CHAPTER XXXVI

FOURTEENTH “WESTPAC” DEPLOYMENT

CV’s & CVN’s OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA

LOCAL TRAINING OPERATIONS off the Virginia Capes & Cherry Point

Iran History & Air Arm - Iraq and Iran War

(20 August 1981 to 20 March 1983)

Part 1 – (20 August 1981 to 3 March 1982)

Part 2 – (4 March to 31 August 1982)

Part 3 – (1 September to 31 December 1982)

Part 4 – (1 January to 20 March 1983)

 

 

1983 WEST COAST DEPLOYMENTS –

Includes Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan)

Chapter XXXVI

Appendix III

 

 

1982 Aircraft Carrier Deployments and carriers from the 6th Fleet operating with the Seventh Fleet resulted in one CV extending into 1983, operating under the direction of the Seventh Fleet in the western pacific or Far East:

 

AIRCRAFT CARRIER

DEP

 AIR WING

TAIL CODE

DEPART

RETURN

Days at

Sea

USS America (CV-66) -           2nd, 6th & 7th

(3rd & 4th Red Sea, Gulf of Aden voy. & 2nd North Arabian Sea dep.)

NorLant.

10st Med

MPF

3rd Suez Canal

BF 83

2nd Indian Ocean

WW

4th Suez Canal

Med

NorLant.

CVW-1

AB

8 Dec 1982

2 Jun 1983

Europe

Strifetorn Lebanon

Middle East

North Arabian Sea

177-days

Multinational Peacekeeping Force in strife-torn Lebanon, Exercise "Beacon Flash 83-4" and "Weapons Week" Exercise in the vicinity of Diego Garcia.

Indian Ocean Contingency Carrier

 

Visited Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Athens, Pireaus, Greece; Port Said, Egypt; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Masirah Island, Oman; Mombasa, Kenya; Masirah Island; Souda Bay and Malaga, Spain.

 

CVW-1 Squadrons include: VF-102, F-14A; VF-33, F-14A; VA-46, A-7E; VA-72, A-7E; VA-34, A-6E / KA-6D; VAW-123, E-2C; VAQ-136 (*1), EA-6B; HS-11, SH-3H AND VS-32, S-3A.

USS America (CV-66) task force not reported.

 

The US Navy's Pacific and Seventh Fleet 1982 Aircraft Carriers scheduling of deployments resulted in one CV deployments extending into 1983:

 

AIRCRAFT CARRIER

DEP

 AIR WING

TAIL CODE

DEPART

RETURN

Days at

Sea

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) Pacific & 7th (1st North Arabian

Sea dep. & 2nd Arabian Sea Voy.)

10th WestPac       9th & 10th Indian Ocean        1st NorPac

CVW-11

NK

1 Sep 1982

28 Apr 1983

Middle East

240-Days

Indian Ocean Contingency Carrier - Tour of duty with the 7th Fleet

A joint Ship ASW Readiness Evaluation Measuring (SHAREM) and Air Readiness Evaluation Measuring (AIREM) exercise, an Air Readiness Evaluation Measuring exercise en route to Hawaiian waters; TRANSITEX - eight days of operations in the Hawaiian OPAREA including a major ASW Exercise (BGAREM), HARPOONEX, MISSILEX and live and inert ordnance delivery; CRAE 83-1, a four cycle dual CV ordnance exercise with USS Midway (CV-41). All sorties were conducted a s Mini ALFA Strikes; while in Philippine waters, she conducted MissilEx 83-2, providing CVW-14 “valuable air to air weapons work,” off Poro Point; Weapons Department reported that NORPAC 82 exercise was completed along with dual battle group operations; Carrier Readiness Ammunition Exercise was completed. GMMC Randall and FTG2 Smith of FOX division were designated Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialists and awarded ESWS insignia; Enterprise Communications Department participated in Small Pipe 1-83 while operating in the Indian Ocean. This exercise tested Enterprise’s HF Communications capability. As in previous Small Pipe exercises, the evolution was excellent training for circuit operators. Newly arrived junior personnel derived benefit from the HF operations. Southbound en route Diego Garcia for participation in Weapons Week 83 While with BG Foxtrot, Enterprise participated in exercises Jade Tiger 82 while operating in the North Arabian Sea from 2 to 8 December 1982 and Beacon Flash, a two-day event, the former involving CAS, CAP surface surveillance, anti-boat patrol and ASW missions flown in support of amphibious landings, and the latter allowing “aircrews to hone their low level and navigations skills;” Carrier Battle Group (CVBG), Battle Group (BG) Foxtrot conducted Weapons Week 83; CVW-11 embarked aboard Enterprise with training in air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons delivery and Rainbow Reef (a convoy transitex with merchant ships from the Rapid Deployment Force Detachment (RDJTF Det.) (at Diego Garcia)) in the vicinity of Diego Garcia; Beacon South, a joint exercise with the Australians provided Enterprise aircrews with low level and weapons delivery training. Units of the BG Foxtrot, Enterprise battle group, departed their respective ports and reformed on 26 January 1983 for a transit north through the Sunda Strait, encountering some difficulty regarding Indonesian intransigence to allow the ships through, pressing “right of free passage,” transiting northbound on 1 February 1983, en route to Subic Bay via the Java Sea, and into the South China Sea. Enterprise and her BG Foxtrot consorts steamed north through the Tsushima Strait and into the Sea of Japan for Valiant Flex/Team Spirit 83, a 16 day joint amphibious exercise with ROK forces, in the Sea of Japan with USS Midway (CV-41) and connecting seas, supporting the landings and provided interdiction support en route Sasebo, Japan (Carrier Air Wing Eleven wing provided support to amphibious task force during simulated assault. Interdiction support also provided Operations Department reported that Enterprise provided support for Amphibious Operations in the Okinawa and Japan OPAREAs) and operating independently before rendezvousing with Midway on 30 March 1983 for the transit north through the Sea of Japan and out the Tsugaru Strait en route Fleextex 83-1 in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. Enterprise BG Foxtrot and Midway Battle Group participated in FleetEx 83-1 (rendezvousing with USS Coral Sea (CV-43) on 9 April 1983). All three carriers then completed a “counterclockwise sweep” of the northwestern Pacific. Engineering and Reactor Departments annual Operational Reactor Safeguards Examination (ORSE).

 

Ports of call include: Pearl Harbor, Hi., Subic Bay, Philippines, Perth, Australia, Singapore, Mombasa, Kenya and Sasebo, Japan.

 

During the cruise CVW-11 had flown approximately 29,000 hours and recorded over 11,000 traps. CVW-11 Squadrons include: VF-114, Aardvarks, Fighter Squadron, Grumman, F-14A Tomcat, Jet Fighter; VF-213, Black Lions, Fighter Squadron, Grumman,  F-14A Tomcat, Jet Fighter: VA-22, Fighting Redcocks, Attack Squadron, Vought, A-7E Corsair II, Jet Attack Aircraft; VA-94, Shrikes, Attack Squadron, Vought, A-7E Corsair II, Jet Attack Aircraft; VA-95, Green Lizards, Attack Squadron, Grumman, A-6E / KA-6D Intruder, Jet Attack Bomber, Tanker; VAW-117, Wallbangers, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron, Grumman, E-2C Hawkeye, Electronics; VAQ-133, Wizards, Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron, Grumman, EA-6B Prowler, Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation; HS-6, Indians, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron, Sikorsky, SH-3H Sea King - Anti-submarine; VS-37, Sawbucks, Air Anti-Submarine Squadron, Lockheed, S-3A Viking - Anti-Submarine.

 

USS Bainbridge (CGN-25) and USS George Philip (FFG-12) joined Enterprise as part of her task force.

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) with COMCARGRU THREE, RADM Joseph J. Barth, Jr. (being relieved by Rear Admiral Edwin R. Kohn, Jr., on 30 October 1982) and CVW-11 embarked operated for the remainder of the year in the North Arabian Sea with Battle Group (BG) Foxtrot, also comprising USS Bainbridge (CGN-25); USS Ocallahan (FF-1051); USS Hepburn (FF-1055); USS Hull (DD-945); USS Waddell (DDG-24); USS Shasta (AE-33); USS Sacramento (AOE-1); USS White Plains (AFS-4); USNS Ponchatula (TAO-148); USS Harry W. Hill (DD-986) (Detached to shadow Soviet carrier Minsk, which was transiting the Indian Ocean for her first deployment to the Far East, a matter of considerable interest to U.S. planners - rejoined 19/20 January 1983); USS Reasoner (FF-1063) (Detached on ASW duty - rejoined 10 January 1983) and FNS Kersaint (D-622) (Operating with BG until 10 January 1983)” (Ref. 329B-1982 & 362D).

 

The US Navy's Pacific and Seventh Fleet CV Deployments and carriers from the 6th Fleet operating with the Seventh Fleet during 1983 are:

 

AIRCRAFT CARRIER

DEP

 AIR WING

TAIL CODE

DEPART

RETURN

Days at

Sea

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (25th Forward Deployed)

2nd NorPac

 

 

CVW-5

NF

25 Feb 1983

9 May 1983

North Pacific

74-days

Ports of call not reported.

 

Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75) & Carrier Group Five, Commander DESRON 15 and Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked Midway.

 

CVW-5 Squadrons: VF-161, F-4S; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VF-151, F-4S; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G. *AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system 1975.

*USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) (Pacific Fleet

Philippine Sea, South China Sea, East Sea/Sea of Japan and the Western Pacific Ocean)

Caribbean Sea

SoLant

1st Cape of Good Hope

Indian Ocean

1st WestPac

1st EastPac

CVW-15

NL

1 Mar 1983

29 Oct 1983

World Cruise

West Coast Transfer

243-days

 

Home Port transfer from Norfolk, Va. to Naval Air Station, Alemeda, California.

 (Norfolk to Alameda, World Cruise).

Participated in a "war at sea" scenario with aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) and USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), conducting flight operations in association with the "hostilities" phase of ReadiEx 1-83, passing eastward through the Strait of Gibraltar and immediately began AdEx 1-83, an air operations exercise with the Royal Moroccan Air Force on 26 March 1983, National Week in the Western Mediterranean Sea, operating as Orange flagship against Blue forces led by aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-69), Operation Beacon Flash 83-6 with the Omanis, MultiPlEx 83-3, a combined arms exercise, Carl Vinson operated with guided missile cruiser Worden (CG-18) and attack submarine Phoenix (SSN-702), Operation Beacon South 83-2, Operation Vector South vs. USAF McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagles of the 13th Air Force’s 18th Tactical Fighter Wing operating in the maritime role, served as flagship for Battle Group Charlie during Operation Bright Star 83-4/Eastern Wind with USMC and the Somali units in the Gulf of Aden, AnnualEx 83-58G in the Sea of Japan.

 

Steaming from Norfolk, Virginia operating with the United States Atlantic Command (Atlantic Fleet) under the direction of the 2nd Fleet and 7th Fleet, traveling through the waters of the Caribbean Sea, South Atlantic, around Cape of Good Hope to the Indian Ocean, Philippine Sea, South China Sea, East Sea/Sea of Japan and the Western Pacific Ocean en route to her new homeport via Pearl Harbor Hi., operating with the Pacific Fleet, visiting foreign ports of St. Thomas, US Virgin Island; Monaco; Morocco; Abidijan, Cote D'Ivoire; Perth, Australia; Subic Bay, Philippines; Hong Kong; Sasebo, Japan and Pusan, South Korea.

 

CVW-15 Squadrons: VF-51, F- F-14A; VF-111, F-14A; VA-37, A-7E; VA-105, A-7E; VA-52, A-6E/KA-6D; VAW-114, E-2C; VAQ-134, EA-6B; HS-4, SH-3H; VQ-1 DET.C, EA-3B and VS-29, S-3A.

 

USS Texas (CGN-39) joined USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) as part of her task force.

*USS Coral Sea (CV-43) – 7th, 6th & 2nd (3rd Arabian Sea) (1st Gulf of Aden & Red Sea)

15th Westpac 12th SCS

3rd IO

1st Suez

Canal

3rd Carib

CVW-14

NK

21 Mar 1983

12 Sep 1983

Home Port transfer to the East Coast

176-days

Indian Ocean Contingency Carrier

Final Tour of duty with the 7th Fleet

 

CVW-14 Squadrons: VF-154, F-4N; VF-21, F-4N, VA-97, A-7E; VA-27, A-7E; VA-196, A-6E/KA-6D; VAW-113, E-2B and HS-12, SH-3H.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (26th Forward Deployed)

30th WestPac

CVW-5

NF

2 Jun 1983

14 Aug 1983

Western Pacific

74-days

Ports of call not reported.

 

Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75) & Carrier Group Five, Commander DESRON 15 and Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked Midway.

 

CVW-5 Squadrons: VF-161, F-4S; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VF-151, F-4S; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G. *AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system.

 

USS New Jersey (BB-62); USS Morton (DD-948); USS Meyerkord (FF-1058); USS Francis Hammond (FF-1067); USS John A. Moore (FFG-19) and USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105) joined up with Midway as part of her task force.

USS Ranger (CV-61) – 7t (1st North Arabian Sea & Arabian / Persian Gulf)

17Th Westpac

4th IO

CVW-2

NE

15 Jul 1983

29 Feb 1984

Middle East

Indian Ocean

230-days

Indian Ocean Contingency Carrier

Tour of duty with the 7th Fleet

 

CVW-2 Squadrons include: VF-1 “Wolf Pack,” F-14A; VF-2 “Bounty Hunters,” F-14A; VA-113 (*1) “Stingers,” A-7E; VA-25 (*2) “Fist of the Fleet,” A-7E; VA-145 “Swordsmen,” A-6E/KA-6D; VAW-116 “Sun Kings,” E-2C; VAQ-137 “Rooks,” EA-6B; HS-2 “Golden Falcons,” SH-3H; VS-21 “Redtails,” S-3A; VQ-1DET. “World Watchers,” EA-3B and VRC-50 DET. “Foo Dogs,” C-2A/US-3A. (*1) redesignated VFA-113 on Mar.25, 1983 and (*2) redesignated VFA-25 on Jul.1, 1983.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (27th Forward Deployed)

31st WestPac

CVW-5

NF

25 Oct 1983

11 Dec 1983

Western Pacific

68-days

Ports of calls include: Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines, U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, a bay forming part of Luzon Sea on the west coast of the island of Luzon in Zambales, Philippines, about 100 kilometers northwest of Manila Bay and is a major ship-repair, supply, and rest and recreation facility of the United States Navy located in Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines and Hong Kong, situated on China's south coast and, enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea.

 

Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75) & Carrier Group Five, Commander DESRON 15 and Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked Midway.

 

CVW-5 Squadrons: VF-161, F-4S; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VF-151, F-4S; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G. *AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (4th Northern Arabian Sea) (28th Forward Deployed)

32nd WestPac

San Bernardino Straits

20th SCS

Malaca Straits

8th IO

CVW-5

NF

28 Dec 1983

23 May 1984

Western Pacific

Indian Ocean

Middle East

North Arabian Sea

148-days

Midway and Battle Group ALFA conducted a joint formation with seven ships of the British Royal Navy, combining to form one of the largest international naval groups in recent history. The joint formation was indicative of the mutual trust, concern, ability and Commitment of both nations in maintaining freedom of the seas.

 

Ports of calls include: Sassebo, Japan; Pusan, Korea; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippnes;  Manila, Republic of Philippines; Honkong, B. C. C., Pattaya Beach, Thailand and Singapore.

 

CVW-5 Squadrons: VF-161, F-4S; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VF-151, F-4S; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, A6-E/KA-6D / *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VAQ-136, EA-6B and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G. *AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system.

 

Rear Admiral Chatham, Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75) & Carrier Group Five, Commander DESRON 15 and Commander T. R. Beard, Commander, Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5) embarked Midway.

 

Joint Task Force operating with USS Midway (CV-41), as part of Battle Group ALFA: USS Sterett (CG-31), USS O'Brien (DD-975), USS Francis Hammond (FF-1067), USS Kirk (FF-1087), USS Cochrane (DDG-21), USNS Hassayampa (T-AO-145), USNS Navasota (T-AO-106), USNS Kilauea (T-AE-26), RFA Appleleaf (A-79), HMS Glamorgan (D-19), HMS Aurora (F-10), HMS Brazen (F-91), HMS Rothesay (F-107), RFA Blue Rover (A-27) and RFA Regent (A-486)

*Homeport transfer to Naval Operating Base Norfolk, Va.

(Ref. U. S. Navy Deployment History Resources)

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) with CVW-15 embarked departed Norfolk, Virginia 1 March 1983 with nearly 6,000 Sailors; on her eight-month around the world deployment operating with the United States Atlantic Command (Atlantic Fleet) under the direction of the 2nd Fleet, she will travel in the waters of the Caribbean Sea, North Atlantic OceanMediterranean Sea, South Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Philippine Sea, South China Sea, East Sea/Sea of Japan and the Western Pacific Ocean en route to her new homeport at the Naval Air Station in Alemeda, California via Pearl Harbor, Hi.

USS Coral Sea (CV-43) with CVW-14 embarked (tail code NK) departed Alameda, California 23 March 1983, on her home port transfer to Norfolk, Va., on her 15th “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet (25 January 1960 to Present) and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her third Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea deployment, she will under go her first World Tour, her first Gulf of Aden, Red Sea and Suez Canal transit her tenth voyage in the Mediterranean Sea, and third cruise to the Caribbean Sea (first two under the direction of the 6th Fleet), with Captain Johnson, Jerome L. in command.

(Ref. U. S. Navy Deployment History Resources)

*East Coast

 

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    “On New Year’s Eve, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was southbound en route to Diego Garcia for participation in Weapons Week 83. During 1982, the ship completed 11,372 arrested landings and made 33 UnReps” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “For USS Enterprise (CVN-65) 1983 began on a positive note, as “Big E” and her battle group began a transit out of the Arabian Sea toward a port visit in Australia on 1 January 1983 Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) V-2 Division reported they completed a 53 day Indian Ocean line period, yet reports have the “Big E” in the North Arabian Sea from 28 November 1982 to 1 January 1983” (Ref. 329B-1983).

 

    “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) with COMCARGRU THREE, (being relieved RADM Edwin R. Kohn, Jr., on 30 October 1982) and CVW-11 embarked operated for the remainder of the year in the North Arabian Sea with Battle Group (BG) Foxtrot, also comprising USS Bainbridge (CGN-25); USS Ocallahan (FF-1051); USS Hepburn (FF-1055); USS Hull (DD-945); USS Waddell (DDG-24); USS Shasta (AE-33); USS Sacramento (AOE-1); USS White Plains (AFS-4); USNS Ponchatula (TAO-148); USS Harry W. Hill (DD-986) (Detached to shadow Soviet carrier Minsk, which was transiting the Indian Ocean for her first deployment to the Far East, a matter of considerable interest to U.S. planners - rejoined 19/20 January 1983); USS Reasoner (FF-1063) (Detached on ASW duty - rejoined 10 January 1983) and FNS Kersaint (D-622) (Operating with BG until 10 January 1983)” (Ref. 329B-1983 & 362D).

 

    “The Constellation (CVA-64), the 64th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 52nd, commissioning on 27 October 1961, with Captain T.J. Walker in command at New York Naval Shipyard, entered the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for a Complex Overhaul (COH) in January 1983, to allow the carrier to operate the new F/A-18A Hornet strike aircraft, becoming the first carrier to receive the new aircraft. Constellation departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., 26 April 1976 to rejoin the Pacific Fleet at her home port of Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California, completing one of the most extensive carrier overhauls ever undertaken (14 months), during an Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (EDSRA) commencing in February 1975, enabling her to carry the Navy's newest air supremacy fighter, the F-14A Tomcat, and the S-3A Viking, a submarine hunter; reclassifying to CV-64 on 1 July 1975 ; made seven Vietnam Combat Cruises in Vietnam, during the Vietnam Conflict/War, received a Presidential Unit Citation from President Nixon in 1973 and two Vietnam Peace Keeping Cruises; completed Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) in December 1970; beginning DSRA, on her second since commissioning, shortly after arrival from her sixth “WestPac” deployment on 8 May 1970 at at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash.; commenced workups in November 1965 for her first full-blown war cruise upon conclusion of overhaul; commencing her first DSRA upon arrival from her second WestPacdeployment, on 1 February 1965; lasting eight months from 1 February to November 1965 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash.; delivered to the Navy on 1 October 1961; launched on 8 October 1960, sponsored by Mary Herter (wife of Secretary of State Christian Herter); keel was laid down on 14 September 1957, at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, as a Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier, while the contract to build her was awarded on 1 July 1956, she was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the "new constellation of stars" on the flag of the United States, which was named for one of the six frigates bought by the Continental Congress in the late 1790s. The first of those frigates made American naval history and was named for the ring of 13 stars that formed a "new Constellation" on the flag of the new United States” (Ref. 1-Constellation, 72 & 1185).

 

    “The second Kitty Hawk (CV-63), former CVA-63 completed overhaul on schedule in January 1983 and departed Bremerton Wash., and steamed to San Diego, Calf.; departed San Diego, Calif. and steamed to Bremerton, Wash. for another year-long overhaul(Ref. 1- Kitty Hawk, 72, 84A & 331).

 

    “USS America (CV-66) relieved USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on station on 2 January 1983” (Ref. 1-America & 72).

 

    “Battle Group (BG) Foxtrot conducted Weapons Week 83 from 3 to 9 January 1983, providing CVW-11 embarked aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65) with training in air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons delivery and Rainbow Reef (a convoy Transitex with merchant ships from the Rapid Deployment Force Detachment (RDJTF Det.) (at Diego Garcia)) in the vicinity of Diego Garcia, and on 11 January 1983. Accomplishments: (1) (2) Carrier Air Wing Eleven provided air wing training in air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons delivery. (3) The Operations Department participated in a major Battle Group Chaffex while en route to Western Australia during Weapons Week. The exercise included all surface capable units and A-7's with ALE-41 PODS. Enterprise intelligence personnel TAD to USS Harry W. Hill (DD-986) participated in intelligence gathering mission against Soviet Aviation Cruiser MINSK. U. S. Forces press right of free passage through Sunda Straits, successfully and uneventfully transiting. Weapons Department Fox Division reported that two NATO Seasparrow Missile Firings” (Ref. 329B-1983 & 362D).

 

    “Frigate USS Reasoner (FF-1063), similarly detached for ASW duty, rejoined USS Enterprise (CVN-65) on 10 January. French destroyer Kersaint (D-622) also operated with the group until 10 January 1983” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “Beacon South, a joint exercise with the Australians from 18 to 19 January 1983 provided USS Enterprise (CVN-65) aircrews with low level and weapons delivery training” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “On 19 January 1983, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) has a minor collision with the Canadian Maritime Forces Ship YUKON off the coast of Washington state. There are no personnel injuries or serious damage” (Ref. 84A).

 

    “Following the comprehensive overhaul and a vigorous training period with Carrier Air Wing NINE (CVW.9), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) deployed as the flagship for Battle Group Bravo” (Ref. 1-Kitty Hawk).

 

    “On 18 and 19 January 1983, the “Battle Group (BG) Foxtrot conducted Exercise Beacon South with Australian units, and on 21 January 1983, USS Enterprise (CVN-65), USS Sacramento (AOE-1) and Harry W. Hill (DD-986) (Detached to shadow Soviet carrier Minsk, which was transiting the Indian Ocean for her first deployment to the Far East, a matter of considerable interest to U.S. planners - rejoined 19/20 January 1983); arrived in (Perth) Fremantle, Austrilla for a brief visit. Other units called at Geraldton and Bunbury. Among the distinguished visitors to Enterprise from Western Australia were Premier Ray O’Connor, Mr. Sinclair, Minister of Defense, Air Chief Marshall McNamara, Chief of Defense Force Staff, and Vice Admiral Leach, Chief of Naval Staff. Carrier Air Wing Eleven provided air wing with low level and weapons delivery training. The Marine Detachment –During the transit from Australia to the Philippines in February the detachment's initial assignment was to prepare and institute a plan of action to repel ‘Pirates” which had been operating in the area. The plan was designed to protect the Enterprise as well as the remaining battle group. Upon our safe arrival in Subic Bay the detachment went to the field. Of the twenty-four days spent at Subic Bay the Marine Detachment spent twelve days in the jungle. A ten day live – fire tactical field exercise was completed in the Zambales Training area. This was followed by a two day course on jungle environmental training. This training was topped off by a special Marine Detachment Mess Night. Operations Department conducted Mobile Sea Range Operations near Diego Garcia” (Ref. 329B-1983 & 362D).

 

    “After clearing Mombasa, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) operated for the remainder of the year in the North Arabian Sea with Battle Group (BG) Foxtrot, also comprising USS Bainbridge (CGN-25), USS Waddell (DDG-24), USS Hull (DD-945), USS O’Callahan (FF-1051), USS Hepburn (FF-1055), USS Shasta (AE-33), USS Sacramento (AOE-1), USS White Plains (AFS-4) and USS Ponchatula (T-AO-148). In addition, destroyer USS Harry W. Hill (DD-986) was detached to shadow Soviet carrier Minsk, which was transiting the Indian Ocean for her first deployment to the Far East, a matter of considerable interest to U.S. planners. As such, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) assigned two intelligence specialists to the destroyer to help the latter’s crew in tracking the Russians. Harry W. Hill rejoined on 19–20 January 1983” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “USS America (CV-66) spent from 2 to 20 January 1983 off Lebanon, before USS Nimitz (CVN-68) took over” (Ref. 1-America & 72).

 

    “After 18 days off the coast of Lebanon, USS America (CV-66), along with USS Dale (DLG-19) and USS Savannah (AOR-4), steamed to Pireaus, Greece, anchoring there on 23 January 1983 for a five day port visit to Athens (Ref. 1-America & 72).

 

    “Standing out from (Perth) Fremantle, Austrilla and their respective ports USS Enterprise (CVN-65) reformed with the ships of Battle Group (BG) Foxtrot, also comprising USS Bainbridge (CGN-25), USS Waddell (DDG-24), USS Hull (DD-945), USS O’Callahan (FF-1051), USS Hepburn (FF-1055), USS Shasta (AE-33), USS Sacramento (AOE-1), USS White Plains (AFS-4) and USS Ponchatula (T-AO-148) on 26 January 1983. In addition, destroyer USS Harry W. Hill (DD-986) steamed northerly courses toward Indonesian waters” (Ref. 329B-1983 & 362D).

 

    “Units of the Battle Group (BG) Foxtrot, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) battle group, departed their respective ports and reformed on 26 January 1983 for a transit north through the Sunda Strait, encountering some difficulty regarding Indonesian intransigence to allow the ships through, pressing “right of free passage,” transiting northbound on 1 February 1983, en route to Subic Bay via the Java Sea, and into the South China Sea. January 1983 accomplishments reported by Departments, Divisions and Air Wing: (1) Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) completed COMFARIWESTPAC Mid-deployment Material Inspection with a grade of satisfactory. Facilities relocated as a result of inspectors recommendations include: Aviators Breathing Oxygen Test Stand relocated from 1-171-3-A to 1-57-4-E and operation taken over by the Engineering Department. APS116 Freon Fill unit moved from 1-171-3A to 1-22-0-L to prevent aviator equipment contamination by freon. (2) Air Departments V-3 Division completed a total crunch free aircraft moves..(3) The Enterprise Communications Department conducted Smallpipe HF Contingency Exercises with NAVCOMMSTA Diego Garcia. (4) Engineering Department A-Division Machine Shop manufactured a total of 24 aircraft repair parts and repaired 4A main feed rotor assembly. 02N2 generating plants ability to produce nuclear propulsion plant grade nitrogen was in question. NAVSSES determined the 02N2 plant max purity is 99% instead of 99.5% (nuclear grade) and that the 02N2 plant were not installed to meet system demands at the 99.5% purity requirement. Diesel work center continued to support liberty boat operation while in Australia. Engineering Department E-Division reported that the Ships force repaired #4 Ship's Service Turbine Generator amplydine following discovery of shorted brushes. (5) Engineering Department M-Division  - January – #8 SSTG circulating water pump motor bearing failed and was overhauled by ship's force. #4A Main Feed Pump failed and the rotor assembly was replaced at sea by ship's force. (6) The Supply Department reported that throughout the second half of the deployment, a high level of April material support and personal services was provided to the ship and Air Wing (CVW-11) Team. Control Division (S-1) maintained a continuous flow of critical parts throughout the deployment, and utilized an untested logistic pipeline required for support of North Pacific Operations. Two reorders totaling 4094 line items at NSD Subic Bay were routed through Atsugi, Japan and Adak, Alaska. The quality assurance team rescreens of not in stock and not carried material produced an average issue of 40 NMCS/PMCS and 28 awaiting parts requisitions per month. The Aviation Support Division (S-6) exceeded all COMNAVAIRPAC standards in providing support for the embarked airwing and AIMD. In spite of the long NORPAC logistics pipeline, 5-6 maintained a low average of 119 off ship NMCS/PMCS requisitions, 360 awaiting parts components and achieved a 95.1% rotatable pool effectiveness rate for all aircraft. The Material Division (S-8) continued their fine operational support by coordinating and moving massive quantities of material. In the Indian Ocean, more than 17 tons of cargo were carrier onboard delivered (COD) onto the ship from Diego Garcia and Masirah, and 215 tons were received via MLSF ship, and almost 40 tons of retrograde material shipped. The heavy flow continued in February with an extended inport period in Subic Bay, and did not let up the remainder of the deployment. The Data Processing Division (S-7) processed over 500,000 records ranging from financial to 3M Maintenance Data. The Food Service Division (S-2) received more than 1,000 tons (worth $1.5 million) in food stores to feed the crew almost a half million rations. The Sales Division (S-3) provided foreign merchandise and tons of canned soda to boost monthly s les over $300 thousand. Additionally, they averaged 3,600 haircuts, 4,000 pieces of dry cleaning and 55 tons of laundry per month. Disbursing Division (S-4) provided services for 6,000 ship's company and embarked airwing personnel during the deployment. They paid out average monthly disbursements of $3.7 million, including an average payroll of $2.6 million; monthly deposits averaged $2,642,500.00; average daily cash outflow was $50,900.00 during this period. Over 23,657 OCR documents were transmitted for adjusting pay records. The Wardroom Division (S-5) served more than $100,000.00 in meals and maintained daily service for over 500 occupants of the Enterprise Hilton” (Ref. 329B-1983, 362D & 1270). 

 

Distinguished visitors to USS Enterprise (CVN-65) for January 1983 – Ref. 329B-1983

 

Honorable Ray 0' Connor

Premier W. Australia

CAPT Underhill

Seventh Fleet Liaison

Mr. Sinclair

Minister of Defense for W. Australia

Air Chief Marshall McNamara

Chief of Defense Force Stafffor W. Australia

Vice Admiral Leach

Chief of Naval Staff for W. Australia

Major Walk Kowalewski

Defense Attache for W. Australia

CDR Peter McCloskey

Staff Officer for W. Australia

David Parker

W. Australian Leader of Opposition Party

Kim Beazley

Federal Parlimentarian, Member for SWAN, Australian Labor Party (ALP)

Tom Butler

State President, ALP

Michael Beahan

State Secretary, ALP

David Fisher

State Manager for R & I Banks

Arthur Povah

Acting State Manager, ABC

Simon Had field

Editor, Western Mall

Dan 0. Sullivan

Editor-in-Chief, W. Australia

Keith Smart

President, Australian American Association

Graham Keep

Manager for Reserve Bank

Stephen Ecton

United States Consul

Ross Ptorey, Paul Langoulant

Channel 9 TV, Australia

Robert Brown, Peter Makowski

Channel 7 TV, Australia

John Mort, Don Smith, Eddi Mills

A.B.C. TV, Australian

Dick Siudak

Australian Flying Magazine

Lester Glenister

Sunday Times Newspaper

Jim Downes, Chris Doing,

Sunday Times Newspaper

Scott Harford-Davis

Four Corners (ABC TV Sydney)

Nigel Wilson

Melborne Newspaper

Nick Ellis

Western Mail Newspaper

John Altham

Daily News Newspaper

Andrew May, Bill Plowman

West Australian Newspaper

Alan Hale

Weekend News Newspaper

 

    “USS America (CV-66), along with USS Dale (DLG-19) and USS Savannah (AOR-4), departed Pireaus, Greece after a five day in port visit arriving on the 28th” (Ref. 1-America & 72).

 

    “USS America (CV-66) was underway on 29 January 1983, when the carrier transited the Sea of Crete en route to an overnight anchorage at Port Said, Egypt” (Ref. 1-America & 72).

 

    “USS America (CV-66) transited the Suez Canal a third time since her commission on 31 January 1983” (Ref. 1-America & 72).

 

    “Encountering some difficulty regarding Indonesian intransigence to allow the ships through Sunda Strait, Battle Group (BG) Foxtrot pressed “right of free passage,” transiting northbound on 1 February 1983” (Ref. 362D ).

 

    “USS America (CV-66) reached the Red Sea the same day and reported for duty with the 7th Fleet on 4 February 1983, steaming through the Bab el Mandeb Strait and Gulf of Aden en route to the Indian Ocean” (Ref. 1-America & 72).

 

    “Crossing the Java Sea USS Enterprise (CVN-65) entered the South China Sea, and headed to the Philippines Sea, pulling in for a port call, mooring at NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines on 7 February 1983. En route to the Philippines, Enterprise marine detachment prepared and instituted a plan to repel pirates known to be operating in the area” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “Crossing the Java Sea USS Enterprise (CVN-65) entered the South China Sea, and headed to the Philippines Sea, pulling in for a port call, mooring at NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines on 8 February 1983. February 1983 accomplishments reported by Departments, Divisions and Air Wing: (1) The Marine Detachment aboard Enterprise en route to the Philippines, prepared and instituted a plan to repel pirates known to be operating in the area. Enterprise conducted Cope Thunder, a Joint air wing/Air Force exercise providing training in joint strike tactics during February. (2) Engineering Department A-Division reported all systems operated well during the cold weather operations in the Northern Pacific with all winches and capstans having virtually no problems” (Ref. 329B-1983 & 362D).

 

    “On 9 February 1983, USS America (CV-66) and her accompanying battle group conducted Exercise "Beacon Flash 83-4"” (Ref. 1-America & 72).

 

    “During February 1983, U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand H. Monroe Brown visited USS Enterprise (CVN-65), as did Ambassador to South Korea and Mrs. Richard L. Walker” (Ref. 362D). 

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) with Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 11 December 1982 to 25 February 1983” (Ref. 72).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) on second North Pacific

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) with Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75) & Carrier Group Five, Commander DESRON 15 and Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) 25 February 1983, with Captain Charles Reynolds McGrail, Jr. , USNA '57, as Commanding Officer, on second North Pacific and her 25th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 28th deployment since her second recommission on 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving on 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her sixth “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise in the Far East; making three Vietnam Combat Cruises operating with the 7th Fleet during the Vietnam Conflict/War; ending her eighth “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her third South China Sea deployment, her third Vietnam Combat Cruise in the Far East. She will under go her 34th deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon completion of her World Cruise 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 47th 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)

(2 June to 8 August 1983)

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (25th Forward Deployed)

2nd NorPac

 

 

CVW-5

NF

25 Feb 1983

9 May 1983

North Pacific

47th FWFD

74-days

 

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-4S

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps - Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 115-120

RF-4B

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4S

VA-93

Ravens -

Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7E

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7E

VA-115

Eagles -                    Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder - Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6E /                     A6-E/KA-6D /  *A-6E TRAM/KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600-603

E-2B

VAQ-136

Gauntlets - Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler - Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

604-607

EA-6B

HC-1 Det.2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King -

Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3G

*AN/AAS-33 TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack, Multi-Sensor system

 

     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) sailed from NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines on 27 February 1983, arriving on the 8th, to rendezvous with other “elements” of the Battle Group (BG) Foxtrot. February 1983 accomplishments reported by Departments, Divisions and Air Wing: (1) Air Department V-1 Division reported that the Flight deck landing area was re-nonskidded during SRA at Subic Bay, R.P. (2) V-2 Division reports completion of SRA. (3) Communications Department reported that the majority of February was spent inport Subic Bay, R. P. During this period several departmental personnel attended Military Customs Inspector, 3M Surface, Antenna Maintenance and Command Training Team classes. Also, during this period extensive antenna maintenance was performed. Enterprise Communications personnel visited several ships and NAVCOMMSTA San Migue. (4) Damage Control and Repair Department reported “WestPac” upkeep in Subic Bay, R.P., with SRF and shipboard personnel completing 370 job actions by SRF and shipboard personnel. (5) Deck Department conducted extensive maintenance/preservation on the ship's sides. (6) Engineering Department A-Division reported that the Hydraulics shop received major assistance during availability at SRF Subic Bay for the island elevator, #2 ACEL door winch cable and steering gear relief valves. The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration shop maintained the ship in a comfortable environment with three units overhauled by SRF Subic. (7) Engineering Department E-Division reported that in preparation for Operational Reactor Safeguards Examination (ORSE), #5 and /I6 switchgear, #2 and #3 switchgear, and #1, #2, #I3 and #4 diesel switch gear rooms were rehabilitated. (8) Engineering Department M-Division reported that #8 SSTG trip throttle valve was refaced by SRF Subic Bay, eliminating recurrent steam leaks. (9) Operations Department reported that AN/SMQ-6 System completely overhauled during Subic in port period (by NAVOCEANCOMFAL). A damaged reflector on the AN/SPN-43A antenna was replaced. (10) Engineering Department A-Division reported that Catapult shop completed ORSE Inspection with an excellent on material condition and evolutions” (Ref. 329B-1983 & 362D).

 

   “On 28 February 1983, USS America (CV-66) and her consorts conducted a "Weapons Week" Exercise in the vicinity of Diego Garcia” (Ref. 1-America & 72).

 

    “Soviet surveillance continued as USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and her Battle Group (BG) Foxtrot consorts steamed north through the Tsushima Strait and into the Sea of Japan (is the eastern channel of the Korea Strait, which lies between Korea and Japan, connecting the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea) to participate in Valiant Flex/Team Spirit 83, a 16 day joint amphibious exercise with ROK forces, supporting the landings and provided interdiction support en route Sasebo, Japan commencing on 28 February 1983. February 1983 accomplishments reported by Departments, Divisions and Air Wing: (1) Air Department V-2 Division reported that one three hour CQ period completed 163 traps. (2) Air Department V-3 Division reported that there were 387 total crunch free moves. (3) Carrier Air Wing Eleven made a final preparation for Sea of Japan and Northern Pacific operations. (4) Air Department V-3 Division reported that there were 387 total crunch free moves in February. (5) Communications Department reported that the majority of February was spent inport Subic Bay, R. P. During this period several departmental personnel attended Military Customs Inspector, 3M Surface, Antenna Maintenance and Command Training Team classes. Also, during this period extensive antenna maintenance was performed. Enterprise Communications personnel visited several ships and NAVCOMMSTA San Miguel. (6) Weapons Department reported that due to the political and environmental issues surrounding "Nuclear Power,” Marine Detachment was tasked with providing an overall security plan to protect the ship en route to Sasebo, Japan. This plan covered all contingencies including air, surface and subsurface attacks. The port visit was uneventful. (7) Operations Department reported that preparations for Team Spirit 83 operations commence in the Philippines Operating Area and Refresher of CV pilots was conducted and provided Carrier CQ’s services to VRC-50 and VQ-1” (Ref. 329B-1983 & 362D).

 

Distinguished visitors to USS Enterprise (CVN-65) for February 1983 – Ref. 329B-1983

 

Mrs. Francesca, Mrs. Isobel Pioornell

Readers Digest, Far East Edition Pioornell

Philippine Guests

U. S. Guests

BGEN Baladad

COL Paiso

COL 0' Campo

CAPT Fisher

COL Capa

COL Strigling

CDR Regula

MAJ Abraham

CDR Buaquen

LT Honda

COL Subala

COL Gugen

COL Jarque

MAJ Henneman

COL Sapelo

Ambassador H. Monroe Brown, U. S. Ambassador to New Zealand

COL Amano

Ambassador & Mrs. Richard L. Walker, U. S. Ambassador to South Korea

COL Francisco

CAPT Shapiro with 25 guests (Filipino families) COMUSNAVPHIL Chief of Staff

CAPT Matic

Mrs. Gordon with 25-30 guests, Olongapo Mayor's wife

MAJ Gill

Philippine Guest Titles

COL Abadia

 

COL & Mrs. Virgilio David,

AFP, Deputy Narcotics Command/Executive Officer, Narcotics Command

LTCOL Ferdinand Lagman

PC, Commander, Metropolitan District Command

LCDR Edgardo Isreal, PN

Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, SUBCOM

CAPT & Mrs. Augusto Angcanan

PC, Commanding Officer, 164 PC Company, Metropolitan District Command

CAPT & Mrs. Nester Sanarers

PC, Intelligence Officer, Metropolitan District Command

Mrs. Francesca, Mrs. Isobel Pioornell

Readers Digest, Far East Edition Pioornell

Philippine Guests

U. S. Guests

BGEN Baladad

COL Paiso

COL 0' Campo

CAPT Fisher

COL Capa

COL Strigling

CDR Regula

MAJ Abraham

CDR Buaquen

LT Honda

COL Subala

COL Gugen

COL Jarque

MAJ Henneman

COL Sapelo

Ambassador H. Monroe Brown, U. S. Ambassador to New Zealand

COL Amano

Ambassador & Mrs. Richard L. Walker, U. S. Ambassador to South Korea

COL Francisco

CAPT Shapiro with 25 guests (Filipino families) COMUSNAVPHIL Chief of Staff

CAPT Matic

Mrs. Gordon with 25-30 guests, Olongapo Mayor's wife

MAJ Gill

Philippine Guest Titles

COL Abadia

 

COL & Mrs. Virgilio David,

AFP, Deputy Narcotics Command/Executive Officer, Narcotics Command

LTCOL Ferdinand Lagman

PC, Commander, Metropolitan District Command

LCDR Edgardo Isreal, PN

Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, SUBCOM

CAPT & Mrs. Augusto Angcanan

PC, Commanding Officer, 164 PC Company, Metropolitan District Command

CAPT & Mrs. Nester Sanarers

PC, Intelligence Officer, Metropolitan District Command

 

U. S. Guests

Mr. & Mrs. Peter Reilly

Regional Director for Operations, U. S. Naval Investigative Service Regional Office, Philippines

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Merritt

Special Agent in Charge, U. S. Naval, Investigative Service Resident Agent, Subic Bay

Mr. Lance Arnold

Investigative Service Resident Agenvy, Cubi Pt., Special Agent, U. S. Naval Investigative Service

M r & Mrs. Daniel Fernandez

Investigative Service Resident Agency, Cubi Pt., Special Agent, U. S. Naval Investigative Service Agency, Subic Bay

Mr. Ebata and Mr. Todaka

Media representative from Pacific Sea Power

Review (Japanese Publication)

 

    “After extensive work up and Sea Trials, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) with CVW-15 embarked departed Norfolk, Virginia 1 March 1983 with nearly 6,000 Sailors; on her eight-month around the world deployment operating with the United States Atlantic Command (Atlantic Fleet) under the direction of the 2nd Fleet, she will travel in the waters of the Caribbean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean,  Mediterranean Sea, South Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Philippine Sea, South China Sea, East Sea/Sea of Japan and theWestern Pacific Ocean en route to her new homeport at the Naval Air Station in Alemeda, California via Pearl Harbor, Hi. She will under go her first Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission on 13 March 1982” (Ref. 72 & 375).

 

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) with CVW-15 (NL)

(1 March to 29 October 1983)

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

          ROLE

 AIRCRAFT DESIGN

     NICK NAME &

   PRIMARY ROLE

  TAIL

 CODE

 Modex

   AIRCRAFT

 DESIGNATION

VF-51

Screaming Eagles -      Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Tomcat -

Jet Fighter

NL100

F-14A

VF-111

Sundowners -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Tomcat -

Jet Fighter

NL200

F-14A

VA-37

Bulls -

Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NL300

A-7E

VA-105

Gunslingers -                        Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NL400

A-7E

VA-52

Knightriders -                        Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NL500

A-6E / KA-6D

VAW-114

Hormel Hogs -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600-603

E-2C

VAQ-134

Garudas -                  Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Intruder - Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

604-607

EA-6B

HS-4

Black Knights -          Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King -

Anti-submarine

610

SH-3H

VQ-1 Det, C

World Watchers - Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye -Special electronic installation

630

EA-3B

VS-29

Dragonflies - Air Anti-Submarine Squadron

Lockheed - Viking -

Anti-Submarine

700

S-3A

 

 

    “USS Texas (CGN-39) joined USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) as part of her task force” (Ref. 84A).

 

     “Coming from a port visit in Hong Kong, Soviet reaction to the presence of Battle Group (BG) Foxtrot had already commenced upon departure from Subic Bay, and on 2 March 1983, two TU-95/BEAR D reconnaissance aircraft reconnoitered USS Enterprise (CVN-65) as the ship operated 30NM off Subic Bay. Soviet surveillance continued as Enterprise and her consorts steamed north through the Tsushima Strait and into the Sea of Japan to participate in Valiant Flex/Team Spirit 83, a 16 day joint amphibious exercise with ROK forces, during which Enterprise supported the landings and provided interdiction support, en route Sasebo, Japan.  “Numerous” civil aircraft penetrated her carrier control zone during the evolution, seven unauthorized flights being so dangerous as to be reported to Commander, Naval Force Japan” (Ref. 329B-1983 & 362D).

 

    “Following a "Weapons Week" Exercise in the vicinity of Diego Garcia, USS America (CV-66) visited Colombo” (Ref. 1-America & 72).

 

    “USS America (CV-66) arrived Colombo, Sri Lanka, anchoring on 7 March 1983” (Ref. 1-America & 72).

 

    “USS America (CV-66) weighed anchor at Colombo, Sri Lanka on 12 March 1983, arriving on the 7th and resumed operations in the Indian Ocean soon thereafter, culminating in Exercise "Beacon Flash 83-4"” (Ref. 1-America & 72).

 

 

USS America (CV-66) underway in the Med in 82 or 83. Photographer is Mario Mederos, H-46 crewchief from HMM-263. NS026650. Presented by Pete Harlem. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/026650.jpg

 

    “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and her Battle Group (BG) Foxtrot consorts participated in Valiant Flex/Team Spirit 83, a 16 day joint amphibious exercise with ROK forces, in the Sea of Japan with USS Midway (CV-41) and connecting seas (Korea Strait (is a sea passage between Japan and South Korea, connecting the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan in the northwest Pacific Ocean. The East China Sea is bounded on the east by Kyūshū and the Ryukyu Islands of Japan, on the south by the South China Sea, and on the west by the Asian continent. It connects with the Sea of Japan through the Korea Strait; it opens in the north to the Yellow Sea), supporting the landings and provided interdiction support en route Sasebo, Japan from 28 February to 20 March 1983. Carrier Air Wing Eleven wing provided support to amphibious task force during simulated assault. Interdiction support also provided Operations Department reported that Enterprise provided support for Amphibious Operations. Stand off reconnaissance activity by Soviet aircraft begins. Because of the stringent EMCON requirements of Valiant Flex/Team Spirit 83, ten Case III departure / recovery evolutions were conducted without benefit of Enterprise SPN-43 CATCC radar and TACAN. Throughout Valiant Flex/Team Spirit 83operations in the Okinawa and Japan OPAREAs Enterprise’s Carrier Control Zone was penetrated by numerous civil fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. Seven reports of unauthorized flights through the Carrier Control Zone was addressed to Commander, Naval Force Japan. Personnel from NOCD Misawa augmented Meteorology Division to provide tailored ASW support to Battle Group during upcoming FleetEx 83-1 (Ref. 329B-1983 & 362D - EQNEEDF Note-Command History Report mentions the South China Sea).

 

    USS Coral Sea (CV-43) operated stateside from 23 March 1982 to 20 March 1983.

 

CHAPTER XXXVI

FOURTEENTH “WESTPAC” DEPLOYMENT

CV’s & CVN’s OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA

LOCAL TRAINING OPERATIONS off the Virginia Capes & Cherry Point

Iran History & Air Arm - Iraq and Iran War

(20 August 1981 to 20 March 1983)

Part 1 – (20 August 1981 to 3 March 1982)

Part 2 – (4 March to 31 August 1982)

Part 3 – (1 September to 31 December 1982)

Part 4 – (1 January to 20 March 1983)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER XXXVI

Part 4 – (1 January to 20 March 1983)

 USS CORAL SEA (CV 43)

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

 

A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy - Operation Evening Light And Eagle Claw -

 

Book - ISBN NO.

978-1-4276-0454-5

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-329-15473-5

 

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to Present)

 

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to Present)

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-19945-3

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA  Vol. I (10 July 1944 to 31 December 1975)

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA Vol. I (10 July 1944 to 31 December 1975) -

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-54596-0

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. II (1 January 1976 to 25 August 1981)

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. II (1 January 1976 to 25 August 1981) -

 

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-54790-2

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. III (20 August 1981 to 26 April 1990)

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. III (20 August 1981 to 26 April 1990) -

 

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EBook ISBN NO.

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