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USS MIDWAY (CV-41) 1985 YEARS END SUMMARY
1. Commanding Officer, USS MIDWAY (CV-41):
Captain H. P. KOBER, Jr., USN, -----/1310; Commanding Officer from 1 January 1985 to 22 June 1985.
Captain R. D. MIXSON, USN, ----/1310; Commanding Officer from 22 June 1985
to 31 December 1985.
While berthed at Leyte Pier, Cubi Point 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.
2. Carrier Air Wing FIVE Command Organization
Commander, Carrier Air Wing FIVE: Commander T. R. BEARD; 23 August 1984 –
31 December 1985
Composition of Command:
Fighter Squadron ONE SIX ONE: 12 F-4S Phantom II
Commander J. P. PATTON; 01 January 1985 - 31 December 1985
Fighter Squadron ONE FIVE ONE: 12 F-4S Phantom II
Commander C. L. ROBINSON; 01 January 1985 - 30 April 1985
Commander R. M. TAYLOR; 30 April 1985 - 31 December 1985
Attack Squadron NINE THREE: 12 A-7E Corsair II
Commander H. W. HARTSELL; 01 January 1985 - 31 December 1985
Attack Squadron FIVE SIX: 12 A-7E Corsair II
Commander P. R. STATSKEY; 01 January 1985 - 31 December 1985
Attack Squadron ONE ONE FIVE: 10 A-6E and 5 KA-6D Intruder
Commander W. A. GOUSLIN; 01 January 1985 - 20 June 1985
Commander R. J. RHOADES; 20 June 1985 - 31 December 1985
Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron ONE THREE SIX: 4 EA-69 Prowler
Commander T. J. FORD; 01 January 1985 - 04 October 1985
Commander D. B. MCKINNEY; 04 October 1985 - 31 December 1985
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE FIVE: 4E-2C Hawkeye
Commander D. D. HERZBERG; 01 January, 1985 - 04 August 1985
Commander R. B. WEBER: 04 August 1985 - 31 December 1985
Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron TWELVE: 6 SH-3H Sea King
Commander W.A.ROOP; 01 January 1985-14 May 1985
Commander J. K. MARSHALL; 14 May 1985 - 31 December 1985
3. Summary of CVW-5 Flight hours for 1985:
SQUADRON HOURS TRAPS
VA-56 4383 1905
VA-93 4483 1906
VA-115 5273 2107
VF-151 3857 1532
VF-161 3920 1653
VAW-115 2283 646
VAQ-136 1767 765
HS-12 3608 N/A
Note: The foregoing summary includes figures for aircraft arrested landings (TRAPS) which differ from the figures in Annex A (Air Department). Air Department figures include all arrested landings while the foregoing figures are for the Air Wing only.
MAJOR DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS
1. OPERATION DEPARTMENT:
a. Combat Information Center (CIC):
(1) In February 1985 MIDWAY departed Yokosuka, Japan for routine operations in the South China 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. TEAM SPIRIT 85 (14-24 March) conducted 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. A major highlight was successful intercept of Soviet TU-16 Badger aircraft that had transited the DPRK landmass to enter the Yellow Sea.
(2) After a Yokosuka in-port visit (26 March - 16May) MIDWAY departed to participate in two joint exercises. VALIANT USHER 85 (22 - 27 May) conducted with the USAF in the vicinity of Okinawa and ASWEX 85-3 in the East China Sea, exercised all facets of CIC. The newly created ASW Module was fully manned an in operation providing ASW helo coordination and submarine tracking.
(3) Another brief in-port period (2 - 10 June), and CV-41 departed en route Indian Ocean operations. Transit exercises included CRAE 85-1 (12 - 13 June), MINEX A/B (17 June) and MULTIPLEX 85-5 (16 - 18 June) all of which provided valuable combat team training.
On 6 July MIDWAY conducted a highly successful INCHOPEX with USS CONSTELLATION and assumed duties as the ready Indian Ocean carrier. The Indian Ocean deployment provided many opportunities to execute triple axis AEW against Iranian MARPAT C-130 Hercules aircraft from Bandar Abbas, Goa based Indian IL-13 May aircraft and Aden based Soviet IL-38 May aircraft. Interoperability continued a top priority during exercises GLAD CUSTOMER/BUSY OBSERVER (18 July) with the USAF, MINI-BEACON FLASH (29 - 30 July and 3 August) and INFERNO CREEK (13 - 18 August) with Sultan of Oman forces. The ASW Module exercised its abilities utilizing VP assets, ASW ships and HS helos in a coordinated,
long range (10U+NM), prosecution of a Soviet Victor I SSN. After turnover to USS KITTY HAWK and Battle Group BRAVO (14 September), USS MIDWAY conducted a well deserved port visit to Perth, Australia, then commenced its transit home. En route, CV-41 participated in two major combined exercises; VALIANT USHER 85-5AS with the Australians and ANNUALEX 60G (10 - 14 October) with JMSDF.
(4) On November 15 MIDWAY departed for its last operational period of the year. Major exercises conducted were MULTIPLEX 86-1 (21 - 24 November), USN-USAF B-52 aircraft PASSEX (5 December) and ASWEX 86-1JA (8 - 11 December). CIC excelled during this at-Sea period with an intercept of B-52 aircraft in excess of 300NM. Highlighting ASWEX 86-1JA, the first exercise totally dedicated to ASW, was an aggressive EMCON plan implemented by the EW Module. The ASW Module also proved a valuable asset with its most active role in ASW prosecution. MIDWAY returned to Yokosuka on 13 December for a well deserved in-port after a fast paced operational year.
(1) The weather experienced by USS MIDWAY during 1985 can be broken down into two separate, distinct, troublesome periods: typhoon season and Indian Ocean (IO) weather.
(a) Typhoon season: Typhoon Gay started the season off early and almost disrupted Exercise VALIANT USHER in the Okinawa op-area; fortunately the system recurved. While in-port Subic Bay for the Change of Command, Typhoon Hal's track nearly forced MIDWAY to sortie; but the typhoon veered North avoiding the Philippines. Later, while coming back from the Indian Ocean and Perth, Typhoon Brenda caused the Battle Group to reconsider entering Subic Bay; however, the Battle Group went in and no sortie was needed. During the October/ November upkeep in Yokosuka, Typhoon Fay passed along the Eastern coast of Japan. Had its track been
more westward, results could have been disastrous.
(b) IO weather: MIDWAY deployed to the Indian Ocean during the summer of 1985. Here the Battle Group came under the classic Southwest Monsoon, producing adverse weather conditions. Solid overcast, stratiform clouds with bases between 500 and 800 ft prevailed along the Omani coast. Visibility was lowered to 3 to 5NM in heavy haze. Strong winds from the Southwest ranged from 25 to 30 knots produced 6 to 9 ft seas. In aviation terminology, the IO was case 3 for two solid months.
(1) 1985 was a very successful year for the combat systems maintenance organization and all electronic equipment. Newly installed equipment AN/URN-25 is a much more reliable TACAN.
(2) Equipment availability was maintained at a very high rate throughout 1985, approaching or exceeding goals of 95 percent for all major systems with many exceeding 98 percent. This was primarily a result of excellent maintenance skills, good training and close attention to supply requirements.
(1) MIDWAY's Intelligence Center (OZ), Crypto-logic Element (OS) and Photo Lab (OP) continued their tradition of providing outstanding and timely support to the embarked staffs, air wing, and ship by an undaunted and superb performance in 1985. Highlighting the year were intensive operations in the Sea of Japan and Indian Ocean.
(2) CVIC was designated as the air, surface and ELINT rain-form reporting unit for Battle Group ALFA and coordinated tracking and reporting evolutions involving friendly and non-friendly aircraft and ships. Exercise TEAM SPIRIT 85 in the Sea of Japan and Yellow Sea during March drew extensive Soviet and Chinese reaction resulting in round-the-clock rain-form reporting. Additionally, real time 0TH-T data was passed to CTF 74 for rapid turnaround to the submarine participant; a highly successful first test of MIDWAY's TFCC/OTCIXS capability.
Re-installation of the Fleet Imagery Support Terminal (FIST) in April prior to deployment to the Indian Ocean allowed timely imagery support which proved to be a mainstay for targeting and contingency planning. An INCSEA occurred while transiting the South China Sea en route the Indian Ocean in June which involved two Cam Ranh Bay based Soviet TU-16 Badger aircraft which interrupted CVW-5 aircraft landing pattern during recovery operations. Operational requirements in the North Arabian Sea and major exercises throughout 1985 resulted in 154 high
precedence rain-form messages and 14 Intelligence Information Reports (IIR) produced by OZ Division.
(3) MIDWAY's Naval Security Group Division (OS) with 10 CT's permanently assigned was augmented on four 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: TEAM SPIRIT 85, ANNUALEX 60G, MULTIPLEX 85, READIEX BRAVO, PASSEX's and ASWEX's. During MIDWAY's 131 day Indian Ocean deployment, joint
operations were conducted with HMS Exeter and HMS CHARYBDIS. Secure voice
communications were also maintained with properly equipped and cleared CVW-5 E-2C aircraft.
(4) Crypto-logic Combat Support Console (CCSC) operations continued to improve. TAD support, along with experienced PCS personnel, enabled the preparation of an excellent Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) manual. The system provides for outstanding coordination between
SUPPLOT spaces and SSES operators.
(5) Communications personnel regularly participated in the monthly Small Pipe HF contingency exercises, in addition to maintaining one of the most active SI communications centers afloat. During the Indian Ocean deployment, the tributary communications system was installed onboard MIDWAY for contingency support while in the Indian Ocean. The entire installation and de-installation of the system was accomplished using OS division personnel.
(6) The Photographic Lab completed over 3,800 job requests in 1985. Of these, 59 percent satisfied totally Intelligence, Reconnaissance, Public Affairs, Criminal Investigation and COMSEC requirements, 29 percent were internal information programs and the remaining 12 percent were for education and training, recruiting, RTD and E, medical/dental and combat readiness. Eleven major operational exercises were recorded in addition to the 1984/1985 cruise book which commemorated MIDWAY's 40th anniversary and 9 VIP visits. OP Division concluded 1985 with a grade of outstanding on the COMNAVAIRPAC Command 3M Inspection.
2. SUPPLY DEPARTMENT:
a. In 1985 the Supply Department expanded its operation, workload, and performance, significantly improving its support and reliability to the ship, the crew and the air wing. Following a two month cruise from January to March, in which MIDWAY participated in TEAM SPIRIT 85, the ship went into dry dock as part of EISRA 85. During this time the ISSOT team conducted a wall-to-wall inventory of all repairable storerooms, thus greatly enhancing the comprehensive support to the ship and air wing. MIDWAY left dry dock in May and after a two week shakedown cruise got underway for an extended Indian Ocean deployment. In Subic Bay, the last port before sailing into the Indian Ocean, supply personnel worked around the clock for 5 days loading out the ship in preparation for establishing a supply pipeline Turing the deployment which extended 12,000 miles.
During the Indian Ocean cruise UNREPS occurred several times a week, and VERTREPS, some as large as 600 pallets and lasting as long as 9 hours, happened at least once a week. The over 3,000 pallets of material received by S-2, S-3, S-6, and S-8 divisions included everything from GSK material to stereos and ice cream. Three and one-half weeks after returning from the Indian Ocean MIDWAY departed Yokosuka fully loaded with stores and supplies for a one month cruise. In December, the Supply Department rehabilitated its administrative spaces and several of its divisional spaces. This was done as part of an expanded aviation support effort and the initiation of the Logistics Support Center. The LSC is a joint supply/maintenance interface focused on linking the communities together to provide efficient and effective support to the ship's maintenance effort. During this year the Supply Department organized and managed all support services and supplies on MIDWAY's visits to Subic Bay, Philippines, Hong Kong and the infrequently visited Perth, Australia.
b. Stock Control Division (S-1): A dedicated effort by the control branch to purify the requisition file streamlined the supply pipeline. This and a comprehensive Quality Assurance program for validating all stock receipts and rescreening all items originally classified NIS increased air wing readiness and was a leading factor in the success of the Indian Ocean Cruise.
c. Food Service Division (S-2): Food Service continued to operate the finest mess afloat. In June all food preparation areas were painted and re-surfaced. New equipment in the bake shop helped to provide superior bakery products. The mess decks were painted, new dining tables were added and new and larger salad bars were installed. All these enhanced the atmosphere of the mess decks and meal service to the crew. In December freezers and all subsistence storerooms were repaired and painted extending their life spans and insuring their exacting sanitary standards. These and other efforts led MIDWAY to represent COMNAVAIRPAC in the Ney Memorial Competition for 1986 and to winning runner-up for the Food Service Excellence Award.
d. Retail Sales and Services Division, (S-3): Retail Sales recorded a total yearly stock turn of 7.07, one of the highest ever for an aircraft carrier. This remarkable figure was accomplished by stocking items which were responsive to the needs and wants of the crew. These items included uniforms and sundry goods as well as the latest in stereo equipment and customer made MIDWAY clothing. Total sales exceeded 3 million dollars, of which 315,000 dollars were contributed to the
Welfare and Recreation Fund. The Walk-in store was renovated, and the laundry processed more than 1.5 million pounds of laundry while it increased service to CPO's, officers and VIPs. The barbershop gave more than 80,000 haircuts.
e. Disbursing Division (S-4): The Disbursing Office processed more than 1,500 travel claims per month and continued to have the lowest OCR error rate of any Pacific Fleet carrier. Computers were installed for the first time to process travel claims, speed up payday processing, and help in LES reconciliation. A disbursing lecture series was established to visit divisions and squadrons to help educate personnel about pay and entitlements.
f. Wardroom Division (S-5): Snacks and Racks continued to improve in 1985. New heating and lighting systems were installed in the aft wardroom. A lighted salad bar, larger beverage area, new deep fat fryers, and sliding doors were also installed to improve the appearance, quality, and service of the wardroom. Major improvements were made to staterooms and a new 26-man Technical Representative berthing area was completed with all work being done by S-5 personnel.
g. Aviation Support Division (S-6): The Aviation Supply Support Division provided an exceptional level of support to both AIMD and the squadrons of COMCARAIRWING FIVE. All operational goals were met or exceeded through the June-September Indian Ocean deployment. Following the Indian Ocean cruise S-6 was cited by COMNAVAIRPAC for the lowest off-ship NMCS/PMCS requisition count and highest overall readiness of any comparably deck-loaded aircraft carrier ever deployed to the Indian Ocean. S-6 division also supported detachments of C-2A, US-3A and EA-3B aircraft, assisting them in meeting all objectives. S-6 also provided continuous LAMPS support and expertise to all Battle Group ALFA combatants. In November an assistant aviation supply support division officer was assigned to S-6 as the initial step for a major supply department reorganization as per CNAP directive.
h. Data Services Division (S-7): The Data Processing Services Division implemented two new software applications; SUADPS Real Time Processing and Logistic Support Center Real Time Processing. The Honeywell AN/UYK 65(V) SNAP I Phase II computer system averaged 682 hours of processing monthly. Data Processing personnel keyed and verified a monthly average of 92,000 documents and generated 1,675,000 pages of printed output over the last twelve months. The paper
storage area was renovated into a DS maintenance area and a new paper storage cage was constructed.
i. Material Division (S-8): Material Control Division designed and constructed storage bins for placement on SMVDS cabinets to maximize storage space, implemented the aviation depot level repairables program, reorganized Main II storerooms for accountability and location accuracy, separated the shipping and receiving functions to better account for material shipped and received, and implemented a rudimentary shelf-life program. During the Indian Ocean deployment Material Control provided outstanding support to the ship and air wing and participated in 31 underway replenishments. Material Control accomplished more this year with fewer personnel than was accomplished in previous years.
j. Surface Support Division (S-9): The Surface Support Division continued to provide the most comprehensive customer service known to any Navy ship in history. Not only has it provided outstanding service in areas of requisitioning and file documentation, but also in CASREP tracking and open purchase contracting. During EISRA 85, S-9 served as the focal point for transactions passed off-ship to NSD Yokosuka. This liaison enabled the ship to enjoy greater service along with an increase in the number of filled requisitions. Divisional Supply Petty Officer training expanded to include familiarization with the RT SUADPS terminal. The pre-planned stages were set for Logistics Support Center implementation in mid-year 1986. This new facet of support will enhance customer service by providing a centralized shipboard, technical library. It has been a big year for the S-9 Division with it only getting better in the months to follow.
3. ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT:
Major casualties/repairs which occurred in 1985 included No. 3 main
\ngine in July which suffered a major lube oil leak while underway in the Indian Ocean. Ruptured piping was repaired by R Division. Aft steam heat drain auxiliary air ejector condenser emergency repairs resulted in saving several thousand gallons of feed water daily and greatly reduced load on ship's evaporators. On 28 February repaired a 6-inch fire main valve in the starboard evaporator in 3 hours avoiding any disruptions to flight operations.
Replaced 14 Ellison doors throughout the engineering plant in October 1985. Hydraulics shop retentioned No. 3 elevator cables, repaired No. 3 winch 16 times, Repaired No. 1 and No. 3 conveyors 6 times and completed approximately 4,000 cycles on ship's aircraft elevators. Steam Heat shop completed approximately 2,000 trouble calls, and made extensive repairs to galley equipment as well as laundry equipment. Steam Heat also overhauled port and starboard ship's whistles twice, rebuilt approximately 30 hot water heaters and maintained catapult steam system. Air compressor and Fire Pump shop overhauled Nos. 3, 16, 10 and 20 fire and flushing pumps.
Overhauled Nos. 9, 10, 11, and 12 high pressure air compressors, No. 1 medium pressure air compressor, and supplied the ship with the Rated Sailor of the Year. Air Conditioning and Refrigeration shop overhauled Nos. 2, 4, 6 and 7 A/C plants, Nos. 2.and 3 chilled water pumps and performed major repairs to Nos. 3 and 5 A/C plants. Also overhauled were Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 A/C salt water pumps and forward chill box. All A/C plants’ purge units were repaired and automatic controls set. Diesel shop overhauled port motor whaleboat and ran aft emergency diesel 216, 415 hours and forward emergency diesel 383, 694 hours.
Diesel shop also maintained Captain's gig and Officer motor boat. The Machine shop engraved over 5,900 pieces of work and also machined over 1,500 jobs. 02N2 shop overhauled No. 202 storage tank vacuum pump and No. 1 R-22 reefer unit which was eventually replaced. Also overhauled were No. 1 N2 cryogenic pump and No. 2 R-22 unit. Completed 6,000 hours maintenance on Nos. 5, 6 and 7 HP air compressors and 2,000 hours on No. 4 HP air compressor. With the help of SRF Yokosuka Engineering accomplished the rebuilding of 18 SSTG's bearings and the repair of xcessive gland sealing steam to the HP turbine.
There was a casualty to Dem. 2000 telephone system which shut down one-half of ship's phones. After 3 days the casualty was repaired. Three hundred dead end cables were removed from the ship. During the week of 7-14 October operated over 90 hydraulic fire-main valves and effected repairs to 20. Head Checks work center completed 4,550 trouble calls in 1985. Carpenter shop fabricated over 100 presentation plaques and 5 stages.
Shipfitter shop completed over 2,400 welding and brazing jobs. Over 80 DC flooding voids were inspected with COMNAVAIRPAC Inspectors LCDR CLAYTON and HTC UNDERWOOD during week of 14-21 January. Voids C-526-V and C-527-V under steering were chemically cleaned for PONDS (Portable Noise and Detection System) inspection on 7 June. Actual PONDS inspection occurred 19-22 November. Ship's force completed boiler front brickwork in 2A, 2C and 4A boilers and completed screen-wall in 4A boiler, replaced and plugged tubes in 2C boiler and rerolled super-heater tubes in
b. During 1985, MIDWAY had one 60-day Extended Incremental Selected Restricted Availability (EISRA 83-60) and the following Incremental SRA's: 84-2 (13 days), 84-3 (8 days), 85-1 (17 days) and 85-2 (50 days). A total, of 1,290 jobs which included repair work, Five Year Maintenance Plan (FYMP) and SHIPALTS were completed for the Engineering Department. During those availabilities, approximately 2.5 million dollars was expended for work.
c. The following inspections were conducted:
(1) NTPI (March): No damage control discrepancies were noted. Damag control teams were evaluated as effective. The Accident/Incident sill was evaluated as superb.
(2) Operational Propulsion Plant Recertification Exam (15-19 October): No major damage control discrepancies were noted. Main space fire drill 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. Thirty-nine out of forty-two ECC drills were successfully passed. MIDWAY passed an unprecedented 3rd OPPRE.
(3) 3M (November): Engineering successfully passed the inspection.
4. WEAPONS DEPARTMENT:
Weapons Department remains fully capable of meeting all mission requirements.
Throughout the year the department maintained an outstanding readiness status and met all commitments with total effectiveness and superior efficiency. Grades received for major inspections included: NTPI - satisfactory, 3M - satisfactory (93.5), Mine. Readiness Certification Inspection (MRCI) - satisfactory. The material condition of all spaces and equipment remain superb if not unsurpassed in the Pacific Fleet. Major efforts by department personnel, ship's force and SRF Yokosuka have contributed to this most notable accomplishment.
Weapons elevator availability for all 12 elevators and conveyors averaged over 99 percent throughout an arduous WESTPAC deployment cycle. One hundred percent of all scheduled SRF jobs were accomplished during numerous shipyard availabilities. A major offload/on-load of ordnance was accomplished in record time to accommodate one scheduled yard period. This "short lead time" evolution was accomplished safely and efficiently.
"W" Division continued to lead the Fleet in weapon component transfers accomplished while successfully preparing for the NTPI while deployed to the Indian Ocean/North Arabian Sea. Approximately 3,211 missile transactions were conducted with the Air Wing to support no-notice real world commitments during 1985.
5. COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT:
MIDWAY's Communication Department transmitted 55,757 and received 334,197 messages during the year. In meeting operational commitments, the department maintained satellite and long-haul HF radio links with Naval Communications Area Master Stations (NAVCAMS) Western Pacific located in Guam, Eastern Pacific located in Hawaii, as well as Naval Communications Station (NAVCOMMSTA) Philippines, Japan, Diego Garcia, Harold E. Holt, and allied facilities at Oman. Visual signals statistics were: flashing light (tactical) 4,763; flashing light (non-tactical) 427; semaphore 93; and flag hoist 94 for a total of 5,377 messages.
January through April MIDWAY provided quality, reliable
communications in support of HARPOONEX 85, ASWEX 85 and TEAM SPIRIT 85. Through a continuous aggressive training program Communications has maintained M-1 readiness, completing 103 readiness exercises for the competitive cycle. Additionally, a highly productive, long haul HF back-up termination for all category IV traffic was maintained with NAVCAMS WESTPAC and NAVCOMMSTA Philippines throughout the underway period, realizing increased circuit reliability, bolstering operator orientation and procedural refinement. During ISRA 85-2, the Communication Department was heavily involved in ship's force projects including overhaul of various teletype equipment, antennae and associated platforms. Message processing, throughout the period was efficient, accurate, and reflected sustained quality control. During TEAM SPIRIT 85 MIDWAY was designated Communications Control Ship in the transit and federated operations phases.
Demonstrating maximum flexibility, two unique communications plans were integrated into a single joint battle force communications network and provided the embarked commander with timely and reliable exercise support. The majority of the April through June period was spent in incremental repair. Significant communications capability upgrades were made during the 50 day availability.
The projects include AN/SSQ-88 Quality Control Monitoring Equipment SHIPALT, Twin Fan Antenna replacement with Lightweight Broadband Antenna, replacement of two Xerox 7600 reproduction machines and repair training. The COMPUSCAN COMET III Optical Character Reader equipment was installed upgrading outgoing message preparation capability. An AER in the Tactical Teletype Area was accomplished resulting in a more efficient configuration, providing a more streamlined message flow. Following this period extensive training efforts were renewed in preparation for the Indian Ocean deployment. Communication Department maintained M-1 readiness status and is fully capable of supporting all requirements for tactical communications within the Battle Group, both visual and electronic. The July through September period found MIDWAY on contingency operations in the Indian Ocean. The Communication Department continues sustained outstanding performance. Emphasis on training and meeting, a high optempo resulted in maintaining our M-1 readiness. An active PQS program produced 254 operating position qualifications, equating to 5 watch stations per man in CR Division. CR Divion completed 352 readiness exercises for the cycle with an average grade of 99.7 percent. CS Divisionis held more than 60 unscheduled readiness exercises and completed all competitive exercises for the cycle with an average grade of 96.5 percent. During the final quarter
Communications continued her high level of quality performance, providing support during ASWEX 86-IJA and ANNUALEX 60G. Throughout the year CMS account was maintained in excellent condition. June saw verification of the account by DCMS Washington, DC and inspection by the Naval Security Group Detachment, Subic Bay RP with more than satisfactory results. In accordance with ALCOM 24/85 Two Person Integrity (TPI) was instituted in the CMS vault.
c. The following inspections were conducted:
(1) COMNAVAIRPAC PMS/3M - excellent (92 percent)
(2) CMS account verified by DCMS Washington, DC on 6 June
(3) CMS Inspection 21 June - satisfactory (comment: "MIDWAY Account mpressive,
better organized and managed than any other CV account my inspectors have seen•")
(4) Operational Commander's Evaluation - outstanding
d. The following material upgrades/enhancements were accomplished:
(1) SHIPALT installation of AN/SSQ-88
(2) Installation of KY-58 (Mini-Vap)
(3) Installation of COMPUSCAN COMET III Optical Character Reader
(4) AER rearrangement of Tactical Teletype Area
(5) Installation of 2 Xerox 7600 reproduction machines
(6) Replacement of Twin Fan Antenna with a lightweight broadband HF communications antenna
6. SAFETY DEPARTMENT:
a. Safety: An active local multimedia approach is utilized to sustain the high level of safety consciousness on board. Thirty-seven safety oriented and numerous radio spot productions and editorials were created locally and aired by ship's closed circuit TV and radio on a regular and ad hoc basis-The ship's daily newspaper published 110 articles on safety, topics in CY-85 and the ship's bimonthly safety magazine presented 40 to 50 pages of original articles, safety news and unique tear out posters for CV/CVW and DESRON 15 ships to promote hazard awareness ashore and afloat. In the 1985 CHINFO Awards competition, MIDWAY received three first place awards, one second, and one honorable mention from those efforts. One package of three safety spots went on to win the 1985 Thomas Jefferson Award for Broadcast Journalism Excellence. Two special booklets were published on flight deck safety. One of those won second place in the CHINFO Competition, the other "Flight Deck Awareness - A Basic Guide", received a CHINFO honorable mention and has been selected by NAVSAFECEN for fleet-wide distribution in the spring of 1986.
b. Seven comprehensive ship/air wing safety stand-downs emphasized basic safety concepts, NATOPS professionalism, lessons learned and safety in future evolutions. Active crew interest was demonstrated by an active safety gram program which received and processed 78 safety grams in CY-85.
CVW-5 Squadrons nominated a total of 19 personnel to be Pro of the
Week. Of those, ten received COMNAVAIRPAC awards and one was the COMFITAEWWINGPAC Maintenance Pro of the Week. Two VF-151 aircrew received air medals and were presented the Daedalians' Distinguished Airmanship Award for saving a crippled F-4 in a 1,200 mile bingo to Diego Garcia. Two VF-161 aircrew received Approach Magazine's Bravo Zulu Award for out-standing professionalism in performing a main gear up landing at Cubi Point. One pilot in VA-93 received an Air Medal for a night, one main gear up landing at Masirah, Oman which resulted in very minor damage and allowed the aircraft to be flown again the next day. Four squadrons publish regular or ad hoc safety papers or notices. VF-151 is the current Battle "E" and Safety "S" holder and is accident free for over 5 years.
VF-56 received the highest CV-85 NATOPS inspection of any COMLATWINGPAC squadron.
The last operational deployed C-1A "Trader" operated off MIDWAY until 5 April 1985. The venerable "COD" had a perfect safety record in 1985. On the negative side, VA-56 lost an A-7E due to engine failure. A highly professional long distance SAP, effort followed. The pilot received minor injuries and has fully recovered. On the night of 17 August, after 13 years and 10 days of accident free operations, VAW-1I5 lost an E-2C and two young Naval Officers when the aircraft continued off the angle after a bolter with insufficient power applied. HS-12 experienced tail rotor failure upon liftoff from the ship on 18 November. The helo was lost at sea but the crew was swiftly recovered uninjured.
In September MIDWAY entered her 40th year at the completion of a high
speed evolution which was the precursor to a highly successful Operational Propulsion Plant Readiness, Examination (OPPRE). In August MIDWAY/CVW-5 successfully completed Naval Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI). CY-85 culminated in the annual COMNAVAIRPAC 3M Inspection, in which MIDWAY/CVW-5 received the highest 3M grade awarded to any PACFLT CV in over 3 years: 88.5. Such attention to detail is indicative of MIDWAY/CVW-5's commitment to both readiness and safety which is second to none.
e. 3M: MIDWAY's 3M program was very effective in 1985. The COMANVAIRPAC 3M Inspection Team from San Diego conducted an in-depth surprise 3M inspection from 16 to 19 December. The final total score was 88.5 percent. This is the best grade the inspectors had ever seen achieved by a carrier. The DC grade was an impressive 92.7 percent. All departments passed the inspection and the Air Wing's DC grade was 97.9 percent. The reasons for the outstanding results are the continuous 3M training for maintenance men and work center supervisors, technical assistance to all divisions by the 3M Division, strong Chief Petty Officers assigned as Department
3M Coordinators, and an aggressive PMS spot check program fully supported by the Chain of Command from the Captain on down. In addition, formal 3M classes were conducted for the crew and over 500 new personnel qualified in 3M PQS.
7. DECK DEPARTMENT:
a. Deck Department highlights for 1985 began with two highly productive availabilities in Yokosuka, one of 45 days and one of 60 days, followed by a very successful Indian Ocean deployment of 4 months. In December Deck Department achieved a grade of 91.8 percent during a surprise command 3M inspection conducted by COMNAVAIRPAC.
b. During the course of the year, two Deck Department personnel were washed over-borrad while on the job. Both Seaman Blanchard and Seaman Sharkey were safely recovered.
c. While underway MIDWAY's Deck Department safely anchored 7 times, moored alongside 7 times and completed 87 safe UNREPS:
(1) 53 fueling at sea
(2) 18 connected replenishments
(3) 16 fueling of escorts
Individual UNREPS included: Hassayampa (4), Passumpsic (5) Mispillion (20), Mt Hood (1), Kilauea (10) Willamette (3),
Ponchatoula (7), Kansas City (14) San Jose (7), Oldendorf (2), Lockwood (3), Cochrane (4), Reeves (1) Sterett (1), Knox (2), Towers (2), and Kirk (1).
e. During 1985 over 1,000 gallons of Paint were expended painting and preserving the sides.
f. During a helo in the water emergency in November, the starboard motor whale boat was engaged in rescue operations while preparations were made to recover the helo with Deck Department's B and A crane. Also with the B and A crane, an F-4 Phantom aircraft was unloaded while in Subic Bay, Philippines for repairs. Deck Department also improved the Habitability of MIDWAY by refurbishing First and Third Division berthing.
8. MEDICAL DEPARTMENT:
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 ALFA. No significant loss of services or capabilities during the period.
c. One Major equipment installed: Anesthesia machine significantly increased Medical department's "State of the Art" anesthesia capabilities.
d. Notable Records: Received overall score of 91.8 percent on Medical Inpatient Record Audit for MIDWAY's "Blue M" audit competition grade.
9. DENTAL DEPARTMENT:
MIDWAY's Dental Department provided comprehensive dental care to the officers and men of MIDWAY, embarked Staffs, Air Wing and Battle Group Alfa. Four dental officers and nine dental technicians recorded over 83,000 dental procedures in 1985, an increase of over 30,000 procedures from the previous year. An aggressive preventive dentistry program was enhanced through computerization of the annual dental recall system. This resulted in a significant increase in the number of individuals who benefitted from their annually required oral examination, plaque control instructions and topical fluoride application. Major material additions included: (1) Zenith 120 computer and custom designed recall program; (2) A panographic radiology unit used in the diagnosis and treatment of maxillofacial disease; (3) A high temperature metal alloy casting machine for the fabrication of removable partial dental frameworks and (4) New lonmat decking throughout the entire clinic. MIDWAY dental commenced regularly scheduled dental assist visits to the surface combatants of Battle Group Alfa during the Indian Ocean deployment. This program provides: (1) A direct report to the commanding officer regarding the dental readiness of his crew and the performance of the attached corpsman; (2) A review of dental emergency and administrative procedures; (3) A review of all dental records and a priority listing of those individuals requiring treatment.
10. TRAINING DEPARTMENT:
During 1985, a total of 1,564 Navy-wide advancement examinations were administered to MIDWAY personnel through the Training Department. MIDWA offered 25 (three semester hours each) college level courses through the PACE program with total enrollment of 506, of which 460 completed the courses. A total of 9 (45 classroom hours each) high school courses were offered with total enrollment of 124, of which 103 completed the courses. A total of 1,322 military/leadership examinations were administered.
Approximately 1,300 CONUS and local school requests were processed through the Training Department. Twenty-three personnel were advanced under the provisions of the Command Advancement Program (CAP): two to E-6, eight to E-5, and thirteen to E-4. A total of 1,317 personnel attended MIDWAY indoctrination Division training and 1,063 received Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training. Additionally, 2,678 correspondence courses were graded by the Training Department. MIDWAY personnel participated in more than 267 examinations through the DANTES program.
Statistics for 1985:
b. Arrested Landing Milestones:
289,000 4 FEB 85 E-28 VAW-115 LCDR Dundas/LT. Detloff
290,000 16 FEB 85 EA-3B VQ-1 LT Bouvet/LTJG Shiple
291,000 20 MAR 85 A-6E VA-115 LT Gonzales/LT Gonzales
292,000 23 MAY 85 F-4S VF-161 LT Neubaurer/LT Crisp
293,000 24 JUN 85 F-4S VF-151 CDR Taylor/LT Kronzer
294,000 13 JUL 85 KA-6D VA-115 LT Gonzalez/Lt Eaton
295,000 1 AUG 85 A-6E VA-115 LCDR McDonald/LCDR Phillips
296,000 22 AUG 85 F-4S VF-151 LT Murray/LCDR Glazer
297,000 21 SEP 85 EA-6B VAQ-136 LCDR Underwriter/CDR Beard
298,000 12 OCT 85 F-4S VF-151 LCDR Leblanc/LT Schrader
299,000 25 NOV 85 F-4S VF-151 LT Banks/LT Carter
12. NAVIGATION DEPARTMENT:
a. Linear Miles Steamed: 34,146
b. In-port Days: 138 (107 Yokosuka, 31 days in other ports)
c. At-sea Days: 227
13. AVIATION INTERMEDIATE MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT (AIMD)
a. Production Data:
Components Components Department Rotable Poole
Month Processed RFI’D RFI Rate % Effectiveness %
Jan 85 883 625 70.8 91.0
Feb 2575 1857 72.1 92.0
Mar 2675 1806 67.5 90.0
Apr 598 331 55.4 91.5
May 2439 1600 65.6 92.9
Jun 2850 2124 74.5 92.4
Jul 4421 2956 66.9 95.8
Aug 3838 2578 67.2 96.5
Sep 3254 2273 69.9 96.2
Oct 1728 1157 67.0 96.8
Nov 2274 1609 70.6 96.4
Dec 1825 1314 72.0 97.2
Totals: 29,360 20,230 68.9 94.6
b. Departmental Inspections/Assist visits completed:
Month Inspection Grade
DEC 85 COMNAVAIRPAC 3-M SURPRISE Satisfactory
NOV 85 NALC DET WEST ANNUAL
CALIBRATION LAB AUDIT Satisfactory
NOV 85 COMNAVAIRPAC ANNUAL MICRO/MINATURE Satisfactory
REPAIR STATION CERTIFICATION
c. Major Projects Completed:
(1) APR - Hosted the CNAP IMRL Tailoring Conference.
(2) MAY - Completed the E-2C aircraft transition aboard MIDWAY.
(3) OCT - Completed an extensive ICRL review which resulted in a 250 percent line itemincrease, a C-1 capability code increase
from 43 percent to 51 percent, and a net gain of 813 new repair capabilities.
(4) Incorporated aerial refueling stores (D-704) into IM-2 CVW-5. Established work center 460 to perform "I" level maintenance.
(5) Completed Power Plants Bulletin 72 which required immediate and expeditious repair/inspection of all embarked TF-41
(6) Achieved a zero workable backlog on 26 DEC 85.
(7) Obtained certification Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) vault.
(8) Established E-2C support by installation and operational verification of the AN/USN-467 RADCOM, AN/USM-429 CAT
IIID (V)1, and AN/ALQ-126A DECM system and future support of the AN/ALQ-1268.
(9) Calibration Work center processed in excess of 7,000 items (figure based on input from the format 600 through October) of
test and measurement equipment which are not reflected in the overall production statistics.
10. Recertified all 9 micro miniature repair stations in AIMD. Qualified an additional 13 repair technicians.
(11) Established connector repair capability and created a connector repair Work center.
(12) Building 1260 in Yokosuka: The ground work and planning were begun for MIDWAY Support Equipment to move into a shore maintenance facility for 1986. Building 1260 in Yokosuka has been given to MIDWAY by Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka and construction will begin in January 1986 with a completed date of 27 March 1986.
(13) Renovation of MIDWAY Support Equipment Facilities/Spaces: In December an extensive upgrade and renovation of the
main SE Work center was begun along with the Division office. All old cabinets and desks were replaced with polished
aluminum built in desks, cabinets and file cabinets.
(14) AWSEP Armament Weapons Support Equipment Program: In October the AWSEP Program was introduced to MIDWAY.
With the assistance of the AWSEP team from AIRPAC all weapons equipment was inventoried and training was provided to both
AIMD and Weapons Department personnel.
14. EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT:
The Executive Department enjoyed a banner year during 1985, garnering numerous Navy and fleet-wide awards for excellence.
Celebrating the highest retention statistics of any carrier in the Pacific Fleet, the Career Counselors Office received its second consecutive highly prestigious COMNAVAIRPAC Golden Anchor Award for retention excellence. The Public Affairs Office received an unprecedented 10 Navy Chief of Information Merit Awards for Print and Broadcast Excellence… more than any other command, afloat or ashore, in the Navy. Public Affairs Office took first place honors in all media areas; print, radio and television. Additionally, the Public Affairs Office received its second consecutive U.S. Forces Japan Public Affairs Award of Excellence for the most outstanding overall public affairs program amongst all multi-service Japan based forces. The ship's closed-circuit television studio was completely revamped, removing the old system and installing the new Navy Broadcasting Service SUPER SITE system which significantly enhanced production capability and quality. The entire ship was also refitted with a new, state-of-the-art cable distribution system designed for ease of maintenance. Finally, X-2 division initiated the newly approved LDO Security Officer billet.
15. CHAPLAIN DEPARTMENT:
a. The Chaplain Department continued MIDWAY's involvement with Kobo Cottage Orphanage by visits and gifts of clothes and toys January and October. Forty-two children from Kobo were guests of MIDWAY big brothers at the ship's children's Christmas party. Memorial services were conducted for Chief CABRERA (3 April), LT Kevin KUHNIGH and ENS Christopher MIMS (20 August) and AN AQUIRRE (7 December).
In-port visits by chaplains to religious leaders continued at home and away. Particularly notable was co-celebration of mass by
Chaplin ELKIN with Cardinal SIN in Manila (February).
Relief and assistance projects included assisting in collection of nearly 4,000.00 dollars For African famine relief (February), gift
of 1,000.00 dollars from Catholic and Protestant Religious Offerings Funds by CAPT MIXSON to Lioness Club of Olongapo
City for their many programs, and collection of nearly 1000.00 dollars for Jubilee School in Hong Kong (December). Work
projects were effectively carried out in Subic during October.
d. COMNAVAIRPAC Chaplain (CAPT) W. B. TURNER was aboard in October and Chaplain (LT) Carmen ARCURI, of NAF Atsugi, rode the ship in October for familiarization with MIDWAY's Command Religious Program and carrier operations.
e. An ecumenical Christmas Eve candle lighting service was held in the aft wardroom with the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer and Command Master Chief participating along with the chaplains. Among the guests were VADM and Mrs. MCCARTHY, COMSEVENTHFLT and CAPT and Mrs. HABERMEIRER, COMSUBGRUSEVEN.
16. MARINE DETACHMENT:
a. Significant Events:
16 January - The semi-annual Physical Fitness Test was conducted with 98 percent of the Marine Detachment scoring First Class.
21 January - The Marine Detachment participated in Combat FAY Pistol Course at Yokosuka. Japan. This realistic-training was
motivating for many of the Marines.
04 April - The Marine Detachment Color Guard performed for the burial service of MCC Romeo Frips CABRERA.
08 April - All Marines were qualified at the Combat FAY Pistol Course.
14 April - First Sergeant Hermilo MARTINEZ replaced First Sergeant Rodolfo TOVAR as Detachment First Sergeant.
17 April - Marine Detachment Silent Drill Team performed for the USS MIDWAY's Wives Club.
19 May - The Marine Detachment participated in a burial at sea for Emmett Joseph DILLON.
06 June - A Commanding General's Inspection was held by Marine Barracks, Yokosuka, Japan on the Marine Detachment.
19 June - First Lieutenant T. B. ZIELIE assumed the billet of Detachment Executive Officer upon his arrival aboard MIDWAY.
20 June - Marine Detachment Color Guard participated in the VA-115 Change of Command.
21 June - Marine Detachment Color Guard performed at the Change of Command ceremony for MIDWAY.
23 June - Marine Detachment Color Guard and Marine Silent Drill Team performed before Honored Guests Rear Admiral W. L.
CHATHAM and Captain R. D. MIXSON at the Detachment's Change of Command. Captain E. J. HOFFSTETTER relieved
Major J. R. PRIDDY as Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment.
19 July - The Officers and Enlisted Marines of the Marine Detachment were entertained by USO Show "ACTS."
02 August - The Detachment Color Guard performed at VAW-115's Change of Command.
18 August - The Marine Detachment Color Guard and Honor Platoon performed at the Memorial Services of Naval Aviators
Lieutenant K. KUHNIGK and Ensign C. MIMS, lost at sea.
19 August - The Officers and Enlisted Marine's of the Marine Detachment were entertained by the USO Show "QUEENS."
20 August - Marines participated in nearly every event of the MIDWAY Indian Ocean Olympics. Corporal T. GIBSON, in power
lifting, placed third overall, first in his 150 pound classification with a lift of 325 pounds.
23 August - Marine Detachment Honor Platoon welcomed aboard the Secretary of the Navy, The Honorable Mr. John LEHMAN.
27 August - NTPI inspection began on this day as the Marine Detachment did exceptionally well and had no discrepancies.
03 October - An All Hands Command Sponsored Hail and Farewell Party was held in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines.
04 October - The Marine Color Guard performed at VAQ136's Change of Command.
28 October - Gunnery Sergeant L. HARRIS arrived to relieve First Sergeant S. PRUNEDA as the Detachment Gunnery Sergeant.
08 November - Publishing of the Orders and Cutting of the Cake was performed in the Marine Detachment Berthing Spaces to
commemorate the United Stated Marine Corps' 210th Birthday.
10 November - The Marine Corps Birthday Ball, for all Detachment Hands, was held in the Yokosuka Officers Club.
07 December - The Marine Detachment performed at the Memorial Service for Airman AGUIRRI, lost at sea.
21 December – An All Hands Christmas Party was held in the Chief Petty Officer’s Club, Yokosuka, Japan.