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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 and decommissing and recommissiong (3 August 1955 to 30 September 1957); Sea Trials Full Report and period from 30 September to 31 December 1957; USS Midway (CVA-41) set sail for her new homeport of Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, arriving on 14 December 1957; followed by six weeks of Underway Training, instructions, and practice designed to bring the crew to its peak of battle efficiency, anchored far out in Coronado Roads and steamed to Long Beach, California where docking facilities were made available for liberty and served as training ship for over one hundred and fifty future officers when Midshipmen from colleges all over the Western United States reported aboard at Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco during an up keep period, for a six week cruise for a Formal Underway Training, instructions, and practice designed to bring the crew to its peak of battle efficiency, conducted from 26 January to 7 March 1958).

(3 August 1955 to 15 August 1958)

CHAPTER XV

 

 

    “The Midway (CVA-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, with Capt. Joseph F. Bolger her 1st CO, entered the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington on 3 August 1955, shortly after she returned from her sixth Mediterranean Sea deployment via Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, with Captain Reynold Delos Hogle, USNA ’29 as Commanding Officer, for a 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” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 1082, 1178-G & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1955).  

 

    “Captain Richard Spalding Rogers, USNA ‘37, assumed command during a change of command ceremony aboard USS Midway (CVA-41) on 7 September 1955, relieving Captain Reynold Delos Hogle, USNA ‘29, 14th Commanding Officer, serving from October 1, 1954 - September 7, 1955” (Ref. 1178-G). 

 

    “USS Midway (CVA-41) was placed out of commission, in the Puget Sound Navy Yard, for 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 on 15 October 1955. The Midway was awarded the Battle Efficiency “E” by Commander, Air Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet for fiscal year 1955. The ship won a similar award in fiscal 1952 (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1955).

 

    “Captain Francis Edward Nuessle, USNA ‘32 assumed command during a change of command ceremony aboard USS Midway (CVA-41) on 30 September 1957, relieving Captain Richard Spalding Rogers, USNA ‘37, 15th Commanding Officer, serving from September 7, 1955 - October 14, 1955” (Ref. 1178-G). 

 

    “The Midway (CVA-41), former CVB, the 41st aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 35th, commissioning on 10 September 1945, conducted SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington, entering on 3 August 1955, shortly after she returned from her sixth Mediterranean Sea deployment via Naval Air Station, Alameda, California and was decommissioned (15 October 1955) and recommissioned (30 September 1957), with Captain Francis Edward Nuessle, USNA ’32, relieving Captain Reynold Delos Hogle, USNA ‘29, 14th Commanding Officer, serving from October 1, 1954 - September 7, 1955, assuming command during a change of command ceremony aboard Midway on 7 September 1955, with Commander Lester B. Libbey, Jr., Executive Officer beginning in August 1955. The largest and most modern ship on the Pacific Coast. Total cost of conversion raw well over fifty-five million dollars. Installations an island structure, two steam catapults on the bow and a third shorter steam cat in the new angled flight deck. The purpose of the third catapult was to allow ready deck launches while keeping the landing area clear for recoveries in an “alert” situation. Additional improvements included the installation of a hurricane (enclosed) bow, moving elevator number three to the starboard deck edge aft of the island, and enlarging number one elevator to accommodate longer aircraft. On recommissioning in September 1957, Midway’s load displacement had grown from 55,000 to 62,000 tons. An increased fuel capacity, and latest electronic equipment ensured Midway to be one of thee most effective fighting aerodromes afloat” (Ref. 1176A, 1176G, 1176I, 1081N & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1955).  

 

USS Midway (CVA-41) PARTICIPATION IN OPERATIONAL TESTS

 

    “Post repair Trials in Puget Sound from 9 to 11 October 1957                   

 

Command and Area:  COMTHIRTEEN

Report and Orders:  CVA-41/A-9-6 Ser 45 (Ref. AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 (30 September to 31 December 1957) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1957).

 

    “On 23 October 1957, the Pacific Board of Inspection and Survey came aboard USS Midway (CVA-41) for acceptance trials and inspections. The entire plant including damage control material and procedures were thoroughly tested and inspected with discrepancies noted. Included in these tests and inspections, were a four hour full power run with a crash back down and crash ahead. A lock shaft drill on number two and four shafts was also included (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1957).

 

USS Midway (CVA-41) PARTICIPATION IN OPERATIONAL TESTS

 

     “Test: BI & S:  Board of Inspection and Survey Trial for acceptance of vessel following conversion. This included a four hour full power run from 28 October to 1 November 1957 (Ref. (c), CVA-41/58 Ser 407/42 of 5 NOV 1957)

 

Command and Area:  COMTHIRTEEN

Report and Orders:  CVA-41/58 Ser 407/42 5 NOV 57

Reporting Period from 30 SEP 57 to 31 DEC 57 (Ref. AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 (30 September to 31 December 1957) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1957).

 

    “After recommissioning on 30 September 1957, the majority of Midway first months was spent at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for necessary fitting out and post conversion alterations. The daily routine was far from glamorous, and upon first glance tiny Bremerton offered little to the restless sailor in his free time. But in reality, it proved to be a most enjoyable period for Midway’s new life. Basketball and softball leagues were formed, fishing and boating were available to all, skiing unequalled in the Northwest was only an hours ride away. The “Ys,” USOs, and officers clubs in Bremerton and Seattle offered many fine dances and parties to USS Midway (CVA-41) personnel, and probably most important, families were together for months at a time. The Puget Sound Area won many converts during the “MID’S” stay, and more than a few sorry to see the firtopped country-side fall behind us” (Ref. 1176G & 1176H).

 

    “USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Dependents Day Cruise on 2 December 1957.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) took on of ammunition at Naval Ammunition Depot, Bangor, Wa. from 2 to 6 December 1957.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) commenced Open House at Seattle, Washington on 6 December 1957.

 

     After initial trials and in-service board acceptance USS Midway (CVA-41) became part of the Pacific Fleet, attached to Commander Naval Air, Pacific Fleet for both Administrative and Operational Control on 7 December 1957.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) conducterd Open House at Seattle, Washington from 6 to 10 December 1957.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) departed Seattle, Wa. on 10 December 1957 for Shakedown Training oper­ations off the coast of California, conducted from the port of San Francisco and San Diego:

 

PERSONNEL ON BOARD:

 

Officer:             Aviators 30                    Air Pilots --      Other 87           Total 117

Enlisted:               ---                               0                        2388                  2388

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) returned to Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 14 December 1957, conducting Training in ship preservation, familiarization with equipment, damage control, general drills and all areas of training suggested by Fleet Training Group, San Diego, Ca. en route to Alameda, California from Seattle, Wa. on 10 December 1957, Home Port of Midway, conducted from the port of San Francisco and San Diego (10 to 14 December 1957). On arriving at Alameda, the crew embarked on a well deserved leave period.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Holiday and Leave Period at her home port of Naval Air Station, Alameda, California from 14 to 31 December 1957 (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1957).

 

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 and decommissing and recommissiong (3 August 1955 to 30 September 1957); Sea Trials - Full Report and period from 30 September to 31 December 1957 – Chapter 15, Appendix I.

 

USS Midway (CVA-41) AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 (30 September to 31 December 1957) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1957) – Chapter 15, Appendix II

 


USS Midway (CVA-41) underway. Given the presence (flight deck, forward) of a group of F3H-2 Demons from the "Evaluators" of Air Development Squadron 4 (VX-4), the photo might have been taken in late 1957, when VX-4 tested the new Sparrow III air-to-air missile. (Digitally enhanced by Tom Kermen.). NS024100. Submitted by: David Buell.

http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024100.jpg

 


F3H-2 Demon, BuNo 143428, assigned to Air Development Squadron (VX) 4 "Evaluators," with Sparrow III missiles, aboard USS Midway (CVA-41). Believed to have been taken in late 1957. NS0241ay. Submitted by: Pieter Bakels.

http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/0241ay.jpg

 


Good image of USS
Midway (CVA-41), showing her modifications from her 1957 SCB-110 overhaul. The most notable upgrades of SCB-110 were addition of her angled flight deck and increased beam, and heavy duty catapults to handle heavier aircraft. NS024107. USN. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024100.jpg

 

     “USS Midway (CVA-41) departed Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 1 January 1958, to conduct NAS ALAMEDA-Operations off West Coast U. S. and San Diego to Long Beach, California for Formal Underway Training, instructions, and practice designed to bring the crew to its peak of battle efficiency.

 

      USS Midway (CVA-41) returned to Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 14 February 1958, conducting NAS ALAMEDA-Operations off West Coast U. S. and San Diego to Long Beach, California for Formal Underway Training, instructions, and practice designed to bring the crew to its peak of battle efficiency” (Ref. 1176A, 1176G & AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 (1 January to 31 March 1958) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1958).

 

USS Midway (CVA-41) PARTICIPATION IN OPERATIONAL TESTS:

 

a.  TEST: STANDARDIZATION TRIALS

                         

PERIOD: 14-17 JAN

                          COMMAND AND AREA: San Clemente Island

                          REPORT AND ORDERS: Order-CNO spd ltr Ser 1834P43B

                          Report-PSNS Conf Tech Report T-30524B Mar 58 (Ref. AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 (1 January to 31 March 1958) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1958).

 

     “USS Midway (CVA-41) returned to Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 14 February 1958, conducting NAS ALAMEDA-Operations off West Coast U. S. (1 to 25 January 1958), that included participation in operational test off San Clemente Island (Order-CNO spd ltr Ser 1834P43B Report-PSNS Conf Tech Report T-30524B Mar 58) from 14 to 17 January 1958 and San Diego to Long Beach, California (26 January to 14 February 1958) for Formal Underway Training, instructions, and practice designed to bring the crew to its peak of battle efficiency (1 January to 14 February 1958)” (Ref. 1176A, 1176G & AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 (1 January to 31 March 1958) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1958).

 

     “USS Midway (CVA-41) remained at Naval Air Station, Alameda, California from 15 to 25 February 1958.

 

      USS Midway (CVA-41) departed Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 26 February 1958, for operationns in the Long Beach Area” (Ref. AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 (1 January to 31 March 1958) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1958).       

 

     “USS Midway (CVA-41) returned to Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 7 March 1958, conducting operations in the Long Beach Area from 26 February to 7 March 1958. New concepts and the latest methods were taught to willing listeners, and by trial and error, the men began to learn what was expected of them and how best to do it. Lcdr Bergner made the historic first landing. Midway anchored far out in Coronado Roads during Underway Training, as rough seas precluded all but a minimum of liberty, thus for the weekend of February seventh thru ninth, Midway steamed to Long Beach, California where docking facilities were made available. Upon arrival, the ship was met with many curious citizens eager to tour the ship. Once the ship was made ready, long serpentine columns covered the pier, flight and hangar decks continually, and when the brows were secured, hundreds of visitors were still waiting to come aboard. In less than eight hours of actual visiting time more than twenty thousand men, women, and children poured over the gangways. Never before in the ports history had any ship received such a welcome. At the end of the last week of underway training, observers boarded Midway anchored far out in Coronado Roads to monitor the final “battle problem.” This exercise was designed to test the capability of every department on the ship to carry out its specific functions, effectively, under the most realistic simulated battle conditions possible” (Ref. 1176A, 1176G, 1176J, 1176L & AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 (1 January to 31 March 1958) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1958).

 

     “USS Midway (CVA-41) remained at Naval Air Station, Alameda, California from 8 to 25 March 1958.

 

      USS Midway (CVA-41) departed Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 26 March 1958, for the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, to conduct Alterations.

 

      USS Midway (CVA-41) arrived Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington on 29 March 1958 from Naval Air Station, Alameda, California for Alterations (Ref. AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 (1 January to 31 March 1958) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1958).


USS
Midway (CVA-41) AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1958) (1 January to 31 March 1958) - Chapter XV, Appendix III.

 

PERSONNEL ON BOARD

 

NAVAL:

AVIATORS  30   AIR PILOTS: -0-   OTHER:     89        TOTAL 119

ENLISTED:  -0-                            -0-   OTHER: 2376       TOTAL 2376

 

     “USS Midway (CVA-41) departed the Puget Sound Navy Yard on 19 May 1958, conducting Alterations from 29 March to 19 May 1958 and resumed exercises along the coast from Alameda, arriving home port of Naval Air Station, Alameda, California (Ref. AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 (1 January to 31 March 1958) and (1 April to 30 June 1958) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1958).

 

     “Captain John Thomas Blackburn, USNA ‘33, assumed command during a change of command ceremony aboard USS Midway (CVA-41) on 2 June 1958, relieving Captain Francis Edward Nuessle, USNA ’32,16th Commanding Officer, serving from September 30, 1957 - June 2, 1958” (Ref. 1176G, 1176M & AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 (1 April to 30 June 1958) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1958).

 

     “USS Midway (CVA-41) departed Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 23 May 1958, for NAS ALAMEDA – Operations off west coast.

 

      USS Midway (CVA-41) arrived Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Ca., conducting NAS ALAMEDA – Operations off west coast sense departing Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 23 May 1958.

 

      USS Midway (CVA-41) departed Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Ca. on 30 June 1958, for return to Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, conducting up keep and repairs from 25 to 30 June 1958 (Ref. AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 (1 January to 31 March 1958) and (1 April to 30 June 1958) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1958).

 

USS Midway (CVA-41) AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1958) (1 April to 30 June 1958) – Chapter 15, Appendix IV.

 

PERSONNEL ON BOARD

 

NAVAL:

OFFICER:        AVIATORS: 30           AIR PILOTS: -0-         OTHER  92 TOTAL: 122

ENLISTED:                          -0-                                    -0-         OTHER 2453   TOTAL 2453

 

     “USS Midway (CVA-41) returned to Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, conducting up keep and repairs from 25 to 30 June 1958 at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Ca. (Ref. AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 (1 January to 31 March 1958) and (1 April to 30 June 1958) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1958).

 

      “Followed by exercises along the coast from Alameda, USS Midway (CVA-41) departed Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 1 July 1958 for a period of upkeep in the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Ca.

 

      USS Midway (CVA-41) returned to Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, conducting up keep and repairs from 1 to 16 July 1958 at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Ca.

 

     “USS Midway (CVA-41) remained at Naval Air Station, Alameda, California from 17 July to 16 August 1958 at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Ca. (Ref. AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 (1 April to 30 June 1958) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1958).

 

     “On 16 July 1958, USS Midway (CVA-41) put to sea from Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco to conduct Sea Trials, conducting a period of upkeep in the San Francisco Naval Shipyard between June to 16 July 1958 (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1958).

 

      “USS Midway (CVA-41) served as training ship for over one hundred and fifty future officers when Midshipmen from colleges all over the Western United States reported aboard at Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard for a six week cruise. Inntheir role of junior officers, the Middies received a small taste of the life that was soon to be theirs for several years. An opportunity was afforded for all hands to learn by doing. Series of on the job instructions and lectures were established to show the “why,” as well as the “how” of seagoing operations” (Ref. 1176G, 1176N & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1958).  

 

     “USS Midway (CVA-41) returned to Naval Air Station, Alameda, California in mid August 1958, at the end of a month and a half tour for over one hundred and fifty Midshipmen from July and August 1958, returning to their colleges for completion of their senior year, and when they return again it will be as Ensigns, having experienced combat exercises, gun shoots, and carrier qualifications” (Ref. 1176A, 1176G, 1176J & 1176N).

 

 

USS Midway (CVA-41) at the entrance to San Francisco Bay. Official USN photo, probably taken sometime between 30 September 1957 (Midway recommissioned after her SCB-110 modernization) and 16 August 1958 (Midway departed on her first WestPac cruise). NS0241ai. Submitted by: David Buell. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/0241ai.jpg

 

USS Midway (CVA-41) AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1958).

(1 July to 30 September 1958) – Chapter 15, Appendix V.

 

U.S. AIRCRAFT CARRIERS MODIFIED WITH ANGLED FLIGHT DECK, ENCLOSED HURRICANE BOW AND STEAM DRIVEN CATAPULTS – Chapter 15, Appendix VI.

 

USS Midway (CVA-41) AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1957).

(30 September to 31 December 1957)

CHAPTER XV

Appendix I

 

 

Unit:  U. S. S. MIDWAY (CVA-41)

Reporting Period from 30 SEP 57 to 31 DEC 57

 

PART I – ALL UNITS

 

1.  Unit:  U. S. S. MIDWAY (CVA-41)

 

Commissioned at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 30 September 1957.

 

2.  Commanding Officer:  F. E. NUESSLE, CAPTAIN

 

3.  PERSONNEL ON BOARD:

 

Officer:       Aviators 30                    Air Pilots --                   Other 87           Total 117

Enlisted:                      ---                                    0                              2388                2388

 

4.  MISSION OR FUNCTION:  MIDWAY will provide mobile base facilities for the effective employment of the military potential of embarked aircraft squadrons and detachments.

 

5.  GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:

                    PART II

 

6.  OFFICIAL OR OTHER RECOGNITION OF UNIT ACCOMPLISHMENT:

                    NONE

 

7.  NEXT UPPER COMMAND ECHELON

 

a.  ADMINISTRATIVE – COMNAVAIRPAC

                    ASSIGNED – 7 DEC 1957

 

b.  OPERATIONAL – COMNAVAIRPAC

                    ASSIGNED – 7 DEC 1957

 

8.  PARTICIPATION IN SPECIAL AND JOOINT EXERCISES OR MANEUVERS

                    NONE

 

9.  PARTICIPATION IN OPERATIONAL TESTS

 

a.  Test:  Post Repair Trials

                    Period:  9-11 OCT

                    Command and Area:  COMTHIRTEEN

                    Report and Orders:  CVA-41/A-9-6 Ser 45

 

b.  Test:  BI & S

                    Period:  28 OCT – 1 NOV

                    Command and Area:  COMTHIRTEEN

                    Report and Orders:  CVA-41/58 Ser 407/42 5 NOV 57

 

DESCRIPTION

 

       a. Post Repair Trials:  Shipyard trials on completion of major conversion.

       b. BI & S:  Board of Inspection and Survey Trial for acceptance of vessel following conversion.  This included a four hour full power run.

 

10.  TRAINING:

 

       Training was conducted in ship preservation, familiarization with equipment, damage control, general drills and all areas of training suggested by Fleet Training Group, San Diego.  All departments have concentrated their training on preparing for underway training at San Diego in February 1958.

 

1.  GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:

 

Location:                                                                                        Period


PUGET SOUND NAVAL SHIPYARD                       30 SEP 57 – 2 DEC 57

NAD BANGOR, WASHINGTON                                2 DEC 57 – 6 DEC 57

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON                                          6 DEC 57 – 10 DEC 57

NAS ALAMEDA, CALIFORNIA                                14 DEC 57 – 31 DEC 57

 

2.  AIR UNITS ON BOARD OR TENDED

             NONE

 

3.  MILES STEAMED:  2765                                      

FUEL CONSUMED – 1,622,697 gals.           AVIATION FUEL – NONE

 

5-6.  CARRIER LANDINGS AND CATAPULT LAUNCHINGS:

             NONE

 

PART III – AIR WINGS AND GROUPS

             NONE

PART IV – SQUADRONS

 

1.  TYPE A/C ASSIGNED – NONE

 

2.  OPERATIONAL STATISTICS

 

MONTH:  OCTOBER

 

PILOTS ON BOARD:  29

HOURS FLOWN: 152

FLIGHTS:  TRAINING:  21   SERVICE: 5     COMBAT: -0- TOTAL 26

 

MONTH:  NOVEMBER

 

PILOTS ON BOARD:  29      

HOURS FLOWN: 188

FLIGHTS:  TRAINING:  30   SERVICE: 2     COMBAT: -0- TOTAL 32

DECEMBER

PILOTS ON BOARD: 30       

HOURS FLOWN: 231

FLIGHTS:  TRAINING: 46    SERVICE -0-   COMBAT: -0- TOTAL 46

 

TOTAL:  HOURS FLOWN:  571      

    TRAINING: 97        SERVICE: 7     COMBAT: -0- TOTAL: 104

 

PART V – TRAINING UNITS

             NONE

 

PART VI – AIR STATIONS

             NONE

 

COMMAND AND ACTIVITIES ON BOARD

NONE

 

SUPPORTED FACILITIES

             NONE

 

PART VII – SUPPLEMENT

 

OTHER SIGNIFICANT EVENTS:

             NONE

 

ADDITIONAL PAGES AND APPENDED DOCUMENTS:

 

             ADDITIONAL PAGE ATTACHED. (1)

 

ADDITIONAL PAGE TO AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY - Chapter 15, Aappendix II

 

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 and decommissing and recommissiong (3 August 1955 to 30 September 1957); Sea Trials - Full Report and period 30 September to 31 December 1957.

CHAPTER XV

Appendix II

 

 

“After a conversion that was two years in the making, at a cost of over fifty million dollars, USS Midway (CVA-41) was re-commissioned 30 September 1957, with Captain Francis E. Nuessle in command at Puget Sound Naval Ship­yard after being decommissioned two years undergoing extensive conversion. Vice Admiral George W. Anderson, Jr., Chief of Staff of the Pacific Command was the principal speaker during the ceremonies held aboard Midway arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, on 8 August 1955 and placed out of commission, in the Puget Sound Navy Yard on 15 October 1955 for conversion which included installation of an angle flight deck (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1955). The conversion included the following:

 

1. All bomb elevators modified and re-located.

 

2. Gallery deck and island structure air-conditioned and sound-absorbing panels installed.

 

3. Hurricane bow installed.

 

4. Angled deck installed.

 

5. Addition of Steam Catapults.

 

6. New-type arresting gear installed.

 

7. No. 3 elevator relocated to starboard side.

 

8. Aft end of stack modified and new structure ("pri-fly") installed (Space enclosed with electric-conductor glass).

 

9. A wider ship's beam—with four (4) feet extended on each side of the ship. (This was accomplished by addition of fuel tanks and voids)

 

10. New boat and aircraft crane installed on flight deck. (Its capacity is 50,000 lbs.—the largest crane ever installed on any such conversion)

 

11. Wet accumulators for steam catapults added. (MIDWAY is the first ship to have this addition. These accumulators give better-controlled catapult speed, occupy less space, and are more economical than the old-type retrievers)

 

12. Addition of approximately five (5) times more deck tile than any other conversion.

 

13. HEAF (JP-5) tanks (Kerosene tanks) installed. (This is the first ship to have this new-type tank installed. Only one-fourth (1/4) original tanks (gasoline)

 

14. All living spaces enlarged and greatly modernized (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1957).

 

USS Midway (CVA-41) Historical Report for period 30 September 1957 to 31 December 1957” (Ref. AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1957).

 

MILES STEAMED:  2765     

FUEL CONSUMED – 1,622,697 gals.          

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:

 

Location:                                                                           Period:

 

PUGET SOUND NAVAL SHIPYARD                       30 SEP 57 – 2 DEC 57

NAD BANGOR, WASHINGTON                                2 DEC 57 – 6 DEC 57

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON                                          6 DEC 57 – 10 DEC 57

NAS ALAMEDA, CALIFORNIA                                14 DEC 57 – 31 DEC 57

 

PARTICIPATION IN OPERATIONAL TESTS

 

Post repair Trials in Puget Sound from 9 to 11 October 1957                         

Command and Area:  COMTHIRTEEN

Report and Orders:  CVA-41/A-9-6 Ser 45

 

“On 23 October 1957, the Pacific Board of Inspection and Survey came aboard for acceptance trials and inspections.  The entire plant including damage control material and procedures were thoroughly tested and inspected with discrepancies noted.  (Ref. (c), CVA-41/58 Ser 407/42 of 5 NOV 1957)  Included in these tests and inspections, were a four hour full power run with a crash back down and crash ahead.  A lock shaft drill on number two and four shafts was also included (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1957).

 

PARTICIPATION IN OPERATIONAL TESTS

 

Test: BI & S:  Board of Inspection and Survey Trial for acceptance of vessel following conversion.  This included a four hour full power run from 28 October to 1 November 1957.

 

Command and Area:  COMTHIRTEEN

Report and Orders:  CVA-41/58 Ser 407/42 5 NOV 57

Reporting Period from 30 SEP 57 to 31 DEC 57.

 

Dependents Day Cruise on 2 December 1957.

 

Taking on of ammunition at Naval Ammunition Depot, Bangor, Wa. from 2 to 6 December 1957.

 

After initial trials and in-service board acceptance Midway became part of the Pacific Fleet, attached to Commander Naval Air, Pacific Fleet for both Administrative and Operational Control on 7 December 1957.

 

Open House at Seattle, Washington from 6 to 10 December 1957.

 

Midway departed Seattle on 10 December 1957 for Shakedown Training oper­ations off the coast of California, conducted from the port of San Francisco and San Diego.

 

PERSONNEL ON BOARD:

 

Officer:                          Aviators 30                    Air Pilots --      Other 87           Total 117

Enlisted:                            ---                               0                        2388                  2388

 

MISSION OR FUNCTIONUSS Midway (CVA-41) will provide mobile base facilities for the effective employment of the military potential of embarked aircraft squadrons and detachments.

 

Training was conducted in ship preservation, familiarization with equipment, damage control, general drills and all areas of training suggested by Fleet Training Group, San Diego, Ca. en route to Alameda, California, Home Port of Midway (10 to 14 December 1957).

 

On arriving at Alameda, 14 December 1955, the crew embarked on a well deserved leave period.

 

Holiday and Leave Period from 14-31 December 1957 (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1957).

 

 

USS Midway (CVA-41) OPERATIONAL STATISTICS

 

MONTH:  OCTOBER

PILOTS ON BOARD:  29

HOURS FLOWN: 152

FLIGHTS:  TRAINING:  21   SERVICE: 5     COMBAT: -0- TOTAL 26

 

MONTH:  NOVEMBER

PILOTS ON BOARD:  29      

HOURS FLOWN: 188

FLIGHTS:  TRAINING:  30   SERVICE: 2     COMBAT: -0- TOTAL 32

 

MONTH:  DECEMBER

PILOTS ON BOARD: 30       

HOURS FLOWN: 231

FLIGHTS:  TRAINING: 46    SERVICE -0-   COMBAT: -0- TOTAL 46

 

TOTAL:  HOURS FLOWN:  571      

    TRAINING: 97        SERVICE: 7   COMBAT: -0- TOTAL: 104

 

30 September to 31 December 1957

 

1.  General. After a conversion that was two years in the making, at a cost of over fifty million dollars, Midway was commissioned 30 September 1957 at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. Vice Admiral George W. ANDERSON, Jr., Chief of Staff of the Pacific Command was the principal speaker during the ceremonies held aboard Midway. Captain Francis E. NUESSLE assumed command.

 

2.  Conversion.

 

a.  Most easily recognized of Midway’s new features are the addition of the angled flight deck, jutting off the port side, and the hurricane bow. The angled flight deck will give Midway the capability of recovering and launching aircraft simultaneously as well as adding to the overall safety of carrier operations. In addition to making the ship less vulnerable to heavy seas the enclosed bow gives the ship a more clean, fast, modern profile.

 

b.  Another major installation was the changeover to steam catapults and the addition of one extra catapult at the waist of the ship off the angled deck.  Wet accumulators are used on all "cats" giving better controlled catapult speed as well as occupying less space and being more economical.

 

c.  Most noticeable from the crews’ standpoint is the emphasis on "livability" aboard Midway.  Many of the living spaces have been air-conditioned.  All have been painted harmonizing pastel shades. Each man has his own large individual locker and a reading lamp over his bunk.  Living spaces, as well as most working spaces, are decked with green tile, taking away some of the typical drab appearance found on combat vessels.

 

d.  Other features include:

 

(1) Number three elevator relocated to starboard side.

 

(2) Bomb elevators modified and relocated.

 

(3) Gallery deck and island structure air-conditioned and sound absor­bing panels installed.

 

New type arresting gear installed.

 

A wider ship's beam with four feet extended on each side of the ship.  This was caused by the addition of fuel tanks and voids.  HEAF (JP-5) tanks were added making Midway the first ship to have these new-type tanks installed.

 

A new boat and aircraft crane installed on the flight deck.  Its capacity of 45,000 tons makes it the largest crane installed on any such conversion.

 

(7) The aft end stack modified and a new structure on the island (Pri-Fly) installed.

 

3. Post Commissioning.

 

a.  Since conversion, Midway’s big job has been the training of her crew and integrating them into one large team of single purpose. Much time has also been spent in the huge task of ''housecleaning” after departure of the yard personnel and the subsequent cleaning needed to keep shipshape.

 

b.  Tests, inspections and various sea trials were also conducted during this period in order to ascertain Midway’s sea worthiness and capabilities. These are mentioned later in this report.

 

4.  Departmental Comments.  Problems met prior to, and after commissioning were handled effectively by the ship's departments and it is felt worthy to include here some of the more important happenings to each department.

 

a. Engineer.

 

(1) Upon commissioning the engineers assumed much of the responsibility for test, inspection and maintenance of the engineering plant with technical and other assistance provided by Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.  A short period, 9-11 October was spent on sea trials in Puget Sound to determine any defects in workmanship and material not previously found.  (Ref. (b), CVA-41/A-9-6 Ser 45) The major problem found was leakage in the superheated tubes of Boiler number 4-C.  Work was done to remedy this by the ship's force assisted by Puget Sound Naval Shipyard personnel.

 

(2) On 23 October, the Pacific Board of Inspection and Survey came aboard for acceptance trials and inspections.  The entire plant including damage control material and procedures were thoroughly tested and inspected with discrepancies noted.  (Ref. (c), CVA-41/58 Ser 407/42 of 5 NOV 1957)  Included in these tests and inspections, were a four hour full power run with a crash back down and crash ahead.  A lock shaft drill on number two and four shafts was also included.

 

(3) While enroute to Alameda, 10-l4 December, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard conducted special tests on Boiler number 2B to determine overload capabilities when operating on three burners.

 

b.  Gunnery.

 

(l) The Gunnery departments’ main job after commissioning was one of preparation of spaces and readying of equipment.  In addition many and various directives, organizational and instructional bills had to be drawn.  For many of the men carriers were new duty and it was difficult orientating them to carrier methods.  A lack of previous or similar instructions to use as formats as well as a lack of bureau and command publications and directives handicapped Gunnery's initial efforts.

 

(2) Working at seventy five percent of allowance all equipment was finally made operative.  The three inch battery required special effort to get it in condition.  The alignment of the batteries and fire control equipment required the efforts of all gunnery personnel.  At the same time, preparation was being made for taking on ammunition at Bangor Naval Ammunition Depot. Non skid paint was applied, battens built and brackets installed.  The preparations paid off however and the loading operation came off smoothly without incident.

 

(3) The reminder of the time gunnery has spent in intensive training in drills arid the use of equipment, as well as indoctrination of a green crew in every day shipboard living.

 

c. Operations.

 

(1) The primary task of the Operations department during this period has been the coordination of the ships' activities and implementation of a long range training program designed to bring the ship up to operational standards. This training program brought the ship a long way toward being prepared for its' underway training period.  The training included individual and team training, and finally, simulated battle problems.  It is felt that an automatic distribution of all applicable publications, directives and instructions would have greatly facilitated operations throughout the post-commissioning phase. In many instances instructions referenced or required were not at hand and had to be ordered.

 

(2) During the first months after commissioning CIC and Air Operations completed their organizational and operational doctrines.  Also during post repair trials all operating gear was checked out and deficiencies corrected.

 

d.  Administrative.

 

(1) A precomissioning detail, the nucleus crew, was formed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, as early as May 1957, and a precomissioning unit, the balance crew, at Fleet Training Center, San Diego, California.  The nucleus crew consisted primarily of personnel from the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) just decommissioned at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in May 1957.  The balance crew began arriving at Fleet Training Center, San Diego in July 1957 and gradually built up to a maximum of 1850 personnel in August.

 

(2) Formal training commenced at NTC 12 August 1957.  Sufficient per­sonnel had arrived in early July to enable some class room training to commence ahead of schedule.  This permitted some personnel to report to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard ahead of time and begin familiarization with the ship.

 

(3) The staging of personnel ordered to the balance crew it San Diego presented some difficulty for both the clerical personnel of the balance crew and the Training Coordinator of  the Fleet Training Center. The input of personnel varied from 10 to 200 personnel per day.  The input continued through early September which resulted in some personnel receiving only a token amount of training, if any.  Also a distinct lack of qualified officers was ordered to the balance crew in time to effect proper supervision of the men.  Some departments had no officer representation.

 

(4) Approximately 1,200 of the balance crew remaining at Fleet Training Center at the completion of normal training on 22 September were transported, with ten officers, to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard via the U. S. N. S., arriving at Bremerton on 26 September.

 

             f.  Medical.

 

(l) The initial outfitting a11owance of medical supplies originally scheduled to arrive at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard prior to commissioning did not arrive on board until after commissioning.  This was due to

a change in mission of the Medical Supply Depot, Oakland, California and the transfer of that supply function to Sharpe General Depot, Lathrop, California.  It was felt the initial outfitting allowance was not adequate for a chip this size.

 

g.  Dental.

 

(1) Prior to commissioning, Dental officers and enlisted personnel not primarily assigned the duty of departmental organization were utilized by Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Dental Dispensary for routine dental procedures.  Prospective Midway personnel were encouraged to have necessary dental treatment accomplished prior to commissioning in so far as possible. This arrangement lessened the load during the period immediately after commissioning.

 

(2) The Prospective Dental Officer set up the organization of the Dental Department, at the same time rendering dental treatment ashore.  Dental Depart­ment Publications, Manuals and BUMED Instructions would have aided the Prospective Dental Officer in the guidance of setting up the administrative organization, but these were never received.

 

(3) Some rearrangement of certain equipment in the dental spaces was considered advisable and recommended by the Prospective Dental Officer.  Other changes, such as the relocation of the sterilizers could not be accomplished because of the advanced state of completion and the cost involved in changing the installation.

 

(4) The initial outfitting list of dental supplies did not arrive in time to have the Dental Department functioning aboard ship at the time of commissioning.  The shipment of Dental Department material from Supply centers could have been separated from Medical Department material eliminating an undue amount of handling and time consumed in separating dental from medical supplies.

 

(5)  During this period Midway played host to many and various groups of civilian personnel.  Guests from both military and civilian life attended the commissioning ceremonies.  A dependents cruise contained several civic groups as well as families of the crew.  Guests were counted by thousands during a three day "open house" at Seattle, Washington, and on the voyage from Seattle to Alameda forty one quests of the Secretary of the Navy sampled Midway’s hospitality.

 

(6) On arriving at Alameda, 14 December 1957, the crew embarked on a well deserved leave period (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1957).

 

USS Midway (CVA-41) AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1958).

(1 January to 21 March 1958)

CHAPTER XV

Appendix III

 

 

Unit:  U. S. S. MIDWAY (CVA-41)

Reporting Period:  1 JAN 58 to 31 MAR 58

 

PART I – ALL UNITS

 

1.  UNIT:   U. S. S. MIDWAY (CVA-41)

 

2.  COMMANDING OFFICER:  F. E. NUESSLE, CAPTAIN

 

3.  PERSONNEL ON BOARD

 

NAVAL:  AVIATORS  30   AIR PILOTS: -0-   OTHER: 89            TOTAL   119

ENLISTED:                      -0-                            -0-   OTHER: 2376       TOTAL 2376

 

4.  MISSION OR FUNCTION:

                          UNCHANGED

 

5.  GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:

             NONE GIVEN

 

6.  OFFICIAL OR OTHER RECOGNITION OF UNIT ACCOMPLISHMENT

             NONE GIVEN

 

7.  NEXT UPPER COMMAND ECHELON

 

a.  ADMINISTRATIVE:  COMNAVAIRPAC

b.  OPERATIONAL:  COMNAVAIRPAC

 

8.  PARTICIPATION IN SPECIAL AND JOINT EXERCISES OR MANEUVERS

 

NONE GIVEN

 

.  PARTICIPATION IN OPERATIONAL TESTS:

a.  TEST:  STANDARDIZATION TRIALS

                         

PERIOD:  14-17 JAN

                          COMMAND AND AREA:  San Clemente Island

                          REPORT AND ORDERS:  Order-CNO spd ltr Ser 1834P43B

                          Report-PSNS Conf Tech Report T-30524B Mar 58

 

10.  TRAINING:

 

             Formal Underway Training 26 Jan – 7 Mar conducted by Underway Training Group San Diego

 

PART II – SHIPS

 

1.  GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:

 

Location:                                                                                        Period:

 

NAS ALAMEDA-Operations off West Coast U. S.                1 Jan – 25 Jan 58

San Diego – Long Beach, California                                          26 Jan – 14 Feb

NAS ALAMEDA                                                                         15 Feb – 25 Feb

Long Beach Area                                                                          26 Feb – 7 Mar

NAS ALAMEDA                                                                         8 Mar – 25 Mar

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington           26 Mar – 31 Mar

 

2.  AIR UNITS ON BOARD OR TENDED:

Unit:  See note under Part VII

 

3.  MILES STEAMED: 12,528

 

4.  FUEL CONSUMED – SHIPS FUEL: 3,871,703 gals.

                                      AVIATION FUEL:  156,647 gals.

 

5.6. CARRIER LANDINGS AND CATAPULT LAUNCHINGS:

 

CARRIER LANDINGS:  66,000

Since Commissioning 30 Sept 1957 – 757

 

CATAPULT LAUNCHINGS:

Since Commissioning 30 Sept 1957 – 372

 

PART III AIR WINGS AND GROUPS

             NONE

 

PART IV – SQUADRONS

 

1.  TYPE A/C ASSIGNED

             NONE

 

2.  OPERATIONAL STATISTICS

 

MONTH:                       PILOTS ON BOARD:             HOURS FLOWN

 

JAN                                30                                                170.1

FEB                                30                                                226.4

MAR                              30                                                175.7

 

FLIGHTS:                     TRAINING:     SERVICE:      COMBAT:   TOTAL:

 

JAN                                45.0                                                                                    45

FEB                                60.0                                                                                    60

MAR                              40.0                     4.0                                                          44

 

TOTAL HOURS FLOWN: 571.2

TRAINING:  145.0      SERVICE: 4.0            TOTAL: 149

 

PART V TRAINING UNITS:

             NONE

 

PART VI AIR STATIONS

             NONE

 

COMMAND AND ACTIVITIES ON BOARD

             NONE LISTED

 

SUPPORTED FACILITIES

             NONE LISTED

 

PART VII SUPPLEMENT

 

ADDITIONAL PAGES AND APPENDED DOCUMENTS:

 

             During this reporting period Carrier Qualification Operations were conducted with VAH-8, VAAW 35, VA-65, VF-142, VF-64, VF-112 and VX-4

 

Commanding Officer:  F. E. NUESSLE, Captain

 

 

USS Midway (CVA-41) AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1958).

(1 April to 30 June 1958)

Chapter XV

Appendix IV

 

 

UNIT:  USS MIDWAY (CVA-41)     

REPORTING PERIOD:  1 April 58 to 30 June 58

 

PART I – ALL UNITS

 

1.  Unit:  U. S. S. MIDWAY (CVA-41)

 

2.  COMMANDING OFFICER:  J. T. BLACKBURN, CAPTAIN

 

RELIEVED – CAPTAIN F. E. NUESSLE 2 JUNE 1958

 

3.  PERSONNEL ON BOARD

            

NAVAL:

 

OFFICER:        AVIATORS: 30      AIR PILOTS: -0-    OTHER:     92         TOTAL: 122

ENLISTED:                            -0-                              -0-    OTHER: 2453         TOTAL 2453

 

4.  MISSION OR FUNCTION:

 

             To support and operate aircraft in all weather conditions, to engage in naval operations against enemy ships, shore installations and aircraft. (NWIP 1-1)

 

5.  GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:  NA

 

6.  OFFICIAL OR OTHER RECOGNITION OF UNIT ACCOMPLISHMENT: NA

 

7.  NEXT UPPER COMMAND ECHELON

 

a.  ADMINISTRATIVE: COMNAVAIRPAC

 

b.  OPERATIONAL: COMNAVAIRPAC

 

8.  PARTICIPATION IN SPECIAL AND JOINT EXERCIES OR MANEUVERS

             NONE GIVEN

 

9.  PARTICIPATION IN OPERATIONAL TESTS:

 

a.  TEST:  Task Four Project OP/V238/S11

                          Period: 26 May 24 June

                          Command and Area:  VX-4, NAVAIRPAC

                          Report and Orders:  Prepared by GMEV-1

 

Description:  Task Four Project OP/V238/X11 was an evaluation of the Sparrow III Air to Air Guided Missile System conducted aboard MIDWAY by VX-4 under the administration of Guided Missile Evaluation Unit One.

 

10. TRAINING:

 

             General training continued in preparation for deployment.  Carrier Qualification training of Carrier Air Group Two conducted.  Commenced training in Special Weapons Operations.

 

PART II – SHIPS

 

1.  GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION

 

Location:                                                                                                     Period:

 

PUGET SOUND NAVAL SHIPYARD, BREMERTON, WA.         1 Apr – 19 May 58

NAS ALAMEDA – Operations off west coast                                      23 May – 25 June

HUNTERS POINT NAVAL SHIPYARD, SAN FRANCISCO         25 June – 30 June

 

2.  AIR UNITS ON BOARD OR TENDED:

 

Unit                                             Period:

 

CVG-2                                                      5/26 – 6/25

VAH-8                                                     5/23 – 6/24

VX-4                                                        5/26 – 6/24

 

3.  MILES STEAMED:  8478

 

4.  FUEL CONSUMED:  SHIPS FUEL – 2,935,945 gals.

                                       AVIATION FUEL – 365,726 gals.

 

5. 6. CARRIER LANDINGS AND CATAPULT LAUNCHINGS:

            

CARRIER LANDINGS:  67,000

This quarter: 1496

 

CATAPULT LAUNCHINGS:

This quarter 1478

 

PART III – AIR WINGS AND GROUPS - NA

 

1.  TYPE A/C ASSIGNED: NA

 

2.  OPERATIONAL STATISTICS

 

MONTH:                       PILOTS ON BOARD:                          HOURS FLOWN:

 

April                               30                                                             394.3

May                                30                                                             297.2

June                                30                                                             165.0

 

TRAINING:

 

April                                                                                                394.3

May                                                                                                 297.2

June                                                                                                 165.0

 

TOTAL HOURS FLOWN:     856.5

TOTAL TRAINING:                856.5

 

 PART V – TRAINING UNITS – NA

 

PART VI – AIR STATIONS - NA

 

COMMAND AND ACTIVITIES ON BOARD – NA

SUPPORTED FACILITIES – NA

 

PART VII – SUPPLEMENT

 

ADDITIONAL PAGES AND APPENDED DOCUMENTS:

 

             24 June – No. 1 main engine high pressure and low pressure turbine journal and thrust bearings wiped by a loss of lube oil pressure casualty.

 

COMMANDING OFFICER:                                         DATE FORWARDED:

J. T. BLACKBURN, CAPTAIN                                   21 July 1958

 

USS Midway (CVA-41) LIST OF COMMANDING OFFICERS

 

Captain Joseph F, Bolger, USN                        10 Sep 1945-12 Jan 1946

Captain Herbert S, Duckworth, USN              12 Jan 1946-18 Jul 1946

Captain John P. Whitney, USN                        18 Jul 1946-11 Aug 1947

Captain Albert K. Morehouse, USN                 11 Aug 1947-22 Apr 1948

Commander Forsythe Massey, USNR             22 Apr 1948-28 may 1948

Commander R.N. Sharp, USN                          28 May 1948- 7 Sep 1948

Captain Marcel E.A. Gouin, USN                    7 Sep 1948- 8 Aug 1949

Captain Wallace M. Beakley, USN                  8 Aug 1949- 1 Jul 1950

Captain Fredrick N. Kivette, USN                    1 Jul 1950- 8 Mar 1951

Captain Kenneth Craig, USN                           8 Mar 1951- 2 Apr 1952

Captain Frank O'Beirne, USN                          2 Apr 1952- 4 Apr 1953

Captain Clifford S. Cooper, USN                     4 Apr 1953-19 Jan 1954

Captain William H. Ashford, Jr., USN            19 Jan 1954- 1 Oct 1954

Captain Reynold D. Hogle, USN                      1 Oct 1954- 7 Sep 1955

Commander Richard S. Rogers, USN             7 Sep 1955-14 Oct 1955

Captain Francis E, Nuessle, USN                     30 Sep 1957- 2 Jun 1958

Captain John T, Blackburn, USN                     2 Jun 1958-

 

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CHAPTER XV

Appendix V

 

 

REPORTING PERIOD:  1 Jul 58 to 30 Sep 58

COMMANDING OFFICER:  J. T. BLACKBURN, CAPTAIN

 

PERSONNEL ON BOARD:

NAVAL:  OFFICER  AVIATORS: 30  AIR PILOTS: -0-   OTHER: 98  TOTAL:128

     ENLISTED:                     -0-                           -0-                    2376             2376

 

MISSION OR FUNCTION:

 

To support and operate aircraft in all weather conditions, to engage in naval operations against enemy ships, shore installations and aircraft. (NWIP 1-1)

 

NEXT UPPER COMMAND ECHELON

 

a.  Administrative:  COMNAVAIRPAC

 

b.  Operational:  COMNAVAIRPAC

ASSIGNED:  5 SEP 58

 

PARTICIPATION IN SPECIAL AND JOINT EXERCISES OR MANEUVERS

 

PERIOD:  7-8 Jul

EXERCISE:  Coordex Phase of Operation BLUE BOLT

BRIEF SUMMARY:  A coordination exercise involving simulated launchings of atomic strike aircraft

 

PARTICIPATION IN OPERATIONAL TESTS

 

a.  TEST:  ORTA 5-58

                          PERIOD:  28-JUL 58

                          COMMAND AND AREA:  COMFAIRALAMEDA

                          REPORT AND ORDERS:  MIDWAY 0019 of 16 Sep

b.  TEST:  OST 3906

                          PERIOD:  29 JUL 58

                          COMMAND AND AREA:  COMCARDIV THREE

                          REPORT AND ORDERS:  MIDWAY 0016 of 26 Aug

 

TRAINING:

 

Conducted training in special weapons and general operations in preparation for Operational Readiness Inspection.  Continued day and night Carrier Qualifications.

 

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION

 

LOCATION:                                                                                  PERIOD:

 

Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, CA                  1 JUL – 16 JUL

NAS Alameda, California                                                            17 JUL – 16 AUG

Enroute WESTPAC via Hawaii                                                  16 AUG – 5 SEP

WESTPAC                                                                                     5 SEP – 30 SEP

 

AIR UNITS ON BOARD OR TENDED                                  PERIOD

 

a.  CVG-TWO                                                                                Entire

 

MILES STEAMED:  22,798

FUEL CONSUMED:

SHIPS FUEL:  6,376,923 gals.

AVIATION FUEL:  AVGAS: 151,102

JP-5 1,079,716 gals

 

CARRIER LANDINGS AND CATAPULT LAUNCHINGS:

 

CARRIER LANDINGS: 69,000 - This quarter: 1,474

 

CATAPULT LAUNCHINGS: This quarter: 1,341

 

OPERATIONAL STATISTICS

 

MONTH:                       PILOTS ON BOARD:                          HOURS FLOWN:

 

JUL                                30                                                             177.2

AUG                               30                                                             243.3

SEP                                30                                                             15.7

 

FLIGHTS:

 

JUL                   TRAINING      177.2                                           TOTAL 177.2

AUG                                            240.0                 SERVICE: 3.3                   243.3

SEP                                             6.4                                         9.3                   15.7

 

TOTAL HOURS FLOWN:     436.2

             TRAINING:                               223.6

             SERVICE                                   12.6

TOTAL                                                   436.2