Narrative of CCD, CCG, CTG 77, CTF-77 & CTF 77 CCG 5 CTF 70 assigned USS Midway (CV-41), former CVA-41 and CVB-41

CHAPTER CXV

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw, A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983)

 

A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983) Operation Evening Light and Eagle Claw - 24 April 1980

 

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An overhead view of the flight decks of the aircraft carriers USS Independence (CV-62), top, and USS Midway (CV-41), bottom, moored beside each other, Naval Station Pearl Harbor, 23 August 1991. A great detailed photo, showing the various aircraft of their Air Wings. Midway was en route from Naval Station, Yokosuka, Japan, to Naval Air Station, North Island, California, where she would be decommissioned in the spring of 1992. Independence would travel to Yokosuka to take over as the Navy's only forward-based aircraft carrier. US Navy photo by PH2 Omar Hasan. (Available from DefenseImagery.mil as photo # DN-ST-9203042.) NS026252. Presented by Robert M. Cieri. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/026252.jpg

Narrative of CCD, CCG, CTG 77, CTF-77 & CTF 77 CCG 5 CTF 70 assigned USS Midway (CV-41), former CVA-41 and CVB-41

CHAPTER CXV

 

 

USS Midway (CV-41), former CVA-41 COMCARGRU Commanders

 

     “RDAM Jennings Ballentine, U.S.N. assumes duties as Commander Carrier Division One during 1947. RDAM Ballentine exercise command of the adminstration and operating functions of the ships and units of Carrier Division One, which consists of his flagship the USS Midway (CVB-41), the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) and the Air Groups and Aircraft Squadrons of each of these ships” (Ref. 1947 to 1948 Cruise Book Chain of Command - https://www.navysite.de).

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-48/index.html

 

     “RDAM J. J. Clark assumes duties as Commander Carrier Division Four in December 1948, reliving RDAM Jennings Ballentine, U.S.N. assumes duties as COMCARDIV ONE during 1947 to in December 1948” (Ref. 1950 Cruise Book Chain of Command -

https://www.navysite.de). https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-50/index_002.htm

 

     “RDAM Austin K. Doyle assumes duties as Commander Carrier Division Four in 1952” (Ref. 1952 Cruise Book Command -

https://www.navysite.de).

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-52/index_004.htm

 

     “Captain Frank O’Beirme commanded USS Midway (CVB-41) for over a year, gaining the respect and admiration of all hands. After relinguishing command to the present commanding officer, he became Chief of Staff to RDAM Ingersoll, reliving RDAM Austin K. Doyle as Commander Carrier Division Four (1952 to 1953) during 1953” (Ref. 1952 to 1953 Cruise Book Chain of Command -

https://www.navysite.de). https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-53/index.html

 

     “RDAM Ralph Sperry Clark assumes duties as Commander Carrier Division Five on 28 August 1958. Captain William N. Ryan, Chief of Staff, COMCARDIV FIVE during 1958 to 1959” (Ref. 1958 to 1959 Cruise Book Command - https://www.navysite.de).

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-59/index_003.htm

 

     “RDAM D. J. Welsh assumes duties as Commander Carrier Division Five on 18 March 1959, relieving RDAM Ralph Sperry Clark assumes duties as COMCARDIV FIVE on 28 August 1958. CAPT J. T. Blackburn, Chief of Staff, Commander Carrier Division Five in 1960 and was former Commanding Officer of USS Midway (CVA-41) from June 1958 to May 1959” (Ref. 1959 to 1960 Cruise Book - Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de). https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-60/index_003.htm

 

Pages 689 to 722

     “RDAM Alezander Hayward, Jr. assumes duties as Commander Carrier Division Five on 25 January 1960, relieving RDAM D. J. Welsh, COMCARDIV FIVE 18 March 1959 to 25 January 1960” (Ref. 1959 to 1960 Cruise Book - Command and Staff

https://www.navysite.de). https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-60/index_003.htm

 

     “RDAM F B. Miller assumes duties as Commander Carrier Division Three in 1960 and becomes Commander Carrier Division Five or at least Midway’s 1961 Cruise Book. CAPT French Wampler, Chief of Staff, COMCARDIV THREE in 1960” (Ref. 1961 Cruise Book Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de). https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-61/index_018.htm

 

     “Admiral Blackburn assumed command of Commander Carrier Division Three on 22 September 1961. CAPT M. U. Beebe, Chief of Staff, COMCARDIV THREE from 1961 to 1962” (Ref. 1962 Cruise Book Command and Staff -

https://www.navysite.de). https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-62/index_005.htm

 

     “RDAM T. W. South II assumed command of Carrier Division Seven in 1963 and CAPT R. P. Kline, as Chief of Staff, COMCARDIV SEVEN” (Ref. 1963 to 1964 Cruise Book Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de).

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-63/index_011.htm

 

     “RADM Bringle assumed command of Commander Carrier Division Seven from April to May 1964” (Ref. 1965 Cruise Book - Chain of Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de). https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-65/index_030.htm

 

     “CAPT Marshal W. White assumed command of Carrier Division Seven on 24 September 1964 where he stayed until relieving RADM Bringle as Commander Carrier Division Seven and additional duty as Commander Task Force SEVENTY-SEVEN, the attack carrier striking force, Seventh Fleet. CAPT Pierre N. Charbonnet, as Chief of Staff, Commander Carrier Division One during 1965” (Ref. 1965 Cruise Book - Chain of Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de).

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-65/index_030.htm

 

     “RADM J. L. Butts, Commander Carrier Division One (1971 to 1972). CAPT F. T. Hemler, Chief of Staff, Commander Carrier Division One during 1971” (Ref. 1971 Cruise Book Command - https://www.navysite.de).

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-71/index_005.htm

 

THIS IS NOT CORRECT

     “Carrier Division 5 became Carrier Group 5 on 30 June 1973, and in October, Carrier Group 5 arrived in Yokosuka, Japan aboard USS Midway (CV-41) marking the first forward deployment of a complete Carrier Battle Group in a Japanese port (the associated Air Wing, CVW-5, moved into Atsugi, Japan this same year). On 1 January 1974, still homeported at Cubi Point, the group was responsible for three carriers: 63 and 64 both homeported at San Diego and USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) homeported at Alameda.[8] Carrier Group Five shifted its forward deployed location from Cubi Point, Republic of Philippines to Yokosuka in mid-1991. Midway
remained in Yokosuka for 18 years and was relieved by Independence (CV 62) on 11 September 1991” (Ref. United States Seventh Fleet; Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization).

 

CORRECT

 

     “Carrier Division 5 became Carrier Group 5 on 30 June 1973, and on 5 October 1973, Carrier Group 5 did not arrive in Yokosuka, Japan aboard USS Midway (CV-41) and Commander Naval Forces Japan visited, marking the first forward deployment of an aircraft carrier commanded by RADM McClendon, Commander Task Force Seven Seven (CTF 77), serving from 5 October 1973 to June 1974 presumably. Commander Task Force Seven Seven, RADM MCclendon, and his staff embarked prior to Midway entering port. RADM Coogan, COMCARGRU-3 arrived aboard Midway on 29 June 1974 and assumed the duties of Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 (the associated Air Wing, CVW-5, moved into Atsugi, Japan this same year)” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1973 & United States Seventh Fleet; Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization).

 

COMCARGRU/CTG-77.4; CTF 77 and or COMCARGRU FIVE/CTF 70  Commanders

 

    COMCARGRUP Commannders served as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 and when COMCARGRU FIVE visits USS Midway (CVA-41), TG-77.4 Commanders remained assigned to Midway unles COMCARGRUP FIVE actually relieves another COMCARGRUP.

 

    COMCARGRUP FIVE only visited the ship a couple of times before embarking on 1 June 1980 and COMCARGRU SEVEN, Rear Admiral Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN embarkation suggest he was serving as CTG 77.4, possibly relieving RADM R. E. Kirksey, COMCARGRU THREE when he served as CTG-77.4. RADM Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN the only COMCARGRUP onboard.

 

     “COMCARGRU ONE, RADM Speer, CCG 1, possibly serving as Commander Task Group 77.4 disembarked and RADM H. P. Glindeman, COMCARGRU FIVE came aboard for the transit to Subic Bay on the same day on 20 April 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

     “On 16 May 1977, RADM Glindeman, COMCARGRU FIVE, was aboard to review EISRA progress. CINCPACFLT, ADM Hayward also took a personal interest in the progress of this unique ship overhaul and concurrent air wing transition during his visit and personal inspection on 26 May 1977. RADM Glindeman, who had previously served aboard USS Midway (CVA-41) as the Carrier Group commander (Possibly in 1974), followed the EISRA progress closely and visited aboard again on 8 June 1977. With close command attention and interest the work that seemed too ambitious was somehow accomplished” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

CTG-77.4 is the command assumed by COMCARGRU’s ONE THREE and SEVEN, as stated in USS MIDWAY (CVA/CV41) Command History Reports

            

     “On 6 August 1977, a new staff from Alameda, California embarked aboard USS Midway (CVA-41); COMCARGRU THREE, RADM Peck, and his staff would command the Midway Task Group during the next six months. COMCARGRU THREE, RADM Peck assumed operational control of CTG 77.4 on 19 September 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

CTG-77.4 is not part of COMCARGRU FIVE but was part of COMCARGRU’s so CTG-77.4 most likely responsibilty transfered with the Commander to COMCARGRU FIVE

            

     “CTG-77.4 is not part of COMCARGRU FIVE and COMCARGRU FIVE first’s embarkation in USS Midway (CV-41) was after relieving USS Coral Sea (CV-43) at Cheju do MODLOC on 1 June 1980, by a former CMCARGRUP THREE Commander who served aboard Midway from RADM R. E. Kirksey (11 April to 1 June 1979) assumed duties as CTF 70 and COMCARGRU FIVE. RADM Kirksey, CTF 70 shifted his flag from COMCARGRU THREE TO FIVE on 1 June 1980 and it was the first embarkation in CV-41 for COMCARGRU FIVE. Midway back to Subic on 3 June 1980 as the Korea crisis diminished and Midway returned to Yokosuka on 4 June 1980. As the in-port drew to a close, CCG-5, CTF SEVENTY, RADM Kirksey and his staff, embarked 12 July” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

CTF 77 is a seperate command that must be assumed

            

     “Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 commanders were from ONE, THREE and SEVEN until 1 June 1980 when COMCARGRUP FIVE emarked for the first time, as in the case of RADM R. E. Kirksey, COMCARGRU THREE, relieving RADM Holcomb, COMCARGRU ONE, serving as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 (11 April to 1 June 1979) and after being assignd CTG-77.4 duty, he assumed duties as Carrier Strike Force, U. S. Seventh Fleet (CTF 77) and COMCARGRU FIVE in 11 June to 11 July 1979. He also commanded the Seventh Fleet Battle Force (CTF 70) since October 1979” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979/80).

 

     “It seems CARGRU Commanders served as CTG-77.4, before assuming, if a COMCARGRUP did assume CTF 70/CCG-5 and then CTF 77 later. As did RADM R. E. Kirksey, COMCARGRU THREE. The title of COMCARGRUP FIVE is, beginning in 1964 when Carrier Group Five was permanently deployed to the Western Pacific a dual-hatted CTF 70/77, homeported at Naval Air Station Cubi Point in the Philippines(Ref. [6] & [7] of 1093). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrier_Strike_Group_5 

 

     “As I read todays reconing of history, “in the mid-2000, CTF 77 was disestablished as a 7th Fleet Task Force and its responsibilities merged into CTF 70, Commander, Battle Force, U.S. 7th Fleet. CTF 70 remains dual-hatted as Commander, Carrier Strike Group FIVE (CSG-5) and homeported at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan when not embarked aboard the FDNF aircraft carrier, Ronald Reagan” (Ref. [4] & [5] of 1093 & Task Force 77 (United States Navy). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Task_Force_77_(United_States_Navy).

 

     “Carrier Division 5 became Carrier Group 5 on 30 June 1973, and on 5 October 1973, Carrier Group 5 did not arrive in Yokosuka, Japan aboard USS Midway (CV-41), yet Commander Task Force Seven Seven (CTF 77), Rear Admiral William R. McClendon, COMNAVAIRPACREP WESTPAC, assumed command of Carrier Division Five and Commander Attack Carrier Striking Force, Seventh Fleet, in the Tonkin Gulf in 1973. During his career as a fighter pilot, carrier commander, and Commander of the famed Task Force 77, he served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of World War II, the Korean War, and, lastly, in the Vietnam conflict. Visiting CVA-41 possibly as CTF-77/CCG 5/CTF 70, yet Command History Report for 1973 states Commander Task Force Seven Seven (CTF 77). Commander Naval Forces Japan visited, marking the first forward deployment of an aircraft carrier. Commander Task Force Seven Seven, RADM MCclendon, and his staff embarked prior to Midway entering port” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1973).

 

     “RADM W. R. Flanagan, assuming duties from RADM J. L. Butts, Commander Carrier Division One (1971 to 1972) and CAPT K. L. Shugart, as Chief of Staff, Commander Carrier Division One during 1972 to 1973 were most likely aboard USS Midway (CVA-41) when the ship arrived Japan on 5 October 1973” (Ref. 1972 to 1973 Cruise Book Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de).

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-72/index_003.htm

 

First CTF 77 assigned to USS Midway (CVA-41) entering its new homeport of Yokosuka, Japan

            

     “Commander Task Force Seven Seven (CTF 77), Rear Admiral William R. McClendon, COMNAVAIRPACREP WESTPAC, assumed command of Carrier Division Five and Commander Attack Carrier Striking Force, Seventh Fleet, in the Tonkin Gulf in 1973. During his career as a fighter pilot, carrier commander, and Commander of the famed Task Force 77, he served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of World War II, the Korean War, and, lastly, in the Vietnam conflict. Visiting CVA-41 possibly as CTF-77/CCG 5/CTF 70, yet Command History Report for 1973 states Commander Task Force Seven Seven (CTF 77). Rear Admiral William R. McClendon and his staff embarked prior to USS Midway (CVA-41) entering its new homeport of Yokosuka, Japan on 5 October 1973, and was visited by Commander Naval Forces Japan. Midway departed Yokosuka on 17 October 1973 and performed air operations in the vicinity of Okinawa. On 21 October 1973, Commander Task Force Seven Seven and Staff embarked and later that day CTF 77 and his Staff disembarked via helo. During air operations on 21 October 1973, 6 members of Carrier Air Wing Five were killed in multiple aircraft accidents. Memorial services were held aboard on 25 October. Fatalities were LTJG EVERETT E. GOODROW, USNR, VA-56, 1ST LT JOT EVE, USMC, and 1ST LT DAVID L. MOODY, USMC, VCMJ-1, DET 101; LT GEORGE A. WILDRIDGE, USN, LTJG WILLIAM J. BATES, USNR and ADJ1 RICHARD H. HALL, USN, HC-1, DET 2. Commander Carrier Group Seven and his Staff departed Midway on 26 October. At the completion of air operations near Okinawa, Midway Y returned to Yokosuka, Japan on 29 October 1973. The Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet and Commander Seventh Fleet visited Midway on 9 November, RADM Charles P. Rauch Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Hunan Goals on 16 November, and RADM Ishina, Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force accompanied by, RADM H. B. Rogers, Commander Naval Forces Japan on 24 November” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1973 & Rear Admiral William R. McClendon (USN Ret.) - August 21, 1920 ~ October 8, 2009).

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/montereyherald/obituary.aspx?pid=135526435

 

     “The aircraft carrier homeported in Japan since October 1973 as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Force (FDNF), and rotational Pacific Fleet aircraft carriers from NAS North Island and NAS Alameda, California deploying to the Western Pacific” (Ref. [7] of 1093; Task Force 77 (United States Navy & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Task_Force_77_(United_States_Navy).

 

     “On 1 January, 1974, USS Midway (CVA-41) was inport Yokosuka, Japan with RADM W. L. Macdonald embarked as COMNAVAIRPACREP WESTPAC and COMCARGRU-3, serving as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region. On 5 January 1974, RADM W. L. Macdonald was relieved as COMCARGRU-3 but remained embarked in Midway as COMNAVAIRPACREP WESTPAC, serving as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1974).

 

Note: CV-41 not listed.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) and her escorts arrived off Subic Bay for daily flight operations and various exercises before mooring at Subic Bay on 2 February 1974.

 

Commander Task Force Seven Seven cannot be Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4, as RADM W. L. Macdonald, COMNAVAIRPACREP WETPAC, was serving as CTG-77.4 since 11 January 1974 and Commander Task Force Seven Seven, RADM McClendon visited Midway on 3 February 1974” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1974).

 

     “There are no records that indicate CTF 77 and CTG-77.4 are the same and CARGRU Commanders were referred to as CTG-77.4. COMCARGRU THREE in 1980 assumed COMCARGRU FIVE for example. The aircraft carrier homeported in Japan since October 1973 as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Force (FDNF), and rotational Pacific Fleet aircraft carriers from NAS North Island and NAS Alameda, California deploying to the Western Pacific” (Ref. [7] of 1093; Task Force 77 (United States Navy & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Task_Force_77_(United_States_Navy).

 

     “RADM Macdonald, COMNAVAIRPACREP WESTPAC departed and CAPT., R. J. Schulte assumed duties as CTG 77.4, serving as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 from 11 January to 15 April 1974, departed USS Midway (CVA-41) and CAPT. R. J. Schulte assumed duties as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1974).

 

     Refresher Operations were conducted in R-116 until 28 May 1974 when the TG-77.4 Task Group headed north for operations in R-129 located about 100NM east of Misawa Air Base, Japan. En route to R-129 the USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted air operations in R-532 and received a visit from the new CTF 77, RADM Davis, arriving in W-185 southeast Okinawa on 19 June 1974, for a visit and remained on board overnight. Commander Task Force Seven Seven, RADM McClendon served from 5 October 1973 to June 1974 presumbally. The Midway and her escorts moved to W-173 on the 20th and continued normal air operations and practice air strikes with conventional ordnance against the Okinawa area targets until 25 June 1974” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1974).

 

     “Commander Task Force Seven Seven (CTF 77), RADM Mcclendon, asigned USS Midway (CVA-41) from 5 October 1973 to June 1974” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1974).

 

     “RADM Coogan, COMCARGRU-3 arrived aboard USS Midway (CVA-41) on 29 June 1974 and assumed the duties of Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region on 30 June 1974, relieving CAPT. R. J. Schulte, serving from 15 April to 30 June 1974” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1974).

 

     “RADM Coogan, COMCARGRU-3 and his staff departed USS Midway (CVA-41) on 21 December 1974 and the duties of as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region were assumed by RADM James C. Donaldson, Jr., COMFAIRWESTPAC; RADM Coogan, COMCARGRU-3 serving from 30 June to 21 December 1974” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1974).

 

     “On 12 January 1975, RADM James C. Donaldson, Jr., COMFAIRWESTPAC, embarked USS Midway (CVA-41), as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region. The ship departed homeport on 13 January 1975” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1975).

 

     “RADM W. L. Harris, COMCARGRU SEVEN arrived aboard USS Midway (CVA-41) on 22 March 1975 and assumed the duties of Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region, from RADM James C. Donaldson, Jr., COMFAIRWESTPAC, embarked USS Midway (CVA-41) as Commander Task Group 77.4 (12 January to 22 March 1975)” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1974).

 

     “On 26 March 1975, Captain L. C. Chambers salutes RADM Harris, Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region, after relieving Captain R. Richard Joseph Schulte, NAVCAD, 28th Commanding Officer, serving from September 7, 1973 - March 26, 1975. as Commanding Officer of USS Midway (CVA-41). Lawrence (Larry) Cleveland Chambers (born June 10, 1929) was the first African American to command a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier” (Ref. Part I, Tab G, Annex A of USS Midway (CV-41) 1975 Command History Report, 1178-G & USS Midway (CVA-41) 1975).

 

     “On 23 May 1975, RADM Monger, COMCARGRU ONE, relieved RADM W. L. Harris, serving as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region, arriving aboard USS Midway (CVA-41), serving since 22 March 1975 and RADM Monger assumed the duties of Commander Task Group 77.4. The Task Group departed Subic the same day for Yokosuka conducting air operations en route. Midway tied up at Piedmont pier, Yokosuka, Japan on 29 May 1975, after two months away from homeport” (Ref. Part I, Tab G, Annex A of USS Midway (CV-41) 1975 Command History Report, 1178-G & USS Midway (CVA-41) 1975 Command History Report).

 

     “On 12 December 1975, RADM Harris, Commander Attack Carrier Striking Force SEVENTH Fleet, and the Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable J. William Middendorf visited the USS Midway (CV-41). The next day RADM W. N. Small, COMCARGRU THREE, relieved RADM Monger, COMCARGRU ONE (23 May to 13 December 1975)” (Ref. 1977 Cruise Book Command - https://www.navysite.de & USS Midway (CVA-41) 1975 Command History Report).     https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-77/index_002.htm

 

First mention of RADM Foley served

 

     “RADM S. R. Foley, COMCARGRU SEVEN duties as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region during 1977 is not clear but their are Photos of three Carrier Group Commanders, RDAM Peck, RDAM Foley and RADM W. A. Gureck” (Ref. 1977 Cruise Book Command - https://www.navysite.de).

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-77/index_002.htm

 

     “On 28 February 1977, RADM Foley welcomed JMSDF RADM Hirano aboard USS Midway (CV-41). Midway, accompanied by the USS Lockwood (FF-1064) and USS Bausell (DD-845) conducted coordinated type training with the Japanese destroyers, with Teruzuki (DD-162) and Akizuki (DD-161)” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

Possible Carrier Group Commander or visitor to USS Midway (CV-41):

 

     “On 4 April 1977, RADM Speer, CCG 1 and CAPT Feflt welcomed a Republic of Korea VIP Visit aboard USS Midway (CV-41) from ADM C.Y. Hang, CNO ROK; MGEN R. C. Taylor, PROS. CO USAFK; RADM M.P. Frudden, COMNAVFORKOREA; BGEN E. L. Konopnicki, ACOS J4 USFK and LCOL H. Grunwald, FRG Military Attaché” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

     “At first light on 20 April 1977, USS Midway (CV-41) from CVW-5 aircraft launched to find and strike the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) in a War-at-Sea encounter. Fourteen attack aircraft launched and nine arrived on-target over Coral Sea without opposition, while Midway fighters intercepted seven hostile aircraft from Coral Sea before they could attack Midway. COMCARGRU ONE, RADM Speer, CCG 1, possibly serving as Commander Task Group 77.4 disembarked and RADM H. P. Glindeman, COMCARGRU FIVE came aboard for the transit to Subic Bay on the same day. A high SOA was maintained as Midway transited southbound to participate in an ASW encounter before entering Subic. The Task Group exercised total Emission Control (EMCON) while a direct support P-3B Orion aircraft attempted to locate the U. S. submarine which was simulating a Victor II class SSN. Task Group 77.4 made a high speed transit that enabled the SSN to make a detection but frustrated the submarine's efforts to position for torpedo attack. The ASW encounter provided a welcome and beneficial opportunity to refine coordinated VP/surface screen operations” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) commenced an Extended Incremental Ship's Restricted Availability and dry-docking in Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 5 May 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) commenced preparations to enter Yokosuka Dry Dock #6 on 9 May 1977, while under going Dry-docking for Extended Incremental Ship Restricted Availability (EISRA). Extensive planning, training and organization of the ship's force into industrial management and production teams had preceded the EISRA. All ships personnel had been trained to implement the Ship's Force Overhaul Management System (SFOMS) in order to gain maximum productivity from available manpower. Extensive planning had been completed at Yokosuka Ship Repair Facility (SRF) and by major contractors such as Sumitomo Company of Japan” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

     “On 16 May 1977, RADM H. P. Glindeman, COMCARGRU FIVE (CTF 70/CCG-5), who had previously served aboard USS Midway (CV-41) as the Carrier Group Commander followed the Dry-docking for Extended Incremental Ship Restricted Availability (EISRA) progress closely and receive EISRA/Transition Status Brief. CINCPACFLT, ADM T. B. Hayward also took a personal interest in the progress of this unique ship EISRA progress and receive EISRA/Transition Status Brief as well as concurrent air wing transition during his visit onboard Midway and personal inspection on 26 May 1977. VADM R. B. Baldwin, COMSEVENTHFLT visits aboard Midway on 7 June 1977 to review Dry-docking for EISRA progress and receive EISRA/Transition Status Brief. RADM H. P. Glindeman, CTF 70/CCG 5 visits aboard Midway on 8 June 1977 to review Dry-docking for EISRA progress and receive EISRA/Transition Status Brief. RADM H. P. Glindeman followed the Dry-docking for EISRA progress closely and visited aboard again on 8 June 1977. With close command attention and interest the work that seemed too ambitious was somehow accomplished. Although much cleanup and preservation work remained to be completed Midway crew prepared for and began training to resume their more usual work and duty assignments. Yokosuka Dry Dock #6 was flooded and boilers were lit onboard Midway on 5 July 1977 marking near completion of Dry-docking for EISRA. A full scale rehearsal or "Fast Cruise" onboard Midway marking the end of Dry-docking for EISRA was conducted on the 12th and 13th of July 1977 to familiarize all hands with getting underway again inport Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan). CVW-5 On-load Midway following Transition commences on 3 August 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

     “CVW FIVE personnel began returning to familiar and frequently improved spaces.  On 6 August 1977, a new staff from Alameda, California embarked aboard USS Midway (CV-41); COMCARGRU THREE, RADM Peck, and his staff would command the Midway Task Group during the next six months; scheduled to assume operational control of Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region on 19 September 1977 and RADM Peck would command the Midway CTG-77.4 Task Group during the next six months once COMNAVAIRPAC inspection teams also came aboard to train, observe and qualify Midway crews during the transit to Subic Bay for rearmament. Training battle problems that required the active participation of the entire crew and air wing were repeatedly held. All personnel were drilled in damage control, weapons employment, ship handling, and emergency conditions. Refresher Training (REFTRA) during the week long transit was intensive but very beneficial to a crew out of practice” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

     “The Commander Naval Air Force Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC) and members of his staff visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 7 January 1978. While on board, VADM Coogan arrived briefings by RADM Peck, Commander Carrier Group Three; Capt Felt, Commanding Officer, Midway CDR Kirkconnell, Commander Carrier Air Wing Five; and members of ship's company. After a ship's tour and lunch VADM Coogan departed. Members of his staff remained on board for meetings with their counterparts in ship's company and the embarked air wing” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

     “On 3 February 1978 staff exchange began off Okinawa. Midway closed the beach to assist. On 4 February 1978 COMCARGRU SEVEN arrived by COD at about 1300. The remainder of his staff arrived at about 1500. COMCARGRU SEVEN relieved COMCARGRU THREE effective this date(Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

     “Participants in the 31 January to 5 February 1978 USN ASWEX 1-78 included USS Midway (CV-41) (with COMCARGRU THREE as CTG 77.4 embarked), USS J. Strauss (DDG 16) (with Commander Destroyer Squadron 15 embarked), USS Worden (CG-18), USS Knox (FF-1052), USS F. Hammond (FF-1067), USNS Mispillion (TAO 105), and CTG -72.2 (P3C aircraft)(Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

RADM S. R. Foley, Jr., USN, COMCARGRU SEVEN tour of duty dates conflict with COMCARGRU THREE who was relieved by COMCARGRU SEVEN

 

     “RADM S. R. Foley, Jr., USN, COMCARGRU SEVEN being relieved this date is after RADM Peck, Commander Carrier Group Three tour of duty (arriving on 6 August 1977, scheduled to assume operational control of CTG-77.4 on 19 September 1977), arriving in August 1977(Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

 

     “At 0900 Sunday 19 February 1978, RADM W. A. Gureck, USN relieved RADM S. R. Foley, Jr., USN as Commander Carrier Group Seven in a ceremony onboard USS Midway (CV-41). The principal speaker was Vice Admiral R. B. Baldwin, USN, Commander Seventh Fleet(Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

     As reported in the USS Midway (CV-41) 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command section, it shows a Photo of RADM W. A. Gureck, USN and below his period of duty states from 19 February 1977 to 21 August 1978, yet as stated above, the 1978 USS MIDWAY (CV-41) Command History Report contradicts the information in his photo. Furthermore, the USS Midway (CV-41) 1977 Cruise Book Command section includes photos of RADM Peck and then RADM S. R. Foley, Jr.

 

As previously mentioned, the only mention in the 1976/77 USS MIDWAY (CV-41) Command History Report of RADM Foley:

 

     “On 28 February 1977, RADM Foley welcomed JMSDF RADM Hirano aboard USS Midway (CV-41). Midway, accompanied by the USS Lockwood (FF-1064) and USS Bausell (DD-845) conducted coordinated type training with the Japanese destroyers, with Teruzuki (DD-162) and Akizuki (DD-161).

 

     Suggested as the period RADM Foley, COMCARGRUP SEVEN served, supported by Photos in the 1977 USS MIDWAY (CV-41) Cruise Book, being relieved by most likely RADM Peck in August to September 1979, but does not account for: “At 0900 Sunday 19 February 1978, RADM W. A. Gureck, USN relieved RADM S. R. Foley, Jr., USN as Commander Carrier Group Seven stated in the USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978. Also RADM W. A. Gureck, USN biography states February 1978 to May 1980 was his tour of duty as COMCARGRU SEVEN, which stated in the USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979 “Vice Admiral R. P. Coogan, Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific (COMNAVAIRPAC), and members of his staff were welcomed aboard by Rear Admiral Gureck, Commander Carrier Group Seven and Captain H. Carmichael on 8 September 1979.

 

RADM W. A. Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN relieving RADM S. R. Foley, Jr.

 

    RADM Peck’s photo nor RADM S. R. Foley, Jr. is listed as a carrier group commanders in the USS Midway (CV-41) 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command section, but does show RADM W. A. Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN (19 February 1977 to 21 August 1978); RADM M. S. Holcomb, COMCARGRU ONE (21 August 1978 to 11 April 1979) and RADM R. E. Kirksey, COMCARGRU THREE (11 April to 11 June 1979)

 

    In order for RADM W. A. Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN to assume duties as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region on 19 February 1978, he would have had to reilieve RADM S. R. Foley, Jr., COMCARGRUP SEVEN, yet RADM Peck, COMCARGRU THREE served for six months, so on or around 7 February 1978, RADM W. A. Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN relieved RADM S. R. Foley, Jr., COMCARGRUP SEVEN, after he reassumed command from RADM Peck, COMCARGRU THREE or he didn’t serve as CTG-77.4 during 1976/77, merely hosted visitors as RDAM Peck is reported as serving, yet were faced with:

 

     At 0900 Sunday 19 February 1978, RADM W. A. Gureck, USN relieved RADM S. R. Foley, Jr., USN as Commander Carrier Group Seven in a ceremony onboard USS Midway (CV-41). The principal speaker was Vice Admiral R. B. Baldwin, USN, Commander Seventh Fleet(Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

     “As reported in the 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command, RADM William A. Gureck was to have began his command of COMCARGRUP SEVEN on 19 February 1977, which would have been before RDAM Peck, arriving 6 August 1977. RADM William A. Gureck, USN (Ret.) pdf of Duty Assignment Chronology, states February 1978 assumed (2/78-5/80 - Commander Carrier Group SEVEN) and 1977 USS MIDWAY (CV-41) Command History Report states RADM Peck, COMCARGRU THREE, arrived on 6 August 1977 and was scheduled to assume operational control of CTG-77.4 on 19 September 1977” (Ref. 1977 Cruise Book Command - 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de).

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-77/index_002.htm

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-78/index_002.htm

http://www.epnaao.com/BIOS_files/REGULARS/Gureck-%20William%20A.pdf

 

EQNEED Conclusion

 

     Because of the lack of disclosed records it is not possible to determine when RADM S. R. Foley, Jr. served as COMCARGRUP SEVEN or if he assumed CTF 77.4, but it is clear that not all carrier group commanders of USS Midway (CV-41) were COMCARGRUP FIVE or CCG-5 as suggested by the dual hated control of CTF 77, CTF 75 and CTF 70.

 

    Yet we have RADM Peck’s period of duty of CTG-77.4 (arriving on 6 August 1977, scheduled to assume operational control of CTG-77.4 on 19 September 1977) and three different dates from references, like RADM William A. Gureck, USN (Ret.) pdf of Duty Assignment Chronology, that states February 1978 assumed (2/78-5/80 - Commander Carrier Group SEVEN) and 1977 USS MIDWAY (CV-41) Command History Report states RADM Peck, COMCARGRU THREE was scheduled to assume operational control of CTG-77.4 on 19 September 1977)

 

    RADM Foley to have served before RADM Peck or after for a short time, its self questionable, must be considered as were left with:

 

    “On 28 February 1977, RADM S. R. Foley, Jr. welcomed JMSDF RADM Hirano aboard USS Midway (CV-41)” and

 

    “At 0900 Sunday 19 February 1978, RADM W. A. Gureck, USN relieved RADM S. R. Foley, Jr., USN as Commander Carrier Group Seven” shows two periods of duty as COMCARGRUP SEVEN before and after RADM Peck. RADM Peck commanding for six months from 19 September 1977 to February 1978, relieved by RADM Foley makes since. Like wise, COMCARGRU THREE (RADM Peck) relieved COMCARGRU SEVEN, so RADM Foley had to come back.

 

     Not able to verify all CGT-77.4 Commanders aboard USS Midway (CV-41) to any degree of accuracy without the history of each COMCARGRU CTG-77.4, but when Command History Reports or Ship Cruise Books Photos and pages clearily state dates, then they are most accurate, so beginning with RADM William A. Gureck, USN, and now RADM M. S. Holcomb, we continue.

 

    “RADM M. S. Holcomb, COMCARGRU ONE assumed duties as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region on 21 August 1978 from RADM W. A. Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN (19 February to 21 August 1978) (19 February 1977 as reported in the 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command, but in the RADM William A. Gureck, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.) pdf of Duty Assignment Chronology, in states February 1978 (2/78-5/80 - Commander Carrier Group SEVEN)” (Ref. 1977 Cruise Book Command - 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de).

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-77/index_002.htm

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-78/index_002.htm

http://www.epnaao.com/BIOS_files/REGULARS/Gureck-%20William%20A.pdf 

 

    “Between 20 and 24 September 1978 COMDESRON TWENTY-THREE, Capt Landersman, was embarked USS Midway (CVA-41) for READEX 1-79 preparations” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) arrived Yokosuka on 20 February for a routine homeport upkeep period through 25 February 1979. On 23 February Rear Admiral G. Eggert, COMFAIRWESTPAC, paid a routine visit to CV-41” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979).

 

COMCARGRU/CTG-77.4; CTF 77 and or COMCARGRU FIVE/CTF 70  Commanders Cont’d

 

    “On 19 March 1979, the crew of USS Midway (CV-41) bid a fond farewell to RADM Holcomb, COMCARGRU ONE as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region and Staff as they disembarked. COMCARGRU ONE Operational Commander’s Performance Report for the period from 1 January to 31 March 1979 reflected an overall performance of outstanding for Midway. Also on 19 March 1979, Rear Admiral H. D. Arnold, Commander Medium Attack Tactical Electronic Warfare Wing, U. S. Pacific Fleet (COMMATVAQWINGPAC) (Four Staff Officers), and Rear Admiral R. C. Mandeville, Commander Light Attack Wing, U. S. Pacific Fleet (COMLATWINGPAC) (Four Staff Officers), were welcomed aboard by Rear Admiral Holcomb and Captain Brown, III. Their entourage included eight staff officers” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979).

 

    “On 11 April 1979, USS Midway (CV-41) arrived in Subic Bay for a short stay, embarking its new TG-77.4 Commander. RADM R. E. Kirksey, COMCARGRU THREE (11 April to 11 June 1979), disembarking to assume duties as Commander Strike Forces U.S. 7 Fleet (CTF 70) and COMCARGRU FIVE in August 1979 (11 June to 12 July 1979). Midway also loaded aboard the COMSEVENTHFLT Band and the US-3A and C-2A aircraft detachments. The pace was frantic, but all evolutions were accomplished successfully for the high speed transit to the Indian Ocean. EQNEEDF Note: Two different dates of assuming command in Midway Cruise Books, 1978-79 and 1979-80. Command History of 1979 states 19 March 1979, MIDWAY bid a fond farewell to CMOCARGRU ONE and Staff as they disembarked” (Ref. 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command and Staff, 1979 to 1980 Cruise Book - Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979). https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-78/index_002.htm

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

 

    Last time CTG 77.4 apears in the USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979:

 

     After four full days of hard work MIDWAY returned to the Yokosuka area for a four day ASWEX (J2-78) with the JMSDF. Phase I had been conducted in port Yokosuka (10-14 April). Phase II was conducted underway off the east coast of Honshu Island (from 17-20 April).  OTC was RADM Y. Kohge, JMSDF, Commander, Escort Flotilla One (COMCORTFLOT ONE), embarked in HARUNA (DDH-141).  U. S. National OTC was RADM W. A. Gureck, USN, CTG 77.4, embarked in MIDWAY.  JMSDF units included DDH HARUNA, DDH HIEI, DD MINEGUMO, DE AYASE, DE TESHIO, AO HAMANA, SS MICHISHIO, SS ARASHIO, and P2J, PS-1 and HSS-2 aircraft. U. S. forces consisted of TG 77.4, MIDWAY, WORDEN, FF's KIRK and FRANCIS HAMMOND and TAO NAVASOTA with P-3 aircraft from TF 72.  Excellent coordinated ASW operations were conducted with the Japanese in dual submarine prosecution in the ASW/ AAW threat environment.

 

     MULTIPLEX 1-78 was a four day exercise designed to practice carrier task group operations in a multi-threat environment. MIDWAY participated in only the first three days in order to be able to stand down for the pending Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE).  A Multiplex is based on a Blue versus Orange scenario.  In this case, Blue forces consisted of MIDWAY, BAINBRIDGE, FOSTER, SCHOFIELD, HAMMOND, VQ-1, and VP-17.  Orange forces were simulated by O'CALLAHAN (KASHIN), KIRK (KANIN)', PASSUMPSIC (KOTLIN), KILAUEA (KRESTA II) , VC-5 simulating SS-N-3/7 missiles, and two U. S. submarines simulating one FOXTROT SS/JULIETT SSG and one CHARLIE; SSGN. CTG 77.4 summarized MULTIPLEX 1-78 by stating that it “provided valuable training for TG 77.4 in anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, and anti-air warfare....was highly beneficial to all participants and contributed significantly to task group readiness." A Minex Alpha was conducted on 16 May.

 

             (C)  Between 24 and 27 June MIDWAY participated in the eight-phased ASWEX 5-78 whose objectives were:  improved ASW readiness of all TG 77.4 ships, shallow water ASW, co­ordinated CVTG defense, air and surface coordinated operations, and defense against missile firing submarines.  The ASWEX ended on the 27th in an operational area near Yokosuka.  All exercise objectives were met.  The air wing flew off that afternoon and MIDWAY returned to homeport early the following morning.  The rest of June was spent in Yokosuka” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979). 

 

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

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-78/index_002.htm

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

USS MIDWAY (CV 41) COMMAND HISTORY 1980

 

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CLASSIFIED BY:  MULTIPLE SOURCES

DECLASSIFY ON 31 DECEMBER 1986

 

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

 

Copy to:

 

Director of Naval History

CINCPACFLT (w/o Annexes IIC and IID)

COMNAVAIRPAC (w/o Annexes IIC and IID)

COMCARGRU FIVE (w/o Annexes IIC and IID)

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982:

 

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

 

             (C) Following the Sasebo port call on 23 March, CV-41 entered the East China Sea for Exercise Team Spirit 82-1. Team Spirit is an exercise designed to train U.S. and South Korean forces in joint operations. It includes participation by all branches of both countries armed services. Most of the naval operations in Team Spirit 82-1 took place during MULTIPLEX -- a standard naval exercise. During MULTIPLEX, USS MIDWAY conducted exercises in the East China Sea (ECS) and Sea of Japan (SOJ). While in the SOJ, CV-41 was almost constantly under surveillance by Soviet airborne and surface units. Visitors to USS MIDWAY during TEAM SPIRIT included members of the U.S. (NBC) and Korean press on 23 March. On 28 March South Korea's President CHUN Doo Hwan, Ambassador Richard L. WALKER, and various Korean military dignitaries were received aboard USS MIDWAY by Commander Seventh Fleet, Vice Admiral Staser HOLCOMB. Other guests visiting at that time included Admiral R. L. LONG, Commander-in-Chief Pacific (CINCPAC), and Major General OLMSTEAD, Commander III Marine Amphibious Force. On 29 March Major General R. E. MESSERLI, USAF, CINCPAC Deputy Chief of Staff and Inspector General was the guest of Rear Admiral HARDISTY, Commander Task Force Seventy/Seventy-Seven (CTF 70/77). On 2 April a crewmember, AN Arturo G. BERNAL was blown overboard by jet exhaust. Airman BERNAL was rescued by an embarked HC-1 helicopter with no serious injuries.

 

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

 

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

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

 

    “On 3 September 1979, USS Midway (CV-41) departed Hong Kong and elements of COMCARGRU SEVEN, including Rear Admiral Gureck, came aboard” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Transit to Subic Bay, R.P. from 3 to 4 September 1979 and on the 4th CVW-5 conducted a MINEX BRAVO at Binanga Bay, R.P. Mining Range, Subic Bay Op-area and a PASSEX with the French ship PROTET was also executed. On 3 September Midway departed Hong Kong and elements of COMCARGRU SEVEN, including Rear Admiral Gureck, came aboard from 3 to 5 September 1979” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979).

 

    “On 7 September 1979, Captain Eddie Inman ("Hoagy") Carmichael, NAVCAD, assumed command during a change of command ceremony aboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 7 September 1979, relieving Captain Thomas Francis Brown III, NAVCAD, 31st Commanding Officer, serving from February 27, 1978 - September 7, 1979; followed by a visit from Vice Admiral R. P. Coogan, Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific (COMNAVAIRPAC), and members of his staff were welcomed aboard by Rear Admiral Gureck, Commander Carrier Group Seven and Captain H. Carmichael on 8 September 1979. During his visit, he met with the Commanding Officer, Department Heads, and Squadron Commanding Officers while his staff members met with various Department Heads and other key officers for discussions within their respective areas of responsibility” (Ref. 1178-G, 1182A & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979).

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) and CVW-5 observed their sixth year anniversary as the only forward-deployed CV/AIR WING on 5 October 1979” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979). 

 

    “The end of October 1979 saw two important visits. On 30 October 1979, the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, General David C. Jones, USAF, was a guest of RADM Kirksey, and on 31 October 1979 a group of British Air Force and naval officers visited” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979).

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) arrived in Mombasa on 9 November 1979 for a four day visit. The visit was pleasant and was highlighted by a visit of members of the diplomatic corps from Nairobi. The guests were divided into two groups and escorted on ship tour by COMCARGRU SEVEN and Commanding Officer, USS Midway (CV-41). Tour included static aircraft/ selected ordnance display in hangar bay, ride on aircraft elevator to flight deck, navigation bridge, and VF-151 Ready Room for viewing of movie "Sea Legs". Informal briefings were given at each location about functions of space/ aircraft. Luncheon in wardroom was hosted by COMCARGRU SEVEN and CO USS Midway. Midway got underway Mombasa, Kenya the morning of 13 November 1979 for what was then believed to be a few weeks at sea period in the Arabian sea; however, with the hostage situation in Iran more than a week old, a lengthier at sea period was anticipated.  Little did anyone know that Midway would still be at sea in the Gulf of Oman by the close of 1979. Midway was inport from 9 to 12 November 1979. The visit was pleasant and was highlighted by a visit of members of the diplomatic corps from Nairobi, headed by Wilbert John LeMelle, U. S. Ambassador to Kenya and guests were welcomed aboard by Rear Admiral Gureck and Captain "E" I. Carmichael on 10 November 1979. The visitors were divided into two groups and were escorted through aircraft static displays in the Hangar Bay as well as tour of the ship by COMCARGRU SEVEN (On 3 September Midway departed Hong Kong and elements of COMCARGRU SEVEN, including Rear Admiral Gureck, came aboard.) and Commanding Officer, USS Midway. Tour included static aircraft/ selected ordnance display in hangar bay, ride on aircraft elevator to flight deck, navigation bridge, and VF-151 Ready Room for viewing of movie "Sea Legs". Informal briefings were given at each location about functions of space/ aircraft.  Luncheon in wardroom was hosted by COMCARGRU SEVEN and CO USS Midway. Guests were most impressed by Midway and her Air Wing. All visitors commented favorably on the enthusiasm and professional knowledge of officers/ men manning the static displays. Many of the guests commented on the efficiency of the U. S. Navy, as demonstrated by aircraft and aircraft carrier” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979).

 

    On 18 November 1979, USS Midway (CV-41) arrived in the northern part of the Arabian Sea in connection with the continuing hostage crisis in Iran where she would spend the rest of 1979. Militant followers of the Ayatollah Khomeini, who had come to power following the overthrow of the Shah, seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on 4 November and held 63 U.S. citizens hostage. Spokesmen for the mob demanded that the United States return to Iran the deposed Shah who was in a New York hospital at the time” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979). 

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) was homeported at the U. S. Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan, during all of calendar year 1979” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979). 

 

    “RADM R. E. Kirksey, COMCARGRU FIVE, CTF 70, came aboard USS Midway (CV-41) and visited with RADM Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN. Lunch was served in the Flag Mess on 1 February 1980. After lunch, RADM Kirksey met CCG 7 staff, RADM Kirksey presented the Golden Anchor Runner-up Award to CAPT Carmichael over KMID-TV. Midway commenced Navy Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI) on 1 February 1980” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

    “On 17 October 1980, RADM LeJeune, French I. O. Naval Commander, visited USS Midway (CV-41) and RADM Kirksey. He toured the ship and had lunch with staff officers” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

    “On 30 October 1980, the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, General David C. Jones, USAF, visited USS Midway (CV-41) a guest of RADM Kirksey, and on 31 October 1980 a group of British Air Force and naval officers visited” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

    “Beginning in late 1979, CTF 77 also focused on the carrier presence on Gonzo Station in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman off of Iran following the Iranian Revolution and the subsequent Iran Hostage Crisis involving the detention of the American Embassy staff in Teheran from November 1979 to January 1981. With the release of the American hostages in 1981, carrier presence off Gonzo Station decreased and CTF 77/CCG 5/CTF 70 went back to its deterrence posture, primarily as it pertained to Soviet Navy operations in the Western Pacific. CTF 77/CCG 5/CTF 70 operated two and three Carrier Battle Groups from the North Arabian Sea to the North Sea of Japan and the North Pacific Ocean” (Ref. Task Force 77 (United States Navy). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Task_Force_77_(United_States_Navy)

 

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

 

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

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

 

    “On 9 May 1981, while in-port Perth, Australia, RADM Barth, Commander Carrier Group Three, hosted a luncheon onboard USS Midway (CV-41)” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

 

    “RADM Huntington Hardisty, COMCARGRU SEVEN assumed duties as Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 70), Commander, Carrier Group FIVE, CCG 5, (COMCARGRU FIVE) and Commander Task Force 70 (CTF 70), the latter task force also being known as Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet and Surface Combatant Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 75) embarking on 11 March 1981 but assumed command of CTF-77 on 3 July 1981 from RADM Kirksey and his staff, embarking Midway on 12 July 1979, so on 11 June to 12 July 1980 RADM R. E. Kirksey becomes CCG 5/CTF 70 and becomes CTF-77 as well” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 197/80/81 & 1981 to 1982 Cruise Book Command - https://www.navysite.de).

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

 

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

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

 

     Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet, Carrier Strike Force U. S. Seventh Fleet, COMCARGRU FIVE, RADM Huntington Hardisty, followed RADM R. E. Kirksey, Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet, Commander Strike Forces U.S. 7 Fleet (CTF 70) and COMCARGRU FIVE.

 

    “In November 1980, RADM T. F. Brown, COMCARGRU ONE, became COMCARGRU ONE on the flagship USS Coral Sea (CV-43)), subsequently deploying to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean with Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet on 19 June 1982 aboard USS Midway (CV-41), assuming duties as Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet, Commander Strike Forces U.S. 7 Fleet (CTF 70) and COMCARGRU FIVE from RADM Huntington Hardisty (3 July 1981 to 19 June 1982) whom also had the title, Commander Task Force Seventy/Seventy-Seven (CTF 70/77) which is the assumption beginning with RADM R. E. Kirksey, even though the titles more closely apear to be associated with CTF 70” (Ref. 1982 to 1983 Cruise Book Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de).

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-83/index_003.htm

 

    “The Honorable John F. LEHMAN Jr., Secretary of the Navy, visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 11 August 1982 during operations in the Sea of Japan. Also on 11 August, Rear Admiral Tsutoma Yoshiok of the JMSDF visited CV-41 as the guest of Rear Admiral Brown” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982).

            

    “Rear Admiral Huntington Hardisty, Commander Task Force Seventy/Seventy-Seven (CTF 70/77) comprised the Battle Force of 7th Fleet Task Force 70 – TF 70 made up of two distinct components: Surface Combatant Force 7th Fleet, composed of cruisers and destroyers, and Carrier Strike Force 7th Fleet, made up of at least one aircraft carrier and its embarked air wing (The Battle Force is currently centered around Carrier Strike Group Five, the carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5)) and Task Force 77 was the Carrier Battle Force, Seventh Fleet” (Ref. United States Seventh Fleet; Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Seventh_Fleet

            

    Again all thre commanders RADM R. E. Kirksey, COMCARGRU THREE, RADM Huntington Hardisty, COMCARGRU SEVEN and RADM T. F. Brown, COMCARGRU ONE, full titles illustrate:

 

    Task Force 70 – TF 70 is the Battle Force of 7th Fleet and is made up of two distinct components: Surface Combatant Force 7th Fleet, composed of cruisers and destroyers, and Carrier Strike Force 7th Fleet, made up of at least one aircraft carrier and its embarked air wing. The Battle Force is currently centered around Carrier Strike Group Five, the carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5)” (Ref. United States Seventh Fleet; Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Seventh_Fleet

 
NOT TOTALLY CORRECT

Cold War (post-Vietnam)


    “In the post-Vietnam era, Carrier Division Five became Carrier Group Five (CARGRU FIVE) on 30 June 1973 and
CTF 77 returned to its Cold War deterrence functions as Commander, Carrier Strike Force 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific, multi-hatted as Commander, Carrier Group FIVE (COMCARGRU FIVE) and Commander, Task Force 70 (CTF 70), the latter task force also being known as Battle Force 7th Fleet.[2] COMCARGRU FIVE was homeported at Cubi Point in the Philippines. In this capacity, CTF 77 alternated embarkation as the Flag Staff aboard Midway, the aircraft carrier homeported in Japan since October 1973 as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Force (FDNF), and rotational Pacific Fleet aircraft carriers from NAS North Island and NAS Alameda, California deploying to the Western Pacific” (Ref. United States Seventh Fleet; Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization).

 

THIS IS MORE CORECT

 

Cold War (post-Vietnam)                  

 

    In the post-Vietnam era, Carrier Division Five became Carrier Group Five (CARGRU FIVE) on 30 June 1973 and CTF 77 returned to its Cold War deterrence functions as Commander, Carrier Strike Force 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific. The multi-hatted commands of Commander, Carrier Group FIVE (COMCARGRU FIVE) and Commander, Task Force 70 (CTF 70), the latter task force also being known as Battle Force 7th Fleet was formed during USS Nimitz (CVN-68) 1979/80 “WestPac’.[2] COMCARGRU FIVE/CTF 70 was homeported at Cubi Point in the Philippines. CTF 77 embarkation as the Flag Staff aboard USS Midway (CV-41) began on 5 October 1973 and was not dual hatted with CCG 5/CTF 70 until Rear Admiral HARDISTY, Commander Task Force Seventy/Seventy-Seven (CTF 70/77) title was disclosed on 29 March 1982 when Major General R. E. MESSERLI, USAF, CINCPAC Deputy Chief of Staff and Inspector General was the guest of Rear Admiral HARDISTY, as reported in the USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982 and is based on Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet, Carrier Strike Force U. S. Seventh Fleet, becoming CTF 77/CCG 5/CTF 70, beginning with presumbally RADM R. E. Kirksey, also the Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet or Battle Force 7th Fleet since October 1979, having assumed COMCARGRU FIVE/ Commander Strike Forces U.S. 7 Fleet (CTF 70) in August 1979 (11 June to 12 July 1979). This command assumption in October of Seventh Fleet Battle Force apears to be CTF 70 as well, yet Carrier Battle Force, Seventh Fleet (CTF 77), has been reported as being formed to create CTF 70/CCG 5/CTF 70 during USS Nimitz (CVN-68) 1979/80 “WestPac”. USS Midway (CV-41) was homeported in Japan from 5 October 1973 to 22 August 1991 as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Force (FDNF), and rotational Pacific Fleet aircraft carriers from NAS North Island and NAS Alameda, California deploying to the Western Pacific” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979/80/81/82 & United States Seventh Fleet; Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization).

 

    “If Commander, Carrier Group FIVE (COMCARGRU FIVE) and Commander, Task Force 70 (CTF 70), the latter task force also being known as Battle Force 7th Fleet[2], during the Vietnam War, never showed up on USS Midway (CV-41) until 1 June 1980, then CTF 77 was a separate command and its commanders served independent of COMCARGRUP FIVE at least until between 11 June to 12 July 1979 when RADM R. E. Kirksey, COMCARGRU FIVE, CTF 70 becomes the first embarkation in CV-41, shifting his Flag from Subic By, Philippines to CV-41 at sea at the time, serving as Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet, Commander, Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet. CTF 70 would have had to relieve CTF 77 in order to be CTF 77/CCG 5/CTF 70 as commonly reported but there is no mention of CTF 77/CCG 5/CTF 70 in the Command History Reports during 1979 and 1980, but in October 1979 RADM R. E. Kirksey assumed command of the Seventh Fleet Battle Force or Battle Force 7th Fleet. RADM R. E. Kirksey, COMCARGRU THREE was assigned duty using USS Midway (CV-41) as his Flag ship from 11 April to 11 June 1979 and the Cruise Book Photos show his titles and narrative states assuming COMCARGRU FIVE/CTF 70 in August 1979, yet Command History Report of 1979 states “As the in-port drew to a close, CCG-5, CTF SEVENTY, RADM Kirksey and his staff, embarked Midway on 12 July 1979, so on 11 June to 12 July 1980 RADM R. E. Kirksey becomes CCG 5/CTF 70 and in the 1979 Command History Report, RADM R. E. Kirksey assumed command of the Seventh Fleet Battle Force or Battle Force 7th Fleet (CTF 77) in October 1979, Midway and CVW-5 observed their sixth year anniversary as the only forward-deployed CV/AIR WING” (Ref. 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command and Staff & 1979 to 1980 Cruise Book - Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de; USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979/80/81/82 & United States Seventh Fleet; Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization).

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-78/index_002.htm

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Seventh_Fleet

 

    Beginning in late 1979, CTF 77 also focused on the carrier presence on Gonzo Station in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman off of Iran following the Iranian Revolution and the subsequent Iran Hostage Crisis involving the detention of the American Embassy staff in Teheran from November 1979 to January 1981. With the release of the American hostages in 1981, carrier presence off Gonzo Station decreased and CTF 77/CCG-5/CTF 70 returned again to its deterrence posture, primarily as it pertained to Soviet Navy operations in the Western Pacific. CTF 77/CCG-5/CTF 70 operated two and three Carrier Battle Groups from the North Arabian Sea to the North Sea of Japan and the North Pacific Ocean” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979/80/81/82 & United States Seventh Fleet; Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization).

 

COMCARGRU FIVE/CTF 70/Commander Task Force Seventy/Seventy-Seven (CTF 70/77)

 

    “RADM Huntington Hardisty title as Commander Task Force Seventy/Seventy-Seven (CTF 70/77) either begins with him or RADM R. E. Kirksey and extends to RADM T. F. Brown and all future commanders or CTF 77 is not always assumed by CTF 70/CCG 5.

 

     Following the Sasebo port call on 23 March, CV-41 entered the East China Sea for Exercise Team Spirit 82-1. Team Spirit is an exercise designed to train U.S. and South Korean forces in joint operations. It includes participation by all branches of both countries armed services. Most of the naval operations in Team Spirit 82-1 took place during MULTIPLEX -- a standard naval exercise. During MULTIPLEX, USS MIDWAY conducted exercises in the East China Sea (ECS) and Sea of Japan (SOJ). While in the SOJ, CV-41 was almost constantly under surveillance by Soviet airborne and surface units. Visitors to USS MIDWAY during TEAM SPIRIT included members of the U.S. (NBC) and Korean press on 23 March. On 28 March South Korea's President CHUN Doo Hwan, Ambassador Richard L. WALKER, and various Korean military dignitaries were received aboard USS MIDWAY by Commander Seventh Fleet, Vice Admiral Staser HOLCOMB. Other guests visiting at that time included Admiral R. L. LONG, Commander-in-Chief Pacific (CINCPAC), and Major General OLMSTEAD, Commander III Marine Amphibious Force. On 29 March 1982, Major General R. E. MESSERLI, USAF, CINCPAC Deputy Chief of Staff and Inspector General was the guest of Rear Admiral HARDISTY, Commander Task Force Seventy/Seventy-Seven (CTF 70/77). On 2 April 1982, a crewmember, AN Arturo G. BERNAL was blown overboard by jet exhaust. Airman BERNAL was rescued by an embarked HC-1 helicopter with no serious injuries” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982).

 

    “On 27 October 1982, USS Midway (CV-41) conducted a "Crossing the Line" (Equator) ceremony -- a traditional ceremony held to initiate those individuals crossing the Equator for the first time while deployed aboard a naval ship. On 29 October the prospective Commander Carrier Group THREE, Rear Admiral KOHN visited CV-41” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982).

 

    “While USS Midway (CV-41) was anchored at Pattaya, Rear Admiral T. F. Brown III was relieved by Rear Admiral P. F. MCcarthy Jr., as COMCARGRU FIVE on 3 May 1984” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1984).

 

    “RDAM Dennis M. Brooks relieved RADM P. MCcarthy, Jr., assuming duties as Commander Task Force Seventy/Seventy-Seven (CTF 70/77) in the Western Pacific Region from 1984 to 26 January 1985. DESRON 15, CAPT W. S. Johnson” (Ref. 1984 to 1985 Cruise Book Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de). https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-85/index_003.htm

 

    “RDAM W. Lewis Chatham assumed duties as Commander Task Force Seventy/Seventy-Seven (CTF 70/77) in the Western Pacific Region (1984 to 26 January 1985) on 26 January 1985. DESRON 15, CAPT W. S. Johnson, relieving DESRON 15, CAPT F. J. Barnes III during 1985” (Ref. 1985 to 1987 Cruise Book Command and Staff & W. Lewis Chatham, RADM USN (Ret.) pdf of Duty Assignment Chronology (1/85-7/86 Commander, Carrier Group FIVE, Commander, Task Force 70/77.).—https://www.navysite.de).

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-86/index_003.htm

http://epnaao.com/BIOS_files/REGULARS/Chatham-%20W.%20L.pdf

 

    “RDAM L. F. Bull assumed command of COMCRUGRU SEVEN in June 1986, relieving RDAM W. Lewis Chatham serving since 26 January 1985, assuming duties as Commander Task Force Seventy/Seventy-Seven (CTF 70/770 in the Western Pacific Region. DESRON 15, CAPT R. J. Cepek for RDAM L. F.” (Ref. 1987 to 1989 Cruise Book Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de). https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/index_003.htm / https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/011.htm

 

    “RDAM J. F. Shaw, Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Group One, Battle Group ALFA U. S. Navy took over Battle Group in October 1987 for a Indian Ocean Cruise; relieving RDAM L. F. Bull serving since June 1986, COMCRUGRU SEVEN, assuming duties as Commander Task Force Seventy/Seventy-Seven (CTF 70/77) in the Western Pacific Region. DESRON 15, CAPT R. J. Cepek. DESRON 15, CAPT, J. W. Parker 1989 to 1990” (Ref. 1989 to 1990 Cruise Book Chain of Command and Flag Staff -

https://www.navysite.de).

 

    RDAM L. F. Bull assumed command of COMCRUGRU FIVE  in July 1988 (COMCRUGRU SEVEN in June 1986), assuming duties as Commander Task Force Seventy/Seventy-Seven (CTF 70/770 in the Western Pacific Region. Captain J. W. Parker, DESRON 15” (Ref. USS Midway (CV 41) WestPac Cruise Book 1989-90) https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/index.html

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-89/006.htm

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-89/009.htm

 

USS Midway (CV 41) WestPac Cruise Book 1987-89

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/index.html

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/040.htm

 

Captain Wilson, CO message to the crew on 25 February 1989

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/007.htm

 

Captain Wilson, CO

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/006.htm

 

Task Force Seventy Seven (TF-77)

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/012.htm

 

Captain R. J. Cepek, Commodore, Commander Destroyer Squadron 15, U. S. N.

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/013.htm

 

Commander Destroyer Squadron 15, U. S. N.           

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/014.htm

 

AVCM R. L. Eisen, Command Master Chief, CV-43 1987 to 1988

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/015.htm

 

USS Midway (CV 41) WestPac Cruise Book 1989-90

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-89/index.html

 

Captain Smith, CO

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-89/003.htm

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/008.htm

 

Admiral J. F. Shaw, Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group One, Battle Group Alfa, U. S.  – September 1987

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/010.htm

 

Captain E. E. Shipe III, XO

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/009.htm

 

Captain S. P. Hannifin, XO Midway

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-89/005.htm

 

Rear Admiral L. F. Bull, Battle Force Seventh Fleet, Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet, COMCARGRUP FIVE = June 1986, COMCARGRU SEVEN and COMCARGRUP FIVE -  July 1988

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/011.htm

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-89/006.htm

 

Captain J. W. Parker, DESRON 15

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-89/009.htm

 

    “RADM Daniel P. March assumed duties as Commander Task Force Seventy/Seventy-Seven (CTF 70/77) in the Western Pacific Region from 1990 to 1991” (Ref. 1990 to 1991 Cruise Book Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de).

 

    “Carrier Group Five shifted its forward deployed location from Cubi Point, Republic of Philippines to Yokosuka in mid-1991. Midway remained in Yokosuka for 18 years and was relieved by USS Independence (CV-62) on 11 September 1991” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1973/80).

 

First Gulf War (Operations Desert Shield / Desert Storm)

 

    In the leadup to the Gulf War, Rear Admiral Daniel P. March, Commander, Carrier Group Five, became commander, Task Force 154 (Battle Force Zulu), part of Naval Forces Central Command. The Task Force directed four carriers (USS Midway (CV-41), USS Ranger (CV-61), USS America (CV-66), and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)) in the Arabian Sea/Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm (Ref. [7] of 1093).

 

    “On 2 August 1990, Iraq invaded neighboring Kuwait and U.S. military forces moved into Saudi Arabia as part of Operation Desert Shield to protect that country against invasion by Iraq. On 1 November 1990, CTF 77, embarked aboard USS Midway (CV-41), assumed the duties of the multi- aircraft carrier Battle Force Zulu on station in the North Arabian Sea. On 15 November, CTF 77 held oversight of Operation Imminent Thunder, an eight-day combined amphibious landing exercise in northeastern Saudi Arabia which involved about 1,000 U.S. Marines, sixteen warships, and more than 1,100 aircraft. Meanwhile, the United Nations set an ultimatum deadline of 15 January 1991 for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait.

 

     Operation Desert Storm commenced the next day, with the U.S. Navy launching 228 combat aircraft sorties from USS Midway (CV-41) and USS Ranger (CV-61), in the Persian Gulf, from nd USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) en route to the Gulf, and from USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), USS Saratoga (CV-60), and USS America (CV-66) in the Red Sea. In addition, the Navy launched more than 100 Tomahawk missiles from nine ships in the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf. Desert Storm officially ended 27 February, and Midway departed the Persian Gulf on 11 March 1991, disembarking CTFN 77 in the Philippines as it returned to Yokosuka, Japan” (Ref. 1093). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Task_Force_77_(United_States_Navy)

 

Commanding Officers of USS Midway (CV-41), former CVA & CVB

CHAPTER CXVI

 

 

Commanding Officers - Date Assumed Command – All with the Rank of Captain

CAPT Joseph Francis Bolger, USNA ‘21

September 10, 1945 - January 12, 1946

CAPT Herbert Spencer Duckworth, USNA ‘22

January 12, 1946 - July 18, 1946

CAPT John Perry Whitney, USNA ‘22

July 18, 1946 - August 11, 1947

CAPT Albert Kellogg Morehouse, USNA ‘22

August 11, 1947 - April 22, 1948

CDR Forsyth Massey, USNA 31

April 22, 1948 - May 28, 1948

CDR Raymond Neil Sharp, USNA ‘30

May 28, 1948 - September 7, 1948

CAPT Marcel Emil Adan Gouin, USNA ‘24

September 7, 1948 - August 8, 1949

CAPT Wallace Morris Beakley, USNA ‘24

August 8, 1949 - July 1, 1950

CAPT Frederick Norman Kivette, USNA ‘25

July 1, 1950 - March 8, 1951

CAPT Kenneth Craig, USNA ‘26

March 8, 1951 - April 2, 1952

CAPT Frank O'Beirne, USNA ‘26

April 2, 1952 - April 4, 1953

CAPT Clifford Steele Cooper, USNA ‘27

April 4, 1953 - January 19, 1954

CAPT William Henry Ashford, Jr., USNA ‘26

January 19, 1954 - October 1, 1954

CAPT Reynold Delos Hogle, USNA ‘29

October 1, 1954 - September 7, 1955

CAPT Richard Spalding Rogers, USNA ‘37

September 7, 1955 - October 14, 1955

 

decommissioned

CAPT Francis Edward Nuessle, USNA ‘32

September 30, 1957 - June 2, 1958

CAPT John Thomas Blackburn, USNA ‘33

June 2, 1958 - May 29, 1959

CAPT James Haile Mini, USNA ‘35

May 29, 1959 - June 15, 1960

CAPT Ralph Wynne Cousins, USNA ‘37

June 15, 1960 - April 22, 1961

CAPT Robert George Dosé, NAVCAD ‘37

April 22, 1961 - April 21, 1962

CAPT Roy Maurice Isaman, NAVCAD

April 21, 1962 - January 25, 1963

CAPT Leroy Eugene Harris, USNA ‘37

January 25, 1963 - January 25, 1964

CAPT Whitney Wright, NAVCAD

January 25, 1964 - December 19, 1964

CAPT James Michael O'Brien, USNA '43

December 19, 1964 - February 15, 1966

 

decommissioned

CAPT Eugene James Carroll, Jr., NAVCAD

January 31, 1970 - July 10, 1971

CAPT William Lawrence Harris, Jr., USNA '46

July 10, 1971 - July 31, 1972

CAPT Sylvester Robert Foley, Jr., USNA '50

July 31, 1972 - September 7, 1973

CAPT Richard Joseph Schulte, NAVCAD

September 7, 1973 - March 26, 1975

CAPT Lawrence Cleveland Chambers, USNA '52

March 26, 1975 - October 20, 1976

CAPT Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53

October 20, 1976 - February 27, 1978

CAPT Thomas Francis Brown III, NAVCAD

February 27, 1978 - September 7, 1979

CAPT Eddie Inman ("Hoagy") Carmichael, NAVCAD

September 7, 1979 - February 17, 1981

CAPT Robert Spencer Owens, NAVCAD

February 17, 1981 - August 21, 1982

CAPT Charles Reynolds McGrail, Jr. , USNA '57

August 21, 1982 - January 31, 1984

CAPT Harry Patrick Kober, Jr., NAVCAD

January 31, 1984 - June 22, 1985

CAPT Riley Dewitt Mixson, NAVCAD

June 22, 1985 - April 10, 1987

CAPT Richard Alexander Wilson, USNA '63

April 10, 1987 - February 25, 1989

CAPT Bernard John Smith, NAVCAD

February 25, 1989 - June 12, 1990

CAPT Arthur Karl Cebrowski, NAVCAD

June 12, 1990 - June 13, 1991

CAPT Larry Lee Ernst, NAVCAD

June 13, 1991 - April 11, 1992

CDR John Forrest Schork (XO), Officer in Charge (OiC) until closure of the ship's log, 8 August 1992

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CAPTAIN RICHARD J. SCHULTE

UNITED STATES NAVY

COMMANDING OFFICER USS MIDWAY

 

Captain Richard J. Schulte entered naval flight training under the NAVCAD program in March, 1949.  He was commissioned an Ensign and designated a Naval Aviator in July, 1950.

His first fleet assignment was with Patrol Squadron Six in Korea, Japan, and Alaska.  The next three years he was assigned to instructor duties in Pensacola, Florida.  After completing his tour as an instructor, Captain Schulte served as Assistant Combat Information Officer, Flight Deck Officer, and Assistant Air Operations Officer aboard USS HANCOCK.

 

From HANCOCK, Captain Schulte transferred to Heavy Attack Squadron Four aboard USS TICONDEROGA (CVA-14).

 

Leaving VAH-4 in 1960, he earned a Bachelor of Naval Science Degree at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and in 1963 was assigned to Air Development Squadron Five at China Lake, California as Assistant Projects Officer.  A tour with Fighter Squadron One Twenty-One followed and in 1966 he joined Fighter Squadron One Sixty-One aboard USS CONSTELLATION (CVA-64), serving first as Executive Officer and then Commanding Officer of that squadron.  Duty as Air Officer aboard TICONDEROGA following in 1968, and in 1969 he returned to Fighter Squadron One Twenty-One as Commanding Officer.

 

In August, 1970, Captain Schulte entered the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C.  Upon completion he was assigned to the Naval Air Systems Command Headquarters as the Sidewinder Missile Program Director.  Next serving as Commanding Officer, USS WHITE PLAINS (AFS-4), based in Sasebo, Japan, Captain Schulte assumed command of MIDWAY, September 7, 1973.

 

Captain Schulte’s combat decorations include the Silver Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star, twenty-one Air Medals, five Navy Unit Commendations, two Meritorious Unit Commendations, the Korean Presidential Unit Commendation, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and the Vietnamese DSO second class.

 

Captain Schulte is married to the former Virginia Ann Bechtold of Boonville, Missouri.  They have four sons:  Richard (Jr.), John, Russell, and Robert; and one daughter: Rebecca, and reside at Naval Station, Yokosuka, Japan.

 

COMMANDER CHARLES W. ROE

UNITED STATES NAVY

EXECUTIVE OFFICER USS MIDWAY

 

Commander Charles W. Roe is a native of Newburgh, New York.  He received his commission through the Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD) program and was designated a Naval Aviator in October, 1953.

 

Commander Roe served as a project pilot at the Naval Air Development Center at Johnsville, Pennsylvania, engaging in armament and electronics test programs.  He served with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two at Port Lyautey, Morocco, followed by duty with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One at Atsugi, Japan.

 

During 1967-1968 he served as officer-in-charge of Heavy Attack Squadron Forty-Three aboard USS CORAL SEA.  Subsequently, Commander Roe served as Operations Officer for Heavy Attack Squadron One Twenty Three at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and was Commanding Officer, Heavy Attack Squadron Ten, also at Whidbey from 1969-1970.

 

Before reporting to MIDWAY, he was chief of the Electronic Warfare Branch, Commander-in-Chief, Pacific.  In May, 1973 he became the Navigator of USS MIDWAY and assumed the duties of Executive Officer in December of the same year.

 

Commander Roe holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan.  From the University of Maryland he has received a Bachelor of Science in military science.  He also holds a Master’s degree (M.A.L.D.) in law and diplomacy, and a Master of Arts degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

 

He has been awarded the Air Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, and various other campaign medals.

 

Commander and Mrs. Roe, the former Joan Wagner of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, have four children:  Nancy, Tracy, Charles Jr., and Dawn.  The Roe’s reside in San Diego, California.