CHAPTER X to XI

(9 January to 30 November 1952)

Good image of Midway as designed/completed. She would look nothing like this at the end of her career, modified into a totally different ship. (Looks like Navy Day parade image.) Battle Carrier Air Group (CVBG) 1 on deck. L. Russell Porter notes: "The photo [...] was taken [...] on arriving in Gibraltar, 47–48 cruise to the Med. I have an original of that photo and I was there, and it was dress ship. I was a printer working in print shop at this time printing the 'Midway Current' - NS024109 - Scott Odell, (MM3 USN-RET)."

http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024109.jpg

 

 

 

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Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw, A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983)

 

USS Coral Sea CV-42 CVB-43 CVA-43 and CV-43 History and Those Aircraft Carriers Operating with Coral Sea During Her Tour of Service CONSTRUCTION to LAUNCHING and EARLY JET AIRCRAFT DEVELOPMENT (10 July 1944—2 April 1946) and a Tour of Duty in the U. S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983)

 

ISBN: 9781434382917

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fifth Mediterranean Sea deployment operating with the 6th Fleet conducting Operation Grand Slam, supporting NATO's operation, a multi-national English, French, Italian and U. S. exercise, with other units of the SIXTH Fleet and ships of the Italian, English, and French Navy (9 January to 5 May 1952), underwent general repairs, unkeep and brought on provisions, conducted feasibility of the angled deck concept, demonstrated in tests conducted on a simulated angled deck aboard USS Midway (CVB-41) by Naval Air Test Center pilots and Atlantic Fleet pilots in both jet and prop aircraft (26 to 29 May 1952) and operated off the east coast taking two Midshipman cruises to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (July and August 1952).

(9 January to 25 August 1952)

CHAPTER X

 

 

     “USS Midway (CVB-41) with Commander, Carrier Air Group Six (CVG-6) and as the flagship of Rear Admiral Austin K. Doyle, USN, Commander Carrier Division FOUR embarked departed Norfolk, Va. 9 January 1952, with Captain Kenneth Craig, USNA ‘26, as Commanding Officer, on her fifth Mediterranean Sea deployment operating with the 6th Fleet, to participate in Operation Grand Slam, supporting NATO's operation, a multi-national English, French, Italian and U. S. exercise, with other units of the SIXTH Fleet and ships of the Italian, English, and French Navy, steaming through the Atlantic, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the U.S. Second Fleet and ComAirLant to the Mediterranean Sea and upon completion of this exercise, will operate in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. She will under go her sixth 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 World War II” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & 1178-G). 

 

USS Midway (CVB-41) with CVG-6 (C)

(9 January to 5 May 1952)

 

 Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVB-41) – 2nd & 6th

Lant

5th Med

Lant

CVG-6

C

9 Jan 1952

5 May 1952

Europe

6th FWFD

118-days

Operation Grand Slam, supporting NATO's operation, a multi-national English, French, Italian and U. S. exercise, with other units of the SIXTH Fleet and ships of the Italian, English, and French Navy, steaming through the Atlantic, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the U.S. Second Fleet and ComAirLant to the Mediterranean Sea and upon completion of this exercise, will operate in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-21

Mach Busters -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Panther -

Jet Fighter

C100

F9F-2

VF-61

Jolly Rogers -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Panther -

Jet Fighter

C200

F9F-2

VF-41

Black Aces -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

 Fighter

C300

F4U-4

VA-25

Tigers -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

C500

AD-4

VMF-225 (*1)

Vagabonds - Marine

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Panther -

Jet Fighter

(WI)

xx

F4U-4

VC-12 Det.

Composite Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

 Fighter

(NE)

7xx

AD-4W

VC-33 Det.

Avengers - Composite Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack - Night fighter

(SS)

8xx

AD-4N

VC-62 Det.

Fighting Photos -    Composite Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee - Jet Fighter Photographic Reconnaissance/Survey

9xx

F2H-2P

HU-2 Det.

Fleet Angels -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Sikorsky - Dragonfly or Piasecki - Retriever Chopper

(UR)

xx

HO3S-1

HUP-1

(*1) VMF-225 redesignated VMA-225 on Jun.15, 1952

 

 

     “USS Midway (CVB-41) arrived at Gibraltar on 21 January 1952 as the flagship of Rear Admiral Austin K. Doyle, USN, Commander Carrier Division FOUR” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1952).

 

     “On 26 February 1952 USS Midway (CVB-41) got underway from Genoa, Italy, for the Central Mediterranean to participate in Operation Grand Slam, supporting NATO's operation, a multi-national English, French, Italian and U. S. exercise, with other units of the SIXTH Fleet and ships of the Italian, English, and French Navy. As part of MDAP, the USAF began the ground and flight training of French pilots and navigators who would fly B-26s in Indochinaand upon completion, of this exercise. Upon completion Operation Grand Slam, Midway operated in the eastern Mediterranean Sea” (Ref. 1087, USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1952, USS Midway (CV 41) WestPac Cruise Book 1987-89 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1952).

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/index.html

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/002.htm

 

     “USS Midway (CVB-41) participated in Operation Grand Slam, supporting NATO's operation, a multi-national English, French, Italian and U. S. exercise, with other units of the SIXTH Fleet and ships of the Italian, English, and French Navy from 26 February to 5 March 1952 and she returned to Genoa the next day, later sailing for SIXTH Fleet exercises off Suda Bay, Crete, and Phaleron Bay, Greece. As part of MDAP, the USAF began the ground and flight training of French pilots and navigators who would fly B-26s in Indochinaand upon completion, of this exercise. Upon completion Operation Grand Slam, Midway operated in the eastern Mediterranean Sea” (Ref. 1087, USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1952, USS Midway (CV 41) WestPac Cruise Book 1987-89 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1952).

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/index.html

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/002.htm

 

     “Captain Frank O'Beirne, USNA ‘26, assumed command during a change of command ceremony aboard USS Midway (CVB-41) on 2 April 1952, relieving Captain Kenneth Craig, USNA ‘26, 10th Commanding Officer, serving from March 8, 1951 - April 2, 1952” (Ref. 1178-G). 

 

 

LCDR Marlin Vincent Egert in the cockpit. USS Midway (CVB-41), 1952. NS0241au.

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

 

 

AD-4 Skyraider, Attack Squadron (VA) 25 "Tigers," Carrier Air Group (CVG) 6. USS Midway (CVB-41), 1952. NS0241av.

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

 

 

Hackett in a crash landing. This plane ended up "in the drink." USS Midway (CVB-41), 1952. NS0241aw.

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

 

     “USS Midway (CVB-41) departed Gibraltar on 23 April 1952 (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1952).

 

     “On 5 May 1952, USS Midway (CVB-41) with Commander, Carrier Air Group Six (CVG-6) and as the flagship of Rear Admiral Austin K. Doyle, USN, Commander Carrier Division FOUR embarked arrived Norfolk, Va., with Captain Frank O'Beirne, USNA ’26, relieving Captain Kenneth Craig, USNA ‘26, as Commanding Officer, ending her fifth Mediterranean Sea deployment operating with the 6th Fleet, steaming through the Atlantic, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the U.S. Second Fleet and ComAirLant to the Mediterranean Sea, arriving at Gibraltar on 21 January 1952 as the flagship of Rear Admiral Austin K. Doyle, USN, Commander Carrier Division FOUR. On 26 February 1952, Midway got underway from Genoa, Italy, for the Central Mediterranean with other units of the SIXTH Fleet and ships of the Italian, English, and French Navy, supporting NATO's Operation Grand Slam, a multi-national English, French, Italian and U. S. Exercise, with other units of the SIXTH Fleet and ships of the Italian, English, and French Navy from 26 February to 5 March 1952 and she returned to Genoa the next day, later sailing for SIXTH Fleet exercises off Suda Bay, Crete, and Phaleron Bay, Greece. As part of MDAP, the USAF began the ground and flight training of French pilots and navigators who would fly B-26s in Indochinaand upon completion, of this exercise. Upon completion Operation Grand Slam, Midway operated in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Captain Frank O'Beirne, USNA ‘26, assumed command during a change of command ceremony aboard Midway on 2 April 1952; relieving Captain Kenneth Craig, USNA ‘26, 10th Commanding Officer, serving from March 8, 1951 - April 2, 1952. Midway departed Gibraltar on 23 April 1952. Carrier Air Group SIX, operating from the Midway, set a new record for the number of hours flown aboard any carrier in the Mediterranean Sea. Ports of call include: Genoe or Genoa pron, the capital of Liguria and the sixth largest city in Italy and Gibraltar, a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean. Squadrons: VF-21, F9F-2; VF-61, F9F-2; VF-41, F4U-4; VA-25, AD-4; VMF-225 (*1), F4U-4, VC-12 Det., AD-4W; VC-33 Det., AD-4N; VC-62 Det., F2H-2P; HU-2 Det. and HO3S-1, HUP-1. (*1) VMF-225 redesignated VMA-225 on Jun.15, 1952. Her sixth 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 World War II (9 January 1952 to 5 May 1952) (Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 1178-G, 1087, USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1952, USS Midway (CV 41) WestPac Cruise Book 1987-89 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1952). 

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/index.html

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/002.htm

 

09/01/52 to 05/05/52

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

EAST COAST

National Defense Service Medal

Korea

Jun 1950 - Jul 1954

Europe

5th Med

Navy Occupation Service Medal with "Europe" clasp

Several periods, Dec 1947 - Oct 1954

same

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

     “USS Midway (CVB-41) underwent routine overhaul and repairs upon return from the Mediterranean Sea on 5 May 1952” (Ref. 1175G).

 

     “From 26 to 29 May 1952, the feasibility of the angled deck concept was demonstrated in tests conducted on a simulated angled deck aboard USS Midway (CVB-41) by Naval Air Test Center pilots and Atlantic Fleet pilots in both jet and prop aircraft” (Ref. 1- Midway & 72).

 

Fifth Mediterranean Sea deployment and 1952 Senior Command and Staff

CHAPTER X

Appendix I

 

USS Midway (CVB 41) Mediterranean Cruise Book 1952

 

Table of Contents:

Cruise Book Staff

Introduction

In Memoriam

Command

Cruise Log

Ports of Call

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-52/index.html

 

 

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-52/010.htm

 

 

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-52/011.htm

 

 

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-52/012.htm

 

 

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-52/013.htm

 

 

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-52/014.htm

 

 

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-52/015.htm

 

Third North Atlantic deployment conducting Operation Main Brace,” an eighth nation NATO maneuver in the northeastern Atlantic, off Norway and Denmark, steaming in formation with the carriers USS Frankland D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), USS Wasp (CVA-18), and battle­ship USS Wisconsin (BB-64) (26 August to 8 October 1952); underwent general repairs, unkeep and brought on provisions prior to her sixth Mediterranean Sea on 8 October 1952; after exercises off Newport, Rhode Island, Midway underwent minor repairs in the Norfolk, Va. Navy Yard from 24 October to 14 November 1952, when she resumed local operations, out of Norfolk, Va. (26 August to 30 November 1952)

CHAPTER XI

 

 

    “USS Midway (CVB-41) with Rear Admiral A, K. Doyle, USN, Commander of a Task Force and Commander, Carrier Air Group Six (CVG-6) embarked departed Norfolk Va. 26 August 1952, with Captain Frank O'Beirne, USNA ‘26, as Commanding Officer, on her third North Atlantic deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the U.S. Fleet and ComAirLant, to participate in North Sea maneuvers with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces in support of Operation Main Brace,” an eighth nation NATO maneuver in the northeastern Atlantic, off Norway and Denmark, steaming in formation with the carriers USS Frankland D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), USS Wasp (CVA-18), and battle­ship USS Wisconsin (BB-64), making Midway his Flagship. She will under go her seventh 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 World War II” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1952). 

 

USS Midway (CVB-41) with CVG-6 (C)

(26 August to 8 October 1952)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVB/A-41) – 2nd

3rd NorLant

North Sea

CVG-6

C

26 Aug 1952

8 Oct 1952

Arctic Circle

Training

7th FWFD

37-days

Operation Main Brace,” an eighth nation NATO maneuver in the northeastern Atlantic, off Norway and Denmark, steaming in formation with the carriers USS Frankland D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), USS Wasp (CVA-18), and battle­ship USS Wisconsin (BB-64).

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-21

Mach Busters -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Panther -

Jet Fighter

C100

F9F-2

VF-61

Jolly Rogers -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Panther -

Jet Fighter

C200

F9F-2

VF-41

Black Aces -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

 Fighter

C300

F4U-4

VF-42

Green Pawns -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

 Fighter

C400

F4U-4

VA-25

Tigers -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

C500

AD-4

VC-8

Checkertails -    Composite Squadron

North American - Savage

(NC)

x

AJ-1 (A-2A)

VC-12 Det.

Composite Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

 Fighter

(NE)

7xx

AD-4W

VC-33 Det.

Avengers -

Composite Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack - Night fighter

(SS)

8xx

AD-4N

VC-62 Det.

Fighting Photos -    Composite Squadron

McDonnell - Banshee - Jet Fighter Photographic Reconnaissance/Survey

9xx

F2H-2P

HU-2 Det.

Fleet Angels -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Piasecki - Retriever Chopper

(UR)      xx

HUP-1

Redesignated CVA-41: 1 October 1952

 

    USS Midway (CVA-41) arrived at Firth of Clyde, Greenock, Scotland on 10 September 1952.

 

     After two days in port of Firth of Clyde, Greenock, Scotland from 10 to 12 September 1952, USS Midway (CVA-41) put to sea for "Operation Mainbrace" in the northeastern Atlantic, steaming in formation with the carriers USS Frankland D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), USS Wasp (CVA-18), and battle­ship USS Wisconsin (BB-64)” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1952).

 

    “Commander Carrier Division Four, Rear Admral Stuart H. Ingersoll, U.S.N. relieved Rear Admiral A, K. Doyle, USN, as Commander Carrier Division FOUR, Commander of a Task Force in the North Sea off Norway and Denmark, making USS Midway (CVB-41) there Flagship on 12 September 1952” (Ref. 1175G, 1175I & USS Midway (CV 41) WestPac Cruise Book 1987-89).

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/index.html

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-88/002.htm

 

Operation Mainbrace – Ref. 1090

 

      Exercise Mainbrace was the first large-scale naval exercise undertaken by the newly established Allied Command Atlantic (ACLANT), one of the two principal military commands of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). It was part of a series of NATO exercises jointly commanded by Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic Admiral Lynde D. McCormick, USN, and Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Matthew B. Ridgeway, U.S. Army, during the Fall of 1952. Initial planning for Exercise Mainbrace was initiated by General Dwight D. Eisenhower prior to his resignation as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) to run for the President of the United States. The exercise itself was commanded jointly by SACLANT Admiral Lynde D. McCormick, USN, and SACEUR General Matthew B. Ridgeway, U.S. Army, with the immediate theater commander being Admiral Sir Patrick Brind, RN, who was in Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Northern Europe” (Ref. [4], [5], [6], [7], [8] & [9] of 1090).

 

      Mainbrace was conducted over twelve days between September 14–25, 1952, and involved nine navies: United States Navy, the British Royal Navy, French Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Danish Navy, Royal Norwegian Navy, Portuguese Navy, Royal Netherlands Navy, and Belgian Naval Force operating in the Norwegian Sea, the Barents Sea, the North Sea near the Jutland Peninsula, and the Baltic Sea. Its objective was to convince Denmark and Norway that those nations could be defended against attack from the Soviet Union.[4] The exercise featured simulated carrier air strikes against "enemy" formation attacking NATO's northern flank near Bodř, Norway, naval air attacks against aggressors near the Kiel Canal, anti-submarine and anti-ship operations, and U.S. marines landing in Denmark” (Ref. [5], [6], [7], [8], [9], [10] & [11] of 1090).

 

     “Eighty thousand men, over 200 ships, and 1,000 aircraft participated in the Mainbrace. The New York Times' military reporter Hanson W. Baldwin described this NATO naval force as being the "largest and most powerful fleet that has cruised in the North Sea since World War I"” (Ref. [12] & [13] of 1090).

 

File:NATO Northern Flank.png 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exercise_Mainbrace#/media/File:NATO_Northern_Flank.png

 

 

Blue Fleet Fast Carrier Task Force – Ref. 1090

 

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt with Carrier Air Group 17 (CVG-17): Ref. [14]

· Fighter Squadron 171 (VF-171)

· Fighter Squadron 172 (VF-172)

· Fighter Squadron 174 (VF-174)

· Attack Squadron 175 (VA-175)

· Fleet Composite Squadron 12 (VC-12) Detachment 42

· Fleet Composite Squadron 33 (VC-33) Detachment 42

· Fleet Composite Squadron 62 (VC-62) Detachment 42

· Utility Helicopter Squadron 2 (HU-2) Detachment 41

 

USS Midway with Carrier Air Group 6 (CVG-6): Ref. [15]

· Fighter Squadron 61 (VF-61)

· Fighter Squadron 42 (VF-42)

· Fighter Squadron 41 (VF-41)

· Fighter Squadron 21 (VF-21)

· Attack Squadron 25 (VA-25)

· Fleet Composite Squadron 8 (VC-8)

· Fleet Composite Squadron 12 (VC-12) Detachment 41

· Fleet Composite Squadron 33 (VC-33) Detachment 41

· Fleet Composite Squadron 62 (VC-62) Detachment 41

· Utility Helicopter Squadron 2 (HU-2) Detachment 41

 

USS Wasp and Carrier Air Group 1 (CVG-1): Ref. [16]

· Fighter Squadron 14 (VF-14)

· Fighter Squadron 12 (VF-12)

· Attack Squadron 15 (VA-15)

· Fleet Composite Squadron 62 (VC-62) Detachment 18

· Fleet Composite Squadron 12 (VC-12) Detachment 18

· Utility Helicopter Squadron 2 (HU-2) Detachment 18

 

HMS Eagle: Ref. [17]

· 800 Naval Air Squadron

· 803 Naval Air Squadron

· 809 Naval Air Squadron

· 812 Naval Air Squadron

· 814 Naval Air Squadron

· 827 Naval Air Squadron

· 849 Naval Air Squadron

· Ship Flight 1

 

HMS Illustrious: Ref. [18]

 

4 Naval Air Squadron

824 Naval Air Squadron

860 Naval Air Squadron - Royal Netherlands Navy

 

Light aircraft carriers

 

USS Wright

HMS Theseus

HMCS Magnificent

 

Escort aircraft carriers

 

USS Mindoro

USS Salerno Bay

 

Battleships

 

USS Wisconsin

HMS Vanguard

 

Cruisers

 

USS Quincy

USS Columbus

USS Des Moines

HMS Swiftsure

HMCS Quebec

 

Amphibious force flagship

 

USS Mount Olympus

USS Tidewater

 

Other NATO Military Exercises - Fall 1952

 

“Two exercises were conducted by NATO's Allied Forces Southern Europe during the Fall of 1952.[19] Ancient Wall was a series of military maneuvers involving ground small unit tactical training, land-based tactical air support, and carrier-based air support.[20] Longstep was a ten-day naval exercise held in the Mediterranean Sea during November 1952 involving over 170 warships and 700 aircraft under the overall command of Admiral Carney. The objective of the Allied ("Blue") forces was to dislodge enemy ("Green") invasion forces from their occupying positions in the Eastern Mediterranean. Blue naval forces were centered around the U.S. Sixth Fleet, under the command of Vice Admiral John H. Cassady, USN, and its two aircraft carriers, the Franklin D. Roosevelt and Wasp. Green forces included submarines and land-based aircraft. The exercise concluded with an amphibious landing at Lebidos Bay south of İzmir, involving 3000 French, Italian, and Greek troops, including the Battalion Landing Team 3/2, under the overall command of General Robert E. Hogaboom, USMC” (Ref. [19], [20] & [21] of 1090).

 

Aftermath

 

“The Soviet Union characterized Mainbrace, Holdfast, and other NATO military exercises as "war-like acts" by NATO, with particular reference to the participation of Norway and Denmark, while the USSR was preparing for its own military maneuvers in the Soviet Zone” (Ref. [6] & [8] of 1090).

 

 

Seas break over the bow of HMS Vanguard making a high speed run

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    Operation Mainbrace" in the northeastern Atlantic, combined maneuvers were conducted 12 to 24 September 1952 and Commander Carrier Division Four, Rear Admral Stuart H. Ingersoll, U.S.N. relieved Rear Admiral A, K. Doyle, USN, as Commander Carrier Division FOUR, Commander of a Task Force in the North Sea off Norway and Denmark, making USS Midway (CVB-41) there Flagship on 12 September 1952, steaming in formation with the carriers USS Frankland D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), USS Wasp (CVA-18), and battle­ship USS Wisconsin (BB-64).

            

     USS Midway (CVB-41) arrived at Cherbourg, France, on 26 September 1952 and was visited by the Mayor of that city.

 

     USS Midway (CVB-41) cleared Cherbourg Harbor on 29 September 1952 and touched at Plymouth, England, the same day” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1952).

 

     “The Midway (CVB-41), the 35th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 35th, commissioning on 10 September 1945, was redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 1082 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1952).

 

      “On 8 October 1952, USS Midway (CVA-41) with Commander Carrier Division Four, Rear Admral Stuart H. Ingersoll, U.S.N., relieving Rear Admiral A, K. Doyle, USN, Commander of a Task Force and Commander, Carrier Air Group Six (CVG-6) embarked arrived Norfolk Va., with Captain Frank O'Beirne, USNA ‘26, as Commanding Officer, ending her third North Atlantic deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the U.S. Fleet and ComAirLant, participating in North Sea maneuvers with NATO forces. Midway arrived at Firth of Clyde, Greenock, Scotland on 10 September 1952. After two days in port of Firth of Clyde, Greenock, Scotland from 10 to 12 September 1952, Midway and put to sea for "Operation Mainbrace" in the northeastern Atlantic (12 to 24 September 1952), steaming in formation with the carriers USS Frankland D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), USS Wasp (CVA-18), and battle­ship USS Wisconsin (BB-64). Commander Carrier Division Four, Rear Admral Stuart H. Ingersoll, U.S.N. relieved Rear Admiral A, K. Doyle, USN, as Commander Carrier Division FOUR, Commander of a Task Force in the North Sea off Norway and Denmark, making Midway there Flagship on 12 September 1952. Midway arrived at Cherbourg Harbor, France, on 26 September 1952 and was visited by the Mayor of that city, then cleared Cherbourg Harbor on 29 September 1952 and touched at Plymouth, England, the same day.The Midway (CVB-41) was redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. Ports of call include: Greenock, a town and administrative centre in the Inverclyde council area in Scotland, United Kingdom, and a former burgh within the historic county of Renfrewshire, located in the west central Lowlands of Scotland; Cherbourg, a city and commune, situated on the Cotentin peninsula in the Manche department of Lower Normandy in north-western France and Plymouth, a city and unitary authority area on the south coast of Devon, England, about 190 miles (310 km) south-west of London. It is situated between the mouths of the rivers Plym to the east and Tamar to the west, where they join Plymouth Sound. Squadrons: VF-21, F9F-2; VF-61, F9F-2; VF-41, F4U-4; VF-42, F4U-4; VA-25, AD-4; VC-8, AJ-1 (A-2A); VC-12 Det., AD-4W; VC-33 Det., AD-4N; VC-62 Det., F2H-2P and HU-2 Det., HUP-1. Her seventh 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 World War II (26 August to 8 October 1952)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 1082, [14], [15], [16] , [17], [18], [19], [20] & [21] of 1090, USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1952, 1175G, 1175I & USS Midway (CV 41) WestPac Cruise Book 1987-89).
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26/08/52 to 01/10/52

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

EAST COAST

National Defense Service Medal

Korea

Jun 1950 - Jul 1954

1st NorLant

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

      “USS Midway (CVA-41) underwent general repairs, unkeep and brought on provisions prior to her sixth Mediterranean Sea on 8 October 1952” (Ref. 1175G).

 

      “After exercises off Newport, Rhode Island, USS Midway (CVA-41) entered the Norfolk, Va. Navy Yard on 24 October 1952 for minor repairs” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1952).

 

      “Commander Albert B. Furer assumed his duties as Executive Officer of USS Midway (CVA-41) on 8 November 1952” (Ref. 1175C1 & USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1952).

 

      “USS Midway (CVA-41) underwent minor repairs in the Norfolk, Va. Navy Yard from 24 October to 14 November 1952, when she resumed local operations, out of Norfolk, Va.” (Ref. USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1952).

 

 

 

      “In 1951-1952, the Royal Navy developed the concept of an angled landing area on carriers. An aircraft that missed the arresting wires could accelerate and take off again, rather than crash into a barrier or aircraft parked at the forward end of the flight deck. In 1952, USS Midway (CVA-42) had an angled-deck layout painted on her flight deck and conducted touch and-go landings. Midway’s arresting gear and barriers remained rigged for centerline or axial landings. The trials were a success, and later that year the carrier USS Antietam (CVA-36) became the world’s first angled-deck carrier. The shift from piston-engine to turbojet aircraft and the value of the angled flight deck to carrier operations led to the three Midways undergoing major modifications” (Ref. 1083).