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

 

 

 

USS Midway (CV-41), former CVA-41 & CVB-41

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The Midway (CV-41), former CVB-41, the 41st aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 35th, commissioning on 10 September 1945, commenced SCB-101, the most extensive modernization ever completed on a naval vessel that fitted with an enlarged flight deck, steam catapults, and new elevators and arresting gear to handle heavier aircraft on 11 February 1966 at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco Bay, for which she was placed in Pacific Fleet Reserve, in commission special and decomissioned a second time 15 February 1966 completed on a naval vessel that fitted with an enlarged flight deck, steam catapults, and new elevators and arresting gear to handle heavier aircraft” (Ref. 1180A, 1180B, 1181N, 1183 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1970).

 

 

Aerial view of the San Francisco Naval Shipyard at Hunters Point, sometime between April and July 1968. USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) and USS Hancock (CVA-19) are easily identifiable. Also visible in this photo are Midway (CVA-41), undergoing her SCB-101.66 modernization in the drydock just aft of Coral Sea, and USS Oriskany (CVA-34), undergoing an 8-month overhaul in the background. NS024345. Submitted by: Robert M. Cieri. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024345.jpg

 

 

On 5 October 1973, USS Midway (CVA-41) with Commander Task Force Seven Seven (CTF 77), Rear Admiral William R. McClendon, COMNAVAIRPACREP WESTPAC and his staff embarked prior to entering port. CDR B. W. Streit, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked and RADM W. R. Flanagan, assuming duties from RADM J. L. Butts, Commander Carrier Division One (1971 to 1972) and CAPT K. L. Shugart, as Chief of Staff, CCD 1 during 1972 to 1973 could have been aboard arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Richard Joseph Schulte, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, ending her USS Midway (CVA-41) with Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Naval Air Station, Alameda, California 11 September 1973, with Captain Richard Joseph Schulte, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, on her home Port Transfer from Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, marking the first forward-deployment of a complete carrier task group in a Japanese port (dependents housed along with the crew in a foreign port), the result of an accord arrived at on 31 August 1972 between the U.S. and Japan, while the move had strategic significance because it facilitated continuous positioning of three carriers in the Far East at a time when the economic situation demanded the reduction of carriers in the fleet. Upon arrival, Commander Naval Forces Japan visited. Commander Task Force Seven Seven (CTF 77), Rear Admiral William R. McClendon, COMNAVAIRPACREP WESTPAC, assumed command of Carrier Division Five and Commander Attack Carrier Striking Force, Seventh Fleet, in the Tonkin Gulf in 1973. During his career as a fighter pilot, carrier commander, and Commander of the famed Task Force 77, he served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of World War II, the Korean War, and, lastly, in the Vietnam conflict. Visiting CVA-41 possibly as CTF-77/CCG 5/CTF 70, yet Command History Report for 1973 states Commander Task Force Seven Seven (CTF 77). Rear Admiral William R. McClendon and his staff embarked prior to USS Midway (CVA-41) entering its new homeport of Yokosuka, Japan on 5 October 1973. Midway entered Pearl Harbor on 17 September 1973, where the Deputy Commander in Chief and Chief of Staff Pacific Fleet visited Midway. Midway departed Pearl Harbor on 18 September 1973, to perform Mid-Pacific Air Operations, returning to Ford Island on 24 September 1973 and moved to Pearl Harbor on 25 September 1973. Midway departed Pearl Harbor on 26 September 1973, en route to Japan. Midway was overflown on 4 October 1973 by two TU-95 Soviet reconnaissance aircraft while conducting an air wing fly off. The Soviet aircraft were intercepted by Midway fighters at approximately ninety miles and escorted over the ship; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. Her 6th Cruise 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 (11 September to 5 October 1973). Not declared a deployment, even though the ship cruised through the Western Pacific and made a foreign port of call since Japan was its new home base and the ship made no other foreign ports of call” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1946, 1952, 1971 & 1973).

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“Carrier Division 5 became Carrier Group 5 on 30 June 1973, and on 5 October 1973, Carrier Group 5 did not arrive in Yokosuka, Japan aboard USS Midway (CV-41), yet Commander Task Force Seven Seven (CTF 77), Rear Admiral William R. McClendon, COMNAVAIRPACREP WESTPAC, assumed command of Carrier Division Five and Commander Attack Carrier Striking Force, Seventh Fleet, in the Tonkin Gulf in 1973. During his career as a fighter pilot, carrier commander, and Commander of the famed Task Force 77, he served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of World War II, the Korean War, and, lastly, in the Vietnam conflict. Visiting CVA-41 possibly as CTF-77/CCG 5/CTF 70, yet Command History Report for 1973 states Commander Task Force Seven Seven (CTF 77). Commander Naval Forces Japan visited, marking the first forward deployment of an aircraft carrier. Commander Task Force Seven Seven, RADM MCclendon, and his staff embarked prior to Midway entering port” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1973, United States Seventh Fleet; Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization & 1093).

 

“The aircraft carrier homeported in Japan since October 1973 as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Force (FDNF), and rotational Pacific Fleet aircraft carriers from NAS North Island and NAS Alameda, California deploying to the Western Pacific” (Ref. [7] of 1093; Task Force 77 (United States Navy & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Task_Force_77_(United_States_Navy).

 

“Commander, Fleet Air Western Pacific (COMFAIRWESTPAC) is a one star admiral who owned NAS Cubi Point, NAF Agana, NAF Atsugi, NAF Misawa, NSF Diego Garcia, and NAF Kadena, with functional wing responsibilities over HC-5, HC-7, VQ-1, VQ-5 and VRC-50” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1973).

 “USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 6 to 20 October 1973” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1973).

USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 30 October to 25 November 1973” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1973).

USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 23 to 31 December 1973” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1973).

USS Midway (CVA-41) remained at Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) preparing for deployment to the Subic Operating Area off the Republic of the Philippines, from 19 to 27 January 1974” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1974).

“During the 20 day inport period (7-25 March 1974), USS Midway (CVA-41) underwent the first of the incremental overhaul periods that were the norm for a forward deployed CVA. Also during this period the Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Enlisted Personnel Development and Distribution, RADM C. H. Griffiths, visited Midway. The ship and Air Wing prepared for the next at sea period and an excursion into the Sea of Japan. Midway was to be the first CVA since October 1971 to operate in what is called the Russian lake. Predictions of the Soviet reaction to the visit proved to be highly conservative” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar 1974 & 405).

USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 14 to 21 April 1974” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1974).

USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 7 to 24 May 1974” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1974).

USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 6 to 13 June 1974” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1974).

USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 28 June to 7 July 1974” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1974).

USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 22 to 31 July 1974” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1974).

USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 16 to 26 August 1974” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1974).

USS Midway (CVA-41) with RADM Coogan, COMCARGRU-3 as CTG 77.4 and CVW5 embarked, with aircraft aboard tied up at Piedmont Pier, Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) at 1730I, 30 August 1974, with Captain Richard Joseph Schulte, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, The scheduled ten day inport period was extended by one day to 27 August 1974 while USS Midway awaited the passage of Typhoon Mary. The CVA rode out the storm while securely moored to Piedmont Pier. On the 27th the Midway slipped mooring lines at homeport and headed for sea for what was supposed to be another ten day at sea period forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet in the Sea of Japan. Departure and commencement of air operations in R-116 were uneventful and on 29 August 1974 the new American Ambassador to Japan, Mr. Hodgson, and COMSEVENTHFLT, VADM Steele, visited Midway. On 30 August 1974, the Midway was notified that a routine hull inspection had revealed corrosion to the number one tail shaft which dictated immediate return to port and dry-docking” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1974).

USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 31 August to 1 September 1974” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1974).

“On 24 September 1974 dry-dock number six Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), N.B. was flooded. During eighteen days beginning 6 September 1974, SRF personnel replaced number one, two and three tail shafts, and three of the ship's four screws. While in dry-dock, a milestone was reached in the Overseas Family Residency portion of forward deployment. A02 James S, White and family arrived in Japan. This family was the 1,000th Midway/CVW-5 family to arrive since the Overseas Residency Program began in July 1973” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1974).

USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 3 to 26 September 1974, under going work in dry-dock number six Piedmont Pier, Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), N.B., replacing number one, two and three tail shafts, and three of the ship's four screws from 6 to 24 September 1974” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1974).

 “USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 11 to 18 October 1974” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1974).

USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 22 December 1974 to 11 January 1975” (Ref. USS Midway (CVA-41) 1975 Command History Report).

USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 19 February to 9 March 1975” (Ref. Part I, Tab E, Annex A of USS Midway (CVA-41) 1975 Command History Report).

USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) inport at Piedmont pier from 21 to 30 March 1975” (Ref. Part I, Tab G, Annex A of USS Midway (CV-41) 1975 Command History Report, 1178-G & USS Midway (CVA-41) 1975 Command History Report).

USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) at Piedmont pier from 30 May to 6 June 1975” (Ref. USS Midway (CVA-41) 1975 Command History Report).

USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) at Piedmont pier from 30 May to 6 June 1975” (Ref. USS Midway (CVA-41) 1975 Command History Report).

USS Midway (CVA/CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) at Piedmont pier from 16 June to 7 July 1975, was the second longest of the year giving the Engineering Department an increased opportunity for major repair work, for operations in the northern Japan area. This time out, dependent sons got an opportunity to see ship operations in person on the first father-son cruise made since forward deployment began” (Ref. USS Midway (CVA-41) 1975 Command History Report).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) at Piedmont pier, spending the next 14 days inport Piedmont pier from 22 July to 3 August 1975. This period was highlighted by the visit by VADM Baldwin, COMNAVAIRPAC, on the 31st. The following at-sea period was scheduled from 4 to 22 August with operations off Japan and Okinawa” (Ref. USS Midway (CV-41) 1975 Command History Report).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), spending twenty days inport Piedmont pier from 16 August to 11 September 1975 and its 30 year anniversary was celebrated on 10 September 1975, and 11 September marked the second anniversary of Midway’s departure from Alameda, California to become the first aircraft carrier and carrier air wing to forward deploy as units of the overseas family residency program” (Ref. USS Midway (CV-41) 1975 Command History Report).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 23 September to 3 October 1975, making preparations continued for the longest deployment of the year, to the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean at Yokosuka, Japan” (Ref. USS Midway (CV-41) 1975 Command History Report).

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

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting a 17 day Incremental Selected Restricted Availability (ISRA) from 23 January to 8 February 1976” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting a 17 day Incremental Selected Restricted Availability (ISRA) from 23 January to 8 February 1976” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 29 February to 12 March 1976” (Ref. 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), for upkeep/ISRA, with emphasis on INSURV preparations and for a period primarily devoted to preparations for the Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE) and Team Spirit exercise from on 26 April to 18 May 1976” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Incremental Ship’s Repair Alongside (ISRA)/upkeep, preparing for a weapons inspection and the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) visit from 22 June to 8 July 1976” (Ref. 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 5 August to 20 August 1976, underwent Open and Inspect phase of INSURV, inport Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 4 to 6 August 1976” (Ref. 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 22 August to 3 October 1976” (Ref. 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 19 October to 31 October 1976, conducting upkeep period (19-30 October) for USS Midway (CV-41) alongside Piedmont Pier was devoted to preparation for the semi-annual Carrier Readiness Inspection (CRI), continuing efforts to overcome INSURV deficiencies, and advance planning preparations for the CVW-5 transition and ship’s Extended Incremental Selected Restricted Availability (EISRA), scheduled dry-docking in Yokosuka during May, June, and July of 1977” (Ref. 72, 1178-G & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 17 December to 10 January 1977. During the holiday inport upkeep period Midway aircraft participated in a Cope Cherry anti-air warfare exercise (AAWEX) with the Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) and maintained proficiency in flying and maintaining aircraft under severe cold weather conditions on 6 January 1977. Misawa, Japan, on the northern tip of Honshu, provided sub-freezing temperatures and prodigious quantities of snow to keep Midway crews and equipment proficient in this environment. CVW-5 conducts cold weather flight training at Misawa, Japan from 5 to 9 January 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 1 to 21 March 1977, under going a 21 day up­keep period and final planning, for the Extended Incremental Ship's Restricted Availability (EISRA) scheduled for Midway in May 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Exercise Team Spirit with Republic of Korea from 26 March to 6 April 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 9 to 18 April 1977. The pace of preparations for the approaching Dry-docking for Extended Incremental Ship Restricted Availability (EISRA) accelerated as key personnel completed planning and training efforts. Operations and air wing personnel also met to map out strategy that would assure another War-at-Sea victory for Midway during the coming deployment. USO Show aboard Midway on 15 April 1977 and Japanese Press Corp visits on 15 April 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

USS Midway (CV-41) was in Dry-docking for Extended Incremental Ship Restricted Availability (EISRA) at Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 5 May until 14 July 1977, followed by at Sea Trials, refresher training, (REFTRA) and rearming. Midway commenced preparations to enter Yokosuka Dry Dock #6 on 9 May 1977. Extensive planning, training and organization of the ship's force into industrial management and production teams had preceded the Dry-docking for EISRA. All ships personnel had been trained to implement the Ship's Force Overhaul Management System (SFOMS) in order to gain maximum productivity from available manpower. Extensive planning had been completed at Yokosuka Ship Repair Facility (SRF) and by major contractors such as Sumitomo Company of Japan. Midway commenced preparations to enter Yokosuka Dry Dock #6 on 9 May 1977, while under going Dry-docking for EISRA beginning on 5 May 1977. Extensive planning, training and organization of the ship's force into industrial management and production teams had preceded the EISRA. All ships personnel had been trained to implement the Ship's Force Overhaul Management System (SFOMS) in order to gain maximum productivity from available manpower. Extensive planning had been completed at Yokosuka Ship Repair Facility (SRF) and by major contractors such as Sumitomo Company of Japan. RADM Glindeman, COMCARGRU FIVE visits aboard Midway on 16 May 1977 to review Dry-docking for EISRA progress. CINCPACFLT, ADM Hayward also took a personal interest in the progress of this unique ship Dry-docking for EISRA and concurrent air wing transition during his visit onboard Midway and personal inspection on 26 May 1977. VADM R. B. Baldwin, COMSEVENTHFLT visits aboard Midway on 7 June 1977 to review Dry-docking for EISRA progress and receives EISRA/Transition Status Brief. RADM Glindeman, COMCARGRU FIVE, who had previously served aboard Midway as the Carrier Group commander followed the Dry-docking for EISRA progress closely and visited aboard again on 8 June 1977. With close command attention and interest the work that seemed too ambitious was somehow accomplished. Although much cleanup and preservation work remained to be completed Midway crew prepared for and began training to resume their more usual work and duty assignments. A full scale rehearsal or "Fast Cruise" onboard Midway was conducted on the 12th and 13th of July 1977 to familiarize all hands with getting underway again inport Yokosuka. During the six week dry-dock period extensive hull and machinery work was completed aboard Midway. Sea valves were inspected, repaired and replaced; the ship's propellers, shafts and rudders were inspected and repaired. The entire ship's hull was sand blasted and preserved. Equally impressive work was accomplished throughout the ship. Every department applied all available manpower to the task of preservation and refurbishment of spaces. Major ship alterations accomplished included the extensive JP-5 fueling and defueling installation, the AIMD avionics installation and air conditioning duct modifications required to support the significantly increased electronics component repair facilities. The SPN-42 automatic carrier landing system (ACLS) radar and control installation. A new seven hundred line telephone switchboard, new security and alarm mechanisms for the ship's weapons magazines, major overhaul of the ship's steam turbine generators (SSTGS) and boiler wall and tube replacement to four boilers was accomplished.

Combat systems were also upgraded by the installation of the new Naval Tactical Data System (NTDS) Model 4 hardware in the Combat Information Center and the computer center. All new Satellite Inertial Navigation System equipment was installed to upgrade mission capabilities. Extensive renovation of supply storage areas and maintenance spaces was conducted to enable support of the new generation aircraft coming aboard Midway. Ship's force personnel with SRF assistance rehabilitated all ship exterior surfaces prior to the Indian Ocean deployment. Despite the hectic pace of so many major jobs underway concurrently, completion goals were met and Yokosuka Dry Dock #6 was flooded and boilers were lit onboard and undocked a Midway on 5 July 1977. A full scale rehearsal or "Fast Cruise" onboard Midway was conducted on the 12th and 13th of July 1977 to familiarize all hands with getting underway again inport Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan). Midway had also hosted three flag visits during the dry-dock period. CVW-5 On-load Midway following Transition commences on 3 August 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

USS Midway (CV-41) embarked conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 5 May to 14 July 1977. The pace of the Dry-docking for Extended Incremental Ship Restricted Availability (EISRA) accelerated and was credited as a successful overhaul completed on time departing Yokosuka, with Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, as Commanding Officer, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting post-overhaul and engineering Sea Trials in the Northwest Pacific Ocean on 15 July 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 22 July to 7 August 1977. During two weeks in port following the first post-overhaul cruise, Midway’s crew and SRF raced to put the finishing touches on projects that affected literally every area of the ship. Planning shifted to preparation of training plans and operation orders for the approaching Indian Ocean cruise.  Conferences with support activities ashore became, numerous as every department initiated the advanced planning that would assure adequate support during that extended deployment” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 2 to 26 September 1977” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1977).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (22 December 1977 to 24 January 1978), conducting Upkeep (1 to 24 January 1978)” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep from 21 February to 1 March 1978. The air wing remained on board Pacific. A CINCPACFLT team presented a briefing on Nuclear/Non-nuclear Strike Planning in Mission Planning from 0900 until 1200 on 1 March 1978. COMCARGRU SEVEN and his staff as well as ship and air wing personnel attended” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep from 21 March to 10 April 1978” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep from 23 May to 12 June 1978. The highlight of the period was the 12 June 1978 visit by the Under Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable R. J. Woolsey; and Assistant Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable G. A. Peapples; and a Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ms M. Wertheim while inport Yokosuka, Japan” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

“On 17 July 1978 USS Midway (CV-41) conducted a fast cruise in preparation for getting underway on the 18th. During the fast cruise, Vice Admiral S. R. Foley Jr., USN, the Commander, United States Seventh Fleet made a short visit. VADM Foley is a former Commanding Officer of USS Midway, having served in that capacity from 31 July 1972 to 7 September 1973. Midway conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep from 28 June 1978 to 17 July 1978” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 2 to 21 August 1978. Intensive training was accomplished as the fighter squadrons went to Kadena, the A-7's worked out of Naval Air Facility Misawa, and the A-6's conducted training in Kwangju, South Korea. In Yokosuka there was a steady procession of important visitors. The two most interesting visits uring this period were those of the United States Navy Inspector General, Rear Admiral S. J. Anderson, USN, on the twelfth and of Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific Fleet, Vice Admiral Coogan and his staff on the nineteenth. The staff of Carrier Group ONE began arriving Midway on 21 August 1978, during which time RADM Holcomb, COMCARGRU ONE relieved RADM Gureck, COMCARGRU SEVEN aboard. The Fast Cruise on 21 August 1978 signaled another underway period that would began the following morning when Midway proceeded to the op-area outside Tokyo Bay” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), Upkeep from 8 to 18 September 1978. The inport period lasted through the eighteenth and was blissfully quiet with only one noteworthy ship visit. On the fifteenth a group of fifteen JASDF Air Wing ONE Officers (5 instructors and 10 students -- 3 0-5's, 4 0-4's, and 8 0-3's) came aboard for a carrier orientation briefing and tour. The air wing spent the inport period conducting flight operations at NAF Atsugi and field carrier landing practice periods at NAF Misawa” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep from 12 October to 8 November 1978” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep from 24 December 1978 to 10 January 1979. On 10 January 1979, Admiral D. C. Davis, Commander-in-Chief U. S. Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT) was welcome aboard Midway and given a tour. In the course of his tour, he met with selected Midway/Air Wing FIVE enlisted personnel on the forecastle and proceeded to the CPO Mess afterwards to meet selected Midway/Air Wing FIVE chief petty officers(Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1978/79).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep from 20 to 25 February 1979” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep from 18 March to 6 April 1979. On the 6th, a four-man film team from the Republic of Korea's Ministry of National Defense Film and escorted by Lieutenant Commander Gagne, Public Affairs Officer of COMSEVENTFLT WESPACT DET, were welcomed aboard USS Midway (CV-41) by Commander D. S. Strole, the ship's Executive Officer, and Ensign R. D. Alexander, the ship's PAO. The crew was on a documentary filming mission and was allowed to film launches from the bridge and between cats and recoveries, from the LSO platform” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979).

“While much needed yard work was underway onboard USS Midway (CV-41), commencing Extended Incremental Selected Restricted Availability (EISRA) conducted by Ships Repair Facility (SRF) on 21 June 1979 at Yokosuka, Japan, two additional CVW-5 squadrons changed commands after CDR L. C. Bryant relieved CDR R. P. Flower as CO of VA-56 19 June 1979, inport Yokosuka, Japan from 8 to 20 June 1979; CDR E. F. Mitchell relieved CDR C. S. Vaught of VA-93 on 22 June 1979 and CDR R. C. Franz relieved CDR L. E. Thomassy of VA-115 on 26 June 1979” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979).

 

“Work continued onboard USS Midway (CV-41) throughout June and July 1979 and was uneventful. The Deputy Chief of Chaplains, Rear Admiral W. M. Moore toured the ship during the morning of 26 July 1979” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979).

 

“Mr. Kamibayashi, Chairman of the International Friendship Committee, Yokosuka Rotary International Club, and several Japanese nationals were given a tour of USS Midway (CV-41) by Ensign King, Midway Public Affairs Officer on 2 August 1979. The same day, Bhuteshanonda Maharaja, an eighty-year-old Guru of Rama Krishna Vedanta Society, was hosted by Captain Brown, III, and given a tour of the ship” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979).

USS Midway (CV-41) Extended Incremental Selected Restricted Availability (EISRA) conducted by Ships Repair Facility (SRF) went well until an unfortunate fire on the fourth deck took the life of a Japanese worker aboard Midway on 9 August 1979. The fire was caused by a rupture of an acetylene line and immediate ignition of hot work in progress in the space. Fourteen Midway personnel suffered smoke inhalation and were hospitalized, treated and released after an overnight stay in the NRMC Yokosuka. idway conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 18 June to 19 August 1979, conducting Extended Incremental Selected Restricted Availability (EISRA) period conducted by Ships Repair Facility (SRF) from 21 June to 19 August 1979” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep from 14 to 29 September 1979; while her scheduled Underway for Indian Ocean Cruise was delayed due to Typhoon Owen on 28 September 1979” (Ref. 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1979).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 20 February to 17 March 1980” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 25 March to 23 May 1980, conducting Extended Incremental Ship's Repair Availability (EIRSA) period from 25 March to 23 May 1980” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 4 to 10 June 1980” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).       

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 24 June to 13 July 1980, preparing for I. O. Deployment” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 26 November to 16 December 1980” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1980).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 21 December 1980 to 4 January 1981” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).               

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 13 January to 3 February 1981” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).           

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 13 to 22 February 1981” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).       

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 5 to 25 June 1981” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).       

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting Upkeep from 16 July to 5 August 1981     ” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).           

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 13 August to 2 September 1981 for upkeep” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).                        

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 6 to 28 October 1981” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 23 November to 2 December 1981” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command  History for Calendar Year 1981).              

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).                                 

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).          

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).           

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 23 to 31 December 1981. Finally in 1981, the competitive cycle for the Battle Efficiency Award (Battle “E”) ended. The USS Midway received the award from Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific (COMNAVAIRPAC) for standing first in Operational readiness among all aircraft carriers assigned to COMNAVAIRPAC. The competitive cycle covered 18 months from 1 July 1980 to 31 December 1981. Midway also had three departments cited for individual awards. They include:  Engineering, Communications and Damage Control” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1981).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 23 December 1981 to 7 March 1982, conducting Extended Incremental Selected Restricted Availability (EISRA 82-60) from 1 January to 7 March 1982” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1982).       

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).       

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).          

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).           

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) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 4 to 24 February 1983” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1983).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 10 May to 1 June 1983” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1983).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Extended Incremental Selected Restricted Availability (EISRA 83-60) in-port Yokosuka, Japan from 14 August to 14 October 1983. Upon completion of EISRA 83-60, Midway got underway on 15 October 1983 for Refresher Training (REFTRA). That same night CV-41 returned to Yokosuka to anchor and effect repairs to a leaking propeller shaft packing gland” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1983).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 11 August to 27 December 1983, and pre-deployment upkeep and preparation from 11 to 27 December 1983. During the following seventeen days the men and officers of the Midway spent much of the holiday season making hurried preparations for an extended Indian Ocean deployment” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1983).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 23 May to 3 June 1984” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1984).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 29 September to 14 October 1984” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1984).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) that involved EISRA 84-60 from 14 June to 14 August 1984. During 1984, specifically EISRA 84-60, the following SHIPALTS were completed: S/A 4299K, installed two Close In Weapon Systems (CIWS) to improve MIDWAY'S Anti-Ship Missile Defense (ASMD) capabilities; S/A 4313K, installed the AN/SLQ-25 "NIXIE" Torpedo Defense Countermeasure System; S/A 4869K, replaced the AN/ULQ-6B with the AN/SLQ-17 system which provides enhanced Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (DECM) capabilities; S/A 5198K and S/A4942K, provided a total UHF/VHF system upgrade. Obsolete radios were replaced with state-of-the-art AN/WSC-3, AN/GRT-21 and AN/GRR-23 systems; S/A 5975K and S/A 6117K, installed the Tactical Flag Command Center (TFCC) system which provides improved command and control capabilities for the Battle Group Commander; S/A 5983K, replaced the AN/SPS-10 surface search radar with the improved AN/SPS-67 radar; S/A 6135K, installed the Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA) modification to the satellite AN/WSC-3 communication system; S/A 6315D, installed the AN/SPS-64 navigational radar as a replacement for the LN-66 radar system. Installation of the interim ASW Module was started during EISRA 84-60. This included installation of two (2) AN/BQR-20's, one (1) AN/SKR-4A, one DRT and a AN/SPA-25E radar repeater, giving MIDWAY a new warfare capability. The SNAP 1 Phase II SIDMS (Status Inventory Data Management System) was also installed allowing the shipboard supply department access to aviation supply management programs. During EISRA 84-60, three AN/URT-23 HF Radios and eight AN/URA-38 couplers were overhauled by SRF Yokosuka, Japan. The OA-7979 (v) 4 Approach "A" console in CATCC was replaced with a OA-7979 (v) 10 console, bringing to three the number of (v) 10 consoles installed in CATCC. In accordance with the ACLS/ILS antennae restoration program, antennae and pedestals for the AN/SPN-42 ACLS radar (Channel "A" and "B") and the AN/PSNO-43 Marshal radar were replaced. The Radomes for the AN/SPN-41 ILS (Azimuth and Elevation) radar were replaced with refurbished units. The Radar Alignment Mast (RAM) for the AN/SPN-42A was overhauled as well as the AN/APN-41 calibration/monitor booms. The AN/SPN-42A Automated Carrier Landing System (ACLS) was fully recertified for Mode 1 approaches for all permanently attached aircraft types so equipped. The AN/SPS-48C and the AN/SPS-49 radar antennas were also replaced with refurbished units. After lengthy down time (13 months), the AN/SMQ-10 satellite receiver system was restored to full operational status in November and has remained in an operational condition since, providing valuable weather data to the entire battle group and to Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1984).

USS Midway (CV-41) was at Yokosuka, Japan for upkeep from 3 to 12 September 1984” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1984).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 29 September to 14 October 1984” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1984).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (13 December 1984 to 1 February 1985).

USS Midway (CV-41) returned to Yokosuka on 27 March 1985 and entered dry dock No. 6 for an Extended Incremental Selected Restricted Availability (EISRA 85) on 28 March 1985” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1985).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Dry-dock No. 6 (EISRA 85) from 28 March to 15 May 1985. During that period much needed repairs were accomplished to prepare the ship for its upcoming Indian Ocean deployment” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1985).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) in-port Yokosuka, Japan, from 28 March to 15 May 1985, consisting of entering Dry-dock No. 6 (EISRA 85) from 28 March to 15 May 1985)

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 2 to 9 June 1985” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1985).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 20 October to 14 November 1985” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1985).   

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 12 December 1985 to 16 January 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

“On 30 March 1986, USS Midway (CV-41) moored to Dry Dock 6 at Yokosuka Naval Base, upon arrival in Yokosuka after a 75 day deployment. The crew’s eagerness to begin work was demonstrated by smooth and swift handling of the colossal offload. Midway commenced the “most ambitious work package in its 40-year history. ESRA-86 (Extended Incremental Selected Repair Availability) condensed the workload of a major stateside carrier overhaul from the usual 12-14 months, into an eight-month modernization including the addition of the catapult flush deck nose gear lunch systems and MK7 MOD1 jet blast deflectors, restack and retrieve of arresting gear engines, installation of larger rudders, the addition of new fireman system vales and pumps, new air traffic control consoles, a new viable anti-submarine warfare capability, the construction of intermediate maintenance avionics shops to support the F/A-18 aircraft , blisters are built and mounted to the sides of Midway, and over 47 tons of unusable cable are removed. This monumental task is completed three days ahead of schedule” (Ref. 1182A).

 

“Offload of accessories and equipment began almost immediately from USS Midway (CV-41) to the ex- USNS General Hugh J. Gaffey (T-AP-121), which arrived in Yokosuka on 15 December 1985 after being towed by a Navy oceangoing tug across the Pacific Ocean. The 608-foot GAFFEY, a former World War II troop transport ship, was to be the new location of 1,800 Midway crew members and the majority of department offices during the Extended Incremental Selected Restrictive Availability (EISRA 86-210)” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

“On 2 April 1986, a Shinto priest performed a ceremony onboard the ship wishing USS Midway (CV-41) good luck during its upcoming yard period” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) Extended Incremental Selected Restrictive Availability (EISRA 86-210) officially began on 3 April 1986 as Dry Dock No. 6 was pumped dry and Midway was placed on the blocks. Midway arrived in Yokosuka after a 75 day deployment on Easter Sunday the 30th of March 1986 and pulled directly into Dry Dock No. 6 to begin one of the most ambitious work packages in its 40-year history, EISRA 86-210” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“With the move aboard USNS General Hugh J. Gaffey (T-AP-121) completed by 8 April 1986, USS Midway (CV-41) sailors rapidly initiated improvements to their new home for EISRA 86-210” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“An EA-6B (NF 604) Prowler from CVW-5 VAQ-136 crashed in the North Philippine Sea while conducting routine training. All three crew members were safely recovered. All crewmembers successfully recovered on 7 April 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“On 11 April 1986, Commander Michael L. Bowman relieved Commander Timothy R. Beard as Commander Carrier Air Wing FIVE in a ceremony at Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“Rear Admiral W. Ivan Lewis, USN, Commander Naval Logistics Force Pacific Fleet visited on 19 April 1986 aboard USNS General Hugh J. Gaffey (T-AP-121) and USS Midway (CV-41)” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“Vice Admiral James E. Service, USN, Commander Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet visit and luncheon hosted by USS Midway (CV-41) and Carrier Striking Force Seventh Fleet, Rear Admiral Lewis W. Chatham, USN on 30 April 1986. In April, Midway entered EISRA 86-210 which lasted through November. During that period all equipment was removed from CDC and overhauled. Further, CDC received the new Single Audio Communications System (SAS). In an effort to maintain the skill level within CDC, sixty percent of the personnel were sent to FITCPAC, San Diego, CA for Team Trainers. That period was invaluable for refreshing the “old salts” and building a team from the many new members of CDC” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“Rear Admiral Roger L. RICH, USN, Commander Antisubmarine Warfare Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet visited USS Midway (CV-41).on 1 May 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

USS Midway (CV-41) month of May 1986 started with a visit by Rear Admiral Roger L. Rich, USN, Commander Antisubmarine Warfare Wing, U. S. Pacific Fleet. Midway continued in EISRA 86-210 and CVW-5 conducted shore-based training. VAW-115 deployed to Cubi Pt, RP as participant in Cope Thunder 86-6 which was conducted from 7 to 24 May 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“On 12 May 1986, the Transpac of 47 CVW-5 A-7E/F-4S aircraft from NAF Atsugi to NAS LEMOORE, CA was safely completed” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1985).

 

CVW-5 Attack Squadrons VA-56 and VA-93, and Fighter Squadrons 151 and 161 shifted homeport from Atsugi NAF to NAS Lemoore, Ca. on 20 May 1986. VF-151 and 161 began preparations for conversion to the F/A-18 Hornet” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“Rear Admiral Dale N. Hagen, USN, Commander, Naval Intelligence Command visited USS Midway (CV-41).on 3 June 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“During June 1986, USS Midway (CV-41).force and SRF work remained on or ahead of the EISRA 86-210 schedule in virtually all areas. Significant progress was made on the hull blister installation with sixty one of ninety two modules being erected by mid-month. On 15 June an F/A-18 Hornet Stand-Up ceremony for new Strike Fighter Squadrons 151 (VFA-151) and 161 (VFA-161) was conducted at NAS Lemoore, Ca. Rear Admiral James D. Cossey, USN, Commander, Naval Forces Japan addressed the crew at morning quarters on 16 June 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“Rear Admiral E. Inman Carmichel, Commander, Fleet Air Force Western Pacific also addressed the crew of USS Midway (CV-41) at morning quarters on 30 June 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) July began with Strike Fighter Squadron 192 (VFA-192) and Strike Fighter Squadron 195 (VFA-195) assigned CVW-5/Atsugi NAF as new homeport on 1 July 1986. Actual transpac to Japan of these newly equipped F/A-18 Hornet squadrons was planned for late 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“Vice Admiral Paul F. MCCARTHY, USN, Commander Seventh Fleet, addresses the crew at morning quarters and Rear Admiral Dennis M. Brooks, USN, Prospective Commander Carrier Group 5/CTF 70 visits USS Midway (CV-41) on 7 July 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

“The ninth of July was highlighted by a Rope Yarn afternoon and picnic where USS Midway (CV-41) crew and families where entertained by Country and Western singer Ms. Tanya TUCKER on 9 July 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

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“Four EA-6B Prowlers from VAQ-136 depart NAF Atsugi for Whidbey Island, Wa. for conversion to ICAP II on 10 July 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“Vice Admiral K. Koga, JMSDF, Commander in Chief, Self Defense Fleet; Vice Admiral S. Sue, JMSDF, Commander, Fleet Submarine Force; Rear Admiral A. Kanda, JMSDF, Commanding Officer, Repair Facility Yokosuka with JMSDF members from Operational Development Group, Air Development Squadron 51, Fleet Air Force, Patrol Squadron 3 and CINCSDFLT visit USS Midway (CV-41) on 11 July 1986 for tours and briefings” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“In a ceremony at Cubi Pt NAS on 16 July 1985 Rear Admiral Dennis M. Brooks, USN, relieved Rear Admiral Lewis W. Chatham, USN as Commander Carrier Group Five/ Commander Task Force 70” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“Rear Admiral D. P. Roane, USN, Commander Naval Sea Systems Command, visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 23 July 1986 for tour and briefing on the EISRA 86-210” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“Vice Admiral James Lyons, USN, Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet visit USS Midway (CV-41) on 5 August 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“Vice Admiral James E. Service, USN, Commander Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet who attended a progress/ planning briefing on the EISRA 86-210 on 7 August 1986. Other attendees at this meeting included Rear Admiral D.T. Schwaab, USN, OPNAV 55” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“Lieutenant General Charles W. Dyke, USA, Commander U.S. Army Japan/IX CORPS also visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 19 August 1986. Installation and testing of the final hull blisters for MIDWAY were also completed” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“Towards the end of the month USS Midway (CV-41) was notified of its selection as runner up to USS Constellation (CV-64) for the Battle Efficiency Award. Dry Dock 6 flooding operations commenced on 26 August and were completed 29 August with Midway being floated” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

CVW-5 Attack Squadrons VA-93 and VA-56 decommissioned after 34 years of dedicated service on 31 August 1986. Embarked in USS Midway (CV-41) since 1973 the disestablishment of these squadrons closes out a unique chapter in naval aviation” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“September marked the beginning of the move aboard phase of EISRA 86-210 for the crew of USS Midway (CV-41). On 8 September 1986, Engineering Department completed initial lite off with fires lit in 3B boiler” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) fresh water system was returned to use. by Lieutenant General Charles W. Dyke, USA, Commander U.S. Army, Japan/IX CORPS on 15 September 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“Rear Admiral C. R. Mcgrill, USN, a former Midway CO on 18 September 1985 and Rear Admiral William O. Studeman, USN, Director of Naval Intelligence on 19 September 1986 visited USS Midway (CV-41)” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“Lieutenant General Tixier, USAF, Commander U. S. Forces Japan visited USS Midway (CV-41) on 24 September 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Catapult dead load testing on 27 September 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) Crew move aboard completed on 4 October 1986 becoming home for its crew” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“On 7 October 1986, Mr. Ben Davidson, former Oakland Raiders professional football and movie star, visited USS Midway (CV-41) for a tour and autograph session sponsored by Special Services” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fast Cruise on 14 October 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Phase I of crew certification from 15 to 16 October 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fast cruise from 16 to 17 October 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

On 23 October 1986, USS Midway (CV-41) shifted from Dry Dock 6 to berth 12 as preparations continued for Midway first at sea period in 7 months. Vice Admiral James E. Service, USN, Commander Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet paid a return visit to Midway from 23 to 24 October 1986 during a fast cruise and crew certification phase II

(23-25 October 1986). On 25 October 1986, due to adoption of the Coral Sea Concept, CVW-5 Strike Fighter Squadron One Six One (Ex VF-161) was reassigned to Lemoore, Ca. This reassignment reduced the number of CVW-5 F/A-18 Squadrons to three. Three fast cruises were conducted this month in conjunction with crew certification by Carrier Group Five staff members” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) Dock Trials were run from 28 October to 2 November 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) departed Yokosuka on 3 November 1986 to commence Sea Trials in the Northern Philippine Sea” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) returned to Yokosuka on 5 November 1986, conducting Sea Trials in the Northern Philippine Sea from 3 to 4 November 1986, upon arrival repairs to No. 4 shaft’s reduction gear pinion bearing commenced” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“On 12 November 1986, USS Midway (CV-41) shifted berths from pier 12 to Dry Dock 6 to complete an incline experiment” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“The first F/A-18 Hornets from Strike Fighter Squadrons 151, 192 and 195 arrived in country on 14 November 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

“In-port Yokosuka, Japan from 5 to 18 November 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) resumed Sea Trials in Northern Philippine Sea in op-areas R-116/599 from 19 to 21 November 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

USS Midway (CV-41) returned to Yokosuka on 22 November 1986, conducting Sea Trials in Northern Philippine Sea in op-areas R-116/599 from 19 to 21 November 1986. During this month Midway’s air wing, CVW-5, began returning to its base in Atsugi. The end of Extended Incremental Selected Restrictive Availability (EISRA 86-210) was marked by a Shinto priest ceremony on 26 November.1986, commencing officially on 3 April 1986. On 30 March 1986, the ship was towed into Dry Dock No. 6. On 2 April 1986, a Shinto priest performed a ceremony onboard the ship wishing Midway good luck during its upcoming yard period. During the sea trial periods, Midway encountered typical early winter weather with frontal passage occurring every two to three days prior to frontal passage, near gale southwesterly winds were common; water spouts and hail occurred on several occasions. The 41-year old Midway completed an 8 month modernization so that it could land, launch and maintain the Navy’s newest fighter/attack aircraft, the F/A-18 Hornet. That modernization will probably take it into the 21st century. During EISRA 86, S-2 provided unbroken service to the crew on board the EX-USNS General Hugh J. Gaffey (T-AP-121), and met or exceeded all operational goals. The long availability allowed food services to renovate and upgrade its spaces and equipment on Midway. The general mess received a face lift, adding such specialty equipment as a Frispomatic, a soft ice cream maker and an infrared food warmer. In August, terrazzo decks for all food service areas were re-laid and the fast food line was redesigned with hot and cold food counters. The forward and after mess decks were painted and retiled and the salad bar was improved, giving a gleaming atmosphere to the dining areas. The emphasis was on professionalism and service and S-2 remained at the Tip of the Sword in food service excellence. From October through November Midway returned to sea testing the EISRA modifications. CDC experimented with its new equipment and honed its skills in directing the ship. The primary purpose of the extended availability was to devote the majority of available manpower to accomplishing the major F/A-18 SHIPALTS. A further consideration in planning EISRA 86 was ensuring the Engineering Plant would be ready for light off in time to support check out and testing of the AIMD, Combat Systems, and Air Department SHIPALTS. That requirement left relatively little time for completing work in the propulsion plant. The limited scope of the main propulsion work package, the compressed time frame for work accomplishment, the relatively short time period in a cold iron status (about 130 days) and the excellent results achieved during the October 1985 OPPRE, contributed to the decision to conduct a light off certification under the supervision of the COMNAVAIRPAC Engineering Mobile Training Team in lieu of an LOE administered by the CINCPACFLTPEB. The small work package also reflected the good condition of the Engineering Plant prior to the EISRA, a direct result of the Midway/SRF Incremental Maintenance Program. Engineering Plant work originally scheduled for accomplishment during EISRA 86 was roughly equivalent to work routinely scheduled for completion during a 60 day availability at SRF Yokosuka. Three exceptions were the extensive work packages planned for the CHT system, the Firemain system and the Fuel Oil system, including major shipalts and piping replacement which required approximately five months to complete.

EISRA brought extensive challenges to the safety of Midway and her crew. Most disappointing was the loss of one crewman on 8 June. The victim (and his girlfriend) was killed in a motorcycle mishap in Yokosuka only a few kilometers from the base. Only 16 of the 417 personnel injuries reported during EISRA involved lost time in excess of 24 hours. Including the ship and air wing, an average of less than 59 injuries was recorded per month. This was approximately half the number logged in other CV overhauls, and their statistics did not include the air wing. The in-port fire party was called away 120 times on Midway and 49 times on GAFFEY. Most calls involved flooding due to rainwater backup or pipe problems. Midway had 11 fires during EISRA – all minor, and most were out when the fire party arrived. The only significant ship casualty occurred on 8 November when a minor boiler explosion warped 1B boiler and blew out four uptakes nested together above the main deck. There were no personnel injured. All hands donned hard hats for the duration of the EISRA and several divisions and individuals were very creative in decorating their chapeaus. Three documented “saves” were credited to the brain buckets. On 1 April 1986 Midway began her EISRA. Due to the large number of foreign national workers requiring access to the Message Processing Center sanitation was not considered possible. The number of personnel required to provide escorts was not workable. As a result the communications guard was shifted to Naval Communications Station Yokosuka, Japan. A temporary message handling and distribution center was established onboard Ex-USNS GAFFEY, allowing the department to provide service to ship’s company and a detachment of CVW-5. Post EISRA: Subsequent to the completion of EISRA 86-210, OA Division actively participated in sea trials held in OPAREA R116 off Yokosuka, Japan. During four “Mini-Cruises”, OA Division provided complete and accurate meteorological support to the ship. These forecasts and observations were extremely helpful to scientists of the David Taylor Naval Ship Research Facility who participated in determining the sea keeping characteristics of the Midway’s new hull shape. Ship’s force overhauled 35 TTY equipments onboard the USS CAPE COD, while an additional 19 TTY jobs were done by SRF shop NR 67. Ship’s force overhauled thirteen 35ft and four 17ft whips, five UHF and one VHF antennas. SRF accepted two HF trussed whips and two UHF antennas. Ship’s force preserved 21 departmental spaces, painting and replacing decks in 14. The EISRA saw the completion of the following SHIPALTS: SA-5196K Single Audio System, SA-5080K KY-58, and SA-4363K KY-75. TADIX “A” and two XEROX 1090 were also installed. The EISRA ended on 28 November. December again saw the department begin its training and preparations for REFTRA the following month.

Turnovers:

 

(1) 5 May: LTJG K. T. BESS transferred to Washington, D. C. for separation.

 

(2) 12 September: LCDR M. A. HALL relieved LCDR D. K. Oliveria as Communications Officer.

 

(3) 18 August: Ens F. SANTANA relieved Ens J. HAILEY as CS Division Officer.

 

(4) 18 August: Ens J. HAILEY relieved CWO W3 R. C. MORWAY as CR Division Officer.

 

(5) 29 October: RMCS T. F. MORRISON relieved RMCM D. L. BRASWELL as Department LCPO.

 

(6)  29 December: RMC B. B. MOORE reported for duty.

Material Upgrades/Enhancements:

 

(1) SHIPALT Installation SA-5196, Single Audio System.

 

(2) SHIPALT Installation SA-5080, KY-58 VINSON.

 

(3) SHIPALT Installation SA-4363K KY-75 PARKHILL.

 

(4)  TADIX “A” Installation.

 

(5)  TADIX “B” Installation.

 

(6) SHIPALT Installation SA-5200 KWR-46.

 

(7) Installation of two XEROX 1090 under SSRE contract

 

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 22 to 27 November 1986” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 17 December to 8 January 1987. Basic History: CVW-5 started 1987 preparing for shipboard operations. Navy landing practice (NLP) was flown at NAF Atsugi, NAF Misawa and MCAS Iwakuni” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1986).

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

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

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

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

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 15 to 17 October 1988” (Ref. 72).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 9 November 1988 to 20 January 1989” (Ref. 72).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 25 to 26 February 1989” (Ref. 72).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 10 April to 30 May 1989” (Ref. 72).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (26 July to 14 August 1989)” (Ref. 72).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 12 December 1989 to 24 January 1990” (Ref. 72).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 7 April to 1 October 1990” (Ref. 72).

USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 18 April to 9 August 1991” (Ref. 72).

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

“The Midway (CV-41), former CVA-41 & CVB-41, the 41st aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 35th, commissioning on 10 September 1945, with Capt. Joseph F. Bolger in command, who had earned his wings in 1920, was awarded two Navy Crosses in World War II and commanded USS Intrepid (CV-11) in combat, the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II and sponsored by, Mrs. Bradford William Ripley, Jr.; commission pennant was hauled down on 11 April 1992, after nearly 47 years of active service, decommissioned a third time the same day and before years end was placed at the Navy Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Washington. USS Midway (CV-41) with Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-14) embarked arrived North Island Naval Air Station, San Diego, California by the end of August 1991, with Captain Larry Lee Ernst, NAVCAD, 39th Commanding Officer USS Midway (CV-41), served as the final CO from June 13, 1991 - April 11, 1992.

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

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

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

Transfer – (10 August to 14 September 1991)

 

USS Midway (CV-41) with Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-14) embarked arrived North Island Naval Air Station, San Diego, California 14 September 1991, with Captain Larry Lee Ernst, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, ending her Final Cruise, steaming from Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, between 10 to 22 August 1998, and transfer from Yokosuka, Japan to NAS, NI, where she turned over with USS Independence (CV-62), replacing Midway as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region (5 October 1973 to 10 to 22 August 1991), disembarking CVW-5, operating as a forward-deployed unit out of Atsugi Naval Air Station, Japan, since 1973, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, inport Pearl Harbor from 22 to 28 August 1991, which embarked Independence, replacing Midway as the forward-deployed carrier in Yokosuka, Japan between 22 to 28 August 1998, embarking CVW-14 from CV-62. CVW-14 (Squadrons: VFA-151, F-14A; VFA-113, F-14A; VFA-25, F/A-18A; VA-185 (*1), F/A-18A; VA-196, A-6E; VAW-113, E-2C; HS-8, SH-3H; VAQ-139, EA-6B and VRC-30 Det., C-2A. (*1) disestablished on Aug.30, 1991). CVW-5 (Squadrons: VFA-195, FA-18A; VFA-151, FA-18A; VFA-192, FA-18A; VA-185, A-6E / A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VA-115, A-6E / A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2C; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HS-12, SH-3H. *AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system; ending her 54th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, on her 34th “WestPac”, underway in the Pacific Ocean, on her 48th South China Sea, her 14th Indian Ocean, her 8th Arabian Sea, 6th North Arabian Sea and 4th Gulf of Oman on her 2nd Arabian / Persian Gulf in support of Operation Imminent Thunder, an eight-day combined amphibious landing exercise in northeastern Saudi Arabia which involved about 1,000 U.S. Marines, 16 warships, and more than 1,100 aircraft and will participate in her 1st Operation Desert Storm to deter Iraqi aggression, commencing in the early morning hours of 17 January 1991, when Operation Desert Shield commenced 2 August 1990 (Iraqi occupation of Kuwait) became Operation Desert Storm, at which time the U. S. Navy launched 228 sorties from USS Ranger (CV-61) and USS Midway (CVA-41) in the Persian Gulf, from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) en route to the Gulf, and from USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), USS Saratoga (CV-60), and USS America (CV-66) in the Red Sea (the Navy launched more than 100 Tomahawk missiles from nine ships in the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf), operating under operational control of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, operational control extending to the Indian Ocean, continuing operations until Desert Storm officially ended 27 February. Midway departed the Persian Gulf on 11 March 1991, returning to Yokosuka, Japan; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Midway made two North Pacific deployments, while one was on a “WestPac”(10 August to 14 September 1991)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 84A & 1182).

 “The Midway (CV-41), former CVA-41 & CVB-41, the 35th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 35th, commissioning on 10 September 1945, with Capt. Joseph F. Bolger in command, who had earned his wings in 1920, was awarded two Navy Crosses in World War II and commanded USS Intrepid (CV-11) in combat, the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II and sponsored by, Mrs. Bradford William Ripley, Jr.; departed San Diego, California for the Navy Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Washington sometime after she was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 17 March 1997” (Ref. 1086).

“Acting Secretary of the Navy Hansford T. Johnson announced on 8 July 2003, that the Midway (CV-41), former CVA-41 & CVB-41 would be donated to the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum. Donated as a Museum and Memorial (status changed on 29 August 2003)” (Ref. 1086).

“On 30 September 2003, the Midway (CV-41), former CVA-41 & CVB-41 began her journey from the Navy Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Washington, to San Diego where she would be a Museum and Memorial via the Charles P. Howard Terminal in Oakland, Calif., remaining the first week in October while the construction of her pier in San Diego was completed” (Ref. 1086).

“The Midway (CV-41), former CVA-41 & CVB-41 was docked at the Charles P. Howard Terminal in Oakland, Calif., in October 2003, while the construction of her pier in San Diego was completed. The carrier arrived in San Diego in January 2004 and is now the nation's newest Naval Aviation Museum” (Ref. 1086).

Midway (CV-41), former CVA-41 & CVB-41 was towed from the dock at the Charles P. Howard Terminal in Oakland to San Diego, California, arriving on 5 January 2004 at the Naval Air Station North Island to load historic aircraft for display” (Ref. 1086).

“Opened to the public on 7 June 2004, the Midway (CV-41), former CVA-41 & CVB-41, will be part of a major museum ship devoted to carriers and naval aviation, while visitors may visit the flight deck, hanger bays, and mess hall levels of the ships, taking audio tours and viewing various exhibits of full sized aircraft of all types” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & 1178-G).

Midway (CV-41), former CVA-41 & CVB-41 was moored at her final location at the Broadway Pier in San Diego, Calif., arriving 10 January 2004, joining four other World War II-era sister carriers of the Essex class as a floating museum, the centerpiece of a revived waterfront in San Diego, Calif. One of the longest serving aircraft carriers in U.S. Navy history continues on in a second life as a symbol of Naval Aviation past and present. Norman Polmar is a naval analyst, author, and consultant. Among his 50 published books is the two-volume Aircraft Carriers: A History of Carrier Aviation and Its Impact on World Events (Dulles, Va: Potomac Books, 2006 and 2008). This feature is based in part on that work” (Ref. 1083).