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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

 

 

44th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, on 29th “WestPac,” underway in the Pacific Ocean, on her 41st South China Sea, to conduct Refresher Training (REFTRA), Navy Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI) and Advanced Training Assessment (ATA) operations in the South China Sea and Subic Operating Area (ATA in two phases.) (2 January to 20 March 1987) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (2 January to 22 April 1987). (9 January to 22 April 1987)

CHAPTER XCIII

 

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) 9 January 1987, for a two and one half month cruise, marking the reactivation of Battle Group ALFA, with RADM D.M. Brooks, 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 (COMCARGRU 5) commanding and Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked, with Captain R. D. Mixon, USN, as Commanding Officer, on her 44th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, on her 29th “WestPac,” underway in the Pacific Ocean, on her 41st South China Sea, to conduct Refresher Training (REFTRA), Navy Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI) and Advanced Training Assessment (ATA) operations in the South China Sea and Subic Operating Area (ATA in two phases.). CVW-5 will conduct CQ’s in R-116 and cyclic operations en-route to Subic Bay, Philippines and participate in low levels, coordinated strikes, EW training, bombing and ACM sorties in Cope Thunder 87-3. She will under go her 47th 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 53rd 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 63rd  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 1987).

 

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

(9 January to 20 March 1987)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (44th Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region Pacific Ocean

29th WestPac 41st SCS

Subic Op-area

CVW-5

NF

9 Jan 1987

20 Mar 1987

Western Pacific

62nd FWFD

71-days

Refresher Training (REFTRA), Navy Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI) and Advanced Training Assessment (ATA) operations in the South China Sea and Subic Operating Area (ATA in two phases.) CVW-5 will conduct CQ’s in R-116 and cyclic operations en-route to Subic Bay, Philippines and participate in low levels, coordinated strikes, EW training, bombing and ACM sorties in Cope Thunder 87-3. Simulated war at sea (WAS) strike conducted against USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and her battle group. While in-port Midway conducted a contingency strike on Cubi as well as CSAREX’s and WASEX’s were flown.

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 Reeves (CG-24); USS England (CG-22); USS Oldendorf (DD-972); USS Towers (DDG-9); USS Cochrane (DDG-21); USS Knox (FF-1052); USS Kirk (FF-1087); USNS Kilauea (T-AE 26); USS San Jose (AFS-7); USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105) and USS Kansas City (AOR-3) joined up with USS Midway (CV-41) as part of her task force” (Reef. 84A).

 

    “CVW-5 conducted CQ’s in R-116 and cyclic operations en-route to Subic Bay, Philippines from 12 to 23 January. The air wing participated in low levels, coordinated strikes, EW training, bombing and ACM sorties in Cope Thunder 87-3” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

    “On 27 January 1987, a simulated war at sea (WAS) strike conducted against USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and her battle group” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

    “After several days of cyclic operations, USS Midway (CV-41) moored at Subic Bay, Philippines on 2 February 1987” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

            

    “USS Midway (CV-41) moored at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines from 2 to 11 February 1987, the air-wing conducted Missilex 87-1, as well as FCLP and unit level training. While in-port Midway conducted a contingency strike on Cubi as well as CSAREX’s and WASEX’s were flown” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

    “Upon departing Subic Bay, Philippines on 12 February 1987, USS Midway (CV-41)/CVW-5 commenced six days of cyclic operations prior to another Subic in-port period; FA-18 hook point failures required modification to the Midway flight deck” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) moored at Subic Bay, Philippines from 17 February to 5 March 1987, departing for cyclic operations on 5 March. Maximum training was accomplished in preparation for the Advanced Training Assessment (ATA)” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

    “CVW-5 stood down for two days as USS Midway (CV-41) anchored again at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines on 12 and 13 March 1987, conducting First phase of Midway Advanced Training Assessment (ATA) was conducted from in Subic Bay, Philippines from 12 to 13 March 1987 to on-load COMNAVAIRPAC and FLEET TRAINING GROUP ATA Observers” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

    “The final phase of USS Midway (CV-41) Advanced Training Assessment (ATA) was conducted in the Subic Operating Area from 14 to 16 March 1987. Following highly successful completion of these milestones” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

    “From 14 until 18 March 1987, CVW-5 participated in the Advanced Training Assessment (ATA) and conducted long range strikes, WASEX’S and normal cyclic operations. The air wing flew off USS Midway (CV-41) to Atsugi on 19 March 1987” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

    “On 20 March 1987, USS Midway (CV-41) arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), ending a two and one half month cruise, marking the reactivation of Battle Group ALFA, with RADM D.M. Brooks, 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 (COMCARGRU 5) commanding and Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked, with Captain R. D. Mixon, USN, as Commanding Officer, ending her 44th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, on her 29th “WestPac,” underway in the Pacific Ocean, on her 41st South China Sea, to conduct Refresher Training (REFTRA), Navy Technical Proficiency Inspection (NTPI) and Advanced Training Assessment (ATA) operations in the South China Sea and Subic Operating Area (ATA in two phases.). CVW-5 deployed on 9 January 1987, conducting CQ’s in R-116 and cyclic operations en-route to Subic Bay, Philippines from 12 to 23 January. The air wing participated in low levels, coordinated strikes, EW training, bombing and ACM sorties in Cope Thunder 87-3. On 27 January 1987, a simulated war at sea (WAS) strike conducted against USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and her battle group. After several days of cyclic operations, Midway moored at Subic Bay, Philippines on 2 February 1987. Midway moored at Subic Bay, Philippines from 2 to 11 February 1987, the air-wing conducted Missilex 87-1, as well as FCLP and unit level training. While in-port Midway conducted a contingency strike on Cubi as well as CSAREX’s and WASEX’s were flown. Upon departing Subic Bay, Philippines on 12 February 1987, Midway/CVW-5 commenced six days of cyclic operations prior to another Subic in-port period; FA-18 hook point failures required modification to the Midway flight deck. Midway moored at Subic Bay, Philippines from 17 February to 5 March 1987, departing for cyclic operations on 5 March. Maximum training was accomplished in preparation for the AATA. Following highly successful completion of these milestones, CVW-5 stood down for two days as Midway anchored again in Subic Bay, Philippines on 12 and 13 March 1987, conducting First phase of Midway ATA to on-load COMNAVAIRPAC and FLEET TRAINING GROUP ATA Observers. The final phase of Midway ATA was conducted in the Subic Operating Area from 14 to 16 March 1987. From 14 until 18 March 1987, CVW-5 participated in the ATA and conducted long range strikes, WASEX’S and normal cyclic operations. The air wing flew off Midway to Atsugi on 19 March 1987. Ports of calls included: moored and anchored at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines. 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. USS Reeves (CG-24); USS England (CG-22); USS Oldendorf (DD-972); USS Towers (DDG-9); USS Cochrane (DDG-21); USS Knox (FF-1052); USS Kirk (FF-1087); USNS Kilauea (T-AE 26); USS San Jose (AFS-7); USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105) and USS Kansas City (AOR-3) joined up with Midway as part of her task force. Her 46th 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 52nd 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 62nd Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II (2 January to 20 March 1987)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

    “Vice Admiral Paul F. Miller relieved Rear Admiral W. Lewis Chatham as Commander Seventh Fleet in ceremonies held in Hanger Bay One on 27 March 1987” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

    “Captain Richard Alexander Wilson, USNA '63, assumed command during a change of command ceremony aboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 10 April 1987, relieving Captain Riley Dewitt Mixson, NAVCAD, 36th Commanding Officer, serving from June 22, 1985 - April 10, 1987 in ceremonies in Hangar Bay One on 10 April 1987. Special guests included Vice Admiral Paul F. Miller, USN, Commander Seventh Fleet, Rear Admiral Dennis M. Brooks, USN, Commander Carrier Group FIVE, Vice Admiral S. Higashiyanma, JMSDF, Commandant Yokosuka Naval District, and Vice Admiral A. Teral, JMSDF, Commander Fleet Air Force” (Ref. 1178-G & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

    “With over 2,000 cookies as her calling card, Mrs. Fields, better known for “Mrs. Fields’ Cookies” extended an Easter Sunday visit to USS Midway (CV-41) on 19 April 1987” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41)/CVW-5 spent the remainder of March through 22 April 1987 flying local sorties and NLP’S. During this period, CVW-5 supported Team Spirit 87 with FA-18 detachments to MCAS Iwakuni and Yechon AB, Korea. Navy Fighter Weapons School sent representatives to conduct Hornet Fleet Air Superiority training for the air wing” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 21 March to 22 April 1987” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

45th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, on her 30th “WestPac,” underway in the Pacific Ocean, on her 42nd South China Sea, the ship will commence a southwest transit of the Philippine Sea, anchoring in Subic Bay, Philippines, CVW-5 conducted Missilex ’87; conducting cyclic operations including a Passex with USS Constellation (CV-64) South of R-1l6; South China Sea to her 11th Indian Ocean, conducting Operation Earnest Will (24 July 1987 – 26 September 1988), the American military protection of Kuwaiti-owned tankers from Iranian attacks in 1987 and 1988; Bannerrex’s, low levels and bombing sorties flown; limited cyclic operations conducted, including long range strikes, Wasex’s, and a Harpoonex/Sinkex conducted during the transit north; Harpoonex 87-1 conducted in the Philippine Sea east of Luzon from 1 to 2 July 1987, a Joint Missile Shoot that included USN surface, subsurface and air assets, as well as USAF B-52’s from Guam, followed by a Operational Propulsion Plant Recertification Exam conducted in the San Bernardino Strait and cyclic operations en-route Yokosuka (23 April to 13 July 1987) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (14 July to 17 September 1987). (23 April to 17 September 1987)

CHAPTER XCIV

 

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) 23 April 1987, with RADM D.M. Brooks, 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 (COMCARGRU 5) commanding and Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked, with Captain Richard Alexander Wilson, USNA '63, as Commanding Officer, to commence its second three month deployment for 1987, on her 45th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, on her 30th “WestPac,” underway in the Pacific Ocean, on her 42nd South China Sea, the ship will commence a southwest transit of the Philippine Sea, anchoring in Subic Bay, Philippines, CVW-5 will conduct Missilex ’87; conducting cyclic operations including a Passex with USS Constellation (CV-64) South of R-1l6; South China Sea to her 11th Indian Ocean, conducting Operation Earnest Will (24 July 1987 – 26 September 1988), the American military protection of Kuwaiti-owned tankers from Iranian attacks in 1987 and 1988; Bannerrex’s, low levels and bombing sorties will be flown; limited cyclic operations will be conducted, including long range strikes, Wasex’s, and a Harpoonex/Sinkex conducted during the transit north; Harpoonex 87-1, to be conducted in the Philippine Sea east of Luzon, a Joint Missile Shoot will include USN surface, subsurface and air assets, as well as USAF B-52’s from Guam, followed by a Operational Propulsion Plant Recertification Exam conducted in the San Bernardino Strait and cyclic operations en-route Yokosuka. She will under go her 47th 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 53rd 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 63rd 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 1987).

 

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

(23 April to 13 July 1987)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (45th Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region Pacific Ocean

30th WestPac

42nd SCS

Subic Op-area

San Bernardino Strait

11th IO

CVW-5

NF

23 Apr 1987

13 Jul 1987

Western Pacific

63rd FWFD

82-days

Conducted a southwest transit of the Philippine Sea, anchoring in Subic Bay, Philippines, CVW-5 conducted Missilex ’87; conducting cyclic operations including a Passex with USS Constellation (CV-64) South of R-1l6; South China Sea to her 11th Indian Ocean, conducting Operation Earnest Will (24 July 1987 – 26 September 1988), the American military protection of Kuwaiti-owned tankers from Iranian attacks in 1987 and 1988; Bannerrex’s, low levels and bombing sorties flown; limited cyclic operations conducted, including long range strikes, Wasex’s, and a Harpoonex/Sinkex conducted during the transit north; Harpoonex 87-1 conducted in the Philippine Sea east of Luzon from 1 to 2 July 1987, a Joint Missile Shoot that included USN surface, subsurface and air assets, as well as USAF B-52’s from Guam, followed by a Operational Propulsion Plant Recertification Exam conducted in the San Bernardino Strait and cyclic operations en-route Yokosuka.

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 Reeves (CG-24); USS England (CG-22); USS Oldendorf (DD-972); USS Towers (DDG-9); USS Cochrane (DDG-21); USS Knox (FF-1052); USS Kirk (FF-1087); USNS Kilauea (T-AE 26); USS San Jose (AFS-7); USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105) and USS Kansas City (AOR-3) joined up with USS Midway (CV-41) as part of her task force” (Reef. 84A).

 

    “En-route Subic USS Midway (CV-41) conducted exercises from 29 to 30 April 1987 with USS Constellation (CV-64).

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored in Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines on 2 May 1987, to on-load the remainder of CTF 70 personnel and to embark Captain R. B. Mckenna, USN, Commander Destroyer Squadron 25 and his staff. While Midway anchored in Subic Bay, CVW-5 conducted Missilex ‘87.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) departed Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines on 3 May 1987, in port from 2 to 3 May 1987, the ship transited directly to Hong Kong.

 

     After departing Subic Bay, Philippines, USS Midway (CV-41) proceeded south of in R-1l6, conducting cyclic operations including a Passex with USS Constellation (CV-64).

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) pulled in for a port of call at anchored in the harbor at Honkong, B. C. C. for a six day port visit on 5 May 1987.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) made a port of call at Hong Kong from 5 to 10 May 1987, with limited cyclic operations being conducted from 5 to 9 May 1987. One day prior to anchoring, CTF 70/Midway hosted 20 VIPs from Hong Kong including Mr. Michael Sze, Secretary for Trade, Brigadier Ian A. Christie, Deputy Commander British Forces, and Captain Christopher W. Goito, RN, Captain-in-Charge Hong Kong. The air wing commenced flight operations en-route Subic Bay. Exercise ‘Bear Reach’ was conducted as well as cyclic operations.

 

     After a two day transit USS Midway (CV-41) returned to Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines on 13 May 1987 port visit and upkeep. While in-port Subic on 15 May 1987, the Bangladesh Ambassador to the Philippines toured Midway.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) departed Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines en route East Australia operations via the San Bernardino Strait on 18 May 1987, in port from 13 to 17 May 1987, for five days. Resupply, Missilex 87-3 and liberty were highlights of the in-port period.

 

     Departing Subic Bay, Philippines, USS Midway (CV-41) transited south and conducted limited flight operations, trapping VMA-331 Harrier (VSTOL – Vertical Short Take-Off and Landing) aircraft operating off USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) which was steaming with the battle group en route to Eastern Australia. The May 22nd 1987 Harrier operations were the first in Midway’s history.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted its first “Crossing the Line” in 1987 on 25 May 1987, when over 2300 slimy Wogs underwent the traditional cleansing process, in position 00.00N/151.59E” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

    “A AIM-9M Sidewinder missile is falling off a F/A18A from VFA 192 while the aircraft is landing on the flight deck of USS Midway (CV-41) operating in the western Pacific on 3 June 1987. The missile slides along the deck and falls into the ocean. No injuries are reported” (Ref. 84A).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) anchored at buoy #4, Sydney, Harbor, Australia, the first U.S.N. aircraft carrier to visit since 1972 on 5 June 1987. As Midway approached Australia, flight operations expanded due to increased training opportunities. Joint exercises were conducted with the Royal Australian Air Force, including GRIDEX’S with F-111's, power projection strikes, and DACT with Australian F/A-18's and Mirages. Low levels and close air support opportunities also provided invaluable training.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored at buoy #4, Sydney, Harbor, Australia, the first U.S.N. aircraft carrier to visit since 1972 from 5 to 16 June 1987. Midway sailors were in the limelight during the ten day visit. Visitors were the Honorable L.W. Lane, U.S. Ambassador to Australia. Members of the New South Wales Parliament and numerous VIP’S of the Australian Armed Forces also toured the ship. Over 7,000 visitors toured Midway during the 10-day port call.

 

     Departing on 16 June 1987, CVW-5 again was able to use Australian assets for training. Bannerrex’s, low levels and bombing sorties were flown. During the transit north, limited cyclic operations were conducted, including long range strikes, Wasex’s, and a Harpoonex/Sinkex.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted its second “Crossing the Line” ceremony for newly reported “Pollywog” crew members when the ship crossed north of the equator at 260126K JUN in position 00.00N/151-53E on 26 June 1987.

 

     Major General Marks, USAF, Commanding General, Third Air Division, visited USS Midway (CV-41) from 30 June to 1 July 1987, to observe Harpoonex 87-1, which was conducted in the Philippine Sea east of Luzon from 1 to 2 July 1987. The Joint Missile Shoot included USN surface, subsurface and air assets, as well as USAF B-52’s from Guam. Follow-on launches by the other participants had to be cancelled due to a fouled range. The target hulk was eventually sunk using conventional ordnance. Upon completion of that exercise Midway commenced transiting west through the San Bernardino Strait.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) pulled in for a port of call at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines on 3 July 1987. The ship moored at Alava Pier, which was last used by Midway in early 1985.

 

     Independence Day festivities were immediately followed by the arrival of CINCPACFLT’s Propulsion Examining Board on 7 July 1987, which marked official commencement of Operational Propulsion Plant Recertification Exam. Once again USS Midway (CV-41) Engineers proved they’re the finest by passing their fourth consecutive OPPRE.

 

     After USS Midway (CV-41) commenced cyclic operations en-route Yokosuka on 8 July 1987” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

    “On 10 July 1987, the launch of VFA-195 FA-18 Chippy 101 marked the 76,000th catapult shot from the port cat since USS Midway (CV-41) re-commissioning on 31 January 1970” (Ref. 1082A).

 

    “CVW-5 flew off to Atsugi on 12 and 13 July 1987” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

    “On 13 July 1987, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM D.M. Brooks, 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 (COMCARGRU 5) commanding and Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Richard Alexander Wilson, USNA '63, as Commanding Officer, to commence its second three month deployment for 1987, ending her 45th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, on her 30th “WestPac,” underway in the Pacific Ocean, on her 42nd South China Sea, the ship will commence a southwest transit of the Philippine Sea, anchoring in Subic Bay, Philippines, CVW-5 conducted Missilex ’87; conducting cyclic operations including a Passex with USS Constellation (CV-64) South of R-1l6; South China Sea to her 11th Indian Ocean, conducting Operation Earnest Will (24 July 1987 – 26 September 1988), the American military protection of Kuwaiti-owned tankers from Iranian attacks in 1987 and 1988; Bannerrex’s, low levels and bombing sorties flown; limited cyclic operations conducted, including long range strikes, Wasex’s, and a Harpoonex/Sinkex conducted during the transit north; Harpoonex 87-1 conducted in the Philippine Sea east of Luzon from 1 to 2 July 1987, a Joint Missile Shoot that included USN surface, subsurface and air assets, as well as USAF B-52’s from Guam, followed by a Operational Propulsion Plant Recertification Exam conducted in the San Bernardino Strait and cyclic operations en-route Yokosuka. Ports of call included: Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines; anchored in the harbor at Honkong, B. C. C.; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines; anchored at buoy #4, Sydney, Harbor, Australia and Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines. CVW-5 Squadrons: VFA-195, FA-18A; VFA-151, FA-18A; VFA-192, FA-18A; VA-115, A-6E / A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2C; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HS-12, SH-3H. *AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system.. Her 47th 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 53rd 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 63rd 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 (23 April to 13 July 1987)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 84A, 1082A & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) 45th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, on her 30th “WestPac”, underway in the Pacific Ocean, on her 42nd South China Sea, her 11th Indian Ocean Summary (23 April to 13 July 1987) – Chapter 94, Appendix I.

 

    “Honorable James E. Webb, Secretary of the Navy, visited USS Midway (CV-41) for a tour and brief on current issues on 15 July 1987” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

    “Operation Earnest Will (24 July 1987 – 26 September 1988) was the American military protection of Kuwaiti-owned tankers from Iranian attacks in 1987 and 1988. It was the largest naval convoy operation since World War II Summary – Chapter 94,  Appendix II” (Ref. 1192).

 

    “On 8 August 1987, VA-115 went to Taegu, Korea for a squadron detachment. Low levels and bombing sorties were flown using excellent Korean facilities. On 15 and 16 August 1987, CVW-5 supported the USS Missouri (BB-63) Battle Group by flying sorties from NAS Cubi Point. From 17 to 21 August, FA-18's conducted DACT with the 432nd TFW F-16's from Misawa and JASDF F-15's and F-4's from Nyutaburu.

 

     Brigadier General Park, Rokmc and Staff visit USS Midway (CV-41) on 24 August 1987.

 

     14 July 1987 and all of August 1987 CVW-5 conducted local ops as well as two major detachments. All three F/A-18 squadrons and VAW-115 conducted ACM and DACT with USAF F15's at Kadena AB. The E-2's were able to practice aircraft control and link training. The combined training greatly enhanced air wing integration and E-2 combat readiness. The Hornet squadrons competed in several events while flying day and night bombing sorties.

 

     The first of September 1987 saw CVW-5 conducting intensive NLP’S at Atsugi, Iwakuni and Yokota. The air wing was also tasked to provide air support for the USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) and USS Oldendorf (DD-972).

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) entertained thirteen Japanese guests, Captain Howell (CFAY) accompanied on 10 September 1987.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 14 July to 17 September 1987” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) 45th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, on her 30th “WestPac,” underway in the Pacific Ocean, on her 42nd South China Sea, her 11th Indian Ocean Summary

(23 April to 13 July 1987).

CHAPTER XCIV

Appendix I

 

 

    “On 13 July 1987, USS Midway (CV-41) returned to Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) with RADM D.M. Brooks, 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 (COMCARGRU 5) commanding and Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked, with Captain Richard Alexander Wilson, USNA '63, as Commanding Officer, to commence its second three month deployment for 1987, ending her USS Midway (CV-41) 45th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, on her 30th “WestPac,” underway in the Pacific Ocean, on her 42nd South China Sea, the ship will commence a southwest transit of the Philippine Sea, anchoring in Subic Bay, Philippines, CVW-5 conducted Missilex ’87; conducting cyclic operations including a Passex with USS Constellation (CV-64) South of R-1l6; South China Sea to her 11th Indian Ocean, conducting Operation Earnest Will (24 July 1987 – 26 September 1988), the American military protection of Kuwaiti-owned tankers from Iranian attacks in 1987 and 1988; Bannerrex’s, low levels and bombing sorties flown; limited cyclic operations conducted, including long range strikes, Wasex’s, and a Harpoonex/Sinkex conducted during the transit north; Harpoonex 87-1 conducted in the Philippine Sea east of Luzon from 1 to 2 July 1987, a Joint Missile Shoot that included USN surface, subsurface and air assets, as well as USAF B-52’s from Guam, followed by a Operational Propulsion Plant Recertification Exam conducted in the San Bernardino Strait and cyclic operations en-route Yokosuka. En-route Subic, Midway conducted exercises from 29 to 30 April 1987 with USS Constellation (CV-64). Midway anchored at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines on 2 May 1987, to on-load the remainder of CTF 70 personnel and to embark Captain R. B. Mckenna, USN, Commander Destroyer Squadron 25 and his staff. While Midway anchored in Subic Bay, CVW-5 conducted Missilex ‘87. Midway departed Subic Bay, Philippines on 3 May 1987, in port from 2 to 3 May 1987, the ship transited directly to Hong Kong, After departing Subic Bay, Philippines, Midway proceeded south of in R-1l6, conducting cyclic operations including a Passex with Constellation. Midway made a port of call at Honkong, B. C. C. from 5 to 10 May 1987, with limited cyclic operations being conducted from 5 to 9 May 1987. One day prior to anchoring, CTF 70/Midway hosted 20 VIPs from Hong Kong including Mr. Michael Sze, Secretary for Trade, Brigadier Ian A. Christie, Deputy Commander British Forces, and Captain Christopher W. Goito, RN, Captain-in-Charge Hong Kong. The air wing commenced flight operations en-route Subic Bay. Exercise ‘Bear Reach’ was conducted as well as cyclic operations. After a two day transit Midway returned to Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines on 13 May 1987 port visit and upkeep. While in-port Subic on 15 May 1987, the Bangladesh Ambassador to the Philippines toured Midway. Midway departed Subic Bay, Philippines en route East Australia operations via the San Bernardino Strait on 18 May 1987, in port from 13 to 17 May 1987, for five days. Resupply, Missilex 87-3 and liberty were highlights of the in-port period. Departing Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines, Midway transited south and conducted limited flight operations, conducting its first “Crossing the Line” in 1987 on 25 May 1987, when over 2300 slimy Wogs underwent the traditional cleansing process, in position 00.00N/151.59E. A AIM-9M Sidewinder missile is falling off a F/A18A from VFA 192 while the aircraft is landing on the flight deck of Midway operating in the western Pacific on 3 June 1987. The missile slides along the deck and falls into the ocean. No injuries are reported. Midway anchored at  buoy #4, Sydney, Harbor, Australia, the first U.S.N. aircraft carrier to visit since 1972 from 5 to 16 June 1987. As Midway approached Australia, flight operations expanded due to increased training opportunities. Joint exercises were conducted with the Royal Australian Air Force, including GRIDEX’S with F-111's, power projection strikes, and DACT with Australian F/A-18's and Mirages. Low levels and close air support opportunities also provided invaluable training. Midway sailors were in the limelight during the ten day visit. Visitors were the Honorable L.W. Lane, U.S. Ambassador to Australia. Members of the New South Wales Parliament and numerous VIP’S of the Australian Armed Forces also toured the ship. Departing on 16 June 1987, CVW-5 again was able to use Australian assets for training. Bannerrex’s, low levels and bombing sorties were flown. During the transit north, limited cyclic operations were conducted, including long range strikes, Wasex’s, and a Harpoonex/Sinkex. Midway conducted its second “Crossing the Line” ceremony for newly reported “Pollywog” crew members when the ship crossed north of the equator at 260126K JUN in position 00.00N/151-53E on 26 June 1987. Major General Marks, USAF, Commanding General, Third Air Division, visited Midway from 30 June to 1 July 1987, to observe Harpoonex 87-1, which was conducted in the Philippine Sea east of Luzon from 1 to 2 July 1987. The Joint Missile Shoot included USN surface, subsurface and air assets, as well as USAF B-52’s from Guam. Follow-on launches by the other participants had to be cancelled due to a fouled range. The target hulk was eventually sunk using conventional ordnance. Upon completion of that exercise Midway commenced transiting west through the San Bernardino Strait. Midway pulled in for a port of call at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines on 3 July 1987. The ship moored at Alava Pier, which was last used by Midway in early 1985. Independence Day festivities were immediately followed by the arrival of CINCPACFLT’s Propulsion Examining Board on 7 July 1987, which marked official commencement of Operational Propulsion Plant Recertification Exam. Once again Midway Engineers proved they’re the finest by passing their fourth consecutive OPPRE. After Midway commenced cyclic operations en-route Yokosuka on 8 July 1987. On 10 July 1987, the launch of VFA-195 FA-18 Chippy 101 marked the 76,000th catapult shot from the port cat since Midway re-commissioning on 31 January 1970. CVW-5 flew off to Atsugi on 12 and 13 July 1987. Ports of call included: Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines; anchored in the harbor at Honkong, B. C. C.; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines; anchored at buoy #4, Sydney, Harbor, Australia and Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines. CVW-5 Squadrons: VFA-195, FA-18A; VFA-151, FA-18A; VFA-192, FA-18A; VA-115, A-6E / A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2C; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HS-12, SH-3H. *AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system. Her 47th 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 53rd 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 63rd 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 (23 April to 13 July 1987)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 84A, 1082A & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

Operation Earnest Will (24 July 1987 – 26 September 1988) was the American military protection of Kuwaiti-owned tankers from Iranian attacks in 1987 and 1988. It was the largest naval convoy operation since World War II

CHAPTER XCIV

Appendix II

 

 

    “Operation Earnest Will (24 July 1987 – 26 September 1988) was the American military protection of Kuwaiti-owned tankers from Iranian attacks in 1987 and 1988. It was the largest naval convoy operation since World War II.

 

    The U.S. Navy warships that escorted the tankers, part of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, were the operations' most visible part, but U.S. Air Force AWACS radar planes provided surveillance and U.S. Army special operations helicopters hunted for possible attackers.

 

    Other U.S Navy vessels participated in Operation Ernest Will. They were then under the command of the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet which had primary responsibility for combat operations in the Persian Gulf region. The numerous ships used in Operation Ernest Will mostly consisted of Battleship Battle Groups, Carrier Battle Groups, Surface Action Groups and ships from the Pacific's Third and Seventh Fleets and the Mediterranean-based Sixth Fleet. They generally operated in and near the Gulf for parts of their normal six-month deployments.

 

    This was USSOCOM's first tactical operation involving Navy SEALs, Special Boat Teams, and 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) ("Nightstalkers") aviators working together” (Ref. 1192).

 

U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, to participate in Annualex-62G (18 to 28 September 1987) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (29 September to 14 October 1987).

(18 September to 14 October 1987).

CHAPTER XCV

 

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 18 September 1987, with Captain Richard Alexander Wilson, USNA '63, as Commanding Officer, serving as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, to participate in Annualex-62G, with CVW-5 and RADM E.W. Clexton, Jr., COMCARGRU THREE, assuming duties as Commander Task Group SEVEN ZERO PT ONE embarked. Schedule previously had Midway pulling out on 17 September 1987; however, due to bad weather conditions the Battle Group departed one day late” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

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

(18 to 28 September 1987)

 

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

 

CVW-5

NF

18 Sep 1987

28 Sep 1987

Training

11-days

Annualex-62G, Startex found the Midway Battle Group in the vicinity of Okinawa, working its way back towards Yokosuka and Exercise Annualex commenced on 24 September 1987 and gave CVW-5 the chance to interoperate with the Japanese in joint naval maneuvers. CVW-5 then conducted intensive NLP’S in preparation for an Indian Ocean deployment. Midway conducted Annualex from 24 to 28 September 1987, lasting until 28 September 1987.

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

 

    “Annualex-62G, with CVW-5 and RADM E.W. Clexton, Jr., COMCARGRU THREE Battle Group U.S. participants included:

 

COMCARGRU THREE

COMDESRON FIFTEEN

USS MIDWAY CV-41/CVW-5

USS TOWERS DDG-9

USS COCHRANE DDG-21

USS KNOX FF-1052

USS LOCKWOOD FF-1064

USS FRANCIS HAMMOND FF-1067

Various USNS ships were also present.

 

Approx 20 Japanese DD’s were also present, along with various support ships.

 

Japanese participants included:

 

COMCORFLOT TWO

COMCORFLOT THREE

COMCORFLOT FOUR

COMCORFLOT FOUR ONE            

COMCORFLOT FOUR THREE

COMCORFLOT SIX ONE

 

    “Startex found the Midway Battle Group in the vicinity of Okinawa, working its way back towards Yokosuka and Exercise Annualex commenced on 24 September 1987 and gave CVW-5 the chance to interoperate with the Japanese in joint naval maneuvers.

 

     Soviet Balzam AGI SSV-493 conducted survops of Battle Group ALFA and continued surveillance of USS Midway (CV-41) and accompanied ships and aircraft until 27 September 1987.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) air wing flew off to Atsugi on 27 and 28 September 1987. CVW-5 then conducted intensive NLP’S in preparation for an Indian Ocean deployment.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Annualex from 24 to 28 September 1987. When Annualex officially ended” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

    “On 28 September 1987, USS Midway (CV-41) with CVW-5 and RADM E.W. Clexton, Jr., COMCARGRU THREE Battle Group embarked returned to Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) one day early due to bad weather conditions on, with Captain Richard Alexander Wilson, USNA '63, as Commanding Officer, serving as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, conducting Annualex-62G. U.S. participants included: COMCARGRU THREE; COMDESRON FIFTEEN; USS MIDWAY CV-41/CVW-5; USS TOWERS DDG-9; USS COCHRANE DDG-21; USS KNOX FF-1052; USS LOCKWOOD FF-1064 and USS FRANCIS HAMMOND FF-1067. Various USNS ships were also present. Approx 20 Japanese DD’s were also present, along with various support ships. Japanese participants included: COMCORFLOT TWO; COMCORFLOT THREE; COMCORFLOT FOUR; COMCORFLOT FOUR ONE; COMCORFLOT FOUR THREE AND COMCORFLOT SIX ONE. Startex found the Midway Battle Group in the vicinity of Okinawa, working its way back towards Yokosuka and Exercise Annualex commenced on 24 September 1987 and gave CVW-5 the chance to interoperate with the Japanese in joint naval maneuvers. Soviet Balzam AGI SSV-493 conducted survops of Battle Group ALFA and continued surveillance of U Midway and accompanied ships and aircraft until 27 September 1987. Midway air wing flew off to Atsugi on 27 and 28 September 1987. CVW-5 then conducted intensive NLP’S in preparation for an Indian Ocean deployment. Midway conducted Annualex from 24 to 28 September 1987, lasting until 28 September 1987 when Annualex officially ended. 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 (18 to 28 September 1987)” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 29 September to 14 October 1987” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

46th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, 31st “WestPac,” underway in the Pacific Ocean, on her 43rd South China Sea, on her 12th Indian Ocean, her 7th Arabian Sea, her 5th North Arabian Sea, conducting Operation Earnest Will (24 July 1987 – 26 September 1988), the American military protection of Kuwaiti-owned tankers from Iranian attacks in 1987 and 1988 operations, her 3rd Gulf of Oman, on her 1st Arabian/Persian Gulf (15 October 1987 to 11 April 1988) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (12 April to 17 October 1988). (15 October 1987 to 7 September 1988)

CHAPTER XCVI

 

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) 15 October 1987, with Battle Group Alfa, under command of RADM J. F. Shaw, Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75), Carrier Group One, Commander COMCRUDESGRU 1 and Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked, with Captain Richard Alexander Wilson, USNA '63, as Commanding Officer, on her 46th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, 31st “WestPac,” underway in the Pacific Ocean, on her 43rd South China Sea, on her 12th Indian Ocean, her 7th Arabian Sea, her 5th North Arabian Sea, conducting Operation Earnest Will (24 July 1987 – 26 September 1988), the American military protection of Kuwaiti-owned tankers from Iranian attacks in 1987 and 1988 operations, her 3rd Gulf of Oman, on her 1st Arabian/Persian Gulf. She will under go her 49th 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 55th 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 65th 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 1987).

 

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

(15 October 1987 to 11 April 1988)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (7th Arabian Sea, 5th North Arabian Sea and 3rd Gulf of Oman & 1st Arabian / Persian Gulf) (46th Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region Pacific Ocean

31st WestPac

43rd SCS

12th IO

CVW-5

NF

15 Oct 1987

11 Apr 1988

Western Pacific

Indian Ocean

Middle East

North Arabian Sea

Persian Gulf

64th FWFD

155-days

CVW-5 flew Minex’s, Bannerex’s, and conducted Missilex 87-4. Earnest Will and CONOPS exercises were practiced using USAF tanker assets; CVW-5 conducted a Linkex with the Royal Singapore Air Force; on station in the North Arabian Sea conducting cyclic operations; conducting two “Operation Earnest Will (24 July 1987 – 26 September 1988), the American military protection of Kuwaiti-owned tankers from Iranian attacks in 1987 and 1988 operations; CVW-5 conducted an Encounterex with the USS Iowa (BB-61) and USS Ticonderoga (CG-47), former DDG-47 and en route Mombasa, Kenya, Midway/CVW-5 conducted cyclic operations, including a WASEX and DACT with the French.

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-185

Nighthawks -                    Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder - Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF400

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

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-2C

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 Horne (CG-30); USS Sterett (CG-31); USS Iowa (BB-61); USS Ticonderoga (CG-47); USS Towers (DDG-9); USS Knox (FF-1052); USS Francis Hammond (FF-1067); USS Deyo (DD-989); USS Oldendorf (DD-972); USS Cimarron (AO-177); USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105); USS White Plains (AFS-4) and USNS Kilauea (T-AE-26) joined up with USS Midway (CV-41) as part of her task force” (Ref. 84A).

 

    “On 16 October 1987, USS Midway (CV-41) received message from COMNAVSEASYSCOM WASH DC pertaining to motion/wetness improvement. Design effort for wetness corrections in progress, with planned modifications to improve Midway’s wetness problem; however, since the wetness corrections effectiveness was based in part on changes to the hull, these corrections will not solve components of wetness problem caused by interaction of ocean waves with (1) blister secondary bow wave and (2) waves generated by roll amplitude/rapid roll rate of the hull. Present plans include: spray rails, elevator no. 1 guiderail fairing, wave-deflecting bulwarks in elevator hull openings and bow knife. Plans for accomplishment of full blister modifications (notch, bulbous bow, blister shaving) have been deferred indefinitely.

 

     CVW-5 flew Minex’s, Bannerex’s, and conducted Missilex 87-4. Earnest Will and CONOPS exercises were practiced using USAF tanker assets. Unit training was also conducted sharpening bombing, low level and ACM skills.

 

     VADM Miller, COMSEVENTHFLT, visits USS Midway (CV-41) on 2 November 1987 and VADM Fetterman, COMNAVAIRPAC, visits on 3 November 1987.

 

     The EA-3B “WHALE” made its last run from the decks of CV-41. The EA-3B’S deck space was replaced by a C-2 from VRC-50, which embarked USS Midway (CV-41) on 4 November 1987 for the I.O. deployment.

 

     On 5 November 1987, USS Midway (CV-41) moored at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines for liberty. CVW-5 conducted its change of command with Captain D. L. Carroll, relieving Captain M. L. Bowman. With this change of command, CVW-5 incorporated the Senior Air Wing Commander concept.

 

     Captain D. L. Carroll relieved Captain M. L. Bowman (serving from 11 April 1986 to 6 November 1987), of Commander, Carrier Air Wing FIVE on 7 November 1987.

 

     While USS Midway (CV-41) was in-port Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines during which time short fused media coverage was encountered due to the recent assassination of a U.S. serviceman near Clark AFB and the timely arrival of BG “A”, in-port from 5 to 9 November 1987. While Midway was transiting the Philippine Sea, HS-12 attached to CVW-5 lost a SH-3H helicopter (Speargun 615). Three of four crewmen were recovered; however, an enlisted air crewman was lost at sea. Accident judged as a mechanical failure on 9 November 1987. Cyclic operations continued en-route to the Indian Ocean.

 

     While transiting the SCS in vicinity of Cam Ranh Bay, CVW-5 aircraft intercepted three sets of Soviet MIG-23 FLOGGERS. CPA of the MIG’s to USS Midway (CV-41) was 160NM on 11 November 1987” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

    “On 14 November 1987, the EA-3B “Whale” made its last run from the deck of USS Midway (CV-41). The Whale was replaced by a C-2 from VRC-50, which embarked Midway on 9 November 1987 for an Indian Ocean deployment” (Ref. 1182A).

 

    “CVW-5 conducted a Linkex with the Royal Singapore Air Force was conducted 14 November 1987.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) was underway in the Indian Ocean on 17 November 1987.

 

     On 19 November 1987, BG “A” inchopped IO/NAS, assuming responsibility for responding to NAS contingency requirements as of 170001Z NOV 87. USS Midway (CV-41) completed turnover with USS Ranger (CV-61) and escorts. Operating from the decks of Midway, a VAQ-136 EA-6B Prowler (IRON CLAW 606) with crew of four was lost south of Srilanka. Aircraft launched in EMCON status during night time operations on 19 November 1987.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) and CVW-5 were on station in the North Arabian Sea conducting cyclic operations on 24 November 1987.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41)/CVW-5 conducted its first “Operation Earnest Will (24 July 1987 – 26 September 1988), the American military protection of Kuwaiti-owned tankers from Iranian attacks in 1987 and 1988 operation on 24 November 1987. Earnest Will and CONOPS exercises were practiced using USAF tanker assets. Unit training was also conducted sharpening bombing, low level and ACM skills.

 

     USO tours provided an outstanding show when Wayne Newton performed twice, LAS VEGAS Entertainer Wayne Newton performed two shows for the men aboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 2 December 1987.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41)/CVW-5 performed another “Operation Earnest Will (24 July 1987 – 26 September 1988), the American military protection of Kuwaiti-owned tankers from Iranian attacks in 1987 and 1988 operation on 4 December 1987.

 

     On 11 December 1987, CVW-5 conducted an Encounterex with the USS Iowa (BB-61) and USS Ticonderoga (CG-47), former DDG-47.

 

     RADM McNamara, Chief of Chaplains, visits USS Midway (CV-41) on 19 December 1987.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Cyclic operations from 11 to 24 December 1987. Midway and CVW-5 were entertained by Bob Hope and his USO show on Christmas Eve. On Christmas day, the Midway transited south towards Mombasa, Kenya.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) welcomed aboard Senator Edward Kennedy for a two day visit with BG ALFA in the North Arabian Sea. Numerous issues were discussed with Senator Kennedy, including Midway’s future, personnel, material condition, cost of living in Japan, Midway retention, and several others of key interest to Midway sailors from 23 to 24 December 1987.

 

     THE BOB HOPE/USO AROUND THE WORLD CHRISTMAS SHOW was performed aboard USS Midway (CV-41) on Christmas Eve, from 24 to 25 December 1987, featuring Connie Stevens and her two daughters, Tricia and Joely Fisher, Barbara Eden, MISS U.S.A. 1987-Michelle Royer and country music star Lee Greenwood off Al-Masirah Island.

     During USS Midway (CV-41) BEER DAY, all personnel are rationed two bottles of beer after 48 continuous days at sea on 26 December 1987.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) welcomed in 1988 with a port call, anchoring at Korea Mombasa, Kenya from 31 December 1988 to 6 January 1989. En route Mombasa, Midway/CVW-5 conducted cyclic operations including a WASEX and DACT with the French.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) made a port of call at Korea Mombasa, Kenya from 31 December 1988 to 6 January 1989.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted turn over with USS Enterprise (CVN-65) on 15 February 1988.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored at Pattaya Beach, Thailand on 23 February 1988.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored at Pattaya Beach, Thailand from 23 to 29 February 1988” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

 

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

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) made a port of call at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines from 4 to 13 March 1988.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) made a port of call at Pusan, South Korea from 21 to 23 March 1988.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) anchored Sasebo, Japan from 7 to 8 April 1988” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

    “On 11 April 1988, USS Midway (CV-41) returned to Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) with Battle Group Alfa, under command of RADM J. F. Shaw, Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75), Carrier Group One, Commander COMCRUDESGRU 1 and Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked, with Captain Richard Alexander Wilson, USNA '63, as Commanding Officer, as Commanding Officer, ending her 46th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, 31st “WestPac,” underway in the Pacific Ocean, on her 43rd South China Sea, on her 12th Indian Ocean, her 7th Arabian Sea, her 5th North Arabian Sea, her 3rd Gulf of Oman and 1st Arabian / Persian Gulf. CVW-5 flew Minex’s, Bannerex’s, and conducted Missilex 87-4. Earnest Will and CONOPS exercises were practiced using USAF tanker assets; CVW-5 conducted a Linkex with the Royal Singapore Air Force; on station in the North Arabian Sea conducting cyclic operations; conducting two Operation Earnest Will (24 July 1987 – 26 September 1988), the American military protection of Kuwaiti-owned tankers from Iranian attacks in 1987 and 1988 operations; CVW-5 conducted an Encounterex with the USS Iowa (BB-61) and USS Ticonderoga (CG-47), former DDG-47 and en route Mombasa, Kenya, Midway/CVW-5 conducted cyclic operations, including a WASEX and DACT with the French. Ports of calls included: moored at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines; Korea Mombasa, Kenya; anchored Pattaya Beach, Thailand; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines; anchored at Pusan, South Korea and Sasebo, Japan. CVW-5 Squadrons: VFA-195, F-4S; VFA-151, F-4S; VFA-192, A-7E; VA-185, A-6E / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VA-115, *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HS-12, SH-3H. Her 48th 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 54th 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 64th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II (15 October 1987 to 11 April 1988)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 1182A & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

15/10/87 to 11/04/88

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

7Th FLEET Forward Deployed

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Persian Gulf (Operation "Earnest Will")

Nov 1987 to Feb 1988

Middle East

31st WestPac

42nd SCS

12th IO

7th Arabian Sea

5th North Arabian Sea

3rd Gulf of Oman

1st Arabian /

Persian Gulf

64th FWFD

Ref. 1181 & 1181C

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) 46th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, 31st “WestPac”, underway in the Pacific Ocean, on her 43rd South China Sea, on her 12th Indian Ocean, her 7th Arabian Sea, her 5th North Arabian Sea, conducting Operation Earnest Will (24 July 1987 – 26 September 1988), the American military protection of Kuwaiti-owned tankers from Iranian attacks in 1987 and 1988 operations, her 3rd Gulf of Oman, on her 1st Arabian/Persian Gulf Summary (15 October 1987 to 11 April 1988) – Chapter 96, Appendix I.

 

    1987 VISITS AND CEREMONIES ABOARD USS MIDWAY (CV-41) – Chapter 96, Appendix II.

 

    USS MIDWAY (CV-41) 1987 YEARS END SUMMARY– Chapter 96, Appendix III.

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 12 April to 7 September 1988” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

46th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, 31st “WestPac,” underway in the Pacific Ocean, on her 43rd South China Sea, on her 12th Indian Ocean, her 7th Arabian Sea, her 5th North Arabian Sea, conducting Operation Earnest Will (24 July 1987 – 26 September 1988), the American military protection of Kuwaiti-owned tankers from Iranian attacks in 1987 and 1988 operations, her 3rd Gulf of Oman, on her 1st Arabian/Persian Gulf Summary

(15 October 1987 to 11 April 1988).

CHAPTER XCVI

Appendix I

 

 

    “On 11 April 1988, USS Midway (CV-41) returned to Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) with CVW-5 and Battle Group Alfa, under command of RADM J. F. Shaw, Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75), Carrier Group One, Commander COMCRUDESGRU 1 and Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked, with Captain R. D. Mixon, USN, as Commanding Officer, ending her 46th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, 31st “WestPac,” underway in the Pacific Ocean, on her 43rd South China Sea, on her 12th Indian Ocean, her 7th Arabian Sea, her 5th North Arabian Sea, conducting Operation Earnest Will (24 July 1987 – 26 September 1988), the American military protection of Kuwaiti-owned tankers from Iranian attacks in 1987 and 1988 operations, her 3rd Gulf of Oman, on her 1st Arabian/Persian Gulf. CVW-5 flew Minex’s, Bannerex’s, and conducted Missilex 87-4. Earnest Will and CONOPS exercises were practiced using USAF tanker assets; CVW-5 conducted a Linkex with the Royal Singapore Air Force; on station in the North Arabian Sea conducting cyclic operations; conducting two Earnest Will operations; CVW-5 conducted an Encounterex with the USS Iowa (BB-61) and USS Ticonderoga (CG-47), former DDG-47 and en route Mombasa, Kenya, Midway/CVW-5 conducted cyclic operations, including a WASEX and DACT with the French. On 16 October 1987, Midway received message from COMNAVSEASYSCOM WASH DC pertaining to motion/wetness improvement. Design effort for wetness corrections in progress, with planned modifications to improve Midway’s wetness problem; however, since the wetness corrections effectiveness was based in part on changes to the hull, these corrections will not solve components of wetness problem caused by interaction of ocean waves with (1) blister secondary bow wave and (2) waves generated by roll amplitude/rapid roll rate of the hull. Present plans include: spray rails, elevator no. 1 guiderail fairing, wave-deflecting bulwarks in elevator hull openings and bow knife. Plans for accomplishment of full blister modifications (notch, bulbous bow, blister shaving) have been deferred indefinitely. Unit training was also conducted sharpening bombing, low level and ACM skills. VADM Miller, COMSEVENTHFLT, visits Midway on 2 November 1987 and VADM Fetterman, COMNAVAIRPAC on 3 November 1987. The EA-3B “WHALE” made its last run from the decks of CV-41. The EA-3B’S deck space was replaced by a C-2 from VRC-50, which embarked Midway on 4 November 1987 for the I.O. deployment. On 5 November 1987, Midway moored at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines for liberty. CVW-5 conducted its change of command with Captain D. L. Carroll, relieving Captain M. L. Bowman. With this change of command, CVW-5 incorporated the Senior Air Wing Commander concept. Captain D. L. Carroll relieved Captain M. L. Bowman (serving from 11 April 1986 to 6 November 1987), of Commander, Carrier Air Wing FIVE on 7 November 1987. While Midway was in-port Subic Bay, Philippines short fused media coverage was encountered due to the recent assassination of a U.S. serviceman near Clark AFB and the timely arrival of BG “A” in-port from 5 to 9 November 1987. While Midway was transiting the Philippine Sea, HS-12 attached to CVW-5 lost a SH-3H helicopter (Speargun 615). Three of four crewmen were recovered; however, an enlisted air crewman was lost at sea. Accident judged as a mechanical failure on 9 November 1987. The Whale was replaced by a C-2 from VRC-50, which embarked Midway on 9 November 1987 for an Indian Ocean deployment. Cyclic operations continued en-route to the Indian Ocean. While transiting the SCS in vicinity of Cam Ranh Bay, CVW-5 aircraft intercepted three sets of Soviet MIG-23 FLOGGERS. CPA of the MIG’s to Midway was 160NM on 11 November 1987. On 14 November 1987, the EA-3B “Whale” made its last run from the deck of Midway. CVW-5 conducted a Linkex with the Royal Singapore Air Force was conducted 14 November 1987. Indian Ocean on 17 November 1987. On 19 November 1987, BG “A” inchopped IO/NAS, assuming responsibility for responding to NAS contingency requirements as of 170001Z NOV 87. Midway completed turnover with USS Ranger (CV-61) and escorts. Operating from the decks of Midway, a VAQ-136 EA-6B Prowler (IRON CLAW 606) with crew of four was lost south of Srilanka. Aircraft launched in EMCON status during night time operations on 19 November 1987. Midway and CVW-5 were on station in the North Arabian Sea conducting cyclic operations on 24 November 1987. Midway/CVW-5 conducted its first Earnest Will operation on 24 November 1987. Earnest Will and CONOPS exercises were practiced using USAF tanker assets. Unit training was also conducted sharpening bombing, low level and ACM skills. USO tours provided an outstanding show when Wayne Newton performed twice aboard Midway on 2 December 1987. LAS VEGAS Entertainer Wayne Newton performed two shows for the men aboard Midway on 2 December 1987. Midway/CVW-5 performed another Earnest Will operation on 4 December 1987. On 11 December 1987, CVW-5 conducted an Encounterex with the USS Iowa (BB-61) and USS Ticonderoga (CG-47), former DDG-47. RADM McNamara, Chief of Chaplains, visits Midway on 19 December 1987. Midway welcomed aboard Senator Edward Kennedy for a two day visit with BG ALFA in the North Arabian Sea. Numerous issues were discussed with Senator Kennedy, including Midway’s future, personnel, material condition, cost of living in Japan, Midway retention, and several others of key interest to Midway sailors from 23 to 24 December 1987. Midway conducted Cyclic operations were conducted from 11 to 24 December 1987. Midway and CVW-5 were entertained by Bob Hope and his USO show on Christmas Eve. On Christmas day, the Midway transited south towards Mombasa, Keny. THE BOB HOPE/USO AROUND THE WORLD CHRISTMAS SHOW was performed aboard Midway on Christmas Eve, from 24 to 25 December 1987, featuring Connie Stevens and her two daughters, Tricia and Joely Fisher, Barbara Eden, MISS U.S.A. 1987-Michelle Royer and country music star Lee Greenwood off Al-Masirah Island. During Midway BEER DAY, all personnel are rationed two bottles of beer after 48 continuous days at sea on 26 December 1987. Midway welcomed in 1988 with a port call, anchoring at Mombasa, Kenya on 31 December 1987. En-route Mombasa, Kenya, Midway/CVW-5 conducted cyclic operations including a WASEX and DACT with the French. Mombasa, Kenya from 31 December 1988 to 6 January 1989. Turn over with USS Enterprise (CVN-65) on 15 February 1988. Midway anchored at Pattaya Beach, Thailand from 23 to 29 February 1988; anchored at Pusan, South Korea from 21 to 23 March 1988 and Sasebo, Japan from 7 to  8 April 1988. Ports of calls included: moored at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines; Korea Mombasa, Kenya; anchored Pattaya Beach, Thailand; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines; anchored at Pusan, South Korea and Sasebo, Japan. CVW-5 Squadrons: VFA-195, F-4S; VFA-151, F-4S; VFA-192, A-7E; VA-185, A-6E / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VA-115, *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HS-12, SH-3H. Her 49th 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 54th 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 64th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II (15 October 1987 to 11 April 1988)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 1182A & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1987).

 

15/10/87 to 11/04/88

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

7Th FLEET Forward Deployed

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Persian Gulf (Operation "Earnest Will")

Nov 1987 to Feb 1988

Middle East

43rd SCS

12th Indian Ocean

7th Arabian Sea

5th North Arabian Sea

3rd Gulf of Oman

1st Arabian /

Persian Gulf

Ref. 1181 & 1181C

 

     1987 VISITS AND CEREMONIES ABOARD USS MIDWAY (CV-41) – Chapter 96, Appendix II.

 

     USS MIDWAY (CV-41) 1987 YEARS END SUMMARY– Chapter 96, Appendix III.