Midway (CV 41) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1987

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l^^S^MIDWAV soldVerT ^msr^ USS MIDWA Y. first of the three 45. 000 ton CVB s started near the end ot WORLD WAR II. was comissioned on September 10. 1945. The product at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company was named for the Battle of Midway, which marked a turning point in World War II and proved conclusively the potential ot naval aviation. MIDWAY ' S first major operation alter shakedown was an exercise in the North Atlantic called Operation Frostbite With three destroyers and a fleet oiler she conducted test to evaluate the performance of various types of aircraft in the extreme weather. After three training cruises in the Caribbean, MIDWAY sailed from Norfolk on another experimental mission. This time she was accompanied by scientific observers as she fired a German V-2 rocket from her flight- deck, the first time such a weapon was fired from a ship at sea or a moving platform For the next several years MIDWAY sailed with the Atlantic Fleet operating in the Mediterranean. Caribbean and Atlantic Oceans. She also crossed the Arctic Circle on one cruise gaining membership in the ' ' Royal Order of the Blue Nose " In December 1954 MIDWAY departed Norfolk for a world cruise Ihal would take her to such ports as Capetown. South Africa and Colombo, Ceylon before joining the Seventh Fleet off Formosa in February She served there patrolling the Formosan Straits and the South China Sea until June when she returned brielly to her new home port, Alameda. California. In August she was commissioned to undergo modernization at Puget Sound Shipyard. When she returned to the fleet in September, 1957 she sported an enclosed hurricane bow. and angled llightdeck. three new steam catapults, new arresting gear, jet blast deflec- and the largest aviation crane ever installed on an aircraft i rawing fft Etiiciei. MIDWA . February ■I eight years MIDWA Y operated in the Pacific with the First *) Fleets. A highlight ol this period was the first fully automatic If) June 13, 1963. An F-4 Phantom and an F-8 Crusader ■ ' ^out their pilots touching the controls ■} as part of Task Force 77 in the Gulf of Tonkin, w ) ;. 900 combat missions against north Vietnam. ' MIDWA Y aircraft were responsible for downing the ■ rse MIGs of the air conflict for their performance, ' 7 Attack Carrier Air Wing TWO. received the ^nd, in addition, MIDWAY received the battle IS the outstanding carrier in the Pacific Fleet. I in November and was decommissioned in ni Naval Shipyard to undergo the most mpleted on a Naval vessel ' l equivalent to the newest conventionally powered carriers and is able to launch and recover aircraft one-third heavier than her sister ship, CORAL SEA. Her increased capabilities are a result of the expansion of her flight deck from 2.82 to 4.02 acres, and the addition ot three new deck edge elevators, new arresting gear machinery, and catapults She has also added the largest and most complex avionics ships in the fleet, the computerized Naval Tactical Data System and many habitability improvements. 1970 was a year of preparation for MIDWA Y After commissioning on January 31. Builders Trials, Refresher Training and a Post Shakedown yard period helped bring the ship and crew to a peak of readiness. This was reflected in outstanding performances by the ship in early 1971 during Interim Refresher Training, a fleet exercise, several Carrier Qualification periods and an Operational Readiness Inspection. MIDWAY departed Alameda on April 16th for service with the U.S. Sev- enth Fleet off the coast of South Vietnam. With Air Wing Five embarked and a crew of 4.500 the ship launched over six thousand missions in support of allied operations in the Republic of Vietnam. MIDWA Y returned to Alameda on November 6th after spending a total ol 146 days at sea during her 1971 deployment. Due to a sudden North Vietnamese invasion of South Vietnam. MIDWAY left on April 10, 1972 for a third Vietnam deployment, seven weeks prior to her scheduled deployment date On this deployment MIDWA Y aircraft played an important role in the effort of US forces to stop the flow of men and supplies into South Vietnam from the North and were credited with downing the last MIG of the war Operating in the Gulf of Tonkin longer than any other carrier and air wing during a single deployment (250 days). MIDWA Y and Air Wing FIVE were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for this action. On September 1 1. 1973, MIDWA Y left Alameda on one of her most important voyages to date. The men of MIDWA Y and Air Wing FIVE moved with their families to Yokosuka, Japan as part of the Navy ' s Overseas Family Residency Program. MIDWA Y was stationed off the coast of Viet- nam on April 29. 1975 when evacuation began. In two days of operations, in Midlink 77, an exercise hosted by the Iranian Navy and including representatives from Pakistan, Turkey, and the Royal Navy. MIDWAY returned to the Indian Ocean in 1979 and made two cruises there within a year The first was in April in keeping with the U.S. policy ol maintaining a high visible presence in the area. This " emergency " cruise earned MID- WAY the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Expeditionary Medals. Due to events in the Middle East, she returned to the Indian Ocean in September and remained there until February 1980. When hostilities escalated be- tween Iran and Iraq, MIDWAY and its Battle Group responded to threats of mining the internationally important Strait of Hormuz.

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