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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

 

U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Operating off Honshu and Okinawa, Japan, for Northern Japan/Okinawa operations, Cope Cherry with JASDF and Cope Diamond with USAF (9 to 23 January 1976); conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), conducting a 17 day Incremental Selected Restricted Availability (ISRA) (23 January to 8 February 1976); Headed for the Okinawa operating areas, arriving in W-173 east of Okinawa, conducting War-At-Sea Exercise (WASEX), Cope Cherry mutual training with JASDF, ALPHA Strikes and anti-PT/PTG missile boat tactics evaluation exercises (9 to 28/29 February 1976) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (29 February/1 to 13 March 1976). (9 January to 13 March 1976)

CHAPTER XLII

 

 

     USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM W. N. Small, COMCARGRU THREE, serving as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 since in January 1976 assigned and CDR J. L. Fiinley, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Piedmont pier, Yokosuka, Japan Yokosuka on 9 January 1976, with CAPT Richard Joseph Schulte, NAVCAD, Commanding Officer, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, to operate off Honshu and Okinawa, Japan, for Northern Japan/Okinawa operations, for Cope Cherry with JASDF and Cope Diamond with USAF” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

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

(9 to 23 January 1976)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

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

Western

Pacific

Region

Pacific Ocean

off Honshu off Okinawa

CVW-5

NF

9 Jan  1976

23 Jan  1976

Training

15-days

Operations in the Pacific Ocean, to operate off Honshu and Okinawa, Japan, for Northern Japan/Okinawa operations, for Cope Cherry with JASDF and Cope Diamond with USAF.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4N

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4N

VA-93

Blue Blazers -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7A

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7A

VA-115

Arabs - Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6A / A-6B   KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye -Electronics

601-604

E-2B

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps - Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 610

RF-4B

VMAQ-2 Det.

Playboys - Marines Electronics Warfare

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

(CY) 620

EA-6A

HC-1 Det. 2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King -

Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3G

*not embarked for the entire deployment.

 

     CVW-5 aircraft were recovered aboard as USS Midway (CV-41) steamed in Restricted Area 116 (R-116) just east of Tokyo Bay. Refresher Carrier landing and cyclic air operations were conducted in R-116 until 13 January 1976, when Midway commenced transiting south to the Okinawa op-areas.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Cope Cherry with JASDF on 16 January 1976.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted ALPHA Strike planning and flights on the 17th and 18th January 1976, against Okinawa target areas, to refresh weapons handling and delivery skills.

 

      On the 19th, USS Midway (CV-41) participated in a Cope Diamond air defense exercise with the USAF, followed by a search and rescue exercise. Midway then turned north for Yokosuka, as the wing continued flight operations en route and flew off on the 22nd to Atsugi Naval Air Station” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     “On 23 January 1976, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM W. N. Small, COMCARGRU THREE, serving as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 since in January 1976 assigned and CDR J. L. Fiinley, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked returned to Yokosuka, Japan Yokosuka, moored alongside Piedmont Pier, Yokosuka, with Captain Richard Joseph Schulte, NAVCAD, Commanding Officer, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, to operate off Honshu and Okinawa, Japan, for Northern Japan/Okinawa operations, for Cope Cherry with JASDF and Cope Diamond with USAF; commencing a 17 day Incremental Selected Restricted Availability (ISRA) upon return. This first at-sea period of 1976 enhanced combat readiness by emphasizing cyclic air operations, Anti-Air-Warfare (AAW), Anti-Submarine-Warfare (ASW), and coordinated CV Task Group (CVTG) operations. CVW-5 aircraft were recovered aboard as the ship steamed in Restricted Area 116 (R-116) just east of Tokyo Bay. Refresher Carrier landing and cyclic air operations were conducted in R-116 until 13 January, when Midway commenced transiting south to the Okinawa op-areas. On 16 January, Midway participated in a Cope Cherry combined air defense exercise with the JASDF off Okinawa. ALPHA Strike planning and flights were conducted on the 17th and 18th, against Okinawa target areas, to refresh weapons handling and delivery skills. On the 19th, Midway participated in a Cope Diamond air defense exercise with the USAF, followed by a search and rescue exercise. Midway then turned north for Yokosuka, as the wing continued flight operations en route and flew off on the 22nd to Atsugi Naval Air Station. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4N; VF-151, F-4N; VA-93, A-7A; VA-56, A-7A; VA-115, A-6A / KA-6D, VFP-63 Det. 3, RF-8G; *VMCJ-1 Det. 101, RF-4B & EA-6A; VAW-115, E-2B; HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G; *VQ-l Det., EA-3B; *VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B and VMAQ-2 Det., EA-6B (9 to 23 January 1979)” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

09/01/76 to 23/01/76

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

EAST COAST

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

NOV 1965

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

01 JUL 77 ~ 31 DEC 78

01 JUL 80 ~ 31 DEC 81

01 JAN 82 ~ 30 JUN 83

01 JAN 90 ~ 31 DEC 90

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

Training

28th FWFD

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

     USS Worden (CG-18) returned to her home port of Yokosuka, Japan Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 23 January 1976 and began a pre-overhaul restricted availability” (Ref. 1438).

 

     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) with RADM W. N. Small, COMCARGRU THREE, serving as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 since in January 1976 assigned and CDR J. L. Fiinley, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan Yokosuka, moored alongside Piedmont Pier, Yokosuka on 9 February 1976, with Captain Richard Joseph Schulte, NAVCAD, Commanding Officer, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northern Japan/Okinawa operations, headed for the Okinawa operating areas, arriving in W-173 east of Okinawa; participating in a War-At-Sea Exercise (WASEX) with the USS Francis Hammond (DE/FF-1067); conducting Cope Cherry mutual training with JASDF; ALPHA Strikes and anti-PT/PTG missile boat tactics evaluation exercises; Sea Control operations and a 30-hour extended exercise (EXTENDEX) that culminated with a WASEX strike on the USS Oklahoma City (CL-91/CLG-5/CG-5); WASEX against the USS Parsons (DD-949/DDG-33), as she joins the Carrier Task Group (CVTG) from Yokosuka; CVW-5 commenced more strike and attack training, utilizing Marine airborne spotters for realistic close air support (CAS) strike training; WASEX against the USS Preble (DLG-15/DDG-46) (arriving from EASTPAC); conducted two days of concentrated ASW training with the USS SARGO followed; including an opposed underway replenishment; conducting enroute exercises such as a multi-ship WASEX and Surface Subsurface Surveillance Coordination (SSSC) training” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

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

(9 to 28 February 1976)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

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

Western

Pacific

Region

Pacific Ocean

Northern Japan

Okinawa

Buckner Bay

CVW-5

NF

9 Feb 1976

28 Feb  1976

Training

20-days

Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northern Japan/Okinawa, headed for the Okinawa operating areas, arriving in W-173 east of Okinawa; participating in a War-At-Sea Exercise (WASEX) with the USS Francis Hammond (DE/FF-1067); conducting Cope Cherry mutual training with JASDF; ALPHA Strikes and anti-PT/PTG missile boat tactics evaluation exercises; Sea Control operations and a 30-hour extended exercise (EXTENDEX) that culminated with a WASEX strike on the USS Oklahoma City (CL-91/CLG-5/CG-5); WASEX against the USS Parsons (DD-949/DDG-33), as she joins the Carrier Task Group (CVTG) from Yokosuka; CVW-5 commenced more strike and attack training, utilizing Marine airborne spotters for realistic close air support (CAS) strike training; WASEX against the USS Preble (DLG-15/DDG-46) (arriving from EASTPAC); conducted two days of concentrated ASW training with the USS SARGO followed; including an opposed underway replenishment; conducting enroute exercises such as a multi-ship WASEX and Surface Subsurface Surveillance Coordination (SSSC) training.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4N

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4N

VA-93

Blue Blazers -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7A

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7A

VA-115

Arabs - Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6A / A-6B   KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye -Electronics

601-604

E-2B

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps - Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 610

RF-4B

VMAQ-2 Det.

Playboys - Marines Electronics Warfare

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

(CY) 620

EA-6A

HC-1 Det. 2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King -

Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3G

*not embarked for the entire deployment.

 

     Following the air wing recovery and an underway refueling, the ship headed for the Okinawa operating areas, arriving in W-173 east of Okinawa on 13 February 1976 to participate in a War-At-Sea Exercise (WASEX) with the USS Francis Hammond (DE/FF-1067).

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Cope Cherry mutual training with JASDF on 16 February 1976. Operations on 17 February 1976 included ALPHA Strikes and anti-PT/PTG missile boat tactics evaluation exercises. Training emphasis shifted on the 18th to Sea Control operations and a 30-hour extended exercise (EXTENDEX) that culminated with a WASEX strike on the USS Oklahoma City (CL-91/CLG-5/CG-5).

 

      Tactics from USS Midway (CV-41) Sea Control operations and a 30-hour extended exercise (EXTENDEX) were evaluated and procedures sharpened in another WASEX against the USS Parsons (DD-949/DDG-33) on 21 February 1976 as she joined the Carrier Task Group (CVTG) from Yokosuka. To conserve operating funds, Midway entered Buckner Bay for anchorage on the 22nd” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     CVW-5 commenced more strike and attack training on the 23rd and 24th, utilizing Marine airborne spotters for realistic close air support (CAS) strike training.  In addition, another WASEX against the USS Preble (DLG-15/DDG-46) (arriving from EASTPAC) was conducted on the 24th. Midway conducted two days of concentrated ASW training with the USS Sargo (SSN-583) followed, including an opposed underway replenishment. Midway then headed north on the 25th February 1976, conducting en route exercises such as a multi-ship WASEX and Surface Subsurface Surveillance Coordination (SSSC) training” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     CVW-5 flew ashore on the 27th, followed into port by USS Midway (CV-41) on 28 February 1976, with RADM W. N. Small, COMCARGRU THREE, serving as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 since in January 1976 assigned and CDR J. L. Fiinley, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked returned to Piedmont Pier, Yokosuka, Japan Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Richard Joseph Schulte, NAVCAD, Commanding Officer, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Okinawa operating areas, following the air wing recovery and an underway refueling, arriving in W-173 east of Okinawa on 13 February to participate in a War-At-Sea Exercise (WASEX) with the USS Francis Hammond (DE/FF-1067). On the 16th, Midway took part in Cope Cherry mutual training with JASDF. Operations on 17 February included ALPHA Strikes and anti-PT/PTG missile boat tactics evaluation exercises. Training emphasis shifted on the 18th to Sea Control operations and a 30-hour extended exercise (EXTENDEX) that culminated with a WASEX strike on the USS Oklahoma City (CL-91/CLG-5/CG-5). These tactics were then evaluated and procedures sharpened in another WASEX against the USS Parsons (DD-949/DDG-33) on 21 February as she joined the Carrier Task Group (CVTG) from Yokosuka. To conserve operating funds, Midway entered Buckner Bay for anchorage on the 22nd. The air wing commenced more strike and attack training on the 23rd and 24th, utilizing Marine airborne spotters for realistic close air support (CAS) strike training. In addition, another WASEX against the USS Preble (DLG-15/DDG-46) (arriving from EASTPAC) was conducted on the 24th. Two days of concentrated ASW training with the USS Sargo (SSN-583), a Skate-class nuclear-powered submarine, followed, including an opposed underway replenishment. Midway then headed north on the 25th, conducting en route exercises such as a multi-ship  WASEX and Surface Subsurface Surveillance Coordination (SSSC) training. The air wing flew ashore on the 27th, followed into port by Midway on the 28th. 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 (23 January to 28 February 1976)” (Ref. EQNEDF Note: USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976 states two separate dates).  

 

23/01/76 to 28/02/76

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

EAST COAST

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

NOV 1965

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

01 JUL 77 ~ 31 DEC 78

01 JUL 80 ~ 31 DEC 81

01 JAN 82 ~ 30 JUN 83

01 JAN 90 ~ 31 DEC 90

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

Training

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

     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).  

 

Tenth 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, Northern Japan, Okinawa and Philippine Sea (13 March to 26 April 1976) and 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 (26 April to 18 May 1976).

(13 March to 18 May 1976)

CHAPTER XLIII

 

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM W. N. Small, COMCARGRU THREE, serving as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 since in January 1976 assigned and CDR J. L. Fiinley, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) 13 March 1976, with Captain Lawrence Cleveland Chambers, USNA '52, as Commanding Officer, on her tenth 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, Northern Japan, Okinawa and Philippine Sea, for intensive work-up training leading to the major fleet exercise READEX 2-76, recovering the air wing in the R-116 area off Tokyo; Okinawa op-area (W-176), conducting an ALPHA Strike against the target island of TORI SHIMA, then continued southbound to participate in Exercise Blue Sky with ROKAF; Subic op-areas for continued work-up for READEX 2-76, plus air support services for MISSILEX 2-76, a MINEX BRAVO at Binanga Bay, and Carrier Qualification services for Marine air crews ashore in the Subic op-areas; to conduct USS Ranger (CV-61) joint carrier work-up training and transit to the READEX 2-76 op-area off Luzon in the Philippine, to conduct an ALPHA Strike against the target island of TORI SHIMA, then will continue southbound to participate in Exercise Blue Sky with ROKAF; to conduct air support services for MISSILEX 2-76, a MINEX BRAVO at Binanga Bay; Carrier Qualification services for Marine air crews ashore; to conduct READEX 2-76 in the Philippine op-areas; Okinawa, and Korean (East China Sea) area operations will be conducted; to participate in two days of training in the Subic op-areas that will include surface-to-air gunnery, air-to-air missile training, and a MINEX ALPHA prior to a northward transit to Okinaw is scheduled; to conduct routine operations there for two days, continuig north to Korea; CVW-5 to participate in a Cope Jade Air Defense Exercise with the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) and the major exercise MAULEX 2-76 with USMC, combing US/ROK amphibious landing exercise conducted in the vicinity of Pohang, Korea; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 12th deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. She will under go her 18th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. She will under go her 28th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).  

 

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

(13 March to 26 April 1976)

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (10th Forward Deployed)

Western

Pacific

Region

Pacific Ocean Northern Japan

Okinawa

Op-area

Subic op-area

Binanga Bay Luzon op-area

Philippine Sea

Okinawa

Op-area

Korean

Op-area

Subic Op-area

north to Korea

CVW-5

NF

13 Mar 1976

26 Apr 1976

Western Pacific

28th FWFD

45-days

Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northern Japan, Okinawa and Philippine Sea, for intensive work-up training leading to the major fleet exercise READEX 2-76, recovering the air wing in the R-116 area off Tokyo; Okinawa op-area (W-176), conducting an ALPHA Strike against the target island of TORI SHIMA, then continued southbound to participate in Exercise Blue Sky with ROKAF; Subic op-areas for continued work-up for READEX 2-76, plus air support services for MISSILEX 2-76, a MINEX BRAVO at Binanga Bay, and Carrier Qualification services for Marine air crews ashore in the Subic op-areas; conducted USS Ranger (CV-61) joint carrier work-up training and transit to the READEX 2-76 op-area off Luzon in the Philippine, conducted an ALPHA Strike against the target island of TORI SHIMA, then will continue southbound to participate in Exercise Blue Sky with ROKAF; air support services for MISSILEX 2-76, a MINEX BRAVO at Binanga Bay; Carrier Qualification services for Marine air crews ashore; READEX 2-76 in the Philippine op-areas; Okinawa, and Korean (East China Sea) area operations; participated in two days of training in the Subic op-areas that included surface-to-air gunnery, air-to-air missile training, and a MINEX ALPHA prior to a northward transit to Okinaw; conducting routine operations there for two days, continuig north to Korea; CVW-5 to participate in a Cope Jade Air Defense Exercise with the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) and the major exercise MAULEX 2-76 with USMC, combing US/ROK amphibious landing exercise conducted in the vicinity of Pohang, Korea (The air wing flew Close Air Support (CAS), air-to-ground bombing at the Koon-Ni target, and indoctrination flights into Nightmare Range and area P-518, just below the Korean DMZ.).

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4N

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4N

VA-93

Blue Blazers -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7A

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7A

VA-115

Arabs - Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6A / A-6B    KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye -Electronics

601-604

E-2B

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps - Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 610

RF-4B

VMAQ-2 Det.

Playboys - Marines Electronics Warfare

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

(CY) 620

EA-6A

HC-1 Det. 2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King -

Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3G

 

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) recovered the air wing in the R-116 area off Tokyo and commenced a 5-day transit to the Subic op-areas. Bad weather west of the Japanese main islands caused the cancellation of a Cope Cherry exercise with JASDF on 15 March 1976” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) steamed to the Okinawa op-area (W-176) and conducted an ALPHA Strike against the target island of TORI SHIMA, then continued southbound to participate in Exercise Blue Sky with ROKAF on 17 March 1976. Midway reached the Subic op-areas on the 19th for continued work-up for READEX 2-76, plus air support services for MISSILEX 2-76, a MINEX BRAVO at Binanga Bay, and Carrier Qualification services for Marine air crews ashore. On the 23rd, Midway and USS Ranger (CV-61) began joint carrier work-up training and transit to the READEX 2-76 op-area off Luzon. These exercises are designed to provide realistic training for SEVENTHFLT forces in major war, blue water scenarios involving sophisticated multithread environments, and READEX 2-76 was no exception. Midway gained new insights and experience from this 4-day period of intense, high tempo operations.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted READEX 2-76 in the Philippine op-areas from 27 to 31 March 1976.

 

      On 1 April 1976, USS Midway (CV-41) entered Subic, Philippine for 4 days of work and replenishment before getting underway for Okinawa, and Korean (East China Sea) area operations.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) departed Subic, Philippines on the 5th of April and participated in two days of training in the Subic op-areas that included surface-to-air gunnery, air-to-air missile training, and a MINEX ALPHA prior to a northward transit to Okinawa on the 8th.

 

      After conducting routine operations there for two days, USS Midway (CV-41) continued north to Korea, arriving on the 12th of April 1976.

 

      Following a month in port, and several service inspections, USS Chicago (CG-11), a Baltimore class cruiser, left San Diego on 13 April 1976 to deploy to the Western Pacific. Sailing with an amphibious group the cruiser conducted multi-ship exercises, both before and after Pearl Harbor, and arrived at Yokosuka on 3 May 1976” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) aircraft participated in a Cope Jade Air Defense Exercise with the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) on the 15th (following some delay due to bad weather), and the major exercise MAULEX 2-76 from the 16th until anchoring off Pusan, Korea for port visit after extensive air operations over ROK. Midway conducted MAULEX 2-76 with USMC from 16 to 21 April 1976. MAULEX was a combined US/ROK amphibious landing exercise conducted in the vicinity of Pohang, Korea. The air wing flew Close Air Support (CAS), air-to-ground bombing at the Koon-Ni target, and indoctrination flights into Nightmare Range and area P-518, just below the Korean DMZ. ROKN PT boats also provided excellent training as simulated PTG/PTFG fast patrol missile attack boats. Orientation visit aboard Midway on 19 April by VADM Kim, ROKN, ROKFLT; RADM An, ROKN, COMNAVBASE; RADM Kim, ROKN, SUPT ROK Naval Academy; ADM Wang, ROKN, CNO; RADM Yi, ROKN, DCNO; RADM Frudden, USN, CNFK; and LGEN Cushman, USA, CDR I Corps. Midway also had visits for briefings and tours by ROKAF/USAF personnel on 22 April 1976: GEN Choo, COS ROKAF; LGEN Yoon, VCOS ROKAF; LGEN Lee, CDR CAC; LGEN Burn, DEPCINCUNC/COMUSK; MGEN Pittman, COMAFK/314 and BGEN Lim, VDCSDEPCINCUNC / COMUSK” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) departed Pusan, Korea on 23 April 1976, anchoring on 19 April 1976. During the call at Pusan, Midway hosted 17 flag rank Korean and US VIP’s, plus 23 other officers, for briefings and lunch aboard ship. Midway departed Pusan to conduct routine flight ops, a Cope Cherry exercise with JASDF, and ASW training with the USS Swordfish (SSN-579) while en route to an upkeep period in Yokosuka” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     “On 26 April 1976, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM W. N. Small, COMCARGRU THREE, serving as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 since in January 1976 assigned and CDR J. L. Fiinley, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Lawrence Cleveland Chambers, USNA '52, as Commanding Officer, on her tenth 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, Northern Japan, Okinawa and Philippine Sea. Midway recovered the air wing in the R-116 area off Tokyo and commenced a 5-day transit to the Subic op-areas. Bad weather west of the Japanese main islands caused the cancellation of a Cope Cherry exercise with JASDF on 15 March 1976. Midway steamed to the Okinawa op-area (W-176) and conducted an ALPHA Strike against the target island of TORI SHIMA, then continued southbound to participate in Exercise Blue Sky with ROKAF on 17 March. Midway reached the Subic op-areas on the 19th for continued work-up for READEX 2-76, plus air support services for MISSILEX 2-76, a MINEX BRAVO at Binanga Bay, and carrier qualification services for Marine air crews ashore. On the 23rd, Midway and USS Ranger (CV-61) began joint carrier work-up training and transit to the READEX 2-76 op-area off Luzon. Midway gained new insights and experience from this 4-day period of intense, high tempo operations, conducting READEX 2-76 in the Philippine op-areas from 27 to 31 March 1976. These exercises are designed to provide realistic training for SEVENTHFLT forces in major war, blue water scenarios involving sophisticated multithread environments, and READEX 2-76 was no exception. On 1 April 1976, Midway entered Subic, Philippines for 4 days of work and replenishment before getting underway for Okinawa, and Korean (East China Sea) area operations. Midway departed Subic on the 5th of April and participated in two days of training in the Subic op-areas that included surface-to-air gunnery, air-to-air missile training, and a MINEX ALPHA prior to a northward transit to Okinawa on the 8th. After conducting routine operations at Subic, Philippines for two days, Midway continued north to Korea, arriving on the 12th of April. Midway aircraft participated in a Cope Jade Air Defense Exercise with the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) on the 15th (following some delay due to bad weather), and the major exercise MAULEX 2-76 from the 16th until anchoring off Pusan, Korea on the 19th. Midway conducted MAULEX 2-76 with USMC from 16 to 21 April 1976. MAULEX was a combined US/ROK amphibious landing exercise conducted in the vicinity of Pohang, Korea. The air wing flew Close Air Support (CAS), air-to-ground bombing at the Koon-Ni target, and indoctrination flights into Nightmare Range and area P-518, just below the Korean DMZ. ROKN PT boats also provided excellent training as simulated PTG/PTFG fast patrol missile attack boats. Orientation visit aboard Midway by VADM Kim, ROKN, ROKFLT; RADM An, ROKN, COMNAVBASE; RADM Kim, ROKN, SUPT ROK Naval Academy; ADM Wang, ROKN, CNO; RADM Yi, ROKN, DCNO; RADM Frudden, USN, CNFK; and LGEN Cushman, USA, CDR I Corps. Midway also had visits for briefings and tours by ROKAF/USAF personnel on 22 April 1976: GEN Choo, COS ROKAF; LGEN Yoon, VCOS ROKAF; LGEN Lee, CDR CAC; LGEN Burn, DEPCINCUNC/ COMUSK; MGEN Pittman, COMAFK/314 and BGEN Lim, VDCSDEPCINCUNC / COMUSK. Midway departed Pusan, Korea on 23 April 1976, anchoring on 19 April 1976. During the call at Pusan, Midway hosted 17 flag rank Korean and US VIP’s, plus 23 other officers, for briefings and lunch aboard ship. Midway departed Pusan to conduct routine flight ops, a Cope Cherry exercise with JASDF, and ASW training with the USS Swordfish (SSN-579) while en route to an upkeep period in Yokosuka. Ports of call included Subic, Philippines and Pusan, Korea. 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 12th 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 18th 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 28th 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 (13 March to 26 April 1976)” (Ref. 1-Midway & 72).

 

13/03/76 to 26/04/76

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

EAST COAST

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

NOV 1965

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

01 JUL 77 ~ 31 DEC 78

01 JUL 80 ~ 31 DEC 81

01 JAN 82 ~ 30 JUN 83

01 JAN 90 ~ 31 DEC 90

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

Training

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) entered port in Yokosuka, Japan for upkeep/ISRA, with emphasis on INSURV preparations on 26 April 1976 and for a period primarily devoted to preparations for the Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE) and Team Spirit exercise.

 

      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).

 

11th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, on her seventh Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise, on her 16th South China Sea, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northern Japan and Okinawa operations, operating in southern Sea of Japan and over Korea (18 May to 22 June 1976) and 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 (22 June to 8 July 1976). (18 May to 8 July 1976)

CHAPTER XLIV

 

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM W. N. Small, COMCARGRU THREE, serving as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 since in January 1976 assigned and CDR J. L. Fiinley, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) 18 May 1976, with Captain Lawrence Cleveland Chambers, USNA '52, as Commanding Officer, on her 11th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, on her seventh Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise, on her 16th South China Sea, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northern Japan and Okinawa operations, to   conduct Task group exercise "Multiplex 2-76" with USS Chicago (CG-11). Midway/CVW-5 began the first CV Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE) conducted in “WesstPac”; Task group exercise "Multiplex 2-76:” Task group exercise "Multiplex 3-76" in the South China Sea and Exercise Team Sprit, operating in southern Sea of Japan and over Korea. Intense CAS/EW/Bombing/Recce air operations over ROK and Cope Cherry/Mutual Training Services with JASDF will be conducted; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 13th deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. She will under go her 19th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. She will under go her 29th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

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

(18 May to 22 June 1976)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (11th Forward Deployed)

Western

Pacific

Region

Pacific Ocean

Northern Japan Okinawa

16th SCS

CVW-5

NF

18 May 1976

22 Jun 1976

Vietnam

29th FWFD

36-days

7th Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise

Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northern Japan and Okinawa operations, to   conduct Task group exercise "Multiplex 2-76" with USS Chicago (CG-11). Midway/CVW-5 conducted the first CV Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE) conducted in “WesstPac”; Task group exercise "Multiplex 2-76;” Task group exercise "Multiplex 3-76" in the South China Sea and Exercise Team Sprit, operating in southern Sea of Japan and over Korea. Intense CAS/EW/Bombing/Recce air operations over ROK and Cope Cherry/Mutual Training Services with JASDF was conducted. Intense CAS/EW/Bombing/Recce air operations over ROK and Cope Cherry/Mutual Training Services with JASDF.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4N

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4N

VA-93

Blue Blazers -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7A

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7A

VA-115

Arabs - Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6A / A-6B    KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye -Electronics

601-604

E-2B

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps - Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 610

RF-4B

VMAQ-2 Det.

Playboys - Marines Electronics Warfare

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

(CY) 620

EA-6A

HC-1 Det. 2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King -       Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3G

 

 

     “On 18 May 1976, USS Midway (CV-41) got underway for the Okinawa and South China Sea op-areas. The first two days of this deployment were highlighted by the visit of the U. S. Ambassador to Japan, Mr. James Day Hodgson, and his country team to gain familiarity with Midway and observe day and night carrier operations” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     “USS Chicago (CG-11) commenced Task group exercise "Multiplex 2-76" with USS Midway (CV-41) on 19 May 1976” (Ref. 1446).

 

     “Official visit aboard USS Midway (CV-41) by Ambassador James D. Hodgson, Ambassador to Japan; LGEN Walter T. Galligan, USAF, COMUSJAPAN; RADM Thomas B. Russel, USN, COMNAVFORJAPAN; MGEN Otis C. Lynn, USA, COS USFJ; FSO-1 William D. Miller, Minister Counselor for Pub from 19 to 20 May 1976.

 

      On 22 May 1975, Midway/CVW-5 began the first CV Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE) conducted in “WesstPac”” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     “USS Chicago (CG-11) conducted Task group exercise "Multiplex 2-76" with USS Midway (CV-41) from 19 to 25 May 1976” (Ref. 1446).

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41)/CVW-5 underwent the first CV Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE) conducted in “WestPac” from 22 to 27 May 1976. The ORE was completed with excellent marks, and Midway steamed into Hong Kong.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) departed Hong Kong for upkeep while the air wing flew off to Cubi Point for extensive flights from the beach during the inport period on 3 June 1976, inport from 29 May 1976” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     “USS Chicago (CG-11) commenced Task group exercise "Multiplex 3-76" in the South China Sea on 4 June 1976” (Ref. 1446).

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) arrived Subic, Philippines for extensive flight ops from Cubi Point and upkeep alongside for Midway on 5 June 1976” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     “USS Chicago (CG-11) conducted Task group exercise "Multiplex 3-76" in the South China Sea from 4 to 7 June 1976, and port visits to Subic Bay and Keelung, occupied Chicago through June” (Ref. 1446).

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) departed Subic, Philippines for South China Sea and East China Sea operations on 10 June 1976, inport From 5 to 10 June 1976.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted routine refresher training ops en route to the major joint service exercise Team Spirit ’76 with the USAF, ROKAF, and ROKN on 15 June 1976. Orientation visit aboard Midway by: LGEN Lew, DIR ROK Joint Staff; RADM Mark P. Frudden, COMNAVFORKOREA; MGEN Lee, DIR OPS ROK JCS; Commodore Lee, ASST DIR OPS JCS on 16 June 1976.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Exercise Team Sprit, operating in southern Sea of Japan and over Korea. Intense CAS/EW/Bombing/Recce air operations over ROK from 15 to 18 June 1976. Midway operations were severely curtailed on the 18th due to inclement weather both over the target areas and the carrier. Midway aircraft flew 362 sorties during three days participation in Team Spirit ’76. Soviet interest and presence in the vicinity of the task group were extensive. Surface ships and possibly submarines were with the force extensively, while Soviet aircraft made daily reconnaissance flights against the Midway task group. Upon completion of Team Spirit Midway headed home.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) conducted Cope Cherry/Mutual Training Services with JASDF on 19 June 1976” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

     “USS Worden (CG-18) went into drydock from 20 February until 22 June 1976, and the regular overhaul came to a close on 6 December 1976, beginning on 2 February” (Ref. 1438). 

 

     “On 22 June 1976, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM W. N. Small, COMCARGRU THREE, serving as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 since in January 1976 assigned and CDR J. L. Fiinley, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked steamed home through mist, fog, and steady rain, arriving Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Lawrence Cleveland Chambers, USNA '52, as Commanding Officer, ending her 11th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, on her seventh Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise, on her 16th South China Sea, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, Northern Japan and Okinawa operations, to   conduct Task group exercise "Multiplex 2-76" with USS Chicago (CG-11). Midway/CVW-5 conducted the first CV Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE) conducted in “WesstPac”; Task group exercise "Multiplex 2-76:” Task group exercise "Multiplex 3-76" in the South China Sea and Exercise Team Sprit, operating in southern Sea of Japan and over Korea. Intense CAS/EW/Bombing/Recce air operations over ROK and Cope Cherry/Mutual Training Services with JASDF was conducted. Intense CAS/EW/Bombing/Recce air operations over ROK and Cope Cherry/Mutual Training Services with JASDF. On 18 May 1976, Midway got underway for the Okinawa and South China Sea op-areas. The first two days of this deployment were highlighted by the visit of the U. S. Ambassador to Japan, Mr. James Day Hodgson, and his country team to gain familiarity with Midway and observe day and night carrier operations. USS Chicago (CG-11) commenced Task group exercise "Multiplex 2-76" with Midway on 19 May 1976. Official visit aboard Midway by Ambassador James D. Hodgson, Ambassador to Japan; LGEN Walter T. Galligan, USAF, COMUSJAPAN; RADM Thomas B. Russel, USN, COMNAVFORJAPAN; MGEN Otis C. Lynn, USA, COS USFJ; FSO-1 William D. Miller, Minister Counselor for Pub from 19 to 20 May 1976. Midway/CVW-5 underwent the first CV Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE) conducted in “WestPac” from 22 to 27 May 1976. The ORE was completed with excellent marks, and Midway steamed into Hong Kong for upkeep while the air wing flew off to Cubi Point for extensive flights from the beach during the inport period ftom 29 May to 3 June 1976. USS Chicago (CG-11) conducted Task group exercise "Multiplex 3-76" in the South China Sea from 4 to 7 June 1976. Midway departed Subic, Philippines for South China Sea and East China Sea operations on 10 June 1976, inport From 5 to 10 June 1976. Midway conducted routine refresher training ops en route to the major joint service exercise Team Spirit ’76 with the USAF, ROKAF, and ROKN on 15 June 1976. Orientation visit aboard Midway by: LGEN Lew, DIR ROK Joint Staff; RADM Mark P. Frudden, COMNAVFORKOREA; MGEN Lee, DIR OPS ROK JCS; Commodore Lee, ASST DIR OPS JCS on 16 June 1976. Midway conducted Exercise Team Sprit, operating in southern Sea of Japan and over Korea. Intense CAS/EW/Bombing/Recce air operations over ROK from 15 to 18 June 1976. Midway operations were severely curtailed on the 18th due to inclement weather both over the target areas and the carrier. Midway aircraft flew 362 sorties during three days participation in Team Spirit ’76. Soviet interest and presence in the vicinity of the task group were extensive. Surface ships and possibly submarines were with the force extensively, while Soviet aircraft made daily reconnaissance flights against the Midway task group. Upon completion of Team Spirit Midway headed home. Midway conducted Cope Cherry/Mutual Training Services with JASDF on 19 June 1976. Ports of call included Hong Kong and Subic, 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 13th 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 19th 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 29th 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 (18 May to 22 June 1976)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

18/05/76 to 22/06/76

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

EAST COAST

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

NOV 1965

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

01 JUL 77 ~ 31 DEC 78

01 JUL 80 ~ 31 DEC 81

01 JAN 82 ~ 30 JUN 83

01 JAN 90 ~ 31 DEC 90

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

16th SCS

29th FWFD

 

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

     “USS Midway (CV-41) commenced ISRA/upkeep period at Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) with emphasis on INSURV preparations on 22 June 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).

 

12th 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, on her 17th South China Sea, her eighth Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise (9 July to 4 August 1976) and conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from (4 to 20 August 1976), conducting Open and Inspect phase of INSURV, inport Yokosuka from 4 to 6 August 1976, commenceing recovery from INSURV, inport Yokosuka on 7 August 1976 as the Midway crew renewed acquaintances with their family and friends. (9 July to 20 August 1976)

CHAPTER XLV

 

                                                                                

      “USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM W. N. Small, COMCARGRU THREE, serving as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 since in January 1976 assigned and CDR J. L. Fiinley, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) 9 July 1976, with Captain Lawrence Cleveland Chambers, USNA '52, as Commanding Officer, on her 12th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, on her 17th South China Sea, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, en route to Subic op-areas, operating in the Okinawa and Northern Japan, to conduct extensive preparations for ship/VA weapons inspection conducted en route; Refresher Flight Operations and Training and while transiting south to Subic Bay, CVW-5 also flew a heavy schedule of bombing against Midway’s target spar and the W-183 target area east of Okinawa; conducting a WASEX with USS Chicago (CG-11), exercising the ships in a realistic warfare scenario; north to participate in another Blue Sky exercise with the ROKAF; proceeded through the Okinawa op-areas flying cyclic training sorties and finishing INSURV preparations, conducting one more Cope Cherry event with JASDF marked the final training event of this at-sea period before entering Tokyo Bay; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 14th deployment since her second recommission 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her seventh “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, her seventh South China Sea, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise on “Yankee Stationin the Gulf of Tonkin in the Far East. She will under go her 20th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. She will under go her 30th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II” (Ref. 1-Midway & 72).

 

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

(9 July to 4 August 1976)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (12th Forward Deployed)

Western

Pacific

Region

Pacific Ocean 17th SCS

Okinawa

Op-areas

Northern Japan

CVW-5

NF

9 Jul 1976

4 Aug 1976

Vietnam

30th FWFD

27-days

8th Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise

Operations in the Pacific Ocean, en route to Subic op-areas, operating in the Okinawa and Northern Japan, conducting extensive preparations for ship/VA weapons inspection conducted en route; Refresher Flight Operations and Training and while transiting south to Subic Bay, CVW-5 also flew a heavy schedule of bombing against Midway’s target spar and the W-183 target area east of Okinawa; conducting a WASEX with USS Chicago (CG-11), exercising the ships in a realistic warfare scenario; north to participate in another Blue Sky exercise with the ROKAF; proceeded through the Okinawa op-areas flying cyclic training sorties and finishing INSURV preparations, conducting one more Cope Cherry event with JASDF marked the final training event of this at-sea period before entering Tokyo Bay.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4N

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4N

VA-93

Blue Blazers -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7A

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7A

VA-115

Arabs - Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6A / A-6B  KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye -Electronics

601-604

E-2B

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps - Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 610

RF-4B

VMAQ-2 Det.

Playboys - Marines Electronics Warfare

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

(CY) 620

EA-6A

HC-1 Det. 2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King        Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3G

 

 

      “On 9 July 1976, USS Midway (CV-41) conducted refresher flight operations and training. While transiting south to Subic Bay, CVW-5 also flew a heavy schedule of bombing against Midway’s target spar and the W-183 target area east of Okinawa.

 

      On the 11 July 1976, USS Midway (CV-41) conducted a WASEX with USS Chicago (CG-11), exercising the ships in a realistic warfare scenario.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) arrived Subic, Phillipnes for a Weapons inspection for VA squadrons. Final prep for ship's weapons inspection on 15 July 1976.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) departed Subic, Phillipnes after a 6 day operating period and devoted the four days inport to the wing’s weapons inspection and preparation for the ship’s inspection, commencing ship’s weapons inspection and South China Sea, Okinawa and Northern Japan operations on 19 July 1976 accomplished successfully.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) Flight operations and weapons delivery training continued against Crow Valley and Scarborough Shoals targets until late on the 22nd, when Midway sailed north to participate in another Blue Sky exercise with the ROKAF on 23 July 1976 and Official visit aboard via COD from MGEN T. C. Liang, ROKAF, C. O. 3rd Wing, Chinese and U. S. Military personnel, 16 field grade and below ROK personnel. They were hosted at lunch by COMCARGRU THREE, the Wardroom, and the Chief Petty Officer’s Mess. They also toured command and control spaces, attended an air wing briefing, observed a launch/recovery cycle, and watched a bombing demonstration.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) proceeded through the Okinawa op-areas flying cyclic training sorties and finishing INSURV preparations, conducting one more Cope Cherry event on 28 July 1976 with JASDF marked the final training event of this at-sea period before entering Tokyo Bay.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) anchored off Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 1 August 1976 to embark RADM Bulkelly and the INSURV party for the UMI phase conducted within the local Yokosuka op-areas” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1976).

 

      “On 4 August 1976, USS Midway (CV-41) with RADM W. N. Small, COMCARGRU THREE, serving as Commander, Task Group CTG-77.4 since in January 1976 assigned and CDR J. L. Fiinley, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Lawrence Cleveland Chambers, USNA '52, as Commanding Officer, ending her 12th deployment, as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet, in the Western Pacific Region, on her 17th South China Sea, conducting Operations in the Pacific Ocean, en route to Subic op-areas, operating in the Okinawa and Northern Japan, conducting extensive preparations for ship/VA weapons inspection conducted en route; Refresher Flight Operations and Training on 9 July 1976 and while transiting south to Subic Bay, CVW-5 also flew a heavy schedule of bombing against Midway’s target spar and the W-183 target area east of Okinawa; conducting a WASEX with USS Chicago (CG-11), exercising the ships in a realistic warfare scenario on 11 July 1976; north to participate in another Blue Sky exercise with the ROKAF; proceeded through the Okinawa op-areas flying cyclic training sorties and finishing INSURV preparations, conducting one more Cope Cherry event with JASDF marked the final training event of this at-sea period before entering Tokyo Bay. Midway arrived Subic, Phillipnes for a Weapons inspection for VA squadrons. Final prep for ship's weapons inspection on 15 July 1976. After a 6 day operating period and devoted the four days inport to the wing’s weapons inspection and preparation for the ship’s inspection, commencing ship’s weapons inspection and South China Sea, Okinawa and Northern Japan operations on 19 July 1976 accomplished successfully. Midway Flight operations and weapons delivery training continued against Crow Valley and Scarborough Shoals targets until late on the 22nd, when Midway sailed north to participate in another Blue Sky exercise with the ROKAF on 23 July 1976 and Official visit aboard via COD from MGEN T. C. Liang, ROKAF, C. O. 3rd Wing, Chinese and U. S. Military personnel, 16 field grade and below ROK personnel. They were hosted at lunch by COMCARGRU THREE, the Wardroom, and the Chief Petty Officer’s Mess. They also toured command and control spaces, attended an air wing briefing, observed a launch/recovery cycle, and watched a bombing demonstration. Midway proceeded through the Okinawa op-areas flying cyclic training sorties and finishing INSURV preparations, conducting one more Cope Cherry event on 28 July 1976 with JASDF marked the final training event of this at-sea period before entering Tokyo Bay. Midway anchored off Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 1 August 1976 to embark RADM Bulkelly and the INSURV party for the UMI phase conducted within the local Yokosuka op-areas. Ports of call included Subic, Phillipnes. 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 14th 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 20th 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 30th 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 (9 July to 4 August 1976)” (Ref. 1-Midway & 72).

 

09/07/76 to 04/08/76

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

EAST COAST

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

NOV 1965

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

01 JUL 77 ~ 31 DEC 78

01 JUL 80 ~ 31 DEC 81

01 JAN 82 ~ 30 JUN 83

01 JAN 90 ~ 31 DEC 90

01 JAN 76 ~ 30 JUN 77

17th SCS

30th FWFD

 

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

      “After a midshipmen cruise from Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) to the Philippines in early July 1976, USS Chicago (CG-11) began an inport period lasting until 2 August 1976” (Ref. 1446).

 

      “RADM Bulkeley embarked USS Midway (CV-41) for NSURV party at Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 2 August 1976.

 

       USS Midway (CV-41) conducted UMI phase of INSURV, in local Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) op-area from 2 to 3 August 1976.

 

      “On 4 August 1976 USS Chicago (CG-11) participated in "Multiplex 1-7T", followed by a successful missile firing exercise off Poro Point, Luzon, on 7 August 1976, returning to Subic Bay for upkeep” (Ref. 1446).

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) was alongside pier, inport Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 4 August 1976.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) came alongside the pier of Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on 5 August for the open and inspect phase of INSURV.

 

      USS Midway (CV-41) underwent Open and Inspect phase of INSURV, inport Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 4 to 6 August 1976, commenceing recovery from INSURV, inport Yokosuka on 7 August 1976 as the Midway crew renewed acquaintances with their family and friends.

 

      “On 4 August 1976 USS Chicago (CG-11) participated in "Multiplex 1-7T", followed by a successful missile firing exercise off Poro Point, Luzon, on 7 August 1976, returning to Subic Bay for upkeep” (Ref. 1446).

 

      “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).