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At sea in the Western Pacific, 30 November 1974. Good overhead showing stern of Midway after her 1966-1970 overhaul: note 3 deck-edge elevators, two to starboard (forward and abaft the island) and one to port. F-4s, A-6s, A-7s, E-2s and an SH-3 are shown on the flight deck - NS024105 - USN. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024105.jpg

 

22nd deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Okinawa Op-area, Philippine Sea, Binanga Bay, R.P., Subic op-area, East China Sea, Gulf of Siam, her 4th Indian Ocean, on her 23rd South China Sea, for Flight Operations for Carrier Requalification, to under go EA-6B Van installation completed and operation verified aboard Midway; conducting ASWEX U2-79; participating in a passing exercise (PASSEX Jl-79) with the Japanese destroyer JDS Yugumo and JDS Asagumo (with COMCORTDIV 23 embarked); CV ADEX/war-at-sea exercise with USS Constellation (CV-64), still in the Okinawa Op-area; Exercise Blue Sky, providing aircraft services to the Republic of China Air Force's (CAF) new automated air defense system; Defense Nuclear Surety Inspection (DNSI) conducted by Chief Inspector for Weapons, Commander Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, during transit to the Subic op-area and COMNAVAIRPAC Chief Inspector for Weapons assisted by Inspection Board members from COMNUWPNTRAGRUPAC (Nuclear Weapons Training Group Pacific) inspected all remaining areas necessary to complete the Navy Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI), and Nuclear Safety Survey (NSS); conducting full daily schedules of flight operations, drills and exercises including a search and rescue (SAR) exercise with USS Richard S. Edwards (DD-950); MISSILEX in the Subic Op-area with USS Davidson (FF-1045) and USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22), while the SAREX provides excellent training in SAR procedures and the air-to-air missile exercise, held in conjunction with the USAF First Test Squadron at Poro Point, Republic of the Philippines, intended to expose fighter aircrews to an air combat training environment that approximated "real world" and will make the transit for her very first visit to Pattaya Beach, steaming north in the Gulf of Siam, and upon conclusion will operate in the Indian Ocean and then make her South China Sea/Transit to Subic for shipboard as well as aircraft exercises and drills conducted in the Subic op-areas, conducting MINEX BRAVO to provide warm-up training for the upcoming MINEX ALPHA in the Binanga Bay, R.P. (9 November to 23 December 1978) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep (24 December 1978 to 10 January 1979).

(9 November 1978 to 10 January 1979)

CHAPTER LVIII

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM M. S. Holcomb, COMCARGRU ONE, serving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 since 21 August 1978 assigned and CDR S. D. Langdon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) 9 November 1978, with Captain Thomas Francis Brown III, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, on her 22nd deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleetin the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Okinawa Op-area, Philippine Sea, Binanga Bay, R.P., Subic op-area, East China Sea, Gulf of Siam, her 4th Indian Ocean, on her 23rd South China Sea, for Flight Operations for Carrier Requalification, to under go EA-6B Van installation completed and operation verified aboard Midway; conducting ASWEX U2-79; participating in a passing exercise (PASSEX Jl-79) with the Japanese destroyer JDS Yugumo and JDS Asagumo (with COMCORTDIV 23 embarked); CV ADEX/war-at-sea exercise with USS Constellation (CV-64), still in the Okinawa Op-area; Exercise Blue Sky, providing aircraft services to the Republic of China Air Force's (CAF) new automated air defense system; Defense Nuclear Surety Inspection (DNSI) conducted by Chief Inspector for Weapons, Commander Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, during transit to the Subic op-area and COMNAVAIRPAC Chief Inspector for Weapons assisted by Inspection Board members from COMNUWPNTRAGRUPAC (Nuclear Weapons Training Group Pacific) inspected all remaining areas necessary to complete the Navy Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI), and Nuclear Safety Survey (NSS); conducting full daily schedules of flight operations, drills and exercises including a search and rescue (SAR) exercise with USS Richard S. Edwards (DD-950); MISSILEX in the Subic Op-area with USS Davidson (FF-1045) and USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22), while the SAREX provides excellent training in SAR procedures and the air-to-air missile exercise, held in conjunction with the USAF First Test Squadron at Poro Point, Republic of the Philippines, intended to expose fighter aircrews to an air combat training environment that approximated "real world" and will make the transit for her very first visit to Pattaya Beach, steaming north in the Gulf of Siam, and upon conclusion will operate in the Indian Ocean and then make her South China Sea/Transit to Subic for shipboard as well as aircraft exercises and drills conducted in the Subic op-areas, conducting MINEX BRAVO to provide warm-up training for the upcoming MINEX ALPHA in the Binanga Bay, R.P.; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 24th deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. She will under go her 30th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. She will under go her 40th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II(Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978). 

 

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

(9 November to 23 December 1978)

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (22nd Forward Deployed)

Western

Pacific

Region

Pacific Ocean Okinawa

Op-area

Subic Op-area

Philippine Sea Binanga Bay, R.P.

ECS

Gulf of Siam

23rd SCS

4th IO

CVW-5

NF

9 Nov 1978

23 Dec 1978

Western Pacific

40th FWFD

45-days

Flight Operations for Carrier Requalification, to under go EA-6B Van installation completed and operation verified aboard Midway; conducting ASWEX U2-79; participating in a passing exercise (PASSEX Jl-79) with the Japanese destroyer JDS Yugumo and JDS Asagumo (with COMCORTDIV 23 embarked); CV ADEX/war-at-sea exercise with USS Constellation (CV-64), still in the Okinawa Op-area; Exercise Blue Sky, providing aircraft services to the Republic of China Air Force's (CAF) new automated air defense system; Defense Nuclear Surety Inspection (DNSI) conducted by Chief Inspector for Weapons, Commander Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, during transit to the Subic op-area and COMNAVAIRPAC Chief Inspector for Weapons assisted by Inspection Board members from COMNUWPNTRAGRUPAC (Nuclear Weapons Training Group Pacific) inspected all remaining areas necessary to complete the Navy Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI), and Nuclear Safety Survey (NSS); conducting full daily schedules of flight operations, drills and exercises including a search and rescue (SAR) exercise with USS Richard S. Edwards (DD-950); MISSILEX in the Subic Op-area with USS Davidson (FF-1045) and USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22), while the SAREX provides excellent training in SAR procedures and the air-to-air missile exercise, held in conjunction with the USAF First Test Squadron at Poro Point, Republic of the Philippines, intended to expose fighter aircrews to an air combat training environment that approximated "real world" and will make the transit for her very first visit to Pattaya Beach, steaming north in the Gulf of Siam, and upon conclusion will operate in the Indian Ocean and then make her South China Sea/Transit to Subic for shipboard as well as aircraft exercises and drills conducted in the Subic op-areas, conducting MINEX BRAVO to provide warm-up training for the upcoming MINEX ALPHA in the Binanga Bay, R.P.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4J

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4J

VA-93

Ravens - Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7E

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7E

VA-115

Eagles - Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder - Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6E / KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

601-604

E-2B

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps - Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 610

RF-4B

VMAQ-2 Det.

Playboys - Marines Electronics Warfare

Grumman - Intruder -      Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

(CY) 620

EA-6A

HC-1 Det. 2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3G

 

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) put to sea again on the morning of 9 November 1978, immediately began flight operations for Carrier Requalification, and became peripherally involved in ASWEX U2-79 which was fully occupying the small boys USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22), USS Richard S. Edwards (DD-950), USS Davidson (FF-1045) and USS Navasota (AO-106), along with PATRON 48.

 

      EA-6B Van installation completed and operation verified aboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 9 November 1978, commencing ASWEX U2-79 the same day.

 

      Thirty six retired JSDF Flag/General officers visited Midway the following day.  They were welcomed aboard by RADM Holcomb and CAPT Brown and given ship's tours as well as the opportunity to observe flight operations. Midway continued a full schedule of visits and exercises for the remainder of November. On the 11th the Commander, U.S. Air Forces, Korea visited the ship with members of his staff.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted ASWEX U2-79 from 9 to 12 November 1978. On the 13th, training began in earnest for the upcoming Defense Nuclear Surety Inspection (DNSI), Navy Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI), and Nuclear Safety Survey (NSS). The Weapons Department began daily drills and throughout the rest of the ship various other departments brought records up to date, revised instructions and notices, and practiced local procedures for completing this most grueling of operational requirements. Midway Training Department was established on 13 November 1978.

 

      On 14 November 1978, Midway and CVW-5, as well as USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22), USS Richard S. Edwards (DD-950), USS Davidson (FF-1045), participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX Jl-79) with the Japanese destroyer JDS Yugumo and JDS Asagumo (with COMCORTDIV 23 embarked). The professionalism and enthusiasm of the Japanese units were particularly impressive.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) PASSEX was followed on 16 November 1978 by a CV/CV ADEX/war-at-sea exercise with USS Constellation (CV-64), still in the Okinawa Op-area.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Exercise Blue Sky, providing aircraft services to the Republic of China Air Force's (CAF) new automated air defense system. The system had just been transferred to the CAF on 1 November 1978 and one aim of exercise Blue Sky was to exercise and evaluate all aspects, military and civilian, of the ROC air defense system from 17 to 18 November 1978. Phase One of the exercise included having the Midway task group simulate a Soviet surface action group (SAG) and carry out a surface attack against the USS Constellation (CV-64) task group with Midway aircraft simulating SS-N-3 missiles. Phase Two reversed sides with Constellation simulating the SAG for an attack against Midway. Phase Three consisted of Midway and Constellation VF aircraft launching for a defended point exercise. CTG 77.4 summarized the exercise with the following: "The exercise was invaluable training. All areas of warfare were effectively exercised in a most realistic scenario." In conjunction with Exercise Blue Sky, RADM Linder, Commander of United States Taiwan Defense Command, visited Midway with Vice CINC Chinese Air Force, Deputy Commandant Chinese Marine Corps, and other Republic of China officers on 18 November 1978. The schedule of events included tours of various spaces, observation of launch and recovery operations, meetings with Captain Brown and RADM Holcomb and lunch in the Flag Mess.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Defense Nuclear Surety Inspection (DNSI), Navy Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI) and Nuclear Safety Survey (NSS) from 19 to 24 November 1978.

 

      As scheduled USS Midway (CV-41) transited to the Subic op-area and received a Defense Nuclear Surety Inspection (DNSI) conducted by Chief Inspector for Weapons, Commander Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, during the period 19 through 24 November 1978. Upon completion of the DNSI, COMNAVAIRPAC Chief Inspector for Weapons assisted by Inspection Board members from Nuclear Weapons Training Group Pacific (COMNUWPNTRAGRUPAC) inspected all remaining areas necessary to complete the Navy Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI) and Nuclear Safety Survey (NSS). All areas requiring inspection were covered. The objective of the inspection was to evaluate and recertify Midway’s capability to perform assigned nuclear tasking. The inspection revealed no significant and only four minor deficiencies. A grade of "satisfactory" was assigned for the inspection (only an adjective grade of "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory" is considered).

 

The final report noted that:

 

     “USS Midway is continuously forward deployed to an area where political sensitivity precludes establishment of formal schools on, or inport training with special weapons. The highly successful completion of the DNSI and NTPI is indicative of the command attention given to the exceptional screening and training measures required in this environment.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted full daily schedules of flight operations, drills and exercises including a search and rescue (SAR) exercise on the 24th with USS Richard S. Edwards (DD-950) on the 24 November 1978” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted MISSILEX in the Subic Op-area from 26 to 27 November 1978, conducting missile exercises on the 26th and 27th with USS Davidson (FF-1045) and USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22). All participants considered the SAREX to have provided excellent training in SAR procedures. Effective coordination between surface and air units enabled a very small target to be located expeditiously. The air-to-air missile exercise, held in conjunction with the USAF First Test Squadron at Poro Point, Republic of the Philippines, was intended to expose fighter aircrews to an air combat training environment that approximated "real world". Poor missile performance, however, seriously degraded the overall value of the exercises” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) was at sea conducting exercises from 9 to 30 November 1978, conducting an Aerial demonstration, tours and luncheon for Thai Prime Minister, his cabinet, and the U. S. Ambassador to Thailand on 1 December 1978. It was indeed a ready and anticipatory crew which devoured every written and spoken word about Thailand as Midway made the transit for her very first visit to Pattaya Beach. December 1st 1978 was a most interesting day for many people. Early in the morning Midway steamed north in the Gulf of Siam until she was within easy helicopter range of U-Tapao. At 1015 hours two Midway helicopters were launched to that base. During the next hundred minutes Thai and USN helicopters transported virtually the entire Thai government out to Midway’s flight deck for a special demonstration of Thai-American friendship and goodwill. Thai Prime Minister, His Excellency General Kriangsak Chomanan, was escorted to the ship by the Honorable Morton I. Abramowitz, the United States Ambassador to Thailand. Accompanying the Prime Minister and Ambassador were deputy ministers, cabinet members, senior military officials, such as the Supreme Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, the Commanders-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy, Air Force, and Army, as well as numerous aides. The ship was well prepared for these distinguished guests. The tour and luncheon went extremely well. The launch, aerial demonstration, and recovery fascinated and impressed the visitors. They reluctantly re-boarded their helos and returned to U-Tapao as Midway steamed to her anchorage off Pattaya Beach. The degree of success of that day was reflected in the following cable sent to the Secretary of Defense and the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific by Ambassador Abramowitz:

 

     “I want you to know that the visit of USS Midway was an outstanding success.  Prime Minister Kriangsak Chomanan and virtually his entire cabinet, plus top officers of Royal Thai Armed Forces (RTARF) visited the ship December 1 and were highly impressed with out­standing performance, capped by an excellent air show put on by officers and crew.

 

....Presence of aircraft carrier and Thai officials' experience on board have had a favorable impact on RTG perception of U.S. policy in area and provides type of concrete backing needed for our repeated affirmation that the U.S. tends to remain a Pacific power.

 

....I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to DOD and U.S. Navy for this excellent contribution to our policy goals in Thailand. Warm regards. Abramowitz.'”

 

      Announcement of the CINCPACFLT Golden Anchor Award to Midway and to VA-93 was made on 1 December 1978. This annual award was established in 1970 as a visible means of recognition for commands attaining excellence in career motivation programs. Only one such award is made for all the afloat (hull) commands in COMNAVAIRPAC. A command's grade is based on the performance standards achieved by its retention team over a command inspection cycle, the number of trained career counselors assigned, the quality of reports maintained, and the utilization of class "A" school quotas. Midway won the award with the following retention statistics:

 

                                       ELIGIBLE       INELIGIBLE          REENLISTED      PERCENT (net)

FIRST TERM              119                    70                                   55                      46.2

CAREER                        87                     2                                     72                      82.7

 

     What was scheduled to be a routine and uneventful transit to Subic with USS Somers (DD-947) and USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22) task group en route to the Indian Ocean. The task group consisted of a Kotlin, a Kresta, two Petyas, a Natya, an AO and AGI. Somers was detached to shadow the Soviets and Midway was tasked to photograph and track them.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) anchored for a port of call at Pattaya Beach, Thailand on 2 December 1978. That night boats were hired to carry crew members into the surf at the edge of a picture post card beach.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) anchored for a port of call at Pattaya Beach, Thailand from 2 to 6 December 1978. The five days were filled with the many and varied pleasures that only Thailand can offer. Thousands of reluctant men left Pattaya wishing for more.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) operated in the South China Sea/Transit to Subic from 7 to 11 December 1978, conducting MINEX BRAVO in the Subic Op-area on 11 December 1978. Two full days of shipboard as well as aircraft exercises and drills were conducted in the Subic op-areas 9, 10, and 11 December 1978 prior to entering port. A MINEX BRAVO was conducted very successfully on the 11th. It provided warm-up training for the upcoming MINEX ALPHA. An unscheduled AAWEX was also conducted with Midway and USS Somers (DDG-34) pitted against F-4 CAP and A-6 "raid aircraft" but land drag on radars due to close proximity reduced detection capability and consequently reduced the effectiveness of the exercise.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) arrived Subic Bay, R. P. in the early morning and was berthed at Alava Pier on 12 December 1978.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) made a port of call at Subic Bay, R.P. from 12 to 16 December 1978. The six day inport provided the opportunity for Ship Repair Facility to accomplish much needled work on the ship. Midway got underway for Yokosuka 17 December 1978. The air wing fly on occurred in early afternoon. Later that same day the scheduled MINEX BRAVO in the Binanga Bay, R.P. was only partially completed because of a fouled range.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted MINEX ALPHA in the Binanga Bay, R.P. on 18 December 1978 and was a success however as was the deck qualification of the US-3A aircraft which could thereafter be used as COD. A full day of flight operations followed on the 19th.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) unscheduled AAWEX conducted during cyclic flight ops resulted in excellent training as a prelude to the upcoming CV/CV WASEX with USS Constellation (CV-64) on 20 December 1978. This ADEX was with Constellation. Because of fuel and time constraints it was limited to two phases. The objective of Phase One was for each task group (Blue and Orange) to detect and track opposing forces in preparation for surface-to-surface missile attacks by Orange (Constellation) and War-at-Sea strikes by Blue (Midway) in Phase Two. Participants in the exercise included Midway, USS Worden (CG-18), USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22), USS Parsons (DD-949), USS Davidson (FF-1045) and USS Navasota (AO-106) as the Blue task group and Constellation, USS Leahy (CG-16, former DLG, USS Morton (DD-948), USS Kansas City (AOR-3), and USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) as Orange. Much valuable training was accomplished.

 

      “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Transit to Yokosuka from 17 to 22 December 1978, conducting MINEX BRAVO (17 December 1978) and MINEX ALFA (18 December 1978) in the Binanga Bay, R.P. on 18 December 1978 and CV/CV WASEX with USS Constellation (CV-64) on 20 December 1978. A full training schedule was maintained throughout the remaining three days of transit to Yokosuka. Fly off of the air wing for Christmas occurred on the 21st and 22nd” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

     “On 23 December 1978, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM M. S. Holcomb, COMCARGRU ONE, serrving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 since 21 August 1978 assigned and CDR S. D. Langdon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Thomas Francis Brown III, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, ending her 22nd deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Okinawa Op-area, Philippine Sea, Binanga Bay, R.P., Subic op-area, East China Sea, Gulf of Siam, her 4th Indian Ocean, on her 23rd South China Sea, for Flight Operations for Carrier Requalification, to under go EA-6B Van installation completed and operation verified aboard Midway; conducting ASWEX U2-79; participating in a passing exercise (PASSEX Jl-79) with the Japanese destroyer JDS Yugumo and JDS Asagumo (with COMCORTDIV 23 embarked); CV ADEX/war-at-sea exercise with USS Constellation (CV-64), still in the Okinawa Op-area; Exercise Blue Sky, providing aircraft services to the Republic of China Air Force's (CAF) new automated air defense system; Defense Nuclear Surety Inspection (DNSI) conducted by Chief Inspector for Weapons, Commander Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, during transit to the Subic op-area and COMNAVAIRPAC Chief Inspector for Weapons assisted by Inspection Board members from COMNUWPNTRAGRUPAC (Nuclear Weapons Training Group Pacific) inspected all remaining areas necessary to complete the Navy Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI), and Nuclear Safety Survey (NSS); conducting full daily schedules of flight operations, drills and exercises including a search and rescue (SAR) exercise with USS Richard S. Edwards (DD-950); MISSILEX in the Subic Op-area with USS Davidson (FF-1045) and USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22), while the SAREX provides excellent training in SAR procedures and the air-to-air missile exercise, held in conjunction with the USAF First Test Squadron at Poro Point, Republic of the Philippines, intended to expose fighter aircrews to an air combat training environment that approximated "real world" and will make the transit for her very first visit to Pattaya Beach, steaming north in the Gulf of Siam, and upon conclusion will operate in the Indian Ocean and then make her South China Sea/Transit to Subic for shipboard as well as aircraft exercises and drills conducted in the Subic op-areas, conducting MINEX BRAVO to provide warm-up training for the upcoming MINEX ALPHA in the Binanga Bay, R.P.; an unscheduled AAWEX was also conducted with Midway and USS Somers (DDG-34) pitted against F-4 CAP and A-6 "raid aircraft" but land drag on radars due to close proximity reduced detection capability and consequently reduced the effectiveness of the exercise; a second MINEX BRAVO in the Binanga Bay, R.P. was only partially completed because of a fouled range; MINEX ALPHA in the Binanga Bay, R.P. and the unscheduled AAWEX conducted during cyclic flight ops resulted in excellent training as a prelude to the upcoming CV/CV WASEX with USS Constellation (CV-64). Ports of call included: Pattaya Beach, Thailand and Subic Bay, R. P. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4J; VF-151, F-4J; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, A-6A / KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VMAQ-2 Det., EA-6A and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 24th deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. Her 30th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. Her 40th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II (11 April to 23 May 1978)(Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

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

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

EAST COAST

Battle Efficiency Award (Navy "E" Ribbon), marking her as the outstanding carrier in the Pacific Fleet – Ref. 1180B

NOV 1965

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

01 JUL 77 ~ 31 DEC 78

01 JUL 80 ~ 31 DEC 81

01 JAN 82 ~ 30 JUN 83

01 JAN 90 ~ 31 DEC 90

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

23rd SCS

40th FWFD

 

Navy Unit Commendation

Navy Unit Commendation (Four Awards)

Vietnam

16 APR ~ 04 NOV 65

Operation "Frequent Wind"

29 ~ 30 APR 75

Indian Ocean

01 JAN 78 ~ 30 JUN 79

Operation "Desert Storm"

17 JAN ~ 07 FEB 91

01 JAN 78 ~ 30 JUN 79

 

same

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) 22nd deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Okinawa Op-area, Philippine Sea, Binanga Bay, R.P., Subic op-area, East China Sea, Gulf of Siam, her 4th Indian Ocean, on her 23rd South China Sea for Flight Operations for Carrier Requalification, to under go EA-6B Van installation completed and operation verified aboard Midway Summary (9 November to 23 December 1978) – Chapter 58, Appendix I.

 

     1978 CV-41 Visitors and Ceremonies aboard – Chapter 58, Appendix II.

 

    USS MIDWAY (CV-41) 1978 YEARS END SUMMARY – Chapter 58, Appendix III.

 

      “By nightfall USS Midway (CV-41) was silenced since not a creature was stirring unless he had duty.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) Repair Facility worked at a reduced pace during Christmas week while the officers and crew spent the holidays with their families, friends and loved ones. The Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC) ended the year on another up note for Midway by nominating CV-41 as the Pacific Fleet candidate for the Admiral Flatley Memorial Award for Safety. The nomination read as follows:

 

      Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet nominates the USS Midway/CVW-5 team for the Admiral Flatley Memorial Award. During CY-78 the USS Midway/CVW-5 team made substantial progress not only in aviation safety (2accidents for purpose of award determination in CY-78 versus 8 in FY-CY-77) but also in Surface 3-M documentation and overall improvement in material condition and readiness posture.

 

     This is especially noteworthy in view of the problems associated with the fact that Midway is not only the oldest operational CV, but the only "Forward Deployed" carrier as well. During this period the Air Wing transitioned to new series aircraft without the assistance of a formal FRS squadron. Additionally, it was necessary to accomplish this transition at bases away from the ship/Air Wing home stations due to the limited facilities for training and support available at that station. Ship/CVW Standard Operating Procedures and tactical plans were rewritten to eliminate problems discovered during the previous year and a vigorous safety program implemented. The fruits of the above efforts are readily apparent. Units comprising CVW-5 are:  VF-151, VF-161, VA-56, VA-93, VA-115, VAW-115, HC-1 Det 2, VMAQ-2 and VMFP-3. The Admiral Flatley Award is the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) annual award for the aircraft carrier with the best safety record for the year. Midway’s only competitor is a carrier to be nominated from the Atlantic Fleet.

 

      CDR S. D. Langdon on 20 January 1978 through 31 December 1978 relieves CDR W. B. Kirkconnell on 20 October 1976 through 20 January 1978 AS Commander CVW-5.

 

      The new year began with USS Midway (CV-41) in-port Yokosuka for holiday leave and upkeep. This in-port period was routine except for various visitors.

 

      Between 7 and 8 January 1979, Vice Admiral R. P. Coogan, Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific (COMNAVAIRPAC), and members of his staff were welcomed aboard USS Midway (CV-41) by Rear Admiral Holcomb, Commander Carrier Group ONE and Captain T. F. Brown III. During his visit, he met with the Commanding Officer, department heads and squadron Commanding Officers while his staff members met with various department heads and other key officers for discussions within their respective areas of responsibility.

 

      The Commander Naval Air Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC) and members of his staff accompanied by Vice Admiral Foley, COMSEVENTHFLT visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 8 January 1979. Visitors included:

 

VADM R. P. Coogan                                          COMNAVAIRPAC

VAD S. R. Foley                                                 COMSEVENTHFLT

CAPT R. R. Worchesek                                     Force Shore Activities Officer

CAPT T. J. Ryan                                                 Force Material Officer

CAPT H. R. Pearl                                               Ship’s Training Officer

CAPT W. K. Rhodes                                          Force Safety Officer

CAPT W. G. Willson                                          Force Chaplain

CAPT “E” I. Carmichael                                   Force Readiness Officer

CAPT J. H. Ruehlin                                            Force Supply Officer

CAPT D. S. Teachout                                         Force Personnel Officer

CAPT C. R. Fike                                                 Force Budget and Accounting Officer

LCDR J. I. Maslowski                                       Flag Lieutenant

AECM T. S. Crow                                              Force Master Chief

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep from 24 December 1978 to 10 January 1979. On 10 January 1979, Admiral D. C. Davis, Commander-in-Chief U. S. Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT) was welcome aboard Midway and given a tour. In the course of his tour, he met with selected Midway/Air Wing FIVE enlisted personnel on the forecastle and proceeded to the CPO Mess afterwards to meet selected Midway/Air Wing FIVE chief petty officers(Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978/79).

 

 

USS Midway (CV-41) 22nd deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Okinawa Op-area, Philippine Sea, Binanga Bay, R.P., Subic op-area, East China Sea, Gulf of Siam, her 4th Indian Ocean, on her 23rd South China Sea for Flight Operations for Carrier Requalification, to under go EA-6B Van installation completed and operation verified aboard Midway Summary

(9 November to 23 December 1978).

CHAPTER LVIII

Appendix I

 

 

    “On 23 December 1978, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM M. S. Holcomb, COMCARGRU ONE, serving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 since 21 August 1978 assigned and CDR S. D. Langdon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Thomas Francis Brown III, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, ending her 22nd deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Okinawa Op-area, Philippine Sea, Binanga Bay, R.P., Subic op-area, East China Sea, Gulf of Siam, her 4th Indian Ocean, on her 23rd South China Sea, for Flight Operations for Carrier Requalification, to under go EA-6B Van installation completed and operation verified aboard Midway; conducting ASWEX U2-79; participating in a passing exercise (PASSEX Jl-79) with the Japanese destroyer JDS Yugumo and JDS Asagumo (with COMCORTDIV 23 embarked); CV ADEX/war-at-sea exercise with USS Constellation (CV-64), still in the Okinawa Op-area; Exercise Blue Sky, providing aircraft services to the Republic of China Air Force's (CAF) new automated air defense system; Defense Nuclear Surety Inspection (DNSI) conducted by Chief Inspector for Weapons, Commander Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, during transit to the Subic op-area and COMNAVAIRPAC Chief Inspector for Weapons assisted by Inspection Board members from COMNUWPNTRAGRUPAC (Nuclear Weapons Training Group Pacific) inspected all remaining areas necessary to complete the Navy Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI), and Nuclear Safety Survey (NSS); conducting full daily schedules of flight operations, drills and exercises including a search and rescue (SAR) exercise with USS Richard S. Edwards (DD-950); MISSILEX in the Subic Op-area with USS Davidson (FF-1045) and USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22), while the SAREX provides excellent training in SAR procedures and the air-to-air missile exercise, held in conjunction with the USAF First Test Squadron at Poro Point, Republic of the Philippines, intended to expose fighter aircrews to an air combat training environment that approximated "real world" and will make the transit for her very first visit to Pattaya Beach, steaming north in the Gulf of Siam, and upon conclusion will operate in the Indian Ocean and then make her South China Sea/Transit to Subic for shipboard as well as aircraft exercises and drills conducted in the Subic op-areas, conducting MINEX BRAVO to provide warm-up training for the upcoming MINEX ALPHA in the Binanga Bay, R.P.; an unscheduled AAWEX was also conducted with Midway and USS Somers (DDG-34) pitted against F-4 CAP and A-6 "raid aircraft" but land drag on radars due to close proximity reduced detection capability and consequently reduced the effectiveness of the exercise; a second MINEX BRAVO in the Binanga Bay, R.P. was only partially completed because of a fouled range; MINEX ALPHA in the Binanga Bay, R.P. and the unscheduled AAWEX conducted during cyclic flight ops resulted in excellent training as a prelude to the upcoming CV/CV WASEX with USS Constellation (CV-64). Midway put to sea again on the morning of 9 November 1978, immediately began flight operations for Carrier Requalification, and became peripherally involved in ASWEX U2-79 which was fully occupying the small boys USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22), USS Richard S. Edwards (DD-950), USS Davidson (FF-1045) and USS Navasota (AO-106), along with PATRON 48. EA-6B Van installation completed and operation verified aboard Midway on 9 November 1978, commencing ASWEX U2-79 the same day. Thirty six retired JSDF Flag/General officers visited Midway the following day. They were welcomed aboard by RADM Holcomb and CAPT Brown and given ship's tours as well as the opportunity to observe flight operations. Midway continued a full schedule of visits and exercises for the remainder of November. On the 11th the Commander, U.S. Air Forces, Korea visited the ship with members of his staff. Midway conducted ASWEX U2-79 from 9 to 12 November 1978. On the 13th, training began in earnest for the upcoming Defense Nuclear Surety Inspection (DNSI), Navy Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI), and Nuclear Safety Survey (NSS). The Weapons Department began daily drills and throughout the rest of the ship various other departments brought records up to date, revised instructions and notices, and practiced local procedures for completing this most grueling of operational requirements. Midway Training Department was established on 13 November 1978. On 14 November 1978, Midway and CVW-5, as well as USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22), USS Richard S. Edwards (DD-950), USS Davidson (FF-1045), participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX Jl-79) with the Japanese destroyer JDS Yugumo and JDS Asagumo (with COMCORTDIV 23 embarked). The professionalism and enthusiasm of the Japanese units were particularly impressive. Midway PASSEX was followed on 16 November 1978 by a CV/CV ADEX/war-at-sea exercise with USS Constellation (CV-64), still in the Okinawa Op-area. Midway conducted Exercise Blue Sky, providing aircraft services to the Republic of China Air Force's (CAF) new automated air defense system. The system had just been transferred to the CAF on 1 November 1978 and one aim of exercise Blue Sky was to exercise and evaluate all aspects, military and civilian, of the ROC air defense system from 17 to 18 November 1978. Phase One of the exercise included having the Midway task group simulate a Soviet surface action group (SAG) and carry out a surface attack against the USS Constellation (CV-64) task group with Midway aircraft simulating SS-N-3 missiles. Phase Two reversed sides with Constellation simulating the SAG for an attack against Midway. Phase Three consisted of Midway and Constellation VF aircraft launching for a defended point exercise. CTG 77.4 summarized the exercise with the following: "The exercise was invaluable training. All areas of warfare were effectively exercised in a most realistic scenario." In conjunction with Exercise Blue Sky, RADM Linder, Commander of United States Taiwan Defense Command, visited Midway with Vice CINC Chinese Air Force, Deputy Commandant Chinese Marine Corps, and other Republic of China officers on 18 November 1978. The schedule of events included tours of various spaces, observation of launch and recovery operations, meetings with Captain Brown and RADM Holcomb and lunch in the Flag Mess. Midway conducted Defense Nuclear Surety Inspection (DNSI), Navy Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI) and Nuclear Safety Survey (NSS) from 19 to 24 November 1978. As scheduled Midway transited to the Subic op-area and received a Defense Nuclear Surety Inspection (DNSI) conducted by Chief Inspector for Weapons, Commander Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, during the period 19 through 24 November 1978. Upon completion of the DNSI, COMNAVAIRPAC Chief Inspector for Weapons assisted by Inspection Board members from COMNUWPNTRAGRUPAC (Nuclear Weapons Training Group Pacific) inspected all remaining areas necessary to complete the Navy Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI) and Nuclear Safety Survey (NSS). All areas requiring inspection were covered. The objective of the inspection was to evaluate and recertify Midway’s capability to perform assigned nuclear tasking. The inspection revealed no significant and only four minor deficiencies. A grade of "satisfactory" was assigned for the inspection (only an adjective grade of "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory" is considered). The final report noted that: Midway is continuously forward deployed to an area where political sensitivity precludes establishment of formal schools on, or inport training with special weapons. The highly successful completion of the DNSI and NTPI is indicative of the command attention given to the exceptional screening and training measures required in this environment." Midway conducted full daily schedules of flight operations, drills and exercises including a search and rescue (SAR) exercise on the 24th with USS Richard S. Edwards (DD-950) on the 24 November 1978. Midway conducted MISSILEX in the Subic Op-area from 26 to 27 November 1978, conducting missile exercises on the 26th and 27th with USS Davidson (FF-1045) and USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22). All participants considered the SAREX to have provided excellent training in SAR procedures.  Effective coordination between surface and air units enabled a very small target to be located expeditiously. The air-to-air missile exercise, held in conjunction with the USAF First Test Squadron at Poro Point, Republic of the Philippines, was intended to expose fighter aircrews to an air combat training environment that approximated "real world". Poor missile performance, however, seriously degraded the overall value of the exercises. Midway was at sea conducting exercises from 9 to 30 November 1978, conducting an Aerial demonstration, tours and luncheon for Thai Prime Minister, his cabinet, and the U. S. Ambassador to Thailand on 1 December 1978. It was indeed a ready and anticipatory crew which devoured every written and spoken word about Thailand as Midway made the transit for her very first visit to Pattaya Beach. December 1st 1978 was a most interesting day for many people. Early in the morning Midway steamed north in the Gulf of Siam until she was within easy helicopter range of U-Tapao. At 1015 hours two Midway helicopters were launched to that base. During the next hundred minutes Thai and USN helicopters transported virtually the entire Thai government out to Midway’s flight deck for a special demonstration of Thai-American friendship and goodwill. Thai Prime Minister, His Excellency General Kriangsak Chomanan, was escorted to the ship by the Honorable Morton I. Abramowitz, the United States Ambassador to Thailand. Accompanying the Prime Minister and Ambassador were deputy ministers, cabinet members, senior military officials, such as the Supreme Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, the Commanders-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy, Air Force, and Army, as well as numerous aides. The ship was well prepared for these distinguished guests. The tour and luncheon went extremely well. The launch, aerial demonstration, and recovery fascinated and impressed the visitors. They reluctantly re-boarded their helos and returned to U-Tapao as Midway steamed to her anchorage off Pattaya Beach. The degree of success of that day was reflected in the following cable sent to the Secretary of Defense and the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific by Ambassador Abramowitz: "I want you to know that the visit of USS Midway was an outstanding success. Prime Minister Kriangsak Chomanan and virtually his entire cabinet, plus top officers of Royal Thai Armed Forces (RTARF) visited the ship December 1 and were highly impressed with out­standing performance, capped by an excellent air show put on by officers and crew. ....Presence of aircraft carrier and Thai officials' experience on board have had a favorable impact on RTG perception of U.S. policy in area and provides type of concrete backing needed for our repeated affirmation that the U.S. tends to remain a Pacific power.....I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to DOD and U.S. Navy for this excellent contribution to our policy goals in Thailand. Warm regards. Abramowitz.' Midway anchored for a port of call at Pattaya Beach, Thailand from 2 to 6 December 1978. The five days were filled with the many and varied pleasures that only Thailand can offer. Thousands of reluctant men left Pattaya wishing for more. Announcement of the CINCPACFLT Golden Anchor Award to Midway and to VA-93 was made on 1 December 1978. This annual award was established in 1970 as a visible means of recognition for commands attaining excellence in career motivation programs. Only one such award is made for all the afloat (hull) commands in COMNAVAIRPAC. A command's grade is based on the performance standards achieved by its retention team over a command inspection cycle, the number of trained career counselors assigned, the quality of reports maintained, and the utilization of class "A" school quotas. Midway won the award with the following retention statistics:

 

                                       ELIGIBLE       INELIGIBLE          REENLISTED      PERCENT (net)

FIRST TERM              119                    70                                   55                      46.2

CAREER                        87                     2                                     72                      82.7

 

What was scheduled to be a routine and uneventful transit to Subic with USS Somers (DD-947) and USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22) task group en route to the Indian Ocean. The task group consisted of a Kotlin, a Kresta, two Petyas, a Natya, an AO and AGI. Somers was detached to shadow the Soviets and Midway was tasked to photograph and track them. Midway operated in the South China Sea/Transit to Subic from 7 to 11 December 1978, conducting MINEX BRAVO in the Subic Op-area on 11 December 1978. Two full days of shipboard as well as aircraft exercises and drills were conducted in the Subic op-areas 9, 10, and 11 December 1978 prior to entering port. A MINEX BRAVO was conducted very successfully on the 11th. It provided warm-up training for the upcoming MINEX ALPHA. An unscheduled AAWEX was also conducted with Midway and USS Somers (DDG-34) pitted against F-4 CAP and A-6 "raid aircraft" but land drag on radars due to close proximity reduced detection capability and consequently reduced the effectiveness of the exercise. Midway made a port of call at Subic Bay, R.P. from 12 to 16 December 1978. The six day inport provided the opportunity for Ship Repair Facility to accomplish much needled work on the ship. Midway got underway for Yokosuka 17 December 1978. The air wing fly on occurred in early afternoon. Later that same day the scheduled MINEX BRAVO in the Binanga Bay, R.P. was only partially completed because of a fouled range. Midway conducted MINEX ALPHA in the Binanga Bay, R.P. on 18 December 1978 and was a success however as was the deck qualification of the US-3A aircraft which could thereafter be used as COD. A full day of flight operations followed on the 19th. Midway unscheduled AAWEX conducted during cyclic flight ops resulted in excellent training as a prelude to the upcoming CV/CV WASEX with USS Constellation (CV-64) on 20 December 1978. This ADEX was with Constellation. Because of fuel and time constraints it was limited to two phases. The objective of Phase One was for each task group (Blue and Orange) to detect and track opposing forces in preparation for surface-to-surface missile attacks by Orange (Constellation) and War-at-Sea strikes by Blue (Midway) in Phase Two. Participants in the exercise included Midway, USS Worden (CG-18), USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22), USS Parsons (DD-949), USS Davidson (FF-1045) and USS Navasota (AO-106) as the Blue task group and Constellation, USS Leahy (CG-16, former DLG, USS Morton (DD-948), USS Kansas City (AOR-3), and USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) as Orange. Much valuable training was accomplished. Ports of call included: Pattaya Beach, Thailand and Subic Bay, R. P. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4J; VF-151, F-4J; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, A-6A / KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VMAQ-2 Det., EA-6A and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 25th deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. Her 31st deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. Her 41st Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II (11 April to 23 May 1978)(Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

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

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

EAST COAST

Battle Efficiency Award (Navy "E" Ribbon), marking her as the outstanding carrier in the Pacific Fleet – Ref. 1180B

NOV 1965

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

01 JUL 77 ~ 31 DEC 78

01 JUL 80 ~ 31 DEC 81

01 JAN 82 ~ 30 JUN 83

01 JAN 90 ~ 31 DEC 90

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

23rd SCS

40th FWFD

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

 

Navy Unit Commendation

Navy Unit Commendation (Four Awards)

Vietnam

16 APR ~ 04 NOV 65

Operation "Frequent Wind"

29 ~ 30 APR 75

Indian Ocean

01 JAN 78 ~ 30 JUN 79

Operation "Desert Storm"

17 JAN ~ 07 FEB 91

01 JAN 78 ~ 30 JUN 79

 

same

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

     1978 CV-41 Visitors and Ceremonies aboard – Chapter 58, Appendix II.

 

    USS MIDWAY (CV-41) 1978 YEARS END SUMMARY– Chapter 58, Appendix III.

 

1978 CV-41 Visitors and Ceremonies aboard

CHAPTER LVIII

Appendix II

 

 

VISITS AND CEREMONIES ABOARD USS MIDWAY (CV-41)

 

7 JAN   - COMNAVAIRPAC VISIT, COMMANDER NAVAL AIR FORCES PACIFIC was welcomed aboard by RADM PECK and CAPT FELT.

 

VADM ROBERT P. COOGAN          COMNAVAIRPAC

CAPT D. H. RERCHARDT                 FORCE MEDICAL OFFICER

CAPT E. M. WISENBAHLER           FORCE MATERIAL OFFICER

CAPT R. E. SHEETS                            FORCE PERSONNEL OFFICER

CAPT J. L. FINNEY                             FORCE SHORE ACTIVITIES OFF

CAP F. M. SUZAN                               FORCE READINESS OFFICER

CAPT W. K. RHODES                        FORCE SAFETY OFFICER

CAPT C. J. CELLAR                            FORCE AIR TRAINING OFFICER

CAPT R. L. THOMAS                         FORCE SHIPS MATERIAL OFFICER

CAPT J. J. RUCHLIN                          FORCE SUPPLY OFFICER

CDR O. R. MORRIS                             EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

LCDR J. I. MASLOWSKI                    FLAG LIEUTENANT

 

27 JAN - CDR S. D. LANGDON relieved CDR W. B. KIRKCONNELL as CARRIER AIR WING FIVE (CVW-5).

 

27 JAN - VIP VISIT - AMBASSADOR MANSFIELD was welcomed aboard and given a MIDWAY tour by VADM PECK and CAPT FELT.

 

4 FEB - COMCARGRUSEVEN, RADM S. R. FOLEY, JR. and his staff arrived on board to relieve COMCARGRUTHREE, RADM PECK and his staff.

 

11 FEB - PCO ARRIVAL - MIDWAY’S COMMANDING OFFICER, CAPT D. L. FELT welcomed aboard PROSPECTIVE COMMANDING OFFICER, CAPT T. F. BROWN, III.

 

19 FEB - CHANGE OF COMMAND - CARRIER GROUP SEVEN received a new Commander as RADM W. A. GURECK relieved RADM S. R. FOLEY, JR.

 

27 FEB - CHANGE OF COMMAND - USS MIDWAY received a new Commanding Officer as CAPT T. F. BROWN, III relieved CAPT D. L. FELT.

 

10 MAR - MEDIA EMBARKATION - Approximately 19 Japanese, Korean and American media representatives were welcomed aboard.

 

11 MAR - MEDIA EMBARKATION - Approximately 17 Japanese, Korean and American media representatives were welcomed aboard.

 

13 MAR - TEAM SPRIT 78 CONFERENCE - MARINE BRIGADIER GENERAL K. A. SMITH, COMMANDING OFFICER, FIRST MARINE AIR WING, was hosted by RADM W. A. GURECK, COMMANDER CARRIER GROUP SEVEN.

 

15-17 MAR - VIP VISIT - NAVAL WEAPONS CENTER TECHNICAL DIRECTOR was welcomed aboard MIDWAY.

 

ROBERT MORRIS HILLYER           DIRECTOR

LEONARD P. FULICK                        ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

DUANE J. RUSSEL                              SCIENCE ADVISOR TO COMSEVENTHFLT

 

4 APR   - VIP VISIT - 10 members of the JAPANESE DIET, DEMONCRATIC, SOCIALIST PARTY (DSP) were welcomed aboard.

 

10 APR - XO RELIEF - USS MIDWAY’S EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CAPT J. F. DORSEY, JR. was relieved by CDR D. S. STROLE.

 

11 APR - CAPT J. F. DORSEY, JR. tosses last mooring line connecting MIDWAY to Berth 12

 

22 APR - VIP VISIT - RADM GURECK hosted aboard the following Marines:

 

MGEN SCHWENK, USMC, COMMANDER, THIRD MARINE AMPHIBIOUS FORCE

MGEN DAVIS, USMC

BGEN SMITH, USMC

COL EVANS, USMC

COL WEISS, USMC

LCOL MILLER, USMC         

 

24 APR - CHINESE VIP VISIT - During the BLUE SKY AIR DEFENSE EXERCISE, RADM GURECK and CAPT BROWN welcomed the REPUBLIC OF CHINA VIP’s aboard MIDWAY.

 

RADM LINDER, USN                         Attended with VIP Party

CAPT L. PHILIPS, JR., USN

LCDR P. W. HURLEY, USN

LCDR S. E. WRIGHT, USN

ADM CHANG-CHIN SOONG           CHIEF, GENERAL STAFF, MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEFENSE.

GEN YUEH WU         COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, CHINESE AIR FORCE

LGEN HSIN-LIEN SUNG                   DEPUTY CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF J-3, MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEFENSE

VADM HO-CHIEN LIU                      FLEET COMMANDER, CHINESE NAVY

LGEN TE-HUEI WANG        DEPUTY CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF, OPERATIONS, CHINESE AIR FORCE

MGEN SHON-TSE CHOU     CHIEF AIR OPERATIONS, CHINESE AIR FORCE

CAPT KE-SHU LEE                             ADM SOONG’S AIDE

LTC PENG-HUA KUO                        GEN WU’S AIDE

LTC SHENG-HSUING TSAI             AIR CONTROLLER, CHINESE AIR FORCE

CAPT PENG WANG  COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, CHINESE AIR FORCE

 

2 JUN - GRADUATION EXERCIES - NILE C. KINNICK HIGH SCHOOL, a Department of Defense sponsored school in Yokosuka, Japan, held its graduation on board MIDWAY in Hangar Bay I.  This was the first high school graduation ever held aboard a U. S. navy ship.  57 seniors received diplomas.

 

6 JUN   - MEDIA EMBARKATION - Eight news media representatives from NHK FOREIGN NEWS were welcomed aboard.

 

7 JUN   - VIP VISIT - MR. PILLSBURY, the Senior Analyst of the SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE TASK FORCE ON DEFENSE AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, was welcomed aboard by CAPT BROWN and 28 officials from the KANAGAWA PREFECTURE GOVERNMENT were welcomed aboard by CAPT BROWN.

 

9 JUN   - MIDDY CRUISE - First of the three groups of MIDSHIPMEN arrived onboard.

 

12 JUN - UNDER SECRETARY OF THE NAVY and his party were welcomed aboard MIDWAY by RADM GURECK and CAPT BROWN.

 

HON R. J. WOOLSEY                         UNDER SECRETARY OF THE NAVY

HON G. A. PEAPPLES                        ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY

                                                                 (Financial Management)

MS. M. WERTHEIM  DEPUTY UNDER SECRETARY OF THE NAVY

CAPT W. P. HUGHES, JR., USN       EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO MR. WOOLSEY

LCOL H. T. WARD, JR., USMC        AIDE TO MR. PEAPPLES

CDR N. SMITH, USN             OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SEC DEF (International Security Affairs)

MS N. WOOLRDIGE (GS-11)           SECRETARY TO MR. WOOLSEY

 

13 JUN - VISIT OF JMSDF AND JASDF OFFICERS - Four JAPANESE MARITIME SELF DEFENSE FORCE and 11 JAPANESE AIR SELF DEFENSE FORCE Officers were hosted aboard MIDWAY by COMCARGRU SEVEN, RADM GURECK. They were also given a Command Presentation and a tour by MIDWAY’s Executive Officer, CDR STROLE.  Flight Operations were observed from the Flag and Navigational Bridges, where they met CAPT BROWN.

 

JMSDF

 

VADM MASASUKE MIYAZAWA  COMMANDER, FLT AIR FORCE

CAPT TADAO KAWANO                  FLT AIR WINGS 4 COMMANDER

CDR CHIKAO SATO                          CO, OFFICE AIR ASW SQDRN

LCDR KIHEI AOYAGI                       INTERPRETER FOR VADM

 

JASDF

 

COL NOBUO MATSUO                     DIRECTOR, DEFENSE

LTC YUTAKA ASANO                      CHIEF, OPERATIONS

LTC KANTARO MORI          CHIEF, COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS

LTC TAKEO OHASHI           STAFF, OPERATIONS

MAJ TETSUO KAWADA                   STAFF, OPERATIONS

MAJ KEIICHIRO IKEJIMA                STAFF, OPERATIONS

MAJ YASHIRO MURAKI                  STAFF, OPERATIONS

CAPT MASAMUTSU SHIMIZU       STAFF, OPERATIONS

CAPT NOBUYOSHI SHINODA        STAFF, DEFENSE PLANS

1ST LT YUKIHIRO SAEKI                  STAFF, DEFENSE PLANS

CAPT TOMOHIRO OKAMOTO       LIAISON OFFICER

 

10-16 JUL - VIP VISIT - COMNAVLOGPAC, CAPT D. H. HINES, was welcomed aboard MIDWAY by CAPT BROWN.

 

21-22 JUL - KOREAN MINEX BRIEFING - Two groups of Senior Military officials of the Republic of Korea were welcomed aboard MIDWAY by RADM GURECK and CAPT GARDNER, Chief of Staff.  Flight Operations were observed from the Flag Bridge and a Command Presentation was given by MIDWAY’s Executive Officer, CDR D. S. STROLE. Additional guests:

 

RADM WON KANG CHO     DEPUTY COMMANDER REPUBLIC OF KOREA FLEET

COMO BONG ROE PARK    COMMANDER FLOTILLA SIX CHIEF OF STAFF, REPUBLIC OF KOREA FLEET

COL SOAN KYU CHANG     REPUBLIC OF KOREA FLEET MARINE STAFF OFFICER

CAPT KWANG HO LIM        REPUBLIC OF KOREAN FLEET COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

LCDR D. D. TENNANT, USN           CHINHAE FACILITY N-3 (ESCORT OFFICER)

LTGEN M. C. ROSS, USA                  COMMANDING GENERAL I CORPS

MGEN D. E. GRANGE, JR., USA     COMMANDING GENERAL 2ND INFANTRY DIVISION

CAPT CHOONG HYUN CHO           EXERCISE STAFF OFFICER

CAPT SAENG SOO LEE                    EDUCATION OFFICER

CAPT YOANG HWEN KIM               INTELLIGENCE OFFICER

CDR T. S. TOLLEFSON, USN           COMNAVFORKOREA N-31 (ESCORT OFFICER)

 

12 AUG - VIP VISIT - INSPECTOR GENERAL RADM S. J. ANDERSON was welcomed aboard by CAPT BROWN

 

19 AUG - COMNAVAIRPAC VISIT - VADM R. P. COOGAN, COMNAVAIRPAC, and members of his staff were on board to meet with Commander Carrier Group Seven, Commanding Officer, Department Heads, Squadron Commanding Officers, air wing crews, and members of the ship’s company. He was also given a tour of the ship by the PAO. Additional guests:

 

VADM GOOGAN                                 COMNAVAIRPAC

CAPT T. J. RYAN                                 FORCE MATERIAL OFFICER

CAPT R. D. GAULDEN                      FORCE SHORE ACTIVITIES OFF

CAPT W. G. WILLSON                      FORCE CHAPLAIN

CAPT R. L. THOMAS                         FORCE SHIP MATERIAL OFF

CAPT D. S. TEACHOUT                    FORCE PERSONNEL OFFICER

CAPT H. F. LENHARDT, JR.            FORCE OPERATIONS OFFICER

CDR D. R. MUMMERT                      FORCE SUPPLY OFFICER

LCDR J. I. MASLOWSKI                    FLAG LIEUTENANT

AFCM T. S. CROW                              FORCE MASTER CHIEF

 

8 SEP - VIP VISIT - CAPT R. E. SHEETS, PROSPECTIVE OINC, CFWT DET CUBI PT. met with MIDWAY’s CO and CARGRUONE.

 

20 SEP - JAPANESE MEDIA EMBARKATION - Sixteen members of the Japanese Defense Agency Press Club and two escort officers were flown aboard by C-2. A Command Presentation and tour was given by the Executive Officer, CDR STROLE. Additional guests:

 

MR. KANGO MURATA                     ASAHI, POLITICAL DEPT

MR. HIROO KAWAMURA                ASAHI, CITY EDITORS DEPT

MR. YOSHITOMO NISIJIMA           YOMURI, POLIITICAL DEPT

MR. AKIRA HARATA                        YOMURI, CITY EDITOR’S DEPT

MR. SOICHI KAJI                                MAINICHI, CITY EDITOR’S DEPT

MR. TATSUO NAKAZAKI                MAINICHI, POLITICAL DEPT

MR. ICHIYO HINO                              NIHON-KEIZAI, POLITICAL DEPT

MR. KEIICHIRO KUBONIWA         NIHON-KEIZAI, POLITICAL DEPT

MR. EAKEFUMI KIKUCHI                NISHI-NIPPON, POLITICAL DEPT

MR. HIROFUMI EJIRI                        KYODO, POLITICAL DEPT

MR. TAKASHI MATSUO                   JIJI NEWS AGENCY

MR. YASUMIRO KASINA                 NHK, POLITICAL DEPT

MR. MASAO HIRANO                       NTV

MR. SEIJI TANAKA                            FUJI TV

MR. KENSHIRO OHSHIMA             TV-ASAHI

LT TOSHIHIDE YAMAUCHI           JMSDF, ESCORT OFFICER, INTERPRETER

CDR W. J. NORTH, USN                    CNFJ, ESCORT OFFICER

 

20-24 SEP - COMDESRON 23 EMBARKATION - COMDESRON TWENTY-THREE, CAPT LANDERSMAN, embarked aboard MIDWAY for READEX 1-79.

 

25 SEP - READEX 1-79 DISCUSSION - VADM FOLEY, Commander Seventh Fleet, was greeted aboard by RADM HOLCOMB, Commander Carrier Group ONE, to discuss READEX 1-79

 

26-30 SEP - COMDESRON 15 EMBARKATION - COMDESRON FIFTEEN, CAPT BERRY, embarked aboard MIDWAY for READEX 1-79

 

2 OCT - KOREAN PRESS EMBARKATION - Eight Korean Officers and 11 Korean VIP media representatives flew on board by C-2. They were given a Command Presentation and a tour of the ship by the Executive Officer, CDR D. S. STROLE. They met with CAPT BROWN and RADM HOLCOMB while observing flight operations from the Flag and Navigational Bridge. Additional guests:

 

VIP MEDIA GUESTS

 

MR. WANG HAK SOO                       DIRECTOR, PUSAN ILBO

MR. HAHN NAM SUK                       DIRECTOR, KBS-TV

MR. CHO JUNG CHUL                       PRESIDENT, NBC-RADIO

MR. KOO JA COMIHAK                    PRESIDENT, KUKJE SHIN MOON

MR. KIM HAN JI                                  PRESIDENT, TBC-TV

MR. CHUNG SOON MIN                   PRESIDENT, NBC-TV

MR. UN YOUNG KI                             DIRECTOR, CBS-RADIO

MR. WANG SANG EUN                     CHAIRMAN, HYOPSUNG SHIPPING

LCDR FREEMAN NEISH, USN        UNC PAO (GROUP ESCORT)

MR. G. ALFRED KENNEDY            USIS-PUSAN

 

MILITARY GUESTS

 

MGEN KIM SANG JIK                       VICE COMMANDER, CAC

BGEN HAN YONG KYU       DEPUTY COMMANDER, OPERATIONS

BGEN KIM JAE YOON                      VICE DEP CHIEF OF STAFF, OPS

COL LEE SANG KWONG                  DIRECTOR, TACTICAL CONTROL

COL KANG SANG WON                   DIRECTOR, TACTICAL EVALUATION

COL PARK CHANG SOO                  WAR OOM DIRECOTR, ROKAH HQ

COL ARTHUR G. CHRISTOPOULOS, USAF, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, 314TH AIR DIV.

LTJG L. R. NAPOLI, USN                  CNFK (GROUP ESCORT)

 

12 OCT - DEPENDENTS DAY CRUISE - An estimated 3000 guests came aboard for MIDWAY’s “Family Day Cruise”.  Guests spent the day at sea observing flight operations, an air show, underway replenishment and various other at-sea evolutions. Eight members of the Yokosuka Press Club were also embarked.

 

19 OCT - VIP VISIT - The Honorable MR. HIDALGO, Assistant Secretary of the navy and his party arrived on board and were greeted by RADM HOLCOMB and CAPT BROWN.

 

6 NOV - SHIP’S TOUR - 76 Japanese and American Women’s Club guests were welcomed aboard and given a tour of MIDWAY while inport Yokosuka by the Executive Officer, CDR Strole.

 

10 NOV - JAPANESE VIP VISIT - 36 retired JSDF Flag/General Officers were welcomed aboard MIDWAY by RAD HOLCOMB and CAPT BROWN. Guests observed flight operations from the Flag and Navigational Bridges and Primary Control. The following comprises the list of guests and their respective ranks and positions held at retirement:

 

LTGEN KOJI OITA, GSDF                              CMMDT, ORDNANCE DEPOT

LTGEN KOYOHIDE KONDO, GSDF          CMMDT, ORDNANCE DEPOT

LTGEN TETSUO HAZEYAM, GSDF           CMDT, AVIATION SCHOOL

LTGEN TOKUO NOJIRI, GSDF                    CG, EASTERN ARMY

LTGEN SHOJI WADA, GSDF                        CMDT, AVIATION SCHOOL

LTGEN EIICHI HIROSE, GSDF                     CG, NORTHERN ARMY

LTGEN TSUGUO HIROTANI, GSDF          CMDT, FUJI SCHOOL

LTGEN HIDENOBU YOSHIMATSU           CMDT, SIGNAL SCHOOL

VADM JIKYO ISHINO, MSDF                      CDR, OMINATO REGIONAL DIST.

VADM TETSURO MOTOMURA, MSDF    CIC, SELF DEFENSE FLEET

VADM KOJI YAITA, MSDF                          CDR, FLT AIR FORCE (LEADER)

LTGEN TOSHIO ISHI, ASDF                         CDR 3RD AIR DEPOT

LTGEN SHIZUO IKAWA, ASDF                   CMDT, AIR STAFF COLLEGE

LTGEN JIRO KOTAKE, ASDF                      CMDT, 2ND TECH SCHOOL

LTGEN NOBUO FUJIWASA, ASDF            CDR, AIR TRAINING COMMAND

SHIRO ODAMURA                                           INTERNAL BUREAU COUNSELLOR, DIRECTOR GEN. OF FINANCE & VICE MIN. ADMIN MAN. AG

TSUTOMU AOKI                                              INTERNAL BUREAU COUNSELLOR, DEP. DIR. GENERAL TRDI

LTGEN TACHIO ARATAKE, GSDF            COMGEN, WESTERN ARMY

LTGEN MOTOSHI IKI, GSDF                       DEP. DIR, NATIONAL DEF. COL

LTGEN SHINTARO MIZUTA, GSDF          COMMANDANT NORTHERN DISTRICT

LTGEN SEIICHI OCHI, GSDF                       CMDT, SECOND DIVISION

LTGEN SHINJI OKA, GSDF                          CMDT, ORDNANCE SCHOOL

LTGEN SHOZO KUCHINO, GSDF               CMDT, THIRD DIVISION

LTGEN YUSUKE KUDO, GSDF                   CMDT, MIDDLE DIST. DEP

VADM HISATOMO MATSUKANE, MSDF            COMGEN, EAST-NORTH ARMY

VADM YOSHIKI SUDO, MSDF                    CDR, YOKOSUKA REF. DIST

VADM JUNGI UOZUMI, MSDF                    CDR, KURE DISTRICT

GENERAL YASUHIRO UEDA, ASDF         COC, JASDF

GEN MOTOHARU SHIRAKAWA, ASDF   CHAIRMAN, JOINT STAFF

COUNSELLOR

LTGEN RYUJI YAMADA, ASDF                  CDR, SW COMP AIR DIVISION

LTGEN HIDEO TANABE, ASDF                  CMDT, AIR OFFICER CAND

LTGEN MIKIO NOGUCHI, ASDF                 CMDT, 5TH TECHNICAL SCHOOL

LTGEN TADASHIGE SAKURAI, ASDF     CMDT AIR OFF. CAND. SCHOOL

LTGEN RYOGORO SUZUKI, ASDF            CDR, AIR DEFENSE COMMAND

LTGEN KIMIO ITO, ASDF                             CDR TECHNICAL TRAINING

YASUSHI KAWAJI                                           INTERNAL BUREAU COUNSELLOR, DIRECTOR TOKYO DISTRICT FACILITIES ADMINISTRATION BUREAU

 

11 NOV - KOREAN VIP VISIT - MGEN G. A. EDWARDS, USAF AIR FORCE KOREA COMMANDER, was hosted by RADM HOLCOMB, COMMANDER CARRIER GROUP ONE. Additional guests:

 

MGEN G. A. EDWARDS, USAF, AIR FORCE KOREA COMMANDER

LTCOL H. G. THOMPSON, USAF, AIR FORCE KOREA

LTCOL H. G. BROST, USAF, AIR FORCE KOREA

LTCOL J. T. KOCH, USAF, AIR FORCE KOREA

CAPT B. A. REITTER, USAF, AIR FORCE KOREA

LTJG L. E. NAPOLI, USN, CNFK

 

19 NOV - WEAPONS CONFERENCE - CNAP FORCE WEAPONS OFFICER, CAPT D. D. OWENS was welcome aboard MIDWAY by CAPT BROWN

 

1 DEC  - THAILAND VIP VISIT - The U. S. AMBASSADOR to THAILAND, the Thai PRIME MINISTER and other distinguished guests were hosted aboard MIDWAY by RADM Holcomb and CAPT Brown. The VIP’s observed an aerial demonstration from the flight deck and were taken on brief tours:

 

GROUP I

 

MR. BURT LEVIN                               U. S. DEPUTY CONSUL      

ADM PANDHUM                                 DEPUTY SUPREME COMMANDER

LGEN ARD                                            J-2, SUPREME COMMAND

GEN YOSE DEVAHASDIN NA AYUDHYA, DEPUTY MINISTER OF DEFENSE

ADM AMORN SIRIGAYA                 DEPUTY MINISTER OF DEFENSE

GEN PORN DHANABHUMI             SECRETARY, OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER

VADM SMUT SAHANAVIN, DEPUTY COMMANDER IN CHIEF, ROYAL THAI NAVY

VADM ADUL TULYANON               COMMANDER IN CHIEF, ROYAL FLT

RADM PRASERT TAENKAM, COMMANDANT SATTAHIP NAVAL BASE

RADM YUTHYA CHERDBOONMUANG, COMMANDANT ROYAL THAI MARINE CORPSRADM TADA DITBANJONG, DIRECTOR OPERATIONS DEPT, ROYAL THAI NAVY

CAPT SANOH VORNKORPORN, COMMANDER NAVAL AIR WING

GEN SAN CHITPATIMA, CHIEF OF STAFF, ROYAL THAI NAVY

MGEN VASIN ISSARENGKURA NA AYUDHAYA, ASSISTANT CHIEF OF STAFF FOR INTELLIGENCE, ROYAL THAI NAVY

ACM BANSHA MEKVISHAI, CHIEF, AIR STAFF, ROYAL THAI AIR FORCE

AM DAKLEOW SUSILVORN, DEPUTY CHIEF, AIR STAFF

MR. JOHN FINNEY                             U. S. EMBASSY

 

GROUP II

 

HONORABLE MORTON I. AMBRAMOWITZ, U. S. AMBASSADOR TO THAILAND

GEN KRIANGSAK CHOMANAN, PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF DEFENSE

HONORABLE SUNTHRON HONGLADAROM, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

HONORABLE SOMPAH HOTRAKIT, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

GEN BUNCHAI BAMRUNGPHONG, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

GEN LEK NEOMALI                          MINISTER OF INTERIOR

GEN SURAKIT MAIYALAP             MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS

GEN SERM NANAKORN                  SUPREME COMMANDER, ROYAL THAI ARMED FORCES

ACM PRASONG KUNADILOK        DEPUTY MINISTER OF DEFENSE

GEN PREM TITSULANONDA         COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, ROYAL THAI  ARMY

ADM KAWEE SINGHA                     COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, ROYAL THAI NAVY

ACM PANIENG KANTARAT           COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, ROYAL THAI AIR FORCE

GEN SAIYUD                                       CHIEF OF STAFF, ROYAL THAI ARMED FORCES

ACM SITTI SAWETSILLA                SECRETARY GENERAL, NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL

 

GROUP III

 

COL JIM DIDDLE, USAF                   DEFENSE ATTACHE & AIR ATTACHE

CAPT GEORGE VANDEWATER, USN, NAVAL ATTACHE

COL BILL DEANS, USAF, CHIEF, JOINT U. S. MILITARY ADVISORY GROUP (JUSMAG)

COL BOB BRADSHAW, USAF        CHIEF AIR FORCE DIV, JUSMAG

COL BOB JOSEPH, USA                    ARMY ATTACHE

LCOL DON CANN, USAF                  ASSISTANT AIR ATTACHE

LCOL BURT SPERRY, USMC          ASSISTANT NAVAL ATTACHE

IS1 JOHN R. SWEETING, USN        USDAO SHIP VISIT COORDINATOR

MISS VACHIRAPORN SURAWATTANAPONG, INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS AGENCY

MR. CHAN PADUNGKARN                          MATICHON NEWSPAPER

MR. VUNLUE INTHASRI                               MATICHON NEWSPAPER

MR. CHIN OUNSATHITPORN                      MONEY CHANGER

MR. APICHAI SWATTRAPORN                   MONEY CHANGER

MR. CHIT CHIMMEW                                     MONEY CHANGER

MR. KIT SWATTRAPORN                             MONEY CHANGER

MISS KANJANA SWATTRAPORN             MONEY CHANGER

MISS NOI SWATTRAPORN                          MONEY CHANGER

5 AIDES

 

2 DEC - VIP VISIT - CAPT BROWN hosted PRINCE T. T. BHAN and his party which included several actresses to a Command presentation and a tour of MIDWAY. Luncheon was served to all in the Wardroom.

 

USS MIDWAY CV-41 1978 PHOTO HISTORY

 

27 January                     Ambassador Mansfield’s visit (three views)

 

11 February                   Captain Brown arrives as prospective C.O.

 

24 April                         Republic of China Military Officers visit (two views)

 

27 May                          USO show featuring folk singers “Oasis” (two views)

 

11 June                          HON R. J. Woolsey, UNDERSECNAV visits (two views)

 

17 October                    MIDWAY Dependent’s Day Cruise (three views)

 

10 November                203rd Marine Birthday party (two views)

 

11 November                Captain T. F. Brown III flies in an A7-E from VA-56 9 (two

views)

 

23 November                Thanksgiving Day (two views)

 

4 December                   Thailand Military Leaders visit (two views)

 

24 December                 Christmas Eve Services (three views)