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At sea in the Western Pacific, 30 November 1974. Good overhead showing stern of Midway after her 1966-1970 overhaul: note 3 deck-edge elevators, two to starboard (forward and abaft the island) and one to port. F-4s, A-6s, A-7s, E-2s and an SH-3 are shown on the flight deck - NS024105 - USN. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024105.jpg

 

Ninth deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Refresher Operations in R-116 before continuing the transit South, on her 13th “WestPac,” her 15th South China Sea, her sixth Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise, on her second Indian Ocean, for Cope Diamond (4 October to 19 December 1975); conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (20 December 1975 to 8 January 1976).

(4 October 1975 to 8 January 1976)

CHAPTER XLI

 

 

     With all the planning completed, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM Monger, COMCARGRU ONE, serving as Commander, Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 since 23 May 1975 assigned, COMDESRON TWENTY ONE, Commodore Leedom and CDR W. L. Chatham, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Piedmont pier, Yokosuka, Japan Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), on 4 October 1975, with Captain Lawrence Cleveland Chambers, USNA '52, as Commanding Officer, on her ninth deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Refresher Operations in R-116 before continuing the transit South, on her 13th “WestPac,” her 15th South China Sea, her sixth Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise, on her second Indian Ocean, for Cope Diamond air defense exercise with the U. S. Air Force was conducted on the 7th of October 1975 Okinawa area; Merlion I with the Republic of Singapore Armed Forces in a rather small operating area of Singapore; Midlink 75 was hosted by the Imperial Iranian Navy at their headquarters in Bandar Abbas, Iran (Participating nations were the United States, Iran, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 11th 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 Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. She will under go her 17th 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 27th 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 (CV-41) 1975 Command History Report).

 

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

(4 October to 19 December 1975)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (9th Forward Deployed)

Western

Pacific

Region

Pacific Ocean

13th WestPac 15th SCS        2nd IO

CVW-5

NF

4 Oct 1975

19 Dec 1975

Vietnam

Indian Ocean

Middle East

27th FWFD

77-days

6th Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise - Exercise Midlink

Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Refresher Operations in R-116 before continuing the transit South, on her second Indian Ocean, for Cope Diamond air defense exercise with the U. S. Air Force was conducted on the 7th of October 1975 Okinawa area; Merlion I with the Republic of Singapore Armed Forces in a rather small operating area of Singapore; Midlink 75 was hosted by the Imperial Iranian Navy at their headquarters in Bandar Abbas, Iran (Participating nations were the United States, Iran, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom. VADM Attaie, Commander in Chief Imperial Iranian Navy was Officer in Charge of scheduling the exercise. VADM Babibelahi Commander Persian Gulf and Oman Sea. Imperial Iranian Navy was OCE) and Air operations were conducted en route and on 17 December 1975, USS Midway (CV-41) and CVW-5 participated in Exercise Cope Cherry with units of the Japanese Self-Defense Force.

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-4N

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4N

VA-93

Blue Blazers -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7A

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7A

VA-115

Arabs - Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6A / A-6B   KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye -Electronics

601-604

E-2B

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps - Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 610

RF-4B

VMAQ-2 Det.

Playboys - Marines Electronics Warfare

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

(CY) 620

EA-6A

HC-1 Det. 2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King -

Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3G

*not embarked for the entire deployment.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) Flagship for COMCARGRU ONE, RADM Monger, as Task Group 77.4, USS Worden (CG-18), COMDESRON TWENTY ONE, COMMODORE Leedom embarked), USS Turner Joy (DD-951), USS Fanning (FF-1076), Mispillion (USS Mispillion (AO-105) decommissioned on 26 July 1974 and transferred to the Military Sealift Command, where she continued in non-commissioned U.S. Navy service with a civilian crew as United States Naval Ship USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105), entering service as such in 1975 and USS Sacramento (AOE-1)) and Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5)” (Ref. USS Midway (CV-41) 1975 Command History Report).

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Refresher Operations in R-116 before continuing the transit South.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted a Cope Diamond air defense exercise with the U. S. Air Force was conducted on the 7th of October 1975 Okinawa area.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) continued to the Philippines on the 8th of October 1975 and entered Subic Bay, Philippines on the 10th of October 1975 for a four day inport period” (Ref. USS Midway (CV-41) 1975 Command History Report).

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) arrived Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines on 10 October 1975, conducting her sixth Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise in the South China Sea.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) final preparations were made for Task Group SEVEN SEVEN Point FOUR’s 58 day excursion into the South China Sea and Indian Ocean commenced on 14 October 1975. Departing Subic Bay, Philippines on the 14th of October 1975, inport from 10 to 14 October 1975, the task group, composed of  Midway (Flagship for COMCARGRU ONE, RADM Monger), USS Worden (CG-18) (COMDESRON TWENTY ONE, COMMODORE Leedom embarked), USS Turner Joy (DD-951), USS Fanning (FF-1076), Mispillion (USS Mispillion (AO-105) decommissioned on 26 July 1974 and transferred to the Military Sealift Command, where she continued in non-commissioned U.S. Navy service with a civilian crew as United States Naval Ship USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105), entering service as such in 1975 and USS Sacramento (AOE-1)), proceeded southwesterly on track conducting routine air operations and Task Group SEVEN SEVEN Point FOUR intership training exercises in the South China Sea en route to the Merlion I operations area” (Ref. Part II, Annex B of USS Midway (CV-41) 1975 Command History Report & 405).

 

     Merlion I was conducted on 18 October 1975 with the Republic of Singapore Armed Forces in a rather small operating area of Singapore. Heavy surface traffic was prevalent throughout the area. Major airways also traversed the area. This was not an ideal area to conduct AAW or surface warfare exercises, but certainly what can be expected when vulnerable to attacks by missile and gun boats. This was the first opportunity to work with fast attack boats since arriving in “WestPac” in October 1973. USS Sacramento (AOE-1) simulated the high value unit and was the prime target for the missile and gun boats. USS Worden (CG-18) and USS Turner Joy (DD-951) were positioned to protect Sacramento. The CV and the USS Fanning (FF-1076) were positioned to the east. The exercise was divided into four phases.

 

     Phase one commenced at 0001 local with Royal Singapore Navy missile/gun boats conducting attacks against Sacramento. USN units countered with surface to surface missile and gun attacks. Air wing aircraft flew surface to surface missile profiles under the control of Worden. The attacking boats were aggressive and tenacious, and effectively used both the cover of darkness and screening by merchant ships to close the USN units. Once initially detected following a surprise attack from 10 nautical miles south Worden, two sea lion class boats remained in constant action until retiring two and one half hours later. A second group consisting of one missile/gun boat and three Vosper 110 Class PC’s entered the area from the southwest and were initially detected by high speed hydrophone effects on the escort’s sonars, which correlated to radar at 17 nautical miles. The second group initially attacked merchant ships mistaken for Sacramento, Worden and USS Turner Joy (DD-951). After a high speed pass on Midway and Fanning, the first group retired to the north and made a coordinated attack on the high value unit with the second group attacking from the south.

 

     Phase two commenced with a combined surface/air vulnerability period. Low level Royal Singapore Air Force air attacks against Sacramento, followed by missile boat attacks, were countered with TACAIR and Task Group SEVEN SEVEN Point FOUR missile and gun systems. Midway maintained two sections of F4’s and one section of A7’s as CAP with tanker support continuously throughout this phase. Two sections of attack aircraft were airborne each cycle to interdict missile boats. During phase two the Royal Singapore Air Force flew five high density waves of 13-16 A4 and Hawker Hunter aircraft each in coordinated raids against the high value unit. The majority of raids were low flyers. About 0950 missile boats were first detected and taken under missile fire by Worden. Worden simulated 12 surface to air missile firings, 4 surface to surface missile firings, and 4 surface to surface gun attacks. USS Turner Joy (DD-951) simulated 5 surface to surface attacks. CAP engagements were numerous. Twenty attacks on incoming missile boats were reported by Midway interdiction aircraft. Engagements by CAP, controlled by Worden, and simulated missile and gun shoots were hampered by nearness to third country land mass (40-50 miles in threat sector). A highly challenging AAW and fast attack boat problem resulted to the benefit of all participants. Phase three consisted of a combined air/surface gunnery shoot against a SPAR target towed by the USS Turner Joy (DD-951). Excellent air to surface strafing by Royal Singapore Air Force aircraft resulted in the sinking of the SPAR target and termination of the exercise.

 

     Phase four consisted of group tactical maneuvering between two USN surface combatants and four Royal Singapore Navy boats. Merlion One was completed 1800, 18 October 1975.

 

      After Merlion One, the task group entered Singapore on 20 October 1975 for a six day visit. This was the first time USS Midway (CV-41) had visited that port since forward deployment began. Midway liberty was excellent although somewhat expensive. On 24 October 1975, CDR J. L. Fiinley relieved CDR W. L. Chatham as Commander Carrier Air Wing FIVE in ceremonies on board Midway. On 25 October 1975 USS Worden (CG-18) with COMDESRON 21 embarked and USS Turner Joy (DD-951) joined by USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105) departed Singapore en route Colombo” (Ref. Part II, Annex B of USS Midway (CV-41) 1975 Command History Report).

 

     On 27 October 1975 the remainder of Task Group SEVEN SEVEN Point FOUR weighed anchor and got underway for 42 days in the Indian Ocean.

 

      On 30 October 1975, USS Midway (CV-41) entered Colombo and embarked the U. S. Ambassador for a highly successful trip and visit to Male in the Maldives Islands. The Flagship Midway was joined on the same day by a Soviet Krivak Destroyer and an Ugra Class Sub Tender. A soviet AOR and LST were also in the near vicinity of Task Group SEVEN SEVEN Point FOUR. The next eleven days were spent in continued training while proceeding to Karachi, Pakistan. Both Soviet and Indian naval units conducted surveillance of Midway and Task Group 77.4 commencing on 30 October 1975, immediately after the Malacca Straits transit. The Soviet effort was extensive and included surface, air, and submarine assets. Indian naval operations were limited, consisting of transitory surveillance by the Carrier Vikrant and several days’ surveillance of Midlink by a destroyer. Soviet surface and subsurface surveillance commenced 30 October 1975, immediately after the Malacca Straits transit. The unfortunate Polliwogs on Midway, including the Commanding Officer and 80 percent of the crew, appeared before King Neptune on 1 November 1975and became trusted Shellbacks. The ECHO TWO was detected as a certain sub as late as 11 November 1975. On 12 November 1975 USS Midway (CV-41) and USS Fanning (FF-1076) entered Karachi, Pakistan for a five day visit. USS Worden (CG-18) and USS Turner Joy (DD-951) entered Bandar Abbas, Iran for a six day port visit. The task group was now ready to participate in Midlink 75.

 

      75 commenced on 15 November 1975 was hosted by the Imperial Iranian Navy at their headquarters in Bandar Abbas, Iran. Participating nations were the United States, Iran, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom. VADM Attaie, Commander in Chief Imperial Iranian Navy was Officer in Charge of scheduling the exercise. VADM Babibelahi Commander Persian Gulf and Oman Sea. Imperial Iranian Navy was OCE.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) and USS Fanning (FF-1076) departed Karachi, Pakistan 17 November 1975, inport from 12 to 17 November 1975.

 

      On 17 November 1975, two Bear aircraft operated well to the west of USS Midway (CV-41) and on 18 November two Bears surveilled Midway. These two events were the only encounters with Soviet aircraft during the excursion” (Ref. Part II, Annex B of USS Midway (CV-41) 1975 Command History Report).

 

     On 25 November 1975, a plane attempting to land on USS Midway (CV-41), strikes the ramp, bolts, impacts the barricade, and strikes another plane during post-"Midlink" exercises in the Indian Ocean. Two crewmen are injured” (Ref. 84A).

 

     The exercise was divided into five phases, the first of which was the briefing session from 15 to 19 November 1975 in Bandar Abbas as previously mentioned.

 

      Phase two was the at-sea work-up in the Imperial Iranian Navy operation areas in Gulf of Oman from 19 to 22 November 1975. The objective of this phase was coordinated training in seamanship, weapon drills, ASW, surface gunnery, and missile exercises. USS Midway (CV-41) flew 26 sorties in direct support of this phase. The primary mission of these sorties was support of gun tracking and AIC exercises. Of particular note during this phase, USS Worden (CG-18) acted as OCE for a multi-nation missile shoot on 22 November 1975. (Participating ships were the Worden, Iranian ships Falang and Barb. Worden scored two direct hits out of two shots.)

 

     In the evening of 22 November 1975 USS Midway (CV-41) steamed from the CV operating area west to the Jask anchorage. The phase two debrief and phase three briefs were held aboard Midway the next morning. Sortie from Jask began at 1400, 23 November 1975, which commenced the active play of phase three.

 

     Phase three was the tactical phase with the hot war commencing at 1600. This phase involved the protection of Blue high value units, led by USS Sacramento (AOE-1), against interdiction by Orange surface and air forces during the transit of shipping lanes in the Gulf of Oman. Midway operated in the CV operating area to the east of the high value unit task group, on the eastern edge of the Gulf of Oman, to provide continuous tactical air support and AAW coverage.

 

     The majority of Orange strikes were flown from the north out of Busheir (Iranian F-4’s) located in western Iran and Bandar Abbas (Air Force F-111’s) located approximately 200 nautical miles northwest of the Gulf operating area. Royal Air Force Canberra aircraft flew from Masirah Airfield south of the Omani coast in the Arabian Sea. Midway aircraft engaged 62 aircraft in 52 separate intercepts. In addition, 20 engagements were carried out against Orange surface units. Simulated attacks were carried out by Midway aircraft against Orange land bases at Bandar Abbas Airfield, RAS Jargin Port Facility, and simulated coastal missile sites on Larack Island and the coastal region southeast of Bandar Abba.

 

      The tactical play of Midlink was followed on 27 November 1975 by the visit of a large group of VIP’s from CENTO and NATO to tour the ship and to view demonstrations. The guest list, totaling 52, included four members of the CENTO Council of deputies with Ambassadorial rank, the Chiefs of the Imperial Iranian and Pakistani Navies, the Commanders of Allied Naval Forces Southern Europe and Allied Air Forces Southern Europe, and twenty-one other flag rank officers from the U. S., United Kingdom, Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey. The day’s show began with ASW, surface gunnery, anti-air gunnery, and replenishment at-sea demonstrations. The guests were then given a tour of Midway CIC and static aircraft displays on the Hangar deck. After a Thanksgiving Day lunch, the guests proceeded to the island to watch the launch and then to the flight deck to view an air power demonstration. Shortly thereafter the guests departed, concluding a highly successful visit.

 

      Following Midlink 75 Task Group SEVEN SEVEN Point FOUR began its transit back home on 28 November 1975. USS Midway (CV-41), USS Fanning (FF-1076), USS Sacramento (AOE-1) started down track. USS Turner Joy (DD-951) and USS Worden (CG-18) entered Bandar Abbas for Midlink debrief. On 29 November 1975 Sacramento detached and entered Karachi to pick up the VRC-50 Detachment gear and deliver Handclasp material.

 

      Midlink 75 scheduled between 15-29 November 1975 was hosted by the Imperial Iranian Navy at their headquarters in Bandar Abbas, Iran. Participating nations were the United States, Iran, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom. VADM Attaie, Commander in Chief Imperial Iranian Navy was Officer in Charge of scheduling the exercise. VADM Babibelahi Commander Persian Gulf and Oman Sea. Imperial Iranian Navy was OCE.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) and USS Fanning (FF-1076) continued southward and rendezvoused with USS Worden (CG-18) and USS Turner Joy (DD-951) on 2 December 1975 about 200 nautical miles southwest of Bombay.

 

      Subsequent information was too sketchy to determine when the submarine finally broke off her surveillance of USS Midway (CV-41). The surface surveillance was continuous from 30 October to 4 December 1975, with the Soviets waiting at a distance during our Karachi port call and brief anchorage at Jask. The primary surveillance units were 4 combatants, with 6 other ships involved at various times.

 

      Once Task Group SEVEN SEVEN Point FOUR was assembled, the transit continued around India and across the Bay of Bengal, entering the Malacca Straits on the 7th of December 1975.

 

      Once past Singapore, we transited the South China Sea back to Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines with USS Midway (CV-41) and Task Group 77.4 arriving Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines 1600 local on 11 December 1975. During the 42 days Indian Ocean excursion between Singapore port call and the homeward bound passage by Singapore, the wing flew on 27 days. Ten days were reserved for high SOA transits, passage through the Malacca Straits, and readiness and holiday stand-downs.  Five days were spent in-port. Total flight time Subic to Subic came to nearly 4,000 hours. Sixty-five to eighty sorties were planned during each flying day. During the month of November 1975 the air wing achieved a record high in flight hours since the beginning of our forward deployment, 2,481 hours, Task Group SEVEN SEVEN Point FOUR’s 58 day excursion into the South China Sea and Indian Ocean took place during the period 14 October 1975 to 11 December 1975. During this excursion two major exercises were conducted. The first was Merlion I. Merlion I was an excellent opportunity for the task group to defend itself against fast attack boats from the Royal Singapore Navy and high density raids provided by the Singapore Air Force.

 

Midlink 75, the second major exercise, was a joint war-at-sea exercise conducted in the Gulf of Oman with the CENTO Nations Pakistan, Iran, United Kingdom, Turkey, and the United States. Planning for this exercise commenced in the Summer of 75, resulting in a joint operations order written by all participating nations” (Ref. Part II, Annex B of USS Midway (CV-41) 1975 Command History Report).

 

     On 12 December 1975, RADM Harris, Commander Attack Carrier Striking Force SEVENTH Fleet, and the Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable J. William Middendorf visited the USS Midway (CV-41). The next day RADM W. N. Small, COMCARGRU THREE, relieved RADM Monger, COMCARGRU ONE (23 May to 13 December 1975)” (Ref. 1977 Cruise Book Command - https://www.navysite.de & USS Midway (CVA-41) 1975 Command History Report).     https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-77/index_002.htm

                                              

     USS Midway (CV-41) departed Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines on Sunday the 14th of December 1975 en route Yokosuka, Japan.

 

      Air operations were conducted en route and on 17 December 1975, USS Midway (CV-41) and CVW-5 participated in Exercise Cope Cherry with units of the Japanese Self-Defense Force” (Ref. USS Midway (CV-41) 1975 Command History Report).

 

 

     On 19 December 1975, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM Monger, COMCARGRU ONE, serving as Commander, Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 since 23 May 1975 assigned, COMDESRON TWENTY ONE, and CDR J. L. Fiinley relieving CDR W. L. Chatham as Commander Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) on 24 October 1975 embarked arrived Piedmont pier, Yokosuka, Japan Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Lawrence Cleveland Chambers, USNA '52, as Commanding Officer, ending her ninth deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Refresher Operations in R-116 before continuing the transit South, on her 13th “WestPac,” her 15th South China Sea, her sixth Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise, on her second Indian Ocean, for Cope Diamond air defense exercise with the U. S. Air Force was conducted on the 7th of October 1975 Okinawa area; Merlion I with the Republic of Singapore Armed Forces in a rather small operating area of Singapore; Midlink 75 was hosted by the Imperial Iranian Navy at their headquarters in Bandar Abbas, Iran (Participating nations were the United States, Iran, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom. VADM Attaie, Commander in Chief Imperial Iranian Navy was Officer in Charge of scheduling the exercise. VADM Babibelahi Commander Persian Gulf and Oman Sea. Imperial Iranian Navy was OCE) and Air operations were conducted en route and on 17 December 1975, participating in Exercise Cope Cherry with units of the Japanese Self-Defense Force. Ports of calls included: Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines, U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, a bay forming part of Luzon Sea on the west coast of the island of Luzon in Zambales, Philippines, about 100 kilometers northwest of Manila Bay and is a major ship-repair, supply, and rest and recreation facility of the United States Navy located in Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines; Karachi, the largest city, main seaport and financial centre of Pakistan, as well as the capital of the province of Sindh, located in the south of the country, along the coastline meeting the Arabian Sea; Bandar Abbas or Bandar-e ‘Abbās, a port city and capital of Hormozgān Province on the southern coast of Iran, on the Persian Gulf (The city occupies a strategic position on the narrow Straits of Hormuz, and it is the location of the main base of the Iranian Navy) and Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4N; VF-151, F-4N; VA-93, A-7A; VA-56, A-7A; VA-115, A-6A / KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VMAQ-2, EA-6A; and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G. Midway Flagship for COMCARGRU ONE, RADM Monger, as Task Group 77.4, USS Worden (CG-18), COMDESRON TWENTY ONE, COMMODORE Leedom embarked), USS Turner Joy (DD-951), USS Fanning (FF-1076), Mispillion (USS Mispillion (AO-105) decommissioned on 26 July 1974 and transferred to the Military Sealift Command, where she continued in non-commissioned U.S. Navy service with a civilian crew as United States Naval Ship USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105), entering service as such in 1975 and USS Sacramento (AOE-1); redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 11th 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 Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. Her 17th 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 27th 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  (4 October to 19 December 1975)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 84A, 72, 405 & 1181O & USS Midway (CV-41) 1975 Command History Report).

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) Ninth deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Refresher Operations in R-116 before continuing the transit South, on her 13th “WestPac,” her 15th South China Sea, her sixth Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise, on her second Indian Ocean, for Cope Diamond Summary (4 October to 19 December 1975) Chapter 41, Appendix II.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) was to spend the remainder of Calendar Year 1975 in homeport Yokosuka, Japan Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan). It had been a rewarding and challenging year of operations and experiences. The crew had learned a great deal this past year and everyone looked forward to 1976 as another year to be the best carrier in “WestPac”” (Ref. USS Midway (CV-41) 1975 Command History Report).

 

     On 3 January 1976, USS Worden (CG-18) sailed from Yokosuka, Japan, making port visits to Hong Kong; Okinawa; Pusan, Korea; and Sasebo, Japan; with exercises and task group operations held en route” (Ref. 1438).

 

     RADM W. N. Small, COMCARGRU THREE, relieved RADM Monger, COMCARGRU ONE, serving since 23 May 1975, assuming duties as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 in the Western Pacific Region, serving since in January 1976” (Ref. 1976 Cruise Book Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de). https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-76/index_003.htm

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 20 December 1975 to 8 January 1976” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

Ninth deployment (1975-76), as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region Senior Command and Staff

CHAPTER XLI

Appendix I

 

 

USS Midway (CV 41) WestPac Cruise Book 1975-76

 

Table of Contents:

Introduction

Japan

Command and Staff

Ship's Company

Communications Department

Deck Department

Engineering Department

Executive Department

Dental Department

Medical Department

Navigation Department

Operations Department

Supply Department

Weapons Department

Air Department

AIMD

Dependent's Assistance Team

Operation Frequent Wind – 31 March 1976 Dep.loyment

Flight Operations

Carrier Air Wing 5

VA-56

VA-93

VA-115

VAW-115

HC-1 Det. 2

VF-151

VF-161

VMAQ-2 Det. B

VMFP-3 Det. 1

Ports of Call

Cruise Book Staff

In Memoriam

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