1982 VISITS AND CEREMONIES ABOARD USS MIDWAY (CV-41)
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1982 VISITS AND CEREMONIES ABOARD USS MIDWAY (CV-41)
8 JAN 1982 - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Executive Panel (sub-panel for strategy).
On 6 January 1982, the Executive Officer of USS Midway (CV-41) Marine Detachment departed for Subic Bay as the advance party to prepare for the arrival of the first squad with twenty-four Marines and one corpsman on 10 January 1982.
Commander Air Wing FIVE embarked: Captain R. P. Flower; 1 January 1982 – 20 January 1982; Commander L. J. Vernon; 20 January 1982 – 31 December 1982.
Mr. William H. Taft IV, Department of Defense Legal Counsel visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 20 February 1982.
Mr. John S. Harrington, Under Secretary of the Navy visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 25 January 1982.
USS Midway (CV-41) Marine Detachment’s first squad returned to Yokosuka on 31 January 1982.
Visitors to USS Midway (CV-41) during TEAM SPIRIT included members of the U.S. (NBC) and Korean press on 23 March 1982.
Commander Carrier Group Five, Commander Task Force 70, CCG-5, COMCARGRUFIVE, CTF-70, Commander Strike Force Seventh Fleet included Rear Admiral T. F. BROWN, RADM Kirksey and RADM Hardisty.
Marines provided an honor guard for South Korea's President Chun Doo Hwan, Ambassador Richard L. Walker, and various Korean military dignitaries were received aboard USS Midway (CV-41) by Commander Seventh Fleet, Vice Admiral Staser Holocomb on 28 March 1982. Other guests visiting at that time included Admiral R. L. Long, Commander-in-Chief Pacific (CINCPAC), and Major General Olmstead, Commander III Marine Amphibious Force. The General toured the Detachment berthing area and spoke to the Marines at an awards ceremony where he presented the Navy Achievement Medal to Corporal Jeffrey A. Hauth. Major General R. E. Messerli, USAF, CINCPAC Deputy Chief of Staff and Inspector General was the guest of Rear Admiral Hardisty, Commander Task Force Seventy/Seventy-Seven (CTF 70/77) on 29 March 1982.
A crewmember, AN Arturo G. Bernal was blown overboard USS Midway (CV-41) by jet exhaust. Airman Bernal was rescued by an embarked HC-1 helicopter with no serious injuries on 2 April 1982.
Vice Admiral Robert F. Shoultz, Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific (COMNAVAIRPAC) came aboard USS Midway (CV-41) to present the COMNAVAIRPAC Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") award to USS Midway; the COMNAVAIRPAC Engineering Officer of the Watch Award to LT John BELL; and the COMNAVAIRPAC Food Service Excellence Award to Supply Division Five (S-5) on 20 April 1982. He also congratulated the COMNAVAIRPAC Sailor of the Year (Afloat) AC1 Loren Stauffer.
Rear Admiral Koga of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) visited Midway on 27 April 1982.
Midway (CV-41) conducted operations in the South China Sea from 14 to 20 May 1982. Also on 20 May, CV-41 received the following guests: Mr. Richard Williams, Deputy Consul General, U.S. Consulate, Hong Kong; Mr. John Thorpe, Deputy Director, Hong Kong Police Special Branch; Mr. Richard Hutchings, Senior Hong Kong Government Official; Capt Shane Miao, Republic of China Navy (retired), Vice President, American International Group; Mr. Ron McAulay, Director Kadoorie-McAulay Ltd; Mr. R.J.F. Brothers, Director Wheelock-Marden Co.; Mr. Wilfred Chan, Vice President Esso (HK); Mr. Horace Crary, Vice President Morgan Trust, and others.
On 24 June 1982, Members of The Society of Executives of Defense Oriented Business toured USS Midway (CV-41). Visitors included Yukio Hasegawa, Manager Advanced Development Department Telecommunications Division, Hitachi Ltd.; Kiyoshi Hosaka, Vice President and Hidehiko Nishimur, General Manager, Ship's Business Department, both of Hakodate Dock Co.; Nakahara Yutaka, Director, Japan Defense Society; Arata Haruo, Vice Director, Japan Defense Society, and others.
During the first two weeks of June 1982, USS Midway (CV-41) Marine Detachment underwent some excellent training, including land navigation and JEST school, while enjoying the visit to the Philippines. On 16 July 1982, the Detachment provided a Color Guard for the VA-15 Change of Command Ceremony. That night, many of the Midway Marines attended the Change of Command/Retirement Ceremony for Colonel A. J. Doublet, Commanding Officer, Marine Barracks, Japan.
USS Midway (CV-41) prospective Commanding Officer, Captain C. R. McGrail, toured the MARDET spaces on 8 August. He also observed the Detachment Drill Team and Honor Guard.
The Honorable John F. Lehman Jr., Secretary of the Navy, visited USS Midway (CV-41) during operations in the Sea of Japan and Rear Admiral Tsutoma Yoshioka of the JMSDF visited as the guest of Rear Admiral Brown on 11 August 1982.
Commander Task Force 70, Rear Admiral Brown, was briefed by Captain Broeckert and toured USS Midway (CV-41) Marine Detachment spaces on 17 August 1982.
The Marine Detachment provided a Color Guard for USS Midway (CV-41) Change of Command on 21 August 1982. Captain Charles R. McGrail, U.S. Navy, relieved Captain Robert S. OWENS, U.S. Navy, as Commanding Officer from 1 January 1982 to 21 August 1982.
Lieutenant General Joseph T. Palastra, USA, Deputy Chief of Staff, CINCPAC visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 24 August 1982.
USS Midway (CV-41) Motor Whaleboat Team were the victors in the Ninth Annual George Purdy Motor Whaleboat Race held in Yokosuka on 27 August 1982. It was a first win for MIDWAY on 27 August 1982.
Minakichi KOSANO, President of the Yokosuka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, along with 24 others, visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 3 September 1982.
The author of "MIDWAY" and "ZERO", Lieutenant General Masatake Okumiya, JASDF (retired) visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 7 September 1982. General Okumity is a former Imperial Navy Aviator and JASDF Staff and School Commandant. He is now a director of the Japan Defense Society (JDS). He was accompanied by Mr. Akira Hirada, Vice President of Matsushita Electric Co. Ltd., and a 3DS Member.
USS Midway (CV-41) Marine Detachment hosted the Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC) Liaison Officer for COMNAVAIRPAC, Colonel M. J. Needham on 17 September 1982. He toured the Detachment spaces, observed the drill team, and briefed the Marines in the aft classroom.
While conducting refresher operations off the East Coast of Honshu on 17 September 1982, Admiral Sylvester R. Foley Jr., Commander-in-Chief U.S. Pacific Fleet visited USS Midway (CV-41). He departed CV-41 on the 18th.
CINCPACFLT, Admiral S. R. Foley, spoke to USS Midway (CV-41) Marines in their berthing area on 18 September 1982.
Mr. Ichiro Masuoka, Secretary of the Japanese House of Representatives visited USS Midway (CV-41) while the aircraft carrier conducted operations in the Sea of Japan on 5 October 1982.
The Secretary of the Japanese House of Representatives; Mr. Ichiro Masuoka visited the MIDWAY on 6 October 1982 A major portion of his tour was with the Marine Detachment. He observed a Detachment ceremonial drill team practice in the hangar bay.
On 10 October 1982, as CV-41 passed Okinawa, USS Midway (CV-41) received six visitors from the Japanese Government on Okinawa. They were: Mr. Lawrence Enomoto, Deputy Consul General of the American Consulate, Naha, Okinawa; Mr. Kosho Kokuba and Mr. Saburo Odo, members of the House of Representatives; Mr. Mikio Higa, Vice Governor; Mr. Kazuo Taira, Vice Speaker of Okinawa Prefectural Assembly; Mayor Noboru Higa of Urasoe City; and, Mr. Kotaro Kokuba, President of Okinawa Prefectural Defense Cooperation Association. One of the highlights of their tour was a visit to the Marine Detachment berthing area.
USS Midway (CV-41) moored at Subic Bay, Philippines to take on stores on 13 October 1982. The Detachment provided an honor guard for Rear Admiral C. A. Eeasterling, Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific.
USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Operations in Philippine Sea, Northern Pacific, Sea of Japan and South China Sea from 14 September to 15 October 1982, embarking Vietnamese refugees on 15 October 1982. At approximately 280 NM Northeast of Singapore (04 deg. 51 min. North/106 deg. 42 min. East), Midway, assisted by USS Towers (DDG-9), rescued 65 Vietnamese refugees on 15 October 1982. The refugee boat was taking on water and its motor was inoperative.
USS Midway (CV-41) disembarked Vietnamese refugees in Singapore on 16 October 1982. On 15 and 16 October 1982, Midway Marines provided security for sixty-five Vietnamese refugees who had been rescued from a sinking boat off the Vietnam Coast from 15 to 16 October 1982.
USS Midway (CV-41) participated in Merlion 83-1 on 25 October 1982, a Singapore-US exercise designed to train the Singapore Navy and Air Force in anti-ship warfare. The Singapore minister of defense, Mr. (GOH) Chok Tong, and the American Ambassador to Singapore the Honorable Harry E. T. Thayer visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 26 October Other guests included Mr. (LIM) Siong Guan, Secretary to the Minister of Defense; Dr. (YEO) Ning Hong, Minister of State (Defense); Captain T. W. Durant, USN, Naval Attaché, USDAO Singapore, and Lieutenant Colonel Peter (CHEN) Siow Siong, Acting Fleet Commander, Royal Singapore Navy.
USS Midway (CV-41) crossed the equator at 106 degrees/00.0 East, conducting a "Crossing the Line" (Equator) ceremony -- a traditional ceremony held to initiate those individuals crossing the Equator for the first time while deployed aboard a naval ship on 27 October 1982. Sixty-one pollywogs of the Marine Detachment entered the Royal Domain and became trusty Shellbacks at WOG day festivities.
While en route to his new assignment as Commander Carrier Group Three aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), Rear Admiral KOHN toured the Marine Detachment berthing area on 29 October 1982.
USS Midway (CV-41) left Pattaya Beach on 3 November 1982, inport from 30 October to 3 November 1982and another group of distinguished visitors toured the Marine Detachment berthing on 4 November 1982. The party included six Thai Generals and the Honorable John Gunther Dean, the U.S. Ambassador to Thailand. Guests at a luncheon and firepower demonstration included the Ambassador; Air-Chief Marshal Harin Hongskula, Speaker of the Thai Senate; Dr. Chaovana Na Sylvant, Privy Councilor; Admiral Samut Sahanavin, Deputy Minister of Defense; Kasem S. Kasemsri, Ambassador designate to the U.S.; Mr. Prasong Soonsiri, Secretary General, National Security Council; Gen Pramdi Thavornchan, Chief of Staff, Royal Thai Army; and Major General Krawi Suthat Na Ayudha, Secretary General, National Assembly.
USS Midway (CV-41) Marine Detachment provided a Color Guard for the Change of Command for Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron One Thirty-Six (VAQ-136) on 16 November 1982.
USS Midway (CV-41) Marine Detachment held its Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Staff Non-commissioned Officers Club, Subic Bay on 18 November 1982. In ceremonies before the ball both ceremonial drill teams performed. In addition Gunnery Sergeant James R. ASHBY and Corporal Jeffery W. BURTON received the Navy Achievement Medal. The Guest of Honor for the ball was Captain Roger L. NEWMAN, USN, Executive Officer, USS MIDWAY. Among the guests were Rear Admiral and Mrs. T. F. BROWN, Commander Carrier Group Five.
Six Okinawa based senior Marine and Navy Officers visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 6 December 1982. They observed the Marine Detachment's drill team practice and toured the Marine Detachment berthing area. The Generals spoke to the Marines at length. The group of senior officers consisted of MGEN R. E. Habel, USMC CTF-79 (Landing Force Seventh Fleet); MGEN J. J. WENT, USMC CTG-79.3 (First Marine Aircraft Wing); BGEN F. E. Petersen, USMC, CTG-79.1 (Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade); BGEN E. J. Godfrey, USMC, CTG-79.6 (Third Force Service Support Group); BGEN J. Gary, USMC, (Assistant Third Marine Division Commander); and CAPT R. Barry, USN, Chief of Staff, CTF 76 (Amphibious Force 7th Fleet)
Another Dependents and Guests Cruise, the second one held by USS Midway (CV-41) in Japan, was conducted upon arrival on 10 December 1982. Later the same day, CV-41 returned after concluding Dependents and Guests Cruise and entered port at Yokosuka for upkeep where it remained through the end of 1982. The Marine Detachment provided outstanding entertainment for the visitors. The Marines set up a static display of Marine Corps weapons and gear, both drill teams performed, and a live fire demonstration was conducted.
At 1400 on 13 December 1982, Captain Jerry Broeckert was relieved by Captain Charles W. Moore, as commanding Officer, USS Midway (CV-41) Marine Detachment in ceremonies in hangar bay one.
USS Midway (CV-41) Marine Detachment provided a Color Guard for the Change of Command ceremony for Fighter Squadron One Sixty One on 20 December 1982.
USS MIDWAY (CV-41) 1982 YEARS END SUMMARY
1. Commanding Officer, USS MIDWAY (CV-41)
Captain R. S. OWENS, USN, ----/1310; Commanding Officer from 1 January 1982 to 21 August 1982.
Captain C. R. McGRAIL, USN, ----/1310; Commanding Officer from 21 August 1982 to 31 December 1982.
2. Commander Air Wing FIVE embarked: Captain R. P. FLOWER; 1 January 1982 – 20 January 1982; Commander L. J. VERNON; 20 January 1982 – 31 December 1982
3. Carrier Air Wing Five Command Organization
a. Commander Carrier Air Wing Five:
Captain R. P. FLOWER; 1 January 1982 - 20 January 1982
Commander L. J. VERNON; 20 January 1982
b. Composition of Command
Fighter Squadron One Six One: 13 F-4S Phantom II
Commander Y. N. TARRANT; 1 January 1982 - 20 December 1982
Commander R. C. WILLIAMSON; 20 December 1982
Fighter Squadron One Five One: 13 F-4S Phantom II
Commander R. S. FARRELL; 1 January 1982 - 16 April 1982
Commander C. C. BUCHANAN; 16 April 1982
Attack Squadron Nine Three: 13 A-7E Corsair II
Commander J. H. FINNEY; 1 January 1982
Attack Squadron Five Six: 14 A-7E Corsair II
Commander E. E. SHIPE; 1 January 1982
Attack Squadron One One Five: 10 A-6E and 6 KA-6D Intruder
Commander R. R. WITTENBERG; 1 January 1982 - 16 July 1982
Commander W. W. RADICAN; 16 July 1982
Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron One Thirty Six: 5 EA-6B
Commander W. A. DWINELLE; 1 January 1982 - 16 November 1982
Commander N. S. KOBYLK; 16 November 1982
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Five: 6 E-2B Hawkeye
Commander George C. KICKHOFEL; 1 January 1982 - 23 June 1982
Commander Larry C. RICHARDSON; 23 June 1982
Marine Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron Three Detachment: 4 RF-4B
Officer-in-Charge Detachment C, LT COL J. G. THOMAS; 1 January 1982-15 January 1982
Officer-in-Charge Detachment A, LT COL J. E. FRENCH; 16 January 1982 - 15 July 1982
Officer-in-Charge Detachment B, Major J. C. PASTUF; 16 July 1982
Helicopter Composite Squadron One Detachment Two: 5 5H-3G
Officer in Charge, LCDR Kris L. TANDE; 1 January 1982 - 14 August 1982
Officer in Charge, LCDR J. M. HUNT; 14 August 1982
4. Summary of CVW-5 Flight Hours for 1982
MONTH HOURS TRAPS
JAN 2060 0
FEB 2647 240
MAR 3635 1396
APR 2399 457
MAY 2753 1093
JUN 1865 75
JUL 2623 224
AUG 2814 944
SEP 2538 744
OCT 3116 1467
NOV 2464 694
DEC 1326 212
TOTAL 30,440 7,546
The above summary includes figures for aircraft arrested landings (TRAPS) which will differ from the figures in annex A (Air Department). Air Department figures include all arrested landings while the above set of figures is for the Air Wing only.
MAJOR DEPARTMENT REPORTS
1. OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT
a. Combat Information Center (CIC)
Following an extended in-port period which ended in March, CV-41 departed Yokosuka for refresher operations in the local operations area and shortly thereafter joined exercise Team Spirit. The Combat Information Center (CIC) engaged in numerous Soviet aircraft intercept/tracking evolutions during this time period. Soviet aircraft performed reconnaissance against USS MIDWAY on a near continuous basis while CV-41 remained in the Sea of Japan. While CIC's air warfare kept track of air contacts, surface plot maintained track on Soviet ships that trailed CV-41. In addition, while Soviet activity continued, Team Spirit events included numerous inter-task force exercises involving coordination of command and control via CIC and numerous bombing exercises at sea and over land. These exercises included War-at-Sea (WASEX), Supersonic Intercept (SSI), Maritime Air Superiority (MAS) and Surface Surveillance Coordination (SSC), Electronic Jamming (JAMEX), Air-to-Air Warfare (AAWEX), practice Electronic Emission Control procedures (EMCON), Close Air Support (CAS), Force Defense, and Mini-Alpha Strikes.
READEX-82 began on 3 May. During this exercise CIC participated in numerous battle force exercises including AAWEXs, WASEXs, reconnaissance exercises (RECCEXs), airstrikes ashore, the employment of a relatively new combat air patrol procedure for Force Defense -- Vector Logic, a missile exercise (ship and aircraft), a flare exercise, and numerous inter-task force exercises. READEX-82 included participation by the USS Constellation (CV-64), the USS Ranger (CV-61) and USS Midway (CV-41).
Following READEX-82, the MIDWAY transited the San Bernardino Straits to the South China Sea (SCS) where operations were conducted in international waters adjacent to water claimed by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Peoples Republic of China.
In July CIC participated in COPE STRIKE, a U.S. Air Force sponsored exercise and ASWEX 82-3J, an exercise with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force. During ASWEX 82-3J USS Midway provided air cover and Anti-Surface Ship Warfare (ASUW) support. Other exercises during this time frame included HARPOONEX (missile), AAWEX and Maritime Air Superiority training (MAS). COPE STRIKE was conducted on 4 and 5 August and included multiple bomb strikes, jamming exercises, WASEX and SSC exercises.
Following ASWEX 82-3J and COPE STRIKE, the next major event for the CIC was operations in the Northern Pacific (NORPAC). USS Midway conducted a transit to rendezvous in Electronic Emissions Control (EMCON) status while the USS Enterprise (CV-65) transited to the rendezvous point overtly. CIC accordingly remained in a passive mode until EMCON was lifted at MODLOC (Modified Location). During operations at MODLOC, MIDWAY'S CIC tracked various Soviet air platforms including BEAR, BADGER, BISON, MAY aircraft, and received reports of BACKFIRE aircraft in the vicinity.
On 2 October, the battle force transited the Tsugaru Straits into the Sea of Japan (SO3) where surveillance by Soviet naval units continued until the battle force exited the Tsushima Strait. Once in the East China Sea MIDWAY resumed normal cyclic operations enroute to Singapore conducting a Conventional Readiness Assessment Exercise (CRAEX) enroute.
Following the Singapore port call the battle group transited to the Indian Ocean to provide temporary contingency support to U.S. forces operating in the Mediterranean Sea. Upon return to the Pacific, via the Malacca Straits, CIC participated in Exercise MERLION with the Singapore Navy as host. Exercises during this period included WASEX, air combat training, anti-surface unit training and SSC.
The remainder of 1982 included numerous task force exercises including a MINEX in November while enroute Subic Bay and a MISSILEX also in November while en route to Hong Kong.
b. METEOROLOGICAL HIGHLIGHTS
On 20 December the US AIR FORCE launched a new defense meteorological satellite program (DMSP). The new system, in conjunction with USS Midway’s capability to receive direct read-out information, greatly enhances CV-4l's meteorological/ oceanographic forecasting capabilities.
During Extended Incremental Selected Restricted Availability (EISRA) 82-60, December 1981 through February 1982, the Electronics Division completed ship alterations which included: S/A 5336K, the installation of a lightweight tacan antenna which enables the ship's tacan to be operated over a large number of radio frequency channels and allows top-of-the-mast installation; S/A 5450K, replaced Naval Modular Automated Communications System (NAVMACS) A+ with NAVMACS B and provided a system for automating certain message processing functions presently performed manually; S/A 5340K, installed Mute (AN/SSQ-82), a system which continuously monitors and controls the radiation status of shipboard emitters and provides for a very rapid shut down of preselected emitters as a response to anti-radiation missiles; S/A 5804K, replaced AN/URC-85 ultra-high frequency transceivers with AN/URC-93; S/A 4113K, was completed on the AN/SPS-48 radar; the final requirements of this alteration were to relocate the AN/SPN-42 aircraft landing system antennae to eliminate the vibration problems which have prevented the AN/SPN-42 from being fully certified; S/A 1546K, installed the AN/SRN-19 navigation set which enables the ship to navigate utilizing satellite information.
Also during EISRA 82-60, repairs to various other equipment were done to include replacement of all antennae and pedestals associated with aircraft landing and control. This included the AN/SPN-41 instrumented landing system, the AN/SPN-42 automated carrier landing system and the AN/SPN-43 marshal radar. The AN/SPN-42 was again only recertified for Mode 1A approaches, this time due to time constraints during certification. The Ship's Inertial Navigation System (SINS) was refurbished by Sperry Corporation. Refurbished units included the binnicle, the control set and the interface adapter unit. Due to various system problems, SINS was not fully recertified until September 1982. Two new AN/SMQ-10 weather satellite receiver antennae were installed and the system checked out by Harris Corporation. The one active satellite failed before the system could be fully evaluated. The AN/SPA-4 radar repeater in Secondary Control was replaced with a newer more reliable AN/SPA-25 repeater.
Primary power to the ultra-high frequency radios was divided between switchboards one and three in order to better provide line of sight communications. Previously all radios were powered from the same switchboard, resulting in no UHF communications if that switchboard was inoperative.
Some systems had field changes installed to modernize the systems to current standards. Changes to the AN/SPN-42 Automated Carrier Landing System included the certification limit monitor modification, spin error signal summation, wideband of the X band receiver, and a configuration update (ECC 201). Field changes to the AN/SPS-48 height finding air search radar included installation of a solid state receiver by International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT) Field Engineers. One field change to the refresh memory unit reduced the flickering of NTDS console displays.
During EISRA 82-60 four NTDS consoles were exchanged for refurbished units bringing the total to six of twenty-two consoles replaced.
The AN/SPN-42 retractable alignment mast (RAM) was relocated from the starboard quarter to the port quarter to eliminate the problem of the AN/SPN-42 system locking on to parked aircraft instead of the RAM corner reflector.
d. (C) INTELLIGENCE
MIDWAY'S Intelligence section comprises three divisions providing crypto-logic (OS), intelligence (OZ) and photographic (OP) support to the ship, air wing and embarked staffs. During 1982 this support was rated "excellent" to "outstanding" in Semiannual Readiness and Quarterly Operational Commander's Performance reports.
Major events during 1982 included the removal of the Tactical Flag Command Center (TFCC) and associated equipment in preparation for new components meeting military specifications. The newer equipment is scheduled for installation in fiscal year 84. During 1982, the Intelligence Center (CVIC) provided support to the battle group during every major exercise conducted by CV-41. In addition CVIC coordinated tracking evolutions involving Soviet aircraft and ships throughout the year. The most notable contacts involving Soviet units took place during CV-41's transit into the Sea of Japan (SOJ) during Team Spirit in March-April, ASWEX 82-3J in August, during NORPAC operations with the USS Enterprise (CV-65) in September-October, and again as the NORPAC participants transited the SOJ in October.
The Intelligence center continued to provide support to the embarked photographic reconnaissance detachment -- VMFP-3. VMFP-3 is the only RF-4B configured unit in PACFLT.
MIDWAY'S Naval Security Group Division was augmented on six occasions by appropriate Crypto-logic Electronic Support Measures (CESM) warfare skills to provide direct support to the ship, air wing and embarked staff. In all instances CESM resources were used extensively to detect, classify and track reconnaissance and transit flights by foreign aircraft in the battle group area. Signal Security (SIGSEC) personnel from the Naval Security Group Detachment at Yokosuka were embarked on three occasions to examine and help maintain the ship's excellent SIGSEC posture. The Commander, Carrier Group FIVE staff was embarked during all major underway periods during the year. During these periods the SPINTCOMM center routinely processed approximately 750 messages per day with no loss of efficiency. Material readiness of all crypto-logic equipment was maintained near 99 percent throughout the year.
The ship's photographic laboratory was fitted with a correlator processor unit which, in conjunction with the RF-4B's synthetic aperture radar (SAR) capability, gives the task force a near real time SAR photographic readout capability.
2. Supply Department
During 1982 the Supply Department increased both material support and services. In February 1982 MIDWAY implemented a new inventory control and accounting system, Shipboard Uniform Automated Data Processing-Aviation (SUADPS-AV(207)). Throughout the year off ship requisitions for Non-Mission Capable Supply/Partially Mission Capable Supply/Casualty Report (NMCS/PMCS/CASREP) were the lowest for all AIRPAC Aircraft Carriers. The Customer Service Section was upgraded to provide a single point of contact for all requisitions. Aviation support was improved by an offload of aviation material and a REAVCAL conducted during EISRA 82. In June 1982, USS MIDWAY received the Captain Edward F. NEY Memorial Award for the best Aircraft Carrier Enlisted Dining Facility in the Navy. In November it received the COMNAVAIRPAC Food Service Excellence Award for the second consecutive year. It is also a semi-finalist in the 1983 NEY Award competition. MIDWAY'S Sales Division installed new laundry equipment, and to further increase service to the crew, installed five sets of home type washers/dryers. The Clothing and Small Store was also renovated in 1982. New equipment and facilities were added to the Automatic Data Processing (ADP) division and the UYK-(5)U computer was completely overhauled.
SUAPDS-AV(207) was implemented in February 1982. MIDWAY converted from the Shipboard Uniform Automated Data Processing - End Use (SUADP5-EU) 207 inventory and financial accounting system to the SUADPS-AV(207) system. The new AV(207) system brought the entire ship's repair part and consumable inventory into the Navy Stock Fund making MIDWAY a retail stock point within the Navy Supply System. The significance of this action is that the inventory can be based upon the requirements of the ship as reflected by demand as well as allowance lists rather than the availability of OPTAR dollars. Consequently, inventory management and accounting is effectively separated from OPTAR accounting.
Off-Ship NMCS, PMCS and CASREP requisitions were the lowest for all AIRPAC carriers due to a continual aggressive expediting program.
The Customer Service Section was expanded to include open purchases. Now there is a single point of contact to process all incoming ship/air wing requirements.
REAVCAL (Re-AVCAL) began with the development of AVCAL. Early in 1982 all aviation material was off-loaded and inventoried. Utilizing a new Aviation Coordinated Allowance List (AVCAL) developed in mid 1981, deficiencies were placed in order. This REAVCAL effort has significantly increased supply support during multi-site operations.
In June 1982 the Secretary of the Navy announced USS MIDWAY as the winner of the 1982 Captain Edward F. NEY Memorial Award in the Aircraft Carrier Category. This culminated a year of outstanding service to the crew. In November 1982 MIDWAY was chosen as the recipient of the 1983 COMNAVAIRPAC Food Service Excellence Award for the second consecutive year and will represent COMNAVAIRPAC in the 1983 NEY Award Competition. During 1982 renovations to the facility included painting and tiling of all passageways and dining areas. The PRC deck was resurfaced in the fast food dining areas, and terrazzo was replaced in the aft galley, the aft bread room, butcher shop, aft vegetable preparation room, fast food galley, forward vegetable preparation room, milk shake room, forward reefer vestibule, and aft reefer vestibule.
Twelve dry provision storerooms were incrementally renovated, all dry provisions were off-loaded and storerooms underwent Killmaster spraying to prevent insect infestation. Heating coils were installed in seven refrigerated spaces to facilitate the defrosting process and stores conveyor #3 was overhauled. "Rupe's Roost" was renamed "Chuck's Wagon" in honor of the new Commanding Officer. Fast food operations on the pier continued while in-port Yokosuka. Monthly Birthday luncheons at the pier side diner with full table and candlelight dinner service were held.
During 1982 the Sales Division saw many changes. The Laundry was completely renovated with the addition of new washers, dryers and presses. Five home type washers and dryers were added for the crew's use during in-port periods. The Clothing and Small Store underwent a complete face lift that provided more sales counters for a greater display of clothing articles.
During 1982 the ADP division implemented the AV-207 SUADPS Accounting System, acquired new magnetic tapes for the tape library, acquired a new 1710 Univac keypunch, and installed a paper tape interface. A partition was installed around the UYK-(5)V computers to keep them clean and dust free. A Data System (DS) Shop was established, and the keypunch room was remodeled. In December 1982, the computer system was overhauled under a Class C program.
3. Engineering Department
Since June, the Ship continued to have all 12 boilers in commission, with no major boiler repair work undertaken during the year.
Major Casualties occurring in 1982 included the Number 3-8 spring bearing, which was replaced underway by ship's force after it wiped. The number 4 Main Engine (M.E.) chain drive Lube Oil Service Pump (L.O.S.P.) was replaced underway by ship's force. A bearing wiped in number one main engine reduction gear. Following the rupture of tubes in 3B boiler generating bank during June 1982, the ship's force initiated repair which was later completed by SRF Yokosuka. The entire generating bank was replaced.
The Engineering Department underwent an Operational Propulsion Plant Recertification Exam (OPPRE) during the month of June 1982, receiving a grade of unsatisfactory due to failure of nine of sixteen Boiler Technician (BT) watch-standers to demonstrate proficiency, and consequently, an inability to demonstrate a two section underway steaming watch team. The department was certified by COMNAVAIRPAC during the month of August with a passing grade, resulting in the grade of unsatisfactory being upgraded to satisfactory.
During calendar year 1982, USS MIDWAY had one 60-day Extended Incremental Selected Restricted Availability (EISRA 82-60) and three 20 day Incremental Selected Restricted Availabilities (ISRA'Ss 82-2, 82-4, and 82-5). A total of 1,560 jobs, which included repair work, five year maintenance (FYMP) and ship alterations, were completed during these availabilities. About 23 million dollars were expended to accomplish these jobs.
In the area of Damage Control the following significant events took place during calendar year 1982: The HALON 1301 firefighting system was installed in all four main engine rooms and made ready for use in November 1982. The new Emergency Escape Breathing Devices were received to replace the old SSD's. All Damage Control competitive exercises were completed with a final grade of 95.79%. The Defense Nuclear Safety Inspection/Navy Technical Proficiency Inspection was completed with outstanding remarks for Damage Control from the senior inspector (September 1982). USS MIDWAY and Engineering passed the Maintenance and Material Management/Planned Maintenance System (3M/PMS) inspection, with an overall grade for Damage Control of 86% for the ship and 86.5% for Engineering. Watertight integrity was increased through a program of Watertight Door/Watertight Hatch (WTD/WTH) repair and replacement. The firemain isolation capability was increased through a program of major firemain valve replacement with SRF Yokosuka. The ship completed all upkeep periods without significant fires due to hot work. No major fires or flooding were reported at any time during 1982.
4. WEAPONS Department.
Weapons Department completed the year in a high state of readiness having successfully competed in and/or completed eight major inspections/exercises that included a Basic Point Defense live missile firing competitive exercise in May 1982, September's Nuclear Weapons Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI) and Defense Nuclear Surety Inspection (DNSI), Combat Readiness Assessment Exercise (CRAE) in October 1982, Mine Warfare Exercise in November 1982, and completion of the Command's 3M Inspection conducted by COMNAVAIRPAC in November 1982.
Weapons Department started the year in excellent material condition following an Extended Incremental Selected Restricted Availability (EISRA). Significant alterations to Weapons Department spaces included modifications to ammunition magazines to accommodate the Improved Rapid Re-arming System (IRR5), the acquisition of the AGM-84 HARPOON missile on 6 May, installation of Ready Service Lockers on the flight deck, and improved communication with its divisions by the acquisition of additional intercom stations. COMNAVAIRPAC Mobile Ordnance Training Team (MOTT) provided technical assistance and training on the IRRS for MIDWAY/CVW-5 personnel culminating in an IRRS bomb build-up on 22 skids utilizing Triple Ejector Racks (TERS). Weapons Station (WPNSTA) China Lake assessed MIDWAY'S Missile Fin Corrosion Program as one of the best in WESTPAC.
Weapons Department provided personnel to CVW-5 for the Quality Assurance Inspection of laser guided bomb assembly in conjunction with bomb assembly training to the squadrons and bomb/missile assembly teams for the shore detachments. Personnel support was also provided for an Anti-Ship Exercise (SINKEX) using Anti-Radiation Missiles - Standard Arm (STARM) and SHRIKE on 9 June and again on 10 and 11 June for a Missile Exercise (MISSILEX 82-12). Weapons Department gave excellent ordnance support to CVW-5 throughout MIDWAY'S participation in Team Spirit, expending nine short tons of ordnance. A twenty one gun salute was executed by Weapons gunners during a shipboard visit by the President of Korea. Numerous ammo UNREPS were completed during this time frame, of particular note was the underway replenishment with the USS HALEAKALA, when 97 short tons of ordnance was transferred in less than one day. During the last quarter the department provided continuous support during MIDWAY'S successful operations in the North Pacific, Sea of Japan, and Indian Ocean operating areas. Ready alert missiles, practice bombs, flares, chaff and continued training and exercise support were maintained. Operations included War at Sea Exercises with USS Enterprise Battle Group, duty carrier responsibility in the Indian Ocean supporting a MERLION exercise, CRAE 83-1 which was completed in 12 hours, two mine warfare exercises in November and Close Air Support (CASEX) in December. The year was closed out with air power demonstrations for Philippine and Japanese dignitaries during respective Dependent Day cruises in November and December 1982. Current Extended Incremental Ship's Readiness Availability (EISRA) projects are aimed at general space rehabilitation and equipment maintenance
5. COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT
USS MIDWAY transmitted 51,286 messages and received 377,137 messages during the year. This is an increase of nearly 120,000 messages over the previous total.
In meeting its operational commitments, USS MIDWAY maintained satellite and long-haul, high frequency radio links with Naval Communications Area Master Stations in the Western Pacific (WESTPAC), Eastern Pacific (EASTPAC), and Mediterranean Sea (MED), as well as Naval Communications Stations San Miguel RP, Yokosuka JA, and Naval and Air Forces facilities in Korea and Alaska.
Main communications was reconfigured with the installation of the Naval Modular Automated Communications Systems (NAVMACS) AN/SXQ-7 (V3). The reconfiguration was accomplished one week ahead of schedule in February 1982 and has since operated satisfactorily throughout the year. The NAVMACS V-3 system has enhanced the operation of the Communications Department through automation by eliminating many manual log-keeping and processing functions.
The NAVMACS V-3 magnetic tape storage capability has eliminated the troublesome microfilming process and its associated large volume of film storage. Another enhancement of the V-3 system has been the incorporation of up to four full duplex teletype circuits and four broadcast channels with the old V-2 system's satellite channel (CUDIX). The V-3 system has backup equipment in the event of a computer failure and provides a fall-back mode of operation in the event of major equipment casualties.
Through its aggressive training program, the Communications Department maintained an M-l training readiness status throughout the entire year. The department completed 267 readiness exercises through 31 December, and all of its required competitive exercises through June 1983 -- six months ahead of schedule.
During three major exercises, TEAM SPIRIT 82, READEX 82, and Northern Pacific (NORPAC) Flexibility Operations (FLEXOPS-82), all of which involved two or more Carrier Battle Groups, the Communications Radio (CR) Division was Broadcast Control Station for as many as 20 ships. As Broadcast Control Station, CR Division keyed two Intra-Task Group high frequency broadcasts, screened up to four receive channels of broadcast that were keyed by NAVCAMS WESTPAC Guam, and protected for missing messages for the ships in company.
Of significant note, was the Northern Pacific Operation (NORPAC 82) in which Emissions Control (EMCON) ALPHA was employed during a two carrier battle group operation. During this two week operation, USS MIDWAY'S Communications Signal (CS) Division handled 665 messages and 1883 tactical signals. Employed were both the Allied procedures with U.S. units and International and Incidents at Sea (INCSEA) Agreement Procedures with Soviet units.
6. Safety/3M Department
The COMNAVAIRPAC Maintenance and Material Management (3M) Inspection Team conducted a 3M assist visit from 25 April - 9 May 1982 and provided an in-depth informal evaluation of the ship's 3M program. Between 15-19 November, the COMNAVAIRPAC 3M Inspection Team returned to conduct the annual 3M Inspection. The ship received an evaluation of satisfactory with an overall Planned Maintenance System (PMS) performance rate of 86%.
The safety program showed significant progress as reflected in the average number of injuries being reduced by 30%. The Navy Safety Center conducted a safety survey of the ship and air wing in April 1982, and a regular schedule of safety stand-downs and smaller surveys were held throughout the year.
7. Deck Department
During 1982 Deck Department completed seven replenishments at sea with the following escorts: LOCKWOOD (1), DAVIDSON (1), KNOX (3), TOWERS (1), and REEVES (1).
A total of fifty-five underway replenishments were completed with the following replenishment ships: SHASTA (2), PASSUMPSIC (10), NAVASOTA (3), MISPILLION (12), HASSAYAMPA (18), SAN 3OSE (1), HALEAKALA (2), NIAGARA FALLS (1), PONCHATOULA (2), SPICA (3), and SACRAMENTO (1).
Twenty-six Emergency Breakaway Drills and two Abandon Ship Drills were conducted.
Deck Department led MIDWAY to an easy win of the Ninth Annual George I. PURDY Motor Whaleboat Race in Yokosuka - the first such win for MIDWAY.
8. Medical Department
a. The following statistical data for Medical Department is submitted for 1982:
MONTH PRESCRIPTIONS TESTS X-RAYS
JAN 803 1958 102
FEB 457 3212 77
MAR 2991 2991 325
APR 2045 2685 230
MAY 2965 2644 278
JUN 3731 7679 119
JUL 1981 2950 137
AUG 2487 2133 175
SEP 2177 1741 261
OCT 2659 1923 308
NOV 2806 4996 334
DEC 1734 2577 67
OUT-PATIENT IN-PATIENT SURGICAL
MONTH VISITS VISITS PROCEDURES
JAN 1554 0 2
FEB 1349 0 3
MAR 1724 25 20
APR 1529 3 7
MAY 1842 18 28
JUN 2037 10 6
JUL 1419 3 6
AUG 1497 16 25
SEP 3742 30 29
OCT 3855 34 18
NOV 2166 21 7
DEC 1254 10 6
9. Dental Department
Midway's Dental Department has accomplished its mission through the delivery of comprehensive oral care to the officers and men of Midway, embarked Flags, Staffs and the Navy's only permanently embarked air wing, CVW-5. With a team of four Dental officers and 10 Dental technicians, over 36,000 dental procedures were performed. In addition, plaque control and cavity prevention instructions were given and preventive stannous fluoride applications were administered. A continuing preventive dentistry program was maintained whereby crew members were instructed in the theory and technique of correct oral hygiene.
10. Training Department
During 1982 a total of 3,274 tests were administered to MIDWAY personnel through the Training Department. MIDWAY offered 21 (3 semester hours each) college level courses through the pace program. A total of 27 (45 classroom hours each) high school courses were offered. Also in 1982, the Training Department advanced 429 personnel to E-2 and 667 to E-3. Twenty-four personnel were advanced under the provisions of the Command Advancement Program (CAP) (16 to E-4, 6 to E-5 and 2 to E-6). Finally, MIDWAY'S Indoctrination Division processed 1,563 individuals through its training syllabus during 1982. A total of 660 personnel graduated from the Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation Course implemented in August 1982.
11. Air Department
a. Statistics for 1982:
ARRESTED CATAPULT/FREE JJP-5 FUEL
MONTH LANDINGS DECK LAUNCHES CONSUMED
JAN 0 0 350
FEB 0 0 2,370
MAR 1,461 1,409 2,375,887
APR 468 464 838,758
MAY 1,111 1,153 2,163.203
JUN 104 116 99,336
JUL 231 180 377,964
AUG 993 1,044 1,824,216
SEP 761 714 1,405,751
OCT 1,500 1,489 2,635,797
NOV 708 713 1,275,991
DEC 251 302 412,654
(1) 262,000th Landing, 25 MAR 82, CDR L. VERNON (A-7E/CAG-5)
(2) 263,000th Landing, 30 APR 82, LT John R. KOVALCIK/LT Thomas W.
(3) 264,000th Landing, 18 MAY 82, LTJG John R. VANDEVENTER (A-
(4) 265,000th Landing, 11 AUG 82, LT Bramwell ARNOLD (A-7E/VA-93)
(5) 266,000th Landing, 25 SEP 82, LCDR Bill SELMAN/LTJG Steve
(6) First F-14A Landing Aboard MIDWAY, 29 SEP 82, LT Rick BERG/LT Lee
(7) First F-14A Catapult Shot Aboard MIDWAY, 30 SEP 82, LT Rick BERG/LT Lee
(8) 267,000th Landing, 10 OCT 82, LT John HOAGLAND/LCDR Tom
(9) 268,000th Landing, 8 NOV 82, LT Steve HOWELL/LT Dave SVAJDA (F-4S/VF-151)
12. Navigation Department
Linear Miles Steamed: 43,204
In-port Days: 223 (173 Yokosuka, 50 days in other ports)
At-Sea Days: 142
13. Aviation Intermediate Maintenance (AMID) Department
a. Production Data
COMPONENTS COMPONENTS ROTABLE POOL
MONTH PROCESSED REPAIRED % RFI EFFECTIVENESS
JAN 1347 690 51.2 95.2
FEB 1250 771 61.7 94.9
MAR 4248 2591 60.1 95.1
APR 2889 1701 58.9 90.0
MAY 4289 2837 66.2 87.2
JUN 2236 1320 59.0 88.0
JUL 2640 1513 57.3 81.5
AUG 4144 2720 65.6 95.0
SEP 3454 2318 67.1 95.5
OCT 4322 2838 65.7 95.6
NOV 2791 1924 68.9 96.0
DEC 1962 1245 63.5 95.0
b. Ship's C-1A Data:
MONTH FLT HRS FLTS LANDINGS % OP RDY
JAN 274 14 0 -
FEB 34.0 15 0 65.3
MAR 94.7 71 22 83.7
APR 53.8 31 30 67.0
MAY 0.0 0 0 99.3
JUN 1.2 3 0 89.3
JUL 46.7 28 2 60.1
AUG 46.8 23 4 18.4
SEP 13.1 7 0 -
OCT 32.4 17 4 -
NOV 2.8 4 0 -
DEC 29.7 12 0 _
Operational Readiness (OP RDY) data is not available for the month of January and for September through December because of computer problems. The MIDWAY C-1A, Bureau Number (3UNO) 146036 was in Sub-Depot Level Maintenance (SDLM) from 23 April until 11 December. Replacement C-1A BUNO 136776 was received from NAF Misawa on 23 March.
Between 01 January and 31 March: The Avionics Division completed significant upgrading of support capability for the A-7 "Big-Eight" systems with the installation of two new and three newly reworked test benches. A new Turbofan/Jet Engine Test System run-up trailer was installed for the General Maintenance Division, and over fifty percent of the division's engine adapters, rails and other support equipment were refurbished to improve support in that area. Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Division completed extensive corrosion control and annual inspections on the NS-60 crash crane and all aircraft slings, and structural load tests were accomplished by GSE personnel. During this period, AIMD accomplished over 1500 man days of classroom professional training, and over 2000 man days of TAD support were provided for air wing detachments at Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, Naval Air Station (NAS) Cubi Point and NAS Whidbey Island.
Between 01 April and 30 June: The Ground Support Equipment Division continued its extensive preventive maintenance and corrosion control program completely rehabilitating approximately twenty percent of assigned rolling stock. Both TAU-3 fire trucks were also refurbished. In General Maintenance Division, significant maintenance was performed on the HCT-10 Hydraulic Test Stand and the EGATS bench, and the Oil Analyzer was completely overhauled.
A new ACCULAB-4 Oxygen Analyzer was also installed, and new fiberglass repair compounds were received, enabling the division to extend its repair capabilities to radomes. Four work centers were rehabilitated under the self-help program. A review of AMID's maintenance practices was conducted by the Commander Naval Air Pacific (COMNAVAIRPAC) Maintenance Management Advisory Team and the Naval Safety Center's Safety Survey Team. Both teams generally found conditions highly satisfactory. AIMD's Jet Engine Repair Branch also received the Villard C. Sledge Memorial Maintenance Award for being the Navy's most productive J-79 and TF-41 Third Degree Maintenance activity.
Between 01 July and 30 September: The expert bench maintenance efforts of the Avionics Division resulted in a nineteen day period during which no test benches were inoperative, a first in command collective memory. All benches in the EA-6B van complex were recalibrated by a NARF field team, and forty other benches were verified, ahd needed minor maintenance performed, and were recalibrated, thus increasing accuracy and reliability of a major portion of the division's equipment. Naval Aeronautical Engineering Service Unit (NAESU) tech reps also recalibrated the IPTS-9 Inertial Navigation Test Set, providing over 100 man hours of on the job training for AIMD technicians during the effort. The APS-96 bench was upgraded to make it compatible with the recently modified, more reliable E-2B radar, and several new pieces of equipment allowed expansion of calibration capabilities. The General Maintenance Division rehabilitated a substantial amount of support equipment, including buddy store cradles, engine trailers, and adapters. Capability was also established for onboard T-56 engine buildup with the addition of new tools and training. During North Pacific (NORPAC) dual battle group operations, the Avionics Division provided inter-AMID support to USS Enterprise (CVN-65) by repairing Exrep equipment and providing technical expertise, publications and material to restore several inoperative CVN-65 test benches.
Between 01 October and 31 December: The General Maintenance Division continued its efforts to upgrade facilities with the complete refurbishment of the CSD/S Test Stand and the repair and rehabilitation of the HCT-10 Hydraulic Test Stand. Complete corrosion control was also accomplished on all assigned engine stands. The AIMD Naval Oil Analysis Program (NOAP) Laboratory completed annual recertification for continued operation. GSE Division continued its preventive maintenance and corrosion control program, refurbishing thirty percent of assigned support equipment and performing complete corrosion control on forty-five percent of the division's rolling stock. In the Avionics Division, an intensive EA-6B van evaluation and rework effort was initiated to correct discrepancies and upgrade the vans for further use. The Digital Module Test (DIMOTE) Station was removed and shipped to CONUS, while the Inertial Platform Test Station (IPTS-9) was removed and replaced with a completely refurbished test set. Naval Air Rework Facility (NARF) field teams also reworked the MA-2 Generator Test Stand and replaced the wiring harness on one AWG-10A radar test bench.
A new Avionics Shop 11 was also constructed for the planned installation of an updated Inertial Measurement Test Station, the IMUTS-II. Nine technicians were recertified in Miniature Component Repair. A Material Condition Inspection by the COMFAIRWESTPAC inspection team was also completed, during which the condition of Armament Equipment Pool items was cited as excellent. Avionics Division continued to provide extensive inter-AIMD support repairing defective aircraft components for the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) during NORPAC Operations. During this time, the AIMD in-house total of Non-RFI (Ready for Issue) components decreased to almost 400, the lowest level in the past several years.
14. Marine Detachment - 1981 VISITS AND CEREMONIES ABOARD USS MIDWAY (CV-41), CHAPTER LXXIV, APPENDIX II:
VISITS AND CEREMONIES ABOARD USS MIDWAY (CV-41)