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USS MIDWAY (CV-41) 1981 YEARS END SUMMARY

CHAPTER LXXIV

Appendix II

 

 

COMMAND ORGANIZATION

 

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

 

             Captain E. I. Carmichael, USN, ----/1310; Commanding Officer from 1 January 1981 to 16 February 1981.

 

             Captain R. S. Owens, USN, ----/1310; Commanding Officer from 16 February 1981 to 31 December 1981.

 

2.  Commander Air Wing FIVE embarked: Captain R. P. Flowers; 1 January 1981 to 31 December 1981.

 

3.  Finally in 1981, the competitive cycle for the Battle Efficiency Award (Battle “E”) ended. The USS Midway received the award from Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific (COMNAVAIRPAC) for standing first in Operational readiness among all aircraft carriers assigned to COMNAVAIRPAC. The competitive cycle covered 18 months from 1 July 1980 to 31 December 1981. Midway also had three departments cited for individual awards. They include: Engineering, Communications and Damage Control.

 

4.  Carrier Air Wing Five Command Organization

 

             a. Commander Carrier Air Wing Five

 

                          Captain R. P. Flower; 1 January 1981 to 31 December 1981

 

             b. Composition of Command

 

                          Fighter Squadron One Six One:                        15 F-4J Phantom II

 

             Commander J. L. K. Corcoran; 1 January 1981 - 22 October 1981

             Commander N. L. Tarrant; 22 October 1981 - 31 December 1981

 

                          Fighter Squadron One Five One:                      13 F-4J Phantom II

 

             Commander R. S. Farrell; 1 January 1981 - 31 December 1981

 

                          Attack Squadron Nine Three:                            13 A-7E Corsair II

 

             Commander M. R. Rackowitz; 1 January 1981 - 22 December 1981

             Commander J. H. Finney; 22 December 1981 - 31 December 1981

 

                          Attack Squadron Five Six:                                 13 A-7E Corsair II

 

             Commander C. S. Mitchell; 1 January 1981 - 28 December 1981

             Commander E. E. Shipe; 28 December 1981 - 31 December 1981

 

                          Attack Squadron One One Five:                       15 A6E/KA6D Intruder

 

             Commander J. D. Favaro; 1 January 1981 - 21 April 1981

             Commander R. R. Wittenberg; 21 April 1981 - 31 December 1981

 

                          Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron

One Thirty Six:                                                   4 EA-6B

 

             Commander B. N. Jeffers; 1 January 1981 - 16 August 1981

             Commander W. A. Dwinelle; 16 August 1981 - 31 December 1981

 

                          Carrier Airborne Early Warning

Squadron One One Five:                                   4 E2B Hawkeye

 

             Commander George E. Huxhold; 1 January 1981 to 23 June 1981

             Commander George C. Kickhofel; 23 June 1981 to 31 December 1981

 

                          Marine Photoreconnaissance

Squadron Three:                                                  4 RF-4B

 

             LT COL J. G. Thomas; 1 January 1981 to 31 December 1981

 

                          Helicopter Composite Squadron One

Detachment Two:                                                5 SH-3G

 

             Officer in Charge, LCDR Kris L. Tande; 1 January 1981 – 31 December 1981

 

5.  Summary of Flight Hours for 1981:

                          

VA, VF, VMFP, VAW, VAQ and HC-1 DET-2

 

MONTH                        HOURS                         TRAPS

JAN                                2466                               350

FEB                                2157                               620

MAR                              3079                               1351

APR                                3337                               1429

MAY                              1902                               697

JUN                                1923                               307

JUL                                2886                               573

AUG                               2469                               403

SEP                                1915                               699

OCT                               2317                               236

NOV                               2522                               833

DEC                               2109                               562

 

TOTAL                         28,083                            7,903

 

The summary of flight hours above includes figures for aircraft arrested landings (TRAPS) which will differ from the figures in annex A (Air Department) for arrested landings.  Air Department figures include all arrested landings while the above set of figures are for the Air Wing only.

 

1. OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT

 

             a. Combat Information Center (CIC)

 

             (1) Midway was in-port Yokosuka, New Years Day, 1981. Midway then had two short cycles of local operations and an upkeep period before commencing an Indian Ocean deployment. In early February, Midway detected and intercepted two BEARs. Later in the month, Midway had two Basic Point Defense Missile System (BPDMS) firing exercises. The Quarter ended with Midway relieving USS Ranger (CV-61) on GONZO Station.

 

             (2) The first two weeks of April became busy as Midway successfully intercepted two CUBs, eight MAYs and a CLASSIC. Also in April, Midway had six Anti-Air Warfare Exercises (AAWEX's) of opportunity. Upon completion of Carrier Battle Group (CVBG) operations, Midway headed south for Exercise BEACON COMPASS, in late May. It was at this time that Midway intercepted two BEARs in the Subic Operations Area. After returning to Yokosuka for an upkeep period; Midway went on local operations completing two live BPDMS firings. During this time, Midway’s Air wing conducted a Close Air Support Exercise (CASEX) with the Marines.

 

             (3) A shortened port visit to Hong Kong, necessitated by an approaching typhoon, ended with Midway returning to Yokosuka in mid July. On the way back to Yokosuka, Midway conducted a MULTIPLEX/ORE with TG 70.1 and CTF 75. Also, during this period, Midway conducted six AAWEX's. August was split with local operations and an in-port in Yokosuka. In September Midway Air wing conducted a Missile Exercise (MISSILEX) and a Mine Warfare Exercise (MINEX.). Midway closed out the quarter with a BPDMS firing, two BEAR intercepts and two AAWEX's.

 

             (4) October saw Exercise FORTRESS WARRIOR completed with the successful intercept of a P-3 aircraft simulating a BEAR D. November became busy as Midway conducted another MISSILEX, a CASEX, a MINEX and a multiple raid AAWEX, Surface Action Group Exercise (SAGEX), War at Sea Exercise (WASEX) and a Harpoon Missile Exercise (HARPOONEX). Thanksgiving was spent in Yokosuka. Midway pulled out for two more weeks of training and a weapons off-load in Sasebo. Prior to Sasebo, Midway had a Combat Readiness Assessment Exercise (CRAE), a MISSILEX, a CASEX and a live firing of the BPDMS. The off-load in Sasebo became a quick on-load in response to the Korean contingency commitment. Midway received word to return to Yokosuka and she arrived two days before Christmas to start her EISRA.

 

b. METEROLOGICAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

             In February, the integrated command acoustic predication system (ICAPS) was installed. The ICAPS enabled Midway to provide on-the-spot ASW support to ship's company, embarked staffs and escorts as required. Later in May, a modified receiver was installed in the SMQ-6 which will enable weather to copy Russian and Japanese Meteorological Satellites when a new antenna is installed in February 1982.

 

             In June a meteorological satellite NOAA-7 was launched which enables weather to receive more satellite coverage. Also in June, three OA division personnel were sent Temporary Duty to Taegu and Kwang-ju, Korea to provide weather support for CVW-5 operations.

 

             Typhoon Kelly delayed Midway’s entry into Hong Kong by one day in July and Typhoon Lynn forced Midway to initiate emergency sortie from Hong Kong three days early after 36 hours of liberty. On 22 August Typhoon condition I was set at 18001 due to Typhoon Thad. Maximum winds observed in Yokosuka were 120 degrees at 57 kts, and on 22 October Typhoon condition I was set at 17551 due to Typhoon Gay. Maximum winds observed in Yokosuka were 340 degrees at 60 kts.

 

c. ELECTRONICS

 

             (1) Ship Alteration (SHIPALT) 5312K "install AN/SPS-49 Radar" was completed including certification. The AN/SP5-49's predecessor, the AN/SPS-37 was removed.

 

             (2) Under SHIPALT 4113K, the AN/SPS-48A was upgraded to an AN/SPS-^48C. This conversion saw the addition of an AN/UYK-20 computer and automatic detection and track (ADT) system.

 

             (3) Work commenced to install an additional AN/VRC-46, SHIPALT 5935K, to satisfy communication requirements for support boat operations. Upon inspection of the Government Furnished Maintenance (GFM) material, SRF found that the contents were not for the SHIPALT. The only progress made was the installation of the new antenna.

 

             (4) The below listed jobs were started during EISRA 82-60 in December 1981:

 

                          SHIPALT 5336K - Install lightweight TACAN antenna in order to enable the ship's TACAN to be operated over a large number of radio frequency channels and allow top-of-the-mast installation.

 

                          SHIPALT 5340K - Naval Modular Automated Communications System (NAVMACS) B, replacing NAVMACS A+ and providing a system for automating certain message processing functions presently performed manually.

 

                          SHIPALT 5340K - Install MUTE (AN/SSQ-82). The system will continuously monitor and control the radiation status of shipboard emitters and provide for a very rapid shut down of preselected emitters as a response to anti-radiation missiles.

 

                          SHIPALT 5804K - Replace AN/URC-85 with AN/URC-93. The intent of this alteration is to provide equipment which has improved logistics support.

 

                          SHIPALT 4113K - Install AN/SPS-48 radar. The final requirements of this alteration were started to relocate the AN/SPN-42 antennae in order to eliminate the vibration which has prevented the system from being fully certified.

 

                          All antennae and pedestials associated with the AN/SPN-41, AN/SPN-42 and AN/SPN-43 systems are being replaced with refurbished units.

 

                          MK 3, MOD 7 Ships Inertial Navigation System (SINS) system is being refurbished by Sperry Corp. to include a new binnicle and associated equipment.

             Two new antennae were received for the AN/SMQ-10 system. The system should become fully operational by the end of EISRA 82-60.

 

                          The AN/SPA-4 in secondary conning is being replaced with a more reliable AN/SPA-25.

 

d. INTELLIGENCE

 

             (1) Midway’s Intelligence section comprises three divisions providing crypto-logic (OS), intelligence (OZ) and photographic (OP) support to the ship, air wing and embarked staffs. During 1981 this support has been rated "excellent" to "outstanding" in semi-annual readiness and Quarterly Operational Commander's Performance reports. A grade of 95% during the July 1981 Operational Readiness Exercise was awarded.

 

             (2) Significant achievements have included:

 

                          (a) Operational evaluation of the AN/USQ81V Tactical Flag Command Center and associated Crypto-logic Combat Support Console and participation in "OUTLAW SHARK" evaluation under CNO priority projects.

 

                          (b) Continuous support to an embarked photographic reconnaissance detachment, the only RF4B configured unit in PACFLT.

 

                          (c) Crypto-logic and intelligence support to embarked staff (including CTF-70) during Iranian and Korean contingencies.

 

                          (d) Production of high quality intelligence reports during the competitive period, as well as support in the development of a petroleum/construction vessel recognition publication and participation in a CNO project for National Geographic Magazine.

 

                          (e) Integration of AN/SXQ8 Closed Circuit Television into Operations and support to A6E/A7E TRAM-IRTV-ASP programs.

 

             (3) Midway’s Intelligence Section has initiated an active cross-training program which has included posting of Midway personnel to local intelligence and photographic units and indoctrination of off-ship personnel during underway periods.

 

             (4) Midway’s Naval Security Group Division was augmented on five occasions by appropriate Cypto-logic Electronic Support Measures (CESM) warfare skills to provide direct support to the ship, air wing and embarked staff. During Indian Ocean MODLOC operations (March - June 1981), CESM resources were used extensively to detect, classify and track reconnaissance and transit flights by Soviet MAY and CUB aircraft operating in the battle group area. A Signals Security (SIGSEC) team from Naval Security Group Detachment Yokosuka was embarked in order that the battle group's excellent SIGSEC posture be examined. Assistance included briefings to ship and air wing personnel and a monitoring effort which provided feedback on the daily SIGSEC posture of the battle group. Appropriate CESM personnel and SIGSEC teams also embarked during operations in the Northern Japan and Okinawa op-areas and enroute to and return from Hong Kong in July and enroute to and return from Pattaya Beach, Thailand in September and October. During routine operations in the Okinawa operating area and in the Sea of Japan in November, CESM personnel were again embarked to provide direct support to the battle group and embarked staff. During the Indian Ocean deployment and during the routine operations in November when Commander, Carrier Group FIVE was embarked, the SI communications center processed approximately 700 messages per day. The two-fold increase in message volume was handled with no degradation in service or quality. Material readiness of all crypto-logic equipment was maintained at or above 99 percent throughout the period.

 

2. SUPPLY DEPARTMENT

 

             a. During 1981, the Supply Department took various actions to increase both material support and services. Aviation Consolidated Allowanced List (AVCAL) support was improved, off ship requisitions for Non-Mission Capable Supply/Partial Mission Capable Supply/Casualty Report (NMCS/PMCS/CASREPT) material were reduced, new equipment was installed in Automatic Data Processing (ADP) and Ship Service Areas and a new division, S-8, was established to consolidate storage. In addition Midway’s Food Service operation was recognized as the best of all Pacific carriers by COMNAVAIRPAC during the Pre-NEY (Admiral Ney Award) Award inspection.

 

             (1) Increased AVCAL Support

 

                          As a result of the AVCAL Quality Review Conference in August 1981, Pool levels were increased 25% to support a 10 day turnaround time during multi-site operations.

 

             (2) NMCS/PMCS/CASREPT/Requisitions

 

                          Due to aggressive management efforts by the Supply/Maintenance team off ship NMCS/PMCS requisitions averaged 70 for all at sea periods. During the last 5 months of 1981 CASREP requisitions averaged 5.5, with one 18 day period with only 1 CASREP requisition outstanding. These represent a significant decrease over 1980.

 

             (3) ADP Equipment

 

                          During 1981 the ADP section replaced the UNIVAC 1710 Card Key Punch Machines with TAB 700 Key to Disk Data Entry System. This has had a direct impact on reducing major keypunch backlogs. Also during 1981 the Wang/TTY communications system was installed. This allows the Supply Department to provide communications with a pre-punched paper tape thereby reducing transmittal delay.

 

             (4) Renovation of Ship Service Areas

 

                          During 1981 the Sales Division renovated the Crew's Barber Shop and the Sales Office. Security was improved by the installation of a high security cage in the Sales Office for the agent cashier and the installation of an alarm system in all storerooms and retail areas.

 

             (5) Pre-NEY and Supply Management Inspection

 

                          During the Supply Management Inspection (SMI) conducted in December the Food Service Division earned a rank of outstanding, an improvement over the grade of satisfactory earned in 1979. In addition, COMNAVAIRPAC rated Midway’s Food Service operation as the best of all carriers in the Pacific during the Pre-NEY inspection.

 

             (6) Fast Food

 

             Fast Food service was improved with the replacement of the existing broiler with the new type hamburger broiler, a new potato extruder and replacement of all existing ovens. The atmosphere of the forward dining area was enhanced by renovation of the spaces.

 

             (7) RUPE's ROOST

 

             Midway’s Pier-side diner, RUPE's ROOST, replaces the fast food operation while in-port Yokosuka serving charcoal broiled hamburgers and hot dogs. During the summer months, four man tables and beach umbrellas are situated on the surrounding grounds. The structure was improved by the installation of a heating system for the winter, inside lighting system, repainting of the building, steam food lines, two microwave ovens, a refrigerator and beverage dispensers. In coordination with Yokosuka Navy Exchange, five vending machines were installed serving soda and hot food. During EISRA 82-60, the operation was expanded to serve continental breakfast, picnic style luncheons and sandwiches for Midnight Rations (midrats). The diner is open 24 hours for the crew's use and access to the vending machines. Average patrons are 200 for breakfast, 1200 for lunch and 400 for midrats.

 

             (8) S-8 Division

 

             S-8 Division was established in February of 1981 by combining the storage sections of S-l General Stores and S-6 Aviation Stores. In September of 1981, functional realignment was completed with S-8 assuming the responsibility for all issues and management of the material delivery unit formerly under the control of S-6 Division.

 

3. ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

 

             a. SHIPALTS COMMENCED:

 

             Boiler Water Gage Glasses - replaced.

             Provide central air conditioning to plant number seven.

             Install two 1,000 GPM electric fire and flushing pumps.

             Install one 1,000 GPM electric fire fighting pump.

             Alternate source of power for low pressure air compressors.

             Upgrade engineering manual bus transfer.

             Upgrade telephone system,

 

             b. SHIPALTS COMPLETED:

 

             Main engine sump level indicators.

             Low pressure drain orifices.

             Shore steam strainers.

             Fire safe fuel oil strainers.

             Increase electric shop facilities.

             Install Aqueous Fire Fighting Foam (AFFF) bilge sprinklers.

             Install forced draft blower stiffener braces.

             Installation of monel bottom suface blow valves and piping.

             Increased capacity of auxiliary exhaust piping system from 8 in. to 10 in.

 

c. MAJOR CASUALTY;

 

             Ruptured tube/low water in number 1C boiler on 2 March 1981.

             Port sectionalizing breaker fire occurred on 1 August 1981.

             Replaced number 2 M.E. chain drive L.O.S.P. underway by ship's force on 27 September 1981

             Number 3 - 6 spring bearing wiped on 28 October 1981; replaced underway by ship's force.

 

d. SIGNIFICANT DEPARTMENT ACHIEVEMENTS;

 

             An INSURV was conducted of Midway’s Engineering Plant in January 1981. The condition of the plant was deemed considerably improved since its last INSURV. No mission limiting discrepancies were noted - - a remarkable feat for a ship with over 45 quarters since its last overhaul.

 

             All twelve boilers were placed in commission for the first time in over a year during April 1981. A Command inspection was held in May. There were no discrepancies noted in the engineering department. In November Midway’s first dedicated valve maintenance shop was established. An organized lube oil management center for control and testing of 2190 TEP lubricant was also established.

 

             Finally in 1981, the Engineering efficiency "E", a coveted award presented to the top standing Engineering Department aboard aircraft carriers assigned to COMNAVAIRPAC, was awarded to the Engineering Department for the period 1 July 1980 to 31 December 1981. In addition, Midway’s Damage Control Division received the Damage Control efficiency "DC" award for the top Damage Control organization among Pacific Fleet Carriers.

 

4. WEAPONS DEPARTMENT

 

             a. The Weapons Department completed the year in a high state of readiness having successfully competed in twelve major inspection/exercises. These included a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) in January, Basic Point Defense Missile System Qualification Test in April and May, Shipboard Explosive Safety Inspection in June, Pre-Overhaul Test and Inspection in May and June, Operational Readiness Evaluation in July, Command Inspection in July, and Mine Warfare Readiness Inspection in September. Stockpile Emergency Verification was conducted in November. Carrier Readiness Ammunition Expenditures was done in February and December. Also in December, a Maintenance, Material and Management Inspection was done.

 

 

Technical Assistance visits from Pacific Missile Test Center representatives during missile assembly resulted in MIDWAY being granted permission from COMNAVAIRPAC to reconfigure tactical sparrow and sidewinder missiles to exercise missiles.

 

             The department provided live ordnance to CVW-5 for use on weapons ranges near Okinawa, the Philippine Islands and Lancelin Range in Western Australia. Ready service and alert ordnance was continuously provided to CVW-5 aircrews during Midway’s Indian Ocean Operations expending in excess of 2,000 tons of practice ordnance. In reporting ammunition expenditures, Midway received recognition from Ship's Parts Control Center as the only carrier that registered 100 or more transaction line items; thereby experiencing an error rate of three percent or less.

 

             In preparation for an Extended Incremental Ship's Repair Availability (EISRA), Midway offloaded all ordnance. Because of world tensions, Midway was placed in an increased readiness posture, requiring ordnance re-arming and subsequent off-loading a second time. Weapons Department handled in excess of 6,000 short tons of ordnance in a thirteen day period. During EISRA, ship alterations will modify ammunition magazines to accommodate the Improved Rapid Rearming System providing for a more rapid stowage and breakout of aviation ordnance. Magazine decks will be converted to universal tie-down stowage, permitting greater ammunition load-out.

 

5. COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT

 

             USS Midway transmitted 49,828 messages and received 253,288 messages during the year.

 

             In meeting its operational commitments, USS Midway maintained satellite and long-haul, high frequency radio links with Naval Communications Area Master Stations in Western Pacific (WESTPAC), Eastern Pacific (EASTPAC) and Mediterranean Sea (MED), as well as Naval Communications Stations: Diego Garcia; San Miguel, RP; and H. E. Holt, Australia.

 

             During 1981 the Communications Department was challenged with every evolution faced by shipboard Naval Telecommunications. The impressive manner in which each such challenge was met earned the Communications Efficiency "C" award for USS Midway for the period 01 July 1980 - 31 December 1981.

 

             A significant reconfiguration of main communications was undertaken to accommodate the future installation of Naval Modular Automated Communications Systems (NAVMACS) AN/SYQ-7 (V3) communications system. This reconfiguration was accomplished incrementally during three sequential Selected Restrictive Availabilities (SRA) covering approximately seven months. Additional Major features of this shipalt were: relocation and construction of a larger Teletypewriter/Crypto Repair shops; relocation and rearrangement of the Outgoing Message Preparation area; removal of old individual teletypewriters from the High Frequency (HF) and Tactical areas and subsequent installation of two AN/FGC-100 and two AN/FGC-79 teletypewriter equipment cabinets. The reconfiguration of main communications resulted in a significant improvement in equipment arrangement and message traffic flow patterns.

 

6. SAFETY/3M DEPARTMENT

 

             Members of the COMNAVAIRPAC Maintenance, Management, Material (3-M) Inspection team conducted a 3-M Assist visit, 31 May 1981 to 5 June 1981. The team provided 3-M training and an informal evaluation of the ship's 3-M program. Later, between 3-8 December, a 3-M Inspection was conducted by the COMNAVAIRPAC 3-M Inspection team. The department received an evaluation of satisfactory with a Periodic Maintenance Schedule (PMS) performance rate of 77.5%.

 

             USS MIDWAY was selected as CV/CVN runner-up for the CY-1981 Admiral Flatley Memorial Award in recognition of superior operational readiness, an outstanding safety record and significant contributions in the field of aviation safety.

 

7. DECK DEPARTMENT

 

             a. During 1981 Deck Department completed six underway fuel replenishments with the following escorts:

 

LOCKWOOD (2)

HAMMOND (1)

KIRK (1)

BRADLEY (1)

GRAY (1).

 

             A total of 46 underway replenishments were completed with the following replenishment ships:

 

ASHTABULA (5)

PASSUMPSIC (5)

CAMDEN (5)

WHITE PLAINS (2)

MISSISSINEWA (12)

NAVASOTA (1)

MOUNT HOOD (2)

MISSPILLION (2)

HASSAYAMPA (7)

SAN JOSE (1)

HALEAKALA (3)

ROANAKOE (1).

 

Six Emergency Breakaway Drills and two Abandon Ship Drills were conducted.

 

8. MEDICAL DEPARTMENT

 

The following statistical data for Medical Department is submitted for 1981:

 

MONTH           PHARMACY SCRIPTS          LAB TESTS     X-RAYS          VISITS

JAN                   3139                                            1340                  156                    1336

FEB                   3277                                            2016                  307                    1704

MAR                 2998                                            5143                  465                    2030

APR                   3053                                            3556                  458                    2860

MAY                 2485                                            2473                  318                    2177

JUN                   1886                                            3905                  278                    2144

JUL                   1498                                            2003                  265                    2238

AUG                  1156                                            1538                  114                    1684

SEP                   3892                                            6117                  213                    2860

OCT                  942                                              4299                  201                    2267

NOV                  1695                                            4283                  294                    1673

DEC                  759                                              3193                  254                    1590

 

9. TRAINING DEPARTMENT

 

             During 1981 a total of 3418 tests were administered to Midway personnel through the training department.

 

             Midway offered 44 (3 semester hours each) college level courses through the PACE program. A total of 30 (45 classroom hours each) high school courses were offered.

 

             During the CNO's visit to Midway on 2 September 1981, Admiral Hayward authorized eight Engineering Department personnel to be meritoriously advance to E-4. Eight firemen were selected and four were advance to BT3 and four to MM3. Also during 1981, twenty six personnel were advanced under provisions of the Command Advancement Program (CAP): 18 to E-4, 6 to E-5 and 2 to E-6.

 

             Finally, Midway’s Indoctrination Division processed 1,317 individuals through its training syllabus during 1981.

 

10. AIR DEPARTMENT

 

A. STATISTICS FOR 1981

 

                          ARRESTED                  CATAPULT/FREE                   JP-5 FUEL

MONTH           LANDINGS                  DECK LAUNCHES                 CONSUMED (GAL)

JAN                   370                                 370                                              700,589

FEB                   673                                 617                                              1,375,126

MAR                 1389                               1388                                            2,675,687

APR                   1464                               1464                                            3,092,560

MAY                 711                                 717                                              1,451,803

JUN                   345                                 337                                              695,048

JUL                   610                                 666                                              1,273,553

AUG                  452                                 447                                              812,226

SEP                   742                                 682                                              1,407,219

OCT                  247                                 320                                              376,094

NOV                  845                                 860                                              1,753,435

DEC                  584                                 618                                              1,437,513

 

B. MILESTONES

 

1. 253,000 LANDING,            9 JAN 81;         LT Vic Zwierlein/LT Scott McLearn (F-

4S/VF-151)

 

2. 254,000 LANDING,            11 MAR 81;     LT Chris Cleaver/LT Scott Lamoreax

(F-4S/VF-161)

 

3. 255,000 LANDING,            31 MAR 81;     LT Ellis Woman/LCDR Mark Alien (E-

2B/VAW-115)

 

4. 256,000 LANDING,            18 APR 81;      LT G. Gordan/LT Chris Handley (KA-

6D/VA-115)

 

5. 257,000 LANDING,            17 MAY 81;     LCDR Mel Ethridge/LT H. Hirata (KA-

6D/VA-115)

 

6. 258,000 LANDING,            13 JUL 81;       CDR Scott Comer/LTJG Shep Pagan (F-

4S/VF-161)

7. 259,000 LANDING,            9 SEP 81;         CDR R. S. Farrell/LTJG D. WALTER

(F-4S/VF-151)

 

8. 261,000 LANDING,            20 DEC 81;      LCDR Bill Selman/LCDR Bob Pillitere

(F-4S/VF-151)

 

11. NAVIGATION DEPARTMENT

 

             a. Linear Miles Steamed                       36,295.6

             b. In-port Days:                                      184.5 (140.5 Yokosuka, 44 days in other

ports)

             c. At-Sea Days                                       180.5

 

12. AVIATION INTERMEDIATE MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT (AIMD)

 

             a. ANNUAL STATISTICAL DATA

 

             (1) Production Data

 

                                       COMPONENTS                       COMPONENTS

MONTH                        PROCESSED                             REPAIRED                   %RFI

 

JAN                                1311                                            826                                 63.0

FEB                                1727                                            1072                               62.1

MAR                              3517                                            2473                               70.3

APR                                3706                                            2566                               69.2

MAY                              2458                                            1688                               68.7

JUN                                1321                                            841                                 63.6

JUL                                2354                                            1585                               67.3

AUG                               2349                                            1452                               61.8

SEP                                3398                                            2176                               64.0

OCT                               1921                                            1184                               61.6

NOV                               3025                                            1973                               65.2

DEC                               2081                                            1355                               65.1

 

(2) Ship’s C-1A Data

 

MONTH                        FLT HRS         FLTS                 ARR LANDINGS        % OP

RDY

 

JAN                                52.1                   22                      0                                     -

FEB                                45.1                   23                      10                                   -

MAR                              32.0                   -                         12                                   -

APR                                3.4                     -                         0                                     -

MAY                              20.5                   -                         1                                     -

JUN                                34.3                   14                      1                                     -

JUL                                29.6                   13                      0                                     -

AUG                               60.4                   32                      16                                   -

SEP                                32.5                   19                      4                                     77.9

OCT                               36.2                   18                      2                                     81.0

NOV                               58.9                   38                      7                                     -

DEC                               53.7                   30                      5                                     97.7

 

Operational Readiness (OP RDY) data is unavailable for the months between January and August and also in November because of computer problems. The C-1A was transferred to VRC-50 on 7 March and returned on 28 May. Data on the number of flights for April and May is unavailable.

 

Between 1 January to 31 March: The Ground Support Equipment Division completed rehabilitation of forty pieces of rolling stock and performed extensive corrosion control on an additional sixty-six units. The Hydraulic Component Work Center was refurbished to create a dust free environment, the Jet Engine Test Cell was reworked, and the Naval Oil Analysis Program (NOAP) Lab was conditionally certified for inter-service use. Rework was completed on the MA-2 electrical power equipment test set and five major benches in the van complex. The AN/ASN-92(V) support capability was upgraded by the installation of a -9 model Inertial Platform Test Station. A review of AIMD's maintenance practices was completed by the Chief of Naval Air Pacific (CNAP) Maintenance Management Advisory Team.

 

Between 1 April to 30 June: The Ground Support Equipment Division completed the semi-annual Material Readiness Inspection with a grade of Excellent. AIMD satisfactorily completed the command inspection and the Calibration Lab successfully underwent a COMFAIRWESTPAC (Calibration Laboratory) Review. Also during this quarter the ship's C-1A crew received the CNO Safety Award, welding booth was refurbished and enlarged to provide better support, and Avionics Division instituted a "Mobile Maintenance Team" concept for test bench repair. This resulted in an overall reduction of Broad Arrow reports by approximately forty percent.

 

Between 1 July to 30 September: The GSE Division performed extensive preventative maintenance on approximately fifty percent of assigned rolling stock. The first two Multiple Ejection Rack/Triple Ejection Rack (MER/TER) inspections were completed on board vice forwarding the units to NAS Cubi Point as had previously been done.

 

Performing these inspections locally will significantly reduce turnaround time for the racks. The Mobile Maintenance Team effected repairs on six major electronic benches and repaired various units in other divisions, in addition to performing emergency repairs on Medical Department and Photo Lab equipment. Paraloft received a Beckman Acculab 4 oxygen test bench for more precise analysis of Aviator's Breathing Oxygen.

 

Between 1 October to 31 December The GSE Division cycled twenty five percent of assigned rolling stock through extensive preventative maintenance, while the airframes shop demonstrated increased level of professional expertise by accomplishing previously un-attempted depth of repairs on A-7 belly pans and A-6 honey-comb construction wing slats. Workable backlog and total in house Ready for Issue (RFI) components reached the highest level in more than two years.

 

13. MARINE DETACHMENT

 

a. Significant Events:

 

On 16 February the Marine Detachment provided a color guard and two drill teams for USS Midway’s Change of Command in which CAPT R. S. Owens relieved CAPT E. I. Carmichael. Vice Admiral Trost, COMSEVENTHFLT, was the distinguished guest.

 

On 19 February CAPT Germain B. Broeckert, Jr. relieved Major William M. Charles II as Commanding Officer, Marine Detachment. Change of Command ceremony included a march in review. Guests included CAPT R. S. Owens, Commanding Officer, USS Midway (CV-41) and Colonel Doublet, Commanding Officer, Marine Barracks, Yokosuka, Japan.

 

On 28 March the Marines provided a color guard for memorial services held for ASM Joseph A. McGibbons, who was lost at sea. During the ship's Weapons Training Proficiency Inspection held on 28 April the Marines were rated as outstanding. On 22 May the Marines provided the color guard for memorial services for MMFA James A. Watts, who was lost at sea; and, for AASK Enrique T. Lazarte who was killed in a traffic accident on 2 June. Later, on 23 June the Marines provided a color guard for VA-115's Change of Command; then, on the 28th of June, participated in a Command Personnel Inspection by Rear Admiral J. J. Barth. The Detachment was commended for it's outstanding military and personal appearance.

 

Color guards were provided on 4 August for memorial services for EM3 Troa H. Blevins, a crew member who drowned; and for VA-136's Change of Command on 18 August. On 3 September Marines provided color guard for memorial services for Lieutenant John Muirhead who died in an aircraft crash. On 9 November the Marine Detachment and VMFP-3 jointly conducted a traditional Marine Corps 206th Birthday Cake Cutting Ceremony, while underway in Hangar Bay One. Guests included Rear Admiral Hardisty and Captain Owens. Later, on 15 November the Marine Corps 206th Birthday was celebrated at the Officers' Club, Hialiah Army Compound, Pusan, Korea. Finally, in December the Marines provided a color guard for VA-93 Change of Command (22 December) and for VA-56 Change of Command (28 December).

 

B.   PHOTO HISTORY           (Photos are in separate enclosure)

 

Date                   Photo No.         Occasion

 

10 JAN 81        0041                  RADM O'HARA'S VISIT

25 JAN 81        0063                  JAPANESE VIP VISIT

03FEB81          0060A               DIRECTOR GENERAL OF JAPANESE CUSTOMS

03 FEB 81        0060B                DIRECTOR GENERAL OF JAPANESE CUSTOMS

18 FEB 81        0206                  JAPANESE SENIOR OFFICERS' VISIT

11 MAR 81      0277                  VISIT BY AMBASSADOR THAYER

13 MAR 81      0312                  SINGAPORE ARMED FORCES OFFICER TOUR

13 MAR 81      0328                  VISIT BY VADM SCHOULTZ

13 MAR 81      0288                  PRESS TOUR FROM SINGAPORE

14 MAR 81      0294                  AMERICAN EMBASSY TOUR FROM SINGAPORE

14 MAR 81      0325                  NEW ZEALAND ARMED FORCES' TOUR

15 MAR 81      0320                  AMERICAN BUSINESS TOUR

31 MAR 81      0479                  VISIT BY BRITISH SAILORS

31 MAR 81      0525                  VISIT BY BRITISH SAILORS

31 MAR 81      0513                  VISIT BY BRITISH SAILORS

10 APR 81        0596                  VISIT BY BRITISH SAILORS

16 APR 81        0677                  JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF REPRESENTATIVES

16 APR 81        0685                  SENATOR HATFIELD AND SENATOR MCCLURE

27 APR 81        0769                  CINCPACFLT, ADM DAVIS

27 APR 81        0795                  CINCPACFLT, ADM DAVIS

08 MAY 81      0860                  UNIVERSITY TOUR PERTH, AUSTRALIA

08 MAY 81      0859                  AMERICAN CONSULATE TOUR PERTH, AUSTRALIA

16 MAY 81      0924                  RADM DOYLE

12 AUG 81       1587                  JAPANESE DIET COMMITTEE VISIT

12 AUG 81       1564A               JAPANESE DIET COMMITTEE VISIT

12 AUG 81       1564B                JAPANESE DIET COMMITTEE VISIT

02 SEP 81        1652                  CNO ADDRESS TO MIDWAY SAILORS

09 SEP 81        1669                  VISIT BY REP OF PHILIPPINES MINISTER OF

INFORMATION

11 SEP 81        1672                  CINCPACFLT, ADM WATKINS

24 SEP 81        1688                  VIP TOUR FOR LORD MAYOR OF PATTAYA

BEACH, THAILAND AND PARTY

13 OCT 81       1703                  RETIRED JAPANESE RADM HEIJIRO ABE

20 OCT 81       1708                  VISIT BY MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER OF

THE NAVY CROW

07 NOV 81       1735                  KOREAN VIP VISIT

11NOV81         1742                  AMBASSADOR TO KOREA

16 DEC 81       1791A               VIP VISIT

16 DEC 81       1791B                VIP VISIT FLOWER PRESENTATION

20 DEC 81       1796                  JAPANESE DIGNITARIES