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

 

40th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet; on her 25th “WestPac,” underway for operations and transit Philippine, en route Manila, Philippines; operations, on her 37th South China Sea, en route Hong Kong and after leaving Hong Kong, transiting en route the East China Sea and conducted workups for exercise TEAM SPIRIT 85 and operations and transit South China, Philippine, East China and Yellow Seas (2 February to 27 March 1985)

CHAPTER LXXXVI

 

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) with Rear Admiral Chatham. Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75), Carrier Group Five, Commander and Battle Group ALFA assigned, January 26, 1985 and Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) 27 March 1985, Captain H. P. Kober, Jr, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer and Captain T. T. Hood, as Executive Officer, ending her 40th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet; on her 25th “WestPac,” underway for Operations and transit Philippine Sea, Numerous AAWEXES/ASUWEXES both actual and synthetic combined with ASWEX 85-1 and MISSILEX 85-3 afforded CIC personnel an opportunity to hone all warfare areas prior to Midway's first major exercise of 1985, on her 37th South China Sea, en route Hong Kong and after leaving Hong Kong, transiting en route the East China Sea, will conduct workups for exercise TEAM SPIRIT 85 and transit South China, Philippine, East China and Yellow Seas. She will under go her 42nd deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Station,” in the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. She will under go her 48th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. She will under go her 58th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1985).

 

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

(2 February to 27 March 1985)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (40th Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region Pacific Ocean

Philippine Sea 25th WestPac

37th SCS

ECS

Yellow Sea

Philippine Sea

CVW-5

NF

2 Feb 1985

27 Mar 1985

Western Pacific

58th FWFD

59-days

Operations and transit Philippine Sea, Numerous AAWEXES/ASUWEXES both actual and synthetic combined with ASWEX 85-1 and MISSILEX 85-3 afforded CIC personnel an opportunity to hone all warfare areas prior to Midway's first major exercise of 1985, on her 37th South China Sea, en route Hong Kong and after leaving Hong Kong, transiting en route the East China Sea, conducted workups for exercise TEAM SPIRIT 85 and transit South China, Philippine, East China and Yellow Seas.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4S

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps - Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 115-120

RF-4B

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4S

VA-93

Ravens -

Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7E

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7E

VA-115

Eagles -                    Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder - Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6E / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600-603

E-2B

VAQ-136

Gauntlets - Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler - Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

604-607

EA-6B

HC-1 Det.2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3G

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

 

    “CVW-5 Squadrons: VF-161, F-4S; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VF-151, F-4S; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G. *AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system. Joint Task Force operating with USS Midway (CV-41), as part of Battle Group ALFA: USS Sterett (CG-31), USS O'Brien (DD-975), USS Francis Hammond (FF-1067), USS Kirk (FF-1087), USS Cochrane (DDG-21), USNS Hassayampa (T-AO-145), USNS Navasota (T-AO-106), USNS Kilauea (T-AE-26), RFA Appleleaf (A-79), HMS Glamorgan (D-19), HMS Aurora (F-10), HMS Brazen (F-91), HMS Rothesay (F-107), RFA Blue Rover (A-27) and RFA Regent (A-486)” (Ref. 1181W).

 

    “On 2 February 1985, Midway was visited by a number of distinguished Japanese officials including Mr. Takeo Kawakami, Mayor of Iwakuni City; LTGEN Ichiro Tsuchya, JGSDF, Commanding General 13th Division, VADM Tomio Uchi, JMSDF, Commandant Kure Regional District Headquarters and RADM Minoru Tanaka, JMSDF, Commander Fleet Air Wing 31.

 

     While operating in the South China Sea on 9 February 1985, AEAN Adam Powell, VF-151, was blown overboard USS Midway (CV-41) by jet exhaust and rescued by HS-12 helo.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) pulled in for a port of call at Manila, Philippines on 17 February 1985, conducting operations and transit Philippine and South China Seas en route Manila, Philippines from 1 to l6 February 1985.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) made a port of call at Manila, Republic of Philippines from 17 to 19 February 1985. While at anchor in Manila Bay the Honorable Stephen Bossworth, U.S. Ambassador to Philippines and Rear Admiral Alejondro, RPN, visited Midway.

 

     After departing Manila, Philippines on 20 February 1985, Midway conducted a brief period of operations and then transited to Subic Bay, Philippines.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) made a port of call at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippnes from 22 to 25 February 1985.

 

     Midway (CV-41) conducted operations and transit South China Sea en route Hong Kong from 26 February to 3 March 1985, after which Midway entered Hong Kong harbor for a port visit on 3 March 1985. Honorable Piers Jaacobs, Secretary for Economic Services, British Hong Kong, Captain Christopher W.Gotto, Captain-in-Charge of Hong Kong and Mr. Raymon Anning, Deputy Commissioner of Royal Hong Kong Police visited USS Midway (CV-41) prior to entering Hong Kong harbor for a port visit from 26 February through 3 March 1985.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored in the harbor at Honkong, B. C. C. from 4 to 8 March 1985. Leaving Hong Kong on 8 March 1985, Midway transited en route the East China Sea and conducted workups for exercise TEAM SPIRIT 85 and operations and transit South China, Philippine and East China Seas.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted workups for exercise TEAM SPIRIT 85 and operations and transit South China, Philippine and East China Seas from 9 to 13 March 1985. Midway commenced TEAM SPIRIT 85 on 14 March 1985.

 

     Concurrent with TEAM SPIRIT 85, GEN William J. Livsey, USA, Commander-in-Chief United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command; VADM Yong Kun Chung, ROKN, First Vice Chief of Naval Operations, VADM Paul F. McCarthy, USN, Commander SEVENTH Fleet and RADM Charles F. Horne, III, USN, Commander U.S. Naval Forces Korea visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 18 March 1985 to observe flight ops.

 

     While conducting operations in the East China Sea on 20 March 1985, USS Midway (CV-41) participated in the SAR effort for a USAF F-15 which crashed at sea. The pilot was not recovered. On 21 March 1985, General Ki Baeck Lee, ROKA, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff, Republic of Korea Forces visited Midway for post TEAM SPIRIT discussions.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted TEAM SPIRIT in both the Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan off South Korea provided combat exposure to multi/varied Soviet reconnaissance platforms, both air and surface from 14 to 24 March 1985. A major highlight was successful intercept of Soviet TU-16 Badger aircraft that had transited the DPRK landmass to enter the Yellow Sea.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted transit Philippine Sea en route Yokosuka, Japan from 25 to 27 March 1985” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1985).

 

    “On 27 March 1985, USS Midway (CV-41) with Rear Admiral Chatham. Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75), Carrier Group Five, Commander and Battle Group ALFA assigned, January 26, 1985 and Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), Captain H. P. Kober, Jr, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer and Captain T. T. Hood, as Executive Officer, ending her 40th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet; on her 25th “WestPac,” underway for Operations and transit Philippine Sea, Numerous AAWEXES/ASUWEXES both actual and synthetic combined with ASWEX 85-1 and MISSILEX 85-3 afforded CIC personnel an opportunity to hone all warfare areas prior to Midway's first major exercise of 1985, on her 37th South China Sea, en route Hong Kong and after leaving Hong Kong, transiting en route the East China Sea, conducted workups for exercise TEAM SPIRIT 85 and transit South China, Philippine, East China and Yellow Seas. On 2 February 1985, Midway was visited by a number of distinguished Japanese officials including Mr. Takeo Kawakami, Mayor of Iwakuni City; LTGEN Ichiro Tsuchya, JGSDF, Commanding General 13th Division, VADM Tomio Uchi, JMSDF, Commandant Kure Regional District Headquarters and RADM Minoru Tanaka, JMSDF, Commander Fleet Air Wing 31. While operating in the South China Sea on 9 February 1985, AEAN Adam Powell, VF-151, was blown overboard Midway by jet exhaust and rescued by HS-12 helo. Midway conducted operations and transit Philippine and South China Seas en route Manila, Philippines from 1 to l6 February 1985. Midway pulled in for a port of call at Manila, Philippines on 17 February 1985. Midway made a port of call at Manila, Republic of Philippines from 17 to 19 February 1985. While at anchor in Manila Bay the Honorable Stephen Bossworth, U.S. Ambassador to Philippines and Rear Admiral Alejondro, RPN, visited Midway. After departing Manila, Philippines on 20 February 1985, Midway conducted a brief period of operations and then transited to Subic Bay, Philippines. Midway made a port of call at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines from 22 to 25 February 1985. Numerous AAWEXES/ ASUWEXES both actual and synthetic combined with ASWEX 85-1 and MISSILEX 85-3 afforded CIC personnel an opportunity to hone all warfare areas prior to Midway's first major exercise of 1985. Midway conducted operations and transit South China Sea en route Hong Kong resumed on 26 February through 3 March 1985, after which Midway entered Hong Kong harbor for a port visit on 3 March 1985. Honorable Piers Jaacobs, Secretary for Economic Services, British Hong Kong, Captain Christopher W.Gotto, Captain-in-Charge of Hong Kong and Mr. Raymon Anning, Deputy Commissioner of Royal Hong Kong Police visited Midway prior to entering Hong Kong harbor for a port visit from 26 February to 3 March 1985. Midway anchored in the harbor at Honkong, B. C. C., anchored in the harbor from 4 to 8 March 1985. Leaving Hong Kong on 8 March 1985, Midway transited en route the East China Sea and conducted workups for exercise TEAM SPIRIT 85, underway for operations and transit South China, Philippine and East China Seas from 9 to 13 March 1985. Midway commenced TEAM SPIRIT 85 on 14 March 1985. TEAM SPIRIT in both the Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan off South Korea provided combat exposure to multi/varied Soviet reconnaissance platforms, both air and surface from 14 to 24 March 1985. A major highlight was successful intercept of Soviet TU-16 Badger aircraft that had transited the DPRK landmass to enter the Yellow Sea. Concurrent with TEAM SPIRIT 85, GEN William J. Livsey, USA, Commander-in-Chief United Nations Command/ Combined Forces Command; VADM Yong Kun Chung, ROKN, First Vice Chief of Naval Operations, VADM Paul F. McCarthy, USN, Commander SEVENTH Fleet and RADM Charles F. Horne, III, USN, Commander U.S. Naval Forces Korea visited Midway on 18 March 1985 to observe flight ops. While conducting operations in the East China Sea on 20 March 1985, Midway participated in the SAR effort for a USAF F-15 which crashed at sea. The pilot was not recovered. On 21 March 1985, General Ki Baeck Lee, ROKA, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff, Republic of Korea Forces visited Midway for post TEAM SPIRIT discussions. Midway conducted TEAM SPIRIT from 14 to 24 March 1985. Midway transit Philippine Sea en route Yokosuka, Japan from 25 to 27 March 1985. Ports of calls included: Manila, Republic of Philippines; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines and anchored in the harbor at Honkong, B. C. C. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4S; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VF-151, F-4S; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HS-12, SH-3H. *AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 42nd deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Station,” in the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. Her 48th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. Her 58h Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II (2 February to 27 March 1985)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1985).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 2 February to 27 March 1985” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1985).

 

Entered dry dock No. 6 for an Extended Incremental Selected Restricted Availability (EISRA 85) (28 March to 15 May 1985); Carrier Qualifications for the Air wing and conducted  operations and transit Philippine Sea to participate in Valiant Usher 85-40K and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (28 March to 9 June 1985). (28 March to 9 June 1985)

CHAPTER LXXXVII

 

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) returned to Yokosuka on 27 March 1985 and entered dry dock No. 6 for an Extended Incremental Selected Restricted Availability (EISRA 85) on 28 March 1985.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Dry-dock No. 6 (EISRA 85) from 28 March to 15 May 1985. During that period much needed repairs were accomplished to prepare the ship for its upcoming Indian Ocean deployment” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1985).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Carrier Qualifications for the Air wing commencing on 16 May 1985 as Midway departed Yokosuka, Japan for operations in the Philippine Sea. Rear Admiral Chatham. Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75), Carrier Group Five, Commander and Battle Group ALFA assigned, January 26, 1985” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1985).

 

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

(16 May to 1 June 1985)

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

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

Western Pacific Region Pacific Ocean

Philippine Sea

CVW-5

NF

16 May 1985

1 June 1985

Training

17-days

Carrier Qualifications and participated in exercise Valiant Usher 85-40K while operating vicinity of Okinawa.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4S

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4S

VA-93 (*1)

Ravens -

Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7E

VA-56 (*1)

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7E

VA-115

Eagles -                    Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder - Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6E / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600-603

E-2B

VAQ-136

Gauntlets - Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler - Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

604-607

EA-6B

HS-12

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3H

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

(*1) VA-93 and VA-56 disestablished on Aug. 31, 1986.

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) operations and transit Philippine Sea from 16 to 2l May 1985.

 

     While operating vicinity of Okinawa from 22 to 27 May 1985, USS Midway (CV-41) participated in exercise Valiant Usher 85-40K.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted transit Philippine Sea en route Yokosuka, Japan from 28 May to 1 June 1985” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1985).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) returned to Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 1 June 1985, conducting Carrier Qualifications for the Air wing commencing on 16 May 1985 as Midway departed Yokosuka, Japan for operations and transit Philippine Sea from 16 to 2l May 1985. Rear Admiral Chatham. Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75), Carrier Group Five, Commander and Battle Group ALFA assigned, January 26, 1985. While operating vicinity of Okinawa from 22 to 27 May 1985, Midway participated in exercise Valiant Usher 85-40K and transit Philippine Sea en route Yokosuka, Japan from 28 May to 1 June 1985. Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) Squadrons: VF-161, F-4S; VF-151, F-4S; VA-93 (*1), A-7E; VA-56 (*1), A-7E; VA-115, A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HS-12, SH-3H. *AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system. (*1) VA-93 and VA-56 disestablished on Aug. 31, 1986;” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1985).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 2 to 9 June 1985” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1985).

 

41st deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th_Fleet" Fleet; underway for operations and transit Philippine Sea, on her 26th “WestPac,” en route Subic Bay, Philippines, conducting Crae 85-1 which involved a full scale ordinance delivery by the Air Wing; transit Philippine and her 38th South China Sea, en route Subic Bay, Philippines, conducting CRAE 85-1 which involved a full scale ordinance delivery by the Air Wing, on her 6th Arabian Sea, her 4th North Arabian Sea (NAS) (10 June to 19 October 1985) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (20 October to 14 November 1985). (10 June 1985 to 14 November 1985)

CHAPTER LXXXVIII

 

 

    “With dependents filling every available space of berth 12 and sailors manning the rails, USS Midway (CV-41) with Rear Admiral Chatham. Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75), Carrier Group Five, Commander and Battle Group ALFA assigned, January 26, 1985 and Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) 10 June 1985, Captain H. P. HYPERLINK "http://navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-85/017.htm"KoberHYPERLINK "http://navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-85/017.htm", HYPERLINK "http://navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-85/017.htm"Jr, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer and Captain T. T. Hood, as Executive Officer, on her 41st deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7th_Fleet"thHYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7th_Fleet" Fleet; underway for operations and transit Philippine Sea, on her 26th “WestPac,” en route Subic Bay, Philippines, conducting Crae 85-1 which involved a full scale ordinance delivery by the Air Wing; transit Philippine and her 38th South China Sea, en route Subic Bay, Philippines, conducting CRAE 85-1 which involved a full scale ordinance delivery by the Air Wing,  on her 10th Indian Ocean, on her 6th Arabian Sea, her 4th North Arabian Sea. Crae 85-1 which involved a full scale ordinance delivery by the Air Wing; transit Philippine and South China Seas en route Subic Bay, Philippines, operations and transit South China Sea en route Indian Ocean; transiting the Malacca Strait and transit Indian Ocean and North Arabian Sea (NAS); South China Sea and Philippine Sea; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 43rd deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Station,” in the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. She will under go her 49th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. She will under go her 59th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1985).

 

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

(10 June to 19 October 1985)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (4th Northern Arabian Sea) (41st Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region Pacific Ocean

Philippine Sea

26th WestPac

38th SCS

10th IO

CVW-5

NF

10 Jun 1985

19 Oct 1985

Western Pacific

59th FWFD

132-days

Crae 85-1 which involved a full scale ordinance delivery by the Air Wing; transit Philippine and South China Seas en route Subic Bay, Philippines, operations that included Minex A/B (17 June) and Muliplex 85-5 (16-18 June) in the South China Sea; operations and transit South China Sea en route Indian Ocean; transiting the Malacca Strait and transit Indian Ocean and North Arabian Sea (NAS); INCHOPEX with BG DELTA and USS Constellation (CV-64), rendezvoused with Constellation for Indian Ocean Turnover operations in the NAS for Operations in the NAS, while Midway/CVW-5 participated in a joint exercise, Glad Customer/Busy Observer, which included USAF B-52's; Exercise Mini-Beacon Flash with Midway/CVW-5 and the Sultan of Oman Air Force (SOAF) participating; conducted Inferno Creek 85, a combined exercise with the Sultan of Oman Navy and Air Force; departing the North Arabian Sea, commenced a transit en route the Diego Garcia op-area for Weapons Week; Transit en route INCHOPEX and Turnover with Battle Group BRAVO and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63); Exercise Valliant Usher 85-5AS; transiting the Lombok Strait; transited the Java and Celebes; transited Sibutu Passage (Sulu Archipelago) en route Sulu Sea and the South China Sea via the Mindoro Strait; transited South China and Philippine Seas en route JMSDF Annualex 60G;  Ops North Philippine Sea for OPPE; transit and operations in Philippine Sea and South China Sea; Royal Australian Navy (RAN)-USN PASSEX; Muliplex 86-1; USN - USAF B-5E PASSEX; transit South China Sea and Philippine Sea en route vicinity of Iwo Jima and Aswwex 85-lJA.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4S

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4S

VA-93 (*1)

Ravens -

Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7E

VA-56 (*1)

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7E

VA-115

Eagles -                    Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder - Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6E / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600-603

E-2B

VAQ-136

Gauntlets - Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler - Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

604-607

EA-6B

HS-12

Wyverns - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarine

600

SH-3H

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

 (*1) VA-93 and VA-56 disestablished on Aug.31, 1986

 

    “Two days out of port on 12 June 1985 a ruptured fire-main in an AFFF HICAP space flooded USS Midway (CV-41) enlisted lounge and library destroying most of the furniture, cassette recorders and books.

 

     While abeam Okinawa 12 and 13 June 1985, USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Crae 85-1 which involved a full scale ordinance delivery by the Air Wing. Also on 12 June Colonel Sidney J. Wise, USAF, Vice Commander, 313AD visited Midway.

 

     On 13 and 14 June 1985, USS Midway (CV-41) hosted thirteen members of the Japan Defense Agency (JDA) Press Club who were provided the opportunity to observe day and night carrier flight operations.

 

     Crae 85-1 was followed by operations and transit Philippine and South China Seas en route Subic Bay, Philippines, operations that included Minex (17 June) and Multiplex 85-5 (16-18 June) in the South China Sea. On 18 June BMSN Kenneth Blanchard was rescued by HS-12 helo after being carried from the starboard sponson by a high wave from 10 to 18 June 1985.

 

     While USS Midway (CV-41) berthed at Leyte Pier, Cubi Point; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines on 22 June 1985, Captain Riley D. Mixson, USN, relieved Captain H. P. Kober, Jr., USN, as Commanding Officer.  Throughout the entire in-port period torrential rains from Typhoon Hal drenched the Subic/Cubi area forcing many planned outside activities inside.

 

     Midway (CV-41) departed Subic Bay on 24 June 1985, en route the Malacca Strait and Indian Ocean.

 

     CRB Badger Aircraft Surveil CVBG resulting in USS Midway (CV-41) filing INCSEA report on 27 June 1985.

 

     While transiting southwest through the South China Sea, BG ALFA was surveilled by two SOVIET TU-16 Badgers from Cam Ranh Bay on 27 June 1985. Their close-in surveillance penetrated the carrier landing pattern and created a hazard to safe flight during aircraft recovery operations. This unsafe activity was considered in violation of the US/USSR Incidents at Sea Agreement and USS Midway (CV-41) filed an INCSEA report to higher authority.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted operations and transit South China Sea en route Indian Ocean from 24 to 28 June 1985.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) transited the Malacca Strait and entered the Indian Ocean on 29 June 1985.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Indian Ocean and North Arabian Sea from 30 June to 6 July 1985. INCHOPEX with BG DELTA and USS Constellation (CV-64) on 6 July 1985, rendezvoused with Constellation) for Indian Ocean Turnover operations in the North Arabian Sea (NAS) on 7 July for turnover operations.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) hosted DOD show "A.C.T.S" on 11 July 1985.

 

     The Champs of CVW-5 Attack Squadron FIFTY-SIX lost an A-7E at sea on 13 July 1985, due to engine failure. The pilot, LCDR Mike TWISS, was rescued with no serious injuries.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41)/CVW-5 participated in a joint exercise, Glad Customer/Busy  Observer, which included USAF B-52's on 18 July 1985.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored off Ras Al Hadd, Oman and was treated to live entertainment in the form of the DOD show "A.C.T.S." from 19 to 20 July 1985. Midway departed Ras Al Hadd on the afternoon of 20 July 19856 to continue NAS operations.

 

     While underway on 23 July 1985, USS Midway (CV-41) was visited by RADM J.F. ADAMS, USN, Commander Middle East Force.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored off Masirah Island, Oman for maintenance and wash down of its aircraft and radars on 27 and 28 July 1985. Those evolutions were required periodically in the NAS because of the dust and sand carried from the deserts of surrounding Middle East countries by the prevailing wind.

 

     Exercise Mini-Beacon Flash with USS Midway (CV-41)/CVW-5 and the Sultan of Oman Air Force (SOAF) participating took place on 29 and 30 July 1985. With continued opportunity for use of Omani weapon ranges by CVW-5 that exercise was again conducted on 3 August 1985.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41)USS Midway (CV-41) anchored off Masirah Island, Oman on 4 August 1985. That time for only one day of maintenance before resuming flight ops in the NAS.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored again off Ras Al Hadd, Oman on 7 August 1985. That day Midway held "Beer Day" and a "Steel Beach" picnic for the crew.

 

     On 8 August 1985, CAPT J. G. Tolhurst, Commanding Officer of HMS Exeter (DDG-D8)9 and Commander Task Group 321.1 visited USS Midway (CV-41).

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored off Ras Al Hadd, Oman from 7 to 8 August 1985.

 

     After two days of flight ops USS Midway (CV-41) once again anchored off anchored off Masirah Island, Oman on 11 and 12 August 1985 for maintenance and wash down.

 

     In conjunction with Inferno Creek activities, BGEN Robert C. Beyer, Jr., USAF, USCENTCOM J3, visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 16 August 1985.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Inferno Creek 85 from 13 through 18 August 1985 a combined exercise with the Sultan of Oman Navy and Air Force. In conjunction with Inferno Creek activities, BGEN Robert C. Beyer, Jr., USAF, USCENTCOM J3, visited Midway on 16 August 1985.

 

     On the evening of 17 August 1985, following a bolter during a normal recovery, VAW-115 E-2C LIBERTY 603 impacted the water off USS Midway (CV-41) angle deck.  Three of five crewmen were rescued- LTJG Kevin R. KUHNIGK, USNR and ENS Christopher MIMS, USNR, were not sighted. An extensive search was conducted for the missing crewmen with negative results.

 

     The DOD show, "QUEENS” featuring several Miss America contestants, entertained USS Midway (CV-41) crewmembers on 19 August 1985 with a fast paced song and dance review.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) hosted DOD show "QUEENS” on 19 August 1985.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored anchored off Masirah Island, Oman from 19 to 20 August 1985.

 

     The Honorable John F. Lehman, Jr., Secretary of the Navy, arrived onboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 23 August 1985. During the brief visit he spoke to crewmembers on the flight deck.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Operations in the North Arabian Sea from 5 July to 23 August 1985. The Honorable John F. Lehman, Jr., Secretary of the Navy, arrived onboard the same day. During the brief visit he spoke to crewmembers on the flight deck.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) departed the North Arabian Sea on 24 August 1985 and commenced a transit en route the Diego Garcia op-area for Weapons Week.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) honored the time old navy tradition of "Crossing the Line” on 27 August 1985.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) arrived in the Diego Garcia op-area on 28 August 1985.

 

     Weapons Week vicinity of Diego Garcia, which tests the Ship's and Air Wing's proficiency at weapons handling, was conducted from 29 to 31 August 1985.

 

     The beginning of September 1985 marked the end of another USS Midway (CV-41)/CVW-5 Navy Relief Fund Drive. The 1985 Navy Relief campaign was the highest ever recorded on MIDWAY.  Under the management of the Fund Drive Coordinator, LCDR George H- Berry, the campaign netted $112,344.04 for the Navy Relief Society.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted transit en route INCHOPEX for Turnover with USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) from l to 2 September 1985.

 

     After a two day transit to an area approx 400NM south of Sri Lanka USS Midway (CV-41) rendezvoused with Battle Group BRAVO and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) for INCHOPEX and turnover which took place 3 and 4 September 1985.

 

     Midway (CV-41) conducted transit route Perth/Freemantle, Australia for its first port visit in 83 days from 4 to 12 September 1985.

 

     Australian VIP visited onboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 12 September 1985.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored Perth/Freemantle, Australia from 13 to l8 September 1985. Highlighting the absolutely fantastic liberty and 6 day port visit was a BG ALFA party held at the Cottesloe Civic Center near Perth.

 

     Sailing from Freemantle on 19 September 1985, USS Midway (CV-41) rendezvoused with TG 76.3 (ARG A), conducting Transit en route Exercise Valliant Usher 85-5AS conducted at the Lancelin Army Training Center in Western Australia from 19 to 20 September 1985.

 

     Exercise Valliant Usher 85-5AS, originally scheduled for three days, was held at the Lancelin Army Training Center in Western Australia, only from 21 to 22 September 1985 as high winds and heavy seas forced early termination. Upon completion of Exercise Valliant Usher 85-5AS, USS Midway (CV-41) headed north en route a return to Subic Bay.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted transit Lombok Strait en route Java and Celebes Seas on 27 September 1985.

 

     After transiting the Lombok Strait on 27 September 1985, USS Midway (CV-41) transited the Java and Celebes Seas.

 

     On 29 September 1985, USS Midway (CV-41) conducted transit Sibutu Passage (Sulu Archipelago) en route Sulu Sea and the South China Sea via the Mindoro Strait entering on 1 October 1985.

 

     Midway (CV-41) conducted transit en route Subic Bay, Philippines from 23 September to 1 October 1985, conducting transit the Mindoro Strait and entered South China Sea on 1 October 1985.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) moored at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippnes. Commander from 2 to 6 October 1985 for upkeep.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted transit South China and Philippine Seas en route JMSDF from 7 to 14 October 1985 for Annualex  60G.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted JMSDF Anualex 60G from 10 to 14 October 1985. On 10 October 1985, Rear Admiral Masami Ogawa, JMSDF; Headquarters, CINCSDFLT; Rear Admiral Fumio Okabe, JMSDF; DCOD, Maritime Staff Office, Rear Admiral Toru Iwsawa JMSDF; Head of Systems and Programs Division, Maritime Staff Office. Vice Admiral Paul F. McCarthy, USN, Commander Seventh Fleet visited Midway on 11 October 1985.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored Tokyo Wan, Yokosuka Outer Harbor, Japan for OPPRE from 15 to 17 October 1985; conducted North Philippine Sea for OPPE on 17 to 18 October 1985; conducted OPPRE from 15 to 18 October 1985” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1985).

 

    “On 19 October 1985, with dependents filling every available space of berth 12 and sailors manning the rails, USS Midway (CV-41) with Rear Admiral Chatham. Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75), Carrier Group Five, Commander and Battle Group ALFA assigned, January 26, 1985 and Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) 10 June 1985, with Captain R. D. Mixon, USN, as Commanding Officer relieving Captain H. P. Kober, Jr, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer on 22 June 1985 and Captain T. T. Hood, as Executive Officer, ending her 41st deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7th_Fleet"thHYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7th_Fleet" Fleet; underway for operations and transit Philippine Sea, on her 26th “WestPac,” en route Subic Bay, Philippines, conducting Crae 85-1 which involved a full scale ordinance delivery by the Air Wing; transit Philippine and her 38th South China Sea, en route Subic Bay, Philippines, operations that included Minex A/B (17 June) and Muliplex 85-5 (16-18 June) in the South China Sea; operations and transit South China Sea en route her 10th Indian Ocean; transiting the Malacca Strait and transit Indian Ocean, on her 6th Arabian Sea, INCHOPEX with BG DELTA and USS Constellation (CV-64), rendezvoused with Constellation for Indian Ocean Turnover operations, on her 4th North Arabian Sea (NAS) for Operations in the NAS, while Midway/CVW-5 participated in a joint exercise, Glad Customer/Busy Observer, which included USAF B-52's; Exercise Mini-Beacon Flash with Midway/CVW-5 and the Sultan of Oman Air Force (SOAF) participating; conducted Inferno Creek 85, a combined exercise with the Sultan of Oman Navy and Air Force; departing the North Arabian Sea, commenced a transit en route the Diego Garcia op-area for Weapons Week; Transit en route INCHOPEX and Turnover with Battle Group BRAVO and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63); Exercise Valliant Usher 85-5AS; transiting the Lombok Strait; transited the Java and Celebes; transited Sibutu Passage (Sulu Archipelago) en route Sulu Sea and the South China Sea via the Mindoro Strait; transited South China and Philippine Seas en route JMSDF Annualex 60G; JMSDF Annualex 60G; Ops North Philippine Sea for OPPE; transit and operations in Philippine Sea and South China Sea; Royal Australian Navy (RAN)-USN PASSEX; Muliplex 86-1; USN - USAF B-5E PASSEX; transit South China Sea and Philippine Sea en route vicinity of Iwo Jima and Aswwex 85-lJA. Ports of calls included: berthed at Leyte Pier, Cubi Point; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines; anchored off Ras Al Hadd, Oman; anchored off Masirah Island, Oman twice; Ras Al Hadd, Oman; anchored off Masirah Island, Oman twice; anchored Freemantle, Australia and moored at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippnes. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4S; VF-151, F-4S; VA-93 (*1), A-7E; VA-56 (*1), A-7E; VA-115, A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HS-12, SH-3H. *AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system. (*1) VA-93 and VA-56 disestablished on Aug. 31, 1986; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 43rd deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Station,” in the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. Her 49th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. Her 59th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II“ (10 June to 19 October 1985)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1985).

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) 41st deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet" Fleet; underway for operations and transit Philippine Sea, on her 26th “WestPac”, her 38th South China Sea, on her 10th Indian Ocean, on her 6th Arabian Sea, on her 4th North Arabian Sea; (NAS) Summary (10 June to 19 October 1985) – Chapter 88, Appendix I.

 

    “Vice Admiral J. E. Sergvice, USN, Commander, Naval Air Pacific visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 25 October 1985.

 

     Rear Admiral Norman D. Cambell, USN, Commander, Fleet Attack Wing Pacific visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 8 November 1985.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 20 October to 14 November 1985” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1985).   

 

USS Midway (CV-41) 41st deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet" Fleet; underway for operations and transit Philippine Sea, on her 26th “WestPac,” her 38th South China Sea, on her 10th Indian Ocean, on her 6th Arabian Sea, on her 4th North Arabian Sea (NAS) Summary

(10 June to 19 October 1985).

CHAPTER LXXXVIII

Appendix I

 

 

    “On 19 October 1985, with dependents filling every available space of berth 12 and sailors manning the rails, USS Midway (CV-41) with Rear Admiral Chatham. Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75), Carrier Group Five, Commander and Battle Group ALFA assigned, January 26, 1985 and Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) 10 June 1985, with Captain R. D. Mixon, USN, as Commanding Officer relieving Captain H. P. Kober, Jr, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer on 22 June 1985 and Captain T. T. Hood, as Executive Officer, ending her 41st deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7th_Fleet"thHYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7th_Fleet" Fleet; underway for operations and transit Philippine Sea, on her 26th “WestPac,” en route Subic Bay, Philippines, conducting Crae 85-1 which involved a full scale ordinance delivery by the Air Wing; transit Philippine and her 38th South China Sea, en route Subic Bay, Philippines, operations that included Minex A/B (17 June) and Muliplex 85-5 (16-18 June) in the South China Sea; operations and transit South China Sea en route her 10th Indian Ocean; transiting the Malacca Strait and transit Indian Ocean, on her 6th Arabian Sea, INCHOPEX with BG DELTA and USS Constellation (CV-64), rendezvoused with Constellation for Indian Ocean Turnover operations, on her 4th North Arabian Sea (NAS) for Operations in the NAS, while Midway/CVW-5 participated in a joint exercise, Glad Customer/Busy Observer, which included USAF B-52's; Exercise Mini-Beacon Flash with Midway/CVW-5 and the Sultan of Oman Air Force (SOAF) participating; conducted Inferno Creek 85, a combined exercise with the Sultan of Oman Navy and Air Force; departing the North Arabian Sea, commenced a transit en route the Diego Garcia op-area for Weapons Week; Transit en route INCHOPEX and Turnover with Battle Group BRAVO and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63); Exercise Valliant Usher 85-5AS; transiting the Lombok Strait; transited the Java and Celebes; transited Sibutu Passage (Sulu Archipelago) en route Sulu Sea and the South China Sea via the Mindoro Strait; transited South China and Philippine Seas en route JMSDF Annualex 60G; JMSDF Annualex 60G; Ops North Philippine Sea for OPPE; transit and operations in Philippine Sea and South China Sea; Royal Australian Navy (RAN)-USN PASSEX; Muliplex 86-1; USN - USAF B-5E PASSEX; transit South China Sea and Philippine Sea en route vicinity of Iwo Jima and Aswwex 85-lJA. Two days out of port on 12 June 1985 a ruptured fire-main in an AFFF HICAP space flooded Midway enlisted lounge and library destroying most of the furniture, cassette recorders and books. While abeam Okinawa 12 and 13 June 1985, Midway conducted Crae 85-1 which involved a full scale ordinance delivery by the Air Wing. Also on 12 June Colonel Sidney J. Wise, USAF, Vice Commander, 313AD visited Midway 13 and 14 June 1985, Midway hosted thirteen members of the Japan Defense Agency (JDA) Press Club who were provided the opportunity to observe day and night carrier flight operations. Crae 85-1 was followed by operations and transit Philippine and South China Seas en route Subic Bay, Philippines, operations that included Minex (17 June) and Multiplex 85-5 (16-18 June) in the South China Sea. On 18 June BMSN Kenneth Blanchard was rescued by HS-12 helo after being carried from the starboard sponson by a high wave from 10 to 18 June 1985. While Midway berthed at Ports of calls included: berthed at Leyte Pier, Cubi Point; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines on 22 June 1985, Captain Riley D. Mixson, USN, relieved Captain H. P. Kober, Jr., USN, as Commanding Officer.  Throughout the entire in-port period torrential rains from Typhoon Hal drenched the Subic/Cubi area forcing many planned outside activities inside. Midway departed Subic Bay on 24 June 1985, en route the Malacca Strait and Indian Ocean. While transiting southwest through the South China Sea, BG ALFA was surveilled by two SOVIET TU-16 Badgers from Cam Ranh Bay on 27 June 1985. Their close-in surveillance penetrated the carrier landing pattern and created a hazard to safe flight during aircraft recovery operations. This unsafe activity was considered in violation of the US/USSR Incidents at Sea Agreement and Midway filed an INCSEA report to higher authority. Midway conducted operations and transit South China Sea en route Indian Ocean from 24 to 28 June 1985. CRB Badger Aircraft Surveil CVBG resulting in Midway filing INCSEA report on 27 June 1985. Midway transited the Malacca Strait and entered the Indian Ocean on 29 June 1985 and North Arabian Sea from 30 June to 6 July 1985. INCHOPEX with BG DELTA and USS Constellation (CV-64) on 6 July 1985, rendezvoused with Constellation) for Indian Ocean Turnover operations in the North Arabian Sea (NAS) on 7 July for turnover operations. Midway hosted DOD show "A.C.T.S" on 11 July 1985. Midway conducted Operations in the North Arabian Sea from 5 July to 23 August 1985. The Champs of CVW-5 Attack Squadron FIFTY-SIX lost an A-7E at sea on 13 July 1985, due to engine failure. The pilot, LCDR Mike TWISS, was rescued with no serious injuries. Midway/CVW-5 participated in a joint exercise, Glad Customer/Busy  Observer, which included USAF B-52's on 18 July 1985. Midway anchored off Ras Al Hadd, Oman and was treated to live entertainment in the form of the DOD show "A.C.T.S." from 19 to 20 July 1985. Midway departed Ras Al Hadd on the afternoon of 20 July 19856 to continue NAS operations. While underway on 23 July 1985, Midway was visited by RADM J.F. ADAMS, USN, Commander Middle East Force. Midway anchored anchored off Masirah Island, Oman for maintenance and wash down of its aircraft and radars on 27 and 28 July 1985. Those evolutions were required periodically in the NAS because of the dust and sand carried from the deserts of surrounding Middle East countries by the prevailing wind. Exercise Mini-Beacon Flash with Midway/CVW-5 and the Sultan of Oman Air Force (SOAF) participating took place on 29 and 30 July 1985. With continued opportunity for use of Omani weapon ranges by CVW-5 that exercise was again conducted on 3 August 1985. Midway returned to the Masirah anchorage on 4 August 1985. That time for only one day of maintenance before resuming flight ops in the NAS. Midway anchored again off Ras Al Hadd, Oman on 7 August 1985. That day Midway held "Beer Day" and a "Steel Beach" picnic for the crew. Midway anchored Ras Al Hadd, Oman from 7 to 8 August 1985. CAPT J. G. Tolhurst, Commanding Officer of HMS Exeter (DDG-D8)9 and Commander Task Group 321.1 visited USS Midway 8 August 1985. After two days of flight ops Midway once again anchored off Masirah Island, Oman on 11 and 12 August 1985 for maintenance and wash down. Midway conducted Inferno Creek 85 from 13 through 18 August 1985 a combined exercise with the Sultan of Oman Navy and Air Force. In conjunction with Inferno Creek activities, BGEN Robert C. Beyer, Jr., USAF, USCENTCOM J3, visited Midway on 16 August 1985. In conjunction with Inferno Creek activities, BGEN Robert C. Beyer, Jr., USAF, USCENTCOM J3, visited Midway on 16 August 1985. On the evening of 17 August 1985, following a bolter during a normal recovery, VAW-115 E-2C LIBERTY 603 impacted the water off Midway angle deck.  Three of five crewmen were rescued- LTJG Kevin R. KUHNIGK, USNR and ENS Christopher MIMS, USNR, were not sighted. An extensive search was conducted for the missing crewmen with negative results. Midway anchored off Masirah Island, Oman from 19 to 20 August 1985. The DOD show, "QUEENS” featuring several Miss America contestants, entertained Midway crewmembers on 19 August 1985 with a fast paced song and dance review. The Honorable John F. Lehman, Jr., Secretary of the Navy, arrived onboard Midway on 23 August 1985. During the brief visit he spoke to crewmembers on the flight deck. Midway departed the North Arabian Sea on 24 August 1985 and commenced a transit en route the Diego Garcia op-area for Weapons Week. Midway honored the time old navy tradition of "Crossing the Line” on 27 August 1985, arriving in the Diego Garcia op-area on 28 August 1985, for Weapons Week vicinity of Diego Garcia, which tests the Ship's and Air Wing's proficiency at weapons handling, was conducted from 29 to 31 August 1985. The beginning of September 1985 marked the end of another Midway/CVW-5 Navy Relief Fund Drive. The 1985 Navy Relief campaign was the highest ever recorded on Midway. Under the management of the Fund Drive Coordinator, LCDR George H- Berry, the campaign netted $112,344.04 for the Navy Relief Society. Midway conducted transit en route INCHOPEX for Turnover with USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) from l to 2 September 1985. After a two day transit to an area approx 400NM south of Sri Lanka Midway rendezvoused with Battle Group BRAVO and Kitty Hawk INCHOPEX and turnover which took place 3 and 4 September 1985 Midway conducted transit en route Perth/ Freemantle, Australia for its first port visit in 83 days from 4 to 12 September 1985. Australian VIP visited onboard Midway on 12 September 1985. Midway anchored Freemantle, Australia from 13 to l8 September 1985. Highlighting the absolutely fantastic liberty and 6 day port visit was a BG ALFA party held at the Cottesloe Civic Center near Perth. Sailing from Freemantle, Australia on 19 September 1985, Midway rendezvoused with TG 76.3 (ARG A), conducting Transit en route Exercise Valliant Usher 85-5AS conducted at the Lancelin Army Training Center in Western Australia from 19 to 20 September 1985. Exercise Valliant Usher 85-5AS, originally scheduled for three days, was held at the Lancelin Army Training Center in Western Australia, only from 21 to 22 September 1985 as high winds and heavy seas forced early termination. Upon completion of Exercise Valliant Usher 85-5AS, USS Midway (CV-41) headed north en route a return to Subic Bay. Midway conducted transit Lombok Strait en route Java and Celebes Seas on 27 September 1985. After transiting the Lombok Strait on 27 September 1985, Midway transited the Java and Celebes Seas. On 29 September 1985, Midway conducted transit Sibutu Passage (Sulu Archipelago) en route Sulu Sea and the South China Sea via the Mindoro Strait entering on 1 October 1985. Midway conducted transit en route Subic Bay, Philippines from 23 September to 1 October 1985, transiting the Mindoro Strait and entered South China Sea on 1 October 1985. Midway moored at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippnes. from 2 to 6 October 1985 for upkeep. Midway conducted transit South China and Philippine Seas en route JMSDF from 7 to 14 October 1985 conducting JMSDF ANNUALEX 60G from 10 to 14 October 1985. On 10 October 1985, Rear Admiral Masami Ogawa, JMSDF; Headquarters, CINCSDFLT; Rear Admiral Fumio Okabe, JMSDF; DCOD, Maritime Staff Office, Rear Admiral Toru Iwsawa JMSDF; Head of Systems and Programs Division, Maritime Staff Office. Vice Admiral Paul F. McCarthy, USN, Commander Seventh Fleet visited Midway on 11 October 1985. Midway anchored Tokyo Wan, Yokosuka Outer Harbor, Japan for OPPRE from 15 to 17 October 1985, departing for the North Philippine Sea for OPPE on 17 October 1985, conducted OPPRE from 15 to 18 October 1985 and conducted Ops North Philippine Sea for OPPE from 17 to 18 October 1985. Ports of calls included: berthed at Leyte Pier, Cubi Point; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines; anchored off Ras Al Hadd, Oman; anchored off Masirah Island, Oman twice; anchored off Ras Al Hadd, Oman; anchored off Masirah Island, Oman twice; anchored Freemantle, Australia and moored at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippnes. Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) Squadrons: VF-161, F-4S; VF-151, F-4S; VA-93 (*1), A-7E; VA-56 (*1), A-7E; VA-115, A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HS-12, SH-3H. *AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system. (*1) VA-93 and VA-56 disestablished on Aug. 31, 1986; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 43rd deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Station,” in the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. Her 49th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. Her 59th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II“ (10 June to 19 October 1985)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1985).

 

42nd deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, on her 27th “WestPac,” underway for operations and transit Philippine, on her 39th South China Sea (15 November to 11 December 1985) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (12 December 1985 to 16 January 1986). (15 November to 16 January 1986)

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    USS Midway (CV-41) with Rear Admiral Chatham. Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75), Carrier Group Five, Commander and Battle Group ALFA assigned, January 26, 1985 and Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) 15 November 1985, with Captain R. D. Mixon, USN, as Commanding Officer, on her 42nd deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, on her 27th “WestPac,” underway for operations and transit Philippine, on her 39th South China Sea, conducting Multiplex 86-1 and participated in USN - USAF B-5E Passex; Transit South China Sea en route Hong Kong, participating in Royal Australian Navy (RAN)-USN Passex and in the Philippine Sea en route vicinity of Iwo Jima Island and conducted Aswex 86-1JA; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 44th deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Station,” in the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. She will under go her 50th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. She will under go her 60th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1985).

 

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

(15 November to 11 December 1985)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (42nd Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region Pacific Ocean

Philippine Sea

27th WestPac

39th SCS

CVW-5

NF

15 Nov 1985

11 Dec 1985

Western Pacific

60th FWFD

27-days

Multiplex 86-1 and participated in USN - USAF B-5E Passex; Transit South China Sea en route Hong Kong and Transit South China Sea, participated in Royal Australian Navy (RAN)-USN Passex and in the Philippine Sea en route vicinity of Iwo Jima Island and conducted Aswex 86-1JA.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4S

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4S

VA-93 (*1)

Ravens -

Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7E

VA-56 (*1)

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7E

VA-115

Eagles -                    Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder - Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6E / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600-603

E-2B

VAQ-136

Gauntlets - Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler - Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

604-607

EA-6B

HS-12

Wyverns - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarine

600

SH-3H

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

 (*1) VA-93 and VA-56 disestablished on Aug.31, 1986

 

    “Honorable Mr. Koichi KATO, Director General, Japan Defense Agency visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 15 November 1985.

 

     Crash of HS-12 SH-3H helo- All four crew men rescued and flown back to USS Midway (CV-41) on 18 November 1985.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) participated in Royal Australian Navy (RAN)-USN Passex. AN John A.AGUIRRE, VA-115 fell overboard and was lost at sea on 20 November 1985.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Multiplex 86-1 from 21 to 4 November 1985.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Transit and operations in Philippine Sea and South China Sea from 15 to 26 November 1985 and conducted Transit South China Sea en route Hong Kong from 25 to 26 November 1985.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored in the harbor at Honkong, B. C. C. from 27 November to 1 December 1985.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted USN - USAF B-5E Passex on 5 December 1985.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Transit South China Sea and Philippine Sea en route vicinity of Iwo Jima Island and Aswex 86-1JA from 2 to 7 December 1985. Captain Gonni, JMSDF, Chief of Staff, Commander, Escort Flotilla 2 visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 7 December 1985.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Aswex 85-lJA from 8 to 11 December 1985” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1985).  

 

    On 11 December 1985, USS Midway (CV-41) with Rear Admiral Chatham. Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75), Carrier Group Five, Commander and Battle Group ALFA assigned, January 26, 1985 and Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain R. D. Mixon, USN, as Commanding Officer, ending her 42nd deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, on her 27th “WestPac,” underway for operations and transit Philippine, on her 39th South China Sea, conducting Multiplex 86-1 and participated in USN - USAF B-5E Passex; Transit South China Sea en route Hong Kong, participating in Royal Australian Navy (RAN)-USN Passex and in the Philippine Sea en route vicinity of Iwo Jima Island and conducted Aswex 86-1JA. Ports of call include: anchored in the harbor at Honkong, B. C. C. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4S; VF-151, F-4S; VA-93 (*1), A-7E; VA-56 (*1), A-7E; VA-115, A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HS-12, SH-3H. *AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system. (*1) VA-93 and VA-56 disestablished on Aug. 31, 1986; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 44th deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Station,” in the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. Her 50th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. Her 60th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II (15 November to 11 December 1985)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1985).

 

    USS MIDWAY (CV-41) 1985 VISITORS – Chapter 89, Appendix I.

 

    USS MIDWAY (CV-41) 1985 YEARS END SUMMARY – Chapter 89, Appendix II.

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) began 1986 continuing upkeep and crew rest in-port Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan).

 

     While in-port on 14 January 1986, Vice Admiral Tameo OKI, JMSDF, Commandant Yokosuka District; Vice Admiral Nagakazu NOOZU, JMSDF, Commander Fleet Escort Flotilla FOUR; Vice Admiral Sadaomi SUE, JMSDF, Commander Fleet Submarine Force, and staff members visited USS Midway (CV-41) for tours and briefings on CV air operations.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 12 December 1985 to 16 January 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

USS MIDWAY (CV-41) 1985 VISITORS

CHAPTER LXXXIX

Appendix I

 

 

2 FEB                During that at sea period on 2 February, MIDWAY was visited by a number of distinguished Japanese officials including Mr. Takeo KAWAKAMI, Mayor of Iwakuni City; LTGEN Ichiro TSUCHIYA, JGSDF, Commanding General 13th Division, VADM Tomio UCHI, JMSDF, Commandant Kure Regional District Headquarters and RADM Minoru TANAKA, JMSDF, Commander Fleet Air Wing 31

 

17-19 FEB        While at anchor in Manila Bay the Honorable Stephen BOSWORTH, U.S. Ambassador to Philippines and Rear Admiral ALEJONDRO, RPN, visited MIDWAY. 

 

3 MAR             Honorable Piers JACOBS, Secretary for Economic Services, British Hong Kong, Captain Christopher W.GOTTO, Captain-in-Charge of Hong Kong and Mr. Raymon ANNING, Deputy Commissioner of Royal Hong Kong Police                        visited MIDWAY prior to entering port.

 

18 MAR           Concurrent with TEAM SPIRIT 85, GEN William J- LIVSEY, USA, Commander-in-Chief United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command; VADM Yong Kun CHUNG, ROKN, First Vice Chief of Naval Operations, VADM Paul F. MCCARTHY, USN, Commander SEVENTH Fleet and RADM Charles F. HORNE, III, USN, Commander U.S. Naval Forces Korea visited MIDWAY to observe flight ops. 

 

21 MAR           General Ki Baeck LEE, ROKA, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff, Republic of Korea Forces visited MIDWAY for post TEAM SPIRIT discussions.

 

12 JUN             While abeam Okinawa 12 and 13 June MIDWAY conducted CRAE 85-1 which involved a full scale ordinance delivery by the Air Wing. Also on 12 June Colonel Sidney J. Wise, USAF, Vice Commander, 313AD visited MIDWAY. 

 

13 &14 JUN     MIDWAY hosted thirteen members of the Japan Defense Agency (JDA) Press Club who were provided the opportunity to observe day and night carrier flight operations. 

 

11 JUL              DOD show "A.C.T.S."

 

19-20 JUL        MIDWAY anchored off Ras Al Hadd, Oman was treated to live entertainment in the form of the DOD show "A.C.T.S."

 

23 JUL              While underway MIDWAY was visited by RADM J.F. ADAMS, USN, Commander Middle East Force

 

8 AUG               CAPT J. G. TOLHURST, Commanding Officer of HMS EXETER DDG-D89 and Commander Task Group 321.1 visited MIDWAY while anchored at Ras Al Hadd, Oman from 7 to 8 August 1985.

 

16 AUG            In conjunction with INFERNO CREEK activities, BGEN Robert C. Beyer, Jr., USAF, USCENTCOM J3, visited MIDWAY.

 

19 AUG            The DOD show, "QUEENS” featuring several Miss America contestants, entertained MIDWAY crewmembers anchored Masirah, Oman (19-20 August) with a fast paced song and dance review. 

 

23 AUG            The Honorable John F. LEHMAN, Jr., Secretary of the Navy, arrived onboard During the brief visit he spoke to crewmembers on the flight deck.

 

10-14 OCT       Visits during JMSDF ANNUALEX 60G by Rear Admiral Masami OGAWA, JMSDF; Headquarters, CINCSDFLT; Rear Admiral Fumio OKABE, JMSDF; DCOD, Maritime Staff Office, Rear Admiral Toru IWASAWA, JMSDF; Head of Systems and Programs Division, Maritime Staff Office

 

11 OCT            Visit by Vice Admiral Paul F. MCCARTHY, USN, Commander Seventh Fleet

 

25 OCT            Visit by Vice Admiral J. E. SERVICE, USN, Commander, Naval Air Pacific

 

08 NOV            Visit by Rear Admiral Norman D. CAMPBELL, USN, Commander, Fleet Attack Wing Pacific

 

15 NOV            Visit by Honorable Mr. Koichi KATO, Director General, Japan Defense Agency.

 

07 DEC            Visit by Captain Gonni, JMSDF, Chief of Staff, Commander, Escort Flotilla 2

 

B. PHOTO HISTORY:

 

Date                   Occasion

 

02 FEB 85        Mr. T. KAWAKAMI, Mayor of Iwakuni, Japan; Lieutenant General I. TSUCHIYA, JGSDF, Commanding General 13th Division; Vice Admiral T.UCHI, JMSDF, Commandant Kure Regional District Headquarters; and Rear  Admiral M. TANAKA, JMSDF, Commander, Fleet Air Wing 31 visit MIDWAY.

 

20 FEB 85        Honorable Stephen BOSWORTH, U.S. Ambassador to Philippines and Rear Admiral ALEJONDRO, RPN, visit MIDWAY.

 

03 MAR 85      Honorable Piers JACOBS, OBE, JP, Secretary for Economic Services, British Hong Kong, Captain Christopher W. LOTTO, RN, Captain-in-Charge of Hong Kong, Mr. Raymon ANNING, CBE, QPM, Deputy Commissioner of   Police, Royal Hong Kong Police and other Hong Kong Officials and officers of the U.S. Consulate Hong Kong visit MIDWAY.

 

21 MAR 85      General Ki Baeck LEE, ROKA, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff, Republic of Korea Forces.

 

12 JUN 85        Colonel Sidney J. WISE, USAF, Vice Commander, 313AD visits MIDWAY

 

22 JUN 85        Captain Riley D. MIXSON relieved Captain H.P. KOBER Jr. as Commanding Officer of USS MIDWAY.

 

19 JUL 85        DOD Overseas entertainment group "A.C.T.S." entertaining crew of MIDWAY while in the Indian Ocean.

 

07 AUG 85       MIDWAY crew receives "Beer ration while in the Indian Ocean

 

08 AUG 85       Captain J.G. TOLHURST, RN, Commanding Officer of HMS Exeter DDG-D89 and Commander Task Group 321.1 visits MIDWAY in the North Arabian Sea.

 

19 AUG 85       DOD Overseas entertainment group "Queens" entertaining the crew of MIDWAY in the North Arabian Sea.