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

 

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

CHAPTER XLI

Appendix II

 

 

     “On 19 December 1975, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM Monger, COMCARGRU ONE, serving as Commander, Commander, Task Group, CTG-77.4 since 23 May 1975 assigned, COMDESRON TWENTY ONE, and CDR J. L. Fiinley relieving CDR W. L. Chatham as Commander Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) on 24 October 1975 embarked arrived Piedmont pier, Yokosuka, Japan Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Lawrence Cleveland Chambers, USNA '52, as Commanding Officer, ending her ninth deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Refresher Operations in R-116 before continuing the transit South, on her 13th “WestPac,” her 15th South China Sea, her sixth Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise, on her second Indian Ocean,, for Cope Diamond air defense exercise with the U. S. Air Force was conducted on the 7th of October 1975 Okinawa area. Midway continued to the Philippines on the 8th of October 1975 and entered Subic Bay, Philippines on the 10th of October 1975 for a four day inport period. Midway’s final preparations were made for Task Group SEVEN SEVEN Point FOUR’s 58 day excursion into the South China Sea and Indian Ocean commenced on 14 October 1975. Departing Subic Bay, Philippines on the 14th of October 1975, inport from 10 to 14 October 1975, the task group, composed of Midway (Flagship for COMCARGRU ONE, RADM Monger), USS Worden (CG-18) (COMDESRON TWENTY ONE, COMMODORE Leedom embarked), USS Turner Joy (DD-951), USS Fanning (FF-1076), Mispillion (USS Mispillion (AO-105) decommissioned on 26 July 1974 and transferred to the Military Sealift Command, where she continued in non-commissioned U.S. Navy service with a civilian crew as United States Naval Ship USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105), entering service as such in 1975 and USS Sacramento (AOE-1)), proceeded southwesterly on track conducting routine air operations and Task Group SEVEN SEVEN Point FOUR intership training exercises in the South China Sea en route to the Merlion I operations area, conducted on 18 October 1975 with the Republic of Singapore Armed Forces in a rather small operating area of Singapore. Heavy surface traffic was prevalent throughout the area. Major airways also traversed the area. This was not an ideal area to conduct AAW or surface warfare exercises, but certainly what can be expected when vulnerable to attacks by missile and gun boats. This was the first opportunity to work with fast attack boats since arriving in “WestPac” in October 1973. USS Sacramento (AOE-1) simulated the high value unit and was the prime target for the missile and gun boats. USS Worden (CG-18) and USS Turner Joy (DD-951) were positioned to protect Sacramento. The CV and the USS Fanning (FF-1076) were positioned to the east. The exercise was divided into four phases. Phase one commenced at 0001 local with Royal Singapore Navy missile/gun boats conducting attacks against Sacramento. USN units countered with surface to surface missile and gun attacks. Air wing aircraft flew surface to surface missile profiles under the control of Worden. The attacking boats were aggressive and tenacious, and effectively used both the cover of darkness and screening by merchant ships to close the USN units. Once initially detected following a surprise attack from 10 nautical miles south Worden, two sea lion class boats remained in constant action until retiring two and one half hours later. A second group consisting of one missile/gun boat and three Vosper 110 Class PC’s entered the area from the southwest and were initially detected by high speed hydrophone effects on the escort’s sonars, which correlated to radar at 17 nautical miles. The second group initially attacked merchant ships mistaken for Sacramento, Worden and USS Turner Joy (DD-951). After a high speed pass on Midway and Fanning, the first group retired to the north and made a coordinated attack on the high value unit with the second group attacking from the south. Phase two commenced with a combined surface/air vulnerability period. Low level Royal Singapore Air Force air attacks against Sacramento, followed by missile boat attacks, were countered with TACAIR and Task Group SEVEN SEVEN Point FOUR missile and gun systems. Midway maintained two sections of F4’s and one section of A7’s as CAP with tanker support continuously throughout this phase. Two sections of attack aircraft were airborne each cycle to interdict missile boats. During phase two the Royal Singapore Air Force flew five high density waves of 13-16 A4 and Hawker Hunter aircraft each in coordinated raids against the high value unit. The majority of raids were low flyers. About 0950 missile boats were first detected and taken under missile fire by Worden. Worden simulated 12 surface to air missile firings, 4 surface to surface missile firings, and 4 surface to surface gun attacks. USS Turner Joy (DD-951) simulated 5 surface to surface attacks. CAP engagements were numerous. Twenty attacks on incoming missile boats were reported by Midway interdiction aircraft. Engagements by CAP, controlled by Worden, and simulated missile and gun shoots were hampered by nearness to third country land mass (40-50 miles in threat sector). A highly challenging AAW and fast attack boat problem resulted to the benefit of all participants. Phase three consisted of a combined air/surface gunnery shoot against a SPAR target towed by the USS Turner Joy (DD-951). Excellent air to surface strafing by Royal Singapore Air Force aircraft resulted in the sinking of the SPAR target and termination of the exercise. Phase four consisted of group tactical maneuvering between two USN surface combatants and four Royal Singapore Navy boats. Merlion One was completed 1800, 18 October 1975. After Merlion One, the task group entered Singapore on 20 October 1975 for a six day visit. This was the first time Midway had visited that port since forward deployment began. Midway liberty was excellent although somewhat expensive. On 24 October 1975, CDR J. L. Fiinley relieved CDR W. L. Chatham as Commander Carrier Air Wing FIVE in ceremonies on board Midway. On 25 October 1975 USS Worden (CG-18) with COMDESRON 21 embarked and USS Turner Joy (DD-951) joined by USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105) departed Singapore en route Colombo. On 27 October 1975 the remainder of Task Group SEVEN SEVEN Point FOUR weighed anchor and got underway for 42 days in the Indian Ocean. On 30 October 1975, Midway entered Colombo and embarked the U. S. Ambassador for a highly successful trip and visit to Male in the Maldives Islands. The Flagship Midway was joined on the same day by a Soviet Krivak Destroyer and an Ugra Class Sub Tender. A soviet AOR and LST were also in the near vicinity of Task Group SEVEN SEVEN Point FOUR. The next eleven days were spent in continued training while proceeding to Karachi, Pakistan. Both Soviet and Indian naval units conducted surveillance of Midway and Task Group 77.4 commencing on 30 October 1975, immediately after the Malacca Straits transit. The Soviet effort was extensive and included surface, air, and submarine assets. Indian naval operations were limited, consisting of transitory surveillance by the Carrier Vikrant and several days’ surveillance of Midlink by a destroyer. Soviet surface and subsurface surveillance commenced 30 October 1975, immediately after the Malacca Straits transit. The unfortunate Polliwogs on Midway, including the Commanding Officer and 80 percent of the crew, appeared before King Neptune on 1 November 1975and became trusted Shellbacks. The ECHO TWO was detected as a certain sub as late as 11 November 1975. On 12 November 1975 USS Midway (CV-41) and USS Fanning (FF-1076) entered Karachi, Pakistan for a five day visit. USS Worden (CG-18) and USS Turner Joy (DD-951) entered Bandar Abbas, Iran for a six day port visit. The task group was now ready to participate in Midlink 75. Midlink 75 commenced on 15 November 1975 was hosted by the Imperial Iranian Navy at their headquarters in Bandar Abbas, Iran. Participating nations were the United States, Iran, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom. VADM Attaie, Commander in Chief Imperial Iranian Navy was Officer in Charge of scheduling the exercise. VADM Babibelahi Commander Persian Gulf and Oman Sea. Imperial Iranian Navy was OCE. Midway and USS Fanning (FF-1076) departed Karachi, Pakistan 17 November 1975, inport from 12 to 17 November 1975. On 17 November 1975, two Bear aircraft operated well to the west of Midway and on 18 November two Bears surveilled Midway. These two events were the only encounters with Soviet aircraft during the excursión. On 25 November 1975, a plane attempting to land on Midway, strikes the ramp, bolts, impacts the barricade, and strikes another plane during post-"Midlink" exercises in the Indian Ocean. Two crewmen are injured. The exercise was divided into five phases, the first of which was the briefing session from 15 to 19 November 1975 in Bandar Abbas as previously mentioned. Phase two was the at-sea work-up in the Imperial Iranian Navy operation areas in Gulf of Oman from 19 to 22 November 1975. The objective of this phase was coordinated training in seamanship, weapon drills, ASW, surface gunnery, and missile exercises. Midway flew 26 sorties in direct support of this phase. The primary mission of these sorties was support of gun tracking and AIC exercises. Of particular note during this phase, USS Worden (CG-18) acted as OCE for a multi-nation missile shoot on 22 November 1975. (Participating ships were the Worden, Iranian ships Falang and Barb. Worden scored two direct hits out of two shots.). In the evening of 22 November 1975 Midway steamed from the CV operating area west to the Jask anchorage. The phase two debrief and phase three briefs were held aboard Midway the next morning. Sortie from Jask began at 1400, 23 November 1975, which commenced the active play of phase three. Phase three was the tactical phase with the hot war commencing at 1600. This phase involved the protection of Blue high value units, led by USS Sacramento (AOE-1), against interdiction by Orange surface and air forces during the transit of shipping lanes in the Gulf of Oman. Midway operated in the CV operating area to the east of the high value unit task group, on the eastern edge of the Gulf of Oman, to provide continuous tactical air support and AAW coverage. The majority of Orange strikes were flown from the north out of Busheir (Iranian F-4’s) located in western Iran and Bandar Abbas (Air Force F-111’s) located approximately 200 nautical miles northwest of the Gulf operating area. Royal Air Force Canberra aircraft flew from Masirah Airfield south of the Omani coast in the Arabian Sea. Midway aircraft engaged 62 aircraft in 52 separate intercepts. In addition, 20 engagements were carried out against Orange surface units. Simulated attacks were carried out by Midway aircraft against Orange land bases at Bandar Abbas Airfield, RAS Jargin Port Facility, and simulated coastal missile sites on Larack Island and the coastal region southeast of Bandar Abba. The tactical play of Midlink was followed on 27 November 1975 by the visit of a large group of VIP’s from CENTO and NATO to tour the ship and to view demonstrations. The guest list, totaling 52, included four members of the CENTO Council of deputies with Ambassadorial rank, the Chiefs of the Imperial Iranian and Pakistani Navies, the Commanders of Allied Naval Forces Southern Europe and Allied Air Forces Southern Europe, and twenty-one other flag rank officers from the U. S., United Kingdom, Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey. The day’s show began with ASW, surface gunnery, anti-air gunnery, and replenishment at-sea demonstrations. The guests were then given a tour of Midway CIC and static aircraft displays on the Hangar deck. After a Thanksgiving Day lunch, the guests proceeded to the island to watch the launch and then to the flight deck to view an air power demonstration. Shortly thereafter the guests departed, concluding a highly successful visit. Following Midlink 75 Task Group SEVEN SEVEN Point FOUR began its transit back home on 28 November 1975. Midway, USS Fanning (FF-1076), USS Sacramento (AOE-1) started down track. USS Turner Joy (DD-951) and USS Worden (CG-18) entered Bandar Abbas for Midlink debrief. On 29 November 1975 Sacramento detached and entered Karachi to pick up the VRC-50 Detachment gear and deliver Handclasp material. Midlink 75 scheduled between 15-29 November 1975 was hosted by the Imperial Iranian Navy at their headquarters in Bandar Abbas, Iran. Participating nations were the United States, Iran, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom. VADM Attaie, Commander in Chief Imperial Iranian Navy was Officer in Charge of scheduling the exercise. VADM Babibelahi Commander Persian Gulf and Oman Sea. Imperial Iranian Navy was OCE. After a brief stop in Subic Bay, Midway entered the Indian Ocean and operated there from mid-October until December 1973, returning to Yokosuka, Japan in time to celebrate the 1975 holiday. Midway and USS Fanning (FF-1076) continued southward and rendezvoused with USS Worden (CG-18) and USS Turner Joy (DD-951) on 2 December 1975 about 200 nautical miles southwest of Bombay. Subsequent information was too sketchy to determine when the submarine finally broke off her surveillance of Midway. The surface surveillance was continuous from 30 October to 4 December 1975, with the Soviets waiting at a distance during our Karachi port call and brief anchorage at Jask. The primary surveillance units were 4 combatants, with 6 other ships involved at various times, Once Task Group SEVEN SEVEN Point FOUR was assembled, the transit continued around India and across the Bay of Bengal, entering the Malacca Straits on the 7th of December 1975. Once past Singapore, we transited the South China Sea back to Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines with Midway and Task Group 77.4 arriving Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines 1600 local on 11 December 1975. During the 42 days Indian Ocean excursion between Singapore port call and the homeward bound passage by Singapore, the wing flew on 27 days. Ten days were reserved for high SOA transits, passage through the Malacca Straits, and readiness and holiday stand-downs.  Five days were spent in-port. Total flight time Subic to Subic came to nearly 4,000 hours. Sixty-five to eighty sorties were planned during each flying day. During the month of November 1975 the air wing achieved a record high in flight hours since the beginning of our forward deployment, 2,481 hours. Task Group SEVEN SEVEN Point FOUR’s 58 day excursion into the South China Sea and Indian Ocean took place during the period 14 October 1975 to 11 December 1975. During this excursion two major exercises were conducted. The first was Merlion I. Merlion I was an excellent opportunity for the task group to defend itself against fast attack boats from the Royal Singapore Navy and high density raids provided by the Singapore Air Force. Midlink 75, the second major exercise, was a joint war-at-sea exercise conducted in the Gulf of Oman with the CENTO Nations Pakistan, Iran, United Kingdom, Turkey, and the United States. Planning for this exercise commenced in the Summer of 75, resulting in a joint operations order written by all participating nations. On 12 December, RADM Hararis, Commander Attack Carrier Striking Force SEVENTH Fleet, and the Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable J. William Middendorf visited the Midway. The next day RADM Small, Commander Carrier Group THREE, relieved RADM Monger as Commander Task Group 77.4. Midway departed Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines on Sunday the 14th of December 1975 en route Yokosuka, Japan. Air operations were conducted en route and on 17 December 1975, Midway and CVW-5 participated in Exercise Cope Cherry with units of the Japanese Self-Defense Force. Midway arrived back in homeport on 19 December 1975 in time to enjoy the holiday Seaton. Ports of calls include: Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines, U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, a bay forming part of Luzon Sea on the west coast of the island of Luzon in Zambales, Philippines, about 100 kilometers northwest of Manila Bay and is a major ship-repair, supply, and rest and recreation facility of the United States Navy located in Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines; Karachi, the largest city, main seaport and financial centre of Pakistan, as well as the capital of the province of Sindh, located in the south of the country, along the coastline meeting the Arabian Sea; Bandar Abbas or Bandar-e ‘Abbās, a port city and capital of Hormozgān Province on the southern coast of Iran, on the Persian Gulf (The city occupies a strategic position on the narrow Straits of Hormuz, and it is the location of the main base of the Iranian Navy); Yokosuka, Japan; and Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4N; VF-151, F-4N; VA-93, A-7A; VA-56, A-7A; VA-115, A-6A / KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VMAQ-2, EA-6A; and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 11th deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. Her 17th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. Her 27th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II (4 October to 19 December 1975)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 84A, 72, 405 & 1181O & USS Midway (CV-41) 1975 Command History Report).

 

1975 VISITS AND CEREMONIES ABOARD USS MIDWAY (CVA/CV-41)

CHAPTER XLI

Appendix III

 

 

VISITS AND CEREMONIES ABOARD USS MIDWAY (CV-41)

 

PART II, Annex A

 

Tab A               On 5 January 1975, Cardinal Manning, Archbishop of Los Angeles, visited the USS MIDWAY in Yokosuka, Japan.  Cardinal Manning was co-hosted by Captain SCHULTE, Commanding Officer USS MIDWAY, and CDR JUMPER, Air Boss, USS MIDWAY.

 

Tab B               On 9 January 1975, VADM BALDWIN, COMNAVAIRPAC, and RADM LAWRENCE, COMLATWINGPAC visited the USS MIDWAY in Yokosuka, Japan.  Their stay was hosted by Captain SCHULTE, Commanding Officer USS MIDWAY.

 

Tab C               On 10 January 1975, Senator Sam Nunn, Senator from Georgia, visited the USS MIDWAY in Yokosuka, Japan.  Senator Nunn was hosted by Captain SCHULTE, Commanding Officer USS MIDWAY, and RADM SPEER, COMNAVFORJAPAN.

 

Tab D               On 21 February 1975, 18 MIDWAY crewmen received their High School Diplomas in ceremonies onboard.  Mr. W. F. DALTON, Director, Saint Louis High School, Japan, gave the commencement address.

 

Tab E                On 25 February 1975, the Japanese Military Security Advisory Association discussed various shipboard activities with Captain SCHULTE, Commanding Officer USS MIDWAY, during their visit to USS MIDWAY.

 

Tab F                On 25 March 1975, the Israeli Defense Attaché, Colonel A. LUBRON visited the MIDWAY.  Here Captain SCHULTE greets Colonel LUBRON.

 

Tab G               On 26 March 1975, Captain L. C. CHAMBERS salutes RADM HARRIS, Commander Task Group 77.4, after relieving Captain R. J. SCHULTE as Commanding Officer USS MIDWAY.

 

Tab H               On 6 April 1975, Marine Light Helicopter Squadron (HML-367) and Marine Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMA-369) depart USS MIDWAY for transfer to USS HANCOCK.

 

Tab I                 On 21 April 1975, U. S. Air Force HH-53’s and CH-53’s onboard USS MIDWAY.

 

Tab J                 On 26 April 1975, Colonel L. J. ANDERS, USAF, briefs VADM G. P. STEELE, COMSEVENTHFLT, prior to Operation FREQUENT WIND as RADM W. L. HARRIS, Commander Task Group 77.4 and Captain L. C. CHAMBERS look on.

 

Tab K               On 29 April 1975, U. S. Air Force helicopters bringing Vietnamese refugees aboard during Operation FREQUENT WIND.

 

Tab L                On 29 April 1975, former Vice-President Nguyen Cao KY after his arrival being escorted by LTJG PRATER.

 

USS MIDWAY (CVA/CV-41) 1975 YEARS END SUMMARY

CHAPTER XLI

Appendix IV

 

Command Organization

 

             1.  Captain R. J. Schulte, USN ------/1310; Commanding from 1 January 1975 to 26 March 1975.

 

             2.  Captain L. C. Chambers, USN, -----/1310; Commanding from 26 March 1975 through 31 December, 1975.

 

             3.  USS Midway (CV-41) was homeported at U. S. Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, during all of Calendar Year 1975. Both the Midway and the embarked Air Wing (CVW-5) observed the two year anniversary as the only forward deployed CV/Air Wing on 5 October 1975. The mission and function of the ship did not change during 1975.

 

Special Topics

 

             1.  Engineering Department

 

                          (A)  Major Alterations and Equipment installed during CY 75:

 

                          (1)  Commenced installation of a new high capacity 02N2 plant located aft on the starboard side of Hangar Bay #2 in Compartment C-125-E and C-129-E. The plant is an Air Products 80/30 B similar to the present #3 plant and includes three HP air compressors and a liquid oxygen tank and a liquid nitrogen tank. SHIPALT 4920 refers.

 

                          (2)  Partial completion of a high level bilge alarm system that is now operational in certain spaces.

 

                          (3)  Increased shore power capacity – SHIPALT 3943 refers.

 

                          (4)  Provide fire protection for tire stowage space – SHIPALT 4146 refers.

 

                          (5)  Provide stowage for FAE and Walleye wing and fin containers – SHIPALT 4218 refers.

 

                          (6)  Installed an Aviations Fuels Quality Control Laboratory – SHIPALT 4122 refers.

 

                          (7)  Number 1 and 4 Ship’s Service High Pressure air compressors were replaced with more up to date Worthington Model196 air compressors.

 

                          (8)  Number 6 and 7 fire pumps were replaced with new fire pumps and turbines.

 

                          (B). Shaft miles steamed                       71,241.8 miles.

 

                          (C). Fuel oil consumed                         27,788,068 gallons.

 

                          (D). Feed and Fresh Water distilled     60,346,341 gallons

 

                          (E)  Liquid Oxygen made                     31,758 gallons.

 

                          (F)  At 0425, 5 April 1975 MIDWAY steamed her 100,000th  engine mile since departing CONUS 11 September 1973 for forward deployment as part of the Overseas Family Residence Program.

 

             2.  Air Department

 

Number of Catapult/Free Deck launches:

 

JAN-MAR

2,820

APR-JUN

2,394

JUL-SEP

2,938

OCT-DEC

2,643

Total

11,595

 

Number of Arrested Landings:

 

JAN-MAR

2,807

APR-JUN

2,507

JUL-SEP

2,881

OCT-DEC

2,649

Total

10,844

 

JP-5 Issued in Gallons:

 

JAN

1,201,798

JUL

1,753,886

FEB

1,974,552

AUG

1,548,381

MAR

1,067,428

SEP

1,230,011

APR

1,572,384

OCT

1,559,752

MAY

1,449,842

NOV

2,747,384

JUN

887,516

DEC

997,263

 

Total

1975

17,990,197

 

             3.  Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department

 

             During 1975, 32,518 aircraft components were processed for repair, 23,140 were returned to Supply for issue (RFI) and 9,307 were rejected as beyond capability of maintenance (BMC).  The ship’s assigned C-1A logged 870.3 flight hours and 852 landings of which 108 were arrested carrier landings.

 

             4.  Weapons Department

 

                          (A)  AQM-37A Target Missile Launch. Midway developed the first PACFLT capacity to store and launch AQM-37A Target Missiles. On 19 September the first AQM-37 was fired successfully in coordination with a Terrier firing by USS Worden () on 20 September 1975 an equally successful AQM-37 launch was conducted in conjunction with F-4 Sparrow missile firing.

 

                          (B)  During highly visible Midlink 75 exercise in the Indian Ocean, an AQM-37 was fired successfully on 22 November. A fourth AQM-37 was fired on 11 December 1975 as a target for a Sparrow missile.

 

             5.  Deck/Navigation Departments

 

             During 1975, Midway accomplished 77 replenishment evolutions of which twenty-six were vertrep’s and fifty-one were conrep’s.

 

             Qualifications were as follows:

 

OOD (Inport)

20

OOD (Independent steaming)

10

OOD (Fleet operations

5

Conning Alongside

15

CDO (Underway)

8

CDO (Inport)

7

ACDO (Inport)

2

            

             6.  Medical Department

 

Outpatient visits

25,604

In patient visits

18

Laboratory tests

14,877

Pulmonary Function Studies

17

Audiograms

580

ECG’s

179

Pharmacy Visits

24,560

X-Ray Film exposures

4,283

Refractions

324

Spectacles ordered

860

Total Physical examination

1,009

Surgical procedures

104

Total V. D. cases

1,118

Immunizations

17,798

 

             7.  Dental Department

 

             During 1975, a total of 8,942 patients were treated. A total of 30,734 dental procedures were completed on these patients. Emergency dental treatment was rendered to 26 personnel from other commands and to 3 Vietnam evacuees.