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5,000 feet above of USS Midway (CV-41), North Arabian Sea, February 1988. NS024138. Submitted by: Kelly Scherer, SFC, USA (Ret) (Former AO1). http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024138.jpg

 

 

43rd deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet Fleet, on her 28th “WestPac,” underway for operations and transit of the Philippine en route Subic Bay, Philippines, on her 40th South China Sea for operations and port of call at Pattaya Beach, Thailand (17 January to 30 March 1986).

CHAPTER XC

 

 

    “Embarking 37 individuals for Tiger Cruise 86, 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) 17 January 1986, with Captain R. D. Mixon, USN, as Commanding Officer, on her 43rd deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet Fleet, on her 28th “WestPac,” underway for operations and transit of the Philippine en route Subic Bay, Philippines, on her 40th South China Sea for operations and port of call at Pattaya Beach, Thailand. On the day of departure, Midway hosted Major General Akio Suzuki, JASDF, Air Defense Command for briefings on carrier air operations. During the transits Midway/CVW-5 will conduct numerous Aawexes, both actual and synthetic, and participated in an inter-service exercise Busy Customer 86-2H with USAF B-52 aircraft, conducting Cope Thunder 86-3 for CVW-5; Air Wing Refresher Operations and Carrier Qualifications in the Subic Op-area; Readiex Bravo 86-1, followed by Mutiplex 86-2, Mutiplex 86-1, Cope Thunder 86-4 with the USAF in the South China Sea; while transiting the South China Sea en route Thailand an INCHOPEX and Turnover with Battle Group Foxtrot and USS Enterprise (CVN-68) will be conducted in preparation for BG Foxtrot's Indian Ocean deployment. Team Spirit 86 operations in the Yellow Sea will provide escort/intercept and close air support for the Amphibious Operating Area, while operating from both the Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan and will conduct Operations and Transit Tsushima Strait, Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan en route Sasebo, Japan for weapons off-load and staging operations associated with the commencement of Extended Incremental Selected Restrictive Availability (EISRA 86-210) upon Midway return to Yokosuka; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 45th 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 51st 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 61st 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 1986).

 

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

(17 January to 30 March 1986)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (43rd Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

28th WestPac

40th SCS

Yellow Sea

CVW-5

NF

17 Jan 1986

30 Mar 1986

Western Pacific

61st FWFD

73-days

Aawexes, both actual and synthetic, and participated in an inter-service exercise Busy Customer 86-2H with USAF B-52 aircraft, conducting Cope Thunder 86-3 for CVW-5; Air Wing Refresher Operations and Carrier Qualifications in the Subic Op-area; Readiex Bravo 86-1, followed by Mutiplex 86-2, Mutiplex 86-1, Cope Thunder 86-4 with the USAF in the South China Sea; while transiting the South China Sea en route Thailand an INCHOPEX and Turnover with Battle Group Foxtrot and USS Enterprise (CVN-68) will be conducted in preparation for BG Foxtrot's Indian Ocean deployment. Team Spirit 86 operations in the Yellow Sea; will provide escort/intercept and close air support for the Amphibious Operating Area, while operating from both the Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan and will conduct Operations and Transit Tsushima Strait, Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan en route Sasebo, Japan for weapons off-load and staging operations associated with the commencement of Extended Incremental Selected Restrictive Availability (EISRA 86-210) upon Midway return to Yokosuka.

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

 

    “On 17 January 1986, USS Midway (CV-41) got underway embarking 37 individuals for Tiger Cruise 86 and transit of the Philippine and South China Seas en route Subic Bay, Philippines. On that date Midway hosted Major General Akio Suzuki, JASDF, Air Defense Command for briefings on carrier air operations; while during the transit Midway/CVW-5 will conduct numerous Aawexes, both actual and synthetic, and participated in an inter-service exercise Busy Customer 86-2H with USAF B-52 aircraft, conducting Cope Thunder 86-3 for CVW-5; Air Wing Refresher Operations and Carrier Qualifications in the Subic Op-area; Readiex Bravo 86-1, followed by Mutiplex 86-2, Mutiplex 86-1, Cope Thunder 86-4 with the USAF in the South China Sea; while transiting the South China Sea en route Thailand an INCHOPEX and Turnover with Battle Group Foxtrot and USS Enterprise (CVN-68) will be conducted in preparation for BG Foxtrot's Indian Ocean deployment.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41)/CVW-5 participated in Busy Customer 86-2H with USAF B-52 aircraft on 18 January 1986.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) pulled in for a port of call at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines on 22 January 1986, conducting Tiger Cruise 86 and transit Philippine and South China Seas en route Subic Bay, Philippines from 17 to 21 January 1986; commencing a busy 9 day port visit that included CVW-5 assets deployed to Cubi Point NAS in early January to participate in this joint exercise with the USAF; conducting Cope Thunder 86-3 for CVW-5 from 13 to 24 January 1986. En route in the South China Sea, Midway conducted numerous Aawexes, both actual and synthetic, and participated in an inter-service exercise Busy Customer 86-2H with USAF B-52 aircraft on 18 January 1986.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Cope Thunder 86-3 for CVW-5 from 13 to 24 January 1986.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) departed Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines on 31 January 1985, for Air Wing Refresher Operations and Carrier Qualifications in the Subic Op-area, in port from 22 to 31 January 1986. On that day Attack Squadron VF-151 Pilot Lieutenant Commander Jon Snyder and RIO, Lieutenant Commander Tom Glaser made the 300,000 trap aboard Midway in F-4S Phantom SWITCHBOX 206. CDC was instrumental in intercepting and escorting B-52 aircraft in excess of 300NM.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored for a port of call at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines on-load the remainder of CVW-5 Det Cubi Point personnel and equipment used in carrier qualifications for the Air Wing from 3 to 4 February 1986, conducting Operations in Subic Op-area and South China Sea from 31 January to 3 February 1986, commencing Aswex 86-2 on the 3rd of February.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) resumed operations in the South China Sea on 4 February 1986.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Aswex 86-2 from 3 to 5 February 1986.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Readiex Bravo 86-1 on 7 February 1986.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Mutiplex 86-2 on 9 and 10 February 1986.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Mutiplex 86-1 on 12 February 1986 using a RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missile shot from the starboard BPDMS launcher to successfully hit a target drone. Also on that day HS-12 helo crews rescued the crew of SPEARGUN 610 which ditched into the sea because of mechanical problems. Exercises provided valuable training enhancing operational skills and team work.

 

     Midway (CV-41) conducted Cope Thunder 86-4 with the USAF was conducted from 13 to 14 February 1986. Also on 14 February 1986, Captain Michael B. Nordeen, USN, relieved Captain W. T. T. Hood, USN, as Midway Executive Officer.

 

     While transiting the South China Sea en route Pattaya Beach, Thailand on 16 February 1986, USS Midway (CV-41) conducted an INCHOPEX and Turnover with Battle Group Foxtrot and USS Enterprise (CVN-68) was conducted in preparation for BG Foxtrot's Indian Ocean deployment.

 

     Midway (CV-41) conducted Operations and transit of South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand en route Pattaya, Thailand from 17 to 19 February 1986, conducting training in the South China Sea from 4 to 16 February 1986.

 

     On 19 February 1986, the Prime Minister of Thailand, General Prem Tinsulanona, and an official party of senior military officials including General Arthit Kamlang-EK, RTA, Supreme Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces; Air Chief Marshal Prapan Dhupatemiya, Commander in Chief, Royal Thai Air Force; Admiral Nipon Siridhara, Commander in Chief, Royal Thai Navy; and Honorable William Brown, U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, visited USS Midway (CV-41) for tours and air demo in the Gulf of Thailand.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored for a port of call at Pattaya Beach, Thailand from 20 to 26 February 1986. Upon completion of port visit to Pattaya Beach, departing Pattaya Beach, on 27 February 1986 en route the Okinawa Op-area and Team Spirit 86, Midway conducted INCHOPEX with Battle Group Foxtrot, USS Enterprise (CVN-68) and escorts; afterwards, the focus turned to Team Spirit 86. Admiral Tada Ditbanjong, Royal Thai Navy, Commander in Chief Royal Thai Fleet visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 27 February 1986.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Operations and Transit Gulf of Thailand, South China Sea, and East China Sea en route Okinawa op-area from 27 February to 5 March 1986.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41), March began with each department preparing for a Command ADMAT Inspection to be conducted later that month. On 6 and 7 March 1986, Midway rendezvoused with USS New Orleans (LPH-11) and ARG ALFA in the vicinity of Okinawa and began combined work-ups for Team Spirit 86, commencing Transit East China Sea and Tsushima Strait en route Pusan, Republic of Korea on 8 March 1986.

 

     On 9 March 1986, Battle Group ALFA and ARG ALFA commenced a combined transit of the East China Sea and Tsushima Strait en route Republic of Korea. On 10 March a KOMAREX was conducted with Navy Special Warfare PT’s from Fleet Activities Sasebo in the Tsushima Strait.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Transit East China Sea and Tsushima Strait en route Pusan, Republic of Korea from 8 to 10 March 1986.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored for its first port visit in over 14 months to Pusan, South Korea on 11 March 1986. The following day, 12 March, HS-12 SH-3H Helo conducted a Dipping Sonar Demonstration for the ROKN. Also on that date the Mayor of Pusan, Mr. Chae-Jin CHUNG; Lieutenant General Guen-Mu YU, ROKA, Logistics Commander and Rear Admiral Hack-Ok KIM, ROKN, Commander Third Fleet attended a luncheon aboard MIDWAY hosted by CTF Seven Zero.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored for its first port visit in over 14 months to Pusan, South Korea from 11 to 14 March 1986, departing Pusan on 15 March 1986 to resume Team Spirit 86. During this at sea period a number of departments were inspected for the Command ADMAT Inspection. On 16 March a large-scale Command Personnel Inspection of Midway crewmembers was conducted by Battle Force Seventh Fleet, Rear Admiral W. Lewis Chatham, USN and other senior CTF 70 staff members. Overall results of the inspection were outstanding. Team Spirit 86 again involved about 200,000 U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force personnel operating with ROK Forces. The objectives of Team Spirit 86 were to exercise, train and evaluate participating commanders, staffs, and forces in the techniques and procedures for the defense of the Republic of Korea.

 

     After a port visit to Pusan, ROK (11-15 MAR), and further participation in Team Spirit, Midway proceeded to Sasebo, Japan for a weapons offload and then home to Yokosuka to commence EISRA 86-210. Intensive Sea of Japan operations were conducted between 18­ to 20 March 1986. Soviet air reconnaissance of USS Midway (CV-41) and Battle Group ALFA was near continuous. On 20 March 1985, while Midway was operating in close proximity to USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), Vice Admiral Paul F. McCarthy, USN, Commander Seventh Fleet, seized the opportunity to visit Midway and CTF Seven Zero for Team Spirit 86 discussions.

 

     A visit aboard USS Midway (CV-41) by General Jin Kwon Chung, ROKA, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Republic of Korea; General Hee Do Park, ROKA, Chief of Staff, Republic of Korea Army; Vice Admiral Yong Kun Chong, ROKN, First Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Republic of Korea; and Lieutenant General Dong Yul Suh, ROKAF, Vice Chief of Staff, Republic of Korea Air Force, took place on 23 March 1986 during Team Spirit 86 operations in the Yellow Sea” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) collides with a South Korean fishing boat in the Yellow Sea, damaging the boat but leaving the carrier unscathed on 23 March 1986” (Ref. 84A).

 

    “An era in aviation history came to an end on 24 March 1986 as aircraft from four CVW-5 squadrons (VA-93, VA-56, VF-151, and VF-161) made their final launch from USS Midway (CV-41) flight deck. The F-4S’s of VF-151 and VF-161 were the last remaining Phantoms in the Navy’s inventory serving aboard its 13 operational aircraft carriers. RAVEN 300 from Attack Squadron VA-93 and SWITCHBOX 210 from Fighter Squadron VF-151 were the last A-7E Corsair and F-4S Phantom respectively to catapult off Midway bow. This was also the last catapult of an F-4S from a carrier in the U.S. Navy. Carrier Air Wing FIVE was slated to receive the Navy’s newest and most sophisticated aircraft, the F/A-18 Hornet, following modifications to Midway during its next yard period.

 

     During the period from 16 to 24 March 1986, USS Midway (CV-41) provided escort/intercept and close air support for the Amphibious Operating Area, while operating from both the Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan. Acting as ASUW Commander for the Battle Group, Midway coordinated a simulated Harpoon attack on an Orange force AGI and CVHG. This provided Midway with valuable OTH training and lessons learned.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Team Spirit 86 from 7 to 24 March 1986. CVIC was again designated the air, surface and ELINT rainform reporting unit for Battle Group ALFA and coordinated tracking and reporting evolutions involving friendly and non-friendly aircraft and ships. Extensive Soviet reactions resulted in round-the-clock rainform reporting in the Sea of Japan during Team Spirit 86. OA Division provided all the meteorological/ oceanographic environmental support to embarked staffs, air wing, battle group escorts and the ship. No weather related incidents/mishaps occurred in 1986. During Team Spirit 86, a full spectrum of environmental support products were provided utilizing the following equipment: Hewlett Packard HP9845A Desk Top Computer to run the integrated refractive effects prediction system (IREPS) software; acoustic range predictions from the Integrated Carrier ASW Prediction System (AN/SYK-1) which ran the Fast Asymptotic Coherent Transmission Model; Satellite Imagery Analysis/Interpretation of data received from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (AN­SM1-10) and the AN/SM1-6B(V) Satellite Receivers. Upper air observations averaging 33,000 feet in altitude (260 millibars) were taken utilizing balloon borne radiosonde transmitters and the AN/SM1-1 Radiosonde Receiver. Electronic equipment down time was minimal during TS-86 which allowed OA Division to maintain its reputation of providing timely and accurate meteorological/ oceanographic observations and forecasts. Environmental support provided by OA Division personnel greatly enhanced Battle Group ALFA’s ability to effectively utilize and station weapon sensors and platforms to detect, track and prosecute friendly and unfriendly airborne, surface and subsurface contacts.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Operations and Transit Tsushima Strait, Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan en route Sasebo, Japan from 15 to 25 March 1986. F-4S Phantom SWITCHBOX 210 from CVW-5 Fighter Squadron VF-151 records last catapult shot of F-4 aircraft aboard Midway on 25 March 1986. CVW-5 Fly off Midway from 24 to 25 March 1986.

 

     On 25 March 1986, USS Midway (CV-41) anchored in Sasebo, Japan for weapons off-load and staging operations associated with the commencement of Extended Incremental Selected Restrictive Availability (EISRA 86-210) upon Midway return to Yokosuka” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

    “On 25 March 1986, marked the end of an era as the A7-1 Corsairs catapulted off USS Midway (CV-41) for the last time ending a 26-year tour” (Ref. 1082A).

 

    “On 25 March 1986, the final carrier launching of a Navy fleet F-4S Phantom II took place off USS Midway (CV-41) during flight operations in the East China Sea, ending over 30-years of being the Navy’s most effective fighting aircraft” (Ref. 1082A)..The aircraft was manned by pilot Lt. Alan S. Cosgrove and radar intercept officer Lt. Greg Blankenship of VF-151. Phantoms were being replaced by the new F/A-18 Hornets” (Ref. 1-Independence, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

    “CVW-5 squadrons (VA-93, VA-56, VF-151, and VF-161) made their final launch from flight deck. The F-4S’s of VF-151 and VF-161 were the last remaining Phantoms in the Navy’s inventory serving aboard its 13 operational aircraft carriers. RAVEN 300 from Attack Squadron VA-93 and SWITCHBOX 210 from Fighter Squadron VF-151 were the last A-7E Corsair and F-4S Phantom respectively to catapult off Midway bow. This was also the last catapult of an F-4S from a carrier in the U.S. Navy. Carrier Air Wing FIVE was slated to receive the Navy’s newest and most sophisticated aircraft, the F/A-18 Hornet, following modifications to Midway during its next yard period.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored in Sasebo, Japan from 25 to 27 March 1986 for weapons off-load and staging operations associated with the commencement of Extended Incremental Selected Restrictive Availability (EISRA 86-210) upon Midway return to Yokosuka. The ship departed Sasebo on 28 March en route Yokosuka.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Transit of Tsushima Strait and North Philippine Sea en route Yokosuka, Japan from 28 to 29 March 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

    “On 30 March 1986, 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 arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) and pulled directly into Dry Dock No. 6, with Captain R. D. Mixon, USN, as Commanding Officer, ending her 43rd deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet Fleet, on her 28th “WestPac,” underway for operations and transit of the Philippine en route Subic Bay, Philippines, on her 40th South China Sea for operations and port of call at Pattaya Beach, Thailand. During transits, Midway/CVW-5 conducted numerous Aawexes, both actual and synthetic, and participated in an inter-service exercise Busy Customer 86-2H with USAF B-52 aircraft, conducting Cope Thunder 86-3 for CVW-5; Air Wing Refresher Operations and Carrier Qualifications in the Subic Op-area; Readiex Bravo 86-1, followed by Mutiplex 86-2, Mutiplex 86-1, Cope Thunder 86-4 with the USAF in the South China Sea; while transiting the South China Sea en route Thailand an INCHOPEX and Turnover with Battle Group Foxtrot and USS Enterprise (CVN-68) will be conducted in preparation for BG Foxtrot's Indian Ocean deployment. Team Spirit 86 operations in the Yellow Sea provided escort/intercept and close air support for the Amphibious Operating Area, while operating from both the Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan, conducting Operations and Transit Tsushima Strait, Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan en route Sasebo, Japan for weapons off-load and staging operations associated with the commencement of Extended Incremental Selected Restrictive Availability (EISRA 86-210) upon Midway return to Yokosuka. March 25, 1986, marked the end of an era as the A7-1 Corsairs catapulted off for the last time ending a 26-year tour. On 25 March 1986, the final carrier launching of a Navy fleet F-4S Phantom II took place off Midway during flight operations in the East China Sea, ending over 30-years of being the Navy’s most effective fighting aircraft. The aircraft was manned by pilot Lt. Alan S. Cosgrove and radar intercept officer Lt. Greg Blankenship of VF-151. Phantoms were being replaced by the new F/A-18 Hornets. CVW-5 squadrons (VA-93, VA-56, VF-151, and VF-161) made their final launch from flight deck. The F-4S’s of VF-151 and VF-161 were the last remaining Phantoms in the Navy’s inventory serving aboard its 13 operational aircraft carriers. RAVEN 300 from Attack Squadron VA-93 and SWITCHBOX 210 from Fighter Squadron VF-151 were the last A-7E Corsair and F-4S Phantom respectively to catapult off Midway bow. This was also the last catapult of an F-4S from a carrier in the U.S. Navy. Carrier Air Wing FIVE was slated to receive the Navy’s newest and most sophisticated aircraft, the F/A-18 Hornet, following modifications to Midway during its next yard period. Ports of call included: anchored for a port of call at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines twice; Pattaya Beach, Thailand; anchored for its first port visit in over 14 months to Pusan, South Korea and anchored in Sasebo, Japan. 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 45th 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 51st 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 61st 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 (17 January to 30 March 1986)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 1-Independence, 72, 1082A & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) 43rd deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7thFleet Fleet, on her 28th “WestPac”, underway for operations and transit of the Philippine en route Subic Bay, Philippines, on her 39th South China Sea for operations and port of call at Pattaya Beach, Thailand (17 January to 30 March 1986) – Chapter 90, Appendix I.

 

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CHAPTER XC

Appendix I

 

 

     “On 30 March 1986, 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 43rd 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, on her 28th “WestPac,” underway for operations and transit of the Philippine en route Subic Bay, Philippines, on her 40th South China Sea for operations and port of call at Pattaya Beach, Thailand. During transits, Midway/CVW-5 conducted numerous Aawexes, both actual and synthetic, and participated in an inter-service exercise Busy Customer 86-2H with USAF B-52 aircraft, conducting Cope Thunder 86-3 for CVW-5; Air Wing Refresher Operations and Carrier Qualifications in the Subic Op-area; Readiex Bravo 86-1, followed by Mutiplex 86-2, Mutiplex 86-1, Cope Thunder 86-4 with the USAF in the South China Sea; while transiting the South China Sea en route Thailand an INCHOPEX and Turnover with Battle Group Foxtrot and USS Enterprise (CVN-68) was conducted in preparation for BG Foxtrot's Indian Ocean deployment. Team Spirit 86 operations in the Yellow Sea provided escort/intercept and close air support for the Amphibious Operating Area, while operating from both the Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan and conducted Operations and Transit Tsushima Strait, Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan en route Sasebo, Japan for weapons off-load and staging operations associated with the commencement of Extended Incremental Selected Restrictive Availability (EISRA 86-210) upon Midway return to Yokosuka. On the day of departure, Midway hosted Major General Akio Suzuki, JASDF, Air Defense Command for briefings on carrier air operations. On 17 January 1986, Midway got underway embarking 37 individuals for Tiger Cruise 86 and transit of the Philippine and South China Seas en route Subic Bay, Philippines. On that date Midway hosted Major General Akio Suzuki, JASDF, Air Defense Command for briefings on carrier air operations; while during the transit Midway/CVW-5 will conduct numerous Aawexes, both actual and synthetic, and participated in an inter-service exercise Busy Customer 86-2H with USAF B-52 aircraft, conducting Cope Thunder 86-3 for CVW-5; Air Wing Refresher Operations and Carrier Qualifications in the Subic Op-area; Readiex Bravo 86-1, followed by Mutiplex 86-2, Mutiplex 86-1, Cope Thunder 86-4 with the USAF in the South China Sea; while transiting the South China Sea en route Thailand an INCHOPEX and Turnover with Battle Group Foxtrot and Enterprise will be conducted in preparation for BG Foxtrot's Indian Ocean deployment. Midway /CVW-5 participated in Busy Customer 86-2H with USAF B-52 aircraft on 18 January 1986. En route Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines in the South China Sea, Midway conducted numerous Aawexes, both actual and synthetic, and participated in an inter-service exercise Busy Customer 86-2H with USAF B-52 aircraft on 18 January 1986, conducting Tiger Cruise 86 and transit Philippine and South China Seas en route Subic Bay, Philippines from 17 to 21 January 1986. Midway pulled in for a port of call at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines on 22 January 1986, commencing a busy 9 day port visit that included CVW-5 assets deployed to Cubi Point NAS in early January to participate in this joint exercise with the USAF; conducting Cope Thunder 86-3 for CVW-5 from 13 to 24 January 1986.. Midway departed Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines on 31 January 1985, for Air Wing Refresher Operations and Carrier Qualifications in the Subic Op-area, in port from 22 to 31 January 1986. On that day Attack Squadron VF-151 Pilot Lieutenant Commander Jon Snyder and RIO, Lieutenant Commander Tom Glaser made the 300,000 trap aboard Midway in F-4S Phantom SWITCHBOX 206. CDC was instrumental in intercepting and escorting B-52 aircraft in excess of 300NM. Midway anchored for a port of call at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines to on-load the remainder of CVW-5 Det Cubi Point personnel and equipment used in carrier qualifications for the Air Wing from 3 to 4 February 1986, conducting Operations in Subic Op-area and South China Sea from 31 January to 3 February 1986, commencing Aswex 86-2 on the 3rd of February 1986 in the South China Sea on 4 February 1986; conducted Aswex 86-2 from 3 to 5 February 1986; conducted Readiex Bravo 86-1 on 7 February 1986; conducted Mutiplex 86-2 on 9 and 10 February 1986 an conducted Mutiplex 86-1 on 12 February 1986 using a RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missile shot from the starboard BPDMS launcher to successfully hit a target drone. Also on that day HS-12 helo crews rescued the crew of SPEARGUN 610 which ditched into the sea because of mechanical problems. Exercises provided valuable training enhancing operational skills and team work. Midway conducted Cope Thunder 86-4 with the USAF was conducted from 13 to 14 February 1986. Also on 14 February 1986, Captain Michael B. Nordeen, USN, relieved Captain W. T. T. Hood, USN, as Midway Executive Officer. While transiting the South China Sea en route Pattaya Beach, Thailand on 16 February 1986, Midway conducted an INCHOPEX and Turnover with Battle Group Foxtrot and Enterprise was conducted in preparation for BG Foxtrot's Indian Ocean deployment, followed by Operations and transit of South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand en route Pattaya, Thailand from 17 to 19 February 1986, conducting training in the South China Sea from 4 to 16 February 1986. On 19 February 1986, the Prime Minister of Thailand, General Prem Tinsulanona, and an official party of senior military officials including General Arthit Kamlang-EK, RTA, Supreme Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces; Air Chief Marshal Prapan Dhupatemiya, Commander in Chief, Royal Thai Air Force; Admiral Nipon Siridhara, Commander in Chief, Royal Thai Navy; and Honorable William Brown, U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, visited Midway for tours and air demo in the Gulf of Thailand. Midway anchored for a port of call at Pattaya Beach, Thailand for a 7 day port visit from 20 to 26 February 1986, departing Pattaya Beach on 27 February 1986 en route the Okinawa Op-area and Team Spirit 86, Midway conducted INCHOPEX with Battle Group Foxtrot, Enterprise and escorts; afterwards, the focus turned to Team Spirit 86. Admiral Tada Ditbanjong, Royal Thai Navy, Commander in Chief Royal Thai Fleet visited Midway on 27 February 1986. Midway conducted Operations and Transit Gulf of Thailand, South China Sea, and East China Sea en route Okinawa op-area from 27 February to 5 March 1986. Midway), March began with each department preparing for a Command ADMAT Inspection to be conducted later that month. On 6 and 7 March 1986, Midway rendezvoused with USS New Orleans (LPH-11) and ARG ALFA in the vicinity of Okinawa and began combined work-ups for Team Spirit 86, commencing Transit East China Sea and Tsushima Strait en route Pusan, Republic of Korea on 8 March 1986.On 9 March 1986, Battle Group ALFA and ARG ALFA commenced a combined transit of the East China Sea and Tsushima Strait en route Republic of Korea. On 10 March a KOMAREX was conducted with Navy Special Warfare PT’s from Fleet Activities Sasebo in the Tsushima Strait and conducted Transit East China Sea and Tsushima Strait en route Pusan, Republic of Korea from 8 to 10 March 1986 and anchored for its first port visit in over 14 months to Pusan, South Korea from 11 to 14 March 1986. On 12 March 1986, HS-12 SH-3H Helo conducted a Dipping Sonar Demonstration for the ROKN. Also on that date the Mayor of Pusan, Mr. Chae-Jin CHUNG; Lieutenant General Guen-Mu YU, ROKA, Logistics Commander and Rear Admiral Hack-Ok KIM, ROKN, Commander Third Fleet attended a luncheon aboard Midway hosted by CTF Seven Zero. Midway departed Pusan on 15 March 1986 to resume Team Spirit 86. During this at sea period a number of departments were inspected for the Command ADMAT Inspection. On 16 March a large-scale Command Personnel Inspection of Midway crewmembers was conducted by Battle Force Seventh Fleet, Rear Admiral W. Lewis Chatham, USN and other senior CTF 70 staff members. Overall results of the inspection were outstanding. Team Spirit 86 again involved about 200,000 U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force personnel operating with ROK Forces. The objectives of Team Spirit 86 were to exercise, train and evaluate participating commanders, staffs, and forces in the techniques and procedures for the defense of the Republic of Korea. After a port visit to Pusan, ROK (11-15 MAR), and further participation in Team Spirit 86, Midway proceeded to Sasebo, Japan for a weapons offload and then home to Yokosuka to commence EISRA 86-210. Intensive Sea of Japan operations were conducted between 18 to 20 March 1986. Soviet air reconnaissance of Midway and Battle Group ALFA was near continuous. On 20 March 1985, while Midway was operating in close proximity to USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), Vice Admiral Paul F. McCarthy, USN, Commander Seventh Fleet, seized the opportunity to visit Midway and CTF Seven Zero for Team Spirit 86 discussions. A visit aboard Midway by General Jin Kwon Chung, ROKA, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Republic of Korea; General Hee Do Park, ROKA, Chief of Staff, Republic of Korea Army; Vice Admiral Yong Kun Chong, ROKN, First Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Republic of Korea; and Lieutenant General Dong Yul Suh, ROKAF, Vice Chief of Staff, Republic of Korea Air Force, took place on 23 March 1986 during Team Spirit 86 operations in the Yellow Sea. March 25, 1986, marked the end of an era as the A7-1 Corsairs catapulted off for the last time ending a 26-year tour. On 25 March 1986, the final carrier launching of a Navy fleet F-4S Phantom II took place off Midway during flight operations in the East China Sea, ending over 30-years of being the Navy’s most effective fighting aircraft. The aircraft was manned by pilot Lt. Alan S. Cosgrove and radar intercept officer Lt. Greg Blankenship of VF-151. Phantoms were being replaced by the new F/A-18 Hornets. CVW-5 squadrons (VA-93, VA-56, VF-151, and VF-161) made their final launch from flight deck. The F-4S’s of VF-151 and VF-161 were the last remaining Phantoms in the Navy’s inventory serving aboard its 13 operational aircraft carriers. RAVEN 300 from Attack Squadron VA-93 and SWITCHBOX 210 from Fighter Squadron VF-151 were the last A-7E Corsair and F-4S Phantom respectively to catapult off Midway bow. This was also the last catapult of an F-4S from a carrier in the U.S. Navy. Carrier Air Wing FIVE was slated to receive the Navy’s newest and most sophisticated aircraft, the F/A-18 Hornet, following modifications to Midway during its next yard period. During the period from 16 to 24 March 1986, Midway provided escort/intercept and close air support for the Amphibious Operating Area, while operating from both the Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan. Acting as ASUW Commander for the Battle Group, Midway coordinated a simulated Harpoon attack on an Orange force AGI and CVHG. Midway collides with a South Korean fishing boat in the Yellow Sea, damaging the boat but leaving the carrier unscathed on 23 March 1986. March 25, 1986, marked the end of an era as the A7-1 Corsairs catapulted off Midway for the last time ending a 26-year tour. Also, in a major naval aviation event, the last naval fleet F-4S Phantoms catapulted off the deck ending over 30-years of being the Navy’s most effective fighting aircraft and the same  day the final carrier launching of a Navy fleet F-4S Phantom II took place off Midway during flight operations in the East China Sea, ending over 30-years of being the Navy’s most effective fighting aircraft. The aircraft was manned by pilot Lt. Alan S. Cosgrove and radar intercept officer Lt. Greg Blankenship of VF-151. Phantoms were being replaced by the new F/A-18 Hornets. This provided Midway with valuable OTH training and lessons learned. Midway conducted Team Spirit 86 from 7 to 24 March 1986. CVIC was again designated the air, surface and ELINT rainform reporting unit for Battle Group ALFA and coordinated tracking and reporting evolutions involving friendly and non-friendly aircraft and ships. Extensive Soviet reactions resulted in round-the-clock rainform reporting in the Sea of Japan during Team Spirit 86. OA Division provided all the meteorological/oceanographic environmental support to embarked staffs, air wing, battle group escorts and the ship. No weather related incidents/mishaps occurred in 1986. During Team Spirit 86, a full spectrum of environmental support products were provided utilizing the following equipment: Hewlett Packard HP9845A Desk Top Computer to run the integrated refractive effects prediction system (IREPS) software; acoustic range predictions from the Integrated Carrier ASW Prediction System (AN/SYK-1) which ran the Fast Asymptotic Coherent Transmission Model; Satellite Imagery Analysis/Interpretation of data received from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (ANSM1-10) and the AN/SM1-6B(V) Satellite Receivers. Upper air observations averaging 33,000 feet in altitude (260 millibars) were taken utilizing balloon borne radiosonde transmitters and the AN/SM1-1 Radiosonde Receiver. Electronic equipment down time was minimal during TS-86 which allowed OA Division to maintain its reputation of providing timely and accurate meteorological/oceanographic observations and forecasts. Environmental support provided by OA Division personnel greatly enhanced Battle Group ALFA’s ability to effectively utilize and station weapon sensors and platforms to detect, track and prosecute friendly and unfriendly airborne, surface and subsurface contacts. Midway conducted Operations and Transit Tsushima Strait, Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan en route Sasebo, Japan from 15 to 25 March 1986. F-4S Phantom SWITCHBOX 210 from CVW-5 Fighter Squadron VF-151 records last catapult shot of F-4 aircraft aboard Midway on 25 March 1986.  CVW-5 Fly Off Midway from 24 to 25 March 1986. On 25 March 1986, anchored in Sasebo, Japan from 25 to 27 March 1986 for weapons off-load and staging operations associated with the commencement of Extended Incremental Selected Restrictive Availability (EISRA 86-210) upon Midway return to Yokosuka. The ship departed Sasebo on 28 March en route Yokosuka, conducting Transit of Tsushima Strait and North Philippine Sea en route Yokosuka, Japan from 28 to 29 March 1986. Ports of call included: anchored for a port of call at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines twice; Pattaya Beach, Thailand; anchored for its first port visit in over 14 months to Pusan, South Korea and anchored in Sasebo, Japan. 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 45th 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 51st 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 61st 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 (17 January to 30 March 1986)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 1-Independence, 72, 1082A & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

Extended Incremental Selected Restrictive Availability (EISRA 86-210) was marked by a Shinto priest ceremony on 26 November.1986, commencing officially on 3 April 1986, the ship was towed into Dry Dock No. 6. on 30 March 1986, departing Yokosuka on 18 November 1986, for anchorage in Uraga Suido, Tokyo Bay and Sea Trials in Northern Philippine Sea in op-areas R-116/599, resuming Sea Trials in Northern Philippine Sea in op-areas R-116/599 from 19 to 21 November 1986, returning to Yokosuka on 22 November 1986 (18 to 22 November 1986). (30 March to 27 November 1986)

CHAPTER XCI

 

 

    “On 30 March 1986, USS Midway (CV-41) moored to Dry Dock 6 at Yokosuka Naval Base, upon arrival in Yokosuka after a 75 day deployment. The crew’s eagerness to begin work was demonstrated by smooth and swift handling of the colossal offload. Midway commenced the “most ambitious work package in its 40-year history. ESRA-86 (Extended Incremental Selected Repair Availability) condensed the workload of a major stateside carrier overhaul from the usual 12-14 months, into an eight-month modernization including the addition of the catapult flush deck nose gear lunch systems and MK7 MOD1 jet blast deflectors, restack and retrieve of arresting gear engines, installation of larger rudders, the addition of new fireman system vales and pumps, new air traffic control consoles, a new viable anti-submarine warfare capability, the construction of intermediate maintenance avionics shops to support the F/A-18 aircraft , blisters are built and mounted to the sides of Midway, and over 47 tons of unusable cable are removed. This monumental task is completed three days ahead of schedule” (Ref. 1182A).

 

    “Offload of accessories and equipment began almost immediately from USS Midway (CV-41) to the ex- USNS General Hugh J. Gaffey (T-AP-121), which arrived in Yokosuka on 15 December 1985 after being towed by a Navy oceangoing tug across the Pacific Ocean. The 608-foot GAFFEY, a former World War II troop transport ship, was to be the new location of 1,800 Midway crew members and the majority of department offices during the Extended Incremental Selected Restrictive Availability (EISRA 86-210).

 

     On 2 April 1986, a Shinto priest performed a ceremony onboard the ship wishing USS Midway (CV-41) good luck during its upcoming yard period.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) Extended Incremental Selected Restrictive Availability (EISRA 86-210) officially began on 3 April 1986 as Dry Dock No. 6 was pumped dry and Midway was placed on the blocks. Midway arrived in Yokosuka after a 75 day deployment on Easter Sunday the 30th of March 1986 and pulled directly into Dry Dock No. 6 to begin one of the most ambitious work packages in its 40-year history, EISRA 86-210.

 

     An EA-6B (NF 604) Prowler from CVW-5 VAQ-136 crashed in the North Philippine Sea while conducting routine training. All three crew members were safely recovered. All crewmembers successfully recovered on 7 April 1986.

 

     An EA-6B (NF 604) Prowler from CVW-5 VAQ-136 crashed in the North Philippine Sea while conducting routine training. All three crew members were safely recovered. All crewmembers successfully recovered on 7 April 1986.

 

     With the move aboard USNS General Hugh J. Gaffey (T-AP-121) completed by 8 April 1986, USS Midway (CV-41) sailors rapidly initiated improvements to their new home for EISRA 86-210.

 

     On 11 April 1986, Commander Michael L. Bowman relieved Commander Timothy R. Beard as Commander Carrier Air Wing FIVE in a ceremony at Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan.

 

     Rear Admiral W. Ivan Lewis, USN, Commander Naval Logistics Force Pacific Fleet visited on 19 April 1986 aboard USNS General Hugh J. Gaffey (T-AP-121) and USS Midway (CV-41).

 

     Vice Admiral James E. Service, USN, Commander Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet visit and luncheon hosted by USS Midway (CV-41) and Carrier Striking Force Seventh Fleet, Rear Admiral Lewis W. Chatham, USN on 30 April 1986. In April, Midway entered EISRA 86-210 which lasted through November. During that period all equipment was removed from CDC and overhauled. Further, CDC received the new Single Audio Communications System (SAS). In an effort to maintain the skill level within CDC, sixty percent of the personnel were sent to FITCPAC, San Diego, CA for Team Trainers. That period was invaluable for refreshing the “old salts” and building a team from the many new members of CDC.

 

     Rear Admiral Roger L. RICH, USN, Commander Antisubmarine Warfare Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet visited USS Midway (CV-41).on 1 May 1986.

 

     On 12 May 1986, the Transpac of 47 CVW-5 A-7E/F-4S aircraft from NAF Atsugi to NAS LEMOORE, CA was safely completed.

 

     CVW-5 Attack Squadrons VA-56 and VA-93, and Fighter Squadrons 151 and 161 shifted homeport from Atsugi NAF to NAS Lemoore, Ca. on 20 May 1986. VF-151 and 161 began preparations for conversion to the F/A-18 Hornet.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) month of May 1986 started with a visit by Rear Admiral Roger L. Rich, USN, Commander Antisubmarine Warfare Wing, U. S. Pacific Fleet. Midway continued in EISRA 86-210 and CVW-5 conducted shore-based training. VAW-115 deployed to Cubi Pt, RP as participant in Cope Thunder 86-6 which was conducted from 7 to 24 May 1986.

 

     Rear Admiral Dale N. Hagen, USN, Commander, Naval Intelligence Command visited USS Midway (CV-41).on 3 June 1986.

 

     During June 1986, USS Midway (CV-41).force and SRF work remained on or ahead of the EISRA 86-210 schedule in virtually all areas. Significant progress was made on the hull blister installation with sixty one of ninety two modules being erected by mid-month. On 15 June an F/A-18 Hornet Stand-Up ceremony for new Strike Fighter Squadrons 151 (VFA-151) and 161 (VFA-161) was conducted at NAS Lemoore, Ca. Rear Admiral James D. Cossey, USN, Commander, Naval Forces Japan addressed the crew at morning quarters on 16 June 1986.

 

     Rear Admiral E. Inman Carmichel, Commander, Fleet Air Force Western Pacific also addressed the crew of USS Midway (CV-41) at morning quarters on 30 June 1986.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) July began with Strike Fighter Squadron 192 (VFA-192) and Strike Fighter Squadron 195 (VFA-195) assigned CVW-5/Atsugi NAF as new homeport on 1 July 1986. Actual transpac to Japan of these newly equipped F/A-18 Hornet squadrons was planned for late 1986.

 

     Vice Admiral Paul F. MCCARTHY, USN, Commander Seventh Fleet, addresses the crew at morning quarters and Rear Admiral Dennis M. Brooks, USN, Prospective Commander Carrier Group 5/CTF 70 visits USS Midway (CV-41) on 7 July 1986.

 

     The ninth of July was highlighted by a Rope Yarn afternoon and picnic where USS Midway (CV-41) crew and families where entertained by Country and Western singer Ms. Tanya TUCKER on 9 July 1986.

 

     Four EA-6B Prowlers from VAQ-136 depart NAF Atsugi for Whidbey Island, Wa. for conversion to ICAP II on 10 July 1986.

 

     Vice Admiral K. Koga, JMSDF, Commander in Chief, Self Defense Fleet; Vice Admiral S. Sue, JMSDF, Commander, Fleet Submarine Force; Rear Admiral A. Kanda, JMSDF, Commanding Officer, Repair Facility Yokosuka with JMSDF members from Operational Development Group, Air Development Squadron 51, Fleet Air Force, Patrol Squadron 3

and CINCSDFLT visit USS Midway (CV-41) on 11 July 1986 for tours and briefings.

 

     In a ceremony at Cubi Pt NAS on 16 July 1985 Rear Admiral Dennis M. Brooks, USN, relieved Rear Admiral Lewis W. Chatham, USN as Commander Carrier Group Five/ Commander Task Force 70.

 

     Rear Admiral D. P. Roane, USN, Commander Naval Sea Systems Command, visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 23 July 1986 for tour and briefing on the EISRA 86-210.

 

     Vice Admiral James Lyons, USN, Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet visit USS Midway (CV-41) on 5 August 1986.

 

     Vice Admiral James E. Service, USN, Commander Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet who attended a progress/ planning briefing on the EISRA 86-210 on 7 August 1986. Other attendees at this meeting included Rear Admiral D.T. Schwaab, USN, OPNAV 55.

 

     Lieutenant General Charles W. Dyke, USA, Commander U.S. Army Japan/IX CORPS also visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 19 August 1986. Installation and testing of the final hull blisters for MIDWAY were also completed.

 

     Towards the end of the month USS Midway (CV-41) was notified of its selection as runner up to USS Constellation (CV-64) for the Battle Efficiency Award. Dry Dock 6 flooding operations commenced on 26 August and were completed 29 August with Midway being floated.

 

     CVW-5 Attack Squadrons VA-93 and VA-56 decommissioned after 34 years of dedicated service on 31 August 1986. Embarked in USS Midway (CV-41) since 1973 the disestablishment of these squadrons closes out a unique chapter in naval aviation.

 

     September marked the beginning of the move aboard phase of EISRA 86-210 for the crew of USS Midway (CV-41). On 8 September 1986, Engineering Department completed initial lite off with fires lit in 3B boiler.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) fresh water system was returned to use. by Lieutenant General Charles W. Dyke, USA, Commander U.S. Army, Japan/IX CORPS on 15 September 1986.

 

     Rear Admiral C. R. Mcgrill, USN, a former Midway CO on 18 September 1985 and Rear Admiral William O. Studeman, USN, Director of Naval Intelligence on 19 September 1986 visited USS Midway (CV-41).

 

     Lieutenant General Tixier, USAF, Commander U. S. Forces Japan visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 24 September 1986.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Catapult dead load testing on 27 September 1986.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) Crew move aboard completed on 4 October 1986 becoming home for its crew.

 

     On 7 October 1986, Mr. Ben Davidson, former Oakland Raiders professional football and movie star, visited USS Midway (CV-41) for a tour and autograph session sponsored by Special Services.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fast Cruise on 14 October 1986.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Phase I of crew certification from 15 to 16 October 1986.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fast cruise from 16 to 17 October 1986.

 

     On 23 October 1986, USS Midway (CV-41) shifted from Dry Dock 6 to berth 12 as preparations continued for Midway first at sea period in 7 months. Vice Admiral James E. Service, USN, Commander Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet paid a return visit to Midway from 23 to 24 October 1986 during a fast cruise and crew certification phase II (23-25 October 1986). On 25 October 1986, due to adoption of the Coral Sea Concept, CVW-5 Strike Fighter Squadron One Six One (Ex VF-161) was reassigned to Lemoore, Ca. This reassignment reduced the number of CVW-5 F/A-18 Squadrons to three. Three fast cruises were conducted this month in conjunction with crew certification by Carrier Group Five staff members.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) Dock Trials were run from 28 October to 2 November 1986.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) departed Yokosuka on 3 November 1986 to commence Sea Trials in the Northern Philippine Sea.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) returned to Yokosuka on 5 November 1986, conducting Sea Trials in the Northern Philippine Sea from 3 to 4 November 1986, upon arrival repairs to No. 4 shaft’s reduction gear pinion bearing commenced.

 

     On 12 November 1986, USS Midway (CV-41) shifted berths from pier 12 to Dry Dock 6 to complete an incline experiment.

 

     The first F/A-18 Hornets from Strike Fighter Squadrons 151, 192 and 195 arrived in country on 14 November 1986.

 

     In-port Yokosuka, Japan from 5 to 18 November 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

    “After needed repairs USS Midway (CV-41) departed Yokosuka on 18 November 1986, for anchorage in Uraga Suido, Tokyo Bay and Sea Trials in Northern Philippine Sea in op-areas R-116/599” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

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

(18 to 22 November 1986)

 

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

Northern Philippine Sea

CVW-5

NF

18 Nov 1986

22 Nov 1986

Sea Trials

Sea Trials in Northern Philippine Sea in op-areas R-116/599 from 19 to 21 November 1986. During this month Midway’s air wing, CVW-5, began returning to its base in Atsugi. The end of Extended Incremental Selected Restrictive Availability (EISRA 86-210) was marked by a Shinto priest ceremony on 26 November.1986, commencing officially on 3 April 1986.

 

Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) Squadrons: VA-115, A-6E / 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. A temporary message handling and distribution center was established onboard Ex-USNS GAFFEY, allowing the department to provide service to ship’s company and a detachment of CVW-5.

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) resumed Sea Trials in Northern Philippine Sea in op-areas R-116/599 from 19 to 21 November 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) returned to Yokosuka on 22 November 1986, conducting Sea Trials in Northern Philippine Sea in op-areas R-116/599 from 19 to 21 November 1986. During this month Midway’s air wing, CVW-5, began returning to its base in Atsugi. The end of Extended Incremental Selected Restrictive Availability (EISRA 86-210) was marked by a Shinto priest ceremony on 26 November.1986, commencing officially on 3 April 1986. On 30 March 1986, the ship was towed into Dry Dock No. 6. On 2 April 1986, a Shinto priest performed a ceremony onboard the ship wishing Midway good luck during its upcoming yard period. During the sea trial periods, Midway encountered typical early winter weather with frontal passage occurring every two to three days prior to frontal passage, near gale southwesterly winds were common; water spouts and hail occurred on several occasions. The 41-year old Midway completed an 8 month modernization so that it could land, launch and maintain the Navy’s newest fighter/attack aircraft, the F/A-18 Hornet. That modernization will probably take it into the 21st century. During EISRA 86, S-2 provided unbroken service to the crew on board the EX-USNS General Hugh J. Gaffey (T-AP-121), and met or exceeded all operational goals. The long availability allowed food services to renovate and upgrade its spaces and equipment on Midway. The general mess received a face lift, adding such specialty equipment as a Frispomatic, a soft ice cream maker and an infrared food warmer. In August, terrazzo decks for all food service areas were re-laid and the fast food line was redesigned with hot and cold food counters. The forward and after mess decks were painted and retiled and the salad bar was improved, giving a gleaming atmosphere to the dining areas. The emphasis was on professionalism and service and S-2 remained at the Tip of the Sword in food service excellence. From October through November Midway returned to sea testing the EISRA modifications. CDC experimented with its new equipment and honed its skills in directing the ship. The primary purpose of the extended availability was to devote the majority of available manpower to accomplishing the major F/A-18 SHIPALTS. A further consideration in planning EISRA 86 was ensuring the Engineering Plant would be ready for light off in time to support check out and testing of the AIMD, Combat Systems, and Air Department SHIPALTS. That requirement left relatively little time for completing work in the propulsion plant. The limited scope of the main propulsion work package, the compressed time frame for work accomplishment, the relatively short time period in a cold iron status (about 130 days) and the excellent results achieved during the October 1985 OPPRE, contributed to the decision to conduct a light off certification under the supervision of the COMNAVAIRPAC Engineering Mobile Training Team in lieu of an LOE administered by the CINCPACFLTPEB. The small work package also reflected the good condition of the Engineering Plant prior to the EISRA, a direct result of the Midway/SRF Incremental Maintenance Program. Engineering Plant work originally scheduled for accomplishment during EISRA 86 was roughly equivalent to work routinely scheduled for completion during a 60 day availability at SRF Yokosuka. Three exceptions were the extensive work packages planned for the CHT system, the Firemain system and the Fuel Oil system, including major shipalts and piping replacement which required approximately five months to complete. EISRA brought extensive challenges to the safety of Midway and her crew. Most disappointing was the loss of one crewman on 8 June. The victim (and his girlfriend) was killed in a motorcycle mishap in Yokosuka only a few kilometers from the base. Only 16 of the 417 personnel injuries reported during EISRA involved lost time in excess of 24 hours. Including the ship and air wing, an average of less than 59 injuries was recorded per month. This was approximately half the number logged in other CV overhauls, and their statistics did not include the air wing. The in-port fire party was called away 120 times on Midway and 49 times on GAFFEY. Most calls involved flooding due to rainwater backup or pipe problems. Midway had 11 fires during EISRA – all minor, and most were out when the fire party arrived. The only significant ship casualty occurred on 8 November when a minor boiler explosion warped 1B boiler and blew out four uptakes nested together above the main deck. There were no personnel injured. All hands donned hard hats for the duration of the EISRA and several divisions and individuals were very creative in decorating their chapeaus. Three documented “saves” were credited to the brain buckets. On 1 April 1986 Midway began her EISRA. Due to the large number of foreign national workers requiring access to the Message Processing Center sanitation was not considered possible. The number of personnel required to provide escorts was not workable. As a result the communications guard was shifted to Naval Communications Station Yokosuka, Japan. A temporary message handling and distribution center was established onboard Ex-USNS GAFFEY, allowing the department to provide service to ship’s company and a detachment of CVW-5. Post EISRA: Subsequent to the completion of EISRA 86-210, OA Division actively participated in sea trials held in OPAREA R116 off Yokosuka, Japan. During four “Mini-Cruises”, OA Division provided complete and accurate meteorological support to the ship. These forecasts and observations were extremely helpful to scientists of the David Taylor Naval Ship Research Facility who participated in determining the sea keeping characteristics of the Midway’s new hull shape. Ship’s force overhauled 35 TTY equipments onboard the USS CAPE COD, while an additional 19 TTY jobs were done by SRF shop NR 67. Ship’s force overhauled thirteen 35ft and four 17ft whips, five UHF and one VHF antennas. SRF accepted two HF trussed whips and two UHF antennas. Ship’s force preserved 21 departmental spaces, painting and replacing decks in 14. The EISRA saw the completion of the following SHIPALTS: SA-5196K Single Audio System, SA-5080K KY-58, and SA-4363K KY-75. TADIX “A” and two XEROX 1090 were also installed. The EISRA ended on 28 November. December again saw the department begin its training and preparations for REFTRA the following month.

 

Turnovers:

 

(1) 5 May: LTJG K. T. BESS transferred to Washington, D. C. for separation.

 

(2) 12 September: LCDR M. A. HALL relieved LCDR D. K. Oliveria as Communications Officer.

 

(3) 18 August: Ens F. SANTANA relieved Ens J. HAILEY as CS Division Officer.

 

(4) 18 August: Ens J. HAILEY relieved CWO W3 R. C. MORWAY as CR Division Officer.

 

(5) 29 October: RMCS T. F. MORRISON relieved RMCM D. L. BRASWELL as Department LCPO.

 

(6)  29 December: RMC B. B. MOORE reported for duty.

 

Material Upgrades/Enhancements:

 

(1) SHIPALT Installation SA-5196, Single Audio System.

 

(2) SHIPALT Installation SA-5080, KY-58 VINSON.

 

(3) SHIPALT Installation SA-4363K KY-75 PARKHILL.

 

(4)  TADIX “A” Installation.

 

(5)  TADIX “B” Installation.

 

(6) SHIPALT Installation SA-5200 KWR-46.

 

(7) Installation of two XEROX 1090 under SSRE contract

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 22 to 27 November 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th_Fleet" Fleet transiting the Northern Philippine Sea for certification of the Catapult/Automatic Carrier Landing System Flight Certification Operations (28 November to 6 December 1986); conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (6 to 9 December 1986); Northern Philippine Sea and East China Sea en route Sasebo, Japan (10 to 17 December 1986) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan)

(17 December to 8 January 1987). (28 November to 8 January 1987)

CHAPTER XCII

 

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 28 November 1986, as U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th_Fleet" Fleet; transiting the Northern Philippine Sea for certification of the Catapult/Automatic Carrier Landing System Flight Certification Operations” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986). 

 

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

(28 November to 6 December 1986)

 

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

Northern Philippine Sea

CVW-5

NF

28 Nov 1986

6 Dec 1986

Training

9-days

Certification of the Catapult/Automatic Carrier Landing System Flight Certification.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VFA-195

Dambusters -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4S

VFA-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4S

VFA-192

Golden Dragons -

Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

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

 

    “On 28 November 1986, the first F/A-18 Hornet, CHIPPY Nr 100, landed aboard USS Midway (CV-41), marking the return of the newly reconstructed CVW-5 to the ship. CHIPPY Nr 100 was piloted by Commander Pat Moneymaker, Commanding Officer of VFA-195. In addition to the F/A-18, another new aircraft to land aboard Midway was VAQ-136's EA-6B ICAP II Prowler” (Ref. 1182A & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

    “On the evening of 29 November 1986, USS Midway (CV-41) was located near Oshima Island as the volcano there erupted. As Midway steamed out of the area, approximately 0.5 inches of ash fell on her decks. During the sea trial period, no acoustic forecasts were generated due to the lack of ASW assets aboard or in company. Major equipment outages during this period were the SMQ-10 Port Antenna and Main Receiver, the ICAPS Computer and ALDEN 9519 Facsimile Recorder.

 

     During night recovery on 4 December 1986 VFA-195 F/A-18 Dambuster 101 attached to CVW-5 embarked Midway sheared its right main landing gear which resulted in a temporary grounding of the F/A-18 Hornet” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) returned to Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 6 December 1986, after successful certification of the Catapult/Automatic Carrier Landing System Flight Certification from 28 November to 5 December 1986, conducted in the Northern Philippine Sea. On 28 November 1986, the first F/A-18 Hornet, CHIPPY Nr 100, landed aboard. Midway, marking the return of the newly reconstructed CVW-5 to the ship. CHIPPY Nr 100 was piloted by Commander Pat Moneymaker, Commanding Officer of VFA-195. In addition to the F/A-18, another new aircraft to land aboard Midway was VAQ-136's EA-6B ICAP II Prowler. On the evening of 29 November 1986, Midway was located near Oshima Island as the volcano there erupted. As Midway steamed out of the area, approximately 0.5 inches of ash fell on her decks. During the sea trial period, no acoustic forecasts were generated due to the lack of ASW assets aboard or in company. Major equipment outages during this period were the SMQ-10 Port Antenna and Main Receiver, the ICAPS Computer and ALDEN 9519 Facsimile Recorder. During night recovery on 4 December 1986 VFA-195 F/A-18 Dambuster 101 attached to CVW-5 embarked Midway sheared its right main landing gear which resulted in a temporary grounding of the F/A-18 Hornet, CVW-5 Squadrons: VFA-195, F-4S; VFA-151, F-4S; VFA-192, A-7E; VA-115, A-6E / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HS-12, SH-3H (28 November to 6 December 1986).

 

     While in-port Yokosuka on 9 December 1986, USS Midway (CV-41) hosted the Change of Command Ceremony for Commander Seventh Fleet in which Vice Admiral Paul D. Miller, USN relieved Vice Admiral Paul-F.McCarthy, USN.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 6 to 9 December 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 10 December 1986, transiting Northern Philippine Sea and East China Sea en route Sasebo, Japan” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

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

(10 to 17 December 1986)

 

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

Northern Philippine Sea

ECS

CVW-5

NF

10 Dec 1986

17 Dec 1986

Training

17-days

Sasebo, Japan for a 3 day weapons on-load from 12 to 14 December 1986.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VFA-195

Dambusters -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4S

VFA-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4S

VFA-192

Golden Dragons -

Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

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

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) transited the Northern Philippine Sea and East China Sea en route Sasebo, Japan from 10 to 11 December 1986.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchoring in Sasebo, Japan on 12 December 1986, the ship began a 3 day weapons on-load.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored at Sasebo, Japan for Weapons on load from 12 to 14 December 1986.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) transited the East China Sea and North Philippine Sea en route Yokosuka, Japan from 15 to 16 December 1986.

 

     After departing Sasebo, Japan on 15 December 1986 USS Midway (CV-41) returned directly to Yokosuka on 17 December 1986, for the Christmas Holidays, as U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th_Fleet" Fleet; transiting the Northern Philippine Sea for certification of the Catapult/Automatic Carrier Landing System Flight Certification Operations; transited the Northern Philippine Sea and East China Sea en route Sasebo, Japan from 10 to 11 December 1986; anchoring in Sasebo, Japan for a 3 day weapons on-load from 12 to 14 December 1986; transiting the East China Sea and North Philippine Sea en route Yokosuka, Japan from 15 to 16 December 1986. CVW-5 Squadrons: VFA-195, F-4S; VFA-151, F-4S; VFA-192, A-7E; VA-115, A-6E / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HS-12, SH-3H (10 to 17 December 1986).

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) received notification that it had won CINCPACFLT’s Afloat Golden Anchor Award for 1986 on 18 December 1986. Additionally, a 5 day Training Readiness Evaluation was started and successfully completed prior to Christmas.

 

     CVW-5 started 1987 preparing for shipboard operations. Navy landing practice (NLP) was flown at NAF Atsugi, NAF Misawa and MCAS Iwakuni.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 17 December to 8 January 1987. Basic History: CVW-5 started 1987 preparing for shipboard operations. Navy landing practice (NLP) was flown at NAF Atsugi, NAF Misawa and MCAS Iwakuni” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

1986 VISITS AND CEREMONIES ABOARD USS MIDWAY (CV-41)

CHAPTER XCII

Appendix I

 

 

14 January:                    Visit by Vice Admiral Tameo OKI, JMSDF, Commandant Yokosuka District; Vice Admiral Nagakazu NOOZU,                                        JMSDF, Commander Fleet Escort Flotilla FOUR; and Vice Admiral Sadaomi SUE, JMSDF, Commander Fleet                                          Submarine Force.

 

17 January:                    Visit by Major General Akio SUZUKI, JASDF, Air Defense Command.

 

14 February:                  Commander Michael B. NORDEEN relieves Captain W. T. T. HOOD as MIDWAY Executive Officer.

 

19 February:                  Visit by General Prem TINSULANONDA, Prime Minister of Thailand, General Arthit KAMLANG-EK, Royal                                        Thai Army, Supreme   Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, Air Chief Marshal Prapan DHUPATEMIYA,                                        Commander in Chief, Royal Thai Air Force, Admiral Nipon SIRIDHARA, Commander in Chief, Royal Thai                                             Navy, and Honorable William BROWN, U.S. Ambassador to Thailand.

 

27 February:                  Visit by Admiral Tada DITBANJONG, Royal Thai Navy, Commander in Chief Royal Thai Fleet.

 

12 March:                      HS-12 SH-3H Helo Dipping Sonar Demo for ROKN and visit by Mr. Chae-Jin CHUNG, Mayor of Pusan;                                                  Lieutenant General Guen-Mu YO, ROKA, Logistics Commander; and Rear Admiral Hack-Ok KIM, ROKN,                                              Commander Third Fleet.

 

20 March:                      Visit by Vice Admiral Paul F. MCCARTHY, USN, Commander Seventh Fleet.

 

23 March:                      Visit by General Jin Kwon CHUNG, ROKA, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff; General Hee Do Park, ROKA, Chief                                        of Staff, Republic of Korea Army; Vice Admiral Yong Kun CHONG, ROKN, First Vice Chief of Naval                                                     Operations; and Lieutenant General Dong Yul SUH, ROKAF, Vice Chief of Staff, Republic of Korea Air Force.

 

24-25 March:                CVW-5 FLY OFF.

 

11 April:                        Commander Michael L. BOWMAN relieves Commander Timothy R. BEARD as Commander Air Wing FIVE.

 

19 April:                        Visit by Rear Admiral W. Ivan LEWIS, USN, Commander Navy Logistics Force U.S. Pacific Fleet.

 

30 April:                        Visit by Vice Admiral James E. SERVICE, USN, Commander Naval Air Forces U.S. Pacific Fleet.

 

01 May:                         Visit by Rear Admiral Roger L. RICH, USN, Commander Antisubmarine Warfare Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

 

03 June:                         Visit by Rear Admiral Dale N. HAGEN, USN, Commander, Naval Intelligence Command.

 

16 June:                         Rear Admiral James D. COSSEY, Commander, Naval Forces Japan addresses the crew at morning quarters.

 

30 June:                         Visit by Rear Admiral E. Inman CARMICHAEL, Commander, Fleet Air Force Western Pacific.

 

07 July:                          Vice Admiral Paul F. MCCARTHY, USN, Commander Seventh Fleet, addresses the crew at morning quarters and                                        Rear Admiral Dennis M. BROOKS, USN, Prospective Commander Carrier Group 5/CTF 70 visits MIDWAY.

 

11 July:                          Vice Admiral K. KOGA, JMSDF, Commander in Chief, Self Defense Fleet; Vice Admiral S. SUE, JMSDF,                                               Commander, Fleet Submarine Force; Rear Admiral A. KANDA, JMSDF, Commanding Officer, Repair Facility                                        Yokosuka with JMSDF members from Operational Development Group, Air Development Squadron 51, Fleet Air                                        Force, Patrol Squadron 3 and CINCSDFLT visit MIDWAY.

 

16 July:                          Rear Admiral Dennis M. BROOKS, USN, relieves Rear Admiral Lewis W. CHATHAM, USN as Commander                                           Carrier Group Five/Commander Task Force 70 in ceremonies at Cubi Pt, Philippines.

 

23 July:                          Rear Admiral D. P. ROANE, USN, Commander Naval Sea Systems Command visits MIDWAY.

 

5 August:                       Visit by Vice Admiral James LYONS, USN, Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet.

 

7 August:                       Visit by Vice Admiral James E. SERVICE, USN, Commander Naval Air Pacific and Rear Admiral D.T.                                                     SCHWAAB, USN, OPNAV 55 to attend MIDWAY EISRA 86 Progress/Planning meeting.

 

19 August:                     Visit by Lieutenant General Charles W. DYKE, USA, Commander U.S. Army, Japan/IX CORPS.

 

18 September:              Visit by Rear Admiral C. R. MCGRAIL, USN, former MIDWAY Commanding Officer.

 

19 September:              Visit by Rear Admiral William O. STUDEMAN, USN, Director of Naval Intelligence.

 

24 September:              Visit by Lieutenant General TIXIER, USAF, Commander U. S. Forces Japan.

 

07 October:                   Visit by Mr. Ben Davidson, former Oakland Raiders professional football and movie star.

 

09 December:                Seventh Fleet Change of Command ceremony aboard MIDWAY.

 

PHOTO HISTORY

 

Date                                Occasion

 

17 January:                    Visit by Major General Akio.SUZUKI, JASDF, Air  Defense Command.

 

19 February:                  Visit by General PremTINSULANONDA,Prime  Minister of Thailand.

 

27 February:                  Visit by Admiral Tada DITBANJONG,Royal Thai  Navy, Commander in Chief Royal Thai Fleet.

 

20 March:                      Visit by Vice Admiral Paul F. MCCARTHY, USN, Commander Seventh Fleet.

 

23 March:                      Visit by General Jin Kwon CHUNG, ROKA,  Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff; General Hee Do Park, ROKA,                                              Chief of Staff, Republic of Korea Army; Vice Admiral Yong Kun CHONG, ROKN, First Vice Chief of Naval                                           Operations; and Lieutenant General Dong Yul SUH, ROKAF, Vice Chief of Staff, Republic of Korea Air Force.

 

02 April:                        Shinto Priest ceremony aboard MIDWAY commemorating beginning of EISRA 86-210.

 

19 April:                        Visit by Rear Admiral W. Ivan LEWIS, USN, Commander Navy Logistics Force U.S. Pacific Fleet.

 

30 April:                        Visit by Vice Admiral James E. SERVICE, USN, Commander Naval Air Forces U.S. Pacific Fleet.

 

20 June:                         MIDWAY in Dry Dock Nr 6 at Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Japan.

 

07 July:                          Visit by Rear Admiral Dennis M. BROOKS, USN, Prospective Commander Carrier Group FIVE/CTF 70.

 

09 July:                          Rope Yarn Gala for the crew and dependents with Country and Western singer Ms. Tanya TUCKER.

 

11 July:                          Vice Admiral K. KOGA, JMSDF, Commander in Chief, Self Defense Fleet.

 

5 August:                       Visit by Vice Admiral James LYONS, USN, Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet

 

7 August:                       Visit by Vice Admiral James E. SERVICE, USN, Commander Naval Air Pacific

 

19 September:               Visit by Rear Admiral William O. STUDEMAN, USN, Director of Naval Intelligence.

 

28 November:               First F/A-18 HORNET (CHIPPY NR 100) piloted by CDR Pat MONEYMAKER, Commanding Officer VFA-                                           195, lands aboard MIDWAY.