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Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw, A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983)

 

A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983) Operation Evening Light and Eagle Claw - 24 April 1980

 

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An overhead view of the flight decks of the aircraft carriers USS Independence (CV-62), top, and USS Midway (CV-41), bottom, moored beside each other, Naval Station Pearl Harbor, 23 August 1991. A great detailed photo, showing the various aircraft of their Air Wings. Midway was en route from Naval Station, Yokosuka, Japan, to Naval Air Station, North Island, California, where she would be decommissioned in the spring of 1992. Independence would travel to Yokosuka to take over as the Navy's only forward-based aircraft carrier. US Navy photo by PH2 Omar Hasan. (Available from DefenseImagery.mil as photo # DN-ST-9203042.) NS026252. Presented by Robert M. Cieri. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/026252.jpg

 

USS Midway (CV-41) fulfilled a final mission, helping to evacuate 20,000 military personnel and their families from Clark Air Base in the Philippines after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in June, operating with USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), USS Peleliu (LHA-5), and twenty other U.S. Navy ships of the task force in support of Operation "Fiery Vigil"(Early June to June 1991), on her 55th U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, underway in the Pacific Ocean and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan). (June to Early August 1991)

CHAPTER CV

 

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) with 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 DESRON 15 and Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) early June 1991, on her 55th U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, underway in the Pacific Ocean, with Captain Larry Lee Ernst, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, to support Operation "Fiery Vigil", fulfilling a final mission, helping to evacuate 20,000 military personnel and their families from Clark Air Base in the Philippines after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in June. She will under go her 57th 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 63rd 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 73rd 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 & 1183).   

 

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

(Early June to June 1991)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (55th Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region Pacific Ocean

CVW-5

NF

Early Jun 1991

Late Jun 1991

Americans Evacuated

73rd FWFD

 

Midway fulfilled a final mission, helping to evacuate 20,000 military personnel and their families from Clark Air Base in the Philippines after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in June, operating with USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), USS Peleliu (LHA-5), and twenty other U.S. Navy ships of the task force in support of Operation "Fiery Vigil".

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 Midway (CV-41) during Operation "Fiery Vigil" in 1991. NS024113. Photo by AMS3 Rick Rowan.

http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024113.jpg

 

 

Operation Fiery Vigil PI.avi

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OezuthxAPKA

 

     Operation Fiery Vigil was the emergency evacuation of all non-essential military and United States Department of Defense civilian personnel and their dependents from Clark Air Base and U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay during the June 1991 volcanic eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines. This noncombatant evacuation operation (NEO) resulted in the transfer of roughly 20,000 people from Clark Air Base and U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay back to CONUS, by way of Cebu, Philippines. The Commanding General, 13th USAF, was in command of the Joint Task Force” (Ref. [1] of 1191).

 

     Very few of the estimated 20,000 who left the base ever returned. The vast majority were evacuated to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam and processed for return to the continental United States. This figure includes approximately 5,000 who were evacuated to Cebu City on the USS Midway (CV-41), USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), USS Peleliu (LHA-5), and twenty other U.S. Navy ships of the task force” (Ref. 1191).

 

     The commanding general, 13th USAF, was in command of the JTF during Operation Fiery Vigil. The first, low-level eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines occurred on 9 June 1991. The Secretary of Defense authorized evacuation of all non-essential military and DOD civilian personnel and their dependents at Clark Air Base to safe haven elsewhere in the Philippines. Evacuation began at 0600 local on 10 June. Shortly thereafter, a massive eruption of Mount Pinatubo occurred on 15 June that sent debris over 100,000 feet into the air and then down onto Clark, burying the base under one to two feet of ash. Those who fled the base never went back, but rather were evacuated to Andersen Air Force Base and processed through Guam for final return to the continental United States” (Ref. THE COMMAND'S HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS by Anne M. Bazzell PACAF Office of History & 1097).

 

     By 1991, USS Midway (CV-41) was listed as the last World War II-era warship in the U.S. Navy; her sister ships Franklin D. Roosevelt and Coral Sea had retired in 1977 and 1990, respectively. There was, however, one more “battle” for Midway. Following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, the United States and several other allied nations began planning and positioning forces for an attack on Iraq—Operation Desert Shield/Storm” (Ref. 1183).

 

Evacuees from Mount Pinatubo board the USS Abraham Lincoln.jpg

 

United States military dependents board USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in the aftermath of the eruption.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Evacuees_from_Mount_Pinatubo_board_the_USS_Abraham_Lincoln.jpg

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) experiences two explosions in an emergency equipment storeroom while operating off Japan, killing 2 and seriously injuring 9 with burns covering from 14 to 80 percent of their bodies on 20 June 1990. One of the injured sailors dies 8 days later as a result of his injuries. The explosions caused a fire that took 10 hours to extinguish.

     All sailors killed and injured in the accident were part of the "Flying Squad" which was the Midway's elite fire fighting crew. They were sent to the storeroom to check out a report of smoke. The first explosion occurred shortly after the sailors entered the storeroom” (Ref. 84A).

 

     A team of 11 engineers and utility systems specialists from Headquarters PACAF and the 554th RED HORSE arrived at Clark Air Base on 22 June to assess the damage caused by Mount Pinatubo to determine the fate of the base. On 12 July, the Secretary of the Air Force announced the Air Force would leave the Philippines no later than 16 September 1992” (Ref. THE COMMAND'S HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS by Anne M. Bazzell PACAF Office of History & 1097).

 

     In late June 1991, USS Midway (CV-41) with 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 DESRON 15 and Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), ending her 55th U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, underway in the Pacific Ocean, with Captain Larry Lee Ernst, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, to support Operation "Fiery Vigil" fulfilling a final mission, helping to evacuate 20,000 military personnel and their families from Clark Air Base in the Philippines after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in June. Operation Fiery Vigil was the emergency evacuation of all non-essential military and United States Department of Defense civilian personnel and their dependents from Clark Air Base and U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay during the June 1991 volcanic eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines. This noncombatant evacuation operation (NEO) resulted in the transfer of roughly 20,000 people from Clark Air Base and U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay back to CONUS, by way of Cebu, Philippines. The Commanding General, 13th USAF, was in command of the Joint Task Force, Very few of the estimated 20,000 who left the base ever returned. The vast majority were evacuated to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam and processed for return to the continental United States. This figure includes approximately 5,000 who were evacuated to Cebu City on the USS Midway (CV-41), USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), USS Peleliu (LHA-5), and twenty other U.S. Navy ships of the task force. The commanding general, 13th USAF, was in command of the JTF during Operation Fiery Vigil. The first, low-level eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines occurred on 9 June 1991. The Secretary of Defense authorized evacuation of all non-essential military and DOD civilian personnel and their dependents at Clark Air Base to safe haven elsewhere in the Philippines. Evacuation began at 0600 local on 10 June. Shortly thereafter, a massive eruption of Mount Pinatubo occurred on 15 June that sent debris over 100,000 feet into the air and then down onto Clark, burying the base under one to two feet of ash. Those who fled the base never went back, but rather were evacuated to Andersen Air Force Base and processed through Guam for final return to the continental United States. By 1991, Midway was listed as the last World War II-era warship in the U.S. Navy; her sister ships Franklin D. Roosevelt and Coral Sea had retired in 1977 and 1990, respectively. There was, however, one more “battle” for Midway. Following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, the United States and several other allied nations began planning and positioning forces for an attack on Iraq—Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Midway experiences two explosions in an emergency equipment storeroom while operating off Japan, killing 2 and seriously injuring 9 with burns covering from 14 to 80 percent of their bodies on 20 June 1990. One of the injured sailors dies 8 days later as a result of his injuries. The explosions caused a fire that took 10 hours to extinguish. All sailors killed and injured in the accident were part of the "Flying Squad" which was the Midway's elite fire fighting crew. They were sent to the storeroom to check out a report of smoke. The first explosion occurred shortly after the sailors entered the storeroom. A team of 11 engineers and utility systems specialists from Headquarters PACAF and the 554th RED HORSE arrived at Clark Air Base on 22 June to assess the damage caused by Mount Pinatubo to determine the fate of the base. On 12 July, the Secretary of the Air Force announced the Air Force would leave the Philippines no later than 16 September 1992. Her 57th 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 63rd 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 73rd 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 (Early June to June 1991)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 84A, 1183, THE COMMAND'S HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS by Anne M. Bazzell PACAF Office of History & 1097 & [1] of 1191).

 

Early June to June 1991

AWARD OR CITATION

AIR WING

TAIL

CODE

East & West Coast & 7th Fleet

Joint Meritorious Unit Award      

Operation "Fiery Vigil"

10 ~ 28 JUN 91

CVW-5

NF

73rd FWFD

Ref. 1181 & 1181C

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from June to Early August 1991” (Ref. 72).

 

Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) to West Coast via Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Transfer concluding service as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in port Pearl Harbor, underway in the Pacific Ocean, her final Cruise (10 August to by the end of August 1991)..

CHAPTER CVI

 

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) remained in Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) for 18 years and then departed Yokosuka on 10 August 1998, en route Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California, disembarking CVW-5 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, embarking CVW-14 from USS Independence (CV-61), during which time, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5), operating as a forward-deployed unit out of Atsugi Naval Air Station, Japan, since 1973, will embark CV-61, assuming duties as a U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region. She will under go her final Cruise as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region. She will cruise to Pearl, Harbor, Hawaii” (Ref. 1-Midway/Independence, 72 & 84A).

 

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

CVW-5 & CVW-14

Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) to West Coast via Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

(10 to 22 August 1991) (Hawaii to West Coast – 28 August to 14 September 1991)

Transfer – (10 August to 14 September 1991)

 

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 mission ended)

Western Pacific Region Pacific Ocean

CVW-5

NF

 

10 Aug

1991

14 Sep 1991

7th Fleet Homeport Transfer to West Coast - Japan to San Diego, Ca.

36-days

CVW-5 & CVW-14

Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) to West Coast via Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

(10 to 22 August 1991) (Hawaii to West Coast – 28 August to 14 September 1991)

Transfer – (10 August to 14 September 1991)

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VFA-195

Dambusters -                 Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet

Jet Strike Fighter

NF100

FA-18A

VFA-151

Vigilantes -                   Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet

Jet Strike Fighter

NF200

FA-18A

VFA-192

Golden Dragons -         Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet

Jet Strike Fighter

NF300

FA-18A

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

610

SH-3H

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

 

     On 22 August 1991, USS Midway (CV-41) with 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 DESRON 15 and Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked arrived Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, concluding her final Cruise as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region and transfer from Yokosuka, Japan to Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California, disembarking CVW-5, operating as a forward-deployed unit out of Atsugi Naval Air Station, Japan, since 1973, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, which embarked USS Independence (CV-62), replacing  Midway as the forward-deployed carrier in Yokosuka, Japan between 22 to 27 August 1998, embarking CVW-14 from CV-62. CVW-5 Squadrons: VFA-195, FA-18A; VFA-151, FA-18A; VFA-192, FA-18A; VA-185, A-6E / A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; 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 final Cruise as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region” (Ref. 1-Midway/Independence, 72 & 84A).

 

 

An overhead view of the flight decks of the aircraft carriers USS Independence (CV-62), top, and USS Midway (CV-41), bottom, moored beside each other, Naval Station Pearl Harbor, 23 August 1991. A great detailed photo, showing the various aircraft of their Air Wings. Midway was en route from Naval Station, Yokosuka, Japan, to Naval Air Station, North Island, California, where she would be decommissioned in the spring of 1992. Independence would travel to Yokosuka to take over as the Navy's only forward-based aircraft carrier. US Navy photo by PH2 Omar Hasan. (Available from DefenseImagery.mil as photo # DN-ST-9203042.) NS026252. Presented by Robert M. Cieri. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/026252.jpg

 

     “Between 22 to 27 August 1998, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) relieved USS Independence (CV-61) as the Carrier Group 5 flagship inport Pearl Harbor, Hawaii” (Ref. 1093).

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 28 August 1991, for Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California, embarking CVW-14 operating out of her assigned home base in Calif., at San Diego, Calif., continuing her final Cruise en route retirement, having been the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region (5 October 1973 to 10 to 22 August 1991), steaming from Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, between 10 to 22 August 1998, and transfer from Yokosuka, Japan to NAS, NI, disembarking CVW-5, operating as a forward-deployed unit out of Atsugi Naval Air Station, Japan, since 1973, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Hawaii, inport Hawaii from 22 to 28 August 1991, which embarked USS Independence (CV-62), replacing Midway as the forward-deployed carrier in Yokosuka, Japan between 22 to 27 August 1998, embarking CVW-14 from CV-62. CVW-5 Squadrons: VFA-195, FA-18A; VFA-151, FA-18A; VFA-192, FA-18A; VA-185, A-6E / A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; 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” (Ref. 1-Midway/Independence, 72 & 84A).

 

USS Midway (CVA-41) with CVW-14 (NK)

(28 August to 14 September 1991)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th & 3rd  (Forward

Deployed

mission ended)

Western Pacific Region Pacific Ocean

WestPac

CVW-14

NK

 

28 Aug

1991

14 Sep 1991

7th Fleet Homeport Transfer to West Coast - Japan to San Diego, Ca.

Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) to West Coast via Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

(10 to 22 August 1991) (Hawaii to West Coast – 28 August to 14 September 1991)

Transfer – (10 August to 14 September 1991)

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VFA-151

Vigilantes -                 Strike Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Tomcat -   Jet Fighter

(NF)

200

F-14A

VFA-25

Fist of the Fleet -                 Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet

Jet Strike Fighter

NK400

F/A-18A

VA-185 (*1)

Nighthawks -                    Attack Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet

Jet Strike Fighter

(NF)

400

F/A-18A

VA-196

Main Battery -                    Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -    Jet Attack Bomber

500

A-6E

VAW-113

Black Eagles -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600

E-2C

HS-8

Eightballers - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King -         Anti-submarine

610

SH-3H

VAQ-139

Cougars - Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler       Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

620

EA-6B

VRC-30 Det.

Providers

Grumman - Greyhound Transport

 

(RW)

xx

C-2A

(*1) disestablished on Aug. 30, 1991

 

     “On 28 August 1998, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) relieved USS Independence (CV-61) as the Carrier Group 5 flagship inport Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

 

      USS Independence (CV-61) arrived Yokosuka, Japan on 5 September 1991, as the forward-deployed carrier in Yokosuka(Ref. 1093).

 

USS Midway (CVA-41) with CVW-5 & CVW-14

Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) to West Coast via Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

(10 to 22 August 1991) (Hawaii to West Coast – 28 August to 14 September 1991)

Transfer – (10 August to 14 September 1991)

 

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) with Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-14) embarked arrived North Island Naval Air Station, San Diego, California 14 September 1991, with Captain Larry Lee Ernst, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, ending her Final Cruise, steaming from Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, between 10 to 22 August 1998, and transfer from Yokosuka, Japan to NAS, NI, where she turned over with USS Independence (CV-62), replacing Midway as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region (5 October 1973 to 10 to 22 August 1991), disembarking CVW-5, operating as a forward-deployed unit out of Atsugi Naval Air Station, Japan, since 1973, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, inport Pearl Harbor from 22 to 28 August 1991, which embarked Independence, replacing Midway as the forward-deployed carrier in Yokosuka, Japan between 22 to 28 August 1998, embarking CVW-14 from CV-62. CVW-14 (Squadrons: VFA-151, F-14A; VFA-113, F-14A; VFA-25, F/A-18A; VA-185 (*1), F/A-18A; VA-196, A-6E; VAW-113, E-2C; HS-8, SH-3H; VAQ-139, EA-6B and VRC-30 Det., C-2A. (*1) disestablished on Aug.30, 1991). CVW-5 (Squadrons: VFA-195, FA-18A; VFA-151, FA-18A; VFA-192, FA-18A; VA-185, A-6E / A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; 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; ending her 54th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, on her 34th “WestPac”, underway in the Pacific Ocean, on her 48th South China Sea, her 14th Indian Ocean, her 8th Arabian Sea, 6th North Arabian Sea and 4th Gulf of Oman on her 2nd Arabian / Persian Gulf in support of Operation Imminent Thunder, an eight-day combined amphibious landing exercise in northeastern Saudi Arabia which involved about 1,000 U.S. Marines, 16 warships, and more than 1,100 aircraft and will participate in her 1st Operation Desert Storm to deter Iraqi aggression, commencing in the early morning hours of 17 January 1991, when Operation Desert Shield commenced 2 August 1990 (Iraqi occupation of Kuwait) became Operation Desert Storm, at which time the U. S. Navy launched 228 sorties from USS Ranger (CV-61) and USS Midway (CVA-41) in the Persian Gulf, from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) en route to the Gulf, and from USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), USS Saratoga (CV-60), and USS America (CV-66) in the Red Sea (the Navy launched more than 100 Tomahawk missiles from nine ships in the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf), operating under operational control of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, operational control extending to the Indian Ocean, continuing operations until Desert Storm officially ended 27 February. Midway departed the Persian Gulf on 11 March 1991, returning to Yokosuka, Japan; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Midway made two North Pacific deployments, while one was on a “WestPac”(10 August to 14 September 1991)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 84A & 1182).