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USS MIDWAY (CV-41) 1984 CV-41 YEARS END SUMMARY
Carrier Air Wing Five Command Organization
a, Commander, Carrier Air Wing FIVE:
Captain L, R. CANEPA; 01 January 1984 - 23 August 1984
Commander T. R. BEARD; 23 August 1984 - 31 December 1984
b. Composition of Command
Fighter Squadron ONE SIX ONE: 12 F-4S Phantom II
Commander R. C. WILLIAMSON; 01 January 1984 - 22 June 1984
Commander J, P. PATTON; 22 June 1984 -31 December 1984
Fighter Squadron ONE FIVE ONE: 12 F-4S Phantom II
Commander C. L. ROBINSON; 01 January 1984 - 31 December 1984
Attack Squadron NINE THREE: 12 A-7E Corsair II
Commander D. W. IRELAN; 01 January 1984 - 04 October 1984
Commander H, W. HARTSELL; 04 October 1984 - 31 December 1984
Attack Squadron FIVE SIX: 12 A-7E Corsair II
Commander G. S. MCDANIEL; 01 January 1984 - 25 July 1984
Commander P. R. STATSKY; 25 July 1984 - 31 December 1984
Attack Squadron ONE ONE FIVE: 10 A-6E and 5-KA-6D Intruder
Commander W. A. GOUSLIN; 01 January 1984 - 31 December 1984
Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron ONE THREE SIX: 4 EA-6B
Commander N. S. KOBYLK; 1 January 1984 - 31 May 1984
Commander T. J. FORD; 31 May 1984 - 31 December 1984
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE FIVE: 4 E-2B Hawkeye
Commander L. C. RICHARDSON; 1 January 1984 - 13 February 1984
Commander D. D. HERZBERG; 13 February 1984 - 31 December 1984
Marine Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron THREE Detachment ALPHA: 4 RF-4B
Major J. E. MILLER; 01 January 1984 - 23 June 1984
That unit permanently disembarked 23 June 1984.
Helicopter Combat Support Squadron ONE Detachment TWO: 5 SH-3G
Officer in Charge, LCDR J. M. HUNT; 1 January 1984 - 10 July 1984
That unit permanently disembarked 10 July 1984
Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron TWELVE: 6 SH-3H Sea King
Commander W. A. ROOP; 10 July 1984 -31 December 1984
That unit embarked 10 July 1984
1. OPERATION DEPARTMENT
a. Combat Information Center (CIC)
(1) After an uneventful transit to the Indian Ocean, including turnover operations with USS RANGER on 16 January, CV-41 commenced extended operations in the North Arabian Sea. During that period, CIC was tasked on a 24 hour basis to respond to real world Iranian and Soviet air threats. Additionally, CIC participated in the following exercises: BEACON FLASH 84-1, a major ASUWEX, GLAD CUSTOMER, and ACCURATE TEST which afforded an excellent opportunity to exercise all facets of combat. The Soviet air threat, primarily May ASW aircraft based in Aden, provided an invaluable opportunity to work long range AAW. Thirteen April saw USS MIDWAY depart the North Arabian Sea and on 16 April completed turnover with USS KITTY HAWK.
(2) EISRA 84-60 (14 June - 14 August) was a very demanding but productive period for CIC personnel. In addition to the usual FTG refresher training requirements, CIC was tasked to provide officer and enlisted personnel to attend the newly created TFCC (Tactical Flag Command Center) course. On the equipment side, major mile-stones included: replacement of the SPS-10 with an SPS 67, addition of an SPS 64 surface search radar, upgrade of the EW Module by adding the SLQ-17 and SLQ-25, modification of D and D Module to accept the TFCC system, addition of two CIWS (Close in Weapon System) mounts to augment the BPDSMS, and creation of an ASW Module to accommodate introduction of SH-3 ASW helos into the CVW-5 Air Wing.
(3) Following EISRA 84-60, operated in the East China and Philippine Seas. During that period, CIC, in addition to the always present real world Soviet air threat, was involved in a variety of evolutions designed to provide Combat with the razor sharp edge required for the upcoming ORE. After a brief upkeep, USS MIDWAY departed for the Philippine Sea to participate in ANNUALEX 59G, a combined exercise with JMSDF; and BEACHCREST 84-2, an inter-service close air support exercise with the Marines near Okinawa. Those exercises afforded CIC a chance to refine interoperability skills and, in particular, utilize the NTDS (Naval Tactical Data System) in both an allied mode (during ANNUALEX 59G) and with shore based MTDS (Marine Tactical Data System) sites (during BEACHCREST 84-2).
(4) USS MIDWAY'S last underway period of 1984 which started on 15 October was to become both "the best and worst of times" for CIC personnel. Faced with the imposing challenge of a major missilex (MISSILEX 85-1), ORE, and the largest combined naval exercise since World War II (FLEETEX 85-1), CIC had to further contend with a shortage of evaluator personnel brought on by the transfer of one officer and emergency leave of another. Additionally, typhoon's WARREN, AGNES, CLARA, and tropical depression BILL played havoc with schedules and chased battle force carriers over the South China and Philippine Seas. Throughout that period, CIC responded time and again to the challenge recording the following milestones: successful firing of both BPDSMS and CIWS during MISSILEX 85-1, numerous long range intercepts of Soviet surveillance aircraft; recording a high excellent on ORE with all modules except EW scoring outstanding; and the integration of CV-41 as a valuable member of the three carrier Battle Group during FLEETEX 85-1.
(1). FLEETEX 85 typhoon evasion summary: On 19 NOV 84 the combination of typhoon BILL located near 19.5N 124.OE and typhoon Clara located near 15.9N 132.6E delayed the FLEETEX 85-1 rendezvous. The MIDWAY and ENTERPRISE Battle Groups, operating in the Subic op-areas were unable to transit around northern Luzon. Typhoon BILL began moving southeast at 8 knots in response to typhoon CLARA moving north-northwest at 10 knots. On the morning of the 20th, MIDWAY and ENTERPRISE Battle Groups transited the San Bernardino Strait with the objective of rendezvousing with the CARL VINSON Battle Group approximately 200 miles south of tropical storm BILL. BILL was at that time located near 15.ON 128.IE and moving east-southeast at 12 knots. Typhoon CLARA, located near 22.IN 134.6E had already re-curved and was moving northeast at 18 knots. CLARA was expected to continue to move rapidly northeast and was no longer considered a threat to the battle groups. On the morning of the 21st MIDWAY and ENTERPRISE Battle Groups exited the San Bernardino Strait. BILL was downgraded to a tropical depression and was quasi-stationary near 14.5N 129.OE. Early morning of the 22nd the final warning was issued on BILL which was still quasi-stationary near 14.5N 129.OE and weakening. The Battle Force, composed of MIDWAY, ENTERPRISE and CARL VINSON Battle Groups finally rendezvoused and began a northerly transit on the western side of BILL'S circulation center. After BILL, no other storms interfered with completion of FLEETEX 85-1.
(1) During 1984, specifically EISRA 84-60, the following SHIPALTS were completed: S/A 4299K, installed two Close In Weapon Systems (CIWS) to improve MIDWAY'S Anti-Ship Missile Defense (ASMD) capabilities; S/A 4313K, installed the AN/SLQ-25 "NIXIE" Torpedo Defense Countermeasure System; S/A 4869K, replaced the AN/ULQ-6B with the AN/SLQ-17 system which provides enhanced Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (DECM) capabilities; S/A 5198K and S/A4942K, provided a total UHF/VHF system upgrade. Obsolete radios were replaced with state-of-the-art AN/WSC-3, AN/GRT-21 and AN/GRR-23 systems; S/A 5975K and S/A 6117K, installed the Tactical Flag Command Center (TFCC) system which provides improved command and control capabilities for the Battle Group Commander; S/A 5983K, replaced the AN/SPS-10 surface search radar with the improved AN/SPS-67 radar; S/A 6135K, installed the Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA) modification to the satellite AN/WSC-3 communication system; S/A 6315D, installed the AN/SPS-64 navigational radar as a replacement for the LN-66 radar system.
(2) Installation of the interim ASW Module was started during EISRA 84-60. This included installation of two (2) AN/BQR-20's, one (1) AN/SKR-4A, one DRT and a AN/SPA-25E radar repeater, giving MIDWAY a new warfare capability. The SNAP 1 Phase II SIDMS (Status Inventory Data Management System) was also installed allowing the shipboard supply department access to aviation supply management programs.
(3) During EISRA 84-60, three AN/URT-23 HF Radios and eight AN/URA-38 couplers were overhauled by SRF Yokosuka, Japan. The OA-7979 (v) 4 Approach "A" console in CATCC was replaced with a OA-7979 (v) 10 console, bringing to three the number of (v) 10 consoles installed in CATCC. In accordance with the ACLS/ILS antennae restoration program, antennae and pedestals for the AN/SPN-42 ACLS radar (Channel "A" and "B") and the AN/PSNO-43 Marshal radar were replaced. The Radomes for the AN/SPN-41 ILS (Azimuth and Elevation) radar were replaced with refurbished units. The Radar Alignment Mast (RAM) for the AN/SPN-42A was overhauled as well as the AN/APN-41 calibration/monitor booms. The AN/SPN-42A Automated Carrier Landing System (ACLS) was fully recertified for Mode 1 approaches for all permanently attached aircraft types so equipped. The AN/SPS-48C and the AN/SPS-49 radar antennas were also replaced with refurbished units.
(4) After lengthy down time (13 months), the AN/SMQ-10 satellite receiver system was restored to full operational status in November and has remained in an operational condition since, providing valuable weather data to the entire battle group and to Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet.
(1) MIDWAY'S Intelligence section comprises three divisions providing intelligence (OZ), crypto-logic (OS), and photographic (OP) support to the ship, air wing and embarked staffs. During 1984 that support was rated "Outstanding" in the Operational readiness Evaluation and Command Inspection in October.
(2) CVIC coordinated tracking and reporting evolutions involving Soviet aircraft and ships throughout the year, including a four and a half month deployment to the Indian Ocean (LO,). The most notable contacts involving Soviet units took place during the LO, deployment when CVW-5 aircraft surveilled the CVHG Novorossiysk task group, and additionally, during FLEETEX following a SOJ transit which elicited one of the most intensive Soviet air responses seen in years. During FLEETEX, MIDWAY was the air rain form report unit for the three carrier battle force which included USS ENTERPRISE, and USS CARL VINSON. In one three day period alone, CVIC wrote over 23 air related rain form messages.
(3) The Tactical Flag Command Center (TFCC) was installed in CVIC during ELSRA 84-60, The Fleet Imagery Support Terminal (FIST) was removed after the I.O. cruise and has not been returned.
(4) MIDWAY'S Naval Security Group Division with 10 CT's permanently assigned was augmented on three separate occasions by crypto-logic personnel from various naval security group activities throughout the Pacific theater. Utilizing crypto-logic electronic support measures (CESM) warfare skills, those personnel provided indications and warning (I&W) and signals security (SIGSEC) support to the ship, air wing, and embarked staffs during fleet exercises: BEACON FLASH 84-1, ANNUALEX 59G, BEACHCREST 84-2, FLEETEX 85-1, and post FLEETEX Sea of Japan transit. Joint operations were conducted with HMS GLAMORGAN and HMS GLASGOW during the I.O. deployment.
(5) OS division participated in: two TYCOM 3M inspections, receiving an overall grade of 100%; an Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE), also scoring an unprecedented 100%; and an INSURV Inspection. All equipment related INSURV discrepancies were corrected during EISRA 84-60.
(6) Crypto-logic Combat Support Console (CCSC) operations continued to be refined as the Tactical Flag Command and Control (TFCC) System was reinstalled in Supplot and a second CCSC console was installed in SSES. SIGSEC personnel from the Naval Security Group Detachment at Yokosuka were embarked during three periods to analyze MIDWAY'S COMSEC posture and conduct OPSEC training.
(7) Communication personnel participated in an HF contingency exercise, Small Pipe 84-l, in addition to maintaining one of the most active SI communication centers afloat. Processing nearly 3000 messages daily, the SI communication center also provided support to CINCPACFLT and COMSEVENFLT during visits.
(8) MIDWAY'S photographic laboratory had a full and successful year in providing photographic coverage for all major command evolutions, including; MIDWAY'S Indian Ocean cruise, aerial photography for MIDWAY and its battle group, VIP visits, Tiger cruise, dependent's cruise, and Steel Beach picnics. Noteworthy accomplishments for 1984 were photographic coverage of MIDWAY'S change of command 31 JAN 84, the U.S./U.K. Joint Operation in the North Arabian sea, and the Crown Prince of Thailand's visit. The Photo lab's successful year was topped off by a grade of outstanding for ORE in November.
2. SUPPLY DEPARTMENT
In 1984, the Supply Department made a transition in form, workload, and performance which improved its overall levels of responsiveness and reliability to the ship, the crew, and air wing. On 27 December 1983, after a two week in-port, MIDWAY got underway for an extended deployment to the Indian Ocean. With only 14 days available to restock depleted stores and materials, the Supply Department was required to load the bulk of its needs at sea and establish a supply pipeline which was 6,000 miles in length at its shortest, and 12,000 miles at its longest. UNREPS and VERTREPS, some as large as 600 pallets, occurred nearly every other night during MIDWAY'S presence off the coasts of Iran and Oman. They began at 2200 and were completed by dawn the next morning. During that stay in the Indian Ocean Operating Area, the S-2, S-3, S-6, and S-8 Divisions took on 3,264 pallets of material, equipment, consumables, and parts (approximate total weight 1,632,000 pounds.)
Immediately after that Indian Ocean cruise, MIDWAY entered EISRA 84-60. The Supply Department rehabilitated nearly all of its divisional spaces, its administrative office, and coordinated contractor work for other departments and the air wing. During that EISRA, Supply divisions maintained normal service levels and, in many areas expanded services. After EISRA, MIDWAY entered its Operational Readiness Evaluation, then participated in FLEETEX 85. Following FLEETEX, the Supply Department was examined by the Supply Management Inspection Team and received a satisfactory grade in all areas, (only one of two grades, satisfactory or unsatisfactory, is given by that inspection team.)
a. Stock Control Division (S-l)
Through an aggressive program of inventory checks, the Stock Control Division increased its level of inventory accuracy. The Quality Control Program completed a wall-to-wall inventory of all aviation repairables. The Quality Assurance team brought together portions of S-l, S-6, S-8 and S-9 divisions into a single organization designed to identify and assist in the solution of problems impacting on all four divisions. The major priorities of Quality Control in '84 were to ensure the accuracy of inventory locations and amounts, prioritize NIS stock re-screens, and validate stock receipts.
b. Food Service Division (S-2)
While 6,000 miles from the nearest restocking point, during the 111 day Indian Ocean deployment, the Food Service Division provided a complete range of fresh produce for the crew. The forward fast food galley was completely renovated to provide a faster and larger selection of menu items. Seating capacity was increased by 50 place settings by installing 65 Saratoga model tables. During EISRA 84, two new scullery machines were installed and the main mess decks were completely renovated. PAT's Patio Palace, the pier side food service facility, was once again in full operation providing Bar-B-Que style lunches while the hangar bay Wiener Wagon provided quick lunches and mid-rats at sea and in-port.
c. Retail Sales/Service Division (S-3)
The Retail Sales/Services Division renovated the crew's barber shop; constructed a new officer's barber shop near the officer's wardroom; established a DCPO work center; and renovated the exterior of the soda fountain. Through an aggressive program of surveys, markdowns, hangar bay sales, and stock transfers, over one half million dollars in excess stock was eliminated. Total line items carried (excluding clothing, soda and foreign merchandise items) was reduced from over 1600 items to 1100. The Ship's Store attained successive stock turns of 1.58, 1.85, and 1.34 (first time in recent MIDWAY history it achieved minimum stock turn of 1.33), contributed a record $275,000 to the MIDWAY Welfare and Recreation Fund and achieved a record total sales figure of $3.4 million. The ship's laundry processed a record 1,483,000 pounds of clothing and expanded its service to include pressed uniforms for crew members in positions of high visibility. The barber shop provided over 80,000 haircuts.
d. Disbursing Division (S-4)
The Disbursing Office processed approximately 1500 travel claims each month with a near zero error rate (as evidenced by the On-Site Audit examination by the Fleet Accounting and Disbursing Center, Pacific conducted in October 1984). MIDWAY continued to have the lowest OCR error rate of all Pacific Fleet carriers. S-4 implemented its own internal audit team to improve pay account maintenance and accuracy. During EISRA 84-60, Disbursing was totally renovated with a larger counter service area and a new check cashing window.
e. Wardroom Division (S-5)
Major changes occurred in the after wardroom areas. New paneling, beverage serving line, and hot and cold serving lines were installed as was a high-gloss stainless serving line partition. Officer berthing was improved with the rehabilitation of bunkroom 18.
f. Aviation Stores Division (S-6)
The Aviation Support Division provided an exceptional level of support to both MIDWAY'S AIMD Department and the squadrons of COMCARAIRWING FIVE. All operational goals were met through the 111 day Indian Ocean deployment. Six simultaneous detachments in three different countries were supported during EISRA 84-60. Following the Indian Ocean cruise, S-6 was cited by COMNAVAIRPAC for the lowest off-ship NMCS/PMCS requisition count and the highest overall readiness for any comparably deck loaded carrier ever deployed to the Indian Ocean. S-6 also successfully supported detachments of C-2A, US-3A, and EA-3B aircraft and assisted them in meeting all objectives. In May 1984, S-6 split off nine storekeepers and the assistant S-6 Officer to form the Surface Support Division (S-9).
g. Automated Data Processing Division (S-7)
Data Services Division implemented SIDMS (Status Inventory Data Management System and placed 40 remote computer terminals on line. SIDMS offers Supply, AIMD, and the squadrons, real time support for the first time. SIDMS aids in processing overnight requisitions and issues on high priority items as well as the tracking of high cost items. Another benefit of SIDMS is the Timed Report Generation which is an entirely new method of generating reports. Users can now request pre-designed reports from their office terminals. An Automated Tape Library System was implemented. COMNAVAIRPAC suggested other carriers acquire that software. S-7 personnel developed automated graphs and reports to graphically display daily data entry work load on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. The manual data entry log book has been replaced by an entirely automated log book system. A new air conditioning system, dedicated to ADP spaces was installed. Both the air conditioning and computer are now on the same power source. The computer room, data entry space, and head have been renovated, tiled, and repainted. S-7 office space was acquired, repainted, tiled, and repairs were made to an aging fire main going through the space.
h. Material Division (S-8)
The Material Division increased the utility of its spaces. One main aviation storeroom was converted to a SEAMART, (a self service store that stocks low cost, fast moving consumables. A sonobuoy storeroom was installed on the port mezzanine of hangar bay one. The acid storeroom was rehabilitated and modernized to provide an ultra-safe stowage of acids. During the Indian Ocean deployment, S-8 provided an outstanding level of support through successful management of equipment, consumables, and parts inventories.
i. Surface Support Division (S-9)
On 1 May the Surface Support Division was established to provide supply support for all MIDWAY surface requirements. During EISRA 84, S-9 was responsible for preparation of contracts and requisitions, editing plans and drawings, procurement of materials, and serving as liaison among customers, contractors, and NSD Yokosuka for jobs totaling $783,000.00. A divisional supply petty officer training course was instituted to increase the accuracy and responsiveness of the ship's normal requisitioning needs.
3. ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT
a. Major casualties/repairs which occurred in 1984 included Nr. 2 LP turbine bearing wiped in April which was repaired by ship's force in 3 days. Nr. 4 stern tube packing journal was severely scored causing packing to leak excessively and was repacked first in March, then May, July, November and December. In December, the stern tube bearing lower staves were found worn away one foot aft of the stern tube packing housing, requiring dry docking at first opportunity. Temporary repairs were completed in December. A failed tube was found in the generation bank on Nr. 2C boiler. Ship's force replaced it in February while deployed to the I.O. SRF Yokosuka replaced labyrinths on Nr. 1A and IB SSTGS because the inability to maintain gland seal at normal electrical loads. A Lube Oil leak on 4A SSTG was experienced which was caused by piping failure which allowed lube oil to get on to lagging pads and cause a minor class "B" fire. In October, SRF Subic manufactured new lagging pads in 48 hours to get 4A SSTG operational. A small class "B" fire was started because of an improperly aligned chain casing which caused the shaft seal on Nr. 4 thrust block attached lube oil pump to overheat and burn oil in the sump. Ship's force repaired and reinstalled that pump while underway in August. Nr. 2 HP turbine coupling was replaced in December because of excessive backlash. On 25 December a class "A" fire was reported in compt A-0213-13L, Ship's force took 40 minutes to put the fire out. The ship's fire marshal and Fleet Activities Yokosuka duty fire chief evaluated the cause to be arson. Paper was used to start a cabinet of Class "A" combustibles on fire which spread through wire ways in adjacent passageways, effecting wiring to catapults, radars, and EW systems.
b. The Engineering Department implemented a POA&M for fuel spills/leaks which assigned tasking to Engineering Department to achieve the goal of zero leaks and spills. Key parts of the plan include progressive repair and replacement of fuel oil transfer valves, and check of all tank top manhole covers and sounding tubes to ensure there were no leaks and all sounding caps were ensure.
c. A bromine potable water treatment system was installed during EISRA 84-60 deleting the need for calcium hypochlorite treatment.
d. During calendar year 1984, USS MIDWAY had one 60-day Extended Incremental Selected Restricted Availability (EISRA 83-60), and the following Incremental Selected Restricted Availabilities: 84-2 (10 days), 84-3 (7 days), 85-1 (14 days), and 85-2 (50 days). A total of 1290 jobs which included repair work, Five Year Maintenance Plan (FYMP), and ship alterations were completed for the Engineering Department. During those availabilities, approximately 2.5 million dollars was expended to accomplish the jobs.
e. In the area of Damage Control, all seven competitive exercises were completed with no adjective score less than excellent, and an overall average of 96.7 percent.
f. The following inspections, visits and assists were conducted with the indicated results:
(1) NTPI (MAR): No damage control discrepancies noted. Damage control teams were evaluated as effective, with the Z-55-D hose teams being singled out as especially noteworthy. The Accident/Incident Bill was evaluated as superb with no discrepancies noted.
(2) INSURV (JUN): Only one mission degrading item and 48 safety items, of which 37 were immediately corrected, were noted.
(3) OPPRE (MAY): 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.
(4) Flight Deck Certification (AUG): Once again recertification was achieved with no major problems or deficiencies noted. Every system operated as designed on the first try. There were again only positive comments on the damage control organization.
(5) ORE (NOV): Overall grade of 93.8 - the highest in the fleet. Both ZEBRA and YOKE checks were passed. Of 70 drills conducted during the inspection, 68 were satisfactory or better. Comments of the inspectors were all laudatory.
(6) The MIDWAY'S DCTT was recognized by both USS STERETT and the USS MARS for the conduct of CBR training on those Ships while deployed to the Indian Ocean. MIDWAY training assistance resulted in both ships becoming leaders in their ship classes in CBR defense. MIDWAY'S CBR doctrine is used as a model for ships that steam with her and has been determined to be sound and effective by numerous inspection teams both in MIDWAY and those ships helped. Damage control equipment installations included installation of Halon 1301 Firefighting System in 4 Group Fire rooms which was ready for use in August, and installation of a bilge sprinkler system in port, starboard and aft evaporator rooms and all JP5 pump rooms. Watertight integrity was increased through a continuing program of watertight door/hatch repair and replacement. Fire main isolation capability was increased through a continuing program of major fire main valve replacement as part of the SRF Yokosuka five year maintenance plan.
4. WEAPON DEPARTMENT
a. Throughout the year Weapon Department maintained an outstanding readiness status and met all commitments with total effectiveness and superior efficiency. Grades received for major inspections included: ORE - EXCELLENT (94%), NTPI -SATISFACTORY, 3M - SATISFACTORY (88%). The Command Inspection resulted in an evaluation of "OUTSTANDING" for Administration, Ordnance/Weapons and Missiles. "Best ever seen" was the inspector's overall evaluation. Major efforts by departmental personnel, ship's force and SRF have significantly improved the material condition of all spaces and equipment. Weapon elevator availability for all 12 elevators and conveyors averaged 99.9%. During an arduous Indian Ocean deployment, MIDWAY was the only Battle Group Alfa ship to maintain full defensive systems capabilities (both BPDSMS remained in an up status). In EISRA 84-60, MIDWAY became the first ship in the Navy to install the Phalanx (CIWS) Weapon Systems within self-contained maintenance enclosures. A total of 126 SRF jobs were completed during EISRA 84-60. Major offload/on-load of the entire ordnance load-out was accomplished to accommodate the yard period. Both evolutions were accomplished safely and efficiently. In addition to new self-defense capabilities (CIWS), two capabilities were added for the air wing: HARM missiles and MK-48 torpedoes. During the Post Industrial Availability Trials (PIAT/CSSQT), a highly successful BPDSMS firing resulted in a direct hit. Both CIWS mounts were successfully fired against towed aerial targets with a 100% kill rate. "W" Division continued to lead the fleet in weapon component transfers accomplished. One no-notice missile exercise was effectively supported during the ORE and FLEETEX 85 which resulted in four direct hits for two AIM-7E sparrows and two AIM-9L sidewinders. Approximately 1500 missile transactions were conducted with the Air Wing to support no-notice real world commitments during ORE and FLEETEX 85.
5. COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
a. USS MIDWAY'S Communication Department transmitted 65,700 and received 410,848 messages during the year for a total of 476,548. That was an increase of 128,123 from the previous year's total. In meeting its operational commitments, the department maintained satellite and long-haul high frequency (HF) radio links with Naval Communication Area Master Stations (NAVCAMS) in the Western Pacific, Eastern Pacific and Mediterranean, as well as Naval Communication Stations (NAVCOMMSTA) at Stockton, CA; San Miguel, RP; Yokosuka, JA; Diego Garcia; H. E. Holt, Australia; and allied facilities at Oman. Tactical and record communication by flag hoist, flashing light and semaphore totaled 7,945; an increase of 2,000 over last year’s total.
b. January through April, during the Indian Ocean deployment several new and innovative communication concepts were implemented: (a) Fleet Imagery Support Terminal (FIST) - provided real-time intelligence support via a complicated, two satellite/microwave/ landline path from FICPAC, Honolulu, HI; (b) CODE 17 - a tactical communication concept utilizing a CW signal masked in multi-channel tone package; (c) CW broadcast training - consisted of utilizing an ATR-68OO CW keyer to transmit a daily CW broadcast of news, sports and coded groups to ships in company. Other "firsts" associated with the Indian Ocean deployment were weekly entry into the "Gulf Net" to check interconnectivity between I.O. CVBG, MIDEASTFOR Flagship and U.S. Consuls throughout the Persian Gulf region and use of U.S./Oman communication circuitry for no notice, non-exercise emergency aircraft diverts. In September, the department acted as Communication Control Ship (CCS) during ANNUALEX 59G, the largest joint U.S./3MSDF exercise ever held with a U.S. CVBG. In November, MIDWAY'S Communication Department again functioned as CCS during FLEETEX 85, a three CVBG exercise (MIDWAY, CARL VINSON, ENTERPRISE), ensuring critical communication support for this major exercise was maintained. Various ancillary exercises supported were: MISSILEX 84-2, .MULTIPLEX 84-3, ASWEX 84-4U, BEACON FLASH 84-2, ACCURATE TEST 84, BEACH CREST 84-2, as well as several PASSEX's with Australian, Omani, United Kingdom, Thailand and French forces. Through an extremely aggressive training program, the Communication Department maintained a continual M-l training readiness status throughout the year including accomplishment of 875 readiness exercises (72 required) and 31 (26 required) competitive exercises.
c. The following inspections were conducted:
(1) POT&1 -no major discrepancies.
(2) NSURV - no major mission degrading discrepancies.
(3) CNAP PMS/3M - Outstanding (98.3).
(4) Command Inspection - Outstanding.
(5) ORE - Outstanding (97.6).
(6) Operational Commander's Evaluation - consistently graded outstanding
d. The following material upgrades/enhancements were accomplished:
(1) SHIPALTS installed during EISRA 84-60:
-UHF growth (replacement of AN/SRC-20, 21 and AN/URC-9's with AN/WSC-3
-Officer in Tactical Command Information Exchange System (OTCIXS).
-Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA).
(2) Installation of a fifth SATCOM AN/WSC-3.
(3) Replacement of two Broadband Whip antennas with Trussed Whip antennas.
(4) Replacement of one XEROX 7600 copier with a new 7600.
(5) Message Routing and Distribution System (MRDIS) refurbishment and training.
(6) Various antenna overhauls.
(7) Refurbishment of departmental spaces.
e. Other significant accomplishments included assuming communication guard for CINCPACFLT on two occasions and for COMSEVENTHFLT for a three day period concurrently with CINCPACFLT guard. Also, the Communication Department identified a previously undetected software program error in the NAVMACS V3 program which resulted in a fleet wide program change.
6. SAFETY/3M DEPARTMENT
a. The strength of the MIDWAY Safety Program was confirmed three times in 1984. The Naval Safety Center conducted a ship's safety survey in September. The team found no major discrepancies and provided a comprehensive package of recommendations to enhance MIDWAY'S safety posture. In November, MIDWAY'S immediate superior in command, COMCARGRU FIVE, conducted a command inspection. The safety program was evaluated as being outstanding in every respect with no discrepancies noted. Later that month MIDWAY'S type commander, COMNAVAIRPAC, evaluated her operational readiness. The Safety Department received a grade of 94, high excellent, for the ORE. Not a single major discrepancy was noted. In addition, six safety stand-downs and one major poster contest were conducted during the year.
b. MIDWAY also continued to operate the only carrier based C-1A aircraft in the Pacific Fleet. Over 495 flight hours and 99 carrier arrested landings were flown entirely without mishap. In granting an unconditional operating certification, the COMNAVAIRPAC evaluator graded MIDWAY'S NATOPS and aircrew training programs as outstanding. In 1984 MIDWAY was also cited by COMNAVAIRPAC for her accident free operation of the C-l during 1983.
c. 1984 was another successful 3M year for MIDWAY. The COMNAVAIRPAC 3M Team conducted an in-depth 3M assist visit plus an INSURV 3M inspection in which MIDWAY scored an impressive 83.6. Later, in a surprise 3M inspection, MIDWAY again scored well with a grade of 81.1. MIDWAY continued to operate one of the best 3M programs in COMNAVAIRPAC as evidenced by an over 500 percent increase in Configuration Changes and a 50 percent increase in CSMP deferrals. In addition, 629 personnel earned 3M PQS qualification as work center supervisors, damage control petty officers, division officers or department heads after attending shipboard 3M classes. Another 967 junior enlisted personnel completed their initial 3M PQS qualification as maintenance men.
7. DECK DEPARTMENT
a. Deck Department began the year with a "highly successful" Indian Ocean deployment and concluded it with an "outstanding" ORE and highly productive 45 day availability. The department was rated as "outstanding" on two 3-M inspections one conducted in May for INSURV and another in September in conjunction with the ship's Command Inspection. For the overall Command Inspection conducted by CTF 70, the department was awarded a grade of 95% on its UNREP capability to receive fuel from an oiler, and 100% on its boat recovery of a simulated man overboard. The overall grade for ORE was 95%, the highest among PACFLT CV's. One shipmate, FN John BECERRA of A Division, died as a result of injuries received in a motor whale boat accident in Pattaya Beach, Thailand.
b. In 1984, MIDWAY anchored 16 times without mishap and moored eight times, again without mishap. The ship conducted 95 underway replenishments. Those break out as follows:
- 47 fuelings at sea with oilers - USNS PONCHATOULA (20), USNS MISSIPILLION (3), USNS HASSAYAMPA (19), USNS NAVASOTA (2), USS SACRAMENTO (3), and USS KANSAS CITY (2);
- 6 connected replenishments for arms or stores - USS MARS (2), USNS SPICA (1), USS WHITE PLAINS (1), and two special weapon UNREPS, one with USS MAUNA KEA and one with USS FLINT;
- 3 manila highline transfers with escorts, one each with USS OLDENDORF, USS O'BRIEN, and USS ROARK;
- 13 escort refueling - one each with USS ENGLAND, USS ROARK, USS ROBISON, and USS HENRY B. WILSON; two each with USS KIRK, USS LOCKWOOD, USS OLDENDORF, USS COCHRANE and USS O'BRIEN. One fueling with the O'BRIEN was done to support O'BRIEN'S rescue mission of a civilian tanker in the Persian Gulf and was done with less than one hour notice.
c. For the third year running, Midway's motor whale boat won the annual George I. Purdy Motor Whale Boat race against other Yokosuka - based ships. In 1984, Deck Department expended over 1000 gallons of paint preserving the ship's sides, weather decks, and forecastle.
8. MEDICAL DEPARTMENT
a. Summary of operations: Full range of medical support provided to MIDWAY and CVW-5 personnel, as well as for all other units of Battle Group Alpha. No significant loss of services/capabilities during the period.
Outpatient visits - 19,560
Inpatient visits - - 223
Laboratory tests - 18,851
Pharmacy units - 33,744
X-Ray exposures - 2,298
Surgical procedures - 105
c. New equipment installations:
Audio booth replaced 15 AUG 84
X-Ray System replaced 24 Aug 84
d. Notable records: Received overall score of 96.36 during ORE competition. That was the highest score in COMNAVAIRPAC.
9. DENTAL DEPARTMENT
MIDWAY'S Dental Department accomplished its mission through delivery of comprehensive oral care to the officers and men of MIDWAY, embarked Flag, Staffs and the Navy’s only permanently embarked Air Wing, CVW-5. A team of four dental officers and nine dental technicians completed over 53,000 dental procedures in 1984, an increase of over 15,000 procedures from the previous year. Those statistics reflect plaque control techniques, preventive dentistry instructions and topical stannous fluoride applications in accordance with the Navy's and ship's annual dental recall program. Through maximum use of departmental/squadron dental coordinators, the number of beneficiaries not seeing a dentist at least once a year remained consistent with the 1983 figure of 4%. Statistics are even more significant when it is noted that because of operational requirements, one dental officer was not embarked from 83 DEC 28 to 84 MAY 23: In July, the first trained prosthodontist attached to Midway in a number of years reported aboard and has been providing a valuable service needed by a significant percent of the crew. In September the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon reported aboard as the new department head. In October the department was inspected in Subic Bay by the COMNAVAIRPAC Dental Officer. Long hard hours of preparation resulted in many favorable comments and a grade of "Outstanding" for clinical services rendered. Major material improvements included: procurement of an x-ray developer with the capability to process radiographs faster, saving an average of one hour of patient waiting time per day; purchase of a state of the art porcelain oven used in the processing of porcelain fused to metal prosthetic appliances; and the alteration of the preventive dentistry area to include a recovery room for post surgical patients.
10. TRAINING DEPARTMENT
a. During 1984 a total of 1626 Navy-wide advancement examinations were administered to MIDWAY personnel through the Training Department. MIDWAY offered 19 (three semester hours each) college level courses through the PACE program with total enrollment of 423, of which 347 completed the courses. A total of 12 (45 classroom hours each) high school courses were offered with total enrollment of 60 of which 49 completed the courses. A total of 1681 military/leadership examinations were administered. Approximately 2,000 CONUS and local school requests were processed through the Training Department. Nineteen personnel were advanced under the provisions of the Command Advancement Program (CAP): 2 to E-6, 6 to E-5, and 11 to E-4. A total of 1502 personnel attended MIDWAY Indoctrination Division training and 1256 received Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training. Additionally, 2234 correspondence courses were graded by the Training Department. MIDWAY personnel took more than 700 examinations through the DANTES program.
11. AIR DEPARTMENT
Statistics for 1984:
ARRESTED CATAPULT/FREE JP-5
MONTH LANDINGS DECK LAUNCHES CONSUMED (GAL)
b. Arrested Landings MILESTONES:
279,000 17 Jan 84 EA3B VQ-1 LCDR MANUEL Y. DURAZO
LT MARK S. RINDLER
280,000 8 FEB 84 F4S VF-161 LT JOHN CULP
LTJG WALTER E. CARTER, JR.
281,000 28 FEB 84 F4S VF-151 CDR RUSSEL M. TAYLOR, II
LT MIKE KRONZER
282,000 15 MAR 84 EA6B VAQ-136 LCDR WILLIAM K. BOLLINGER
LT MICHAEL J. HUMPHREY
283,000 1 APR 84 F4S VF-161 LT. THOMAS L. HENDRICKS
LT GEORGE H. PAVLAKOS, II
284,000 5 JUN 84 F4S VF-151 LT JEFFERY A. DUDAS
LCDR OWEN D. CORPIN
285,000 1 SEP 84 A7E VA-56 LT MARK J. LIEKHUS
286,000 26 SEP 84 A6E VA-115 LCDR FRANK W. MONTESANO
LT RICHARD M. ATWOOD
287,000 6 NOV 84 A6E VA-115 LT DANIEL D. HETHCOCK
LT NORMAN L. LYSTER
288,000 23 NOV 84 A7E VA-93 LT WILLIAM M. BRADY
12. NAVIGATION DEPARTMENT
a. Linear Miles Steamed: 26,194.2
b. In-port Days: 146 (116 Yokosuka, 30 days in other ports)
c. At-Sea Days: 210
13. AVIATION INTERMEDIATE MAINTENANCE (AIMD) DEPARTMENT
a. Production Data:
COMPONENTS COMPONENTS DEPARTMENT / ROTATABLE POOL
MONTH PROCESSED RFI’D RFI RATE % EFFECTIVENESS %
JAN 4153 3150 75.8 94.0
FEB 3809 3024 79.4 94.0
MAR 4433 3421 77.2 95.0
APR 3614 2770 76.6 94.0
MAY 1321 1005 76.61 94.0
JUN 912 650 71.3 93.0
JUL 963 716 74.3 N/A
AUG 2867 2100 73.2 93.0
SEP 3115 2325 74.6 94.0
OCT 2389 1741 72.9 94.0
NOV 4342 3149 72.5 95.0
DEC 1282 886 69.1 95.0
TOTALS 33,200 24,937 74.5 94.0
b. Ship’s C-1A Data
MONTH FLT HRS FLTS LANDINGS %OP RDY
JAN 18.3 16 5 19.3
FEB 0.0 0 0 N/A
MAR 0.0 0 0 N/A
APR 0.0 0 0 N/A
MAY 53.6 30 2 41.9
JUN 71.0 31 10 97
JUL 15.9 9 0 29
AUG 43.9 25 8 83.3
SEP 21.1 11 11 36.6
OCT 7.4 3 0 36.6
NOV 0 0 0 N/A
DEC 11.1 5 0 61.3
TOTALS 242.3 130 36 50.9
c. Departmental Inspections/Assist visits completed:
MONTH INSPECTION GRADE
JAN COMNAVAIRPAC 3-M SURPRISE INSPECTION SATISFACTORY
MAY COMFAIRWESTPAC SEMI-ANNUAL SATISFACTORY
MAINT/MATL CONDITION INSPECTION
JUL NALC DET WEST ANNUAL CALIBRATION LAB SATISFACTORY
SEP BI-ANNUAL NAVAL AVIATION SAFETY CENTER SATISFACTORY
SEP COMNAVAIRPAC 3-M INSPECTION SATISFACTORY
SEP COMFAIRWESTPAC SEMI-ANNUAL SATISFACTORY
MAINT/MATL CONDITION INSPECTION
OCT COMNAVAIRPAC ANNUAL MICRO/MINIATURE SATISFACTORY
REPAIR STATION CERTIFICATION
OCT CCG-5/COMFAIRWESTPAC COMMAND EXCELLENT
OCT ANNUAL NAVAL OIL ANALYSIS LAB (NOAP) SATISFACTORY
d. Major Projects Completed:
Through an extensive self-help program, constructed a hydraulic clean room which enabled MIDWAY to go from C-3 (partial repair) to C-1 (complete repair)
- capability on numerous hydraulic assemblies/components.
- Obtained tooling and expertise to build-up and tear down T-56 modular engines and assemblies.
- Acquired tooling and expertise to swap out T-58 power turbine assemblies.
- Completed a major refurbishment and technical assistance effort for the oil analysis spectrometer to increase its accuracy and reliability.
- Constructed a new oxygen component repair work center and installed/verified a new component/regulator test stand.
- Established instrument repair capability and created an Instrument Repair Work center.
- Established SH-3H support on board by installation and operational verification of the following test benches: AN/AQM-24A (SONAR), AN/ASM-454 (MAD), AN/MK1634A/2002 (RECEIVER), 2A/UKM-3 (DATALINK), AN/ASM-96 (OPTI), AN/AQM-19 (RECORDER) and AN/ASM-614 (TACNAV).
- Recertified all nine micro miniature repair stations in AIMD and achieved 100 percent recertification of all 31 repair technicians.
- Calibration Work centers processed in excess of 9000 items of test and measurement equipment which are not reflected in the overall departmental production statistics.
- During last yard period, refurbished 34 percent of all ordnance handling equipment, 50 percent of all GSE rolling stock and the entire production control work center space. The MS-60 crash crane and both TAR-3 fire trucks were also Corrosion controlled and had partial refurbishment.
- With the help of SRF and PWC Subic, swapped out the A/C Generator from the NDS-60 crash TILLEY. That was a major CASREP project which, if not corrected, would have rendered the flight deck "non-operational' without a TYCOM waiver.
- Swapped out numerous 6K and 4K forklifts with PWC Subic to enable on board models to be of the same type and manufacturer. That facilitated better on board parts support or enabled cannibalization of similar parts, if necessary.
14. MARINE DETACHMENT
a. Significant events:
6 January - Captain J.R. PRIDDY took command of the Marine Detachment from Captain Aaron E. WELCH.
31 January - Detachment Color Guard participated in the change of command for the Commanding Officer, USS MIDWAY.
14 February - Color Guard participated in VAW 115's change of command ceremony.
15 - 25 March - Marine Detachment underwent a NTPI administered by COMNAVAIRPAC inspectors. Marine Detachment was specifically cited for outstanding performance during the inspection.
21 April - Commenced the annual training course for the ship's Security Augmentation Force which included instruction on the use of the riot baton and repelling boarders.
3 May - The Marine Detachment participated in the change of command of COMMANDER, STRIKE FORCE SEVENTH FLEET/CARRIER GROUP FIVE.
11 June - Drill Team performed for the Mayor of Sasebo.
17 June - Drill Team performed at Tokyo Disneyland.
29 June - Marine Detachment participated in the change of command ceremony for Marine Barracks, Japan.
4 July - Drill Team again performed at Tokyo Disneyland, to the delight of thousands of Japanese tourists.
7 July - For the third consecutive year USS MIDWAY was awarded the GEORGE I. PURDY trophy as winners of the annual motor whaleboat race. The Marine Detachment supplied the crew for the motor whaleboat, as well as the Viking ornamentation which also won the spirit and design award.
23 July - Marine Detachment participated in a memorial service for Lt. DOYLE On the 23rd of July the Detachment Color Guard participated in the Carrier Air Group FIVE change of command.
29 September - The Drill Team performed for hundreds of family members and friends during MIDWAY's dependents cruise. The detachment also provided a weapon display which proved to be the hit of the day.
1 October - Color Guard participated in the change of command ceremony for VA-93 at Atsugi, Japan.
18 November - Marine Detachment conducted a memorial service for AD1 L. D. ORTIZ, who was blown overboard by the exhaust of an A-7 on the 14th of November.
16 December - Officers and men of the Marine Detachment were finally able to conduct a Birthday Ball at the Yokosuka Officers Club. The guest speaker was Col W. F. REBSTOCK, USMC, Commanding Officer, Marine Barracks, Japan. Following the traditional cake cutting ceremony, Captain H. P. KOBER Jr., USN, Commanding Officer USS MIDWAY (CV-41) presented the Marine Detachment with the 1984 "Captains' Cup" award.