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Aerial port bow view of the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV-41) underway in the Pacific Ocean, 2 March 1981, as crewmen on the flight deck form themselves to spell the words "HI MOM." (DVIC id: DN-SN-84-02495) - NS024164 - DefenseImagery.mil.

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CHAPTER LXIX to LXXII

(23 February to 28 October 1981)

 

29th 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 and Okinawa/Subic Bay, Philippine Operations Area, on her 18th “WestPac,” on her 28th South China Sea, on her eighth Indian Ocean (23 February to 5 June 1981) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (5 to 25 June 1981). (23 February to 25 June 1981).

CHAPTER LXIX

 

 

    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 and CDR Roger P. Flower, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 23 February 1981, with Captain R. S. Owens, as Commanding Officer, on her 29th 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 and Okinawa/Subic Bay, Philippine Operations Area, on her 18th “WestPac,.” on her 28th South China Sea, on her eighth Indian Ocean, as Contingency Carrier; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 31st 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 37th 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 47th 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 1981). 

 

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

(23 February to 5 June 1981)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (29th  Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region Pacific Ocean

18th WestPac 28th SCS

8th IO

CVW-5

NF

23 Feb  1981

5 Jun  1981

Western Pacific

Indian Ocean

Middle East

47th FWFD

103-days

Operations in the Pacific Ocean and Okinawa/Subic Bay, Philippine Operations Area, South China Sea and Indian Ocean, as Contingency Carrier.

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-4S

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

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

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

 

 

Aerial port bow view of the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV-41) underway in the Pacific Ocean, 2 March 1981, as crewmen on the flight deck form themselves to spell the words "HI MOM." (DVIC id: DN-SN-84-02495). NS024164. DefenseImagery.mil.

http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024164.jpg

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) was underway in the Okinawa/Subic Operations Area from 23 February to 2 March 1981.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) made a port of call at Subic Bay, Philippines from 3 to 6 March 1981.

 

      On 10 March 1981, seventeen passengers of a crashed helicopter were rescued by men of the USS Midway (CV-41). The survivors (Indonesian, Japanese, Singaporeans, Dutch and American) were first discovered by a Midway A-6 Intruder aircraft during a routine surface search mission. Midway’s search and rescue helicopter squadron was called in and the survivors were flown to the Midway where they received medical treatment and food. Midway salvaged the helicopter and two days later entered port at Singapore -- home for most of the survivors.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) was en route to Singapore from 7 to 11 March 1981, conducting Exercise Merlion on 9 through 11 March 1981 with the Singapore Navy. On 11 March 1981, the Honorable Richard Thayer, U. S. Ambassador to Singapore, and numerous government of Singapore officials flew aboard to observe flight ops and watch the ship's crew in their daily routine. They were met and accompanied by RADM Hardisty, Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet, and CAPT Owens” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).        

 

    “As early as 11 March 1981, RADM Hardisty, Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet was aboard USS Midway (CV-41), assuming COMCARGRU SEVEN on 27 May 1980, reliveing possibly Rear Admiral Gureck” (Ref. 1981 to 1982 Cruise Book Command - https://www.navysite.de & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981). https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-82/018.htm

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) pulled in for a port of call at Singapore for five days of liberty on 12 March 1981.

 

      On 13 March 1981, COMNAVAIRPAC, VADM Schoultz visited USS Midway (CV-41) while anchored in Singapore harbor (Photo #0328). After a tour of the ship he addressed the crew via the ship's closed circuit TV system (CCTV). The same day, Singapore Armed Forces Officer Tour (Photo #0312) and the Press Tour from Singapore (Photo #0288) were conducted and on the 14th American Embassy Tour from Singapore (Photo #0294) and New Zealand Armed Forces Tour (Photo #0325) highlighted the day’s activities.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) final Tour was the American Business Tour on the 15 March 1981 (Photo #0320)” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).             

 

    “On 16 March 1981, an A-6 Intruder from VA-115 aboard USS Midway (CV-41) sighted a downed civilian helicopter in the South China Sea. Midway immediately dispatched HC-1 Det. 2 helicopters to the scene. All 17 people aboard the downed helicopter were rescued and brought aboard the carrier. The chartered civilian helicopter was also plucked out of the water and lifted to Midway's flight deck” (Ref. 1-Midway & 72).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) departed Singapore on 17 March 1981 after five days of liberty from 12 to 16 March 1981, to relieve USS Ranger (CV-61) on GONZO Station. On 13 March, COMNAVAIRPAC, VADM Schoultz visited the ship while anchored in Singapore harbor (Photo #0328). After a tour of the ship he addressed the crew via the ship's closed circuit TV system (CCTV). The same day, Singapore Armed Forces Officer Tour (Photo #0312) and the Press Tour from Singapore (Photo #0288) were conducted and on the 14th American Embassy Tour from Singapore (Photo #0294) and New Zealand Armed Forces Tour (Photo #0325) highlighted the day’s activities. The final Tour was the American Business Tour on the 15th (Photo #0320).

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) was en route to GONZO Station to relieve USS Ranger (CV-61) from 17 to 24 March 1981, relieving USS Ranger (CV-61) on GONZO Station on 24 March 1981 and conducted operations there, followed by GONZO exercise with the Royal Navy from 24 to 25 March 1981.

 

      British Sailors visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 31 March 1981 (Photo #0479, 0525 and 0513).

 

      CVW-5 aircraft intercepted two AN-12 CUB aircraft on 2 April 1981.

 

      CVW-5 aircraft intercepted an IL-62 CLASSIC on 5 April 1981 and another CUB on 6 April 1981.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted SOAFEX with the Sultan of Oman Navy from 6 to 7 April 1978. Also on 7 April, two IL-38 MAY aircraft were intercepted by CVW-5 aircraft” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).              

“British Sailors visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 31 March 1981 (Photo #0596).

 

      On 14 April 198, exercise GONZOEX 81-3 began.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) intercepted two MAY aircraft on 15 April 1981. The following day, 16 April, Joint Chiefs of Staff Representatives (Photo #0677); Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R-OR), Senator James A. McClure (R-1D) (Photo #0685), Ambassador Pelletreau and several ranking American military personnel arrived via helo while Midway was operating in the Indian Ocean. After a tour of the ship and viewing flight ops they were briefed by RADM Hardisty, Commander Strike Force Seventh Fleet.

 

      On 18 April 1981, exercise GONZOEX with USS Independence (CV-62) Task Group ended.

 

      On 27 April 1981, CINCPACFLT Admiral D. C. Davis, arrived when USS Midway (CV-41) was off Diego Garcia (Photo #0769). While onboard ADM Davis re-enlisted five crew members, spoke with old ship mates and addressed the crew via CCTV (Photo #0795).

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted GONZO Station Operations from 25 March to 29 April 1981.

 

      On 30 April 1981, USS Midway (CV-41) departed GONZO Station en route Perth, Australia.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Exercise Beacon South with the Royal Australian Navy on 4 to 5 May 1981.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) was en route to Perth, Australia from 30 April to 5 May 1981.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) pulled in for a port of call at Perth, Australia on 6 May 1981.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) hosted a University Tour from Perth, Australia (Photo #08600 and American Consulate Tour from Perth, Australia on 8 May 1981 (Photo #0859).

 

    “On 9 May 1981, while in-port Perth, Australia, RADM Barth, Commander Carrier Group Three, hosted a luncheon onboard USS Midway (CV-41). Visiting the ship were Australian Senator Peter Sim and several ranking Perth businessmen and academicians. After lunch they were given a tour of the ship.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) departed Perth, Australia on 10 May 1981, inport from 6 to 10 May 1981, Midway headed to sea for Exercise Beacon South with the Royal Australian Navy. while in-port Perth, Australia, Midway hosted a University Tour from Perth, Australia (Photo #08600 and American Consulate Tour from Perth, Australia on 8 May 1981 (Photo #0859) and on 9 May 1981, while in-port Perth, Australia, RADM Barth, Commander Carrier Group Three, hosted a luncheon onboard. Visiting the ship were Australian Senator Peter Sim and several ranking Perth businessmen and academicians. After lunch they were given a tour of the ship.

 

      RADM Doyle visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 16 May 1981 (Photo #0924).

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Exercise Beacon South with the Royal Australian Navy from 10 to 19 May 1981.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) was en route to Subic Bay, Philippines from 20 to 24 May 1981. On 23 May 1981, while en route to Subic Bay, CVW-5 aircraft intercepted two TU-95 aircraft.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) made a port of call at Subic Bay, Philippines from 25 to 30 May 1981.

 

      Midway (CV-41) was en route to Yokosuka, Japan from 31 May to 4 June 1981” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).                           

 

      “On 5 June 1981, 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 and CDR Roger P. Flower, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 23 February 1981, with Captain R. S. Owens, as Commanding Officer, ending her 29th 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 and Okinawa/Subic Bay, Philippine Operations Area, on her 18th “WestPac,” on her 28th South China Sea, her eighth Indian Ocean, as Contingency Carrier. Ports of call included: Subic Bay, Philippines;  Singapore; Perth, Australia and Subic Bay, Philippines. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4S; 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; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; 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 31st 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 37th 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 47th 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 (23 February to 5 June 1981)(Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).

            

23/02/81 to 05/06/81

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

18th WestPac

28th SCS

47th FWFD

 

Navy Expeditionary Service Medal

Navy Expeditionary Medal (Four Awards)

Iran, Yemen & Indian Ocean

15 APR ~ 06 JUN 79 *f

Iran, Yemen & Indian Ocean

21 NOV 79 ~ 07 FEB 80 *h

Iran, Yemen & Indian Ocean

19 AUG ~ 13 NOV 80 *h

Iran, Yemen & Indian Ocean

12 MAR ~ 19 MAY 81 *h

12 MAR ~ 19 MAY 81 *h

same

OPNAVNOTE 1650 NOTES:


*a = Taiwan Straits (23 AUG 50  ~  01 JUN 63)

*b = Vietnam (01 JUL 58  ~  03 JUL 65)

*c = Korea (01 OCT 66  ~  03 JUN 74)

*d = Operation FREQUENT WIND (29  ~  30 APR  75)

*e = Operation FREQUENT WIND (29  ~  30 APR  75)

*f = Iran/Indian Ocean (06 DEC 78  ~  06 JUN 79)

*g = Persian Gulf (24 JUL 87  ~  01 AUG 80

*h = Iran/Indian Ocean (21 NOV 79  ~  20 OCT 81)

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) 29th 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 and Okinawa/Subic Bay, Philippine Operations Area, on her 18th “WestPac”, on her 28th South China Sea, on her eighth Indian Ocean Summary (23 February to 5 June 1981) – Chapter 69, Appendix I.

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) returned to Yokosuka for 21 days upkeep and on 9 June 1981, several Japanese Diet Members, including Yataro Mitsubayashi, Chairman Education Committee arrived onboard Midway accompanied by RADM D. L. Felt, COMNAVFORJAPAN. They were greeted by CAPT Owens and enjoyed lunch in the Captain's In-port Cabin followed by a tour of the ship.

 

      On 11 June 1981, Ichiro Nakagawa, Director General of the Science and Technology Agency came onboard USS Midway (CV-41) while in-port Yokosuka for an orientation tour. He was met by CAPT Owens and given a briefing and tour of the ship. Prior to leaving he was given several mementos of his visit” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).              

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 5 to 25 June 1981” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).       

 

USS Midway (CV-41) 29th 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 and Okinawa/Subic Bay, Philippine Operations Area, on her 18th “WestPac,” on her 28th South China Sea, on her eighth Indian Ocean Summary (23 February to 5 June 1981) .

CHAPTER LXIX

Appendix I

 

 

    “On 5 June 1981, 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 and CDR Roger P. Flower, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 23 February 1981, with Captain R. S. Owens, as Commanding Officer, ending her 30th 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 and Okinawa/Subic Bay, Philippine Operations Area, on her 18th “WestPac,” on her 28th South China Sea, on her eighth Indian Ocean, as Contingency Carrier. Midway was underway in the Okinawa/Subic Operations Area from 23 February to 2 March 1981. Midway pulled in for a port of call at Subic Bay, Philippines from 3 to 6 March 1981. Ambassador Thayer visited Midway on 11 March 1981 (Photo #0277). On 10 March 1091, seventeen passengers of a crashed helicopter were rescued by men of the Midway. The survivors (Indonesian, Japanese, Singaporeans, Dutch and American) were first discovered by a Midway A-6 Intruder aircraft during a routine surface search mission. Midway’s search and rescue helicopter squadron was called in and the survivors were flown to the Midway where they received medical treatment and food. Midway salvaged the helicopter and two days later entered port at Singapore -- home for most of the survivors. Midway was en route to Singapore from 7 to 11 March 1981, conducting Exercise Merlion on 9 through 11 March 1981 with the Singapore Navy. On 11 March 1981, the Honorable Richard Thayer, U. S. Ambassador to Singapore, and numerous government of Singapore officials flew aboard to observe flight ops and watch the ship's crew in their daily routine. They were met and accompanied by RADM Hardisty, Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet, and CAPT Owens. Midway pulled in for a port of call at Singapore for five days of liberty on 12 February 1981. On 13 March, COMNAVAIRPAC, VADM Schoultz visited the ship while anchored in Singapore harbor (Photo #0328). After a tour of the ship he addressed the crew via the ship's closed circuit TV system (CCTV). The same day, Singapore Armed Forces Officer Tour (Photo #0312) and the Press Tour from Singapore (Photo #0288) were conducted and on the 14th American Embassy Tour from Singapore (Photo #0294) and New Zealand Armed Forces Tour (Photo #0325) highlighted the day’s activities. The final Tour was the American Business Tour on the 15th (Photo #0320). On 16 March 1981, an A-6 Intruder from VA-115 aboard Midway sighted a downed civilian helicopter in the South China Sea. Midway immediately dispatched HC-1 Det. 2 helicopters to the scene. All 17 people aboard the downed helicopter were rescued and brought aboard the carrier. The chartered civilian helicopter was also plucked out of the water and lifted to Midway's flight deck. Midway departed Singapore on 17 March 1981 after five days of liberty from 12 to 16 March 1981, to relieve USS Ranger (CV-61) on GONZO Station. (Photo #0320). Midway was en route to GONZO Station to relieve USS Ranger (CV-61) from 17 to 24 March 1981, relieving Ranger on GONZO Station on 24 March 1981 and conducted operations there, followed by GONZO exercise with the Royal Navy from 24 to 25 March 1981. British Sailors visited Midway on 31 March 1981 (Photo #0479, 0525 and 0513). CVW-5 aircraft intercepted two AN-12 CUB aircraft on 2 April 1981; an IL-62 CLASSIC on 5 April 1981 and another CUB on 6 April 1981. Midway conducted SOAFEX with the Sultan of Oman Navy from 6 to 7 April 1978. Also on 7 April, two IL-38 MAY aircraft were intercepted by CVW-5 aircraft. British Sailors visited Midway on 31 March 1981 (Photo #0596). On 14 April 198, exercise GONZOEX 81-3 began. Midway intercepted two MAY aircraft on 15 April 1981. The following day, 16 April, Joint Chiefs of Staff Representatives (Photo #0677); Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R-OR), Senator James A. McClure (R-1D) (Photo #0685), Ambassador Pelletreau and several ranking American military personnel arrived via helo while Midway was operating in the Indian Ocean. After a tour of the ship and viewing flight ops they were briefed by RADM Hardisty, Commander Strike Force Seventh Fleet. On 18 April 1981, exercise GONZOEX with USS Independence (CV-62) Task Group ended. On 27 April 1981, CINCPACFLT Admiral D. C. Davis, arrived when Midway was off Diego Garcia (Photo #0769). While onboard ADM Davis re-enlisted five crew members, spoke with old ship mates and addressed the crew via CCTV (Photo #0795). Midway conducted GONZO Station Operations from 25 March to 29 April 1981. On 30 April 1981, Midway departed GONZO Station en route Perth, Australia. Midway conducted Exercise Beacon South with the Royal Australian Navy on 4 to 5 May 1981. Midway was en route to Perth, Australia from 30 April to 5 May 1981. Midway pulled in for a port of call at Perth, Australia on 6 May 1981, hosting a University Tour from Perth, Australia (Photo #08600 and American Consulate Tour from Perth, Australia on 8 May 1981 (Photo #0859). On 9 May 1981, while in-port Perth, Australia, RADM Barth, Commander Carrier Group Three, hosted a luncheon onboard. Visiting the ship were Australian Senator Peter Sim and several ranking Perth businessmen and academicians. After lunch they were given a tour of the ship. Midway departed Perth, Australia on 10 May 1981, inport from 6 to 10 May 1981, Midway headed to sea for Exercise Beacon South with the Royal Australian Navy. RADM Doyle visited Midway on 16 May 1981 (Photo #0924). Midway conducted Exercise Beacon South with the Royal Australian Navy from 10 to 19 May 1981, en route to Subic Bay, Philippines from 20 to 24 May 1981. On 23 May 1981, while en route to Subic Bay, CVW-5 aircraft intercepted two TU-95 aircraft. Midway made a port of call at Subic Bay, Philippines from 25 to 30 May 1981, en route to Yokosuka, Japan from 31 May to 4 June 1981. Ports of call included: Subic Bay, Philippines;  Singapore; Perth, Australia and Subic Bay, Philippines. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4S; 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; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; 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 31st 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 37th 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 47th 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 (23 February to 5 June 1981)(Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).

 

23/02/81 to 05/06/81

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

18th WestPac

28th SCS

47th FWFD

 

Navy Expeditionary Service Medal

Navy Expeditionary Medal (Four Awards)

Iran, Yemen & Indian Ocean

15 APR ~ 06 JUN 79 *f

Iran, Yemen & Indian Ocean

21 NOV 79 ~ 07 FEB 80 *h

Iran, Yemen & Indian Ocean

19 AUG ~ 13 NOV 80 *h

Iran, Yemen & Indian Ocean

12 MAR ~ 19 MAY 81 *h

12 MAR ~ 19 MAY 81 *h

same

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

30th 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 and Okinawa Operating area, on her 29th South China Sea (26 June to 16 July 1981) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep (16 July to 5 August 1981). (26 June to 5 August 1981)

CHAPTER LXX

 

 

    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 and CDR Roger P. Flower, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 26 June 1981, with Captain R. S. Owens, as Commanding Officer, on her 30th 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 and Okinawa Operating area, on her 29th South China Sea; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 32nd 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 38th 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 48th 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 1981).  

 

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

(26 June to 16 July 1981)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (30th Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region Pacific Ocean

Okinawa

Op area

29th SCS

CVW-5

NF

26 Jun 1981

16 Jul 1981

48th FWFD

21-days

 

 

Operations in the Pacific Ocean and Okinawa Operating area.

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-4S

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps – Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 115-120

RF-4B

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

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 TRAM/KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600-603

E-2B

VAQ-136

Gauntlets - Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler - Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

604-607

EA-6B

HC-1 Det.2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarine

610

SH-3G

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

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) was underway in the Okinawa Operations Area en route to Hong Kong from 26 June to 3 July 1981.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) pulled in for a port of call at Hong Kong on 4 July 1981” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).              

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) made a port of call at Hong Kong from 4 to 5 July 1981. Midway cut short her stay in Hong Kong due to an approaching typhoon” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).             

 

    “RADM Huntington Hardisty, COMCARGRU SEVEN assumed duties as Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 70), Commander, Carrier Group FIVE, CCG 5, (COMCARGRU FIVE) and Commander Task Force 70 (CTF 70), the latter task force also being known as Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet and Surface Combatant Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 75) embarking on 11 March 1981 but assumed command of CTF-77 on 3 July 1981 from RADM Kirksey and his staff, embarking 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” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 197/80/81 & 1981 to 1982 Cruise Book Command - https://www.navysite.de).

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-82/018.htm

 

    “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

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

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted typhoon evasion and transit to Yokosuka, conducting exercise MULTIPLEX/ORE (Operational Readiness Evaluation) with TG 70.1 and CTF 75 en route Yokosuka. Several Soviet warships and research ships came under the scrutiny of the Midway during this time from 6 to 15 July 1981” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).                                

 

    “On 16 July 1981, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM Huntington Hardisty, COMCARGRU SEVEN assumed duties as Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 70), Commander, Carrier Group FIVE, CCG 5, (COMCARGRU FIVE) and Commander Task Force 70 (CTF 70), the latter task force also being known as Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet and Surface Combatant Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 75) embarking on 11 March 1981 but assumed command of CTF-77 on 3 July 1981 from RADM Kirksey and his staff, embarking 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 and CDR Roger P. Flower, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 26 June 1981, with Captain R. S. Owens, as Commanding Officer, ending her 31st 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 and Okinawa Operating area, on her 28th South China Sea. Midway was underway in the Okinawa Operations Area en route to Hong Kong from 26 June to 3 July 1981. Midway pulled in for a port of call at Hong Kong from 4 to 5 July 1981. Midway cut short her stay in Hong Kong due to an approaching typhoon. Midway conducted typhoon evasion and transit to Yokosuka, conducting exercise MULTIPLEX/ORE (Operational Readiness Evaluation) with TG 70.1 and CTF 75 en route Yokosuka. Several Soviet warships and research ships came under the scrutiny of the Midway during this time from 6 to 15 July 1981. Ports of calls included: Hong Kong. The narrow body of water separating Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula, Victoria Harbour, is one of the deepest natural maritime ports in the world. Hong Kong and its 260 territorial islands and peninsulas are located in the South China Sea, at the mouth of the Pearl River Delta. 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 32nd 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 38th 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 48th 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 (26 June to 16 July 1981)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).  

 

26/06/81 to 16/07/81

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

29th SCS

48th FWFD

 

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep from 16 July to 5 August 1981” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).              

 

U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, conducting local operations near Japan, conducting local operations near Japan and Operations in the Northern Philippine Sea (2 to 13 August 1981) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) for upkeep (13 August to 2 September 1981).

(6 August to 2 September 1981)

CHAPTER LXXI

 

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM Huntington Hardisty, COMCARGRU SEVEN assumed duties as Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 70), Commander, Carrier Group FIVE, CCG 5, (COMCARGRU FIVE) and Commander Task Force 70 (CTF 70), the latter task force also being known as Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet and Surface Combatant Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 75) embarking on 11 March 1981 but assumed command of CTF-77 on 3 July 1981 assigned and CDR Roger P. Flower, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 6 August 1981, with Captain R. S. Owens, 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, conducting local operations near Japan, conducting local operations near Japan and Operations in the Northern Philippine Sea” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).             

 

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

(6 to 13 August 1981)

 

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

Northern Philippine Sea

CVW-5

NF

6 Aug 1981

13 Aug 1981

Training

12-days

 

Operations in the Pacific Ocean, conducting local operations near Japan, conducting local operations near Japan and Operations in the Northern Philippine Sea.

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-4S

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps – Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 115-120

RF-4B

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

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 TRAM/KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600-603

E-2B

VAQ-136

Gauntlets - Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler - Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

604-607

EA-6B

HC-1 Det.2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarine

610

SH-3G

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

 

     “On 10 August 1981, Mr. Joji Omura, Director General, Japanese Defense Agency flew aboard USS Midway (CV-41) with several Japanese military personnel. They were accompanied by COMNAVFORJAPAN, RADM Felt. After viewing flight ops they expressed their sincere appreciation for MIDWAY'S contribution to the Defense of Japan.

 

      Japanese Diet Committee visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 12 August 1981 (Photo #1587; 1564A & 1564B).

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Operations in the Northern Philippine Sea from 6 to 12 August 1981” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).             

 

    “On 13 August 1981, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM Huntington Hardisty, COMCARGRU SEVEN assumed duties as Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 70), Commander, Carrier Group FIVE, CCG 5, (COMCARGRU FIVE) and Commander Task Force 70 (CTF 70), the latter task force also being known as Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet and Surface Combatant Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 75) embarking on 11 March 1981 but assumed command of CTF-77 on 3 July 1981 assigned and CDR Roger P. Flower, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked returned to Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 6 August 1981, with Captain R. S. Owens, 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, conducting local operations near Japan, conducting local operations near Japan and Operations in the Northern Philippine Sea from 6 to 12 August 1981. On 10 August 1981, Mr. Joji Omura, Director General, Japanese Defense Agency flew aboard Midway with several Japanese military personnel. They were accompanied by COMNAVFORJAPAN, RADM Felt. After viewing flight ops they expressed their sincere appreciation for MIDWAY'S contribution to the Defense of Japan. Japanese Diet Committee visited Midway on 12 August 1981 (Photo #1587). 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 (6 to 13 August 1981)(Ref. 1564A; 1564B & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).

 

06/08/81 to 13/08/81

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

7Th FLEET Forward Deployed

Battle Efficiency Award (Navy "E" Ribbon), marking her as the outstanding carrier in the Pacific Fleet

Jul 1980 to Dec 1981

Training

Ref. 1181 & 1181C

 

     “On 2 September 1981, ADM Thomas B. Hayward, CNO, kicked off his tour of Far East Naval Units when he visited USS Midway (CV-41) while in-port Yokosuka (Photo #1652). He addressed the crew on the ship's flight deck and concluded his address with a question and answer period. ADM Hayward was escorted about the ship by Midway’s Commanding Officer, CAPT R. S. Owens.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 13 August to 2 September 1981 for upkeep” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).                        

 

31st 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, on her 30th South China Sea and Philippine Sea, for MISSILEX and MINEX in the Okinawa and Subic Bay Operating Areas (3 September to 6 October 1981) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan)

(6 to 28 October 1981). (3 September to 28 October 1981)

CHAPTER LXXII

 

 

    “The morning of 3 September 1981, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM Huntington Hardisty, COMCARGRU SEVEN assumed duties as Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 70), Commander, Carrier Group FIVE, CCG 5, (COMCARGRU FIVE) and Commander Task Force 70 (CTF 70), the latter task force also being known as Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet and Surface Combatant Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 75) embarking on 11 March 1981 but assumed command of CTF-77 on 3 July 1981 assigned and CDR Roger P. Flower, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain R. S. Owens, as Commanding Officer, on her 31st 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, on her 30h South China Sea and Philippine Sea, for MISSILEX and MINEX in the Okinawa and Subic Bay Operating Areas; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 33rd 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 39th 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 49th 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 1981).  

 

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

(3 September to 6 October 1981)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (31st Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region Pacific Ocean

Okinawa

Op-area

Subic Bay

Op-area

30th SCS Philippine Sea

CVW-5

NF

3 Sep 1981

6 Oct  1981

49th FWFD

34-days

Operations in the Pacific Ocean, South China Sea and Philippine Sea, for MISSILEX and MINEX in the Okinawa and Subic Bay Operating 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-4S

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps – Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 115-120

RF-4B

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

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 TRAM/KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600-603

E-2B

VAQ-136

Gauntlets - Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler - Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

604-607

EA-6B

HC-1 Det.2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarine

610

SH-3G

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

 

    “On 6 September 1981, ADM Hayward, CNO, arrived aboard USS Midway (CV-41) via A-6 aircraft while the ship was operating off Subic Bay, Philippines. He used Midway as a staging area to helo to other units of the battle group. Approximately four hours later he was launched off Midway’s starboard catapult for his return flight to Cubi Point.               

 

      CVW-5 aircraft intercepted two Soviet TU-95 BEAR D aircraft on 6 September 1981.            

 

      CVW-5 aircraft intercepted two Soviet TU-95 BEAR D aircraft on 8 September 1981.            

 

      Representatives of Philippines Minister of Information visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 9 September 1981 (Photo #1669).             

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Operations in the Okinawa and Subic Bay Operating Areas from 3 to 9 September 1981.           

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) pulled in for a port of call at Subic Bay, Philippines on 10 September 1981.    

 

      On 11 September 1981, ADM. James D. Watkins, CINCPACFLT, arrived while USS Midway (CV-41) was in-port Subic Bay (Photo #16720. He toured the ship accompanied by CAPT Owens and addressed the ship's personnel assembled in the Hangar Bay. The purpose of his visit was to "feel the pulse of the fleet"” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).         

 

 

USS Midway (CV-41) entering Subic Bay, Philippines, 14 September 1981. US Navy photo by PHCS Steven Harris. NS024106. USN.

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    “USS Midway (CV-41) departed Subic Bay, Philippines on 15 September 1981, inport from 10 to 14 September 1981. On 11 September 1981, ADM. James D. Watkins, CINCPACFLT, arrived while Midway was in-port Subic Bay (Photo #16720. He toured the ship accompanied by CAPT Owens and addressed the ship's personnel assembled in the Hangar Bay. The purpose of his visit was to "feel the pulse of the fleet.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Transit to Pattaya Beach, Thailand from 15 to 20 September 1981. During the transit to Pattaya Beach, Thailand USS Midway (CV-41) served as a major link in the testing and evaluation of the USS America (CV-66) Tactical Flag Command Center (TFCC). Midway supported and monitored the flow of information to the America through Midway’s own TFCC.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) arrived Pattaya Beach, Thailand on 21 September 1981.

 

      VIP Tour for Lord Mayor of Pattaya Beach, Thiland and Party visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 24 September 1981 (Photo #1688).

 

      After a five day port call at Pattaya Beach, Thailand from 21 to 25 September 1981, USS Midway (CV-41) will transit through the South China Sea and Philippine Sea en route to Yokosuka.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Transit to Yokosuka, Japan from 26 September to 5 October 1981” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    “On 6 October 1981, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM Huntington Hardisty, COMCARGRU SEVEN assumed duties as Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 70), Commander, Carrier Group FIVE, CCG 5, (COMCARGRU FIVE) and Commander Task Force 70 (CTF 70), the latter task force also being known as Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet and Surface Combatant Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 75) embarking on 11 March 1981 but assumed command of CTF-77 on 3 July 1981 assigned and CDR Roger P. Flower, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain R. S. Owens, as Commanding Officer, ending her 31st 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, on her 30th South China Sea and Philippine Sea, for MISSILEX and MINEX in the Okinawa and Subic Bay Operating Areas. On 6 September 1981, ADM Hayward, CNO, arrived aboard Midway via A-6 aircraft while the ship was operating off Subic Bay, Philippines. He used Midway as a staging area to helo to other units of the battle group. Approximately four hours later he was launched off Midway’s starboard catapult for his return flight to Cubi Point. CVW-5 aircraft intercepted two Soviet TU-95 BEAR D aircraft on 6 September 1981 and two Soviet TU-95 BEAR D aircraft on 8 September 1981. Representatives of Philippines Minister of Information visited Midway on 9 September 1981 (Photo #1669). Midway conducted Operations in the Okinawa and Subic Bay Operating Areas from 3 to 9 September 1981. Midway pulled in for a port of call at Subic Bay, Philippines from 10 to 14 September 1981. On 11 September 1981, ADM. James D. Watkins, CINCPACFLT, arrived while CV-41 was in-port Subic Bay (Photo #16720. He toured the ship accompanied by CAPT Owens and addressed the ship's personnel assembled in the Hangar Bay. The purpose of his visit was to "feel the pulse of the fleet." Midway conducted Transit to Pattaya Beach, Thailand from 15 to 20 September 1981. During the transit to Pattaya Beach, Thailand Midway served as a major link in the testing and evaluation of the USS America (CV-66) Tactical Flag Command Center (TFCC). Midway supported and monitored the flow of information to the America through Midway’s own TFCC. After a five day port call at Pattaya Beach, Thailand from 21 to 25 September 1981, Midway transited through the South China Sea and Philippine Sea en route to Yokosuka. VIP Tour for Lord Mayor of Pattaya Beach, Thiland and Party visited Midway on 24 September 1981 (Photo #1688). Midway conducted Transit to Yokosuka, Japan from 26 September to 5 October 1981. Ports of call included: Subic Bay, Philippines and Pattaya Beach, Thailand. 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 33rd 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 39th 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 49th 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 (3 September to 6 October 1981)(Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).

 

03/09/81 to 06/10/81

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

30th SCS

49th FWFD

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

     “On 13 October, RADM Heijiro Abe (ret), Pearl Harbor attack veteran, came aboard USS Midway (CV-41) for a picture taking session and talk with Captain Owens. One of these pictures was published in Time Magazine in their December 7th issue.

 

      Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Crow visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 20 October 1981 (Photo #1708).

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 6 to 28 October 1981” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).