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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

 

19th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Refresher Operations in the Misawa op-area, Operations in the Northern Japan Op-area, Okinawa Op-area, Philippine Sea, on her 22nd South China Sea. After four full days of hard work (three days underway in the Misawa op-area conducting Refresher Operations), Midway returned to the Yokosuka area for a four day ASWEX (J2-78) with the JMSDF. Phase I had been conducted in port Yokosuka (10-14 April (which would mean from 11 to 14 April Phase I of ASWEX (J2-78) was conducted in the absence of Midway from her home port), commencing Phase II of ASWEX J2-78 on 17 April 1978 with JMSDF underway off the east coast of Honshu Island (17 to 20 April 1978), Exercise Blue Sky, with Commander, U. S. Taiwan Defense Command, Exercise Newboy with USAF in the South China Sea, a marginal sea that is part of the Pacific Ocean, encompassing an area from the Karimata and Malacca Straits to the Strait of Taiwan of around 3,500,000 square kilometres (1,400,000 sq mi), Philippine Sea, Okinawa Op-area and Northern Japan Op-area, conducting MINEX-A in the Binanga Bay, R. P., Close Air Support Exercise (CASEX) and Familiarization Exercise (FAMEX) in the Okinawa Op-area, followed by Subic op-area operations and made the transit back to the Okinawa op-area in time for MULTIPLEX 1-78 and Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE) in the Okinawa Op-are (11 April to 23 May 1978) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep (23 May to 12 June 1978). (at 0859 on 11 April to 12 June 1978)

CHAPTER LIV

 

 

      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 departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) at 0859 on 11 April 1978, Captain Dorsey, XO, tossed the last mooring line connecting Midway to Berth 12 as Midway got underway and Commander Strole relieves Captain Dorsey as Midway’s Executive Officer on 10 April 1978, with Captain Thomas Francis Brown III, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, on her 19th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Refresher Operations in the Misawa, Operations in the Northern Japan Op-area, Okinawa Op-area, Philippine Sea, on her 22nd South China Sea, conducting Phase I in port Yokosuka (10-14 April (which would mean from 11 to 14 April Phase I of ASWEX (J2-78) was conducted in the absence of Midway from her home port) and after four full days of hard work (three days scheduled underway period in the Misawa op-area conducting Refresher Operations), Midway will return to the Yokosuka area for a four day ASWEX (J2-78) with the JMSDF and commence Phase II of ASWEX J2-78 with JMSDF underway off the east coast of Honshu Island, Exercise Blue Sky, with Commander, U. S. Taiwan Defense Command, Exercise Newboy with USAF in the South China Sea, a marginal sea that

is part of the Pacific Ocean, encompassing an area from the Karimata and Malacca Straits to the Strait of Taiwan of around 3,500,000 square kilometres (1,400,000 sq mi), Philippine Sea, Okinawa Op-area and Northern Japan Op-area, conducting MINEX-A in the Binanga Bay, R. P., Close Air Support Exercise (CASEX) and Familiarization Exercise (FAMEX) in the Okinawa Op-area, followed by Subic op-area operations and made the transit back to the Okinawa op-area in time for MULTIPLEX 1-78 and Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE) in the Okinawa Op-area; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 21st deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. She will under go her 27th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. She will under go her 37th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II(Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

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

(11 April to 23 May 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 (19th Forward Deployed)

Western

Pacific

Region

Pacific Ocean

Northern Japan Okinawa

Op-area Philippine Sea

22nd SCS

CVW-5

NF

11 Apr 1978

23 May 1978

Western Pacific

37th FWFD

43-days

Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Refresher Operations in the Misawa, Operations in the Northern Japan Op-area, Okinawa Op-area, Philippine Sea, on her 16th South China Sea, conducting Phase I in port Yokosuka (10-14 April (which would mean from 11 to 14 April Phase I of ASWEX (J2-78) was conducted in the absence of Midway from her home port) and after four full days of hard work (three days underway in the Misawa op-area conducting Refresher Operations), Midway returned to the Yokosuka area for a four day ASWEX (J2-78) with the JMSDF, commencing Phase II of ASWEX J2-78 with JMSDF underway off the east coast of Honshu Island on 17 April 1978, followed by Exercise Blue Sky, with Commander, U. S. Taiwan Defense Command, Exercise Newboy with USAF in the South China Sea, a marginal sea that is part of the Pacific Ocean, encompassing an area from the Karimata and Malacca Straits to the Strait of Taiwan of around 3,500,000 square kilometres (1,400,000 sq mi), MINEX-A in the Binanga Bay, R. P., Close Air Support Exercise (CASEX) and Familiarization Exercise (FAMEX) in the Okinawa Op-area, followed by Subic op-area operations and made the transit back to the Okinawa op-area in time for MULTIPLEX 1-78 and Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE) 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

Vough - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7E

VA-115

Eagles - 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 Worden (CG-18) joined up with USS Midway (CV-41) as part of her task force” (Ref. 84A).

 

      “On 15 April 1978, while conducting a touch and go onboard Midway, a Midway (VF-151) F-4J lost part of its main mount and was forced to make a wheels up landing at Misawa. There were no injuries and only minor damage to the aircraft.

 

      “After four full days of hard work (three days underway in the Misawa op-area conducting Refresher Operations) USS Midway (CV-41) returned to the Yokosuka area for a four day ASWEX (J2-78) with the JMSDF. Phase I had been conducted in port Yokosuka (10-14 April (which would mean from 11 to 14 April Phase I of ASWEX (J2-78) was conducted in the absence of Midway from her home port),  commencing Phase II of ASWEX J2-78 on 17 April 1978” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978). 

 

      “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Phase II of ASWEX J2-78 underway off the east coast of Honshu Island from 17 to 20 April 1978. OTC was RADM Y. Kohge, JMSDF, Commander, Escort Flotilla One (COMCORTFLOT ONE), embarked in USS Haruna (DDH-141). U. S. National OTC was RADM W. A. Gureck, USN, CTG 77.4, embarked in Midway. JMSDF units included DDH Haruna, DDH Hiel, Minegumo-class destroyer is a destroyer class of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, the successor of the Yamagumo class, DE Ayase, DE Teshio, AO Hamana, SS Michishio, SS Arashio, and P2J, PS-1 and HSS-2 aircraft. U. S. forces consisted of TG 77.4, Midway, USS Worden (CG-18), USS Kirk (FF-1087) and USS Francis Hammond (FF-1067) and USS Navasota (AO-106) with P-3 aircraft from TF 72. Excellent coordinated ASW operations were conducted with the Japanese in dual submarine prosecution in the ASW/ AAW threat environment). After four full days of hard work Midway returned to the Yokosuka area for a four day ASWEX (J2-78) with the JMSDF.

 

       In the vicinity of Okinawa on 22 April 1978 RADM Gureck hosted MGEN Schwenk, USMC, Commander Third Marine Amphibious Force as well as five other Marine Corps personnel.

 

       Commander, U. S. Taiwan Defense Command, RADM Linder and Chinese Flag Officers visit USS Midway (CV-41) on 24 April 1978.

 

       Following ASWEX J2-78, USS Midway (CV-41) transited to the South China Sea in preparation for the 24, 25 April 1978 Blue Sky Air Defense Exercise with the Republic of China. Finally, on 24 April 1978, Midway commenced Blue Sky which was a combined US/GRC air defense training exercise. Blue Sky actually was scheduled to be made up of 10 exercises and to be conducted over a five day period although air wing participation was only supposed to be on 24 and 25 April 1978. In reality, because of Typhoon Olive, only events on the 24th took place. Even so, the Commanding General of the Combat Air Command on Taiwan summarized the exercise by stating that the "latest Blue Sky was extremely productive and tested the full spectrum of island air defense."  During the exercise COMCARGRU SEVEN and Blue Sky hosted Rear Admiral J. B. Linder, USN, Commander U. S. Taiwan Defense Command and members of his staff as well as Admiral SOONG, Chang-Chin, Chief, General Staff, Ministry of National Defense; General WU, Yueh, Commander-In-Chief, Chinese Air Force; Vice Admiral LIU, Ho-Chien, Fleet Commander Chinese Navy; and various members of their staffs. These dignitaries observed Blue Sky aircraft flight operations, received command briefings, made tours of the ship, enjoyed lunch onboard, and observed Chinese Air Force bombing practice.

 

       After completion of Blue Sky, USS Midway (CV-41) continued south toward the Philippines, conducting a MINEX BRAVO at Binanga Bay on the 26th and participating in Exercise Newboy with the Air Force on 27 April 1978. At 1604 that afternoon Midway moored in Subic 'Bay for five days of sun and fun and for the unloading of mines and observers for the upcoming mine exercises.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) pulled in for a port of call at Subic Bay R.P., for Unkeep at 1604 the afternoon of 27 April 1978. Midway, operated with the 7th Fleet in the Northern Japan Op-area, Okinawa Op-area, Philippine Sea and South China Sea (11 to 27 April 1978), conducting ASWEX J2-78 with JMSDF from 17 to 20 April 1978, Exercise Blue Sky from 24 to 25 April 1978, with Commander, U. S. Taiwan Defense Command, RADM Linder and Chinese Flag Officers visiting Midway on 24 April 1978 and Exercise Newboy with USAF on 27 April 1978.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) made a port of call at Subic Bay R.P. from 27 April to 2 May 1978, commencing Upkeep on the 28th. Underway on 3 May 1978 at exactly 1059 leaving wives and sweethearts behind, Midway proceeded back to the op-area for an early afternoon fly-on and an evening of flight operations.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted MINEX-A in the Binanga Bay, R. P. on 6 May 1978.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Close Air Support Exercise (CASEX) and Familiarization Exercise (FAMEX) in the Okinawa Op-area from 10 to 11 May 1978.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) left the Subic op-area on the seventh and made the transit to the Okinawa op-area in time for MULTIPLEX 1-78 to begin on the 13 May 1978.

 

       MULTIPLEX 1-78 was a four day exercise designed to practice carrier task group operations in a multi-threat environment in the Okinawa Op-area from 13 to 15 May 1978. USS Midway (CV-41) participated in only the first three days in order to be able to stand down for the pending Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE). A Multiplex is based on a Blue versus Orange scenario. In this case, Blue forces consisted of Midway, USS Bainbridge (CGN-25); USS Paul F. Foster (DD-964), becoming the first SPRUANCE class destroyer to deploy to the Western Pacific in March 1978; USS Schofield (FFG-3); USS Hammann (DD-412); VQ-1; and VP-17. Orange forces were simulated by USS O'Callahan (FF-1051) (KASHIN), USS Kirk (FF-1087) (KANIN)', USS Passumpsic (AO-107) (KOTLIN), USNS Kilauea (T-AE-26) (KRESTA II) , VC-5 simulating SS-N-3/7 missiles, and two U. S. submarines simulating one FOXTROT SS/JULIETT SSG and one CHARLIE; SSGN. CTG 77.4 summarized MULTIPLEX 1-78 by stating that it “provided valuable training for TG 77.4 in anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, and anti-air warfare....was highly beneficial to all participants and contributed significantly to task group readiness."

 

       On 15 April 1978, while conducting a touch and go onboard USS Midway (CV-41), a Midway (VF-151) F-4J lost part of its main mount and was forced to make a wheels up landing at Misawa. There were no injuries and only minor damage to the aircraft.

 

       A Minex Alpha was conducted on 16 May 1978.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) commenced Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE) in the Okinawa Op-area on 17 May 1978.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) demonstrated her capability to function under adverse conditions which included prolonged flight hours, numerous drills, and intense overall operations in the Okinawa Op-area from 17 to 20 May 1978. The ship and air wing were being given an Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE), graded by a team of observers under the direction of Commander Carrier Group Seven. Areas evaluated included conventional warfare, defensive warfare, electronic warfare, communications procedures and the discipline and security of the ship. The combat readiness of USS Haruna (DDH-141) was described by the evaluator as "Satisfactory in all areas."  Specific departments were given specific recognition.

 

     Midway performance during this graded ORE counted as 15% of the overall grade for the Battle Efficiency "E" which Midway had the honor of winning in 1977. The ORE is the most important evolution during the entire competitive cycle. After nearly three full grueling weeks, USS Midway (CV-41) stood down for two days during a rapid transit to a much needed rest in Yokosuka” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

      “At 0902 on 23 May 1978, USS Midway (CV-41) moored at Berth 12 in Yokosuka, 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 arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Thomas Francis Brown III, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, on her 19th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Refresher Operations in the Misawa op-area, Operations in the Northern Japan Op-area, Okinawa Op-area, Philippine Sea, on her 22nd South China Sea. After four full days of hard work (three days underway in the Misawa op-area conducting Refresher Operations), Midway returned to the Yokosuka area for a four day ASWEX (J2-78) with the JMSDF. Phase I had been conducted in port Yokosuka (10-14 April (which would mean from 11 to 14 April Phase I of ASWEX (J2-78) was conducted in the absence of Midway from her home port), commencing Phase II of ASWEX J2-78 on 17 April 1978 with JMSDF underway off the east coast of Honshu Island (17 to 20 April 1978), Exercise Blue Sky (24 to 25 April 1978), with Commander, U. S. Taiwan Defense Command, RADM Linder and Chinese Flag Officers visiting Midway on 24 April 1978 and Exercise Newboy with USAF on 27 April 1978, followed by operations preceding a port of call at Subic Bay R.P. (28 April to 2 May 1978) in the South China Sea is a marginal sea that is part of the Pacific Ocean, encompassing an area from the Karimata and Malacca Straits to the Strait of Taiwan of around 3,500,000 square kilometres (1,400,000 sq mi), Philippine Sea, Okinawa Op-area and Northern Japan Op-area (3 to 22 May 1978), conducting MINEX-A in the Binanga Bay, R. P. on 6 May 1978, Close Air Support Exercise (CASEX) and Familiarization Exercise (FAMEX) in the Okinawa Op-area from 10 to 11 May 1978, MULTIPLEX 1-78 in the Okinawa Op-area from 13 to 15 May 1978 and Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE) in the Okinawa Op-area from 17 to 20 May 1978. After nearly three full grueling weeks, Midway stood down for two days during a rapid transit to a much needed rest in Yokosuka. Ports of call included Subic Bay R.P. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4J; VF-151, F-4J; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, 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; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 21st deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. Her 27th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. Her 37th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II (0859, 11 April to 23 May 1978)(Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 84A & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

11/04/78 to 23/05/78

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

22nd SCS

37th FWFD

11/04/78 to 23/05/78

 

 

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

01 JAN 78 ~ 30 JUN 79

 

same

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) 19th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Refresher Operations in the Misawa, Operations in the Northern Japan Op-area, Okinawa Op-area, Philippine Sea, on her 22nd South China Sea Summary (11 April to 23 May 1978) – Chapter LXV, Appendix I.

 

      “USS Midway (CV-41) commenced Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 23 May 1978. During the inport, the air wing conducted limited flight operations at Naval Air Facility Atsugi.

 

       While in port Yokosuka, Japan, USS Midway (CV-41), suffers a fire which originates in the exhaust ventilation system serving number 2 main engine room at 0936 on 31 May 1978, quickly spreads through the 3A boiler uptakes on the second deck, and terminated in the main uptake space. Material damage was estimated to exceed $120,000. The cause of the fire is later thought to be welding in a vent system containing a fine oil mist which ignited and spread, no injuries and retail sales exceeded one million dollars during the preceding four and one half months while inport Yokosuka, Japan.

 

As a result of prompt and effective action by the ship's fire fighters the fire was contained in the ventilation system. No major equipment/systems were destroyed and no personnel injuries resulted. The inport fire party, backed by Hull Technicians, contained the fire in the second deck area. Repair parties 1F and 1B contained the fire in the up­take area.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) inport period extended into early June and was high-lighted by numerous ship visits. The most unusual event was a high school graduation held onboard. On 2 June 1978 the Nile C. Kinnick High School, which is a Department of Defense sponsored school in Yokosuka, held its graduation in Hangar Bay One. Fifty-seven seniors received their diplomas.

 

       Eight representatives from Japanese NHK Foreign News Service (Tokyo) visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 6 June 1978 and Mr. Pillsbury, senior analyst of the Senate Budget Committee Task Force on Defense and International Affairs and 28 officials from Kana Prefecture visited on 7 June 1978 while inport Yokosuka, Japan. On the same day Capt Brown also entertained 28 officials from the Kanagawa Prefecture Foreign Affairs Department.

 

       On 9 June 1978 the first of three groups of midshipmen arrived for their cruise.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep from 23 May to 12 June 1978. The highlight of the period was the 12 June 1978 visit by the Under Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable R. J. Woolsey; and Assistant Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable G. A. Peapples; and a Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ms M. Wertheim while inport Yokosuka, Japan” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

19th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Refresher Operations in the Misawa, Operations in the Northern Japan Op-area, Okinawa Op-area, Philippine Sea, on her 22nd South China Sea Summary

(11 April to 23 May 1978).

CHAPTER LIV

Appendix I

 

 

      “USS Midway (CV-41) moored at Berth 12 in Yokosuka at 0902 on 23 May 1978, 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 arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Thomas Francis Brown III, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, on her 19th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Refresher Operations in the Misawa, Operations in the Northern Japan Op-area, Okinawa Op-area, Philippine Sea, on her 22nd South China Sea, conducting Phase I of ASWEX J2-78 with JMSDF in port Yokosuka (10-14 April) and Phase II of ASWEX J2-78 with JMSDF underway off the east coast of Honshu Island, Exercise Blue Sky, with Commander, U. S. Taiwan Defense Command, Exercise Newboy with USAF in the South China Sea, a marginal sea that is part of the Pacific Ocean, encompassing an area from the Karimata and Malacca Straits to the Strait of Taiwan of around 3,500,000 square kilometres (1,400,000 sq mi), Philippine Sea, Okinawa Op-area and Northern Japan Op-area, conducting MINEX-A in the Binanga Bay, R. P., Close Air Support Exercise (CASEX) and Familiarization Exercise (FAMEX) in the Okinawa Op-area, followed by Subic op-area operations and made the transit back to the Okinawa op-area in time for MULTIPLEX 1-78 and Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE) in the Okinawa Op-area. At 0859 on 11 April 1978, Captain Dorsey, XO, tossed the last mooring line connecting Midway to Berth 12 as Midway got underway and Commander Strole relieves Captain Dorsey as Midway’s Executive Officer on 10 April 1978. On 15 April 1978, while conducting a touch and go onboard Midway, a Midway (VF-151) F-4J lost part of its main mount and was forced to make a wheels up landing at Misawa. There were no injuries and only minor damage to the aircraft. After four full days of hard work conducting Phase I of ASWEX (J2-78) with the JMSDF in port Yokosuka (10-14 April (three days underway in the Misawa op-area conducting Refresher Operations), Midway returned to the Yokosuka area for a four day ASWEX (J2-78) with the JMSDF, commencing on 17 April 1978. Midway conducted Phase II of ASWEX J2-78 underway off the east coast of Honshu Island from 17 to 20 April 1978. OTC was RADM Y. Kohge, JMSDF, Commander, Escort Flotilla One (COMCORTFLOT ONE), embarked in USS Haruna (DDH-141). U. S. National OTC was RADM W. A. Gureck, USN, CTG 77.4, embarked in Midway. JMSDF units included DDH Haruna, DDH Hiel, Minegumo-class destroyer is a destroyer class of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, the successor of the Yamagumo class, DE Ayase, DE Teshio, AO Hamana, SS Michishio, SS Arashio, and P2J, PS-1 and HSS-2 aircraft. U. S. forces consisted of TG 77.4, Midway, USS Worden (CG-18), USS Kirk (FF-1087) and USS Francis Hammond (FF-1067) and USS Navasota (AO-106) with P-3 aircraft from TF 72. Excellent coordinated ASW operations were conducted with the Japanese in dual submarine prosecution in the ASW/ AAW threat environment). After four full days of hard work Midway returned to the Yokosuka area for a four day ASWEX (J2-78) with the JMSDF. In the vicinity of Okinawa on 22 April 1978 RADM Gureck hosted MGEN Schwenk, USMC, Commander Third Marine Amphibious Force as well as five other Marine Corps personnel. Commander, U. S. Taiwan Defense Command, RADM Linder and Chinese Flag Officers visit Midway on 24 April 1978. Following ASWEX J2-78, Midway transited to the South China Sea in preparation for the 24, 25 April 1978 Blue Sky Air Defense Exercise with the Republic of China. Finally, on 24 April 1978, Midway commenced Blue Sky which was a combined US/GRC air defense training exercise. Blue Sky actually was scheduled to be made up of 10 exercises and to be conducted over a five day period although air wing participation was only supposed to be on 24 and 25 April 1978. In reality, because of Typhoon Olive, only events on the 24th took place. Even so, the Commanding General of the Combat Air Command on Taiwan summarized the exercise by stating that the "latest Blue Sky was extremely productive and tested the full spectrum of island air defense."  During the exercise COMCARGRU SEVEN and Blue Sky hosted Rear Admiral J. B. Linder, USN, Commander U. S. Taiwan Defense Command and members of his staff as well as Admiral SOONG, Chang-Chin, Chief, General Staff, Ministry of National Defense; General WU, Yueh, Commander-In-Chief, Chinese Air Force; Vice Admiral LIU, Ho-Chien, Fleet Commander Chinese Navy; and various members of their staffs. These dignitaries observed Blue Sky aircraft flight operations, received command briefings, made tours of the ship, enjoyed lunch onboard, and observed Chinese Air Force bombing practice. After completion of Blue Sky, Midway continued south toward the Philippines, conducting a MINEX BRAVO at Binanga Bay on the 26th and participating in Exercise Newboy with the Air Force on 27 April 1978. At 1604 that afternoon Midway moored in Subic 'Bay for five days of sun and fun and for the unloading of mines and observers for the upcoming mine exercises. Midway pulled in for a port of call at Subic Bay R.P., for Unkeep at 1604 the afternoon of 27 April to 2 May 1978, commencing Unkeep on the 28th. Underway on 3 May 1978 at exactly 1059 leaving wives and sweethearts behind, Midway proceeded back to the op-area for an early afternoon fly-on and an evening of flight operations. Midway conducted MINEX-A in the Binanga Bay, R. P. on 6 May 1978 and Close Air Support Exercise (CASEX) and Familiarization Exercise (FAMEX) in the Okinawa Op-area from 10 to 11 May 1978. Midway left the Subic op-area on the seventh and made the transit to the Okinawa op-area in time for MULTIPLEX 1-78 to begin on the 13 May 1978. MULTIPLEX 1-78 was a four day exercise designed to practice carrier task group operations in a multi-threat environment in the Okinawa Op-area from 13 to 15 May 1978. USS Midway (CV-41) participated in only the first three days in order to be able to stand down for the pending ORE. A Multiplex is based on a Blue versus Orange scenario. In this case, Blue forces consisted of Midway, USS Bainbridge (CGN-25); USS Paul F. Foster (DD-964), becoming the first SPRUANCE class destroyer to deploy to the Western Pacific in March 1978; USS Schofield (FFG-3); USS Hammann (DD-412); VQ-1; and VP-17. Orange forces were simulated by USS O'Callahan (FF-1051) (KASHIN), USS Kirk (FF-1087) (KANIN)', USS Passumpsic (AO-107) (KOTLIN), USNS Kilauea (T-AE-26) (KRESTA II) , VC-5 simulating SS-N-3/7 missiles, and two U. S. submarines simulating one FOXTROT SS/JULIETT SSG and one CHARLIE; SSGN. CTG 77.4 summarized MULTIPLEX 1-78 by stating that it “provided valuable training for TG 77.4 in anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, and anti-air warfare....was highly beneficial to all participants and contributed significantly to task group readiness." A Minex Alpha was conducted on 16 May 1978. Midway demonstrated her capability to function under adverse conditions which included prolonged flight hours, numerous drills, and intense overall operations in the Okinawa Op-area from 17 to 20 May 1978. The ship and air wing were being given an ORE, graded by a team of observers under the direction of Commander Carrier Group Seven. Areas evaluated included conventional warfare, defensive warfare, electronic warfare, communications procedures and the discipline and security of the ship. The combat readiness of USS Haruna (DDH-141) was described by the evaluator as "Satisfactory in all areas."  Specific departments were given specific recognition. Midway performance during this graded ORE counted as 15% of the overall grade for the Battle Efficiency "E" which Midway had the honor of winning in 1977. The ORE is the most important evolution during the entire competitive cycle. After nearly three full grueling weeks, Midway stood down for two days during a rapid transit to a much needed rest in Yokosuka. Ports of call included: Subic Bay R.P. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4J; VF-151, F-4J; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, 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; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. USS Worden (CG-18) joined up with Midway as part of her task force. Her 21st deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. Her 27th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. Her 37th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II (0859 on 11 April to 23 May 1978)(Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 84A & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

11/04/78 to 23/05/78

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

22nd SCS

37th FWFD

11/04/78 to 23/05/78

 

 

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

01 JAN 78 ~ 30 JUN 79

 

same

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northern Japan Op-area, conducting BEAREX, WASEX with USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5), MISSILEX, and a Cope Cherry Exercise wherein Midway provided air services to the JASDF with JMSDF officers, its first completely automatic Mode I approach and ASWEX 5-78 in the Yokosuka Op-area. Midway departed in company with USS Worden (CG-18) and USS O'Callahan (FF-1051) (13 to 27 June 1978); conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep (28 June to 17 July 1978); U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northern Japan Op-area and East China Sea, conducting Carrier Qualifications for CVW-5, MINEX BRAVO and Mine Readiness Certification (MRCI) in the Chinhae Bay, Korea, CVW Flight and Air-Ground Weapons Training, Korea Op-area and Marine Carrier Qualification Training (18 July to 2 August 1978); conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (2 to 21 August 1978). (13 June to 21 August 1978)

CHAPTER LV

            

 

      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 assigned and CDR S. D. Langdon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) departed Yokosuka, Japan on 13 June 1978, 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, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northern Japan Op-area, conducting BEAREX, WASEX with USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5), MISSILEX, and a Cope Cherry Exercise wherein Midway provided air services to the JASDF with JMSDF officers, its first completely automatic Mode I approach and ASWEX 5-78 in the Yokosuka Op-area. Midway departed in company with USS Worden (CG-18) and USS O'Callahan (FF-1051). USS Schofield (FFG-3), and USS Passumpsic (AO-107) joined the task group later in the day for a full schedule of flight operations and inter-ship exercises. A group of four Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force and eleven Japanese Air Self Defense Force officers were hosted onboard Midway by COMCARGRU SEVEN, RADM Gureck. The group received a command presentation and tour by Midway’s executive officer, CDR Strole, before proceeding to the Flag and Navigational Bridges from which they observed flight oper­ations(Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

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

(13 to 27 June 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 Op-area Yokosuka Op-area

CVW-5

NF

13 Jun 1978

27 Jun 1978

Training

15-days

Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northern Japan Op-area, conducting BEAREX, WASEX with USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5), MISSILEX, and a Cope Cherry Exercise wherein Midway provided air services to the JASDF with JMSDF officers, its first completely automatic Mode I approach and ASWEX 5-78 in the Yokosuka Op-area. Midway departed in company with USS Worden (CG-18) and USS O'Callahan (FF-1051).

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

Vough - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7E

VA-115

Eagles - 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) conducted BEAREX on 15 June 1978. The heavy exercise schedule lasted through the 15th. On Friday the 16th the task group began a transit to the Okinawa operational area.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted WASEX with USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5) in the Okinawa operational area on 17 June 1978.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Exercise Cope Cherry with JASDF in the Okinawa operational area on 20 June 1978.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) task group remained in the Okinawa operational area from the 17th through the 22 June 1978. During this time there was a heavy training schedule which included a War-at-Sea exercise against USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5), a MISSILEX, and a Cope Cherry Exercise on 20 June 1978, wherein Midway provided air services to the JASDF.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted its first completely automatic Mode I approach on 23 June 1978.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) commenced ASWEX 5-78 in the Yokosuka Op-area on 24 June 1978.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) participated in the eight-phased ASWEX 5-78 in the Yokosuka Op-area on from 24 to 27 June 1978, whose objectives were:  improved ASW readiness of all TG 77.4 ships, shallow water ASW, co­ordinated CVTG defense, air and surface coordinated operations, and defense against missile firing submarines. The ASWEX ended on the 27th in an operational area near Yokosuka. All exercise objectives were met.

 

      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) group returned to Yokosuka, Japan on 27 June 1978, 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 The air wing flew off that afternoon and Midway returned to homeport early the following morningMidway conducted Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northern Japan Op-area, conducting BEAREX, WASEX with USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5), MISSILEX, and a Cope Cherry Exercise wherein Midway provided air services to the JASDF with JMSDF officers, its first completely automatic Mode I approach and ASWEX 5-78 in the Yokosuka Op-area. Midway departed in company with USS Worden (CG-18) and USS O'Callahan (FF-1051). USS Schofield (FFG-3), and USS Passumpsic (AO-107) joined the task group later in the day for a full schedule of flight operations and inter-ship exercises. A group of four Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force and eleven Japanese Air Self Defense Force officers were hosted onboard Midway by COMCARGRU SEVEN, RADM Gureck. The group received a command presentation and tour by Midway’s executive officer, CDR Strole, before proceeding to the Flag and Navigational Bridges from which they observed flight oper­ations. Midway conducted BEAREX on 15 June 1978. The heavy exercise schedule lasted through the 15th. On Friday the 16th the task group began a transit to the Okinawa operational area. Midway conducted WASEX with USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5) on 17 June 1978. Midway the task group remained in the Okinawa operational area from the 17th through the 22nd. During this time there was a heavy training schedule also included a MISSILEX, and a Cope Cherry Exercise on 20 June 1978 wherein Midway provided air services to the JASDF. Midway conducted its first completely automatic Mode I approach on 23 June 1978. Midway participated in the eight-phased ASWEX 5-78 in the Yokosuka Op-area from 24 to 27 June 1978, whose objectives were:  improved ASW readiness of all TG 77.4 ships, shallow water ASW, co­ordinated CVTG defense, air and surface coordinated operations, and defense against missile firing submarines. The ASWEX ended on the 27th in an operational area near Yokosuka. All exercise objectives were met. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4J; VF-151, F-4J; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, 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 (13 to 27 June 1978)(Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

13/06/78 to 27/06/78

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

13/06/78 to 27/06/778

 

 

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

      “On 17 July 1978 USS Midway (CV-41) conducted a fast cruise in preparation for getting underway on the 18th. During the fast cruise, Vice Admiral S. R. Foley Jr., USN, the Commander, United States Seventh Fleet made a short visit. VADM Foley is a former Commanding Officer of USS Midway, having served in that capacity from 31 July 1972 to 7 September 1973. Midway conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep from 28 June 1978 to 17 July 1978” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 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) departed Yokosuka, Japan on 18 July 1978, 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, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northern Japan Op-area and East China Sea, conducting Carrier Qualifications for CVW-5, MINEX BRAVO and Mine Readiness Certification (MRCI) in the Chinhae Bay, Korea, CVW Flight and Air-Ground Weapons Training, Korea Op-area and Marine Carrier Qualification Training. Midway task group included USS Worden (CG-18), USS Lockwood (FF-1064), and USS Kirk (FF-1087)(Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

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

(18 July to 2 August 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 Op-area

ECS

Cheju Do

Korea Op-area

CVW-5

NF

18 Jul 1978

2 Aug 1978

Training

16-days

Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northern Japan Op-area and East China Sea, conducting Carrier Qualifications for CVW-5, MINEX BRAVO and Mine Readiness Certification (MRCI) in the Chinhae Bay, Korea, CVW Flight and Air-Ground Weapons Training, Korea Op-area and Marine Carrier Qualification Training.

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

Vough - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7E

VA-115

Eagles - 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) spent the 18th and 19 July 1978 in the local op-area for air wing fly on and Carrier Qualifications.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) task group, consisting of Midway, USS Worden (CG-18), USS Lockwood (FF-1064), and USS Kirk (FF-1087), transited to the Cheju Do, Korea op-area on 20 July1978 for mining operations. A MINEX BRAVO was scheduled for the following day but it had to be aborted because of weather.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) task group, consisting of Midway, USS Worden (CG-18), USS Lockwood (FF-1064), and USS Kirk (FF-1087), conducted MINEX BRAVO successfully the morning of 22 July 1978 at Chinhae Bay and received visits by two groups of ROK senior military officials from 21 to 22 July 1978. That afternoon twelve Midway attack aircraft conducted a graded MINEX ALPHA which constituted the major evolution of Midway/CVW-5's highly successful Mine Readiness Certification Inspection (MRCI) in the Chinhae Bay, Korea. Commander Mine Warfare Command considered this "the best singular showing of any CV/CVW to date." The COMINEWARINSGRU Charleston, S.C. sent Midway/CVW5 a "Well done."

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted CVW Flight operations and Air-Ground Weapons Training, Korea Op-area from 23 to 27 July 1978, followed by Typhoon Wendy Evasion-Transit into Sea of Japan on 28 July 1978. On 28 July 1978 Midway was to provide all day Marine Carrier Qualification Training but do to Typhoon Wendy Evasion-Transit into Sea of Japan, Marine CQ’s Training services commenced on 29 July 1978, before departing the area to begin transit back to homeport for the long scheduled and extensively planned 1 August 1978 Dependents Day Cruise, but Typhoon Virginia caused the indefinite postponement of the cruise and delayed Midway’s return to Yokosuka until the morning of 2 August 1978” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

      “The morning of 2 August 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) returned to Yokosuka, Japan, postponement of the cruise delayed by Typhoon Virginia, 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, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northern Japan Op-area and East China Sea, conducting Carrier Qualifications for CVW-5, MINEX BRAVO and Mine Readiness Certification (MRCI) in the Chinhae Bay, Korea, CVW Flight and Air-Ground Weapons Training, Korea Op-area and Marine Carrier Qualification Training. Midway task group included USS Worden (CG-18), USS Lockwood (FF-1064), and USS Kirk (FF-1087). Midway spent the 18th and 19 July 1978 in the local op-area for air wing fly on and Carrier Qualifications. Midway task group transited to the Cheju Do, Korea op-area on 20 July1978 for mining operations. A MINEX BRAVO was scheduled for the following day but it had to be aborted because of weather, but was successfully conducted the morning of 22 July 1978 at Chinhae Bay, Korea, receiving visits by two groups of ROK senior military officials from 21 to 22 July 1978. That afternoon twelve Midway attack aircraft conducted a graded MINEX ALPHA which constituted the major evolution of Midway/CVW-5's highly successful Mine Readiness Certification Inspection (MRCI) in the Chinhae Bay, Korea. Commander Mine Warfare Command considered this "the best singular showing of any CV/CVW to date." The COMINEWARINSGRU Charleston, S.C. sent Midway/CVW-5 a "Well done." Midway conducted CVW Flight operations and Air-Ground Weapons Training, Korea Op-area from 23 to 27 July 1978, followed by Typhoon Wendy Evasion-Transit into Sea of Japan on 28 July 1978, postponing all day Marine Carrier Qualification Training services until 29 July 1978, before departing the area to begin transit back to homeport for the long scheduled and extensively planned 1 August 1978 Dependents Day Cruise, but Typhoon Virginia caused the indefinite postponement of the cruise and delayed Midway’s return to Yokosuka until the morning of 2 August 1978. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4J; VF-151, F-4J; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, 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 (18 July to 2 August 1978)(Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

18/07/78 to 02/08/78

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

 

      “RADM S. J. Anderson, Inspector General of the Navy (12 August 1978) and Inspector General of the Marine Corps (13 August 1978) visited USS Midway (CV-41).

 

       COMNAVAIRPAC, VADM Coogan visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 19 August 1978” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

      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.

 

      “RADM M. S. Holcomb, COMCARGRU ONE assumed duties as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region on 21 August 1978 from RADM W. A. Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN (19 February to 21 August 1978) (19 February 1977 as reported in the 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command, but in the RADM William A. Gureck, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.) pdf of Duty Assignment Chronology, in states February 1978 (2/78-5/80 - Commander Carrier Group SEVEN)” (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 

 

      “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 2 to 21 August 1978. Intensive training was accomplished as the fighter squadrons went to Kadena, the A-7's worked out of Naval Air Facility Misawa, and the A-6's conducted training in Kwangju, South Korea. In Yokosuka there was a steady procession of important visitors. The two most interesting visits uring this period were those of the United States Navy Inspector General, Rear Admiral S. J. Anderson, USN, on the twelfth and of Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific Fleet, Vice Admiral Coogan and his staff on the nineteenth. The staff of Carrier Group ONE began arriving Midway on 21 August 1978, during which time RADM Holcomb, COMCARGRU ONE relieved RADM Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN aboard. The Fast Cruise on 21 August 1978 signaled another underway period that would began the following morning when Midway proceeded to the op-area outside Tokyo Bay” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

20th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northern Japan Op-area and East China Sea/Transit to Pusan, WASEX with USS Worden (CG-18), formerly DLG-18 WASEX with USS Harold E. Holt (FF-1074) and Operational Propulsion Plan Examination (OPPE) by the Pacific Fleet Propulsion Evaluation Examination Board from San Diego, BEARER SNARE ASW reporting exercise was held and Transit to Yokosuka (22 August to 7 September 1978) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep (8 to 18 September 1978). (22 August to 18 September 1978)

CHAPTER LVI

 

 

USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM M. S. Holcomb, COMCARGRU ONE, serving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 since 21 August 1978 and CDR S. D. Langdon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 22 August 1978, with Captain Thomas Francis Brown III, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, on her 20th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northern Japan Op-area and East China Sea/Transit to Pusan, WASEX with USS Worden (CG-18), formerly DLG-18 WASEX with USS Harold E. Holt (FF-1074) and Operational Propulsion Plan Examination (OPPE) by the Pacific Fleet Propulsion Evaluation Examination Board from San Diego, BEARER SNARE ASW reporting exercise was held and Transit to Yokosuka; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 22nd deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. She will under go her 28th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. She will under go her 38th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II(Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

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

(22 August to 7 September 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 (20th Forward Deployed)

Western

Pacific

Region

Pacific Ocean

Northern Japan Op-area

ECS

CVW-5

NF

22 Aug 1978

7 Sep 1978

38th FWFD

17-days

Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northern Japan Op-area and East China Sea/Transit to Pusan, WASEX with USS Worden (CG-18), formerly DLG-18 WASEX with USS Harold E. Holt (FF-1074) and Operational Propulsion Plan Examination (OPPE) by the Pacific Fleet Propulsion Evaluation Examination Board from San Diego, BEARER SNARE ASW reporting exercise was held and Transit to Yokosuka.

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

Vough - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7E

VA-115

Eagles - 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) conducted WASEX with USS Worden (CG-18), formerly DLG-18 on 26 August 1978 and conducted WASEX with USS Harold E. Holt (FF-1074) on 27 August 1978.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) commenced Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) on 27 August 1978” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

      From the 27th through the 30 August 1978 while en route a port visit in Pusan, Korea, USS Midway (CV-41) underwent an Operational Propulsion Plan Examination (OPPE) by the Pacific Fleet Propulsion Evaluation Examination Board from San Diego. A finding of "satisfactory" was adjudged and the OPPE was termed the best in NAVAIRPAC since the program's inception. In addition to the OPPE related daily events, Midway and the task group maintained a full daily calendar of exercises.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) anchored in the outer harbor of Pusan, Korea at 0757 for a port of call on 1 September 1978. Pusan was a welcome, if unfamiliar. Boat service carried the crew ashore where a Special Services' hamburger and hot dog tent was soon in full operation at the fleet landing.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) anchored in the outer harbor of Pusan, Korea at 0757 for a port of call from 1 to 4 September 1978. Low prices in Korea were a pleasant surprise for most crew members who were used to the high costs of liberty in Japan. Among the visitors who came aboard in Pusan was the mayor who had lunch on board on 4 September 1978. Midway got underway again at 1006 on the morning of 5 September and headed for Japan with USS Worden (CG-18).

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted a BEARER SNARE ASW reporting exercise was held on 6 September 1978, conducting Transit to Yokosuka from 5 to 7 September 1978. In addition to daily flight operations during transit, emphasis was placed on READEX familiarization since this exercise would take place during the next at-sea period” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

       “On 7 September 1978, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM M. S. Holcomb, COMCARGRU ONE, serving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 since 21 August 1978 and CDR S. D. Langdon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Thomas Francis Brown III, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, ending her 20th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northern Japan Op-area and East China Sea/Transit to Pusan. Colors were shifted as mooring was completed at Yokosuka's Piedmont Pier at 0921. Midway conducted WASEX with USS Worden (CG-18), formerly DLG-18 on 26 August 1978 and conducted WASEX with USS Harold E. Holt (FF-1074) on 27 August 1978. From the 27th through the 30 August 1978 while en route a port visit in Pusan, Korea, Midway underwent an Operational Propulsion Plan Examination (OPPE) by the Pacific Fleet Propulsion Evaluation Examination Board from San Diego. A finding of "satisfactory" was adjudged and the OPPE was termed the best in NAVAIRPAC since the program's inception. In addition to the OPPE related daily events, Midway and the task group maintained a full daily calendar of exercises. Midway anchored in the outer harbor of Pusan, Korea at 0757 for a port of call from 1 to 4 September 1978. Low prices in Korea were a pleasant surprise for most crew members who were used to the high costs of liberty in Japan. Among the visitors who came aboard in Pusan was the mayor who had lunch on board on 4 September 1978. Midway got underway again at 1006 on the morning of 5 September and headed for Japan with USS Worden (CG-18). Midway conducted a BEARER SNARE ASW reporting exercise was held on 6 September 1978, conducting Transit to Yokosuka from 5 to 7 September 1978. In addition to daily flight operations during transit, emphasis was placed on READEX familiarization since this exercise would take place during the next at-sea period. Ports of call included: of Pusan, Korea. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4J; VF-151, F-4J; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, 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; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 22nd deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Station” in the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. Her 28th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. Her 38th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II (22 August to 7 September 1978)(Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

22/08/78 to 07/09/78

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

38th FWFD

 

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

01 JAN 78 ~ 30 JUN 79

 

same

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), Upkeep from 8 to 18 September 1978. The inport period lasted through the eighteenth and was blissfully quiet with only one noteworthy ship visit. On the fifteenth a group of fifteen JASDF Air Wing ONE Officers (5 instructors and 10 students -- 3 0-5's, 4 0-4's, and 8 0-3's) came aboard for a carrier orientation briefing and tour. The air wing spent the inport period conducting flight operations at NAF Atsugi and field carrier landing practice periods at NAF Misawa” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

21st deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Refresher Operations in the Pacific Ocean, for CVW-5, WASEX with USS Worden (CG-18), formerly DLG-18, READEX 1-79, improving type training readiness (Synopsis of the Phase I exercises includes Surface-to-Air Gunnery, Submarine CAST, OTH/EW, EMCON Replenishments, SAMEX, BUZZARDEX, SINKEX, CASEX/FAMEX and Air-to-Air MISSILEX), Transit to Yokosuka and WASEX with USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5) (19 September to 12 October 1978) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep (12 October to 8 November 1978).

(19 September to 8 November 1978)

CHAPTER LVII

 

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM M. S. Holcomb, COMCARGRU ONE, serving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 since 21 August 1978 assigned and CDR S. D. Langdon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on the morning of 19 September 1978, with Captain Thomas Francis Brown III, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, on her 21st deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Refresher Operations in the Pacific Ocean, for CVW-5, WASEX with USS Worden (CG-18), formerly DLG-18, READEX 1-79, improving type training readiness (Synopsis of the Phase I exercises includes Surface-to-Air Gunnery, Submarine CAST, OTH/EW, EMCON Replenishments, SAMEX, BUZZARDEX, SINKEX, CASEX/FAMEX and Air-to-Air MISSILEX), Transit to Yokosuka and WASEX with USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5); redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 23rd deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. She will under go her 29th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. She will under go her 39th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II(Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

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

(19 September to 12 October 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 (21st   Forward Deployed)

Western

Pacific

Region

Pacific Ocean

Philippine Sea

ECS

Sea of Japan

Okinawa &

Korea

Op-areas

CVW-5

NF

19 Sep 1978

12 Oct  1978

Western Pacific

39th FWFD

34-days

Refresher Operations in the Pacific Ocean, for CVW-5, WASEX with USS Worden (CG-18), formerly DLG-18, READEX 1-79, improving type training readiness (Synopsis of the Phase I exercises includes Surface-to-Air Gunnery, Submarine CAST, OTH/EW, EMCON Replenishments, SAMEX, BUZZARDEX, SINKEX, CASEX/FAMEX and Air-to-Air MISSILEX), Transit to Yokosuka and WASEX with USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5).

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

Vough - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7E

VA-115

Eagles - 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) immediately began Refresher Operations for CVW-5. These operations continued through the transit to the Okinawa op-area. On 20 September 1978, a group of sixteen Japanese Defense Agency Press Club members were flown aboard via C-2 for a carrier orientation briefing and tour.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) and USS Worden (CG-18), formerly DLG-18 conducted an en route War-at-Sea exercise (WASEX) on 21 September 1978. In addition, Midway provided aircraft on 22 September 1978 for a JMSDF AAW training exercise between Worden and JDS TACHIKAZE.

 

      Between 20 and 24 September 1978 COMDESRON TWENTY-THREE, Capt Landersman was embarked for READEX 1-79 preparations. READEX 1-79 Phase I (structured exercises for ships and aircraft) commenced in the Okinawa and Korea Op-areas as scheduled on 24 September 1978. COMSEVENTHFLT, VADM Foley, attended a 25 September READEX meeting on board. This phase of the exercise, for Midway, consisted primarily of dual CV operations with USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and CVW-14. Emphasis was on improving type training readiness. Synopsis of the Phase I exercises includes Surface-to-Air Gunnery, Submarine CAST, OTH/EW, EMCON Replenishments, SAMEX, BUZZARDEX, SINKEX, CASEX/FAMEX and Air-to-Air MISSILEX. Forces also included USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5), USS Worden (CG-18), USS Long Beach (CGN-9), and USS Truxtun (CGN-35).

 

      COMDESRON 15 embark USS Midway (CV-41) again for READEX 1-79 on 26 September 1978.

 

      COMDESRON 15 embark USS Midway (CV-41) a second time for READEX 1-79 from 26 to 30 September 1978. COMDESRON 15 was embarked in Midway from 26 September through 1 October 1978 for READEX 1-79. The long and large exercise was a resounding success with many practical lessons learned and much valuable training accomplished. Phase II (opposed sortie of amphibious ready group from Buckner Bay), which did not directly affect Midway, began late on the 27th and lasted until the 28th. Phase III (opposed TF transit of Korea Strait) began on time on the 28th. Midway spent two additional days at-sea for air wing training in the vicinity of Cheju Do off the southern coast of Korea. On 1 October 1978, in response to Soviet Bear reconnais­sance flights, Midway launched E-2 and alert CAP aircraft which made the first intercept and escorted the Soviet aircraft outbound in company with USS Enterprise (CVN-65) CVW-14 aircraft. Midway aircraft passed control of escort duty to Enterprise aircraft and returned to base. Midway conducted READEX 1-79 in the Okinawa and Korea Op-areas. Forces included USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5), USS Worden (CG-18), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), USS Long Beach (CGN-9), and USS Truxtun (CGN-35) from 24 September to 1 October 1978. On 2 October 1978 Midway embarked eight senior Korean officers and eleven VIP representatives. They received command presentations and observed flight operations.

 

      On the morning of 4 October 1978 USS Midway (CV-41) anchored again in the outer harbor at Pusan, Korea. The familiar Special Services burger tent was set up again and tours were originated for local sights and attractions.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) anchored for a port of call at Pusan, Korea from 4 to 8 October 1978. The familiar Special Services burger tent was set up again and tours were originated for local sights and attractions. A special working party was set up to provide assistance to a local orphanage; Midway sailors had sponsored a telethon prior to entering port and had raised a substantial fund to donate to this orphanage. The weather in the outer harbor was rougher than had been anticipated and boating had to be suspended for two days of the inport period. As a result there was great difficulty getting to and from the ship. The embarked helo detachment performed admirably; but even so, some people were forced to spend more time on board than they desired and others spent more time and money on the beach than they had planned. Midway got underway again for Yokosuka early on 9 October 1978. The first day of transit was a no-fly day but the 10th was fully scheduled, including a War-at-Sea exercise with USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5).

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Transit to Yokosuka from 9 to 11 October 1978. On the 11th the air wing flew off as Midway neared Yokosuka.

 

      On the morning of 12 October 1978, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM M. S. Holcomb, COMCARGRU ONE, serving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 since 21 August 1978 assigned and CDR S. D. Langdon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Thomas Francis Brown III, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, ending her 21st deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Refresher Operations in the Pacific Ocean, for CVW-5, WASEX with USS Worden (CG-18), formerly DLG-18, READEX 1-79, improving type training readiness (Synopsis of the Phase I exercises includes Surface-to-Air Gunnery, Submarine CAST, OTH/EW, EMCON Replenishments, SAMEX, BUZZARDEX, SINKEX, CASEX/FAMEX and Air-to-Air MISSILEX), Transit to Yokosuka and WASEX with USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5). Ports of call included: Pusan, Korea. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4J; VF-151, F-4J; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, 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; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 23rd deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. Her 29th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. Her 39th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II (19 September to 12 October 1978)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

19/09/78 to 12/10/78

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

39th FWFD

 

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

01 JAN 78 ~ 30 JUN 79

 

same

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) 21st deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Refresher Operations in the Pacific Ocean, for CVW-5 Summary (19 September to 12 October 1978) –  Chapter 57, Appendix I.

 

      “USS Midway (CV-41) tied up at Piedmont Pier long enough to take on an estimated 3,000 guests for the long awaited Family Day Cruise. These fortunate guests spent the entire day touring the ship, sampling its food, and observing flight operations, an outstanding aerial demonstration, underway replenishment and various other at-sea evolutions. Eight members of the Yokosuka Press Club were embarked. The ship returned to the pier in late after noon with a very tired but very happy "crew." Everyone considered the day to be a resounding success.

 

      Navy Friendship Day, Open House onboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 15 October 1978.

 

      Not to rest yet, USS Midway (CV-41) introduced another large group to her MAGIC on 15 October 1978, Japanese/American Friendship Day, when an estimated 10,000 visitors stood in 1ong lines, in steady rain, for hours, to have the opportunity to board Midway and see her flight deck, her hangar bay, and her static displays.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) flight deck was the scene of the VF 151 change of command ceremony at 1300 hours on 18 October 1978. Commander Hugh D. Wisely, USN, relieved Commander Jay T. Hall, USN, as commanding officer. Captain Brown was the guest speaker. On the 19th, the honorable Mr. Hidalgo, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and his party arrived onboard and were greeted and entertained by RADM Holcomb and Capt Brown. The remaining portion of October was spent quietly in Yokosuka with a steady flow of visitors as well as regular work days filled with routine maintenance.

 

      VF-151 Change of Command was conduced on board USS Midway (CV-41) on 18 October 1978.

 

      Asst SECNAV, Mr. Hidalgo visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 19 October 1978.

 

      The remaining portion of October USS Midway (CV-41) spent quietly in Yokosuka with a steady flow of visitors as well as regular work days filled with routine maintenance.

 

      VAW-115 Change of Command was conducted on board USS Midway (CV-41) on 2 November 1978.

 

      The highlight of the first week in November 1978 was the change of command ceremony for Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Hundred Fifteen. At 1000 hours on 2 November 1978, Commander G. Arthur Harrison, USN, relieved Commander Roy C. Fredericks, USN, as commanding officer of the Liberty Bells. Captain Brown was the guest speaker. Other guests included the commanding officers of USS Francis Hammond (FF-1067), USS Worden (CG-18), and USS Parsons (DD-949), as well as the Commander of Fleet Activities, Yokosuka. The final ship's visit before Midway got underway was the 6 November 1978 tour by seventy six members of the Japanese and American Women's Club. Commander Strole, the Executive Officer, welcomed the ladies aboard and directed their tour of the ship.

 

      Seventy Six Japanese and American Women’s' Club Members visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 6 November 1978.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep from 12 October to 8 November 1978” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).