage 35 San Francisco, California

4/11/63 4/15/63 NAS, Alameda, California

4/15/63 4/16/63 Anchorage 35, San Francisco, California

4/16/63 4/19/63 EASTPAC

4/19/63 4/26/63 NAS, Alameda, California

4/26/63 4/27/63 EASTPAC

4/27/63 5/6/63 NAS, North Island, San Diego, California

5/6/63 5/10/63 EASTPAC

5/10/63 5/13/63 NAS, North Island, San Diego, California

5/13/63 5/17/63 EASTPAC

5/17/63 5/20/63 NAS, North Island, San Diego, California

5/20/63 5/23/63 EASTPAC

5/23/63 5/25/63 NAS, North Island, San Diego, California

5/25/63 5/28/63 EASTPAC

5/28/63 6/4/63 NAS, Alameda, California

6/4/63 6/10/63 Berth 35, San Francisco, California

6/10/63 6/14/63 EASTPAC

6/14/63 6/17/63 Anchorage 9, Berth 35$ San Francisco, California

6/17/63 6/21/63 EASTPAC

6/21/63 7/8/63 NAS, Alameda, California

7/8/63 7/12/63 EASTPAC

7/12/63 7/31/63 NAS, Alameda, California

7/31/63 8/3/63 EASTPAC

8/3/63 8/5/63 NAS, North Island, San Diego, California

8/5/63 8/16/63 EASTPAC (WEPTRAEX)

8/16/63 8/17/63 NAS, Alameda, California

8/17/63 8/17/63 Dependent's Cruise (EASTPAC)

8/17/63 8/23/63 NAS, Alameda, California

8/23/63 8/27/63 SFNSY, Saa Francisco, California

8/27/63 8/31/63 NAS, Alameda, California

8/31/63 9/3/63 SFNSY, San Francisco, California

9/3/63 9/9/63 NAS, Alameda, California

9/9/63 9/13/63 EASTPAC

9/13/63 9/16/63 NAS, Alameda, California

9/16/63 9/25/63 EASTPAC

9/25/63 9/30/63 NAS, Alameda, California

1964

 

5/26/64 6/2/64 NAS ALAMEDA, CALIFORNIA

6/3/64 6/29/64 HUNTERS POINT NAVAL SHIPYARD

6/30/64 7/7/64 NAS ALAMEDA, CALIFORNIA

7/8/64 7/17/64 EASTPAC

7/18/64 8/10/64 NAS ALAMEDA, CALIFORNIA

8/11/64 8/20/64 EASTPAC

8/21/64 9/8/64 NAS ALAMEDA, CALIFORNIA

9/9/64 9/18/64 EASTPAC

9/19/64 9/30/64 NAS ALAMEDA, CALIFORNIA

USS Midway (CVA-41) departed Naval Air Station, Alameda, California and entered San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard on 11 February 1966 for extensive modernization 1966 (Ref. 1180A, 1180B, 1181N, 1183 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1970).

 

The Midway (CV-41), former CVB-41, the 41st aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 35th, commissioning on 10 September 1945, commenced SCB-101, the most extensive modernization ever completed on a naval vessel that fitted with an enlarged flight deck, steam catapults, and new elevators and arresting gear to handle heavier aircraft on 11 February 1966 at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco Bay (Ref. 1180A, 1180B, 1181N, 1183 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1970).

 

USS Midway (CVA-41) entered the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco Bay to under go SCB-101, the most extensive modernization ever on 11 February 1966, for which she was placed in Pacific Fleet Reserve, in commission special and decomissioned a second time 15 February 1966 completed on a naval vessel that fitted with an enlarged flight deck, steam catapults, and new elevators and arresting gear to handle heavier aircraft (Ref. 1180A, 1180B, 1181N, 1183 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1970).

 

The Midway (CV-41), former CVB-41, the 41st aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 35th, commissioning on 10 September 1945, completed SCB-101 and recommissioned a second time at 1100U on 31 January 1970 at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco Bay (11 February 1966 to 31 January 1970), placed in Pacific Fleet Reserve, in commission special and decomissioned a second time 15 February 1966 (Ref. 1178-G, 1180A, 1180B, 1181N, 1183 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1970).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) underwent her final renovation before going to her new forward deployed home from 1 February to 15 June 1970, conducting SCB-101 at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco Bay from 11 February 1966 to 31 January 1970 and recommissioned a second time on 31 January 1970, with Captain Eugene J. Carroll Jr. assuming command at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. Midway departed Naval Air Station, Alameda, California and entered San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard on 11 February 1966 for extensive modernization (Ref. 1180A, 1180B, 1181N, 1181O, 1183 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1970).

1-3 January 1971 - continued Post Shakedown Availability at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard.

 

4-28 January 1971 -conducted carrier qualifications and Refresher training in Southern California operating areas.

 

1-8 February 1971 - conducted Refresher Training at NAS North Island and local operating areas.

 

16-19 February 1971 - conducted underway training and carrier qualifications off the coast of Northern California in OP-Area SIERRA.

 

23 Feb 4 Mar 1971 conducted Exercise ADMIXTURE with Carrier Air Wing FIVE in Southern California OP-Areas.

 

8-19 March 1971 - conducted Operational Readiness Inspection with Carrier Air Wing FIVE in Southern California Op-Areas.

 

20 March 1971 Family Day Cruise.

 

22-23 March 1971 - conducted Carrier Qualifications in Northern California OP-Area W-283.

 

26 Mar - 15 Apr 1971 - prepare for Overseas Movement Period (POM).

 

16 April 1971 - departed NAS Alameda for WESTPAC.

 

26-30 Apr 1971 - inport Pearl Harbor.

 

7 May 1971 - chopped to operational control of Commander SEVENTH Fleet.

 

13-15 May 1971 - inport Subic Bay, P.I.

 

18 May - .9 Jun 1971 - Special. Operations, Yankee Station,

 

14-24 June 1971 - inport Yokosuka, Japan.

 

30 Jun - 20 Jul 1971 - Special Operations, Yankee Station.

 

22-29 July 1971 - inport Subic Bay, P.I.

 

1-16 August 1971 - Special Operations, Yankee Station.

 

18-23 August 1971 - Inport Subic Bay, P.I.

 

26 Aug - 1 Sep 1971 - inport Hong Kong, B.C.C,

 

6-19 September 1971 - inport Yokosuka, Japan.

 

27 Sep 10 Oct 1971 Special Operations, Yankee Station

 

18-19 October 1971 Sea of Japan Operations.

 

20-24 October 1971 inport Sasebo, Japan

 

1 November 1971 anchored Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

 

6 Nov 6 December 1971 inport Alameda, California

 

6-31 December 1971 inport Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, California for Selected Restricted Availability.

1972

 

1 Jan 3 Feb RAV Hunters Point

29 -- 30 Jan Fast Cruise

3 Feb Sea Trials

4 Feb Return Alameda

4 13 Feb RFS Alameda

14 17 Feb. ISE NOCAL

17 21 Feb Inport Alameda

22 Feb. Enroute San Diego

24 Feb. Inport San Diego

25 Feb. Local OPS San Diego

26 27 Feb. Inport San Diego

28 Feb 1 Mar Refresher Training, San Diego

2 5 Mar Inport San Diego

6 9 Mar Refresher Training, San Diego

10 Mar Enroute Alameda

11 19 Mar Up-keep Alameda

20 28 Mar CARQUALS SOCAL

29 Mar 3 Apr Up-keep Alameda

4 6 Apr CVW-5 Refresher OPS

7 9 Apr Inport Alameda

Naval Air Station, Alameda, California from shortly after 31 January 1970 to 11 September 1973.

On 11 September USS MIDWAY departed Alameda enroute to its new homeport of Yokosuka, Japan. The ship entered Pearl Harbor on 17 September where the Deputy Commander in Chief and Chief of Staff Pacific Fleet visited MIDWAY. On 18 September the ship departed Pearl Harbor to perform Mid-Pacific Air Operations, returning to Ford Island on 24 September and moving to Pearl Harbor on .25 September. On 26 September the ship departed Pearl Harbor enroute to Japan. USS MIDWAY was overflown on 4 October by two TU-95 Soviet reconnaissance aircraft while conducting an air wing fly off. The Soviet aircraft were intercepted by MIDWAY fighters at approximately ninety miles and escorted over the ship. USS MIDWAY arrived at its new homeport of Yokosuka, Japan on 5 October, and was visited by Commander Naval Forces Japan. Commander Task Force Seven Seven, RADM MCCLENDON, and his staff embarked prior to MIDWAY entering port.

Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 22 December 1973 to August 1991.

North Island Naval Air Station, San Diego, California by the end of August to before year end 1991.

The Midway (CV-41), former CVA-41 & CVB-41 decommissioned a third time the same day and before years end was placed at the Navy Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Washington.

Midway departed San Diego, California for the Navy Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Washington sometime after she was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 17 March 1997.

Midway would be donated to the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum. Donated as a Museum and Memorial (status changed on 29 August 2003. Midway began her journey from the Navy Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Washington, to San Diego where she would be a Museum and Memorial via the Charles P. Howard Terminal in Oakland, Calif., remaining the first week in October while the construction of her pier in San Diego was completed.

Midway was docked at the Charles P. Howard Terminal in Oakland, Calif., in October 2003, while the construction of her pier in San Diego was completed. The carrier arrived in San Diego in January 2004 and is now the nation's newest Naval Aviation Museum.

Midway towed from the dock at the Charles P. Howard Terminal in Oakland to San Diego, California, arriving on 5 January 2004 at the Naval Air Station North Island to load historic aircraft for display.

 

 

Foreign Water Fleet Deployments (FWFDs) Counting

(10 September 1945 to 11 April 1992)

CHAPTER CXII

 

 

In April 1971, Midway made her seventeenth deployment, not sixteenth as stated in the 1971 Command History Report because Midwayy visited a foreign port of call on her second Caribbean Sea Cruise in areas off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Culebra Island, Puerto Rico. While en route on 22 April 1946, Midway rendered a 21-gun salute to President Harry S, Truman who joined the task group in USS Franklland D. Roosevelt (CVB-42), flagship of the EIGHTH Fleet. After visiting Port of Spain, Trinidad, where the President left the task group, Midway took part in EIGHTH Fleet exercises off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Culebra Island, Puerto Rico. Port of calls included: Port of Spain, officially the City of Port of Spain (also stylized Port-of-Spain), is the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago and the country's second-largest city after San Fernando and the third largest municipality after Chaguanas and San Fernando (1st FWFD) (19 April to 10 June 1946 (53-days)) and 3rd North Atlantic Cruise (Ports of calls included: Firth of Clyde, Greenock, Scotland Cherbourg, France) (26 August to 8 October 1952 (37-days)), as reported in Midways 1952 Command History Report (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1946, 1952 & 1971).

 

Often a Forward Deployed U. S. Aircraft Carrier FWFD is less than a month due to visiting foreign ports of calls and South and East China Sea at sea periods often are not WestPacs, but are FWFDs.

 

WestPacs are approximately a six month long deployment for Aircraft Carriers, as well as naval vessels traveling from the U. S. to the Western Pacific. Yet forward deployed Aircraft Carriers operate in the Western Pacific Region for periods less then six months while on Patrol, so referring to these Patrols as WestPacs is confirmed by GO NAVY (http://www.gonavy.jp/index.html) in their CV deployment charts, beginning with USS Midway (CV-41), former CVA and CVB; USS Independence (CV-62), former CVA-62, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), former CVA-63, USS George Washington (CVN-73) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) as of 2019.

 

For the purpose of counting the number of WestPacs USS Midway (CV/CVA-41) and aircraft carriers that followed, made in the western pacific while forward deployed, at sea periods nearing two months or over are WestPacs and underway periods that include a foreign port of call are considered Foreign Water Fleet Deployments (FWFDs), with the exception of Sasebo, Japan, where munitions are loaded and un loaded.

 

For Aircraft Carriers traveling from the U. S. while on deployments that visit Sasebo, Japan, the port of call is considered a FWFD as is Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines and Pusan, South Korea. Both these foreign ports of call allowed U. S. Aircraft Carriers since WW II and the Korea War, Subic Bay until 1991, used as a U. S. Naval Base, while Pusan South Korea, now Busan, Korea's second largest city continues to allow U. S. Aircraft Carriers and Kunsan Air Base, located on the coast of the Yellow Sea in western South Korea falls under the command of the United States Air Force since the end of the Korea War. It is one of only two United States Air Force installations in the Asian peninsula, with the other being found in Osan, nearly 6 hours away. During the Vietnam War, their was no forward deployed agreement for a U. S. Aircraft Carrier with either Republic of Philippines and South Korea, yet U. S. Naval vessels anchored and moored at Subic Bay.

 

NAS CUBI POINT

 

The 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines closed Clark Air Base but NAS Cubi Point and NS Subic Bay survived. They remained operational until the U.S. withdrawal in 1992. At that time COMLOGWESTPAC moved to Singapore and COMFAIRWESTPAC Det Cubi Point was disestablished. VRC-50 relocated to Andersen AB Guam and VC-5 decommissioned.

 

Ninety-four years of American military presence in the Philippines ended on 24 November 1992 when the last American ship--USS BELLEAU WOOD--left Subic Bay. This legendary duty station and port-of-call is now a free trade zone and recreation area called Subic Bay Freeport. Part of the famous Cubi Point O-Club bar can be found at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola (Ref. Westpac Yesterday And Today, By Diane Diekman and Mark Mlikan http://www.amdo.org/Westpac.html).

 

A Forward Deployed U. S. Aircraft Carriers home port is Japan, so Sasebo, Japan, where munitions are loaded and un loaded, and with the closures of NAS Cubi Point and Subic Bay on 18 May 1992, NAS Agana, NAF Atsugi became the WestPac center of naval aviation and the only remaining carrier aviation base in the Pacific, so for a forward deployed Aircraft Carrier, their home port of NAF Atsugi and Sasebo, Japan are not foreign ports of calls but other Aircraft Carriers from the U. S., they are. No U. S. Aircraft Carrier other than the one assigned to NAF Atsugi has ever anchored or moored at NNAF Atsugi after 5 October 1973, yet U. S. Aircraft Carriers traveling from their East or West Coasts of the U. S. have visited Sasebo, Japan.

 

All deployments where a port of call to foreign ports occurred are FWFDs, with the exception of ports of call to Japan ports by forward deployed Aircraft Carriers.

 

Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) has supported USS Midway (CVA-41) since 1973, both arriving Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with CVW-5 embarked, with Captain Richard Joseph Schulte, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, ending her HUSS Midway (CVA-41) with Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Naval Air Station, Alameda, California 11 September 1973, with Captain Richard Joseph Schulte, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, on her home Port Transfer from Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 5 October 1973, marking the first forward-deployment of a complete carrier task group in a Japanese port (dependents housed along with the crew in a foreign port), the result of an accord arrived at on 31 August 1972 between the U.S. and Japan, while the move had strategic significance because it facilitated continuous positioning of three carriers in the Far East at a time when the economic situation demanded the reduction of carriers in the fleet.

 

Commander Task Force Seven Seven (CTF 77), Rear Admiral William R. McClendon, COMNAVAIRPACREP WESTPAC and his staff embarked prior to entering port. CDR B. W. Streit, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked and RADM W. R. Flanagan, assuming duties from RADM J. L. Butts, Commander Carrier Division One (1971 to 1972) and CAPT K. L. Shugart, as Chief of Staff, CCD 1 during 1972 to 1973 could have been aboard

 

Foreign Water Fleet Deployments (FWFDs)

 

A FWFD can also be a Cruise that crosses the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Sea as in the case of one aircraft carrier with no report of foreign port of call in a Cruise less than 30-days and or when a President of a foreign country has an Inaugural Address after election aboard a U. S. Aircraft Carrier as in the case of one aircraft carrier in South America waters with no report of foreign port of call in a Cruise less than 30-days. No other aircraft carriers recoded equal activities but two.

 

Presidential visits from other countries when an aircraft carrier is in international waters with the exception of Common Wealth States are FWFDs. Has not happened yet.

 

When Midway fulfilled a final mission, helping to evacuate 20,000 military personnel and their families from Clark Air Base in the Philippines after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in early June to June 1991, operating with USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), USS Peleliu (LHA-5), and twenty other U.S. Navy ships of the task force in support of Operation "Fiery Vigil", both Aircraft Carriers made FWFDs because they represented the U. S. in a foreign port of call as in the case of Humanitarian Aircraft Carrier missions during typhoons and extreme storms, floods and earth quakes, tsunamis aftermath are also FWFDs.

 

Cruises to Vancouver, Canada from Washington and North Atlantic Ocean Canadian ports visits are not FWFDs unless an aircraft carrier is at sea longer then 30-days while on deployment or extended training operations along the Eastern Pacific or Northern Atlantic shores of the U. S. to include Mexico Ports in the Southern Atlantic. Otherwise, you could have a few hours to one day to several days FWFD as in the case of visiting Vancouver, Canada from Washington.

 

During July and to 25 August 1952, USS Midway (CVB-41) operated off the east coast taking two Midshipman cruises to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, conducting local test exercises for the Bureau of Aeronautics and made two cruises to Halifax, Nova Scotia, returning to Norfolk from her last cruise, 1 August 1952 (Ref. 1175G).

 

Cruises to the Hawaiian Islands operating area are not FWFDs unless an aircraft carrier is at sea longer then 30-days involved in an Exercise or Operation with other countries.

 

Cruises to the Caribbean Sea refereed to as the ships first Shakedown Cruise after commission and those Shakedown Cruises to the Caribbean Sea that may have occurred after SLEEP or recommission, but other training visits to the Caribbean Sea are not FWFDs unless they exceed 60-days away from home port or visit a foreign port of call like Port of Spain, officially the City of Port of Spain (also stylized Port-of-Spain), is the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago and the country's second-largest city after San Fernando and the third largest municipality after Chaguanas and San Fernando.

 

The United States currently administers 16 territories as insular areas and are not FWFDs (Only U. S. Virgin Islands was visited by a U. S. Aircraft Carrier decades ago.). The U.S. has five permanently-inhabited territories, two of which are known as "commonwealths": Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Caribbean Sea; Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, in the western North Pacific Ocean's, Mariana Islands, and American Samoa in the South Pacific Ocean.

 

 Minor Outlying Islands

o Bajo Nuevo Bank

o Baker Island

o Howland Island

o Jarvis Island

o Johnston Atoll

o Kingman Reef

o Midway Islands

o Navassa Island

o Palmyra Atoll

o Serranilla Bank

o Wake Island

 

The italicized islands are part of a territory dispute with Colombia and are not included in the ISO designation of the USMOI. Palmyra Atoll is the only incorporated territory remaining, and having no government it is also unorganized. The remaining are unincorporated territories of the United States. Puerto Rico and Northern Mariana Islands are styled as commonwealths.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Territories_of_the_United_States

 

All Aircraft Carrier transits through Panama Canal, Cape Horn, Cape of Good Hope and Suez Canal are FWFDs.

 

When Armed Forces Personnel are assembled together do to at sea operations that result in either naval blockades as was the case during the Cuban crisis or land assaults on foreign soil like Operation Uphold/Restore Democracy, the U.S.-led effort to restore the elected government of Haiti, introducing the concept adaptive force packaging for the first time in history at Port-au-Prince when the Army, Air Force and Marine Corp Special Forces troops and helicopters in company with the U.S. 10th Mountain Division (approx. 2000 soldiers and 56 helicopters) (off the coast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti) embarked aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) with CVW-3 from 14 to 24 September 1994.