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USS Midway (CV-41) operating with US and Australian ships in a joint exercise in the Indian Ocean, October 1979. US Navy photo [# 1176316]. NS024131. USN. Indian Ocean, October 1979. US Navy photo [# 1176316]. NS024131. USN.

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CHAPTER LXIV to LXVI, Appendix I to II

(17 March to 13 July 1980)

 

U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, de-arming with USS Pyro (AE–24) en route Sasebo, Japan, one of the last major evolutions for the AE

(17 to 24 March 1980).

CHAPTER LXIV

 

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) with Rear Admiral Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN, Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region assigned and CDR S. R. Briggs, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 17 March 1980, with Captain "E" I. Carmichael, as Commanding Officer, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, de-arming with USS Pyro (AE–24) en route Sasebo, Japan, one of the last major evolutions for the AE; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

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

(17 to 24 March 1980)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

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

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

CVW-5

NF

17 Mar 1980

24 Mar 1980

Training

7-days

Operations in the Pacific Ocean, De-arming with USS Pyro (AE–24) en route Sasebo, Japan, one of the last major evolutions for the AE.

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 --> F-4S

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4J --> F-4S

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 / *A-6E TRAM/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

VAQ-136

Gauntlets - Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler - Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

620

EA-6B

HC-1 Det. 2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King -  Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3G

*AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) pulled in for a port of call at Sasebo, Japan on 20 March 1980, conducting Yokosuka to Sasebo, Japan Transit from 17 to 20 March 1980.

                         

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Weapons off-load with USS Pyro (AE–24) from 17 to 21 March 1980.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) made a port of call at Sasebo, Japan from 20 to 22 March 1980, embarking 160 sons and guests that comprised the "Tori Cruise" contingent that would ride the ship back to Yokosuka. On the return trip, many sons observed their fathers at work, observed shipboard/air wing operations and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Included was an orientation brief, followed by an afternoon cookout on the flight deck. The Air Wing presented a flight demonstration on the 23rd. There were several tours, including the bridge, flight deck, engineering spaces and the hangar bay. All guests received a "Tori Cruise Certificate" 160 eligible dependents made the cruise” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

    “On 24 March 1980, USS Midway (CV-41) with Rear Admiral Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN, Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region assigned and CDR S. R. Briggs, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain "E" I. Carmichael, as Commanding Officer, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, de-arming with USS Pyro (AE–24) en route Sasebo, Japan, one of the last major evolutions for the AE. Midway conducted Yokosuka to Sasebo, Japan Transit from 17 to 20 March 1980 and Weapons off-load with USS Pyro (AE–24) from 17 to 21 March 1980. Midway pulled in for a port of call at Sasebo, Japan from 20 to 22 March 1980, embarking 160 sons and guests that comprised the "Tori Cruise" contingent that would ride the ship back to Yokosuka. On the return trip, many sons observed their fathers at work, observed shipboard/air wing operations and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Included was an orientation brief, followed by an afternoon cookout on the flight deck. The Air Wing presented a flight demonstration on the 23rd. There were several tours, including the bridge, flight deck, engineering spaces and the hangar bay. All guests received a "Tori Cruise Certificate" 160 eligible dependents made the cruise. Ports of call included: and Sasebo, Japan. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4S; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VF-151, F-4S; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G. *AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975 (17 to 24 March 1980)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

17//03/80 to 24/03/80

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

EAST COAST

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

NOV 1965

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

01 JUL 77 ~ 31 DEC 78

01 JUL 80 ~ 31 DEC 81

01 JAN 82 ~ 30 JUN 83

01 JAN 90 ~ 31 DEC 90

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

Training

 

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) with CVW-5, Commander, Captain S. R. Briggs and RADM Gureck returned to Yokosuka 24 March 1980” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Sea of Japan, for post Extended Incremental Ship's Repair Availability (EIRSA) work-up and NORPAC/ECS Operations and Operations south of the Cheju-Do Islands in the Sea of Japan following the potential of Civil Unrest in the Republic of Korea, relieving USS Coral Sea (CV-43) on 30 May 1980 (24 May to 4 June 1980) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (4 to 10 June 1980).

(24 March to 9 June 1980)

CHAPTER LXV

 

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) commenced a 60 day Extended Incremental Ship's Repair Availability (EIRSA) on 24 March 1980, most of which was spent in Dry-dock Six in Yokosuka (See departmental inputs for details)” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

    “COMNAVAIRPAC, VADM R. F. Schoultz, Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, came aboard USS Midway (CV-41) for a visit and had lunch in the Wardroom and then met with Department Heads and Squadron CO's in Ready Room #2 for the first time in 1980 on 21 April 1980. A tour was given by the CO and XO. The COMNAVAIRPAC Command Master Chief met with USS Midway's Command Master Chief. VADM Schoultz was accompanied by the following officers:

 

CAPT R. R. Worchesek..         FORCE SHORE ACTIVITIES

CAPT T. J. Ryan                       FORCE MATERIAL

CAPT D. E. Riggs                    FORCE PERSONNEL

CAPT D. D. Owens                  FORCE AIR TRAINING

CAPT D.B. Munmert                FORCE SUPPLY

CAPT H. B. Robins, Jr.           FORCE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

LCDR T. Finta                          FLAG LIEUTENANT

LCDR C. Zuellinger                 PROSPECTIVE FLAG LIEUTENANT” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

    “CDR Barry N. Jeffers relieved CDR Dean Sloan as CO, VAQ-136. The Gauntlets were the newest permanent addition to CVW-5 on 16 May 1980.

 

     JMSDF Staff College visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 19 May 1980 and Sullivan Elementary School Class visited Midway on 20 May 1980” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

    “19, 20, 21, May 1980, saw numerous visits to USS Midway (CV-41) as she was ending her Extended Incremental Ship's Repair Availability (EIRSA) period:

 

19 May 1980 JSDMF Staff college visit Included:

 

                          CAPT SHIMOYAMA, TAKUMI

                          CDR AYAI, SHIGEO

                          CDR SASAKI, AKITIOSHI

                          CDR ITO, TOSHIKATSU

                          CDR NAKAGAWA, KATSUHIKO

                          CDR SAKAI, TAKEO

                          CDR SHIRAKAWA, MINORU

                          CDR DAN, EIICHIRO

                          CAPT YAMANAGA, SINICHI

                          CAPT UCHIDA, KOHTARO

                          CDR KAMIMOTO, MASAKI

                          CDR MINEDAWA, SHIJI

                          CDR NISHIMOTO, MASAYUKI

                          CDR YAMAEATA, KENJI

                          CDR HASEGAWA, NOBUO

                          CDR NITTA, TSUTOMJ

                          CDR ISIBASHI, YRZURI

                          CDR TSUSISI, TERUYOSHI

                          CDR NAKAYAMA, YASUHIKO

                          CDR NAGAMINE, KIMISHIGE

                          CDR TSEJKAHARA, TAKEO

                          CDR YAGI, HI SASHI

                          CDR KOGA, YOSHIHIKO

                          CDR HIROTA, TASMOTSU

                          CDR WACHT, TAMOTSU

 

             b.  20 May 1980 visit included the second grade classes of Shinmei Elementary School.

c.  21 May 1980 visit included several JSDF Flag/General officers.

 

    “MAJGEN Hamaya, J5 Plans, JSDF, Joint Staff, and RADM Katagiri, J3 OPS Officer, and Chief of Staff OPS, were met at the quarterdeck by the CO, XO and PAO on 21 May 1980. After a tour of USS Midway (CV-41), lunch was served in the Wardroom.

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 25 March to 23 May 1980, conducting Extended Incremental Ship's Repair Availability (EIRSA) period from 25 March to 23 May 1980” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM R. E. Kirksey, COMCARGRU THREE, serving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region from 11 April to 11 June 1979, and the Cruise Book Photos show his titles and narrative states RADM R. E. Kirksey assumed Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet in August 1979, yet Command History Report of 1979 states “As the in-port drew to a close, CCG 5, CTF SEVENTY, RADM Kirksey and his staff, embarked Midway on 12 July 1979, so on 11 June to 12 July 1980 RADM R. E. Kirksey becomes CCG 5/CTF 70 and becomes CTF-77 as well assigned and CDR S. R. Briggs, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 24 May 1980, with Captain "E" I. Carmichael, as Commanding Officer, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Sea of Japan, for post Extended Incremental Ship's Repair Availability (EIRSA) work-up and NORPAC/ECS Operations and Operations south of the Cheju-Do Islands in the Sea of Japan following the potential of Civil Unrest in the Republic of Korea, relieving USS Coral Sea (CV-43) on 30 May 1980 (24 May to 4 June 1980) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from (5 to June 1980)” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

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

(24 May to 4 June 1980)

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

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

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean Sea of Japan

CVW-5

NF

24 May 1980

4 Jun 1980

Training

12-days

Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Sea of Japan, for post Extended Incremental Ship's Repair Availability (EIRSA) work-up and NORPAC/ECS Operations and Operations south of the Cheju-Do Islands in the Sea of Japan following the potential of Civil Unrest in the Republic of Korea, relieving USS Coral Sea (CV-43).

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 --> F-4S

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4J --> F-4S

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 / *A-6E TRAM/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

VAQ-136

Gauntlets - Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler - Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

620

EA-6B

HC-1 Det. 2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King -  Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3G

*AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system

 

    “On 24 May 1980, USS Coral Sea (CV-43) was diverted from a homeward transit to MODLOC south of Cheju-Do Island, reacting to a crisis in South Korea. Midway en route to a NJ op-area was rearmed by USS Flint (AE-32) on 25 May 1980.

 

     Bad weather forced Midway to depart the NJ op-area on 26 May 1980, for CV-41 to relieve CV-43, south of Cheju-Do or "Kimchi Station"” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

     COMCARGRU SEVEN, Rear Admiral Gureck, embarkation suggest he was serving as CTG 77.4, relieving RADM R. E. Kirksey as COMCARGRU THREE when he served as CTG-77.4.

 

    “RADM Huntington Hardisty assumed COMCARGRU SEVEN on 27 May 1980” (Ref. 1981 to 1982 Cruise Book Command - https://www.navysite.de). https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-82/018.htm

 

    “Flight Ops off Yokosuka were conducted. Midway departed NJ en route relief of USS Coral Sea (CV-43) on 29 May 1980, then proceeded to Kimchi Station to relieve Coral Sea.

 

     NAF Misawa Civilians were met by the X.O., after their arrival aboard Midway by COD on 31 May 1980. Refreshments were served and the movie "Sea Legs" was shown in the Wardroom. Tour of the Midway was given by X.O. and PAO. The group also observed flight operations. Following dinner in the wardroom, the guests departed for NAF Misawa by COD. Midway relieves Coral Sea at Cheju do MODLOC on 1 June 1980. RADM Kirksey, CTF 70 shifted his flag on 1 June 1980 also and it was the first embarkation in CV-41 for COMCARGRUFIVE. RADM Kirksey and his staff flew from Midway back to Subic on 3 June 1980 as the Korea crisis diminished and Midway returned to Yokosuka on 4 June 1980. CDR J. L. K. Corcoran assumed command of VF-161 from CDR A. L. Burgess on 5 June 1980” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-80/index.html     

 

    “On 4 June 1980, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM R. E. Kirksey, COMCARGRU THREE, serving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region from 11 April to 11 June 1979, and the Cruise Book Photos show his titles and narrative states RADM R. E. Kirksey assumed Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet in August 1979, yet Command History Report of 1979 states “As the in-port drew to a close, CCG 5, CTF SEVENTY, RADM Kirksey and his staff, embarked Midway on 12 July 1979, so on 11 June to 12 July 1980 RADM R. E. Kirksey becomes CCG 5/CTF 70 and becomes CTF-77 as well assigned and CDR S. R. Briggs, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked and his staff whom flew back to Subic on 3 June 1980 as the Korea crisis diminished, returned to Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 24 May 1980, with Captain "E" I. Carmichael, as Commanding Officer, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Sea of Japan, for post Extended Incremental Ship's Repair Availability (EIRSA) work-up and NORPAC/ECS Operations and Operations south of the Cheju-Do Islands in the Sea of Japan following the potential of Civil Unrest in the Republic of Korea, relieving USS Coral Sea (CV-43) was diverted from a homeward transit to MODLOC south of Cheju-Do Island, reacting to a crisis in South Korea. Midway en route to a NJ op-area was rearmed by USS Flint (AE-32) on 25 May 1980. Bad weather forced Midway to depart the NJ op-area on 26 May 1980, for CV-41 to relieve CV-43, south of Cheju-Do or "Kimchi Station". Flight Ops off Yokosuka were conducted. Midway departed NJ en route relief of USS Coral Sea (CV-43) on 29 May 1980, then proceeded to Kimchi Station to relieve Coral Sea. NAF Misawa Civilians were met by the X.O., after their arrival aboard Midway by COD on 31 May 1980. Refreshments were served and the movie "Sea Legs" was shown in the Wardroom. Tour of the Midway was given by X.O. and PAO. The group also observed flight operations. Following dinner in the wardroom, the guests departed for NAF Misawa by COD. Midway relieves Coral Sea at Cheju do MODLOC on 1 June 1980. RADM Kirksey, CTF-70 shifted his flag from Subic and it was the first embarkation in CV-41 for COMCARGRUFIVE. CTF 70, COMCARGRUFIVE, RADM Kirksey and his staff flew from Midway back to Subic on 3 June 1980 as the Korea crisis diminished and Midway returned to Yokosuka. Midway conducted NORPAC/ECS Operations from 24 May to 4 June 1980. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4S; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VF-151, F-4S; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G. *AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system (24 May to 4 June 1980)” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

24//05/80 to 04/06/80

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

EAST COAST

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

NOV 1965

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

01 JUL 77 ~ 31 DEC 78

01 JUL 80 ~ 31 DEC 81

01 JAN 82 ~ 30 JUN 83

01 JAN 90 ~ 31 DEC 90

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

Training

 

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

    “CDR J. L. K. Corcoran assumed command of VF-161 from CDR A. L. Burgess on 5 June 1980.

 

      Japanese/American Wives Club visit Kinnick High School held graduation ceremonies in Hangar Bay #1, for 60 seniors in Hangar Bay #1 of the class of 1980 on 6 June 1980; hosted on board by Mrs. Trost, Mrs. Howe and Mrs. Carmichael. After refreshments and a showing of "Sea Legs" in the forecastle, a tour of the ship was given to the 75 ladies.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 4 to 10 June 1980.

 

      MAJGEN Naotake Tateyama, JASDF, COMMANDER AIR PROVING WING and 19 test pilots from Gifu Air Base arrived by C-2 on 10 June 1980. A group photograph was taken on the flight deck followed by the viewing of "Sea Legs" in Ready Room #6. Refreshments were served then a tour of the ship was given.  Flight operations were observed after dinner. They departed to Gifu AB via C-2” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

27th 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, off South Korea and Okinawa/ECS Operations (10 to 24 June 1980) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (24 June to 14 July 1980). (10 June to 13 July 1980)

CHAPTER LXVI

 

                                        

    USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM R. E. Kirksey, COMCARGRU THREE, serving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region from 11 April to 11 June 1979, and the Cruise Book Photos show his titles and narrative states RADM R. E. Kirksey assumed Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet in August 1979, yet Command History Report of 1979 states “As the in-port drew to a close, CCG 5, CTF SEVENTY, RADM Kirksey and his staff, embarked Midway on 12 July 1979, so on 11 June to 12 July 1980 RADM R. E. Kirksey becomes CCG 5/CTF 70 and becomes CTF-77 as well assigned and CDR S. R. Briggs, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 10 June 1980, with Captain "E" I. Carmichael, as Commanding Officer, on her 27th 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, off South Korea and Okinawa/ECS Operations; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 29th 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 35th 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 45th 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 1980). 

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

(10 to 24 June 1980)

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (27th Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

Ops off South Korea Okinawa

CVW-5

NF

10 Jun 1980

24 Jun 1980

Western Pacific

45th FWFD

15-days

Operations in the Pacific Ocean, off South Korea and Okinawa/ECS Operations.

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 --> F-4S

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4J --> F-4S

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 / *A-6E TRAM/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

VAQ-136

Gauntlets - Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler - Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

620

EA-6B

HC-1 Det. 2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King -  Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3G

*AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system

 

    “CVW-5 aircraft intercepted and escorted Soviet IL-62 on 16 June 1980, en route Pusan, Korea on 17 June 1980.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) pulled in for a port of call at Pusan, Korea on 18 June 1980 conducting en route ops off South Korea and Okinawa/ECS Operations from 10 to 18 June 1980.

 

     RADM S. J. Hostettler and Commodore Y. B. Kim, ROKN, Commander Second Naval Sector (COMNAVFORKOREA), arrived aboard by helo and were met by the CO, XO and CDR Butler on 18 June 1980. The officers toured USS Midway (CV-41) and then viewed Midway’s arrival in Pusan from the bridge. They departed the ship by the after-brow for special ceremonies on the pier. LTCOL Kim Tee Hee, U. S. Army, and CAPT J. Mitchell, U. S. Army accompanied 30 high ranking ROK military personnel and 500 Pusan leading citizens, including the Mayor of Pusan, on tours of Midway on 19 June 1980. GEN John A. Wickham, Jr., USA, CINCUNC /CFC; ADM Kim Chong Kon, ROKN, Chief of Naval Operations; GEN PAIK Seok Chu, ROKA, Deputy CINCUNC, and party arrived via helo, met by Captain Carmichael, CO.  Briefing, discussion with CO and tour of the ship followed. Group departed via helo.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) departed Pusan, Korea on 20 June 1980, inport from 18 to 20 June 1980. Midway’s visit marked the first time any carrier tied up to the pier at Pusan. Several high level visitors came aboard Midway in Pusan. Mr. John Platter, NSA Rep Korea as well as the Mayor of Pusan and several South Korean Armed Forces senior officers were given tours. CINCUSFORKOREA and ROK Navy CNO and 40/50 Flag and General officers, were hosted aboard. Midway’s visit to Pusan can be best summed up by the following message from COMNAVFORKOREA who also visited the ship. Quote:

 

             A. First visit CV pier 8 Pusan appeared excellent in all respects. Entry was without event. Weather cooperated. Pier arrangement including floats, stand brow and mooring lines satisfactory. New chart sounding corresponded with fathometer readings during approach alongside.  Team of pilot Patterson (COMFLEACTS YOKO), two senior ROK Pilots and professional Midway bridge made it look easy.

 

             B. Transportation from Pier 8, including 6 contracted commercial busses, to downtown area, as well as Hialeah Garrison appeared to work well and is significant improvement over use of boats and fleet landing arrangement.

             C. Visiting was arranged by invitation only. Even so, several hundred special guest tours including VIP's were offered opportunity to see CV for first time. Midway hosted all in outstanding manner. Ship's effort to spot hangar deck with displays and one of the each type A/C provided guests with excellent quick look at CV air capability. VIP briefings and lunches were very well received and again reflect ship's attention to detail.

 

             D. City of Pusan, Pusan port as well as ROKN and ROKA are most pleased with Midway port visit and with their efforts over many months to make it possible. It is clear that all are extremely proud of the accomplishment. The first USN carrier as well as largest vessel to enter port in Korea is now marked as a significant historical event for Pusan.

 

             E. Intend collect comments from ALCON in order to refine arrangements in preparation for next sked CV visit. Also intend compare costs of CV visit alongside vs. anchorage. Will advise results earliest.

 

             F. While many contributed significantly to this event, it was Midway that insured success. Midway’s careful preparations, personal interest by CO, Wardroom and crew, conduct of crew ashore and overall desire to do it right were simply outstanding. As a result it was a banner event not only for Midway but for SEVENTHFLT and U. S. Navy.

 

             G. In summary, Pier 8 is satisfactory berthing for CV assuming wind conditions are satisfactory. (Orig. holds to initial judgment that steady winds in excess of 15 kts on beam while entering inner breakwater would result in undue risk). Unquote” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Transit to Yokosuka from 21 to 24 June 1980” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).              

 

    “On 24 June 1980, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM R. E. Kirksey, COMCARGRU THREE, serving as Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region from 11 April to 11 June 1979, and the Cruise Book Photos show his titles and narrative states RADM R. E. Kirksey assumed Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet in August 1979, yet Command History Report of 1979 states “As the in-port drew to a close, CCG 5, CTF SEVENTY, RADM Kirksey and his staff, embarked Midway on 12 July 1979, so on 11 June to 12 July 1980 RADM R. E. Kirksey becomes CCG 5/CTF 70 and becomes CTF-77 as well assigned and CDR S. R. Briggs, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked returned to Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain "E" I. Carmichael, as Commanding Officer, on her 27th 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, off South Korea and Okinawa/ECS Operations and began final preparations for a 14 July departure for an I.O. deployment. MAJGEN Naotake Tateyama, JASDF, COMMANDER AIR PROVING WING and 19 test pilots from Gifu Air Base arrived by C-2 on 10 June 1980. A group photograph was taken on the flight deck followed by the viewing of "Sea Legs" in Ready Room #6. Refreshments were served then a tour of the ship was given.  Flight operations were observed after dinner. They departed to Gifu AB via C-2. CVW-5 aircraft intercepted and escorted Soviet IL-62 on 16 June 1980, en route Pusan, Korea on 17 June 1980. Midway pulled in for a port of call at Pusan, Korea on 18 June 1980 conducting en route ops off South Korea and Okinawa/ECS Operations from 10 to 18 June 1980. RADM S. J. Hostettler and Commodore Y. B. Kim, ROKN, Commander Second Naval Sector (COMNAVFORKOREA), arrived aboard by helo and were met by the CO, XO and CDR Butler on 18 June 1980. The officers toured Midway and then viewed Midway’s arrival in Pusan from the bridge. They departed the ship by the after-brow for special ceremonies on the pier. LTCOL Kim Tee Hee, U. S. Army, and CAPT J. Mitchell, U. S. Army accompanied 30 high ranking ROK military personnel and 500 Pusan leading citizens, including the Mayor of Pusan, on tours of Midway on 19 June 1980. GEN John A. Wickham, Jr., USA, CINCUNC /CFC; ADM Kim Chong Kon, ROKN, Chief of Naval Operations; GEN PAIK Seok Chu, ROKA, Deputy CINCUNC, and party arrived via helo, met by Captain Carmichael, CO.  Briefing, discussion with CO and tour of the ship followed. Group departed via helo. Midway departed Pusan, Korea on 20 June 1980, inport from 18 to 20 June 1980. Midway’s visit marked the first time any carrier tied up to the pier at Pusan. Several high level visitors came aboard Midway in Pusan. Mr. John Platter, NSA Rep Korea as well as the Mayor of Pusan and several South Korean Armed Forces senior officers were given tours. CINCUSFORKOREA and ROK Navy CNO and 40/50 Flag and General officers, were hosted aboard. Midway’s visit to Pusan can be best summed up by the following message from COMNAVFORKOREA who also visited the ship. QUOTE: A. First visit CV pier 8 Pusan appeared excellent in all respects. Entry was without event. Weather cooperated. Pier arrangement including floats, stand brow and mooring lines satisfactory. New chart sounding corresponded with fathometer readings during approach alongside. Team of pilot Patterson (COMFLEACTS YOKO), two senior ROK Pilots and professional Midway bridge made it look easy. Transportation from Pier 8, including 6 contracted commercial busses, to downtown area, as well as Hialeah Garrison appeared to work well and is significant improvement over use of boats and fleet landing arrangement. C. Visiting was arranged by invitation only. Even so, several hundred special guest tours including VIP's were offered opportunity to see CV for first time. Midway hosted all in outstanding manner. Ship's effort to spot hangar deck with displays and one of the each type A/C provided guests with excellent quick look at CV air capability. VIP briefings and lunches were very well received and again reflect ship's attention to detail. D. City of Pusan, Pusan port as well as ROKN and ROKA are most pleased with Midway port visit and with their efforts over many months to make it possible. It is clear that all are extremely proud of the accomplishment. The first USN carrier as well as largest vessel to enter port in Korea is now marked as a significant historical event for Pusan. E. Intend collect comments from ALCON in order to refine arrangements in preparation for next sked CV visit. Also intend compare costs of CV visit alongside vs. anchorage. Will advise results earliest. F. While many contributed significantly to this event, it was Midway that insured success. Midway’s careful preparations, personal interest by CO, Wardroom and crew, conduct of crew ashore and overall desire to do it right were simply outstanding. As a result it was a banner event not only for Midway but for SEVENTHFLT and U. S. Navy. G. In summary, Pier 8 is satisfactory berthing for CV assuming wind conditions are satisfactory. (Orig. holds to initial judgment that steady winds in excess of 15 kts on beam while entering inner breakwater would result in undue risk). UNQUOTE. Midway conducted Transit to Yokosuka from 21 to 24 June 1980. Ports of call included: Pusan, Korea. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4S; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VF-151, F-4S; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G. *AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 29th deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Station” in the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. Her 35th 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 45th 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 (10 to 24 June 1980)(Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

10//06/80 to 24/06/80

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

45th FWFD

 

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

    “On 1 July 1980, VA-93 received the following citation from COMLATWINGPAC:

 

QUOTE

 

             A. On 1 July 1980 Attack Squadron Nine Three successfully completed their third year of major aircraft accident free flight operations. This excellent safety record has been gained by the squadron maintenance men and pilots while conducting operations in a continuously forward deployed status, a recognized demanding environment, sustained safety accomplishments of this nature are attributed to positive and aggressive management that is combined with the total awareness and dedication provided by all hands. These same "Raven" characteristics led them to the winning of the CNO Safety Award of FY-79.

 

             B. Your documented achievements are acknowledged by all LATWINGPAC commands and your efforts have significantly contributed to the community's and Navy safety programs. Congratulations to each man and to the command for an exceptional job well done, LENOX.

 

UNQUOTE” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

    “VA-93 completes third year accident free flight operations on 1 July 1980” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

    “RADM Felt, former USS Midway (CV-41) CO, now COMNAVFORJAPAN, visited Midway on 2 July 1980” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

    “RADM Felt, COMNAVFORJAPAN was met by the CO and XO on 2 July 1980. After a short visit with the Commanding Officer, lunch was served in the Captain's In-port Cabin. Afterwards, the CO escorted RADM Felt on a tour of USS Midway (CV-41)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

“On 12 July 1980, the Tactical Flag Command Center (TFCC) Engineering Development Model (EDM) became functional. USS Midway (CV-41) conducted became the first flagship to be outfitted with a TFCC EDM. It is a ROLM computer driven four terminal (CIC, Flag D/D, SUPPLOT, CVIC) command and control display device. As the in-port drew to a close, CCG-5, COMCARGRUFIVE, CTF-70, RADM Kirksey and his staff, embarked USS Midway (CV-41) on 12 July 1980” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

“RADM R. E. Kirksey, COMCARGRU THREE was assigned duty using USS Midway (CV-41) as his Flag ship from 11 April to 11 June 1979 and the Cruise Book Photos show his titles and narrative states RADM R. E. Kirksey assumed Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet in August 1979, yet Command History Report of 1979 states “As the in-port drew to a close, CCG 5, CTF SEVENTY, RADM Kirksey and his staff, embarked USS Midway (CV-41) on 12 July 1979, so on 11 June to 12 July 1980 RADM R. E. Kirksey becomes CCG 5/CTF 70. EQNEEDF Note: Two different dates of assuming command in Midway Cruise Books, 1978-79 and 1979-80. Command History of 1979 states 19 March 1979, MIDWAY bid a fond farewell to CMOCARGRU ONE and Staff as they disembarked” (Ref. 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command and Staff, 1979 to 1980 Cruise Book - Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979). https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-78/index_002.htm

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-80/index.html     

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 24 June to 13 July 1980, preparing for I. O. Deployment” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) June 1980 CTF77CCG 5/CTF 70

CHAPTER LXVI

Appendix II

 

 

    “RADM R. E. Kirksey, was also the Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet or Battle Force 7th Fleet since October 1979, having assumed COMCARGRU FIVE/ Commander Strike Forces U.S. 7 Fleet (CTF 70) in August 1979 (11 June to 12 July 1979). This command assumption in October of Seventh Fleet Battle Force apears to be CTF 70 as well, yet Carrier Battle Force, Seventh Fleet (CTF 77), has been reported as being formed to create CTF 70/CCG 5/CTF 70 during USS Nimitz (CVN-68) 1979/80 “WestPac”. While we can disregard both August and October 1979 dates of two separate commands being assumed because their not in the USS MIDWAY (CV-41) Command History Reports, we cannot disregard the command names of RADM R. E. Kirksey, Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet, Commander, Carrier Strike Force Seventh which are both CTF 70 or Seventh Fleet Battle Force referees to Carrier Battle Force, Seventh Fleet (CTF 77), thereby forming CTF 70/CCG 5/CTF 70 by October 1979 if the October Cruise Book narrative date is correct and if its correct to assume Seventh Fleet Battle Force referees to CTF 77. The August date was in correct as Command History Reports of 1980 state: “As the in-port drew to a close, CCG 5, CTF SEVENTY, RADM Kirksey and his staff, embarked USS Midway (CV-41) on 12 July 1979.). Two different dates of assuming command in Midway Cruise Books, 1978-79 and 1979-80. Command History of 1979 states 19 March 1979, MIDWAY bid a fond farewell to CMOCARGRU ONE and Staff as they disembarked. EQNEEDF Note: Two different dates of assuming command in Midway Cruise Books, 1978-79 and 1979-80. Command History of 1979 states 19 March 1979, MIDWAY bid a fond farewell to CMOCARGRU ONE and Staff as they disembarked” (Ref. 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command and Staff, 1979 to 1980 Cruise Book - Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979). https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-78/index_002.htm

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    “Task Force 70 – TF 70 is the Battle Force of 7th Fleet and is made up of two distinct components: Surface Combatant Force 7th Fleet, composed of cruisers and destroyers, and Carrier Strike Force 7th Fleet, made up of at least one aircraft carrier and its embarked air wing. The Battle Force is currently centered around Carrier Strike Group Five, the carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5).

 

     Task Force 77 was the Carrier Battle Force, Seventh Fleet” (Ref. United States Seventh Fleet; Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Seventh_Fleet

Pages 325 to 328

    “RADM R. E. Kirksey, multi-hatted as Commander, Carrier Group FIVE (COMCARGRU FIVE) and Commander, Task Force 70 (CTF 70), the latter task force also being known as Battle Force 7th Fleet and presumably Commander Strike Forces U.S. 7 Fleet could be Carrier Strike Force 7th Fleet (CTF 70) or Carrier Battle Force, Seventh Fleet (CTF 77), yet forming CTF 70/CCG 5/CTF 70 is not mentioned in the 1980 USS MIDWAY (CV-41) Command History Report as presented below:

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) departed Yokosuka 24 May 1980 for post EISRA work-up and the intended situation changed quickly. USS CORAL SEA was diverted from a homeward transit to MODLOC south of Cheju-Do Island, reacting to a crisis in South Korea. Midway en route to a NJ op-area was rearmed by USS FLINT. Bad weather forced Midway to depart the NJ op-area for CV-41 to relieve CV-43, south of Cheju-Do or "Kimchi Station". Flight Ops off Yokosuka were conducted. The ship then proceeded to Kimchi Station and relieved CORAL SEA 1 June. CTF 70 shifted his flag 1 June also and it was the first embarkation in CV-41 for COMCARGRUFIVE.  RADM Kirksey and his staff flew from Midway back to Subic 3 June as the Korea crisis diminished and Midway returned to Yokosuka 4 June.

 

USS MIDWAY (CV 41) COMMAND HISTORY 1980

 

CV41:11:jjp

5750

Ser C0047

29 APR 1981

 

CLASSIFIED BY:  MULTIPLE SOURCES

DECLASSIFY ON 31 DECEMBER 1986

 

These references would shed the light needed to calirfy everything necessary to determene if CTF 77/CCG 5/CTF 70 was formed during during USS Nimitz (CVN-68) 1979/80 “WestPac”:

 

Copy to:

 

Director of Naval History

CINCPACFLT (w/o Annexes IIC and IID)

COMNAVAIRPAC (w/o Annexes IIC and IID)

COMCARGRU FIVE (w/o Annexes IIC and IID)

Naval War College (w/o Annexes IIC and IID)

Naval Academy (Library) (w/o Annexes IIC and IID)

 

      The Annexes IIC and IID most likely will tell wheather or not CTF 77/CCG 5/CTF 70 was formed unless the assumption that and Carrier Strike Force 7th Fleet (CTF 70) is Carrier Battle Force, Seventh Fleet (CTF 77). No reporting that states RADM Kirksey assumed CTF 77, but the asumption is he did as did future CARGRU FIVE Commanders.

 

      As an historian, all we can do is follow the evidences, so their is some doubt as to wheather CTF 77/CCG 5/CTF 70 was actually formed during USS Nimitz (CVN-68) 1979/80 “WestPac.” Moving ahead a few years now that we can access condfidential Command History Reports, in 1982 we find Rear Admiral Hardisty, with the title Commander Task Force Seventy/Seventy-Seven (CTF 70/77). Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet, Carrier Strike Force U. S. Seventh Fleet, COMCARGRU FIVE, RADM Huntington Hardisty, following RADM R. E. Kirksey, Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet, Commander Strike Forces U.S. 7 Fleet (CTF 70), COMCARGRU FIVE is reported in Cruise Book Photos” (Ref. 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command and Staff, 1979 to 1980 Cruise Book - Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982). https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-78/index_002.htm

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USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982:

 

             “On 8 March 1982 USS MIDWAY (CV-41) departed Yokosuka enroute to the Northern Sea of Japan Operations Area for refresher training. At 0427Z on 18 March an A-7E Corsair, assigned to Attack Squadron Ninety-Three (VA-93) aboard the MIDWAY, crashed in the water when returning to land because of engine problems. The pilot, Lieutenant Commander Edward M. DETCHEMENDY, ejected and was recovered by a helicopter of Helicopter Composite Squadron One (HC-1) Detachment Two also aboard CV-41. The pilot sustained no major injuries. CV-41 completed its refresher operations on 20 March and entered port at Sasebo, Japan on 21 March for weapons loading and liberty.

 

             Following the Sasebo port call on 23 March, CV-41 entered the East China Sea for Exercise Team Spirit 82-1. Team Spirit is an exercise designed to train U.S. and South Korean forces in joint operations. It includes participation by all branches of both countries armed services. Most of the naval operations in Team Spirit 82-1 took place during MULTIPLEX -- a standard naval exercise. During MULTIPLEX, USS MIDWAY conducted exercises in the East China Sea (ECS) and Sea of Japan (SOJ). While in the SOJ, CV-41 was almost constantly under surveillance by Soviet airborne and surface units. Visitors to USS MIDWAY during TEAM SPIRIT included members of the U.S. (NBC) and Korean press on 23 March. On 28 March South Korea's President CHUN Doo Hwan, Ambassador Richard L. WALKER, and various Korean military dignitaries were received aboard USS MIDWAY by Commander Seventh Fleet, Vice Admiral Staser HOLCOMB.

 

    Other guests visiting at that time included Admiral R. L. LONG, Commander-in-Chief Pacific (CINCPAC), and Major General OLMSTEAD, Commander III Marine Amphibious Force. On 29 March Major General R. E. MESSERLI, USAF, CINCPAC Deputy Chief of Staff and Inspector General was the guest of Rear Admiral HARDISTY, Commander Task Force Seventy/Seventy-Seven (CTF 70/77). On 2 April a crewmember, AN Arturo G. BERNAL was blown overboard by jet exhaust. Airman BERNAL was rescued by an embarked HC-1 helicopter with no serious injuries.

 

    After completion of Exercise TEAM SPIRIT, CV-41 returned to Yokosuka, Japan for upkeep on 5 April. Later on 20 April Vice Admiral Robert F. SHOULTZ, Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific (COMNAVAIRPAC) came aboard CV-41 to present the COMNAVAIRPAC Battle Efficiency (BATTLE "E") award to USS MIDWAY; the COMNAVAIRPAC Engineering Officer of the Watch Award to LT John BELL; and the COMNAVAIRPAC Food Service Excellence Award to Supply Division Five (S-5). He also congratulated the COMNAVAIRPAC Sailor of the Year (Afloat) AC1 Loren STAUFFER” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982). 

 

    “Rear Admiral Hardisty, Commander Task Force Seventy/Seventy-Seven (CTF 70/77) title reported in the USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982 is based on Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet, Carrier Strike Force U. S. Seventh Fleet, COMCARGRU FIVE, which RADM R. E. Kirksey and RADM T. F. Brown share in common, as does future commanders” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982 & 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command and Staff, 1979 to 1980 Cruise Book - Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de). https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-78/index_002.htm

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