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USS MIDWAY (CV-41) 1979 YEARS END SUMMARY

CHAPTER LXIII

Appendix IV

 

 

Command Organization

 

1.  Commanding Officer, USS MIDWAY (CV 41)

 

             Captain T. F. Brown III, USN, ----/1310; Commanding from 31 December 1978 through 6 September 1979.

 

             Captain “E” I. Carmichael, USN, ----/1310; Commanding from 7 September 1979 through 31 December 1979

 

2.  The mission and functions of USS MIDWAY did not change during 1979.

 

3.          Commander Carrier Air Wing FIVE embarked.

 

             Commander S. D. Langdon, 31 December 1978 through 27 May 1979

 

             Commander S. R. Briggs, 28 May 1979 through 31 December 1979

 

4.  USS Midway (CV-41) was homeported at the U. S. Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan, during all of calendar year 1979. MIDWAY and CVW-5 observed their sixth year anniversary as the only forward-deployed CV/AIR WING.

 

      “USS Midway (CV-41) operations during 1979 were characterized by extensive at-sea periods, intense training/frequent exercises and 45 less days in-port than in 1978. Midway steamed 66,693 nautical miles in 1979 (32,724 nautical miles in 1978), spent 210.5 days underway (176 days underway in 1979), spent 115 days in-port Yokosuka (164 days in-port Yokosuka in 1978) and spent 39.5 days in other ports in 1979 (25 days in other ports in 1978).

 

CARRIER AIRWING FIVE COMMAND ORGANIZATION

 

             a. Commander Carrier Air Wing FIVE

 

                          Commander S D. LANGDON                          20 JAN 78 – 28 MAY 79

                          Commander S. R. BRIGGS                               28 MAY 79 –

 

             b. Composition of Command:

 

                          Fighter Squadron ONE SIX ONE:                   14 F4J Phantom II

 

                          Commander J. M. NASH                                   1 JAN 78 – 27 MAR 79

                          Commander A. L. BURGESS                          27 MAR 79 –

 

                          Fighter Squadron ONE FIVE ONE:                 14 F4J Phantom II

 

                          Commander H. D. WISELY                              18 OCT 78 – 25 SEP 79

                          Commander G. M. HUGHES                            25 SEP 79 –

 

                          Attack Squadron NINE THREE:                      13 A7E Corsair II

 

                          Commander C. S. VAUGHT                             30 MAR 78 – 22 JUN 79

                          Commander E. F. MITCHELL                         22 JUN 79 –

 

                          Attack Squadron FIVE SIX:                              13 A7E Corsair II

 

                          Commander R. P. FLOWER                             30 MAR 78 – 19 JUN 79

                          Commander L. C. BRYANT                             19 JUN 79 –

 

                          Attack Squadron ONE ONE FIVE:                  15 A6E/KA6D Intruders

 

                          Commander L. E. THOMASSY                       24 FEB 78 – 26 JUN 79

                          Commander R. C. FRANZ                                26 JUN 79 –

 

                          Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE FIVE:

                                                                                                        4 E2B Hawkeye

 

                          Commander G. A. HARRISON                       2 NOV 78 –

 

Summary of Flight Hours for 1979:

 

             a. VA, VF, VAW Squadrons and HC-1 DET 2:

 

             Month                             Hours                              Traps

             January                          1937                               439

             February                        2980                               1276

             March                             3337                               1224

             April                               2592                               1068

             May                                3241                               1500

             June                                1086                               190

             July                                 2781                               0

             August                            1504                               519

             September                     1215                               182

             October                         2631                               1063

             November                     3466                               1453

             December                      3887                               1889

 

             Total                               30,657                            10,803

 

             b. Hours flown by Detachments from VQ-1 and Marine Squadron VMFP-3 and VMAQ-2 are not included above.

 

MAJOR DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS

 

1.  Operations Department

 

             a. Combat Information Center (CIC)

 

             (1)  First Quarter. The First Quarter was a very active and demanding period with two major exercises and several minor exercises. During MULTIPLEX 2-79, CIC participated in numerous complex air, surface and subsurface scenarios during structured exercises. The free-play portion of MULTIPLEX 2-79 saw CIC maintain and provide to the OCE a concise and accurate tactical picture while maintaining complete EMCON A. TEAM SPIRIT 79 was exercised CIC as the SUWC, ASWC and AAWC in the utilization of the Composite Warfare Coordinator concept against simultaneous exercise and real world threats. Both MULTIPLEX 2-79 and TEAM SPIRIT 79 provided CIC the opportunity to gain greater expertise in multinational coordination while working with Japanese and Korean military units respectively.  NTDS, LINK 11 and LINK 14 all continued improved performance and reliability and was singularly responsible for the outstanding success of MULTIPLEX 2-79 and achieved a new first with the successful interface with the Air Force’s E-3A system during TEAM SPIRIT 79. Also during TEAM SPIRIT 79, numerous Soviet reconnaissance flights were conducted against the Task Group and, in addition, other Soviet flights transited the area. All flights were detected and intercepted in accordance with current ROE.

 

             (2)  Second Quarter. The entire Second Quarter was dominated by the short-fused response to and successful completion of an Indian Ocean tasking.  During the two months at sea, mostly in the Indian Ocean, CIC continued to constantly improve in all warfare areas, as demonstrated by completion of all but one complex exercise with an average grade of 98 percent. Constant real world vigilance was maintained throughout, with a 200 mile surface picture and intercept of all non-friendly aircraft in accordance with ROE. FULL FORCE II was the only major exercise conducted adding to CIC’s readiness posture. PASSEX’s with the French and Kenyan navies were conducted and consisted of mostly Air Wing participation. LINK 11 and 14 reliability and performance were outstanding and attained an unprecedented 98 percent rate of operational readiness.

 

             (3)  Third and Fourth Quarter. Midway began the Third Quarter in-port Yokosuka undergoing the final phases of EISRA 1-79. Midway’s initial underway period after the EISRA began 20 August 1979. Enroute to Subic Bay only limited flight operations were available due to lengthy weapons on-load and poor weather.  After a conventional weapons on-load at Subic Bay, Midway returned to Yokosuka.  While enroute, only one fly day was possible due to poor weather. One AAWEX was conducted with good results. Midway arrived Yokosuka 14 September and began a 16 day upkeep period.

 

Midway got underway on 30 September for an Indian Ocean deployment, with scheduled port visits in Subic Bay; Perth, Western Australia; and Mombassa, Kenya.  While in the Indian Ocean, Midway was involved in four principal events:

 

BEACON SOUTH 18-19 November, a SINKEX in the vicinity of Diego Garcia on 3 November, a MISSILEX and SQT (NTDC certification and live firing) in the vicinity of Diego Garcia 3-5 November and BEACON COMPASS 13-21 November.  Each exercise was successfully conducted and provided good task group training except the missile firing SQT, which was hampered by Telemetry data errors. The MISSILEX SQT will be rescheduled next July 80. BEACON COMPASS provided Midway with an opposed War-at-Sea scenario. BEACON COMPASS was planned to be a multilateral but was conducted as an elaborate bilateral PASSEX due to current political sensitivities in the area.

 

             b. Meteorological Impact

 

             (1) During 1979, Midway’s operations were affected by two tropical cyclones. The ship was delayed two days leaving Yokosuka for I. O. 2-79 because of Typhoon Owen. Just a few days later, Typhoon Sarah forced Midway to alter course a number of times enroute to the Philippines.

 

             (2) During 1979, the SMQ-6 Satellite Receiver was modified by MOEP Subic Bay personnel to record passes using a cassette tape deck. Additionally, long overdue maintenance was performed on the SMQ-6 receiver and its RO-402 recorder by MOEP personnel and Midway ET’s.

 

             (3) During EISRA, the Weather Office was totally reorganized by OA Division personnel to offer a quiet, more efficient work space.

 

             (4) An AN/SMQ-10 DMSP Satellite Receiver/Recorder was installed on board during EISRA. After minor problems the system went down hard in mid-November and technical assistance was asked for in early December. The system was still inoperative at the end of December.

 

             (4) An HP9845 desktop computer was installed for the daily computation of integrated refractive effects predication system (IREPS) data. The HP9845 has been programmed to serve several environmental and office requirements.

 

             (5) During CVW-5’s EISRA deployment to Kwang-Ju, Korea, OA Division personnel deployed and provided weather support.

 

             (6) During 1979, Lieutenant Commander L. V. Friese relieved Commander G. T. McKaige as Ship’s Meteorologist and AGC Bently relieved AGC Brown as Division LCPO.

 

             c. Electronics

 

             (1) SHIPALT 4113 “install AN/SPS-48(V) radar” was begun in July with the installation of a new deckhouse and tower at the aft end of the island structure.  The ACLS system was relocated to the new deckhouse and as a result had to be recertified. However, due to mast vibration and improper waveguide, ACLS was certified for mode 1A and not the more stringent mode 1.

 

             (2) The RD-243 magnetic tape units used with NTDS were replaced by two RD-358 magnetic tape units under SHIPALT 5054.

 

             (3) SHIPALT 3690 caused the replacement of the old phasor 90 UHF antenna system with the new AN/SRA-62 360 degree coverage UHF antenna system.

 

             (4) A Beacon Video Processor (BVP) was added to the NTDS system under SHIPALT 3230. The BVP performs automatic detection and tracking of IFF capable aircraft.

 

             (5) Under SHIPALT 5417, the AN/SPS-65 Air Search Radar was installed.  This was the first such radar of its kind to be installed aboard ship and shares an antenna with the AN/SPS-10. The AN/SPS-65 radar provides low-flyer detection capabilities and is used with the ASMD system.

 

             (6) The AN/SMQ-10 Satellite receiving system was installed under SHIPALT 4621 during 1979. The system copies live infrared or visual satellite weather pictures.

 

             d. Carrier Air Traffic Control Center (CATCC).

 

             (1) During 1979, 282 Case III recoveries were conducted, resulting in 5215 actual ACLS approaches being conducted.  These approaches are broken down into the following:  Mode I’s 18, IA’s 41, II’s 3725, III’s 1431, plus an approximate number of 2000-plus practice ACLS approaches conducted for aircrew and CATCC controller training and proficiency.

 

             (2) SPN 42 recertification was conducted in August due to the relocation of the SPN 42 antennas during EISRA. Recertification resulted in 1A capability, due to unstable platform and low wind parameters.

 

             (3) Training and PQS qualification were stressed with extremely effective results considering a 65 percent turnover in controllers. Completed PQS qualifications were:  Theory 142, Systems 249, Watch Stations 267, and 100 percent advancement for all participants.

 

             (4) Three Z-32-CC competitive exercises for grade were conducted with a grade point average of 99.

             (5) There were two Model IV NTDS program updates delivered and BVP (Beacon Video Processor) installed, allowing full usage of the NTDS CATCC DAIR capabilities. Also, Air Operations has provided significant contributions to the morale of Midway via the Air Plan Cartoon which reflects pungent social comment upon events of the day.

 

             e. Electronic Warfare (EW). Readiness has continued to improve from both an operational and maintenance viewpoint. With the advent of two deployments to the Indian Ocean and direct exposure to real world threat environments, daily training utilizing prospective threat signals became a matter of routine training evolutions for the entire task group. In addition, Midway’s ECM suite was replaced with a new suite of same type providing much better reliability and less down-time to maintenance. Furthermore, most major units of the ECM receiver suite were either rebuilt or replaced/refurbished during the same period, providing far better reliability and increased readiness. Midway’s EMCON posture and training has gained momentum with the promulgation of a new and more readily understandable and formatted instruction which has, assuredly, improved Midway’s capability to rapidly respond to any required EMCON posture.

 

             f. Intelligence.

 

             (1)  The Carrier Intelligence Center (CVIC) provided approximately 950 aircrew briefings and assisted in support of more than 10,000 air wing sorties. During Midway/CVW-5 SSSC more than 4500 surface contacts were investigated. All photography of high interest contacts were processed and hot prints provided within 30 minutes.

 

             (2)  In all, 3004 photographic job orders were completed. To do this, 120,160 units were produced. The photographic lab produced 175 VIP books and 620 color VIP photos for the various flag and ship visitors.

 

             (3)  In real world intelligence reporting, 2600 merchant ship photographic negatives were forwarded to the Naval Intelligence Support Center (NISC) in Washington, D. C. In addition 80 reports were written on Communist Bloc merchant ships and tankers, 1193 reports were written on Free World merchant ships and tankers; 640 reports were written on Soviet Naval ships and aircraft; and 152 reports were written on Free World Naval Ships.

 

             (4)  Real time signal intelligence (SIGINT)/signal security (SIGSEC) information flow among the various command and control, intelligence, and information spaces by 12MC (internal ship communication system) continued to be efficient. The following numbers of Naval Security Group officers and enlisted men from shore based detachments were trained on board:

 

                          Billet                                           Number

                          Division Officers                      8

                          Supervisors                                15

                          Linguists                                    20

                          Operators                                    43

 

             (5)  SIGSEC was aggressively pursued and resulted in an extremely high SIGSEC posture. Extensive briefings on COMSEC, recognition, country orientation, current intel, rules of engagement (ROE) were conducted. During the NTPI CVIC received outstanding comments for the handling and control of emergency action material. The inspecting team reported that “unit personnel demonstrated superior knowledge concerning governing directives.”

 

             (6)  Special Intelligence Communications support was greatly enhanced through the installation of the Tactical Intelligence Communications Subsystem (TACINTEL) in August 1979. This high speed satellite communications subsystem accommodates up to 23 subscriber terminals and interfaces the DCA/NSA AUTODIN/DSSCS network for rapid, reliable, and security special intelligence support. This proved to be an invaluable asset during Indian Ocean contingency operations, when average special intelligence traffic volumes increased to 12,300 messages per month.

 

             2.  Supply Department.

            

During 1979, the Supply Department achieved several significant accomplishments, in spite of and, in some cases, as a result of, two Indian Ocean deployments. Milestones reached included:  complete AVCAL/COSAL inventories with assistance of ISSOT personnel, a complete new MSP package, SECAS validation of electronic systems, an on board branch banking facility established for in-port Yokosuka, S-Jumps and semi-automated payroll procedures, electronic games installed, a new WANG computer received, as well as new tape drives for the U-1500, and MATCONOFF support reaching new highs as did CVW-5 aviation support during the Indian Ocean deployments.

 

             a. AVCAL/COSAL Inventories.  During USS Midway’s EISRA, ISSOT personnel were contracted to assist in a complete inventory of all AVCAL/COSAL material excluding MSP. Each storeroom was validated, multiple locations were consolidated, and excesses were identified and off-loaded. After each storeroom was completed, a spot verification was conducted to ensure in excess of 98 percent validity was achieved.

 

             b. New MSP.  In conjunction with the ISSOT inventories COMNAVAIRPAC supplied a complete new MSP package to replace our on board stocks. 126 cabinets were off-loaded and returned to AIRPAC while 176 new cabinets were installed with approximately 35,000 line items.

 

             c. SECAS Validation.  During the EISRA, a NAVSEASYSCOM SECAS validation of on board systems was conducted. While the complete results have not been fully incorporated into USS Midway’s COSAL, initial off-loads of excesses have begun and support has been requested for those items not previously identified as being on board.

 

             d. Branch Banking Facility. After more than a year of negotiations, USS MIDWAY established an on board branch banking facility to provide full range of banking functions to the crew. SRF constructed a small portable build-wing which could be lifted on board and the Yokosuka branch of Chase Manhattan Bank provides the personnel services. To date, crew acceptance and utilization of this facility has been outstanding.

 

             e. S-JUMPS.  In January 1979, USS Midway’s payroll checks were produced by computer for the first time. S-JUMPS uses the U-1500 computer to print out the approximately 4200 paychecks issued by the disbursing office each payday which greatly reduces the manual effort involved and allows more time for individual counseling concerning pay matters.

 

             f. Electronic Games.  The Retail Sales division aided by COMNAVAIRPAC and NAVRESO struck a blow for shipboard recreation and enhanced the Welfare and Recreation Fund with the installation of electronic games in the Officer, CPO and Crew lounges. The machines have proven to be exceptionally popular with all concerned and are an excellent method to increase the cash resources available to support other recreational programs.

 

             g. A New WANG Computer. After years of manual tracking, the Aviation Support and ADP Divisions received a new WANG computer which will significantly upgrade the methods and information available to mange aviation repairables. The new WANG system when completely operational will, for the first time, provide real time information in the management of AWP, Pool, and Exrep functions.

 

             h. Tape Drives for the U-1500.  In addition to the new WANG computer, the ADP Division received new vacuum tape drives for the U-1500 computer. The new tape drives have significantly reduced down-time while decreasing the run time for normal programs.

 

             i. MATCONOFF.  Material support within the task force reached new highs during 1979. During the first Indian Ocean deployment, MATCONOFF procedures facilitated filling 32 percent of critical material items. During the second Indian Ocean deployment which was extended for 60 days, the fill rate reached an all time high of 48.3 percent.

 

             j. CVW-5 AVCAL Support.  During USS Midway’s October to February Indian Ocean deployment, CVW-5 readiness established an impressive average of 8l percent mission capable and 73 percent full-mission capable aircraft.  COMNAVAIRPAC standards are 70/60, respectively. Aircraft readiness is the product of numerous factors which included supply support. The Maintenance/Supply interface and aggressive management on the part of all concerned combined to maintain NMCS off-ship requisitions at an average of 135 and on-ship expeditious repair actions to an average of 32. Additionally, during this October to February timeframe 77 aircraft engines were received and 62 aircraft engines were transferred during underway replenishments.

 

3. Engineering Department.

 

             a. Significant SHIPALTS commenced:   -

 

             (1) BPDMS

             (2) AN/SPS-48

             (3) Forward Flight Deck Water Washdown and Firefighting System

             (4) AN/SMQ-10 SROE

             (5) 150 ton air conditioning plant forward

             (6) AN/ALE-4l Chaff Pod Stowage

            

b. Significant SHIPALT completed:  Two speed motors for HICAP AFFF units

 

c. Significant SHIPALT continued:  CHT installations.

 

d. Major Casualty:  Fire with personnel death and injury occurred on board USS Midway, on or about 1722, 9 August 1979, in compartment B-439-1/2E, resulted in injuries to Yokosuka SRF workers and ship's company personnel and in the death of one SRF worker.

 

4. Weapons Department has provided a wide variety of services for the deployed air wing, received initial training in the newly installed Basic Point Defense Surface Missile System (BPDSMS) and completed a preliminary evaluation of the Improved Rearming Rates System (IRRS). The IRRS evaluation was conducted in early October in the Subic Operating Area. While problems were identified in Midway’s magazines and assembly area which prevented full IRRS operations, significant increases in arming rates were experienced by CVW-5 ordnance crews. SHIPALTS have been submitted for modifications to magazines, assembly areas and are forthcoming for weapons elevators to facilitate complete IRRS implementations. The BPDSMS Ships Qualification trials (SQT) were conducted in the open ocean off Diego Garcia. The system was well challenged by use of AQM-37A Drones vice the usual BQM or TDU targets. The missile crews performed in an exemplary manner acquiring and maintaining a constant lock on all targets. The actual performance of the electronic interface between the BPDSMS and the RIM 7 Sparrow Missile was questionable, resulting in inconclusive trials. The SQT has been rescheduled for a later date due to current real world tasking for USS Midway. The department also assembled and provided AQM-37A drones for CVW-5 open ocean missilex as well as for the ship’s BPDSMS firings. Live ordnance was provided to CVW-5 for use on weapons ranges in Western Australia and for a SINKEX off Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. Ready service and alert ordnance was constantly provided for CVW-5 aircrews during USS Midway’s extended Indian Ocean operations. Over 948 short tons of ordnance were handled, with over 378 short tons expended. Eleven CONREP and three VERTREP replenishments were completed for a total of 411 lifts (396 short tons) CONREP and 70 lifts (51 short tons) VERTREP. In all, the Weapons Department has met all required commitments and is at a high state of readiness and proficiency.

 

5. Communications  Department.

 

             a. USS Midway transmitted 63,905 and received 205,939 messages during the year.

 

             b. Significant operations included two deployments to the Indian Ocean, (April-June 1979 and September 1979-Present), and special communications support for Vice President Mondale's visit in Hong Kong which entailed satellite connectivity for teletype, secure voice and unsecure voice.

 

             c. In meeting its commitments, Midway maintained long haul satellite and High Frequency radio links with Naval Communications Areas Master Stations (NAVCAMs) at WESTPAC Guam, EASTPAC Honolulu, MED Naples and LANT Norfolk, as well as, Naval Communications Stations (NAVCOMMSTAs) at San Miguel, Philippines, H. E. Holt Australia and Diego Garcia.

 

d. Installations during the period included:

 

             (1) Activation of a second suite of CV-3333/KG-36 equipment for Fleet Secure Voice Common (FLTSEVOCOM) redundancy.

 

             (2) A quantum improvement in message handling was realized with the installation of the AN/SSQ-85 Message Routing and Distribution System (MRDIS) which eliminated manual slotting of messages.

 

             (3) All AN/SGC-1A UHF radio teletype converters were replaced with CV-2460/SGC model converters which afford greater reliability as well as HF and UHF capability.

 

             (4) Improved converter capabilities were also realized with the addition of two CV-3510(k-l)/UG models featuring regeneration circuitry to enhance reception of marginal signals.

 

             (5) The preparation and editing of outgoing message tapes was vastly improved by the addition of two AN/USQ-69 Message Processing Terminals (MPTs).

 

(6) Hard copy message files were virtually eliminated by acquisition of a complete microfilm system which includes cameras and a reader/printer.

 

             (7) Two PARKHILL KY-65 secure voice systems were temporarily installed to support contingency operations during the current Indian Ocean deployment.

 

6. 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 nine dental technicians, 37,770 dental procedures were performed in 9157 patient sittings. In addition, 6,357 plaque control caries prevention instructions were given and 4,590 preventive stannous fluoride applications were administered. A continuing preventive dentistry program was maintained whereby crewmembers were instructed in the theory and technique of correct oral hygiene.

 

7. Safety Department.

 

             a. A 3-M inspection was conducted by COMNAVAIRPAC 3-M Inspection Team 2-6 April 1979. Evaluation was SATISFACTORY with a PMS performance rate of 83 percent.

 

             b. 3-M Assist visit by members of the COMNAVAIRPAC 3-M Inspection Team visited the ship from 26 October - 7 November 1979. This visit provided 3-M indoctrination and an evaluation of the INSURV-80 preparations.

 

8. Deck Department. Significant achievements included:

 

             a. 18 UNREPS with escorts: PARSONS-3, DOWNS-3, STEIN-2, ROBISON-2, HEWETT-2, ENGLAND-1, KNOX-1, EDWARDS-1, ELLIOT-1, and HMAS TORRENS-1.

 

             b. 86 UNREPS with TAO/AO/AOE/AFS/AE/AOR:  NAVASOTA-16, MISPILLION-12, SAN JOSE-11, CAMDEN-10, KAWISHIWI-9, WHITE PLAINS-6, SHASTA-6, PASSUMPSIC-5, MOUNT HOOD-4, PONCHATOULA-2, HALEAKALA-2, WABASH-2 and NIAGARA FALLS-1; Total of 104.

 

             c. 10 Z-31-S Emergency Breakaway drills were conducted.

 

9. Medical Department statistics:

 

Month                Pharmacy Scripts         Lab Tests          X-Rays             Visits

 

JAN                                3901                  1013                  241                    1750

FEB                                4846                  2096                  575                    1674

MAR                              2685                  860                    592                    2305

APR                                2153                  756                    243                    1430

MAY                              3020                  1746                  748                    2406

JUN                                1567                  832                    323                    1381

JUL                                0                        0                        0                        0

AUG                               765                    755                    233                    1898

SEP                                2438                  1199                  363                    2113

OCT                               1778                  2038                  576                    2487

NOV                               3756                  1728                  581                    2453

DEC                               2245                  1826                  589                    2400

 

10. Training Department.

 

             a. The Training Department completed its first full year of operations under the guidance of Commander Jim McDevitt. The Department has been looked upon as a major on board coordinative activity for ship-wide evolutions. New programs were introduced during the year:

 

             (1) A Leadership and Management Course

             (2) A Petty Officer Academy

             (3) A Drug and Alcohol Training, Counseling and Retrieval Program

             (4) A Command Advancement Program

 

             b. The Phase II Coordinator collateral duty was added to the job of the Training Officer and the Human Resources Management Specialist was assigned to this department.

             c. A PQS Library was established under the control of the PQS Coordinator, Lieutenant (junior grade) Richard Hopper.

 

             d. The Education Program was expanded to include vocational PACE programs offered by San Diego Community College.

 

11. Air Department.

 

             a. (C) Monthly Statistics

 

                          Arrested            Catapult/Free                              JP-5 Fuel

Month                Landings          Deck Launches                          Consumed (Gal)

 

JAN                   539                    538                                              829,376

FEB                   1489                  1447                                            2,628,027

MAR                 1386                  1472                                            2,566,432

APR                   1181                  1131                                            2,160,489

MAY                 1651                  1651                                            3,105,600

JUN                   220                    275                                              733,418

JUL                   0                        0                                                  0

AUG                  585                    531                                              931,819

SEP                   228                    244                                              448,130

OCT                  1230                  1213                                            2,402,085

NOV                  1680                  1678                                            3,109,074

DEC                  1874                  1875                                            3,583,156

 

b. Milestones.

 

             (1) 233,000th landing 7 February by Captain K. Thomas/Captain A. Johnson/1st Lieutenant E. Mayer/1st Lieutenant D. Lehman (EA6B, VMAQ-2).

 

             (2) 234,000th landing 28 February by Commander R. Flower (A7E, VA-56).

 

             (3) 235,000th landing 10 March by Lieutenant Commander R. Hull (A7E, VA-56).

 

             (4) 236,000th landing 23 April by Lieutenant D. Bryant/Lieutenant W. Smyth (F4J, VF-161).

 

             (5) 237,000th landing 13 May by Commander H. Wisely/Lieutenant C. Bednash (F4J, VF-151).

 

             (6) 238,000th landing 28 May by Lieutenant Commander B. Dysart/Lieutenant (junior grade) F. McClellan (F4J, VF-151).

 

             (7) 239,000th landing 29 August by Lieutenant Commander B. Dysart/Lieutenant (junior grade) F. McClellan (F4J, VF-151).

 

(8) 100,000th "Cat Shot" off Number Two Cat.

 

             (9) 240,000th landing 18 October by Lieutenant Commander H. Rittenhour (A7E, VA-56).

 

             (10) 241,000th landing 13 November by Lieutenant B. Taylor/Lieutenant (junior grade) D. Sims (KA6D, VA-115).

 

             (11) 242,000th landing 27 November by Lieutenant Commander J. Dodd/Lieutenant (junior grade) P. Hoenniger (F4J, VF-l6l).

 

             (12) 243,000th landing 15 December by Lieutenant Cuff /Lieutenant Rigerink (C2A, VRC-50).

 

             (13) 244,000th landing 31 December by Commander Corcoran/Lieutenant (junior grade) Reline (F4J, VF-l6l).

 

12. Navigation Department.

 

             a. Days Underway:                    210.5

             b. Days In-port Yokosuka:       115

             c. Days in Other Ports:             39.5

             d. Linear Miles Steamed:         39,812.8NM

             e. Station Miles Steamed:        26,880.2NM

             f. Total Miles Steamed:            66,693NM

 

13. Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD).

 

             a. First Quarter.

 

             (1) AIMD Production Information:

 

                                       Components                  Components

Month                             Processed                      Repaired                        %RFI

 

JAN                                1720                               1278                               74.3

FEB                                2985                               2022                               71.5

MAR                              1677                               1196                               71.3

 

(2) Ship's C-1A ASD Data:

 

Flight Hours     Number            Arrested            Operational

Month                Flown                Flights               Landings          Ready

 

JAN                   66.1                   36                      6                        94.4

FEB                   70.5                   35                      20                      85.8

MAR                 69.8                   46                      12                      77.8

 

 

             (3) The following are submitted as noteworthy events within AIMD from 1 January to 31 March 1979:

 

             (a) On 21 February AIMD established capability to process DRAP APX-76/RT793/ASQ. This is a program designed to improve the reliability of airborne IFF Systems.

 

             (b) AIMD surveyed all its personnel during the period 27-28 February as participants in the HRMD program.

 

             (c) AIMD Individual Material Readiness List (IMRL) review by COMNAVAIRPAC was conducted 27-30 March. Type Commander representatives were very impressed with progress made over the past year and the thorough preparation made for the conference.

 

             (d) GSE and the ship's C-1A both received satisfactory grades during the COMFAIRWESTPAC Semi-Annual Corrosion Control Inspection held 27-29 March.

 

             (e) Ship's C-lA BUNO 146036 service life expired on 31 March. An extension was approved by the Commanding Officer based upon its material condition for a period of 90 days to commence 1 April.

 

             b. Second Quarter.

 

             (l) AIMD Production Information:

 

                          Components                  Components

Month                Processed                      Repaired                                     %RFI

 

APR                   2741                               1906                                            69.6

MAY                 3161                               2260                                            71.4

JUN                   1252                               730                                              58.3

 

(2) Ship's C-1A ASD Data:

 

                          Flight Hours                  Number            Arrested            Operational

Month                Flown                             Flights               Landings          Ready

 

APR                   13.7                                8                        2                        N/A

MAY                 7.5                                  5                        2                        N/A

JUN                   57.5                                27                      3                        95.6

 

             (3) The following are submitted as noteworthy events within AMD from 1 April to 30 June 1979:

 

             (a) AIMD was visited by the COMNAVAIRPAC Maintenance Management Advisory Team 7-9 June.

 

             (b) Training was provided to AIMD by a COMNAVAIRPAC Representative on a new, required system of status tracking for Ground Support Equipment (GSE). During this visit, the same representative conducted an audit of GSE procedures.

 

             (c) On 25 June, field teams from NARF Alameda and NARF North Island came aboard for rehabilitation work on AMD Test Benches and installed equipment.  This effort was still in progress as the quarter ended.

 

             (d) Ship's C-1A was temporarily transferred to VRC-50 during the period 11 April to 6 June.

 

             c. Third Quarter.

 

             (l) AIMD Production Information:

 

                          Components                  Components

Month                Processed                      Repaired                                     %RFI

 

JUL                   123*                               11*                                              9.8*

AUG                  1878                               1211                                            64.4

SEP                   1334                               841                                              63.0

 

*Figures for the month of July are not statistically significant because:

 

             - Documents for July were declared invalid throughout the Navy because validation specifications used on Data Processing Centers had not been promulgated.

 

             -The preponderance of work performed during this month was at NAF Atsugi and was documented at that Activity.

 

             (2) Ship's C-1A ASD Data:

 

                          Flight Hours     Number            Arrested            Operational

Month                Flown                Flights               Landings          Ready

 

JUL                   57.5                   26                      0                        90.8

AUG                  78.7                   36                      8                        78.7

SEP                   52.2                   27                      2                        88.3

 

             (3) The following are submitted as noteworthy events within AIMD from 1 July to 30 September 1979.

 

             (a) J-79 engine afterburner repair capability was inaugurated in AIMD on 6 July.

 

             (b) COMFAIRWESTPAC conducted a corrosion control inspection of Ground Support Equipment, the C-1A aircraft, and corrosion control procedures from 24-26 September. All areas were satisfactory.

 

             (c) The C-1A aircraft was inducted into Special Depot Level

 

             d. Fourth Quarter.

 

             (l) AIMD repairable component production information:

 

                          Components                  Components

Month                Processed                      Repaired                                     %RFI

 

OCT                  3520                               2489                                            70.7

NOV                  3617                               2481                                            68.6

DEC                  3940                               2896                                            73.5

 

             (2) Ship's C-1A ASD Data:  The C-1A was in Special Depot Level Maintenance (SDLM) throughout this reporting period and accumulated no flight time or readiness data.

 

             (3) The following are submitted as noteworthy events within AIMD from 1 October to 31 December:

 

             (a) The Power Plants Branch made a significant improvement in making engines available either prior to or shortly after a demand was placed by the user.

 

             (b) The Airframes Shop performed numerous structural repairs normally performed at the depot level of maintenance including honeycomb/structural repairs to F-4 outer wing panels, the repair of A-7 horizontal stabilizers and the repair of several A-6 dynamic components.

 

             (c) The General Maintenance and Avionics/Weapons Divisions of AIMD have provided extensive services to other units of the battle group including:

 

             1. Hydraulic hose and line manufacture and repair.

 

             2. Helicopter door structural repair.

 

             3. Performance of periodic inspections of aviators' survival equipment for helicopter detachments.

 

             4. Calibration services for aviation facility ships and other battle group ships, cryptographic repair and micro-miniature repair.

 

             (d) Availability of Group Support Equipment, supported by AIMD, increased a significant amount in both quantity and quality when compared to previous operating periods. This accomplishment has enhanced the operational capability in all areas dependent upon this equipment.

 

14. Marine Detachment.

 

             a. Personnel. The Detachment's number of personnel fluctuated throughout the year, with as much as twenty percent of the command rotated at a time. Such turbulences proved traumatic due to the indoctrination into the Personnel Reliability Program and mandatory security training. No shortages or overages were experienced within the officer and staff non-commissioned billets. As a general statement, the quality of the enlisted Marine was high. There were a few exceptions. The Detachment disqualified nine Marines from the Personnel Reliability Program.  Suitable replacements are usually received approximately sixty days after a problem Marine has been transferred. Commandant of the Marine Corps letter MPC-71-cw 5320 of 25 September 1979 stated that the Marine Detachment USS Midway (CV-4l) would have its T/0 increased to 60 enlisted Marines in order to facilitate a three section watch. The increase and the three section watch was for a trial period of six months with specific questions in the form of an after action report to be made to the Commandant of the Marine Corps. The Midway Detachment was to be the test unit for the Marine Corps.

 

             b. Administration. The Detachment's administrative procedures, systems and effectiveness improved significantly throughout the year. The year-end statistical averages reflected the high quality of Detachment administrators. The reenlistment rate remained at 100 percent. The STAR report for the year reflects a 98 percent acceptance rate.

 

             c. Training. The Detachment's training program was vigorous throughout the year. At-sea training stressed guard/security professionalism. The classroom approach was taken toward teaching MOS related subjects. Physical training and organized athletics were conducted regularly. MCI courses were found to be instrumental in augmenting the Detachment's training program. The highlight of the Detachment's training year was during the June-August EISRA. The Detachment was divided into two groups, each spending a month at Subic Naval Base. Each group re-qualified with the rifle and pistol, was given water survival instruction and tested, underwent a grueling physical training program, and attended Jungle Environment and Survival Training (JEST). The above mentioned period was instrumental in lifting morale and increasing professionalism.

 

             d. Special Projects.

 

             (l) The Marine Detachment Silent Drill Team performed in numerous places.  Its splendid display of military drill and ceremony brought great credit upon the Detachment and the USS Midway. The all-volunteer team spent many hours mastering the adroit execution of silent drill. The drill team received many noteworthy comments from audiences of military VIP's, foreign nationals, and international dignitaries.

 

             (2) The Detachment raised $1,026 for the families of the Marines injured in the 1979 Camp Fuji fire. First Sergeant J. W. Winborn, Jr. responded immediately in organizing this donation campaign. The Midway Marines were elated to give to a cause that benefited other Marines. The money was sent to the Marine Corps League Alamo Unit for disbursement.

 

             (3) Ceremonies. Although unique in its ability to perform ceremonially with either a silent drill team or an honor guard which responds to silent commands, the Detachment is seldom called upon by the ship to perform such functions. On 7 September the honor guard participated in the USS Midway Change of Command.  The silent drill team also performed for Captain T. F. Brown's farewell party at the Yokosuka Officers' Club on 11 August. Additionally, it was called upon to perform on 26 September on the anniversary of the USS Midway’s commissioning. A very meaningful Marine Corps Birthday ceremony was conducted in Perth, Western Australia. The 204th Birthday was highlighted by the traditional pomp and pageantry.  A most enjoyable time was had by all.