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USS MIDWAY (CV-41) 1978 YEARS END SUMMARY

CHAPTER LVIII

Appendix III

 

 

Command Organization

 

1.  Commanding Officer, USS MIDWAY (CV-41)

 

             Captain D. L. FELT, USN, ---- /1310; commanding from 20 October 1976 through 26 February 1978

 

             Captain T. F. BROWN, III, ---- /1310; commanding from 27 February 1978 through 31 December 1978

 

2.  The mission and functions of USS MIDWAY did not change during 1978.

 

3.  Commander Carrier Air Wing Five embarked.

 

             Commander W. B. KIRKCONNELL 20 October 1976 through 20 January 1978

             Commander S. D. LANGDON 20 January 1978 through 31 December 1978

 

4.  USS MIDWAY (CV-41) was home ported at the U. S. naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan during all of calendar year 1978.  MIDWAY and CVW-5 observed their five year anniversary as the only forward-deployed CV/AIR WING.

 

USS Midway (CV-41) operations during 1978 alternated between at-sea periods of intense training/frequent exercise and inport periods of upkeep/maintenance.

During the year Midway steamed 32,724 nautical miles during 176 days underway.  She spent 164 days in homeport and 25 days -in port other than homeport. Peak readiness was maintained by participation in major fleet and multi-national joint service exercises.

 

The new year began with USS Midway (CV-41) in port in homeport Yokosuka for holiday leave and upkeep. Carrier Air Wing Five had detachments of A7's at Misawa, Japan; F4's at Kadena, Japan; and A6's at Kwangju, South Korea. The inport period was routine and quiet except for various visitors and a change of command ceremony.

 

Carrier Air Wing Five Command Organization

 

             a. (C) Commander Carrier Air Wing FIVE

 

                          Commander W. B. KIRKCONNELL               20 OCT 76 – 20 JAN 78

                          Commander S. D. LANGDON                         20 JAN 78 – 31 DEC 78

 

             b. (C) Composition of Command:

 

                          Fighter Squadron ONE SIX ONE:                   13 F4J Phantom II

                          Commander J. M. NASH                                   1 JAN 78 – 31 DEC 78

 

                          Fighter Squadron ONE FIVE ONE:                 13 F4J Phantom II

                          Commander J. H. HALL                                   1 JUL 77 – 18 OCT 78

                          Commander H. D. WISELY                              18 OCT 78 – 31 DEC 78

 

                          Attack Squadron NINE THREE:                      13 A7E Corsair II

                          Commander J. W. PATTERSON                     3 APR 77 – 30 MAR 78

                          Commander C. S. VAUGHT                             30 MAR 78 – 31 DEC 78

 

                          Attack Squadron FIVE SIX:                              13 A7E Corsair II

                          Commander R. E. SMITH                                 19 DEC 76 – 30 MAR 78

                          Commander R. P. FLOWER                             30 MAR 78 – 31 DEC 78

 

                          Attack Squadron ONE ONE FIVE:                  17 A6E/KA6D Intruders

                          Commander J. T. GRAFTON                            28 JAN 77 – 24 FEB 78

                          Commander L. E. THOMASSY                       24 FEB 78 – 31 DEC 78

 

                          Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE FIVE:

 

                                                                                                        4 E2B HAWKEYE

                          Commander R. C. FREDERICKS                    15 SEP 77 – 2 NOV 78

                          Commander G. A. HARRISON                       2 NOV 78 – 31 DEC 78

 

2.  Summary of flight hours for 1978:

 

             a. VA, VF, VAW squadrons and HC-1 Det 2.

 

                          Month                             Hours                              Traps

 

                          Jan                                  2001.3                            344

                          Feb                                 2463.0                            998

                          Mar                                 2468.4                            1098

                          Apr                                 2153.5                            767

                          May                                2610.0                            1100

                          Jun                                  2786.0                            988

                          Jul                                   1906.0                            694

                          Aug                                1979.0                            727

                          Sep                                 2621.0                            1159

                          Oct                                  1788.0                            425

                          Nov                                3445.0                            1611

                          Dec                                 1568.0                            470

 

TOTAL                                                   27,789.2                        10,381

 

MAJOR DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS

 

OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT

 

A.  Combat Information Center (CIC)

 

             (1) Operational readiness in all warfare areas was maintained throughout 1978, by participation in major fleet and multi-national joint service exercises complemented by an aggressive training program. During the first quarter, complex scenarios in READEX 1-78 and Team Spirit provided multi-faceted training. The large numbers of Tactical Data System (TDS) participants afforded invaluable experience in Link-11 operations and coordination. During READEX 1-78, CIC exercised command and control of available ASW platforms as the task group ASW coordinator, thus developing ASW expertise. The surface picture complexity was compounded by Soviet intelligence collectors during both exercises. AAW readiness was enhanced by Soviet reconnaissance flights during Team Spirit 78. All flights were detected and intercepted at long range from the task group.

 

             (2) During the second quarter, intensive inport and at-sea training was conducted in preparation for the Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE). Many competitive exercises were completed with high scores and CIC and the Electronic Warfare module received grades of outstanding for the ORE.

 

             (3) The third quarter was highlighted by participation in READEX 1-79. Prior to the exercise, CIC hosted JMSDF officers for a presentation on NTDS Link-11 which they are acquiring. JMSDF participation in exercises increased during 1978 and CIC personnel assisted by visiting JMSDF units and instructing in AAW procedures. Surface Warfare was thoroughly exercised in the dense shipping environment of READEX 1-79. Extensive SSSC efforts throughout the exercise and numerous SURCAP strikes were effectively coordinated from CIC.  ASW training was also heightened by coordinated prosecution of submarines by VS and VP aircraft, TASS units and other ASW units. Extensive AAW training was also achieved.  Emphasis was placed on operating in EMCON and training in MODE III operations.  Considering deficiencies in manning and experience, outstanding results were achieved. Training in basic AAW reporting, including training JMSDF units, contributed to the success. Also contributing to the AAW success was the increased dialogue/teamwork between CIC and VF and VAW squadron personnel. Links-11, 14 and 4A were also effectively utilized.

 

             (4) During the last quarter of 1978 CIC contributed a significant part in planning the first CV-CV ADEX with USS Constellation (CV-64). CTG 77.4 characterized Midway’s Operations Department as a "well integrated team" which "consistently demonstrates the capability to manage multiple taskings simultaneously with routinely excellent results." Although the scenario favored the opposition and the final results were inconclusive, Midway was at least as successful as the other carrier in the exercise. During the quarter CIC's EW module performed admirably as task force Electronic Warfare Coordinator. The EMCON posture was significantly improved through an aggressive monitor and control program. Another significant contribution was made in task force EW readiness when a survey of the Task Group was initiated to identify and correct deficiencies in signal correlation publications. All CIC competitive exercises were completed during the quarter with a superb overall average of 92.87.

 

B. Meteorological Impact

 

             (1)  Midway’s operations were affected by three of 1978's 30 tropical storms (Olive, Wendy and Virginia); however, evasion was effective and no problems were encountered due to the passage of tropical storms/typhoons. Midway’s Dependents' Day Cruise was delayed due to tropical storm Virginia approaching Yokosuka.

 

(2) The remainder of the year was characterized by polar and arctic outbreaks from the Asian mainland developing migratory low pressure centers and associated frontal systems.  Of note were the low ceilings and visibilities during READEX 1-78. A stationary polar front set up over the Okinawa Op-area causing the cancellation of several events in the READEX scenario. Also, during March 1978, cold water operations off northern Japan were hampered by low pressure systems moving off the island of Honshu and bringing extensive fog and rain to the Misawa Op-area.

 

             C. Electronics

 

             (1) TSEC/KY-8 Shipalt 4803 provided ten KY-8's vice the previously installed four. Also, the entire red remote system was upgraded with TA-840/U remote units.

 

             (2) FLTSATCOM Secure Voice provided improved satellite secure voice communications (Shipalt 50566k).

 

             (3) The ship's Navigation Internal Aircraft Alignment System (SNAIAS) was certified in May.

 

             (4) AN/SPS-10 Surface Search Radar, AN/SPS-37A Air Search Radar and AN/URN-20 TACAN were replaced with fully units.

 

             (5)  Also the AN/SPN-42 Automatic Carrier Landing System completed its certification in May when it was certified for Mode One fully automatic aircraft landings.

 

D. Carrier Air Traffic Control Center (CATCC)

 

             (1) During the year there were 5,240 Case III approaches. On 23 June 1978, Midway’s first completely automatic Mode I approach to the deck was made. LCDR J. Gill of VA-56 was the pilot and AC2 Tyson was the Air Traffic Controller. During the remainder of the year there were 22 other Mode I approaches for a total of 23 for the calendar year. In addition, there were 91 Mode 1A automatic approaches to minimums, 2803 Mode II approaches and 2323 Mode III/Air Surveillance Radar (ASR)/Instrument Landing System (ILS) approaches.

 

             (2) CATCC implemented a new PQS system and an aggressive training program.  In addition, during the ORE, CATCC received an overall grade of 96, was determined the best in the fleet and, during a Flag graded Z-32-CC competitive exercise, achieved a grade of 99.

 

E. Electronic Warfare (EW)

 

             (1) Performance in EW has steadily improved.  As task group Electronic Warfare Coordinator (EWC), the aggressiveness and innovative approach used in daily training evolutions by the Midway EW Team has resulted in an increase in task group EW readiness.  Midway has maintained a strong intraship EW program, resulting in the highly successful completion of competitive exercises. Midway has been aggressive in developing an excellent task group capability to rapidly shift EMCON posture.

 

F. Intelligence

 

             (1) The Carrier Intelligence Center (CVIC) provided approximately 640 aircrew briefings and assisted in support of more than 8000 air wing sorties. During Midway/CVW-5 SSSC more than 3200 surface contacts were investigated. All photography of high interest contacts was processed and hot prints provided within 30 minutes.

 

(2) In all, 2269 photographic job orders were completed. To do this 92,547 units were produced. The photographic lab produced 183 VIP books and 325 color VIP photos for the various flag and ship visitors.

 

             (3) In real World intelligence reporting, 1800 merchant ship photographic negatives were forwarded to the Naval Intelligence Support Center (NISC) in Washington, D. C.. In addition 61 reports were written on Communist Bloc merchant ships and tankers; 690 reports were written on Free World merchant ships and tankers; 111 reports were written on Soviet Naval ships and aircraft; and 14 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. Naval Security Group officers and enlisted from shore based detachments were trained on board:

 

Billet                              Number

 

Division Officers         7

Supervisors                   13

Linguists                       26

Operators                       40

 

             (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."

 

SUPPLY DEPARTMENT

 

1. During 1978 the Supply Department achieved several significant milestones while providing supply support across the full spectrum of Midway operations.  Retail Sales outlets topped the million dollar mark for gross sales, aviation support reached even higher levels of "Black Box" availability, and task force readiness was enhanced by a formal program of critical asset screening.

 

             A.  Million Dollar Retail Sales:  By January 1978 the special order program in the Sales Division began to show its potential. Crew acceptance and demand was on the increase and careful attention to catalog selection ensured quality merchandise, at substantial savings. In onboard sales outlets merchandise was rotated after short intervals increasing visibility on stocked items creating the illusion of a slightly different store each time a crew member entered. Sales climbed and by the close of the accounting period on 31 May 1978, gross sales had reached $1,068,474.00. The benefits derived are two-fold; the savings accrued to the crew member on initial purchase and ultimately the $113,336.00 that was contributed to the ship's welfare and recreation fund as profits for this four and one half month period.

 

             B. "Black Box" availability; In July 1978 Midway received kudos from COMNAVAIRPAC for the high level of air wing readiness attained during previous operations. Many factors contributed to this accomplishment, one of which was the parts support provided by the Aviation Support Division. Close attention to detail and just plain hard work were the prime factors in achieving and maintaining high levels of effectiveness in Rotable and Avcal (Aviation Consolidated Allowance List) Support, the prime sources of "Black Boxes," Aggressive off-ship NORS/NFE (Not Operationally Ready/Not Fully Equipped) tracking and follow-up account for off-ship requisitions were normally less than 100 at any given time. Close liaison with AIMD and air wing maintenance personnel ensured prompt identification and attention to problem areas with aggressive corrective action being the norm. The dedication,   cooperation and professionalism displayed by all members of the supporting team in making the   "system" work represent a significant accomplishment.

 

C.  MATCONOFF for task force readiness; Material support has long been away of  life in the Navy and the concept of establishing a material control officer (MATCONOFF) to coordinate intra-task force support is not new. What is noteworthy is the achievement of a significant level of support in a timely fashion. Previous procedures were redefined and modified to provide rapid passing of all communications of detailed, formatted instructions to members of the task force ensured that administrative procedures would not be the Achilles heel of the program. The effectiveness of this attention to detail can best be illustrated by results. One example of this was the attainment of a 32 percent fill rate of all requirements addressed, with this material normally delivered the same day.

 

             D. Required Inspections: Inspections are an integral part of any organization and for the Supply Department 1978 was no exception:  The following inspections were conducted with a brief summation of the results:

 

             (1)  Annual Supply Inspection (ASI):  The ASI was conducted by COMNAVAIRPAC supply personnel 16-20 January 1978. The Food Service Division and Retail Sales Division were specifically noted for excellent service.

 

             (2)  Disbursing Audit and Cash Verification: The disbursing review was conducted by Navy Finance Office, Pearl Harbor personnel commencing 13 June 1978. No major discrepancies were noted.

 

             E. EA-6B Transition:  During the summer the Aviation Stores Division prepared to support the transition from EA-6A to EA-6B aircraft in December. This resulted in a major increase to onboard stock levels. The REAVCAL (Replacement Aviation Consolidated Allow­ance List) process was completed and material staged in San Diego. Approximately 3,200 line items of non-clamp (Closed Loop Aeronautical Management Program) material and 624 line items of clamp repairable were loaded aboard during October. The support transition occurred smoothly and the highly sophisticated EA-6B experienced a successful introduction into the Midway/CVW-5 team.

 

             F. Crew Support Functions in Foreign Ports: During the periods 1-4 September and 4-8 October, Midway visited the port of Pusan, Korea. Because of the limited snack facilities available near the Fleet Landing, Supply's S-2 Division established an open-air refreshment facility using contract cooks and food stuffs provided by Midway. This mini food service operation was exceptionally well received by the crew. Approximately 14,551 pounds of ham­burger and 7,160 pounds of hot dogs were consumed during the two periods combined.

 

             G. Dependents' Cruise:  On 12 October, Midway hosted approximately 3,000 dependents and guests of the crew for a cruise in the local Yokosuka area for some nine hours duration.  After an initial service of pastries, coffee and juice, Supply's S-2 Division set out a picnic lunch of cold sandwiches, hot dogs and various salads for the enjoyment of the 6,400 or so persons on board. Approximately four, and one half hours were required to feed everyone.

 

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

 

1.  Miles steamed by smooth log:

 

             a. JAN-MAR    APR-JUN         JUL-SEP          OCT-DEC        TOTAL

 

             14,780               18,188               13,829               14,644               61,441

 

             b. A "satisfactory" Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE) was conducted in May.

 

             c. A "satisfactory" Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) was conducted by the COMNAVAIRPAC Propulsion Examining Board in August. A successful full power demonstration was conducted under stable plant conditions with the ship achieving turns for thirty knots. A main propulsion space fire drill was conducted and was evaluated as overall effective. A total of forty seven casualty control drills and one actual casualty were observed.  Thirty drills were effectively controlled. All three watch sections demonstrated adequate proficiency in casualty control procedures.

 

2.  From 1 January-31 December 1978 Midway underwent six 20 day Incremental Selected Restricted Availabilities and two 10 day Incremental Selected Availabilities.

 

             a. Significant SHIPALTS:

 

                          (1) Completed installation of EA-6B support vans.

                          (2) Completed piping for contaminated bilge water discharge.

                          (3) Commenced incremental installation of Collecting Holding and Transfer system (CHT)

                          (4) Completed KY-8 installation update.

                          (5) Installed shaft alley TV monitoring system,

                          (6) Removed three 5"/54 guns- as part of the installation of Basic Point Defense Missile System (BPDMS).

                           (7) Completed installation of fleet satellite communication secure voice.

             b. Significant maintenance actions,

                          (1) SRF overhauled Number 2 Emergency Diesel.

                          (2) SRF and ship’s force improved operations of 700 line switchboard.

                          (3) SRF overhauled numbers four and six oxygen/nitrogen HP Air Compressors.

                          (4)  SRF overhauled numbers one, two, and four HP Air Compressors

                          (5)  The last of four enclosed operating stations were installed in the turbo-generator rooms.  Originally designed to reduce noise levels, these booths have significantly reduced heat stress levels thereby providing comfort and noise free environment for watch-standers.

                          (6)  The last of four remote de-aerating tank water columns was installed in the engine rooms.  The installation of these columns plus the ability to control make up feed at the condensers has eliminated the need for De-aerating Feed Tank (DFT) watch-standers and reduced the number of underway watch-standers by twelve.

                          (7)  Number four shaft was successfully uncoupled and re-coupled to facilitate repair of Number 4-1 line shaft bearing.

                          (8)  Woodward Governor test stand was installed and training was conducted on board by a technical representative.

                          (9)  New technique (roll-on) was used for non-skid application.  Resulting rougher surface provides longer wear and more traction than previously used spray application.

 

WEAPONS DEPARTMENT

 

Significant Achievements and Weapon Expenditures:

 

             a. CONREPS/VERTREPS:                  8 (1318.5 short tons)

 

             b. Pier side Loading                               3 (99.5 short tons)

 

             c. Total On-load                                     1418 short tons

 

             d. Ammunition Off-load                       2 (85 short tons)

 

             e. Missilex                                               4 (20 missiles expended)

 

             f. Minex                                                   2 (48 mines expended)

 

             g. total Ordnance Expended                  1003.2 short tons

 

             h. Total Ordnance  Handled                  2318.3 short tons

 

             i. The 5”/54 cal. gun system and its associated fire control systems were removed incrementally commencing 3 April. Equipment removed included three 5”/54 cal. MK39 gun mounts and barbettes, a MK56 GFCS director and barbette and all associated electronic equipment, a MK5 Target Designation System and an MK1A computer, for a total of 152.5 tons of machinery and electronic gear. Removal was accomplished by SRF Yokosuka, SRF Subic Bay, and Fox Division aboard.

 

             j. Midway successfully completed the Defense Nuclear Surety Inspection (DNSI), Navy Technical proficiency Inspection (NTPI) and Nuclear Safety Survey (NSS) during the period 19-24 November with grades of “Satisfactory”.

 

             k. The major problem area for the Department continues to be low E-5 through E-9 manning levels with the resultant supervisory deficiencies during periods of heavy tasking.

 

COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT

 

1.  The message Processing Center underwent a major refurbishment including comprehensive equipment relocation to facilitate smoother message flow.  Installation of two Xerox 7000’s and one Xerox 4500 completed conversion to a total “Dry Processing” message reproduction system.  Secure voice capability was significantly upgraded by the installation of the CV 3333/KG-36 system which provides world-wide UHF Secure Voice capability via satellite. In addition, installation of six more KY-8 Secure Voice units greatly enhanced line-of-sight UHF secure communications. All high frequency antennas and their associated platforms were completely overhauled and refurbished.

 

2.  Total traffic loading for the year was approximately 300,000 messages. Midway Communications Department processed 680 Class “E” messages. “Class Easy” messages exist as a privilege to improve morale by affording at-sea navy personnel a means of rapid communications for personal matters.

 

3.  A total of 32 days were combined in a pure HF environment in order to evaluate the CV Flagship’s capability to support the command and control requirement of the embarked commander. By the end of 1978 Midway had been operating at 80-85 percent radioman NMP for eighteen consecutive months.

 

DENTAL DEPARTMENT

 

1. Midway’s Dental Department accomplished its mission through the delivery of comprehensive oral care to the officers and men of the Midway, embarked Flags, staffs and the Navy’s only permanently embarked air wing, CVW-5. With a team of four dental officers and often only eight dental technicians 27,709 dental procedures were performed in 8,075 patient sittings. In addition, 4,235 plaque control caries prevention instructions were given, and 2,981 preventive stannous fluoride applications were administered. A continuing preventive dentistry program was maintained whereby crew members were instructed in the theory and technique of correct oral hygiene.

 

2.  The Dental Department spaces underwent a complete renovation including repainting and the installation of a new deck. Five new chair mounted dental units and five computerized dental chairs were installed. In addition, all utility centers, water lines, air lines, and the educator system were redesigned to meet the increased requirements of the new equipment.

 

SAFETY DEPARTMENT

 

1.  The overall effectiveness of the current shipboard safety programs was re-affirmed by the results of the two major inspections conducted this calendar year:  Operational Readiness Evaluation 17-20 May 1978 and the Operational Propulsion Proficiency Examination 27-30 August 1978. The organization, administration, and management of the established safety programs as well as the general adherence to current safety practices and precautions were commended.

 

2.  The highest grade ever recorded in COMNAVAIRPAC history was achieved by Midway during the annual Surface 3M Inspection conducted 20-24 March 1978. Twelve shipboard 3M classes were conducted this year to provide consistent current surface 3M policies and procedures to the more than 200 work centers and their respective division/squadron officers.  Two hundred eighty four enlisted personnel and officers successfully completed these lectures.

 

3.  The Booklet of General Plans was completely reviewed and updated during the year. All current compartment configuration and functional utilization designations were validated. This accomplishment significantly facilitated planning for the FY-79-83 Shipalt and Maintenance programs.

 

4.  The year ended with Commander Naval Air Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet nominating Midway for the Admiral Flatley Memorial Award which is the CNO annual Safety award. Midway is in competition with the Atlantic Fleet Carrier for the award.

 

DECK DEPARTMENT

 

1.  Significant achievements:

 

             a. Number of along-side refueling:                                                                       46

 

             b. Number of along-side transfers (Manila High Line, Ammo, etc)                31

 

             c. Number of Man Over-boards (drill and real)                                                  17

 

             d. Number of Vertreps (provisioning)                                                                 5

 

             e. Number of anchorages                                                                                       7

 

             f. Number of Abandon Ship drills                                                                        1

 

             g. Number of times MIDWAY refueled escorts                                                 14

 

             h. Number of emergency break-aways                                                                10

 

2.  Station 3 was used for the first time in five years to send fuel to Midway’s escorts.

 

MEDICAL DEPARTMENT

 

1.  Midway’s Medical Department served an average on-board complement of 4,400 Navy and Marine Corps personnel. A complete renovation of the Medical

Department spaces was completed in October.

 

2.

OUTPATIENTS                                                 PHARMACY PRESCRIPTIONS

 

Jan        1489                  Jul         1384                  Jan        1517                  Jul         933

Feb       1812                  Aug      906                    Feb       3572                  Aug      1225

Mar       1753                  Sep       1460                  Mar       2471                  Sep       3667

Apr       1310                  Oct        887                    Apr       3608                  Oct        2716

May      1454                  Nov      1467                  May      3574                  Nov      1674

Jun        1038                  Dec       1577                  Jun        1074                  Dec       3779

 

X-RAY                                                                 LABORATORY

 

Jan        483                    Jul         356                    Jan        700                    Jul         611

Feb       472                    Aug      191                    Feb       1065                  Aug      709

Mar       540                    Sep       184                    Mar       1142                  Sep       1315

Apr       438                    Oct        211                    Apr       948                    Oct        770

May      182                    Nov      546                    May      2295                  Nov      1140

Jun        325                    Dec       154                    Jun        835                    Dec 2352

 

TRAINING DEPARTMENT

 

1.  The Training Department was established on 13 November 1978 and encompassed what had previously been known as the Educational Services Office (ESO) and “I” Division (ashore).  (“I” Division was formed in January 1978 to introduce newly assigned Midway personnel to the peculiarities of overseas assignment, fire-fighting, damage control, Phase II training, and inter-cultural relations.) ESO and “I” Division were formerly parts of the Executive Department.

 

2.  Leadership and Management Training (LMT) for E6 through E9 personnel and Leadership and Management Skills (LMS) workshop for officers were two formal courses offered on-board (during at-sea periods) for the first time. To complement these courses, a new LMT course specifically designed to fit an at-sea schedule and shipboard need was devised. Monitors were put into a concentrated training course to prepare for a February 1979 class start date.

 

AIR DEPARTMENT

 

1.  Monthly Statistics

                                       Arrested                         Catapult/Free                 JP-5 Fuel

                                       Landings                       Deck Launches             Consumed (Gal)

 

January                          391                                 339                                 710,636

February                        1093                               1124                               2,145,335

March                             1162                               1180                               2,115,694

April                               848                                 799                                 1,593,793

May                                1271                               1321                               2,191,718

June                                1149                               1148                               2,011,037

July                                 846                                 834                                 1,207,418

August                            671                                 628                                 883,526

September                     1069                               1071                               1,827,013

October                         283                                 334                                 537,400

November                     1531                               1477                               2,566,708

                                       10,830                            10,815                           

2.  Milestones

 

a. 222,000th Landing                 7 Feb 78           LT Pat Brignola/LTJG Hal Tuten

                                                                              (A-6E/VA-115)

 

b. 223,000th Landing                 8 Mar 78           LTJG Scott Campbell/LT Ron

                                                                              McElraft (F4J/VF-151)

 

c. 224,000th Landing                 14 Apr 78         LCDR Greg Gagarin (A7E/VA-56)

 

d. 225,000th Landing                 6 May 78          LCDR Jim Gill (A7E/VA-56)

 

e. 226,000th Landing                 13 Jun 78          LCDR Pete Burggren/LTJG Wade

                                                                              Moore (F4J/VF-151)

 

f. 227,000th Landing                  26 Jun 78          LTJG Scott Campbell/LT Ron

                                                                              McElraft (F4J/VF-151)

 

g. 228,000th Landing                 23 Aug 78        LTJG Dan Scarborough/LT Harry

                                                                              Kellner (F4J/VF-161)

 

h. 229,000th Landing                 21 Sep 78         LCDR Fred Jung/CDR Rodney

                                                                              Franz (A6E/VA-115)

 

i. 230,000th Landing                  9 Nov 78          LT Larry Munns/LTJG Tom

                                                                              Kelley (A6E/VA-115)

j. 231,000th Landing                  22 Nov 78        LT Jerry Short/LTJG Keith

                                                                              Boardman (E2B/VAW-115)

 

k. 232,000th Landing                 22 Dec 78         Lt Steve Hutchins (C1A/CV-41)

 

NAVIGATION DEPARTMENT

 

1.  Nautical Miles Steamed:                                            32,724

 

2.  Number Days Underway                                           176

             Number Days In-port (Homeport)                    164

             Number Days In-port (Other Ports)                  25

 

3.  Total Days Spent at Anchor                                      18

             Total AO Unreps                                                 45

             Total AFS Unreps                                               9

             Total AE Unreps                                                 4

 

AIRCRAFT INTERMEDIATE MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT (AIMD)

 

1.  Data Summary

 

             a. Production Information

 

COMPONENTS PROCESSED           COMPONENTS REPAIRED/MONTH

FOR REPAIR                                         PERCENT READY FOR ISSUE

 

Jan                                                            2014                                            1417/68.3

Feb                                                           3739                                            3088/82.6

Mar                                                           3375                                            2652/78.6

Apr                                                           1964                                            1273/64.8

May                                                          2984                                            2131/71.4

Jun                                                            2448                                            1517/64.4

Jul                                                             2127                                            1367/64.3

Aug                                                          1604                                            957/59.6

Sep                                                           1969                                            1386/70.4

Oct                                                            1094                                            799/71.2

Nov                                                          3044                                            1990/65.3

Dec                                                           1069                                            699/65.3

 

             b. (U)  Ship’s C-1A Aircraft Statistical Data

 

FLIGHT                                     ARRESTED     OPERATIONALLY

MONTH           HOURS            FLIGHTS         LANDINGS                  READY

 

Jan                     38.7                   20                      5                                     100.0%

Feb                    31.4                   16                      5                                     80.8%

Mar                    86.5                   42                      21                                   93.3%

Apr                    5.7                     2                        0                                     91.6%

May                   46.8                   23                      7                                     78.0%

Jun                     72.3                   31                      19                                   98.5%

Jul                      98.7                   46                      15                                   100.0%

Aug                   63.2                   25                      15                                   90.6%

Sep                    91.6                   38                      16                                   99.1%

Oct                     96.9                   40                      32                                   94.4%

Nov                   63.8                   32                      14                                   69.7%

Dec                    63.9                   25                      55                                   97.5%

 

2.  Significant Achievements

 

             a. In January Midway AIMD accepted a replacement C-1A BUNO 146036. The Ground Support Equipment Division passed a COMFAIRWESTPAC Corrosion Re-inspection with many comments being made concerning excellence. In March COMNAVAIRPAC Maintenance Management and Surface 3M teams inspected AIMD and gave satisfactory evaluations with only minor discrepancies noted. In March and in September the regularly scheduled semi-annual Corrosion Inspections were conducted by COMFAIRWESTPAC and resulted in additional comments of excellence and improvement. The C-1A received satisfactory condition evaluations in both inspections.

 

             b. In June the incremental SHIPALT for the EA-6B support van began. By 9 November the van had been verified as installed and operating.

 

             c. On 1 November an infra-red spectrophotometer was installed to provide the capacity for MIDWAY to analyze aviators breathing oxygen for contaminants. Also during this period the Calibration Laboratory received its annual NAVAIRPAC/NAVAVNLOGCEN Det West audit. A grade of “excellent” was assigned for the second consecutive year. Midway is the only Pacific carrier to have achieved this distinction.

 

             d. The Airframes branch established the capacity to repair F-4 honeycomb structures, a capability which could previously be performed only at the depot level. This repair capability will increase the combat readiness of the embarked fighter community.

 

23rd deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Refresher Operations en route to a Hong Kong port visit, conducting numerous WASEX/AAWEX conducted with USS Navasota (AO-106), USS Somers (DD-947), USS White Plains (AFS-4), USS Davidson (FF-1045) and USS Hewitt (DD-966), conducting BEARER SNARE; ASW Reporting Exercise, on her 24th South China Sea for participation in Exercise MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79 with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), that will be conducted in the Okinawa-Op areas (11 January to 20 February 1979) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (20 to 25 February 1979). (11 January to 6 April 1979)

CHAPTER LIX

 

 

      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) 11 January 1979, with Captain Thomas Francis Brown III, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, on her 23rd deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Refresher Operations en route to a Hong Kong port visit, conducting numerous WASEX/AAWEX conducted with USS Navasota (AO-106), USS Somers (DD-947), USS White Plains (AFS-4), USS Davidson (FF-1045) and USS Hewitt (DD-966), conducting BEARER SNARE; ASW Reporting Exercise, on her 24th South China Sea for participation in Exercise MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79 with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), that will be conducted in the Okinawa-Op areas; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go 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. She will under go 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. She will under go 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(Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979).

 

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

(11 January to 20 February 1979)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (23rd Forward Deployed)

Western

Pacific

Region

Pacific Ocean

Subic op-area

24th SCS

Okinawa

Op areas

CVW-5

NF

11 Jan 1979

20 Feb 1979

Western Pacific

41st FWFD

41-days

Refresher Operations en route to a Hong Kong port visit, conducting numerous WASEX/AAWEX conducted with USS Navasota (AO-106), USS Somers (DD-947), USS White Plains (AFS-4), USS Davidson (FF-1045) and USS Hewitt (DD-966), conducting BEARER SNARE; ASW Reporting Exercise, on her 23rd South China Sea, for participation in Exercise MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79 with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), conducted in the Okinawa-Op areas.

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) transit to Hong Kong presented an excellent opportunity for Midway/CVW-5 to conduct inter-ship exercises as well as exercises with ships in company. Of significance were numerous WASEX/AAWEX conducted with USS Navasota (AO-106), USS Somers (DD-947), USS White Plains (AFS-4), USS Davidson (FF-1045) and USS Hewitt (DD-966) from 13 to 16 January 1979 which will significantly improve the task group anti-air warfare and anti-surface warfare capability.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) pulled in for a port of call at Hong Kong on 18 January 1979, underway for Refresher Operations en route to a Hong Kong from 11 to 17 January 1979.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) hosted the Commander British Forces Hong Kong and U. S. Consul General Shoesmith on 19 January 1979 and five members of China Merchant Steam on 20 January 1979.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) departed Hong Kong on 23 January 1979, inport from 18 to 22 January 1979, hosting the Commander British Forces Hong Kong and U. S. Consul General Shoesmith on 19 January 1979 and five members of China Merchant Steam on 20 January 1979. The port visit was very successful and Midway was personally commended for her conduct by Rear Admiral Holcomb.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) pulled in for a port of call at Subic Bay, R.P. on 25 January 1979, underway from Hong Kong from 23 to 24 January 1979, conducting BEARER SNARE; ASW Reporting Exercise on the 24 January 1979.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) departed Subic Bay, R.P. on 3 February 1979, inport for an uneventful in-port period from 25 January to 3 February 1979.

 

       After putting out to sea from Subic Bay, R.P. Ambassador R. Murphy, U. S. Ambassador to the Philippines and his son Richard visit from 4 to 5 February and on 5 to 6 February 1979, Rear Admiral R. B. McClinton, COMLOGSUPSEVENTHFLT (Commander Logistic Support SEVENTH Fleet) were welcomed aboard USS Midway (CV-41) by Rear Admiral Holcomb and Captain Brown III for a routine visit.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted operations in the South China Sea from 3 to 9 February 1979 in preparation for participation in Exercise MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79 with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), moving from the South China Sea on 7 February 1979 into the Okinawa-Op areas to begin participation in MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) Phase I of Exercise MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79:  AAA, ASW, EW, DACM, War-at-Sea was conducted from 10 to 12 February 1979.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) Phase II of Exercise MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79:  Repositioning was conducted from 13 to 14 February 1979, welcoming Admiral T. Nishino, JMSDF, Commander Escort Flotilla TWO (COMCORTFLOT TWO), JMSDF aboard USS Midway (CV-41) by Rear Admiral Holcomb and Captain Brown III on 14 February 1979.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) Phase III of Exercise MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79:  Opposed Blue Water Hot War Transit was conducted from 15 to 16 February 1979, welcoming Rear Admiral T. Nishino, JMSDF, Commander Escort Flotilla TWO (COMCORTFLOT TWO), JMSDF, and an entourage of three JMSDF officials aboard USS Midway (CV-41) by Rear Admiral Holcomb and Captain Brown III on 16 February 1979. The visitors observed flight ops from the Flag Bridge and toured the ship” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) Phase IV of Exercise MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79:  Hot War Power Projection from A MODLOC was conducted on 17 February 1979.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) departed the Okinawa-Op Area on 17 February 1979 en route Yokosuka, having participated in MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79 in the Okinawa-Op areas from 10 to 17 February 1979. The mission of this MULTIPLEX was to exercise the task group in tactical sea control and power projection while operating in a multi-threat environment with Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF). The objective is to enhance fleet readiness in all warfare areas, with particular emphasis on ASW and AAW operations. MULTIPLEX 2-79 was divided into four phases to provide participants both structured and free play exercises in all warfare areas, with particular emphasis on ASW and AAW. Phase I of Exercise MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79:  AAA, ASW, EW, DACM, War-at-Sea was conducted from 10 to 12 February 1979 (10/1200-12/2400I FEB) consisted of structured modular exercises including AAA, ASW, EW, DACM and war-at-sea training. Phase II of Exercise MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79:  Repositioning was conducted from 13 to 14 February 1979 (13/0001-14/2400I FEB) was re-positioning period prior to the hot war free play, welcoming Admiral T. Nishino, JMSDF, Commander Escort Flotilla TWO (COMCORTFLOT TWO), JMSDF aboard Midway by Rear Admiral Holcomb and Captain Brown III on 14 February 1979. The visitors observed flight ops from the Flag Bridge and toured the ship; and Phase III of Exercise MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79:  Opposed Blue Water Hot War Transit was conducted from 15 to 16 February 1979 (15/0001-16/2400I FEB) was a opposed blue water, hot war transit; and Phase IV of Exercise MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79:  Hot War Power Projection from A MODLOC was conducted on 17 February 1979. The final phase, Phase IV (17/0001-17/1800I FEB), featured hot war power projection from a MODLOC. Phase I to IV was conducted from 10 to 7 February 1979. The exercise was very successful and on his second visit to Midway on 16 February 1979, Rear Admiral T. Nishino, COMCORTFLOT TWO JMSDF, praised the participants: “I am most impressed with the outstanding performance of CARGRU ONE, the most powerful and skilled force of the USN Seventh Fleet. Who took part with JMSDF units during this MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79. Especially, three points most impressed me. As follows: The first, operations such as these provide an outstanding opportunity to nurture the close ties and spirit of cooperation between the JMSDF and the USN, still more Japan and your country, and to contribute to the establishment of mutual security. The second, we learned many things with you as our models, since your Navy is the most refined ocean navy and shows what the readiness forces ought to be. The third, we again confirmed that we could learn how to operate within such a large force, but on the other hand, we have to improve the tactical communications between our navies. I wish to express our deep appreciation to COMSEVENTHFLT, COMNAVFORJAPAN and others for being given the chance to participate in this long exercise, and additionally we could smoothly operate with no trouble owing to the activity of able liaison officers who worked very earnestly. I wish particularly to thank Vice Admiral Foley, Rear Admiral Holcomb, and other Commanding Officers, Staffs and all your crews who showed to us their concerns and friendship. With warmest regards and in hopes of  you’re putting up good fight and safe voyage, and seeing you in the near future."

 

JMSDF ships participating in the subject exercise were as follows:

 

SHIP                                                         CO                                               INT C/S

COMCORTFLOT TWO                      RADM T. Nishino                    (EMB DDG 168)

JDS TACHKAZE DDG 168                CAPT M. Fujimoto                   JSNY

JDS TAKATSUKI DD 164                  CAPT S. Yoshino                     JSTQ

COMCORTDIV TWO THREE          CAPT T. Shimoyaha                 (EMB DD 119)

JDS AOKUMO DD 119                       CDR H. Kokubu                       JSSB

JDS ASAGUMO                                   CDR M. Yamamoto                  JSTX

JDS MAKISHIO SS 567                      CDR T. Sato                               JSMZ

 

       After departing the Okinawa-Op Area on 17 February 1979 en route Yokosuka, USS Midway (CV-41) conducted a successful HARPOON SINKEX on 18 February 1979. Midway provided six CVW-5 aircraft for the CTF-75 HARPOON firing: Two F4J Chase/Photo, two A-7E (tanker), one KA6D (tanker) and one EA-6B (ECM).

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Transit to Yokosuka from 18 to 19 February 1979” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) 23rd deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Refresher Operations en route to a Hong Kong port visit, on her 24th South China Sea Summary (11 January to 20 February 1979).

CHAPTER LIX

Appendix I

 

 

     “On 20 February 1979, 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 23rd deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Refresher Operations en route to a Hong Kong port visit, conducting numerous WASEX/AAWEX conducted with USS Navasota (AO-106), USS Somers (DD-947), USS White Plains (AFS-4), USS Davidson (FF-1045) and USS Hewitt (DD-966), conducting BEARER SNARE; ASW Reporting Exercise, on her 24th South China Sea, for participation in Exercise MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79 with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), conducted in the Okinawa-Op areas. Midway transit to Hong Kong presented an excellent opportunity for Midway/CVW-5 to conduct inter-ship exercises as well as exercises with ships in company. Of significance were numerous WASEX/AAWEX conducted with USS Navasota (AO-106), USS Somers (DD-947), USS White Plains (AFS-4), USS Davidson (FF-1045) and USS Hewitt (DD-966) from 13 to 16 January 1979 which will significantly improve the task group anti-air warfare and anti-surface warfare capability. Midway was inport Hong Kong from 18 to 22 January 1979, hosting the Commander British Forces Hong Kong and U. S. Consul General Shoesmith on 19 January 1979 and five members of China Merchant Steam on 20 January 1979; Midway departed Hong Kong on 23 January 1979. The port visit was very successful and Midway was personally commended for her conduct by Rear Admiral Holcomb. Midway conducted BEARER SNARE; ASW Reporting Exercise on the 24 January 1979, pulled in for a port of call at Subic Bay, R.P. on 25 January 1979, underway from Hong Kong from 23 to 24 January 1979, conducting BEARER SNARE; ASW Reporting Exercise on the 24 January 1979. Midway departed Subic Bay, R.P. on 3 February 1979, inport for an uneventful in-port period from 25 January to 3 February 1979. After putting out to sea from Subic Bay, R.P. Ambassador R. Murphy, U. S. Ambassador to the Philippines and his son Richard visit from 4 to 5 February and on 5 to 6 February 1979, Rear Admiral R. B. McClinton, COMLOGSUPSEVENTHFLT (Commander Logistic Support SEVENTH Fleet) were welcomed aboard Midway by Rear Admiral Holcomb and Captain Brown III for a routine visit. Midway conducted operations in the South China Sea from 3 to 9 February 1979 in preparation for participation in Exercise MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79 with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), moving from the South China Sea on 7 February 1979 into the Okinawa-Op areas to begin participation in MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79. Phase I of Exercise MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79:  AAA, ASW, EW, DACM, War-at-Sea was conducted from 10 to 12 February 1979 (10/1200-12/2400I FEB) consisted of structured modular exercises including AAA, ASW, EW, DACM and war-at-sea training. Phase II of Exercise MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79:  Repositioning was conducted from 13 to 14 February 1979 (13/0001-14/2400I FEB) was re-positioning period prior to the hot war free play, welcoming Admiral T. Nishino, JMSDF, Commander Escort Flotilla TWO (COMCORTFLOT TWO), JMSDF aboard Midway by Rear Admiral Holcomb and Captain Brown III on 14 February 1979. The visitors observed flight ops from the Flag Bridge and toured the ship; and Phase III of Exercise MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79:  Opposed Blue Water Hot War Transit was conducted from 15 to 16 February 1979 (15/0001-16/2400I FEB) was a opposed blue water, hot war transit; and Phase IV of Exercise MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79:  Hot War Power Projection from A MODLOC was conducted on 17 February 1979. The final phase, Phase IV (17/0001-17/1800I FEB), featured hot war power projection from a MODLOC. Phase I to IV was conducted from 10 to 7 February 1979. The exercise was very successful and on his second visit to Midway on 16 February 1979, Rear Admiral T. Nishino, COMCORTFLOT TWO JMSDF, praised the participants: “I am most impressed with the outstanding performance of CARGRU ONE, the most powerful and skilled force of the USN Seventh Fleet. Who took part with JMSDF units during this MULTIPLEX 2-79/ASWEX J1-79. Especially, three points most impressed me. As follows: The first, operations such as these provide an outstanding opportunity to nurture the close ties and spirit of cooperation between the JMSDF and the USN, still more Japan and your country, and to contribute to the establishment of mutual security. The second, we learned many things with you as our models, since your Navy is the most refined ocean navy and shows what the readiness forces ought to be. The third, we again confirmed that we could learn how to operate within such a large force, but on the other hand, we have to improve the tactical communications between our navies. I wish to express our deep appreciation to COMSEVENTHFLT, COMNAVFORJAPAN and others for being given the chance to participate in this long exercise, and additionally we could smoothly operate with no trouble owing to the activity of able liaison officers who worked very earnestly. I wish particularly to thank Vice Admiral Foley, Rear Admiral Holcomb, and other Commanding Officers, Staffs and all your crews who showed to us their concerns and friendship. With warmest regards and in hopes of you’re putting up good fight and safe voyage, and seeing you in the near future."

 

JMSDF ships participating in the subject exercise were as follows:

 

SHIP                                                         CO                                               INT C/S

COMCORTFLOT TWO                      RADM T. Nishino                    (EMB DDG 168)

JDS TACHKAZE DDG 168                CAPT M. Fujimoto                   JSNY

JDS TAKATSUKI DD 164                  CAPT S. Yoshino                     JSTQ

COMCORTDIV TWO THREE          CAPT T. Shimoyaha                 (EMB DD 119)

JDS AOKUMO DD 119                       CDR H. Kokubu                       JSSB

JDS ASAGUMO                                   CDR M. Yamamoto                  JSTX

JDS MAKISHIO SS 567                      CDR T. Sato                               JSMZ

 

Midway departed the Okinawa-Op Area on 17 February 1979 en route Yokosuka. The mission of this MULTIPLEX was to exercise the task group in tactical sea control and power projection while operating in a multi-threat environment with Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF). The objective is to enhance fleet readiness in all warfare areas, with particular emphasis on ASW and AAW operations. MULTIPLEX 2-79 was divided into four phases to provide participants both structured and free play exercises in all warfare areas, with particular emphasis on ASW and AAW. After departing the Okinawa-Op Area on 17 February 1979 en route Yokosuka, Midway conducted a successful HARPOON SINKEX on 18 February 1979. Midway provided six CVW-5 aircraft for the CTF-75 HARPOON firing: Two F4J Chase/Photo, two A-7E (tanker), one KA6D (tanker) and one EA-6B (ECM). Midway conducted Transit to Yokosuka from 18 to 19 February 1979. Ports of call included; Hong Kong 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-6E / 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 January to 20 February 1979)(Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979).

 

11/01/79 to 20/02/79

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

24th SSC

41st FWFD

11/01/79 to 20/02/79

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