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Photo taken on 13 April 1983, during exercise FleetEx 83-1, in the North Pacific Ocean. The three carriers are, clockwise from left, USS Enterprise (CVN-65), USS Midway (CV-41), and USS Coral Sea (CV-43). http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024331.jpg

 

 

37th 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 22nd “WestPac” for REFTRA; Operations in the Okinawa op areas, on her 34th South China Sea,, conductiing numerous exercises including a WASEX, ASMDEX and an AAWEX; South China Sea and Okinawa op areas; BPDSMS in MISSILEX 84-1; Air Wing's mine warfare skills during MINEX A/B; operations in South China Sea and Okinawa op areas, to include Operations off Okinawa, conducting (CRAE) 84-1; CASEX 84-1 and CVW-5 completion of the Automated Carrier Landing System (ACLS) certification (16 October to 11 December 1983) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (11 August to 27 December 1983), and pre-deployment upkeep and preparation (11 to 27 December 1983).

(16 October to 27 December 1983)

CHAPTER LXXXII

 

 

    USS Midway (CV-41), with RADM T. F. Brown, COMCARGRU ONE, serving as Commander, Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific, multi-hatted as 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 7th Fleet and Surface Combatant Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-75) since 19 June 1982 assigned and CDR L. R. Canepa, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 16 October 1983, with Captain Charles R. McGrail, U.S. Navy, as Commanding Officer, on her 37th 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 22nd “WestPac,” for REFTRA; Operations in the Okinawa op areas, on her 34th South China Sea, conductiing numerous exercises including a WASEX, ASMDEX and an AAWEX; South China Sea and Okinawa op areas; BPDSMS in MISSILEX 84-1; Air Wing's mine warfare skills during MINEX A/B; operations in South China Sea and Okinawa op areas, to include Operations off Okinawa, conducting (CRAE) 84-1; CASEX 84-1 and CVW-5 completion of the Automated Carrier Landing System (ACLS) certification; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 39th 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 45th 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 55th 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 1983).  

 

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

(16 October to 11 December 1983)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (37th Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

22nd WestPac

34th SCS

CVW-5

NF

16 Oct  1983

11 Dec  1983

Western Pacific

55th FWFD

57-days

REFTRA in local op areas; Operations in the Okinawa op areas, South China Sea (SCS), for numerous exercises including a WASEX, ASMDEX and an AAWEX BPDSMS in MISSILEX 84-1 and MINEX A/B.

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 / *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

722-727

SH-3G

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

 

    “On 22 October 1983, Vice Admiral Easterling, COMNAVAIRPAC arrived onboard to present USS Midway (CV-41) its second consecutive COMNAVAIRPAC Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") award.

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) was underway local op areas to conduct REFTRA from 16 to 23 October 1983.

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) returned to Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), to load the Air Wing and take on stores on 24 October 1983, with Captain Charles R. McGrail, U.S. Navy, as Commanding Officer, on her 39th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region.

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) was underway for Sasebo Japan from 25 to 26 October 1983 and completed REFTRA while en route.

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) anchored at Sasebo, Japan on 27 October 1983.

 

    After completing a weapons load-out and three days of liberty, USS Midway (CV-41)  got underway weighing anchored at Sasebo, Japan on 30 October 1993, from 27 to 29 October 1983, for operations in the Okinawa operating areas and South China Sea.

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) conducted operations in the Okinawa op areas and South China Sea from 30 October to 11 November. During this operating period CV-41 conducted numerous exercises including a WASEX, ASMDEX and an AAWEX.

 

    On 12 November 1983, USS Midway (CV-41) conducted a precision anchorage in Subic Bay, Philippines, then returned to the Subic Operating Areas.

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) returned to Subic Bay, Philippines for upkeep and liberty, and to embark COMCARGRU FIVE on 14 November 1983.

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) departed Subic Bay, Philippines after upkeep and liberty, embarking COMCARGRU FIVE from 14 to 18 November 1983.

 

    At 1028Z on 20 November 1983, an F-4S Phantom, assigned to FIGHTER SQUADRON ONE SIXTY-ONE (VF-161) aboard USS Midway (CV-41) crashed in the sea while being diverted to Cubi Point Naval Air Station, Subic Bay, Philippines. Both the pilot LT Thomas Allen and RIO LCDR Richard Johnson ejected and were recovered by a helicopter of HELICOPTER COMBAT SUPPORT SQUADRON (HC-1) DETACHMENT TWO, also aboard CV-41.

 

    While transiting to Hong Kong, from 19 to 23 November 1983, USS Midway (CV-41) encountered heavy seas which resulted in damage to the starboard sponson and accommodation ladder. The Hong Kong Office of the U. S. Defense Liaison visited on 23 November 1983.

 

    On 24 November 1983, USS Midway (CV-41) arrived at anchorage in Hong Kong. During the night of 24 November, high winds and rough seas caused Midway to drag anchor. The duty section got the ship underway and repositioned in the anchorage without incident.

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) weighed anchor in Hong Kong on 29 November 1983 and proceeded to the Subic operating areas from 24 to 28 November 1983. During the port visit, numerous groups toured Midway including students from the German Services International School and the Hong Kong Polytechnic Marine Engineering School. Additionally, one hundred employees of the Hong Kong American Consulate visited the ship.

 

    While conducting night flight operations on 30 November 1983, IC3 Candelario Fuentes Jr. was blown overboard USS Midway (CV-41) by jet exhaust. An immediate rescue attempt as well as an extensive 2 day search by Battle Group units failed to recover IC3 Fuentes.

 

    On 1 December 1983, USS Midway (CV-41) successfully fired its BPDSMS in MISSILEX 84-1. The following two days were involved in honing the Air Wing's mine warfare skills during MINEX A/B.

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) transited north through the Bashi Channel on 4 December 1983 and arrived in the Okinawa operating area the following evening.

 

    On 7 December 1983, Admiral James D. Watkins, CNO visited USS Midway (CV-41) Battle Group. During his talk with the crew he announced that Battle Group Alfa would have an abbreviated port call in Yokosuka then transit into the Indian Ocean to relieve USS Ranger (CV-61) on station.

 

    Assistant Commander of the First Marine Aircraft Wing, Brigadier General Gustafson is greeted by Rear Admiral Brownit onboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 8 December 1983” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1983).

 

    “On 11 December 1983, USS Midway (CV-41), with RADM T. F. Brown, COMCARGRU ONE, serving as Commander, Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific, multi-hatted as 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 7th Fleet and Surface Combatant Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-75) since 19 June 1982 assigned and CDR L. R. Canepa, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 16 October 1983, with Captain Charles R. McGrail, U.S. Navy, as Commanding Officer, ending her 37th 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 22nd “WestPac,” for REFTRA; Operations in the Okinawa op areas, on her 34th South China Sea, conductiing numerous exercises including a WASEX, ASMDEX and an AAWEX; South China Sea and Okinawa op areas; BPDSMS in MISSILEX 84-1; Air Wing's mine warfare skills during MINEX A/B; operations in South China Sea and Okinawa op areas, to include Operations off Okinawa, conducting (CRAE) 84-1; CASEX 84-1 and CVW-5 completion of the Automated Carrier Landing System (ACLS) certification. Ports of calls include: Sasebo, Japan; Subic Bay, Philippines x 2 and Hong Kong. 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 39th 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 45th 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 55th 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 (16 October to 11 December 1983)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1983).

 

16/10/83 to 11/12/83

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

7Th FLEET Forward Deployed

Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Three Awards)

Vietnam

07 MAY ~ 28 OCT 71

15 April 1972

Indian Ocean

13 NOV 79 ~ 08 FEB 80

27 JUL 82 ~ 01 MAY 84 - Ref. 1081

SEP 88 ~ DEC 89

CVW-5

22nd WestPac

34th SCS

55th FWFD

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

same

 

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) 37th 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 22nd “WestPac,” for REFTRA; Operations in the Okinawa op areas, on her 34th South China Sea, conductiing numerous exercises including a WASEX, ASMDEX and an AAWEX; South China Sea and Okinawa op areas; BPDSMS in MISSILEX 84-1; Air Wing's mine warfare skills during MINEX A/B; operations in South China Sea and Okinawa op areas, to include Operations off Okinawa, conducting (CRAE) 84-1; CASEX 84-1 and CVW-5 completion of the Automated Carrier Landing System (ACLS) certification  Summary (16 October to 11 December 1983) – Chapter 82, Appendix I.

 

    “On 17 December 1983, USS Midway (CV-41) received message notification that CV-41 had won its third consecutive Commander Naval Air Force, U. S. Pacific Food Service Excellence Award.

 

    Midway (CV-41) hosted children's Christmas party on 23 December 1983.

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 11 August to 27 December 1983, and pre-deployment upkeep and preparation from 11 to 27 December 1983. During the following seventeen days the men and officers of the Midway spent much of the holiday season making hurried preparations for an extended Indian Ocean deployment” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1983).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) 37th 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 22nd “WestPac,” for REFTRA; Operations in the Okinawa op areas, on her 34th South China Sea Summary

(16 October to 11 December 1983).

CHAPTER LXXXII

Appendix I

 

 

    “On 11 December 1983, USS Midway (CV-41), with RADM T. F. Brown, COMCARGRU ONE, serving as Commander, Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific, multi-hatted as 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 7th Fleet and Surface Combatant Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-75) since 19 June 1982 assigned and CDR L. R. Canepa, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 16 October 1983, with Captain Charles R. McGrail, U.S. Navy, as Commanding Officer, ending her 37th 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 22nd “WestPac,” for REFTRA; Operations in the Okinawa op areas, on her 34th South China Sea, conductiing numerous exercises including a WASEX, ASMDEX and an AAWEX; South China Sea and Okinawa op areas; BPDSMS in MISSILEX 84-1; Air Wing's mine warfare skills during MINEX A/B; operations in South China Sea and Okinawa op areas, to include Operations off Okinawa, conducting (CRAE) 84-1; CASEX 84-1 and CVW-5 completion of the Automated Carrier Landing System (ACLS) certification. On 22 October 1983, Vice Admiral Easterling, COMNAVAIRPAC arrived onboard to present Midway its second consecutive COMNAVAIRPAC Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") award. Midway was underway local op areas to conduct REFTRA from 16 to 23 October 1983. Midway returned to Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), to load the Air Wing and take on stores on 24 October 1983, with Captain Charles R. McGrail, U.S. Navy, as Commanding Officer, on her 39th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region. Midway was underway for Sasebo Japan from 25 to 26 October 1983 and completed REFTRA while en route. Midway anchored at Sasebo, Japan on 27 October 1983. After completing a weapons load-out and three days of liberty, Midway got underway weighing anchored at Sasebo, Japan on 30 October 1993, from 27 to 29 October 1983, for operations in the Okinawa operating areas and South China Sea. Midway conducted operations in the Okinawa op areas and South China Sea from 30 October to 11 November. During this operating period CV-41 conducted numerous exercises including a WASEX, ASMDEX and an AAWEX. On 12 November 1983, Midway conducted a precision anchorage in Subic Bay, Philippines, then returned to the Subic Operating Areas, returning to Subic Bay, Philippines for upkeep and liberty, and to embark COMCARGRU FIVE on 14 November 1983. Midway departed Subic Bay, Philippines after upkeep and liberty, embarking COMCARGRU FIVE from 14 to 18 November 1983. At 1028Z on 20 November 1983, an F-4S Phantom, assigned to FIGHTER SQUADRON ONE SIXTY-ONE (VF-161) aboard Midway crashed in the sea while being diverted to Cubi Point Naval Air Station, Subic Bay, Philippines. Both the pilot LT Thomas Allen and RIO LCDR Richard Johnson ejected and were recovered by a helicopter of HELICOPTER COMBAT SUPPORT SQUADRON (HC-1) DETACHMENT TWO, also aboard CV-41. While transiting to Hong Kong, from 19 to 23 November 1983, Midway encountered heavy seas which resulted in damage to the starboard sponson and accommodation ladder. The Hong Kong Office of the U. S. Defense Liaison visited on 23 November 1983. On 24 November 1983, Midway arrived at anchorage in Hong Kong. During the night of 24 November, high winds and rough seas caused Midway to drag anchor. The duty section got the ship underway and repositioned in the anchorage without incident. Midway weighed anchor in Hong Kong on 29 November 1983 and proceeded to the Subic operating areas from 24 to 28 November 1983. During the port visit, numerous groups toured Midway including students from the German Services International School and the Hong Kong Polytechnic Marine Engineering School. Additionally, one hundred employees of the Hong Kong American Consulate visited the ship. While conducting night flight operations on 30 November 1983, IC3 Candelario Fuentes Jr. was blown overboard Midway by jet exhaust. An immediate rescue attempt as well as an extensive 2 day search by Battle Group units failed to recover IC3 Fuentes. On 1 December 1983, Midway successfully fired its BPDSMS in MISSILEX 84-1. The following two days were involved in honing the Air Wing's mine warfare skills during MINEX A/B. Midway transited north through the Bashi Channel on 4 December 1983 and arrived in the Okinawa operating area the following evening. On 7 December 1983, Admiral James D. Watkins, CNO visited Midway Battle Group. During his talk with the crew he announced that Battle Group Alfa would have an abbreviated port call in Yokosuka then transit into the Indian Ocean to relieve USS Ranger (CV-61) on station. Assistant Commander of the First Marine Aircraft Wing, Brigadier General Gustafson is greeted by Rear Admiral Brownit onboard Midway on 8 December 1983. Ports of calls include: Sasebo, Japan; Subic Bay, Philippines x 2 and Hong Kong. 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 39th 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 45th 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 55th 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 (16 October to 11 December 1983)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1983).

 

16/10/83 to 11/12/83

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

7Th FLEET Forward Deployed

Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Three Awards)

Vietnam

07 MAY ~ 28 OCT 71

15 April 1972

Indian Ocean

13 NOV 79 ~ 08 FEB 80

27 JUL 82 ~ 01 MAY 84 - Ref. 1081

SEP 88 ~ DEC 89

CVW-5

22nd WestPac

34th SCS

55th FWFD

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

same

 

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

38th 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 23rd “WestPac,” her 35th South China Sea, Philippine Sea, on her ninth Indian Ocean, her 5th Arabian Sea, on her 3rd North Arabian Sea, participating in Beacon Flash 84-1, a joint U.S. - Omani exercise; Asuwex; USS Midway (CV-41) and Battle Group ALFA conducting a joint formation with seven ships of the British Royal Navy, combining to form one of the largest international naval groups in recent history, indicative of the mutual trust, concern, ability and Commitment of both nations in maintaining freedom of the seas; Naval Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI); exercise Accurate Test and on its final leg of its deployment, Engineering Department conducted Operational Propulsion Plant Recertification Exam (OPPRE) (28 December 1983 to 23 May 1984) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (23 May to 3 June 1984).

(28 December 1983 to 3 June 1984)

CHAPTER LXXXIII

 

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) with Rear Admiral T. F. Brown III, Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75), Carrier Group Five, Commander and Battle Group ALFA assigned, DESRON 15 and CDR L. R. Canepa, Commander, Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) 28 December 1983, Captain C. R. McGrail, USN, as Commanding Officer and Captain T. T. Hood, as Executive Officer, on her 38th 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 23rd “WestPac,” her 35th South China Sea, Philippine Sea, on her ninth Indian Ocean, her 5th Arabian Sea, on her 3rd North Arabian Sea, participating in Beacon Flash 84-1, a joint U.S. - Omani exercise; will conduct Asuwex; USS Midway (CV-41) and Battle Group ALFA will participate in a joint formation with seven ships of the British Royal Navy, combining to form one of the largest international naval groups in recent history, indicative of the mutual trust, concern, ability and Commitment of both nations in maintaining freedom of the seas; Naval Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI); exercise Accurate Test and on its final leg of its deployment, Engineering Department will conduct Operational Propulsion Plant Recertification Exam (OPPRE); redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 40th deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Station,” in the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. She will under go her 46th 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 56th 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, 1181Q, 1181R, 1181S, 1181T, 1181U, 1181V, 1181Z4, 1181Z5, 1181Z6, 1181Z7, 1181Z8 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1983).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) WestPac Cruise Book 1984-85 – Ref. 1181Q

Cruise Map – Ref. 1181R

Command and Staff – Ref. 1181S

The Cruise and Ports of Call – Ref. 1181U

 

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

(28 December 1983 to 23 May 1984)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (3rd Northern Arabian Sea) (38th Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region Pacific Ocean

23rd WestPac San Bernardino Straits

35th SCS

Malaca Straits

9th IO

CVW-5

NF

28 Dec 1983

23 May 1984

Western Pacific

Indian Ocean

Middle East

North Arabian Sea

56th FWFD

148-days

Beacon Flash 84-1, a joint U.S. - Omani exercise; will conduct Asuwex; USS Midway (CV-41) and Battle Group ALFA will  conduct a joint formation with seven ships of the British Royal Navy, combining to form one of the largest international naval groups in recent history, indicative of the mutual trust, concern, ability and Commitment of both nations in maintaining freedom of the seas; Naval Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI); exercise Accurate Test and on its final leg of its deployment, Engineering Department will conduct Operational Propulsion Plant

Recertification Exam (OPPRE).

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 / *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

722-727

SH-3G

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

 

     USS Arkansas (CGN-41) joined USS Enterprise (CVN-65) as part of her task force” (Ref. 84A).

 

    “Rear Admiral T. F. Brown III, Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75), Carrier Group Five, Commander and Battle Group ALFA assigned, DESRON 15 and CDR L. R. Canepa, Commander, Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5): 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. Joint Task Force operating with USS Midway (CV-41), as part of Battle Group ALFA: USS Sterett (CG-31), USS O'Brien (DD-975), USS Francis Hammond (FF-1067), USS Kirk (FF-1087), USS Cochrane (DDG-21), USNS Hassayampa (T-AO-145), USNS Navasota (T-AO-106), USNS Kilauea (T-AE-26), RFA Appleleaf (A-79), HMS Glamorgan (D-19), HMS Aurora (F-10), HMS Brazen (F-91), HMS Rothesay (F-107), RFA Blue Rover (A-27) and RFA Regent (A-486)” (Ref. 1181W).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) transited en route to Subic Bay, Philippines and Indian Ocean deployment from 28 to 31 December 1983” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1983).

 

    “From 1976 until 1984, USS Midway (CV-41) history is hallmarked by long Indian Ocean cruises and port calls to some of the most exotic Far East ports. Being constantly forward deployed keeps her on the “cutting edge” of readiness. Midway no longer undergoes overhauls; instead, her upkeep is managed through periods of Incremental Ships Restricted Availability (SRA) and or Extended Ships Restricted Availability (ESRA). These brief periods allow Midway to be serviced, but also to deploy at any time” (Ref. 1181O).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) transited Philippine and South China Sea en route Subic Bay, Philippines on 1 January 1984.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) pulled in for a port of call at Subic Bay, Philippines on 2 January 1984 and headed to the Indian Ocean.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) made a port of call at Subic Bay, Philippines from 2 to 4 January 1984 and headed to the Indian Ocean.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted operations and transited southwest through the South China Sea, Battle Group Alfa was surveilied by Soviet TU-16 operating out of Cam Ranh Bay en route to the Indian Ocean from 4 to 10 January 1984.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) transited Malacca Strait, PASEX with Royal Malaysian Navy on 11 January 1984.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) transited the Indian Ocean from 12 to 15 January 1984.

 

     After a four day transit USS Midway (CV-41) rendezvoused with USS Ranger (CV-61) on 16 January 1984 for turnover operations in the Indian Ocean.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) transited the Arabian Sea on 17 January 1984.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) returned to the Indian Ocean Operating Area on 18 January 1984 and commenced North Arabian Sea operations.

 

     A Marine RF-4 Phantom from VMFP-3 Det Alpha was forced to make a barricade assisted landing when its nose gear failed to extend. Both the Pilot and the RIO escaped injury on 25 January 1984.

 

     Captain H. P. Kober, Jr., USN, relieved Captain C. R. McGrail, USN (21 August 1982 to 31 January 1984), Commanding Officer USS Midway (CV-41) on 31 January 1984.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted operations in the North Arabian Sea from 18 January to 1 February 1984.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) departed the North Arabian Sea on 2 February to medevac a heart attack victim from USNS Hassayampa (T-AO-145) ex. USS Hassayampa (AO-145) (1955 - 1978) which was located at 15-45N 066-40E.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) departed NAS to medevac heart attack victim from USNS Hassayampa (T-AO-145) ex. USS Hassayampa (AO-145) (1955 - 1978) at 1545N/0664OE from 2 to 4 February 1984.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted operations in NAS from 5 February to 12 April 1984.

 

     Valentine’s Day brought live entertainment in the form of the DOD show "Cambridge" entertained USS Midway (CV-41) on 14 February 1984.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) first "Beer Day" of the cruise on the 18th.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) commenced Beacon Flash 84-1 on 19 February 1984.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) was a major participant in Beacon Flash 84-1, a joint U.S. - Omani exercise from 19 to 21 February 1984.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Asuwex from 29 February to 2 March 1984.

 

     Honorable John R. Countryman, Ambassador to Oman arrived on board USS Midway (CV-41) on 3 March 1984 for a day and Admiral S.R. Foley, Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet also arrived the same day and departed the next day after addressing the men and officers of MIDWAY.

 

     On 8 March 1984, USS Midway (CV-41)/CVW 5 aircraft participated in a joint exercise, Glad Customer, which included USAF B-52's. Additionally, Midway evacuated another medical patient from the USNS Hassayampa (T-AO-145) ex. USS Hassayampa (AO-145) (1955 - 1978) to Masirah.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored at Masirah anchorage from 11 to 12 March 1984.

 

     While conducting normal cyclic air operations, an Attack Squadron NINETY-THREE A-7E was lost at sea following a catapult launch off USS Midway (CV-41) on 15 March1984. The pilot, LT Richard M. Styczynski safely ejected and was rescued with minor back injuries” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1984).

 

    “On the Twenty-Third of March 1984, USS Midway (CV-41) and Battle Group ALFA conducted a joint formation with seven ships of the British Royal Navy, combining to form one of the largest international naval groups in recent history. The joint formation was indicative of the mutual trust, concern, ability and Commitment of both nations in maintaining freedom of the seas” (Ref. 1081W).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Naval Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI) on 24 March 1984.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted exercise Accurate Test from 24 to 26 March 1984.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) provided assistance to the Greek tanker Filikon which had been damaged by a missile in the Persian Gulf on 30 March 1984.

 

     Rear Admiral Lefebvre, FN, Commander ALINDIEN visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 2 April 1984. On the same day, an F-4S Phantom assigned to FIGHTER SQUADRON ONE SIXTY-ONE (VF-161) was lost at sea during catapult launch, releasing debris into the jet's engine in the Indian Ocean. Upon ejection the pilot, LCDR Timothy K. Murphy was fatally injured, while the RIO, LT Glenn G. Sigler escaped and was safely recovered.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored Masirah anchorage on 6 April 1984.

 

     On 6 and 7 April 1984, USS Midway (CV-41) again found itself at the Masirah anchorage, for what was to be the ship's final "Beer Day" of the I. O. cruise. The following day, 8 April 1984, Midway was visited by Major General Watts, Commander, Sultan of Oman's Land Forces, and Captain R. Woodard, RN, Commanding Officer, HMS Glasgow (D88), a Type 42 destroyer of the Royal Navy (The last of the Batch 1 Type 42 destroyers, Glasgow was commissioned in 1979.

 

     Major General Watts, Commander, Sultan of Oman's Land Forces, and Captain R. Woodard. RN, Commanding Officer, HMS Glasgow visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 8 April 1984.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) departed the North Arabian Sea on 13 April 1984, and commenced a return transit home.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted an Indian Ocean turnover with USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) on 16 April 1984.

 

     On 16 April 1984, USS Midway (CV-41) as Battle Group ALFA rendezvoused with the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) Battle Group for turnover operations.

 

     While transiting out of the Indian Ocean USS Midway (CV-41) entered the Royal Domain of Neptune Rex at OOOOON lat and 084.OOE long and crossed the International Date Line on 19 April 1984 and rid itself of an overabundance of "slimy pollywogs"” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1984 & 1181R).

 

    “The 24th of April 1984,  marked the end to USS Midway (CV-41) record breaking 111 continuous days at sea when Midway dropped anchor at Singapore and commenced a five day port call.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored Singapore for first port visit in 111 days from 24 to 28 April 1984.

 

     On the 29th April 1984, USS Midway (CV-41) was underway for Thailand and on 30 April received a visit by HRH Crown Prince Wachiralongkorn of Thailand.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored at Pattaya Beach, Thailand on 1 May 1984. It was a port where the crew could really unwind and relax after our long Indian Ocean cruise and proved to be a favorite for all hands.

 

     While anchored at Pattaya, Rear Admiral T. F. Brown III was relieved by Rear Admiral P. F. McCarthy Jr. as COMCARGRU FIVE onboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 3 May 1984.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored at Pattaya Beach, Thailand on 1 May 1984. It was a port where the crew could really unwind and relax after our long Indian Ocean cruise and proved to be a favorite for all hands” from 1 to 7 May 1984. Motor-whale boat accident. EN critically injured.

 

     Under Secretary of the Navy, James F. Goodrich visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 14 May 1984.

 

     After an uneventful transit, USS Midway (CV-41) moored at Subic Bay, Philippines from 11 to 16 May 1984 and headed to South China Sea and Philippine Sea en route Yokosuka, Japan.

 

     On 17 May 1984, USS Midway (CV-41) was underway for the final leg of its deployment and commenced OPPRE.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted operations during South China Sea and Philippine Sea en route Yokosuka, Japan from 17 to 22 May 1984. While en route Yokosuka the Engineering Department underwent and passed the Operational Propulsion Plant Recertification Exam (OPPRE) with flying colors. No major damage control discrepancies noted. Main space fire was graded as effective with very positive comments by the inspectors. Damage control readiness of the spaces inspected was without a major or significant discrepancy that was not immediately corrected. A new AIRPAC record of 41 for 41 effective Engineering Casualty Control Drills” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1984).

 

    “On 22 May 1984, USS Midway (CV-41) with Rear Admiral P. F. McCarthy Jr., Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75), Carrier Group Five, Commander and Battle Group ALFA assigned, relieved Rear Admiral T. F. Brown III onboard on 3 May 1984; Commander DESRON 15 and CDR L. R. Canepa, Commander, Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5) embarked arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), Captain H. P. Kober, Jr, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, relieving Captain C. R. McGrail, USN and Captain T. T. Hood, as Executive Officer, to awaiting families and loved ones, ending her 38th 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 23rd “WestPac,” her 35th South China Sea, Philippine Sea, on her ninth Indian Ocean, her 5th Arabian Sea, on her 3rd North Arabian Sea, participating in Beacon Flash 84-1, a joint U.S. - Omani exercise; will conducted Asuwex; USS Midway (CV-41) and Battle Group ALFA conducted a joint formation with seven ships of the British Royal Navy, combining to form one of the largest international naval groups in recent history, indicative of the mutual trust, concern, ability and Commitment of both nations in maintaining freedom of the seas; conducted Naval Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI); conducted exercise Accurate Test and on its final leg of its deployment, Engineering Department conducted Operational Propulsion Plant Recertification Exam (OPPRE). Midway, as part of Battle Group ALFA, deployed to the Northern Arabian Sea. During the deployment, the war between Iran and Iraq escalated, demanding that the Battle Group remain on patrol to demonstrate the determination of the United States to keep the Strait of Hormuz safe and sea lanes open for international traffic to the oil producing states of the Middle East. Operating under threat of suicide attacks by Iranian aircraft and patrol boats, the Battle Group conducted a rigorous training schedule while maintaining constant surveillance. All areas of naval warfare were fine-tuned by units of the Battle Group in this multi-threat environment. The entire spectrum of Composite Warfare Command capabilities were exercised and evaluated on a regular basis simultaneously with real world threats in the volatile region of the Northern Arabian Sea. Midway spent 111 continuous days at sea and steamed over 63,000 miles or 1 ½ times the circumference of the earth. Her previous record of 91 continuous days on station was shattered. Conducting almost 9,800 hours of flight operations, she launched and recovered over 5,300 aircraft, breaking the all-time record for the first quarter in any year of her history. The post office processed over 441,189 pounds of mail, the laundry cleaned and washed over a million pounds of clothes, the air transportation office moved 1.79,063 pounds of cargo and 1,562 passengers, Midways “Grapes” pumped almost 10 million gallons of JP-5 during over 8,000 aircraft refueling, Food Service provided 1,176,000 meals including 41,078 steaks, 3,655 lobsters…. 59,579 pounds of chicken and 20,288 pounds of frankfurters, one hundred and three sailors re-enlisted, KWAY radio broadcast over 3,715 hours of radio entertainment and KMID-TV, 4,010 hours of television programming, the ship’s print shop completed 4,946,325 impressions, and Midway processed over 2,500 slimy pollywogs to Honorable Shellbacks. And, there were 37 documented and duly recorded “GREEN FLASHES” (Change of Command – Ref. 1081T). Ports of calls include: Sasebo, Japan; Pusan, Korea; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippnes;  Manila, Republic of Philippines; Honkong, B. C. C., Pattaya Beach, Thailand and Singapore. 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. Joint Task Force operating with Midway, as part of Battle Group ALFA: USS Sterett (CG-31), USS O'Brien (DD-975), USS Francis Hammond (FF-1067), USS Kirk (FF-1087), USS Cochrane (DDG-21), USNS Hassayampa (T-AO-145), USNS Navasota (T-AO-106), USNS Kilauea (T-AE-26), RFA Appleleaf (A-79), HMS Glamorgan (D-19), HMS Aurora (F-10), HMS Brazen (F-91), HMS Rothesay (F-107), RFA Blue Rover (A-27) and RFA Regent (A-486); redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 40th deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Station,” in the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. Her 46th 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 56th 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 (28 December 1983 to 23 May 1984)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 1081T, 1081W, 1181Q, 1181R, 1181S, 1181T, 1181U, 1181V, 1181W, 1181Z4, 1181Z5, 1181Z6, 1181Z7, 1181Z8 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1983 and 1984).

 

16/10/83 to 11/12/83

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

7Th FLEET Forward Deployed

Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Three Awards)

Vietnam

07 MAY ~ 28 OCT 71

15 April 1972

Indian Ocean

13 NOV 79 ~ 08 FEB 80

27 JUL 82 ~ 01 MAY 84 - Ref. 1081

SEP 88 ~ DEC 89

CVW-5

23rd WestPac

34th SCS

9th I O

5th Arabian Sea

3rd North Arabian Sea

56th FWFD

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) 38th 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 23rd “WestPac”, her 34th South China Sea, Philippine Sea, on her ninth Indian Ocean, her 5th Arabian Sea, on her 3rd North Arabian Sea Summary (29 December 1983 to 23 May 1984) – Chapter 83, Appendix I.

 

    1983 VISITS AND CEREMONIES ABOARD USS MIDWAY (CV-41)

CHAPTER LXXXIII – Chapter 83, Appendix II.

 

    USS MIDWAY (CV-41) 1983 YEARS END SUMMARY – Chapter 83, Appendix III.

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted 3M inspection from 29 May to 1 June 1984” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1984).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 23 May to 3 June 1984” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1984).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) 38th 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 23rd “WestPac,” her 34th South China Sea, Philippine Sea, on her ninth Indian Ocean, her 5th Arabian Sea, on her 3rd North Arabian Sea Summary (28 December 1983 to 23 May 1984).

CHAPTER LXXXIII

Appendix I

 

 

    “On 22 May 1984, USS Midway (CV-41) with Rear Admiral P. F. McCarthy Jr., Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75), Carrier Group Five, Commander and Battle Group ALFA assigned, relieved Rear Admiral T. F. Brown III onboard on 3 May 1984; Commander DESRON 15 and CDR L. R. Canepa, Commander, Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5) embarked arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), Captain H. P. Kober, Jr, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, relieving Captain C. R. McGrail, USN and Captain T. T. Hood, as Executive Officer, to awaiting families and loved ones, ending her 38th 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 23rd “WestPac,” her 35th South China Sea, Philippine Sea, on her ninth Indian Ocean, her 5th Arabian Sea, on her 3rd North Arabian Sea, participating in Beacon Flash 84-1, a joint U.S. - Omani exercise; will conducted Asuwex; USS Midway (CV-41) and Battle Group ALFA conducted a joint formation with seven ships of the British Royal Navy, combining to form one of the largest international naval groups in recent history, indicative of the mutual trust, concern, ability and Commitment of both nations in maintaining freedom of the seas; conducted Naval Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI); conducted exercise Accurate Test and on its final leg of its deployment, Engineering Department conducted Operational Propulsion Plant Recertification Exam (OPPRE). Midway transited en route to Subic Bay, Philippines from 28 to 31 December 1983. Midway transited Philippine and South China Sea en route Subic Bay, Philippines on 1 January 1984. Midway made a port of call at Subic Bay, Philippines from 2 to 4 January 1984 and headed to the Indian Ocean. Midway conducted operations and transited southwest through the South China Sea, Battle Group Alfa was surveilied by Soviet TU-16 operating out of Cam Ranh Bay en route to the Indian Ocean from 4 to 10 January 1984. Midway transited Malacca Strait, PASEX with Royal Malaysian Navy on 11 January 1984. Midway transited the Indian Ocean from 12 to 15 January 1984. After a four day transit Midway rendezvoused with USS Ranger (CV-61) on 16 January 1984 for turnover operations in the Indian Ocean. Midway transited the Arabian Sea on 17 January 1984. Midway returned to the Indian Ocean Operating Area on 18 January 1984 and commenced North Arabian Sea operations. Midway conducted operations in the North Arabian Sea from 18 January to 1 February 1984. A Marine RF-4 Phantom from VMFP-3 Det Alpha was forced to make a barricade assisted landing when its nose gear failed to extend. Both the Pilot and the RIO escaped injury on 25 January 1984. Captain H. P. Kober, Jr., USN, relieved Captain C. R. McGrail, USN (21 August 1982 to 31 January 1984), Commanding Officer USS Midway (CV-41) on 31 January 1984. Midway the North Arabian Sea on 2 February to medevac a heart attack victim from USNS Hassayampa (T-AO-145) ex. USS Hassayampa (AO-145) (1955 - 1978) which was located at 15-45N 066-40E. Midway departed NAS to medevac heart attack victim from USNS Hassayampa (T-AO-145) ex. USS Hassayampa (AO-145) (1955 - 1978) at 1545N/0664OE from 2 to 4 February 1984. Midway conducted operations in NAS from 5 February to 12 April 1984. Valentine’s Day brought live entertainment in the form of the DOD show "Cambridge" entertained USS Midway (CV-41) on 14 February 1984. Midway first "Beer Day" of the cruise on the 18th. Midway commenced Beacon Flash 84-1 on 19 February 1984. Midway was a major participant in Beacon Flash 84-1, a joint U.S. - Omani exercise from 19 to 21 February 1984”. Midway conducted Asuwex from 29 February to 2 March 1984. Honorable John R. Countryman, Ambassador to Oman arrived on board USS Midway (CV-41) on 3 March 1984 for a day and Admiral S.R. Foley, Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet also arrived the same day and departed the next day after addressing the men and officers of Midway. On 8 March 1984, Midway/CVW 5 aircraft participated in a joint exercise, Glad Customer, which included USAF B-52's. Additionally, Midway evacuated another medical patient from the USNS Hassayampa (T-AO-145) ex. USS Hassayampa (AO-145) (1955 - 1978) to Masirah.Midway anchored at Masirah anchorage from 11 to 12 March 1984. While conducting normal cyclic air operations, an Attack Squadron NINETY-THREE A-7E was lost at sea following a catapult launch off Midway on 15 March1984. The pilot, LT Richard M. Styczynski safely ejected and was rescued with minor back injuries. On the Twenty-Third of March 1984, USS Midway (CV-41) and Battle Group ALFA conducted a joint formation with seven ships of the British Royal Navy, combining to form one of the largest international naval groups in recent history. The joint formation was indicative of the mutual trust, concern, ability and Commitment of both nations in maintaining freedom of the seas. Midway conducted Naval Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI) on 24 March 1984. Midway conducted exercise Accurate Test from 24 to 26 March 1984. Midway provided assistance to the Greek tanker Filikon which had been damaged by a missile in the Persian Gulf on 30 March 1984. Rear Admiral Lefebvre, FN, Commander ALINDIEN visited Midway on 2 April 1984. On the same day, an F-4S Phantom assigned to FIGHTER SQUADRON ONE SIXTY-ONE (VF-161) was lost at sea during catapult launch, releasing debris into the jet's engine in the Indian Ocean. Upon ejection the pilot, LCDR Timothy K. Murphy was fatally injured, while the RIO, LT Glenn G. Sigler escaped and was safely recovered. Midway anchored Masirah anchorage on 6 and 7 April 1984, for what was to be the ship's final "Beer Day" of the I. O. cruise. The following day, 8 April 1984, Midway was visited by Major General Watts, Commander, Sultan of Oman's Land Forces, and Captain R. Woodard, RN, Commanding Officer, HMS Glasgow (D88), a Type 42 destroyer of the Royal Navy (The last of the Batch 1 Type 42 destroyers, Glasgow was commissioned in 1979.). Major General Watts, Commander, Sultan of Oman's Land Forces, and Captain R. Woodard. RN, Commanding Officer, HMS Glasgow visited Midway on 8 April 1984. Midway departed NAS, on her Indian Ocean and North Arabian Sea transit on 13 April 1984. Midway conducted an Indian Ocean turnover with USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) on 16 April 1984. Midway departed the North Arabian Sea on 13 April 1984, and commenced a return transit home. Midway, as part of Battle Group ALFA, deployed to the Northern Arabian Sea. During the deployment, the war between Iran and Iraq escalated, demanding that the Battle Group remain on patrol to demonstrate the determination of the United States to keep the Strait of Hormuz safe and sea lanes open for international traffic to the oil producing states of the Middle East. Operating under threat of suicide attacks by Iranian aircraft and patrol boats, the Battle Group conducted a rigorous training schedule while maintaining constant surveillance. All areas of naval warfare were fine-tuned by units of the Battle Group in this multi-threat environment. The entire spectrum of Composite Warfare Command capabilities were exercised and evaluated on a regular basis simultaneously with real world threats in the volatile region of the Northern Arabian Sea. On 16 April 1984, Midway as Battle Group ALFA rendezvoused with the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) Battle Group for turnover operations. While transiting out of the Indian Ocean Midway entered the Royal Domain of Neptune Rex at OOOOON lat and 084.OOE long and crossed the International Date Line on 19 April 1984 and rid itself of an overabundance of "slimy pollywogs". The 24th of April 1984, marked the end to Midway record breaking 111 continuous days at sea when Midway dropped anchor at Singapore and commenced a five day port call. Midway anchored Singapore for first port visit in 111 days from 24 to 28 April 1984. On the 29th April 1984, Midway was underway for Thailand and on 30 April received a visit by HRH Crown Prince Wachiralongkorn of Thailand. Midway anchored at Pattaya Beach, Thailand on 1 May 1984. It was a port where the crew could really unwind and relax after our long Indian Ocean cruise and proved to be a favorite for all hands. While anchored at Pattaya, Rear Admiral T. F. Brown III was relieved by Rear Admiral P. F. McCarthy Jr. as COMCARGRU FIVE onboard Midway on 3 May 1984. Midway anchored at Pattaya Beach, Thailand on 1 May 1984. It was a port where the crew could really unwind and relax after our long Indian Ocean cruise and proved to be a favorite for all hands” from 1 to 7 May 1984. Motor-whale boat accident. EN critically injured. Under Secretary of the Navy, James F. Goodrich visited Midway on 14 May 1984. After an uneventful transit, Midway moored at Subic Bay, Philippines from 11 to 16 May 1984 and headed to South China Sea and Philippine Sea en route Yokosuka, Japan. On 17 May 1984, Midway was underway for the final leg of its deployment and commenced OPPRE. Midway conducted operations during South China Sea and Philippine Sea en route Yokosuka, Japan from 17 to 22 May 1984. While en route Yokosuka the Engineering Department underwent and passed the Operational Propulsion Plant Recertification Exam (OPPRE) with flying colors. No major damage control discrepancies noted. Main space fire was graded as effective with very positive comments by the inspectors. Damage control readiness of the spaces inspected was without a major or significant discrepancy that was not immediately corrected. A new AIRPAC record of 41 for 41 effective Engineering Casualty Control Drills. Midway spent 111 continuous days at sea and steamed over 63,000 miles or 1 ½ times the circumference of the earth. Her previous record of 91 continuous days on station was shattered. Conducting almost 9,800 hours of flight operations, she launched and recovered over 5,300 aircraft, breaking the all-time record for the first quarter in any year of her history. The post office processed over 441,189 pounds of mail, the laundry cleaned and washed over a million pounds of clothes, the air transportation office moved 1.79,063 pounds of cargo and 1,562 passengers, Midways “Grapes” pumped almost 10 million gallons of JP-5 during over 8,000 aircraft refueling, Food Service provided 1,176,000 meals including 41,078 steaks, 3,655 lobsters…. 59,579 pounds of chicken and 20,288 pounds of frankfurters, one hundred and three sailors re-enlisted, KWAY radio broadcast over 3,715 hours of radio entertainment and KMID-TV, 4,010 hours of television programming, the ship’s print shop completed 4,946,325 impressions, and Midway processed over 2,500 slimy pollywogs to Honorable Shellbacks. And, there were 37 documented and duly recorded “GREEN FLASHES” (Change of Command – Ref. 1081T). Ports of calls include: Sassebo, Japan; Pusan, Korea; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippnes;  Manila, Republic of Philippines; Honkong, B. C. C., Pattaya Beach, Thailand and Singapore. 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. Joint Task Force operating with Midway, as part of Battle Group ALFA: USS Sterett (CG-31), USS O'Brien (DD-975), USS Francis Hammond (FF-1067), USS Kirk (FF-1087), USS Cochrane (DDG-21), USNS Hassayampa (T-AO-145), USNS Navasota (T-AO-106), USNS Kilauea (T-AE-26), RFA Appleleaf (A-79), HMS Glamorgan (D-19), HMS Aurora (F-10), HMS Brazen (F-91), HMS Rothesay (F-107), RFA Blue Rover (A-27) and RFA Regent (A-486); redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 40th deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Station,” in the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. Her 46th 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 56th 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 (28 December 1983 to 23 May 1984)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 1081T, 1081W, 1181Q, 1181R, 1181S, 1181T, 1181U, 1181V, 1181W, 1181Z4, 1181Z5, 1181Z6, 1181Z7, 1181Z8 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1983 and 1984).

 

16/10/83 to 11/12/83

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

7Th FLEET Forward Deployed

Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Three Awards)

Vietnam

07 MAY ~ 28 OCT 71

15 April 1972

Indian Ocean

13 NOV 79 ~ 08 FEB 80

27 JUL 82 ~ 01 MAY 84 - Ref. 1081

SEP 88 ~ DEC 89

CVW-5

23rd WestPac

34th SCS

9th I O

5th Arabian Sea

3rd North Arabian Sea

56th FWFD

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

    1983 VISITS AND CEREMONIES ABOARD USS MIDWAY (CV-41) CHAPTER LXXXIII – Chapter 83, Appendix II.

 

    USS MIDWAY (CV-41) 1983 YEARS END SUMMARY – Chapter 83, Appendix III.

 

1983 VISITS AND CEREMONIES ABOARD USS MIDWAY (CV-41)

CHAPTER LXXXIII

Appendix II

 

 

VISITS AND CEREMONIES ABOARD USS MIDWAY (CV-41)

 

12 JAN 83 - Visit by VIP's from Yokosuka, Japan.

 

28 JAN 83 - Formal welcoming by the people of Sasebo, Japan to the USS Midway.

 

31 JAN 83 - Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force visitors during Sasebo in-port.

 

1 FEB 83 - Mayor of Sasebo escorted aboard by Captain McGrail.

 

1 FEB 83 - Tiger Cruise participants arrive on board.

 

16 MAR 83 - Arrival of Commander Combat Air Command, Republic of Korea Air Force,            Lieutenant General Jae Yun Kim, and seven Korean Staff Officers.

 

20 MAR 83 - Distinguished Korean visitors including Rear Admirals Park and Kim of the Republic of Korea Navy.

 

29 MAR 83 - Vice Admiral Kinnebrew and Rear Admiral Brown, onboard USS Midway.

 

30 MAR 83 - Captain McGrail greets Vice Admiral Austin, COMFAIRWESTPAC.

 

26 APR 83 - Japanese visitors tour USS Midway.

 

13 JUN 83 - Captain McGrail gives tour of the flight deck to U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines, the Honorable Michael H. Armacost and his sons.

 

2 JUL 83 - Mayor Richard Gordon of Olongapo City, Republic of the Philippines and Rear Admiral Brown.

 

9 JUL 83 - Visit by Commodore Paul D. Butcher, CTF Seven Three.

 

11 JUL 83 - Major General Burns USAF, Commander 13th Air Force and Rear Admiral Brown.

 

7 AUG 83 - Distinguished guest from Sasebo, Japan arrive onboard USS Midway.

 

22 OCT 83 - Visit by Vice Admiral Easterling, COMNAVAIRPAC.

 

23 NOV 83 - Visit by the Hong Kong Office of the U. S. Defense Liaison.

 

7 DEC 83 - Admiral Watkins, Chief of Naval Operations arrives onboard USS Midway.

 

8 DEC 83 - Brigadier General Gustafson is greeted by Rear Admiral Brown.