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Photo taken on 13 April 1983, during exercise FleetEx 83-1, in the North Pacific Ocean. The three carriers are, clockwise from left, USS Enterprise (CVN-65), USS Midway (CV-41), and USS Coral Sea (CV-43). http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024331.jpg

 

U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, for Refresher Training in Northern Japan Operations Area, MULTIPLEX in the East China Sea (ECS) and Sea of Japan (SOJ), Philippine Sea during Exercise Team Spirit 82-1 (8 March to 5 April 1982) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (5 to 25 April 1982). (8 March to 25 April 1982)

CHAPTER LXXV

 

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM Huntington Hardisty, COMCARGRU SEVEN assumed duties as Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 70), Commander, Carrier Group FIVE, CCG 5, (COMCARGRU FIVE) and Commander Task Force 70 (CTF 70), the latter task force also being known as Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet and Surface Combatant Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 75) embarking on 11 March 1981 but assumed command of CTF-77 on 3 July 1981 assigned and CDR L. J. Vernon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) 8 March 1982, with Captain R. S. Owens, as Commanding Officer, U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, for Refresher Training in Northern Japan Operations Area, MULTIPLEX in the East China Sea (ECS) and Sea of Japan (SOJ), Philippine Sea during Exercise Team Spirit 82-1; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975 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 1982).  

 

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

(8 March to 5 April 1982)

 

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

Pacific Ocean

Region

ECS

SOJ

Philippine Sea

CVW-5

NF

8 Mar 1982

5 Apr 1982

Cruise

28-days

Refresher Training in Northern Japan Ops Area, MULTIPLEX in the East China Sea (ECS) and Sea of Japan (SOJ), Philippine Sea during Exercise Team Spirit 82-1.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4S

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps – Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 115-120

RF-4B

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4S

VA-93

Ravens -

Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7E

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7E

VA-115

Eagles -                    Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder - Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

*A-6E 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

HC-1 Det.2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarine

610

SH-3G

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

 

 

A starboard quarter view of USS Midway (CV-41) underway, March 1982. US Navy photo by PH1 Dave MacLean. (DVIC id: DN-SN-84-06202). NS024192. DefenseImagery.mil. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024192.jpg

 

    “At 0427Z on 18 March 1982 an A-7E Corsair, assigned to Attack Squadron Ninety-Three (VA-93) aboard USS Midway (CV-41), crashed in the water when returning to land because of engine problems. The pilot, Lieutenant Commander Edward M. Detchemendy, ejected and was recovered by a helicopter of Helicopter Composite Squadron One (HC-1) Detachment Two also aboard CV-41. The pilot sustained no major injuries” (Ref. 84A & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982).       

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Refresher Training in Northern Japan Operations Area from 8 to 20 March 1982.       

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) made a port of call at Sasebo, Japan from 21 to 22 March 1982 for weapons loading and liberty.       

 

      Following the Sasebo port call on 23 March 1982, USS Midway (CV-41) entered the East China Sea for Exercise Team Spirit 82-1. Team Spirit is an exercise designed to train U.S. and South Korean forces in joint operations. It includes participation by all branches of both countries armed services. Most of the naval operations in Team Spirit 82-1 took place during MULTIPLEX -- a standard naval exercise. During MULTIPLEX, Midway conducted exercises in the East China Sea (ECS) and Sea of Japan (SOJ). While in the SOJ, CV-41 was almost constantly under surveillance by Soviet airborne and surface units. Visitors to Midway during Team Spirit included members of the U.S. (NBC) and Korean press on 23 March 1982.

 

      Marines provided an honor guard for South Korea's President Chun Doo Hwan, Ambassador Richard L. Walker, and various Korean military dignitaries were received aboard USS Midway (CV-41) by Commander Seventh Fleet, Vice Admiral Staser Holocomb on 28 March 1982. Other guests visiting at that time included Admiral R. L. Long, Commander-in-Chief Pacific (CINCPAC), and Major General Olmstead, Commander III Marine Amphibious Force. The General toured the Detachment berthing area and spoke to the Marines at an awards ceremony where he presented the Navy Achievement Medal to Corporal Jeffrey A. Hauth. Major General R. E. Messerli, USAF, CINCPAC Deputy Chief of Staff and Inspector General was the guest of Rear Admiral Hardisty, Commander Task Force Seventy/Seventy-Seven (CTF 70/77) on 29 March 1982.        

 

      A crewmember, AN Arturo G. Bernal was blown overboard USS Midway (CV-41) by jet exhaust. Airman Bernal was rescued by an embarked HC-1 helicopter with no serious injuries on 2 April 1982” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982).               

    “On 5 April 1982, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM Huntington Hardisty, COMCARGRU SEVEN assumed duties as Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 70), Commander, Carrier Group FIVE, CCG 5, (COMCARGRU FIVE) and Commander Task Force 70 (CTF 70), the latter task force also being known as Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet and Surface Combatant Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 75) embarking on 11 March 1981 but assumed command of CTF-77 on 3 July 1981 assigned and CDR L. J. Vernon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked returned to Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain R. S. Owens, as Commanding Officer, U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, for Refresher Training in Northern Japan Operations Area, MULTIPLEX in the East China Sea (ECS) and Sea of Japan (SOJ)., Philippine Sea during Exercise Team Spirit 82-1. At 0427Z on 18 March 1982 an A-7E Corsair, assigned to Attack Squadron Ninety-Three (VA-93) aboard Midway, crashed in the water when returning to land because of engine problems. The pilot, Lieutenant Commander Edward M. Detchemendy, ejected and was recovered by a helicopter of Helicopter Composite Squadron One (HC-1) Detachment Two also aboard CV-41. The pilot sustained no major injuries. Midway conducted Refresher Training in Northern Japan Operations Area from 8 to 20 March 1982. Midway entered port at Sasebo, Japan on 21 March 1982 for weapons loading and liberty. Midway made a port of call at Sasebo, Japan from 21 to 22 March 1982 for weapons loading and liberty. Following the Sasebo port call on 23 March 1982, Midway entered the East China Sea for Exercise Team Spirit 82-1. Team Spirit is an exercise designed to train U.S. and South Korean forces in joint operations. It includes participation by all branches of both countries armed services. Most of the naval operations in Team Spirit 82-1 took place during MULTIPLEX -- a standard naval exercise. During MULTIPLEX, Midway conducted exercises in the East China Sea (ECS) and Sea of Japan (SOJ). While in the SOJ, CV-41 was almost constantly under surveillance by Soviet airborne and surface units. Visitors to Midway during Team Spirit included members of the U.S. (NBC) and Korean press on 23 March 1982, Midway conducted operations in the East China Sea, Sea of Japan and Philippine Sea during Exercise Team Spirit 82-1 from 23 March to 4 April 1982. Marines provided an honor guard for South Korea's President Chun Doo Hwan, Ambassador Richard L. Walker, and various Korean military dignitaries were received aboard Midway by Commander Seventh Fleet, Vice Admiral Staser Holocomb on 28 March 1982. Other guests visiting at that time included Admiral R. L. Long, Commander-in-Chief Pacific (CINCPAC), and Major General Olmstead, Commander III Marine Amphibious Force. The General toured the Detachment berthing area and spoke to the Marines at an awards ceremony where he presented the Navy Achievement Medal to Corporal Jeffrey A. Hauth. Major General R. E. Messerli, USAF, CINCPAC Deputy Chief of Staff and Inspector General was the guest of Rear Admiral Hardisty, Commander Task Force Seventy/Seventy-Seven (CTF 70/77) on 29 March 1982. A crewmember, AN Arturo G. Bernal was blown overboard Midway by jet exhaust. Airman Bernal was rescued by an embarked HC-1 helicopter with no serious injuries on 2 April 1982. Ports of call included: Sasebo, Japan. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4S; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VF-151, F-4S; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G. *AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system. (8 March to 5 April 1982); redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975 (8 March to 5 April 1982)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982).           

 

08/03/82 to 05/0481

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

EAST COAST

Battle Efficiency Award (Navy "E" Ribbon), marking her as the outstanding carrier in the Pacific Fleet – Ref. 1180B

NOV 1965

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

01 JUL 77 ~ 31 DEC 78

01 JUL 80 ~ 31 DEC 81

01 JAN 82 ~ 30 JUN 83

01 JAN 90 ~ 31 DEC 90

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

Training

 

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

      “Vice Admiral Robert F. Shoultz, Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific (COMNAVAIRPAC) came aboard USS Midway (CV-41) to present the COMNAVAIRPAC Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") award to USS Midway; the COMNAVAIRPAC Engineering Officer of the Watch Award to LT John BELL; and the COMNAVAIRPAC Food Service Excellence Award to Supply Division Five (S-5) on 20 April 1982. He also congratulated the COMNAVAIRPAC Sailor of the Year (Afloat) AC1 Loren Stauffer.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 5 to 25 April 1982” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982).                                 

 

33rd 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, for Refresher Operations in the Northern Japan prior to participation in exercise Readex 82 in the East Philippine Sea with USS Constellation (CV-64) and USS Ranger (CV-61) Battle Groups to conduct a Multi-Battle Group (BG) open ocean exercise in a multi-threat environment and then will transit the San Bernardino Strait on her 31st South China Sea (26 April to 18 June 1982) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (18 June to 26 July 1982) for Upkeep.

(26 April to 26 July 1982)

CHAPTER LXXVI

 

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM Huntington Hardisty, COMCARGRU SEVEN assumed duties as Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 70), Commander, Carrier Group FIVE, CCG 5, (COMCARGRU FIVE) and Commander Task Force 70 (CTF 70), the latter task force also being known as Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet and Surface Combatant Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 75) embarking on 11 March 1981 but assumed command of CTF-77 on 3 July 1981 assigned and CDR L. J. Vernon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed to Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) 26 April 1982, with Captain R. S. Owens, as Commanding Officer, on her 33rd 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, for Refresher Operations in the Northern Japan prior to participation in exercise Readex 82 in the East Philippine Sea with USS Constellation (CV-64) and USS Ranger (CV-61) Battle Groups to conduct a Multi-Battle Group (BG) open ocean exercise in a multi-threat environment and then will transit the San Bernardino Strait on her 31st South China Sea; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 35th 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 41st 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 51st 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 1981).

 

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

(26 April to 18 June 1982)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (33rd   Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

Northern Japan

East Philippine Sea San Bernardino Strait

31st SCS

CVW-5

NF

26 Apr 1982

18 Jun 1982

51st FWFD

54-days

 

Refresher Operations in the Northern Japan prior to participation in exercise Readex 82 in the East Philippine Sea with USS Constellation (CV-64) and USS Ranger (CV-61) Battle Groups for a Multi-Battle Group (BG) open ocean exercise in a multi-threat environment and then transited the San Bernardino Strait to the South China Sea.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4S

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps – Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 115-120

RF-4B

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4S

VA-93

Ravens -

Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7E

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7E

VA-115

Eagles -                    Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder - Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

*A-6E 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

HC-1 Det.2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarine

610

SH-3G

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

 

     “Rear Admiral Koga of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) visited Midway on 27 April 1982.

 

      Readex 82 began on 3 May 1982. Major participants included the USS Constellation (CV-64), the USS Ranger (CV-61), and the USS Midway (CV-41) battle groups.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Readex 82 in Philippine Sea with USS Constellation (CV-64) and USS Ranger (CV-61) Battle Groups from 26 April to 13 May 1982. During Readex 82, battle groups rendezvoused in the East Philippine Sea to conduct a Multi-Battle Group (BG) open ocean exercise in a multi-threat environment. Highlights included: an amphibious landing/turn away supported by the USS Midway BG and opposed by the USS Constellation BG; an opposed transit of a three carrier Battle Force (BF); and an open ocean MISSILEX conducted by USS Constellation and USS Midway.

 

      Following Readex 82, USS Midway (CV-41) BG transited the San Bernardino Strait on 13 May 1982, arriving in the South China Sea (SCS) on 14 May 1982.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted operations in the South China Sea from 14 to 20 May 1982. Also on 20 May, CV-41 received the following guests: Mr. Richard Williams, Deputy Consul General, U.S. Consulate, Hong Kong; Mr. John Thorpe, Deputy Director, Hong Kong Police Special Branch; Mr. Richard Hutchings, Senior Hong Kong Government Official; Capt Shane Miao, Republic of China Navy (retired), Vice President, American International Group; Mr. Ron McAulay, Director Kadoorie-McAulay Ltd; Mr. R.J.F. Brothers, Director Wheelock-Marden Co.; Mr. Wilfred Chan, Vice President Esso (HK); Mr. Horace Crary, Vice President Morgan Trust, and others.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) made a port of call at Hong Kong from 21 to 25 May 1982.

 

      After departing Hong Kong, USS Midway (CV-41) conducted flight operations while en route to Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines on 26 May 1982.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Transit to Subic Bay, Philippines from 26 to 27 May 1982” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982).                                 

 

 

A port beam view of the aircraft carriers USS Midway (CV-41), closest to camera, and USS Ranger (CV-61), background, with the guided missile destroyer USS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16) and the combat stores ship USS San Jose (AFS-7), underway in the Philippine Sea, May 1982, during exercise Readex '82. US Navy photo by PH1 Barbante (DVIC id: DNSN8207484). NS024159. DefenseImagery.mil. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024159.jpg

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) departed Subic Bay, Philippines on 11 June 1982, inport for Upkeep from 28 May to 10 June 1982.

 

      Following the port call at Subic Bay, USS Midway (CV-41) conducted operations in the South China Sea, then transited north to Yokosuka, Japan continuing operations en route, conducting operations while en route to Yokosuka, Japan from 11 to 17 June 1982” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982).               

 

    “On 18 June 1982, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM Huntington Hardisty, COMCARGRU SEVEN assumed duties as Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 70), Commander, Carrier Group FIVE, CCG 5, (COMCARGRU FIVE) and Commander Task Force 70 (CTF 70), the latter task force also being known as Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet and Surface Combatant Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 75) embarking on 11 March 1981 but assumed command of CTF-77 on 3 July 1981 assigned and CDR L. J. Vernon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked returned to Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain R. S. Owens, as Commanding Officer, ending her 33rd 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, for Refresher Operations in the Northern Japan prior to participation in exercise Readex 82 in the East Philippine Sea with USS Constellation (CV-64) and USS Ranger (CV-61) Battle Groups to conduct a Multi-Battle Group (BG) open ocean exercise in a multi-threat environment and then will transit the San Bernardino Strait on her 31st South China Sea. Rear Admiral Koga of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) visited Midway on 27 April 1982. Readex 82 began on 3 May 1982. Major participants included the USS Constellation (CV-64), the USS Ranger (CV-61), and the USS Midway (CV-41) battle groups. Midway conducted Readex 82 in Philippine Sea with USS Constellation (CV-64) and USS Ranger (CV-61) Battle Groups from 26 April to 13 May 1982. During Readex 82, battle groups rendezvoused in the East Philippine Sea to conduct a Multi-Battle Group (BG) open ocean exercise in a multi-threat environment. Highlights included: an amphibious landing/turn away supported by the USS Midway BG and opposed by the USS Constellation BG; an opposed transit of a three carrier Battle Force (BF); and an open ocean MISSILEX conducted by USS Constellation and USS Midway. Following Readex 82, USS Midway (CV-41) BG transited the San Bernardino Strait on 13 May 1982, arriving in the South China Sea (SCS) on 14 May 1982. Midway conducted operations in the South China Sea from 14 to 20 May 1982. Also on 20 May, CV-41 received the following guests: Mr. Richard Williams, Deputy Consul General, U.S. Consulate, Hong Kong; Mr. John Thorpe, Deputy Director, Hong Kong Police Special Branch; Mr. Richard Hutchings, Senior Hong Kong Government Official; Capt Shane Miao, Republic of China Navy (retired), Vice President, American International Group; Mr. Ron McAulay, Director Kadoorie-McAulay Ltd; Mr. R.J.F. Brothers, Director Wheelock-Marden Co.; Mr. Wilfred Chan, Vice President Esso (HK); Mr. Horace Crary, Vice President Morgan Trust, and others. Midway pulled in for a port of call at Hong Kong from 21 to 25 May 1982. After departing Hong Kong, Midway conducted flight operations while en route to Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines on 26 May 1982, conducting Transit to Subic Bay, Philippines from 26 to 27 May 1982, inport Subic Bay, Philippines for Upkeep from 28 May to 10 June 1982. Midway departed Subic Bay on 11 June 1982, conducting operations in the South China Sea, then transited north to Yokosuka, Japan continuing operations en route, conducting operations while en route to Yokosuka, Japan from 11 to 17 June 1982. Ports of call included: Hong Kong and Subic Bay, Philippines. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4S; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VF-151, F-4S; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G. *AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 35th 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 43rd 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 53rd 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 (26 April to 18 June 1982)(Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).

 

26/04/82 to 18/06/82

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

EAST COAST

Battle Efficiency Award (Navy "E" Ribbon), marking her as the outstanding carrier in the Pacific Fleet – Ref. 1180B

NOV 1965

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

01 JUL 77 ~ 31 DEC 78

01 JUL 80 ~ 31 DEC 81

01 JAN 82 ~ 30 JUN 83

01 JAN 90 ~ 31 DEC 90

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

31st SCS

53rd FWFD

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

    “Rear Admiral HARDISTY, Commander Task Force Seventy/Seventy-Seven (CTF 70/77) title reported in the USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982 is based on Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet, Carrier Strike Force U. S. Seventh Fleet, COMCARGRU FIVE, which RADM R. E. Kirksey and RADM T. F. Brown share in common, as does future commanders” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982 & 1978 to 1979 Cruise Book Command and Staff, 1979 to 1980 Cruise Book - Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de). https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-78/index_002.htm

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-80/index.html

 

      Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet, Carrier Strike Force U. S. Seventh Fleet, COMCARGRU FIVE, RADM Huntington Hardisty, followed RADM R. E. Kirksey, Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet, Commander Strike Forces U.S. 7 Fleet (CTF 70) and COMCARGRU FIVE.

 

    “In November 1980, RADM T. F. Brown, COMCARGRU ONE, became COMCARGRU ONE on the flagship USS Coral Sea (CV-43)), subsequently deploying to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean with Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet on 19 June 1982 aboard USS Midway (CV-41), assuming duties as Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet, Commander Strike Forces U.S. 7 Fleet (CTF 70) and COMCARGRU FIVE from RADM Huntington Hardisty (3 July 1981 to 19 June 1982) whom also had the title, Commander Task Force Seventy/Seventy-Seven (CTF 70/77) which is the assumption beginning with RADM R. E. Kirksey, even though the titles more closely apear to be associated with CTF 70” (Ref. 1982 to 1983 Cruise Book Command and Staff - https://www.navysite.de).

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-83/index_003.htm

 

    “On 24 June 1982, Members of The Society of Executives of Defense Oriented Business toured USS Midway (CV-41). Visitors included Yukio Hasegawa, Manager Advanced Development Department Telecommunications Division, Hitachi Ltd.; Kiyoshi Hosaka, Vice President and Hidehiko Nishimur, General Manager, Ship's Business Department, both of Hakodate Dock Co.; Nakahara Yutaka, Director, Japan Defense Society; Arata Haruo, Vice Director, Japan Defense Society, and others.

 

      During the first two weeks of June 1982, USS Midway (CV-41) Marine Detachment underwent some excellent training, including land navigation and JEST school, while enjoying the visit to the Philippines. On 16 July 1982, the Detachment provided a Color Guard for the VA-15 Change of Command Ceremony. That night, many of the Midway Marines attended the Change of Command/Retirement Ceremony for Colonel A. J. Doublet, Commanding Officer, Marine Barracks, Japan.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 18 June to 26 July 1982, for Upkeep” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982).          

 

U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, to participate in exercises Cope Strike, a USAF sponsored exercise and ASWEX 82-3J (27 July to 20 August 1982) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (20 August to 13 September 1982), conducting for upkeep.

 (27 July to 13 September 1982)

CHAPTER LXXVII

 

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) with presumably RADM T. F. Brown, COMCARGRU ONE, assumed duties as Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 70), Commander, Carrier Group FIVE, CCG 5, (COMCARGRU FIVE) and Commander Task Force 70 (CTF 70), the latter task force also being known as Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet and Surface Combatant Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 75) since 19 June 1982 assigned and CDR L. J. Vernon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 27 July 1982, with Captain R. S. Owens, as Commanding Officer, 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, to participate in exercises Cope Strike, a USAF sponsored exercise and ASWEX 82-3J” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982).

 

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

(27 July to 20 August 1982)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (35th Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

                      

CVW-5

NF

27 Jul 1982

20 Aug 1982

Training

25-days

Operations in the Pacific Ocean, to participate in exercises Cope Strike, a USAF sponsored exercise and ASWEX 82-3J.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4S

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps – Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 115-120

RF-4B

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4S

VA-93

Ravens -

Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7E

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7E

VA-115

Eagles -                    Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder - Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

*A-6E 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

HC-1 Det.2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarine

610

SH-3G

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

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) was en route to exercises Cope Strike, a USAF sponsored exercise and ASWEX 82-3J on 27 July 1982 when forced to take evasive action to avoid typhoon Bess.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) air wing participated in Cope Strike, a USAF sponsored exercise on 5 August 1982. Cope Strike included air strikes at simulated enemy targets in South Korea.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) prospective Commanding Officer, Captain C. R. McGRAIL, toured the MARDET spaces on 8 August. He also observed the Detachment Drill Team and Honor Guard.

 

     The Honorable John F. LEHMAN Jr., Secretary of the Navy, visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 11 August 1982 during operations in the Sea of Japan. Also on 11 August, Rear Admiral Tsutoma Yoshiok of the JMSDF visited CV-41 as the guest of Rear Admiral Brown” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982).

 

    “Rear Admiral Huntington Hardisty, Commander Task Force Seventy/Seventy-Seven (CTF 70/77) comprised the Battle Force of 7th Fleet Task Force 70 – TF 70 made up of two distinct components: Surface Combatant Force 7th Fleet, composed of cruisers and destroyers, and Carrier Strike Force 7th Fleet, made up of at least one aircraft carrier and its embarked air wing (The Battle Force is currently centered around Carrier Strike Group Five, the carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5)) and Task Force 77 was the Carrier Battle Force, Seventh Fleet” (Ref. United States Seventh Fleet; Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Seventh_Fleet

            

     Again all three commanders RADM R. E. Kirksey, COMCARGRU THREE, RADM Huntington Hardisty, COMCARGRU SEVEN and RADM T. F. Brown, COMCARGRU ONE, full titles illustrate:

 

    Task Force 70 – TF 70 is the Battle Force of 7th Fleet and is made up of two distinct components: Surface Combatant Force 7th Fleet, composed of cruisers and destroyers, and Carrier Strike Force 7th Fleet, made up of at least one aircraft carrier and its embarked air wing. The Battle Force is currently centered around Carrier Strike Group Five, the carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5)” (Ref. United States Seventh Fleet; Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Seventh_Fleet

 

    “ASWEX 82-3J (Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise) was a joint USN-JMSDF exercise conducted in the Sea of Japan from 11- to 15 August 1982. In addition to exercise participants, units of the Soviet Pacific Fleet and air force were present. Soviet units conducted surveillance of the Battle Group throughout most of its presence in the Sea of Japan.

 

     Commander Task Force 70, Rear Admiral Brown, was briefed by Captain Broeckert and toured USS Midway (CV-41) Marine Detachment spaces on 17 August 1982.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) Marine Detachment conducted a familiarization firing exercise on the fantail on 18 August 1982. The Marines fired the M16A1 rifle and the M-60 machinegun.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted typhoon Bess evasion en route to Cope Strike, a USAF sponsored exercise and ASWEX 82 -3J with JMSDF from 27 July to 19 August 1982” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982).          

 

    “On 20 August 1982, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM T. F. Brown, COMCARGRU ONE, assumed duties as Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 70), Commander, Carrier Group FIVE, CCG 5, (COMCARGRU FIVE) and Commander Task Force 70 (CTF 70), the latter task force also being known as Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet and Surface Combatant Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 75) since 19 June 1982 assigned and CDR L. J. Vernon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked returned to Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain R. S. Owens, as Commanding Officer, 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, to participate in exercises Cope Strike, a USAF sponsored exercise and ASWEX 82-3J on 27 July 1982 when forced to take evasive action to avoid typhoon Bess. Midway air wing participated in Cope Strike, a USAF sponsored exercise on 5 August 1982. Cope Strike included air strikes at simulated enemy targets in South Korea. Midway prospective Commanding Officer, Captain C. R. McGRAIL, toured the MARDET spaces on 8 August. He also observed the Detachment Drill Team and Honor Guard. The Honorable John F. Lehman Jr., Secretary of the Navy, visited Midway during operations in the Sea of Japan and Rear Admiral Tsutoma Yoshioka of the JMSDF visited as the guest of Rear Admiral Brown on 11 August 1982. ASWEX 82-3J (Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise) was a joint USN-JMSDF exercise conducted in the Sea of Japan from 11- to 15 August 1982. In addition to exercise participants, units of the Soviet Pacific Fleet and air force were present. Soviet units conducted surveillance of the Battle Group throughout most of its presence in the Sea of Japan. Commander Task Force 70, Rear Admiral Brown, was briefed by Captain Broeckert and toured Midway Marine Detachment spaces on 17 August 1982. Midway Marine Detachment conducted a familiarization firing exercise on the fantail on 18 August 1982. The Marines fired the M16A1 rifle and the M-60 machinegun. Midway conducted typhoon Bess evasion en route to Cope Strike, a USAF sponsored exercise and ASWEX 82 -3J with JMSDF from 27 July to 19 August 1982. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4S; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VF-151, F-4S; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G. *AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system (27 July to 20 August 1982).

 

27/07/82 to 20/08/82

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

EAST COAST

Battle Efficiency Award (Navy "E" Ribbon), marking her as the outstanding carrier in the Pacific Fleet – Ref. 1180B

NOV 1965

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

01 JUL 77 ~ 31 DEC 78

01 JUL 80 ~ 31 DEC 81

01 JAN 82 ~ 30 JUN 83

01 JAN 90 ~ 31 DEC 90

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

Training

 

Ref. 1081, 1181 & 1181C

 

    “The Marine Detachment provided a Color Guard for USS Midway (CV-41) Change of Command on 21 August 1982. Captain Charles Reynolds McGrail, Jr. , USNA '57, assumed command during a change of command ceremony aboard USS Midway (CV-41) on 21 August 1982, relieving Captain Robert Spencer Owens, NAVCAD, 33rd Commanding Officer, serving from February 17, 1981 - August 21, 1982” (Ref. 1178-G). 

 

    “Lieutenant General Joseph T. Palastra, USA, Deputy Chief of Staff, CINCPAC visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 24 August 1982.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) Motor Whaleboat Team were the victors in the Ninth Annual George Purdy Motor Whaleboat Race held in Yokosuka on 27 August 1982. It was a first win for MIDWAY on 27 August 1982.

 

     Minakichi KOSANO, President of the Yokosuka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, along with 24 others, visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 3 September 1982.

 

     The author of "MIDWAY" and "ZERO", Lieutenant General Masatake Okumiya, JASDF (retired) visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 7 September 1982. General Okumity is a former Imperial Navy Aviator and JASDF Staff and School Commandant. He is now a director of the Japan Defense Society (JDS). He was accompanied by Mr. Akira Hirada, Vice President of Matsushita Electric Co. Ltd., and a 3DS Member.

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 20 August to 13 September 1982, conducting for upkeep” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982).           

 

34th 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, Philippine Sea, Sea of Japan, on her 19th “WestPac,” her 32nd South China Sea, on her 1st Northern Pacific to the East China Sea (Battle Force (CV-41) and CVN-65 Battle Groups) and will transit the Tsugaru Straits, the Sea of Japan and the Tsushima Straits (14 September to 10 December 1982) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (14 September to 11 January 1983).

CHAPTER LXXVIII

 

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM T. F. Brown, COMCARGRU ONE, assumed duties as Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 70), Commander, Carrier Group FIVE, CCG 5, (COMCARGRU FIVE) and Commander Task Force 70 (CTF 70), the latter task force also being known as Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet and Surface Combatant Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 75) since 19 June 1982 assigned and CDR L. J. Vernon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) 14 September 1982, with Captain Charles R. McGrail, U.S. Navy, as Commanding Officer, on her 34th 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, Philippine Sea, Sea of Japan, on her 19thWestPac,” her 32nd South China Sea, on her 1st Northern Pacific to the East China Sea (Battle Force (CV-41) and CVN-65 Battle Groups) and will transit the Tsugaru Straits, the Sea of Japan and the Tsushima Straits; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 36th 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 42nd 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 52nd 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 1981).  

 

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

(14 September to 10 December 1982)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (34th Forward Deployed)

Western Pacific Region

Pacific Ocean

19th WestPac

Philippine Sea

1st Northern Pacific

32nd SCS

ECS

Tsugaru Straits

Sea of Japan

Tsushima Straits

CVW-5

NF

14 Sep 1982

10 Dec 1982

52nd FWFD

88-days

Operations in Philippine Sea, Sea of Japan, South China Sea, Northern Pacific to the East China Sea the Battle Force (CV-41) and CVN-65 Battle Groups) and transited the Tsugaru Straits, the Sea of Japan and the Tsushima Straits.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4S

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps – Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 115-120

RF-4B

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4S

VA-93

Ravens -

Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7E

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7E

VA-115

Eagles -                    Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder - Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

*A-6E 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

HC-1 Det.2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarine

610

SH-3G

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

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) made an unscheduled port call at Yokosuka to off-load an EA-3 EA-3 which sustained structural damage upon landing aboard the aircraft carrier on 17 September 1982 and return to R-116. Marine Detachment hosted the Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC) Liaison Officer for COMNAVAIRPAC, Colonel M. J. Needham the same day. He toured the Detachment spaces, observed the drill team, and briefed the Marines in the aft classroom. While conducting refresher operations off the East Coast of Honshu on 17 September 1982, Admiral Sylvester R. Foley Jr., Commander-in-Chief U.S. Pacific Fleet visited Midway. He departed CV-41 on the 18th after he spoke to Marines in their berthing area on 18 September 1982.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) began its transit north to rendezvous with USS Enterprise (CVN-65) off the coast of Alaska for a two carrier battle force exercise in the extreme Northern Pacific (NORPAC) on 21 September 1982.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) EMCON transit to NORPAC for USS Enterprise (CVN-65) dual battle group Operations from 21 to 24 September 1982. The Midway battle group transited in strict Electronics Emissions Control (EMCON) and remained undetected throughout the transit and or approximately two days after arriving on station. While conducting operations en route the Northern Pacific, an F-4 Phantom aircraft assigned to VF-151 sustained severe structural damage while landing aboard Midway on 25 September 1982. There were no personnel injuries.

 

      During the period from 14 to 27 September 1982, the Detachment provided security for two of the most stringent security inspections conducted: the DNSI and the NTPI. The DNSI report stated in part, "...the Marine Detachment deserves special recognition for an outstanding training program and realistic application of security procedures. The cooperative spirit between Marine and Navy personnel also deserves special mention." Similar comments were received from NTPI inspectors.

 

      Two TU-16 BADGER aircraft flew through the landing pattern while USS Midway (CV-41) was recovering aircraft on 27 September 1982. This incident was reported as a possible Incident at Sea (INCSEA) violation because of the potential for a mid-air collision that it created. The TU-16's were escorted by USS MIDWAY aircraft at the time (two F-4 Phantoms and one A-7 Corsair).

 

      Two F-14 aircraft (from VF-114 and VF-213) and an A-6 aircraft from USS Enterprise (CVN-65) were received aboard due to unsuitable recovery weather aboard Enterprise on 29 September 1982.

 

      Once EMCON restrictions were lifted, USS Midway (CV-41) was located and kept under surveillance by Soviet air and surface units until the BG entered the East China Sea approximately nine days later. From the Northern Pacific to the East China Sea the Battle Force (CV-41) and CVN-65 Battle Groups) transited the Tsugaru Straits, the Sea of Japan, and the Tsushima Straits. Following Sea of Japan operations, CV-41 conducted operations in route to Singapore.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) transited Tsugaru Strait into Sea of Japan with Enterprise Battle Group on 2 October 1982.

 

      Mr. Ichiro Masuoka, Secretary of the Japanese House of Representatives visited USS Midway (CV-41) while the aircraft carrier conducted operations in the Sea of Japan on 5 October 1982.

 

      The Secretary of the Japanese House of Representatives; Mr. Ichiro Masuoka visited the MIDWAY on 6 October 1982 A major portion of his tour was with the Marine Detachment. He observed a Detachment ceremonial drill team practice in the hangar bay.

 

      On 10 October 1982, as CV-41 passed Okinawa, USS Midway (CV-41) received six visitors from the Japanese Government on Okinawa. They were: Mr. Lawrence Enomoto, Deputy Consul General of the American Consulate, Naha, Okinawa; Mr. Kosho Kokuba and Mr. Saburo Odo, members of the House of Representatives; Mr. Mikio Higa, Vice Governor; Mr. Kazuo Taira, Vice Speaker of Okinawa Prefectural Assembly; Mayor Noboru Higa of Urasoe City; and, Mr. Kotaro Kokuba, President of Okinawa Prefectural Defense Cooperation Association. One of the highlights of their tour was a visit to the Marine Detachment berthing area.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) moored at Subic Bay, Philippines to take on stores on 13 October 1982. The Detachment provided an honor guard for Rear Admiral C. A. Easterling, Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Operations in Philippine Sea, Northern Pacific, Sea of Japan and South China Sea from 14 September to 15 October 1982. At approximately 280 NM Northeast of Singapore (04 deg. 51 min. North/106 deg. 42 min. East), Midway, assisted by USS Towers (DDG-9), rescued 65 Vietnamese refugees on 15 October 1982. The refugee boat was taking on water and its motor was inoperative.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) disembarked Vietnamese refugees in Singapore on 16 October 1982. On 15 and 16 October 1982, Midway Marines provided security for sixty-five Vietnamese refugees who had been rescued from a sinking boat off the Vietnam Coast from 15 to 16 October 1982.

 

      Upon completion of the Singapore port-call on 19 October 1982, USS Midway (CV-41), inport from 16 to 18 October 1982.

 

      The Midway Battle Group conducted operations for approximately two days in the vicinity of the Great Nicobar Islands then proceeded south on 22 October 1982 through the Malacca Strait en route to exercise Merlion, transiting the Malacca Strait into the Andaman Sea overtaking a Soviet Task Group also en route the Indian Ocean. The Soviet units consisted of a Krivak class destroyer, a CHARLIE class and a FOXTROT class submarine.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) participated in Merlion 83-1 on 25 October 1982, a Singapore-US exercise designed to train the Singapore Navy and Air Force in anti-ship warfare. The Singapore minister of defense, Mr. (GOH) Chok Tong, and the American Ambassador to Singapore the Honorable Harry E. T. Thayer visited Midway on 26 October Other guests included Mr. (LIM) Siong Guan, Secretary to the Minister of Defense; Dr. (YEO) Ning Hong, Minister of State (Defense); Captain T. W. Durant, USN, Naval Attaché, USDAO Singapore, and Lieutenant Colonel Peter (CHEN) Siow Siong, Acting Fleet Commander, Royal Singapore Navy.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) crossed the equator at 106 degrees/00.0 East, conducting a "Crossing the Line" (Equator) ceremony -- a traditional ceremony held to initiate those individuals crossing the Equator for the first time while deployed aboard a naval ship on 27 October 1982. Sixty-one pollywogs of the Marine Detachment entered the Royal Domain and became trusty Shellbacks at WOG day festivities.

 

      While en route to his new assignment as Commander Carrier Group Three aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), Rear Admiral Kohn toured the Marine Detachment berthing area on 29 October 1982.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted transit through the Strait of Malacca into Andaman Sea and return for Merlion 83-1 and "Crossing the Line" ceremony from 19 to 29 October 1982, then transited north en route Pattaya Beach, Thailand.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) left Pattaya Beach on 3 November 1982, inport from 30 October to 3 November 1982and another group of distinguished visitors toured the Marine Detachment berthing on 4 November 1982. The party included six Thai Generals and the Honorable John Gunther Dean, the U.S. Ambassador to Thailand. Guests at a luncheon and firepower demonstration included the Ambassador; Air-Chief Marshal Harin Hongskula, Speaker of the Thai Senate; Dr. Chaovana Na Sylvant, Privy Councilor; Admiral Samut Sahanavin, Deputy Minister of Defense; Kasem S. Kasemsri, Ambassador designate to the U.S.; Mr. Prasong Soonsiri, Secretary General, National Security Council; Gen Pramdi Thavornchan, Chief of Staff, Royal Thai Army; and Major General Krawi Suthat Na Ayudha, Secretary General, National Assembly.

 

      En route to Subic Bay USS Midway (CV-41) Air wing conducted air operations and a mining exercise (MINEX 83-1) on 4 November 1982.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) continued en route to Subic Bay after flying its Thai guests ashore, en route Subic Bay, Philippines to conduct MINEX 83-1 from 4 to 10 November 1982, arriving in Subic Bay, Philippines where, for the first time, dependents and guests of the crew were brought aboard for a short cruise on 10 November 1982. Later the same day, USS Midway reentered port in Subic Bay for upkeep and liberty. During this period Midway successfully passed, with a grade of 86 percent, the COMNAVAIRPAC Annual 3-M Inspection. The Marine Detachment provided a static display and a live fire demonstration for the visitors. The highlight of the day was the Cake Cutting Ceremony for the Marine Corps Birthday on the flight deck.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) Marine Detachment provided a Color Guard for the Change of Command for Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron One Thirty-Six (VAQ-136) on 16 November 1982.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) Marine Detachment held its Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Staff Non-commissioned Officers Club, Subic Bay on 18 November 1982. In ceremonies before the ball both ceremonial drill teams performed. In addition Gunnery Sergeant James R. A Shby and Corporal Jeffery W. Burton received the Navy Achievement Medal. The Guest of Honor for the ball was Captain Roger L. Newman, USN, Executive Officer, Midway. Among the guests were Rear Admiral and Mrs. T. F. Brown, Commander Carrier Group Five.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted upkeep Subic Bay, Philippines from 11 to 25 November 1982. Midway Battle Group departed Subic Bay, Philippines en route to Hong Kong on 26 November 1982.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted a missile exercise (MISSILEX) en route to Hong Kong from 26 to 28 November 1982.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) entered port at Hong Kong for a five day visit on 29 November 1982” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982).

 

 

A port quarter view of the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV-41) underway in the Pacific Ocean, 2 December 1982, while participating in Hong Kong Exercise Search and Rescue '82. The Midway was being used as a base of operations for aircraft involved in the exercise. US Navy photo by LT Douglas Dotson (DVIC id: DFST8309958). NS024160. DefenseImagery.mil.

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    “USS Midway (CV-41) departed Hong Kong on 4 December 1982, inport from 29 November to 3 December 1982.

 

      Six Okinawa based senior Marine and Navy Officers visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 6 December 1982. They observed the Marine Detachment's drill team practice and toured the Marine Detachment berthing area. The Generals spoke to the Marines at length. The group of senior officers consisted of MGEN R. E. Habel, USMC CTF-79 (Landing Force Seventh Fleet); MGEN J. J. WENT, USMC CTG-79.3 (First Marine Aircraft Wing); BGEN F. E. Petersen, USMC, CTG-79.1 (Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade); BGEN E. J. Godfrey, USMC, CTG-79.6 (Third Force Service Support Group); BGEN J. Gary, USMC, (Assistant Third Marine Division Commander); and CAPT R. Barry, USN, Chief of Staff, CTF 76 (Amphibious Force 7th Fleet) .

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) was en route to Yokosuka, Japan from 4 to 10 December 1982” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982).              

 

    “On 10 December 1982, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM T. F. Brown, COMCARGRU ONE, assumed duties as Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 70), Commander, Carrier Group FIVE, CCG 5, (COMCARGRU FIVE) and Commander Task Force 70 (CTF 70), the latter task force also being known as Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet and Surface Combatant Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 75) since 19 June 1982 assigned and CDR L. J. Vernon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked returned to Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Charles R. McGrail, U.S. Navy, as Commanding Officer, ending her 34th 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, Philippine Sea, Sea of Japan, on her 19thWestPac,” her 32nd South China Sea, on her 1st Northern Pacific to the East China Sea (Battle Force (CV-41) and CVN-65 Battle Groups) and will transit the Tsugaru Straits, the Sea of Japan and the Tsushima Straits. Ports of call included: Subic Bay, Philippines; Singapore; Pattaya Beach; Subic Bay, Philippines and Hong Kong. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4S; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VF-151, F-4S; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G. *AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 36th 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 42nd 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 52nd 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 (14 September to 10 December 1982)(Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).   

 

14/09/82 to 10/12/82

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

7Th FLEET Forward Deployed

Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Three Awards)

Vietnam

07 MAY ~ 28 OCT 71

15 April 1972

Indian Ocean

13 NOV 79 ~ 08 FEB 80

27 JUL 82 ~ 01 MAY 84 - Ref. 1081

SEP 88 ~ DEC 89

CVW-5

19th WestPac

32nd SCS

1st NorPac

52nd FWFD

Battle Efficiency Award (Navy "E" Ribbon), marking her as the outstanding carrier in the Pacific Fleet – Ref. 1180B

NOV 1965

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

01 JUL 77 ~ 31 DEC 78

01 JUL 80 ~ 31 DEC 81

01 JAN 82 ~ 30 JUN 83

01 JAN 90 ~ 31 DEC 90

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

same

 

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) 34th 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, Philippine Sea, Sea of Japan, on her 19th “WestPac,” her 32nd South China Sea, on her 1st Northern Pacific to the East China Sea (Battle Force (CV-41) and CVN-65 Battle Groups) and will transit the Tsugaru Straits, the Sea of Japan and the Tsushima Straits Summary (14 September to 10 December 1982) – Chapter 78, Appendix I.

 

    1982 VISITS AND CEREMONIES ABOARD USS MIDWAY (CV-41) CHAPTER LXXVIII – Chapter 78, Appendix II.

 

    USS MIDWAY (CV-41) 1982 YEARS END SUMMARY – Chapter 78, Appendix III.

 

     “Another Dependents and Guests Cruise, the second one held by USS Midway (CV-41) in Japan, was conducted upon arrival on 10 December 1982. Later the same day, CV-41 returned after concluding Dependents and Guests Cruise and entered port at Yokosuka for upkeep where it remained through the end of 1982. The Marine Detachment provided outstanding entertainment for the visitors. The Marines set up a static display of Marine Corps weapons and gear, both drill teams performed, and a live fire demonstration was conducted.

 

      At 1400 on 13 December 1982, Captain Jerry Broeckert was relieved by Captain Charles W. Moore, as commanding Officer, USS Midway (CV-41) Marine Detachment in ceremonies in hangar bay one.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) Marine Detachment provided a Color Guard for the Change of Command ceremony for Fighter Squadron One Sixty One on 20 December 1982” .

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) Marine Detachment held a promotion board on 22 December 1982. The Marine Detachment closed out 1982 with guard classes, physical training and upkeep of the berthing spaces.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 11 to 11 January 1983” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) 34th 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, Philippine Sea, Sea of Japan, on her 19th “WestPac,” her 32nd South China Sea, on her 1st Northern Pacific to the East China Sea (Battle Force (CV-41) and CVN-65 Battle Groups) and will transit the Tsugaru Straits, the Sea of Japan and the Tsushima Straits Summary (14 September to 10 December 1982).

CHAPTER LXXVIII

Appendix I

 

 

    “On 10 December 1982, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM T. F. Brown, COMCARGRU ONE, assumed duties as Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 70), Commander, Carrier Group FIVE, CCG 5, (COMCARGRU FIVE) and Commander Task Force 70 (CTF 70), the latter task force also being known as Battle Force U. S. Seventh Fleet and Surface Combatant Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 75) since 19 June 1982 assigned and CDR L. J. Vernon, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked returned to Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Charles R. McGrail, U.S. Navy, as Commanding Officer, ending her 34th 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, Philippine Sea, Sea of Japan, on her 19th “WestPac,” her 32nd South China Sea, on her 1st Northern Pacific to the East China Sea (Battle Force (CV-41) and CVN-65 Battle Groups) and will transit the Tsugaru Straits, the Sea of Japan and the Tsushima Straits. Midway (CV-41) made an unscheduled port call at Yokosuka to off-load an EA-3 aircraft which sustained structural damage upon landing aboard the aircraft carrier on 17 September 1982. Midway Marine Detachment hosted the Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC) Liaison Officer for COMNAVAIRPAC, Colonel M. J. Needham on 17 September 1982. He toured the Detachment spaces, observed the drill team, and briefed the Marines in the aft classroom. While conducting refresher operations off the East Coast of Honshu on 17 September 1982, Admiral Sylvester R. Foley Jr., Commander-in-Chief U.S. Pacific Fleet visited Midway. He departed CV-41 on the 18th. Midway anchored Yokosuka to off-load EA-3 and return to R-116 on 17 September 1982. CINCPACFLT, Admiral S. R. Foley, spoke to Midway Marines in their berthing area on 18 September 1982. Midway began its transit north to rendezvous with USS Enterprise (CVN-65) off the coast of Alaska for a two carrier battle force exercise in the extreme Northern Pacific (NORPAC) on 21 September 1982. Midway EMCON transit to NORPAC for USS Enterprise (CVN-65) dual battle group Operations from 21 to 24 September 1982. The Midway battle group transited in strict Electronics Emissions Control (EMCON) and remained undetected throughout the transit and or approximately two days after arriving on station. While conducting operations en route the Northern Pacific, an F-4 Phantom aircraft assigned to VF-151 sustained severe structural damage while landing aboard MIDWAY on 25 September 1982. There were no personnel injuries. During the period from 14 to 27 September 1982, the Detachment provided security for two of the most stringent security inspections conducted: the DNSI and the NTPI. The DNSI report stated in part, "...the Marine Detachment deserves special recognition for an outstanding training program and realistic application of security procedures. The cooperative spirit between Marine and Navy personnel also deserves special mention." Similar comments were received from NTPI inspectors. Two TU-16 BADGER aircraft flew through the landing pattern while Midway was recovering aircraft on 27 September 1982. This incident was reported as a possible Incident at Sea (INCSEA) violation because of the potential for a mid-air collision that it created. The TU-16's were escorted by Midway aircraft at the time (two F-4 Phantoms and one A-7 Corsair). Two F-14 aircraft (from VF-114 and VF-213) and an A-6 aircraft from Enterprise were received aboard due to unsuitable recovery weather aboard Enterprise on 29 September 1982. Once EMCON restrictions were lifted, Midway was located and kept under surveillance by Soviet air and surface units until the BG entered the East China Sea approximately nine days later. From the Northern Pacific to the East China Sea the Battle Force (CV-41) and CVN-65 Battle Groups) transited the Tsugaru Straits, the Sea of Japan, and the Tsushima Straits. Following Sea of Japan operations, CV-41 conducted operations in route to Singapore. Midway transited Tsugaru Strait into Sea of Japan with Enterprise Battle Group on 2 October 1982. Mr. Ichiro Masuoka, Secretary of the Japanese House of Representatives visited Midway while the aircraft carrier conducted operations in the Sea of Japan on 5 October 1982 The Secretary of the Japanese House of Representatives; Mr. Ichiro Masuoka visited the Midway on 6 October 1982 A major portion of his tour was with the Marine Detachment. He observed a Detachment ceremonial drill team practice in the hangar bay. On 10 October 1982, as CV-41 passed Okinawa, Midway received six visitors from the Japanese Government on Okinawa. They were: Mr. Lawrence Enomoto, Deputy Consul General of the American Consulate, Naha, Okinawa; Mr. Kosho Kokuba and Mr. Saburo Odo, members of the House of Representatives; Mr. Mikio Higa, Vice Governor; Mr. Kazuo Taira, Vice Speaker of Okinawa Prefectural Assembly; Mayor Noboru Higa of Urasoe City; and, Mr. Kotaro Kokuba, President of Okinawa Prefectural Defense Cooperation Association. One of the highlights of their tour was a visit to the Marine Detachment berthing area. Midway moored at Subic Bay, Philippines to take on stores on 13 October 1982. The Detachment provided an honor guard for Rear Admiral C. A. Eeasterling, Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific. Midway conducted Operations in Philippine Sea, Northern Pacific, Sea of Japan and South China Sea from 14 September to 15 October 1982. Midway embarked Vietnamese refugees on 15 October 1982. At approximately 280 NM Northeast of Singapore (04 deg. 51 min. North/106 deg. 42 min. East), Midway, assisted by USS Towers (DDG-9), rescued 65 Vietnamese refugees on 15 October 1982. The refugee boat was taking on water and its motor was inoperative. Midway disembarked Vietnamese refugees in Singapore on 16 October 1982. On 15 and 16 October 1982, Midway Marines provided security for sixty-five Vietnamese refugees who had been rescued from a sinking boat off the Vietnam Coast from 15 to 16 October 1982. Upon completion of the Singapore port-call on 19 October 1982, Midway, inport from 16 to 18 October 1982. The Midway Battle Group conducted operations for approximately two days in the vicinity of the Great Nicobar Islands then proceeded south on 22 October 1982 through the Malacca Strait en route to exercise Merlion, transiting the Malacca Strait into the Andaman Sea overtaking a Soviet Task Group also en route the Indian Ocean. The Soviet units consisted of a Krivak class destroyer, a CHARLIE class and a FOXTROT class submarine. Midway participated in Merlion 83-1 on 25 October 1982, a Singapore-US exercise designed to train the Singapore Navy and Air Force in anti-ship warfare. The Singapore minister of defense, Mr. (GOH) Chok Tong, and the American Ambassador to Singapore the Honorable Harry E. T. Thayer visited Midway on 26 October Other guests included Mr. (LIM) Siong Guan, Secretary to the Minister of Defense; Dr. (YEO) Ning Hong, Minister of State (Defense); Captain T. W. Durant, USN, Naval Attaché, USDAO Singapore, and Lieutenant Colonel Peter (CHEN) Siow Siong, Acting Fleet Commander, Royal Singapore Navy. Midway crossed the equator at 106 degrees/00.0 East, conducting a "Crossing the Line" (Equator) ceremony -- a traditional ceremony held to initiate those individuals crossing the Equator for the first time while deployed aboard a naval ship on 27 October 1982. Sixty-one pollywogs of the Marine Detachment entered the Royal Domain and became trusty Shellbacks at WOG day festivities. While en route to his new assignment as Commander Carrier Group Three aboard Enterprise, Rear Admiral Kohn toured the Marine Detachment berthing area on 29 October 1982. Midway conducted transit through the Strait of Malacca into Andaman Sea and return for Merlion 83-1 and "Crossing the Line" ceremony from 19 to 29 October 1982, then transited north en route Pattaya Beach, Thailand. Midway left Pattaya Beach on 3 November 1982, inport from 30 October to 3 November 1982and another group of distinguished visitors toured the Marine Detachment berthing on 4 November 1982. The party included six Thai Generals and the Honorable John Gunther Dean, the U.S. Ambassador to Thailand. Guests at a luncheon and firepower demonstration included the Ambassador; Air-Chief Marshal Harin Hongskula, Speaker of the Thai Senate; Dr. Chaovana Na Sylvant, Privy Councilor; Admiral Samut Sahanavin, Deputy Minister of Defense; Kasem S. Kasemsri, Ambassador designate to the U.S.; Mr. Prasong Soonsiri, Secretary General, National Security Council; Gen Pramdi Thavornchan, Chief of Staff, Royal Thai Army; and Major General Krawi Suthat Na Ayudha, Secretary General, National Assembly. En route to Subic Bay Midway Air wing conducted air operations and a mining exercise (MINEX 83-1) on 4 November 1982. Midway continued en route to Subic Bay after flying its Thai guests ashore, en route Subic Bay, Philippines to conduct MINEX 83-1 from 4 to 10 November 1982. Midway arrived in Subic Bay, Philippines where, for the first time, dependents and guests of the crew were brought aboard for a short cruise on 10 November 1982. Later the same day, USS Midway reentered port in Subic Bay for upkeep and liberty. During this period Midway successfully passed, with a grade of 86 percent, the COMNAVAIRPAC Annual 3-M Inspection. The Marine Detachment provided a static display and a live fire demonstration for the visitors. The highlight of the day was the Cake Cutting Ceremony for the Marine Corps Birthday on the flight deck. Midway Marine Detachment provided a Color Guard for the Change of Command for Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron One Thirty-Six (VAQ-136) on 16 November 1982. Midway Marine Detachment held its Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Staff Non-commissioned Officers Club, Subic Bay on 18 November 1982. In ceremonies before the ball both ceremonial drill teams performed. In addition Gunnery Sergeant James R. A Shby and Corporal Jeffery W. Burton received the Navy Achievement Medal. The Guest of Honor for the ball was Captain Roger L. Newman, USN, Executive Officer, Midway. Among the guests were Rear Admiral and Mrs. T. F. Brown, Commander Carrier Group Five. Midway conducted upkeep Subic Bay, Philippines from 11 to 25 November 1982. Midway Battle Group departed Subic Bay, Philippines en route to Hong Kong on 26 November 1982, from 11 to 25 November 1982. Midway conducted a missile exercise (MISSILEX) en route to Hong Kong from 26 to 28 November 1982. Midway entered port at Hong Kong for a five day visit from 29 November to 3 December 1982. Midway departed Hong Kong on 4 December 1982. Six Okinawa based senior Marine and Navy Officers visited Midway on 6 December 1982. They observed the Marine Detachment's drill team practice and toured the Marine Detachment berthing area. The Generals spoke to the Marines at length. The group of senior officers consisted of MGEN R. E. Habel, USMC CTF-79 (Landing Force Seventh Fleet); MGEN J. J. WENT, USMC CTG-79.3 (First Marine Aircraft Wing); BGEN F. E. Petersen, USMC, CTG-79.1 (Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade); BGEN E. J. Godfrey, USMC, CTG-79.6 (Third Force Service Support Group); BGEN J. Gary, USMC, (Assistant Third Marine Division Commander); and CAPT R. Barry, USN, Chief of Staff, CTF 76 (Amphibious Force 7th Fleet). Midway was en route to Yokosuka, Japan from 4 to 10 December 1982. Ports of call included: Subic Bay, Philippines; Singapore; Pattaya Beach; Subic Bay, Philippines and Hong Kong. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4S; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VF-151, F-4S; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G. *AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 36th 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 42nd 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 52nd 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 (14 September to 10 December 1982)(Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).   

 

14/09/82 to 10/12/82

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

7Th FLEET Forward Deployed

Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Three Awards)

Vietnam

07 MAY ~ 28 OCT 71

15 April 1972

Indian Ocean

13 NOV 79 ~ 08 FEB 80

27 JUL 82 ~ 01 MAY 84 - Ref. 1081

SEP 88 ~ DEC 89

CVW-5

19th WestPac

32nd SCS

1st NorPac

52nd FWFD

Battle Efficiency Award (Navy "E" Ribbon), marking her as the outstanding carrier in the Pacific Fleet – Ref. 1180B

NOV 1965

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

01 JUL 77 ~ 31 DEC 78

01 JUL 80 ~ 31 DEC 81

01 JAN 82 ~ 30 JUN 83

01 JAN 90 ~ 31 DEC 90

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

same

 

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

    1982 VISITS AND CEREMONIES ABOARD USS MIDWAY (CV-41) CHAPTER LXXVIII – Chapter 78, Appendix II.

 

    USS MIDWAY (CV-41) 1982 YEARS END SUMMARY – Chapter 78, Appendix III.