CHAPTER XXXIII

U.S. Aircraft Carriers “WestPac,” Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea Deployments (Indian Ocean operations keeping the peace in the Middle East during which time riots against the shah's regime took place in several Iranian cities, resulting in the Iranian revolution with control of Iran shifting to Ayatollah Khomeini; followed by the Shah of Iran’s admission into the U. S. (22 October 1979) for medical treatment which touched off a huge demonstration in Tehran demanding his extradition and on the morning of 4 November 1979, exactly one year before the United States Presidential election, a mob of around 3,000 students stormed the U.S. embassy gate in Tehran, overran the guards, and took the sixty-six people inside hostage, in the name of Ayatollah Khomeini) - $80,000,000 11 month overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Ship Yard, Bremerton, Washington and sailed for Alameda, Ca. 8 February 1979, arriving the next day; underwent overhaul on 6 March 1978, during which the last of her 5-inch battery and all gun directors were removed, followed by Refresher Training and CarQuals with Carrier Air Wing FIFTEEN (CVW-14) embarked, visits at North Island Naval Air Station, San Diego, Ca.

Iran History & Air Arm

 (1 January 1978 to 12 November 1979)

Part 1 – (1 January to 14 May 1978)

Part 2 – (15 May to 31 November 1978)

Part 3 – (1 December 1978 to 8 March 1979)

Part 4 – (9 March to 25 October 1979)

Part 5 – (26 October to 12 November 1979)

 

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) with CVW-11 embarked arrived from “WestPac”

 

“On 15 May 1978, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) with CVW-11 embarked arrived Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California, with Captain Edward J. Hogan, Jr. as Commanding Officer, disembarking CVW-11 operating out of her home port at Naval Air Station Lemoore, deploying 203 days in which 131 days (65%) were spent at-sea, awarded a Presidential Unit Citation, a Meritorious Service Commendation, four Navy Unit Commendations, a Battle Efficiency "E" and many other unit awards; ending her 11th “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, participating in TRANSITEX 2-78, a multi-encounter, advanced task group ASW training evolution conducted along the PIM to “WestPac,” en route transit to Hawaii included an opposed sortie from San Diego and the two days of cyclic air operations in the Hawaiian operating area included a MISSILEX, MINEX BRAVO, GUNEX, BOMBEX, JAMEX, and KOMAREX; TRANSITEX 2-78, a multi-encounter, advanced task group ASW training evolution conducted along the PIM to “WestPac,” Refresher carrier landing operations, USN/ROKN ASWEX K1-78, a four-phased, modular exercise designed to provide U. S. and Republic of Korea Naval Forces an opportunity to practice combined operations in AAW and ASW, USN/ROKN ASWEX K1-78, a four-phased, modular exercise designed to provide U. S. and Republic of Korea Naval Forces an opportunity to practice combined operations in AAW and ASW, READIEX BRAVO, READIEX BRAVO on 13 December 1977 and  exercise COPE CHERRY, a test of the Japanese Air Self-defense Force, war-at-sea exercise (WASEX) by delivering the first stimulated strike against the opposing carrier conducted in the Philippine Sea Kitty Hawk bested USS Midway (CV-41), CASEX/FAMEX 1-78A, a close air support/familiarization exercise for training TACAIR control party personnel and integration of CV aircraft into the support of amphibious operations in the vicinity of Okinawa, Japan a combined U. S. and Republic of China air defense exercise of the Eagle/Bluesky series in the Taiwan area, aircraft from Kitty Hawk participating in The ECM portion of an air defense exercise involving the Republic China, Exercise BLUESKY, the intercept/strike portion of an air defense exercise involving the Republic of China and shipboard trials for A-4Ms and F-4Ss; on her second Indian Ocean deployment. 10 TU-95 BEAR Reconnaissance conducted and Kitty Hawk inchopped COMSEVENTHFLT on 1 November 1977, arriving Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for “WestPac” briefings held on 1 November 1977 at CINCPACFLT Headquarters, conducting TRANSITEX 2-78, a multi-encounter, advanced task group ASW training evolution conducted along the PIM to “WestPac” from 25 to 31 October 1977. Kitty Hawk transit to Hawaii included an opposed sortie from San Diego and the two days of cyclic air operations in the Hawaiian operating area included a MISSILEX, MINEX BRAVO, GUNEX, BOMBEX, JAMEX, and KOMAREX. Kitty Hawk hosted 170 Rotarians and their wives from the Hawaii area for lunch and a tour of the ship and Admiral E. A. Clarey, USN (Ret.) arrived aboard on 1 November 1977. Kitty Hawk departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 2 November 1977, conducting “WestPac” briefings held on 1 November 1977 at CINCPACFLT Headquarters, participating in TRANSITEX 2-78, a multi-encounter, advanced task group ASW training evolution conducted along the PIM to “WestPac” commencing on 2 November. Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 4 November 1977 and on 8 November 1977. Kitty Hawk celebrated the 202nd birthday of the United States Marine Corps with an appropriate ceremony on the forecastle on 10 November 1977, inchopping from Third Fleet to Seventh Fleet the same day, while in the vicinity of Wake Island. Two Soviet Naval Aviation TU-95 BEAR D aircraft also welcomed the ship to “WestPac” by conducting close-in reconnaissance of the carrier during the late afternoon hours of 10 November. Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 11 November 1977. TRANSITEX 2-78 ASW encounters continued until Kitty Hawk task group arrived in the vicinity of Guam. Commander Carrier Striking Force Seventh Fleet/F 77 and staff embarked in Kitty Hawk throughout the day of 13 November 1977 and Commander Carrier Group SEVEN departed. In her new role as flagship for CTF 77, Kitty Hawk sailed westward t o an operating area east of the Philippine Islands. Rear Admiral E. E. Tissot, Jr., Commander, Carrier Group Five arrived aboard Kitty Hawk on 13 November 1977. The same day, Kitty Hawk assumed the communications guard for CTF-77 and will maintain this guard until 21 April 1978. Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) 14 November 1977; on 15 November 1977 and 16 November 1977. Kitty Hawk participated in INCHOP, an exercise designed to improve and evaluate the readiness to the entire task group to conduct ASW operations in a blue water multi-threat environment with nuclear submarines in direct support from 16 to 19 November. Vice Admiral R. B. Baldwin, Commander, Seventh Fleet arrived aboard Kitty Hawk on 20 November 1977. One notable achievement during the early portion of Kitty Hawk deployment was a night underway replenishment with the USS White Plains (AFS-4) on 21 November 1977 which consisted of 594 pallets of provisions, stores, and fleet freight. This was the second largest UNREP in White Plains history and the same day conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 21 November 1977. Kitty Hawk pulled in for a port call at Yokosuka, Japan on 23 November 1977 for a period of much-needed upkeep and crew liberty. Continued transit to “WestPac” as a participant in TRANSITEX 2-78, a multi-encounter, advanced task group ASW training evolution conducted along the PIM to “WestPac” from 2 to 23 November 1977. Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USS White Plains (AFS-4) on 28 November 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977 - Command History Report states the 18th and 35th UNREP of 1977 which is not correct based on the 33RD & 34th UNREP of 1977).  Refresher carrier landing operations commenced almost immediately upon Kitty Hawk departure from Yokosuka, Japan on 30 November 1977. Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 3 December 1977, conducting Refresher carrier landing operations from 1 to 4 December 1977 while en route to the Sea of Japan. Kitty Hawk commenced USN/ROKN ASWEX K1-78, a four-phased, modular exercise designed to provide U. S. and Republic of Korea Naval Forces an opportunity to practice combined operations in AAW and ASW on 5 December 1977. Admiral Hwang, Chong You, Chief of Naval Operations, Republic of Korea Navy and Vice Admiral R. B. Baldwin, Commander, Seventh Fleet arrived aboard Kitty Hawk on 6 December 1977.  Soviet TU-16 BADGER aircraft conducted close-in reconnaissance Kitty Hawk of on 6 December 1977 in an area northeast of Tsushima Island. Lieutenant General C. A. Gabriel, USAF, Deputy Commander United Nations Command/U.S. Forces, Korea arrived aboard Kitty Hawk on 7 December 1977, conducting UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) twice the same day on her 37th & 38th UNREP. Honorable W. Graham Claytor, Secretary of the Navy arrived aboard Kitty Hawk on 8 December 1977. Kitty Hawk conducted USN/ROKN ASWEX K1-78, a four-phased, modular exercise designed to provide U. S. and Republic of Korea Naval Forces an opportunity to practice combined operations in AAW and ASW from 5 to 8 December 1977. Upon completion of all exercise objectives, the 5-8 December exercise was terminated and Kitty Hawk entered the harbor at Pusan, South Korea on 9 December 1977 for five days of liberty. Major General H. Griffith Chjusmag – Korea and Mr. J. Kelly, U.S. Embassy, Korea (Political Section) arrived aboard Kitty Hawk on 9 December 1977. Kitty Hawk conducted a READIEX BRAVO following departure from Pusan, South Korea on 13 December 1977, import from 9 to 12 December 1977 and the following day conducted UNREP with USS Haleakala (AE-25) with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on her 39th & 40th UNREP – Command History Report (311B-1977) states that the 36th UNREP was conducted on the 3rd of December, but based on UNREP numbering there is an extra Dec.3rd listed as the 39th UNREP, EQNEEDF submits the  36th UNREP as the 13th). Kitty Hawk conducted READIEX BRAVO on 13 December 1977 and exercise COPE CHERRY, a test of the Japanese Air Self-defense Force, was conducted on 16 December 1977 while in the vicinity of Okinawa. Embarked airwing assets simulated aggressor aircraft. Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 16 December 197. Kitty Hawk bested USS Midway (CV-41) during a war-at-sea exercise (WASEX) by delivering the first stimulated strike against the opposing carrier conducted in the Philippine Sea from 17 to 18 December 1977. Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted her 42nd UNREP of 1977 with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 18 December 1977. Aircraft from the Kitty Hawk participated in CASEX/FAMEX 1-78A, a close air support/familiarization exercise for training TACAIR control party personnel and integration of CV aircraft into the support of amphibious operations on 19 December 1977 in the vicinity of Okinawa, Japan. Upon arrival in the Taiwan area, aircraft from Kitty Hawk participated in a combined U. S. and Republic of China air defense exercise of the Eagle/Bluesky series. The ECM portion of an air defense exercise involving the Republic China on 20 December 1977. Kitty Hawk conducted Exercise BLUESKY, the intercept/strike portion of an air defense exercise involving the Republic of China on 21 December 1977. Kitty Hawk action was lively for the balance of the December at-sea time as several one and two-day exercises were conducted in rapid succession. Rear Admiral J. B. Linder, Commander U. S. Taiwan Defense Command; Admiral TSOU Chien, Commander-in-Chief, Chinese Navy; Major General HU Fu-Chiu, Chief of Operations, Chinese Army; Major General LEE Yu-Chiu, Deputy Commander, Combat Air Command; Major General CHOW Chung-Nan, Commander General 605th Missile Group and Rear Admiral LEI Hsueh-Ming JOTD arrived aboard Kitty Hawk on 21 December 1977. Kitty Hawk pulled in for a port call at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines on 23 December 1977, that place which would serve as her home away from home for the duration of the cruise, early on December and remained there through the Christmas and New Year holidays. Rear Admiral J. B. Linder, Commander U. S. Taiwan Defense Command; Admiral TSOU Chien, Commander-in-Chief, Chinese Navy; Major General HU Fu-Chiu, Chief of Operations, Chinese Army; Major General LEE Yu-Chiu, Deputy Commander, Combat Air Command; Major General CHOW Chung-Nan, Commander General 605th Missile Group and Rear Admiral LEI Hsueh-Ming JOTD arrived aboard Kitty Hawk on 21 December 1977. Kitty Hawk pulled in for a port call at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines on 23 December 1977. Rear Admiral H. Hardisty, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Philippines arrived aboard Kitty Hawk on 28 December 1977. Kitty Hawk made a for a port call at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines from 23 to 31 December 1977. For the Kitty Hawk, 1977 was an exciting and eventful year. She had risen from being a cold, sleeping giant to become a highly trained professional, operationally-deployed unit in the short span of one year. The officers and men had put forth 110 percent effort from beginning to end to gain and retain the reputation of being the best carrier in the U. S. Pacific Fleet. Somali forces attempting to secede the Ogaden, a territory within the Horn of Africa (HOA), from Ethiopia and join it to Somalia, invaded the Ogaden. Kitty Hawk entered 1978 moored alongside Leyte Pier, NAS Cubi Point, Republic o f the Philippines from 1 to 4 January 1978, commencing Exercise Cope Thunder 78-2 on the 2nd. Under the Opcon o f Commander Seventh Fleet, she was serving as the flag ship of Commander Task Group 77.5, RADM E. E. Tissot, Jr., who was embarked with his staff. Commanded by CAPT E. J. Hogan, Jr., the carrier's officers and men reflected on the accomplishments o f the year just completed and were eager to tackle the challenges that were to be in the months ahead. Kitty Hawk also hosted the January COMSEVENTHFLT Communications Conference and presented a very informative and controversial program to the attendees. Hailed as one of the most productive meetings of its kind, many fleetwide improvements are anticipated. Kitty Hawk conducted refresher landing operations in the South China Sea for pilots between 5 and 8 January 1978 during a transit to Hong Kong, arriving on the 9th, commencing Exercise Cope Thunder 78-2 on the 2nd while import Subic Bay. Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 9 January and on 12 January 1978. Kitty Hawk made a port call at Hong Kong from 9 to 14 January 1978 port visit. Vice Admiral R. P. Coogan and Commander Naval Air Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet visited Kitty Hawk on 14 January 1978. During the return transit to the Subic Bay operating area, aircraft from Kitty Hawk participated in CASEX/FAMEX 1-788 on 16 January 1978, an exercise whose objective was to practice a communication plan and command and control procedures appropriate for an amphibious operation supported by a CV task group. VA-192 A-7E lost at sea. Pilot, LCDR D. C. Railsback, recovered with no injuries on 16 January 1978. Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 16 January 1978. Shorebased aircraft from Kitty Hawk embarked airwing, CVW-11, participated in Exercise Cope Thunder 78-2, a USAF - sponsored, multi - disciplined, air warfare exercise conducted in the Subic and Clark target areas from 2 to 20 January 1978, commencing Exercise Cope Thunder 78-2 on the 2nd while import Subic Bay. Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) and USS Sample (DD-1-48) on 20 January 1978. Kitty Hawk pulled in for a port visit at Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines on 21 January 1978. Rear Admiral R. B. McClinton and Commander Naval Surface Group, Western Pacific Fleet visited Kitty Hawk on 24 January 1978. Kitty Hawk conducted CAST while in port Subic Bay on 25 January 1978 and hosted 30 members of the Philippine Reserve Judge Advocate Association for a tour of the ship on 26 January and 17 members of the Canadian International Youth Association for a tour of the ship on 27 January 1978, Kitty Hawk departed Subic Bay on 31 January 1978. After operations not disclosed, Kitty Hawk pulled in for a port visit at Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines on 1 February 1978, commencing Exercise NEWBOY upon arrival which involved testing the Republic of Philippine air defense and hosted 30 students and adult escorts from a NS Subic Bay elementary school for a tour of the ship on 1 February 1978. While at Subic Bay, Kitty Hawk hosted 20 USAF nurses for a tour of the ship on 2 February 1978 and 70 students and adult escorts from Clark AFB for a tour of the ship on 3 February 1978, commencing Exercise Cope Thunder 78-3 the same day. Kitty Hawk ASW aircrews exercised skills against a target submarine in the South China Sea, conducting Minex Bravo from 1 to 3 February 1978 and aircraft from the Kitty Hawk participated in a combined U.S./Republic of China air defense exercise of the Eagle/Lark/Blue Sky series between 1 to 4 February 1978 while import Subic Bay. Kitty Hawk departed Subic Bay on 5 February 1976, in port from 1 to 5 February 1978, conducting Exercise NEWBOY upon arrival which involved testing the Republic of Philippine air defense. ASW aircrews exercised skills against a target submarine in the South China Sea, conducting Minex Bravo from 1 to 3 February 1978, while import Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines and aircraft from the Kitty Hawk participating in a combined U.S./Republic of China air defense exercise of the Eagle/Lark/Blue Sky series between 1 to 4 February 1978. Kitty Hawk hosted 3 Japanese newsmen for a newsgathering visit to the ship on 9 February; participated in a Missilex in the Subic Operating Area from 7 to 9 February 1978; conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 9 February and conducted Exercise Cope Thunder 78-3 from 3 to 10 February 1978. Kitty Hawk was at-sea in transit to the Philippine Sea in preparation for Readex 1-78, an exercise designed to improve and evaluate the readiness of SEVENTHFLT to conduct naval operations and wage war in a blue water, multi - threat environment, commencing on 12 February. Kitty Hawk commenced Exercise Cope Thunder 78-3 in the South China Sea and conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 13 February 1978, with a visit from Rear Admiral W. A. Gureck, Prospective commander Carrier Group Seven on 14 February. Vice Admiral R. B. Baldwin, Commander, Seventh Fleet visited Kitty Hawk on 16 February 1978 during UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 16 February 1978. Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted Readex 1-78, an exercise designed to improve and evaluate the readiness of SEVENTHFLT to conduct naval operations and wage war in a blue water, multi - threat environment, which was conducted between 12 to 17 February 1978. On the final day of the exercise, 17 February, aircraft from Kitty Hawk provided range clearing and flight following services during the initial and successful operational introduction of the Harpoon missile into SEVENTHFLT. Kitty Hawk conducted Exercise Cope Thunder 78-3 from 13 to 17 February 1978 in the South China Sea, participating in the operational introduction of the Harpoon SSM in to SEVENTHFLT on 17 February. Kitty Hawk dropped anchor for a port call at Buckner Bay, Okinawa on 18 February 1978, for a post-exercise hot wash-up conference, departing the same day. Vice Admiral R. B. Baldwin, Commander, Seventh Fleet and Lieutenant General J. N. McLaughlin, Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific visited Kitty Hawk on the same day. Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 21 February; conducted coordinated anti-submarine training (CAST) exercises in the South China Sea on 20 February; celebrated the Supply Corps 193rd birthday with a ceremony in the wardroom on 22 February; conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 23 February and on 26 February. Kitty Hawk conducted Exercise Sea Siam VII, a joint U.S./Thailand Navy exercise in the Sea Siam series were conducted from 24 to 26 February; coordinated anti-submarine training (CAST) exercises and Minex Bravo in the South China Sea on 28 February; Minex Alpha in the South China Sea on 1 March and Readiex Alpha in the South China Sea on 2 March 1978. Admiral H. D. Arnold, Commander Medium Attack, Tactical Electronic Warfare Wing visited USS Kitty Hawk on 3 March 1978 during UNREP with USNS Passumpsic (TAO-102) on 3 March 1978. A lengthy port visit in Subic Bay was anticipated for the crew of Kitty Hawk, arriving Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines on 4 March 1978. Kitty Hawk hosted Mr. T. Bell, Sacramento Bee reporter, for a visit to the ship on 7 March 1978. Due to unstable political conditions in the Horn of Africa, Kitty Hawk was ordered to sail on the morning of 9 March 1978 to a position in the South China Sea northeast of Singapore and hold there until further directed for special operations in the South China Sea northeast of Singapor, import from 4 to 8 March 1978. On 8 March 1978, visiters aboard Kitty Hawk included: Colonel R. D. F. Lloyd, Defense Attache, Australia; Commander Guy Osmont, Defense Attache, France; Colonel Danar Doenoes, Defense and Military Attache, lndonesia; Colonel Suwarta, Air Attache, Indonesia; Colonel Sedibyo Rahardio, Naval Attache, lndonesia; Colonel Jagrup Sing, Defense Attache, Republic o f Singapore; Colonel Zakaria Bin Dahta, Services Attache, Malaysia; Group Captain Choob Bhukwvant, Air Attache, Thailand; Colonel Chalard Niyomthal, Army Attache, Thailand; Lieutenant Colonel C. J. Dale, Defense Attache, United Kingdom, Commander F. C. Jose, Foreign Liaison Officer, Philippine Navy;  Captain F. Parado, Military Liaison Officer, Philippine Navy. Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USNS Mispillion (RAO-105) on 12 March 1978. Engineering difficulties encountered during flight operations in the South China Sea required diversion of twelve aircraft from Kitty Hawk to Singapore on 12 March 1978. Kitty Hawk was a member o f the United States Seventh Fleet during 35th anniversary celebrations on 15 March. Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 16 March. Mr. D. J. Russell, COMSEVENTHFLT Science Advisor visited Kitty Hawk on 17 March 1978. Mr. R. M. Hillyer, Naval Weapons Center Technical Director and Mr. L. Gulick, Naval Science Advisory Program Coordinator, Nava l Weapons Center visited Kitty Hawk during UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 18 March. Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 21 March. Kitty Hawk conducted Special Operations in the South China Sea from 9 to 22 March 1978. Somali forces attempting to secede the Ogaden, a territory within the Horn of Africa (HOA), from Ethiopia and join it to Somalia, invaded the Ogaden. Kitty Hawk was anticipating a “lengthy port visit” in Subic Bay, however, following the collapse of the Somali invasion, she was ordered to a holding point in the South China Sea north of Singapore, to be on call to respond to the impending crisis, principally over concerns about the possible need to evacuate Americans trapped by the fighting from 8 February to 23 March 1978; released from a holding point in the South China Sea north of Singapore prior to being sent into the Indian Ocean, the same day.  Rear Admiral R. P. McKenzie, Commander Light Attack Wing, U. S. Pacific Fleet visited Kitty Hawk on 24 March. VF-213 assigned to CVW-11 attached to Kitty Hawk lost an F-14A at sea. Pilot, LCDR J. Punches, and radar intercept officer, LTJG J. Lane, were recovered with no injuries and conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 25 March. The Honorable C. S. Whitehouse, U. S. Ambassador to Thailand visited Kitty Hawk and crewmembers donated 134 pints of blood to the Thai Red Cross during a port visit to Pattaya, Thailand and hosted 30 Thai newsmen for a tour of the ship on 27 March. Kitty Hawk conducted normal operations in the South China Sea from 23 to 27 March 1978 and preparations were made to enter Pattaya, Thailand. Kitty Hawk dropped anchor for a port visit at Pattaya, Thailand on 28 March, hosting 8 USDAO and Royal Thai Navy ladies for lunch and a tour of the ship on 30 March 1978. Kitty Hawk departed Pattaya, Thailand on 1 April 1978, anchored from 28 to 1 April 1978, hosting 15 Boys Scouts (U. S. dependents) for a tour of the ship on the day of departure. Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USNS Passumpsic (TAO-102) on 4 April.  Singapore was the next port of call for the officers and men of Kitty Hawk. En route, the ship visited the Realm of Neptunus Rex, ridding herself of almost 4000 lowly pollywogs and gaining an equal number of trusty Shell backs from 2 to 5 April. Kitty Hawk pulled in for a port visit at Singapore on 6 April 1978. Dr Goh Keng Swee, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Singapore and The Honorable J. H. Holdridge, U. S. Ambassador to Singapore visited Kitty Hawk on 7 April. Kitty Hawk hosted 50 Bank of Chicago employees from Singapore for a tour of the ship on 8 April and 70 Singaporean Ministry of Defense employees for a tour of the ship on 9 April. Kitty Hawk departed Singapore on 10 April 1978, inport from 6 to 10 April 1978 and headed for Subic Bay. Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 12 April and on 14 April. Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USNS Passumpsic (TAO-102) on 17 April. Following a port call in Singapore, the ship transited back to Subic Bay, participating in ASWEX 3-78, en route in the South China Sea from 14 to 17 April 1978. The mission during this period from 11 to 17 April 1978, was to exercise all participating units in ASW of varying complexity and asset combinations against Soviet submarines simulated by a U.S. submarine, to improve overall task group readiness in ASW, and continue evaluation of COMSEVEMTHFLTS TACMEMO concerned with ASW. Upon arrival in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines on 18 April 1978, all attention turned to preparations for the return transit to the Kitty Hawk homeport of San Diego, California. RADM Tissot broke his flag ashore pending the arrival of USS Enterprise (CVN-65), Kitty Hawk's relief. CTF 77 and staff disembark from Kitty Hawk on 18 April. Rear Admiral S. T. Counts, Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group FlVE visited Kitty Hawk on 27 April 1978 before departing, and with last minute shopping and planning preparation completed, Kitty Hawk departed Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines for her home port and commenced the transit to CONUS on 27 April 1978, inport from 18 to 26 April 1978. COMCRUDESGRU FlVE and staff embark for a transit to Guam. Kitty Hawk 17th anniversary was celebrated on the Hangar Deck with an appropriate ceremony on 29 April. Kitty Hawk conducted ASW Encounter on 29 April 1978. Due to the transit speed requirements, the narrow front of the encounter area, and the AAW picket requirements, realistic freeplay was not possible during Exercise ASW Encounter. Despite these tactical disadvantages, the exercise proved that basic ASW tactics still catch submarines, vigilant search techniques, both visual and radar, proved to be highly effective. The high SOA, despite the loss of maneuvering flexibility, proved to be an effective ASW tactics. COMCRUDESGRU FlVE and staff disembark Kitty Hawk upon arrival at Guam on 1 May 1978. Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 2 May. Kitty Hawk chopped to COMTHIRDFLT AOR, with COMCARGRU ONE staff embarking for the transit while conducting CV/CVN Encounter on 3 May 1978, while the goals (Evolution of SSSC tactics, air strike tactics, over-the-horizon targeting, and integrated defense) were not fully achieved due to an engineering problem encountered by USS ENTERPRISE which I limited aircraft interaction. Kitty Hawk crewmembers contributed $2,423.67 for Navy Relief during a 23-hour telethon on 5 May. Kitty Hawk arrived in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on the morning of 7 May 1978 and immediately began making preparation to serve as the plat form for the Commander in Chief United States Pacific Fleet change of command ceremony on 9 May 1978. Kitty Hawk conducted wo exercises were conducted en route Pearl Harbor from 27 April to 7 May 1978 - an ASW Encounter (29th) and a CV/CVN Encounter on 3 May. On 9 May 1978, visitors aboard Kitty Hawk included: Admiral M. F. Weisner, Commander in Chief Pacific; Admiral T. B. Hayward, Commander in Chief U. S. Pacific Fleet (prospective CNO); Admiral D. C. Davis, Commander in Chief U. S. Pacific Fleet and The Honorable D. E. Mann, Assistant Secretary o f the Navy (Research, Engineering, and Systems). ADM Donald C. Davis, Director, Navy Program Planning, Kitty Hawk seventh skipper, relieved ADM Thomas B. Hayward as CINCPAC, on board Kitty Hawk while she lay moored at NS Pearl Harbor during a CINCPACFLT Change of Command Ceremony on 9 May. Kitty Hawk departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 10 May 1978, embarking some 397 fathers, sons, and brothers embarked for a highly successful "Tiger Cruise” to to CONUS and or her home port of Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California. Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USS Wichita (AOR-1) on 11 May. Kitty Hawk steamed from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, with some 397 fathers, sons, and brothers embarked for a highly successful "Tiger Cruise” to to CONUS and or her home port of Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California from 10 to 14 May 1978. The Communications Department of Kitty Hawk supported the communication requirements of the ship, CTF 77 (COMCARGRU 51, COMDESRON 19, CTF 75 (COMCRUDESGRU 51, and COMCARGRU 7 between January and May 1978. Ports of call: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Yokosuka, Japan; Pusan, South Korea; Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines; Hong Kong; Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines; Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines; Pattaya, Thailand; Pattaya, Singapore;Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Reclassified a CV-3 “Multi-Purpose Aircraft Carrier” on 29 April 1973, inaugurated her new role as CV on 1 July 1975. Her 12thdeployment since her commission on 29 April 1961 at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, with Captain William F. Bringle in command and was the first of the Kitty Hawk class (the only other two being the USS Constellation (CVA-64) and USS America (CVA-66) (25 October 1977 to 15 May 1978)” (Ref. 1-Kitty Hawk, 72, 331A, 311B-1977 & 1978).

 

 

USS Ranger (CV-61) underway at sea, circa 1978. This photograph was received by the Naval Photographic Center in May 1978. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (photo # NH-97688) = NS026104 – USN.

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USS Enterprise (CVN-65) arrives Subic Bay, Philippines

 

     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) pulled into port at Subic Bay, Philippines, moored at NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines on 17 May 1978” (Ref. 362D). 

   

    “Following the Commanding Officer's post-deployment brief to the Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific on 18 May 1978, preparations for USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) which would continue through the summer into October were made. Kitty Hawk presented the Post-deployment brief to COMNAVAIRPAC at his headquarters on 18 May 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) departs Subic Bay, Philippines

 

     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) departed NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines on 22 May 1978, moored from 17 to 22 May 1978, to participate in Exercise Cope Thunder on 22 May 1978” (Ref. 362D).    

 

USS Midway (CV-41) with CVW-5 embarked arrived from WestPac

 

    “On 23 May 1978, 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 arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Thomas Francis Brown III, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, ending her 20th WestPac and her 15th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet. Ports of call not reported. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4J; VF-151, F-4J; VA-93, A-7E; VA-56, A-7E; VA-115, A-6A / KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VMAQ-2 Det., EA-6A and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Midway as part of her task force. Her 17th 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. Her 23rd 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. Her 36th deployment 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 (11 April to 23 May 1978)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & 84A).

 

 11/04/78 to 23/05/78

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

7Th FLEET Forward Deployed

Navy Unit Commendation

01 Jan 78 to 30 Jun 79

20th WestPac

Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.svg

Aug 74 to Aug 91

same

 

“The Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (SSDR) is a service award of the United States Navy which was established in May 1980 and retroactively authorized to August 1974. It was the first type of sea service ribbon established in the U.S. Armed Forces.

 

The Sea Service Deployment Ribbon is granted to any member of the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps assigned to a deployable unit (e.g., a ship, aircraft squadron, detachment, battalion, or other unit type that operates away from its assigned homeport) and is forward-deployed for a period of either 90 consecutive days or two periods of at least 80 days each within a given 12-month period; or 12 months stationed overseas in a forward deployed location.

 

When a ship's crew qualifies for the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the ship is authorized to paint and display the ribbon and award stars on the port and starboard side of the bulwark aft to designate the number of deployments conducted throughout the commissioned life of the ship since August 1974.

 

When a U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps aviation squadron qualifies for the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the squadron is authorized to paint and display the ribbon and award stars on the exterior or interior of their hangar/office spaces to designate the number of deployments conducted throughout the active life of that squadron since August 1974” (Ref..1181D).

Ref. 1181 & 1181C

 

    “USS Midway (CVA-41) with Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) commencing on 23 May 1978” (Ref. 72).

 

     “On May 25, 1978 at a Chicago press conference, Jimmy Carter blames Cuba and Angola for the Katangan attack on Zaire thinks Soviet involvement in Africa makes it difficult for him to sell arms limitation agreement to Congress and the people. Broadcast on NBC TV” (Ref. 12).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted 12 high school students from New Mexico for a tour of the ship on 25 May and 10 students and 6 adult escorts from the Yuma Lutheran School for lunch and a tour of the ship on 26 May and 50 members of the USS Harding reunion or lunch and a tour of the ship on 28 May 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) conducted a mission of mercy: the rescue of 13 Vietnamese refugees, known as “boat people,” from their sinking sampan about 90 miles west of Luzon, Philippines, on 27 May 1978. Enterprise fed and clothed the destitute people, then transferred them to destroyer USS Hull (DD-945), which transported them to Subic Bay” (Ref. 362D).    

 

      “On May 30, 1978, Jimmy Carter emerges from the May 30, 1978 NATO meeting saying that his tough stand against Russia and Cuba has been effective. Broadcast on CBS TV” (Ref. 12).

 

    “While in port Yokosuka, Japan, USS Midway (CV-41), suffers a fire which originates in the exhaust ventilation system, quickly spreads through the 3A boiler uptakes on the second deck, and terminates in the main uptake space on 31 May 1978. The cause of the fire is later thought to be welding in a vent system containing a fine oil mist which ignited and spread” (Ref. 84A).

 

     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) participated in Exercise Cope Thunder from 22 May to 1 June 1978, pausing in the midst of it to conduct a mission of mercy: the rescue of 13 Vietnamese refugees, known as “boat people,” from their sinking sampan about 90 miles west of Luzon, Philippines, on 27 May 1978. Enterprise fed and clothed the destitute people, then transferred them to destroyer USS Hull (DD-945), which transported them to Subic Bay” (Ref. 362D).    

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted 40 NJROTC cadets and adult escorts for a tour of the ship and hosted 40 San Diego area high school students and 15 children for a tour of the ship on 6 June 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

     “On June 7, 1978, Jimmy Carter addresses the 1978 graduating class of Annapolis. Carter talks about U.S.-Soviet relations, human rights, cultural exchange, SALT II, differences between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. He compares the militaries of the U.S. and the Soviet Union, saying that the U.S. and its allies are capable of adequate defense. He talks about peace and prosperity in Africa, and damns Soviet and Cuban involvement in Africa. Broadcast on WKAR” (Ref. 12).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) arrives Hong Kong

 

     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) pulled into Hong Kong for a port visit on 12 June 1978” (Ref. 362D).    

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted 12 Explorer Scouts and adult escorts for a tour of the ship on 14 June 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

      “On June 14, 1978 at a Press conference, Jimmy Carter talks of Katangan invasion of Zaire, Castro's involvement, the California vote to cut taxes for social services, maladministration of Mexican-American social service funds in Texas, confidentiality of presidential advisers, Ethiopia, appointment of David Gartner (in apparent opposition to conflict of interest considerations), limits to the federal government's capacity to bail out California localities which run out of funds, his plans to disclose his personal financial statements and tax returns, U.S. aid to Turkey in a threatening military situation, legal protection of individual rights from police interference, "the Wilmington ten," long-term federal loans to New York City, and Russian arrests of alleged "CIA agents” (Ref. 12).

 

   “USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) commenced Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at Pier LIMA, NAS North Island on 15 June 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “Captain Paul F. McCarthy Jr., USN assumed command during a change of command ceremony aboard USS Constellation (CV-64), relieving Captain M. A. Peelle, USN, 14th Commanding Officer, serving from September 1976 to June 1978” (Ref. 406A). 

 

    “Captain Thomas G. Moore, NAVCAD 1953 assumed command of USS Ranger (CVA-61), on 17 June 1978, relieving Captain Douglas Robert McCrimmon, USNA 1955, 18th Commanding Officer, serving from 17 September 1976 to 17 June 1978” (Ref. 1095 & 1096). 

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) departs Hong Kong

 

     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) visited Hong Kong from 12 to 17 June 1978” (Ref. 362D).     

 

       “On June 18, 1978, Jimmy Carter talks about jazz music and racism, and clowns around with musicians at a jazz festival on the White House lawn. Broadcast on CBS TV News” (Ref. 12).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted 13 Naval Cadets and 15 midshipmen for a tour of the ship on 17 June and Captain Arie Eeschar, Israeli Air Force, for a tour of the ship on 24 June 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

      “On June 26, 1978 at a Presidential press conference, Jimmy Carter answers questions about his plans for tax relief, Middle East peace proposals, detente with Russia and China, trade sanctions on the USSR, police policies, Steiger amendment, the request that John Gartner resign from the Securities and Exchange Commission, reduction of U.S. forces assigned to NATO in Europe, disaffection of American Jews over Brzezinski's stance on Israel, Angola policy (CIA arms sales to rebels), Solzhenitsyn-Anita Bryant-non-invitation to the White House, national health proposal through HEW, etc.  With questions from Frank Cormier, Helen Thomas, Barbara Strong, James McCartney, Robert Shogan, Martin Schram, Andrew Glass, Judy Woodruff, Lester Kinsolving, and Bruce Morton” (Ref. 12).

 

   “CVW-15 assigned to the operational control of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and Kitty Hawk, hosted 22 members of the Encanto, California Boys Club for a tour of the ship on 1 July 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

     “After a period of local operations in the South China Sea, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) sailed for the Indian Ocean on 5 July 1978. Rear Adm. Tissot, Commander Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (ComCarStrFor7thFlt), embarked on board Enterprise, as senior officer afloat, while Kitty Hawk hosted 7 members’ of the Native American Indian Parade Committee for a tour of the ship on 5 July  and the following 25 Canadian Sea Cadets for lunch and a tour of the ship on 6 July 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) conducted Fortress Warrior IV on 9 July, encountering a Soviet AGs Antares and Agor Nevelskoy and Ropucha-class tank landing ship (No.383) the same day, transiting the Strait of Malacca on 12 July 1978 and entered the Indian Ocean on her eighth voyage since her commission, the next day” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “On 15 July 1978, an F-14 ("NG 107") from VF-211 crashed into the sea whilst operating from the USS Constellation (CV-64)” (Ref. 84A).

 

 

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) sometime during her second Med deployment, December 1, 1977 – July 20, 1978. Note F-14A Tomcats from VF-41 "Black Aces" vice F-4J Phantom II's. NS026879 151k. The original is a 35mm slide (ASA 64). Michael J. Kubat, CDR, USN, Ret. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/026879.jpg

 

Iran Air Arm

 

     “The IIAF Tomcats bore the US Navy serial numbers of 160299/160378, and were assigned the IIAF serial numbers 3-863 to 3-892 and 3-6001 to 3-6050. The last of 79 Tomcats were delivered to Iran in 1978. One Iranian Tomcat (BuNo 170378) was retained in the USA for use as a testbed. Iran also ordered 714 Phoenix missiles, but only 284 had been delivered at the time of the Revolution. These Phoenix missiles were of slightly-reduced capability as compared with those delivered to the US Navy” (Ref. 28).

 

     “On or about 21 July 1978, four Iranian CH-47C Chinooks penetrated 15-20 km into Soviet airspace in the Turkimenistan Military District. They were first intercepted by Soviet MiG-23M pilot A.V. Dem'janov, who mistakenly identified them as Soviet helicopters” (Ref. 25).

 

     “The helicopters were intercepted a little later by MiG-23M pilot V.I. Shkinder. He fired two R-60 (AA-8 Aphid) missiles, shooting down one Chinook, killing eight crewmembers. He then fired his GSh-23L 23mm cannon at another Chinook, forcing it to land near Gjaurs. The four crewmembers of this helicopter survived, but were captured by Soviet border guards. The remaining two Chinooks escaped back into Iranian airspace. Shortly thereafter, the Soviets allowed the damaged Chinook (5-4092) to be repaired by Iranians. This helicopter and its four crewmembers were then allowed to return home” (Ref. 25).

 

     “In late 1978, Iran placed an order for an additional 50 helicopters with Elicotteri Meridionali, but that order was cancelled immediately after the revolution” (25).

 

     “Through military training, arms sales, and economic treaties, the U.S. pumped money and personnel into Iran, all the while overlooking the fact that the vast majority of people did not approve of the Shah's government. Understandably, anti-Shah sentiments thus translated into anti-Americanism” (Ref. 7- Hostage Crisis in Iran, Jimmy Carter) Library).

 

 

San Diego, 1977. NS026441 46k. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

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USS Constellation (CV-64), Yokosuka, Japan, 11 November 1977. Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9. Seen from USS Jouett (CG-29). NS026400 28k. Carl T. Orbann. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/026400.jpg

 

 

USS Constellation (CV-64) pier side at NAS North Island, San Diego, July–August 1978. NS026400a 24k. Richard Stiles.

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USS Constellation (CV-64) pier side at NAS North Island, San Diego, July–August 1978. NS026400c 51k. Richard Stiles.

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USS Constellation (CV-64) pier side at NAS North Island, San Diego, July–August 1978. NS026489 117k. NS026489 117k. Richard Stiles. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/026489.jpg

 

     “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted 16 Explorer Scouts from Post 576 for a tour of the ship on 13 July; 75 members of Bombing Squadron Two during their reunion for a tour of the shi on 15 July; 32 NJROTC cadets from Laverne, California and 16 Explorer Scouts from Tempe, Arizona for a tour of the ship on 19 July; 20 Bluejacket Cadets from West Covina, California for a tour of the ship on 23 July and hosted 9 U. S. Navy Midshipman for a tour of the ship on 27 July 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) gave her pollywogs a chance to become shellbacks by crossing the equator on 27 July 1978. Two days later, she conducted a helo logistics lift from Diego Garcia, and while in the area, RVAH-1 flew five photographic reconnaissance missions for “mapping and orientation of Diego Garcia and all other island groups within the Chagos Archipelago”” (Ref. 362D).    

 

 

     “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted 25 Explorer Scouts from Glendale, Arizona for a 3 tour of the ship on 3 August and 45 Civil Air Patrol Cadets from Pomona, California for lunch for a tour of the ship on 5 August 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

      “On August 9, 1978, Jimmy Carter proclaims the federal loan intended to help raise New York City from bankruptcy. Broadcast on NBC-TV (News)” (Ref. 12).

 

     “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted 40 La Mesa, California Assembly of God Church members for a tour of the ship on 10 August; 500 members of the Bonanza Aircraft Association for a tour of the ship on 12 August; 15 members of Explorer Scout Troop 7PI8, Whittier, California for a tour of the ship on 16 August; Commander L. LeDoux and 6 Friends of the Navy visited the ship for a tour on 17 August, while Kitty Hawk hosted 20 members of the Sonobuoy Fleet Support Management Team for a tour of the ship on 22 August 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) arrives NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines

 

     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) returned to NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines on 26 August 1978” (Ref. 362D).    

 

      “On September 1, 1978, Jimmy Carter addresses a joint session of Congress on the result of the Camp David summit with Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin” (Ref. 12).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted Mr. Y. "Jake" Yamada for a tour of the ship on 8 September; 100 Space and Missile Systems Office members and dependents for lunch and a tour of the ship on 10 September;  20 members of a San Diego children's soccer team for a tour of the ship on 11 September and 34 USAF officers and cadets for the USAF Academy for lunch and a tour of the ship and Rear Admiral C. R. Bell, Director Naval Communications Division visited on 15 September 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) departs NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines

 

     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) stood out of NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines after visiting from 26 August to 15 September 1978, toward Okinawa and ReadiEx 1-79 on 16 September 1978” (Ref. 362D).    

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted 75 members and dependents of the General Dynamics/Convair National Management Association for a tour of the ship on 23 September 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) commenced participation in ReadiEx 1-79, a “scaled down” exercise on 24 September 1978 off Okinawa” (Ref. 362D).     

 

 

USS Constellation (CV-64) deploying to WestPac with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, 26 September 1978. NS026490a. Presented by Richard Stiles.Official photo purchased aboard USS Constellation (CV-64) in 1981. Judging from Air Wing composition, it must have been taken in 1978–1979. NS026490a 65k. Paul Jarvis.

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USS Constellation (CV-64) with CVW-9 embarked departs on “WestPac”

 

   “USS Constellation (CV-64) (Connie) with CVW-9 embarked departed Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California 26 September 1978, with Captain Paul F. McCarthy Jr., USN, as Commanding Officer, on her 11th “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet in the far east participating in RIMPAC 79, on her 9th South China Sea South deployment, her second Indian Ocean deployment in what would turn out to be an extended deployment when she and her escorts were ordered to the Gulf of Aden via the Indian Ocean on 7 March 1979 in response to the conflict between North and South Yemen; reclassified to CV-56 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. She will under go her 13th deployment since her commission at New York Naval Shipyard on 27 October 1961, with Captain T.J. Walker in command” (Ref. 1-Constellation, 72 & 76).

 

USS Constellation (CV-64) with CVW-9 (NG)

(26 September 1978 to 17 May 1979)

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-211

Checkmates -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Tomcat -

Jet Fighter

NG100

F-14A

VF-24

Red Checkertails -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Tomcat -

Jet Fighter

NG200

F-14A

VA-146

Blue Diamonds -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet attack aircraft

NG300

A-7E

VA-147

Argonauts -

Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet attack aircraft

NG400

A-7E

VA-165

Boomers -

Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NG500

A-6E / KA-6D

VAW-126

Closeouts - Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600

E-2C

VFP-63 Det. 3

Eyes of the Fleet -

Light Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

Vought - Crusader -

Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

610

RF-8G

VAQ-132

Scorpions - Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler -

Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

620

EA-6B

VS-37

Sawbucks - Air Anti-Submarine Squadron

Lockheed - Viking - Anti-Submarine

700

S-3A

HS-6

Indians - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarine

720

SH-3H

COD

Transport

 

737

US-3A

 

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted Wing Commander Alcock and Wing Commander Emerson for lunch and a tour of the ship on 26 September and 75 San Diego Jaycees f or a visit of the ship and Robert Casey, Treasurer of the State of Pennsylvania for a tour of the ship on 27 September 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

      “On September 28, 1978 at a Press conference, Jimmy Carter discusses the Near East, energy policy, rail strike, popularity polls, Black Caucus, Humphrey-Hawkins, SALT, GSA and other scandals, inflation, interest rates, unemployment, and steel imports” (Ref. 12).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) concludes SRA at Pier LIMA, NAS North Island, San Diego, Ca. and conducts Sea Trials

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at Pier LIMA, NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 15 June to 2 October 1978, conducting Fast Cruise from 1 to 2 October 1978, with Sea Trials, commencing on the 3rd” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS Wichita (AOR-1) on 4 October 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) arrives NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines

 

     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) pulled into port for mooring at NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines on 5 October 1978, TF 77 and ComCarGru-5 disembarked” (Ref. 362D).    

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) concludes Sea Trials, SRA completed, returns to NAS North Island, San Diego, Ca.

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) returned to Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California, conducting Sea Trials from 3 to 5 October 1978. Ships Force Own Maintenance System (SFOMS) Department disbanded, marking the end of Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at Pier LIMA, NAS North Island conducted from 15 June to 2 October 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted 388 Boy Scouts of America, their parents, and adult leaders for a God and Country Award ceremony, lunch, and a tour of the ship during which time Mr. R. T. Tate, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Communications, Command and Control visited on 7 October 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) departs NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines

 

     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) stood out of NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines after a short visit beginning on the 5th, for the South China Sea on 9 October 1978, for storm evasion” (Ref. 362D).    

 

      “On October 10, 1978 at a Press conference, Jimmy Carter discusses mainly domestic issues including energy Russian dissidents inflation ERA cabinet office of education Head Start program Egypt-Israel peace Iran Governor Lamb of Colorado tax-cuts and Rhodesia. Broadcast on CBS-TV” (Ref. 12).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) remained inport Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California from 6 to 10 October 1978, during which time the crew dressed the ship in honor of Columbus Day on 9 October 1978; hosting an Eagle Scout Award ceremony for Brad England in the wardroom on 10 October 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departs NAS, NI, San Diego, Ca. for ISE

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departed Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California on 11 October 1978, for Independent Steaming (ISE), but were cut short due to engineering problems caused by installation of SHIPALT CV-63 5153D during the SRA. The ship returned to port on 12 October 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

     “After evading a storm, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) returned to NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines on 12 October 1978, for a brief stop for loading, before getting underway for her return to the United States” (Ref. 362D).    

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) crew dressed the ship in honor of the Navy's birthday on 13 October 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

 

Starting in 2003 this photo circulated the Internet captioned as a Navy new "Terrorist Catch and Release Program." In fact, it was taken in October 1978, as the Big E was leaving the Philippines to return to the US for what was considered "the most extensive and highly complex overhaul" of the ship's history to date (1979–1982.) The world was not very environmentally-concerned in 1978 and this was seen as an acceptable way to get rid of an old, no longer needed car. It has been hotly argued what the brand and model of the car were — looks like it actually was a 1963 Plymouth Savoy. NS026546 75k. Kegan Connick.

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     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) chopped to Com3rdFlt and rendezvoused with USS Constellation (CV-64) on 18 October 1978” (Ref. 362D).    

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) returns to NAS, NI, San Diego, Ca. after Engineering Casualty shorting ISE

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) remained inport Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California from 13 to 20 October 1978, conducting Independent Steaming (ISE) on the 11th, a short voyage due to engineering problems caused by installation of SHIPALT CV-63 5153D during the SRA. Partial fixes to the engineering plant were effected and Kitty Hawk departed San Diego on 20 October 1978, for Independent Steaming (ISE) and carrier landings of the new work-up cycle; completing her Training Readiness Evaluation (TRE) the same day” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) arrives Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

 

     “On 22 October 1978, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) moored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, embarking 150 crewmembers’ sons for a Tiger Cruise” (Ref. 362D).     

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) first carrier landing of the new training/workup cycle occurred on 23 October 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) departs Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

 

     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) moored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, embarking 150 crewmembers’ sons for a Tiger Cruise from 22 to 24 October 1978” (Ref. 362D).    

 

      “On October 24, 1978, Jimmy Carter gives a speech on inflation with commentary by reporters Frank Reynolds and Dan Coortz. Broadcast on ABC TV” (Ref. 12).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS Taluga (TAO-62) on 24 October and hosted 15 Naval Weapons Center, China Lake employees for a ship orientation visit on 25 October 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS Taluga (TAO-62) on 28 October; USS Robison (DDG-12) on 29 October and USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) and hosted on 8 San Diego area Rotarians for an orientation visit to the ship while at sea on 30 October 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) with CVW-14 embarked arrived on “WestPac”

 

     “Following a four-day ammunition backload with fast combat support ship USS Camden (AOE 2) and USS Enterprise (CVN-65) with CVW-14 embarked arrived Naval Air Station, Alameda, California 30 October 1978, with Captain James W. Austin as the Commanding Officer, ending her ninth “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, participating in Fortress Warrior I, Fortress Warrior II, Exercise Cope Thunder, Fortress Warrior IV and ReadiEx 1-79, on her eighth Indian Ocean voyage. Reclassified CVN-65 on 30 June 1975; made maiden landings and take-offs, the first operational aircraft on 18 March 1974, since completion of an extensive refit to support a wing of the new F-14 fighters at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash. (12 June 1973 by March 1974); made six South China Sea deployments and six Vietnam Combat Cruises during the Vietnam Conflict/War operating with the 7th Fleet; ending her third Indian Ocean voyage on her fifth “WestPac;’’ arriving Alameda, California, steaming from Newport News Shipbuilding Company, Newport News, Virginia, upon completion of her second refueling, steaming from the North/South Atlantic and the South & Western Pacific via Cape Horn, on her second Southern Atlantic and ninth deployment; arriving Newport News, Virginia upon conclusion of her eighth deployment and first Southern Atlantic deployment from Alameda, California; transferring to the Pacific Fleet upon conclusion of her first Vietnam Combat Cruise and second Indian Ocean voyage; completed her First Refueling and Major Overhaul at Newport News Shipbuilding Company, Newport News, Virginia, and made preparation for her transfer to the Pacific Fleet to provide support to the growing war in Vietnam; returned to Newport News Shipbuilding Company, Newport News, Virginia, and underwent her first refueling and overhaul in October 1964; making one World Cruise ending on her third Mediterranean Sea deployment operating with the 6th Fleet and first Indian Ocean voyage; ending her first Caribbean Sea voyage on her first Mediterranean Sea deployment and her first Southern Atlantic deployment on her Shakedown Cruise (5 February 1962 to 5 April 1962) operating with the United States Atlantic Command (Atlantic Fleet) under the direction of the 2nd Fleet. Her 16th deployment since her commission on November 25, 1961 (4 April to 30 October 1978)” (Ref. 1-Enterprise & 72).

 

      “On November 2, 1978, Jimmy Carter campaigns in New York City on the issues of inflation, and meets for lunch with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. Broadcast on CBS TV News” (Ref. 12).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS Mauna Kea a (AE-22) on 31 October and on 1 November and USS Taluga (TAO-62) on 2 November 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) returns to NAS, NI, San Diego, Ca. after completing ISE and carrier landings of the new work-up cycle

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) returned to Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California on the morning of 3 November 1978, conducting Independent Steaming (ISE) and carrier landings of the new work-up cycle from 20 October to 3 November 1978. The first carrier landing of the new work-up cycle occurred on 23 October 1978. Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USS Taluga (TAO-62) on 24 October and on 28 October 1978; UNREP with USS Robison (DDG-12) on 29 October; USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) on 30 October and on 31 October; USS Mauna Kea a (AE-22) on 1 November and USS Taluga (TAO-62) on 2 November 1978. Kitty Hawk crewmembers contributed or pledged a total of $29,696.96 to the Combined Federal Campaign on 3 November 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted 50 Arizona medical students for a tour of the ship on 4 November; 150 U. S. Navy Service School Command students for a tour of the ship on 6 and on 7 November and 75 Annual Forces Communication Equipments Association members for a tour of the ship on 9 November 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

    “USS Midway (CVA-41) with Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 23 May to 9 November 1978” (Ref. 72).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) with CVW-5 embarked departs for WestPac

     “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) 9 November 1978, with Captain Thomas Francis Brown III, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, on her 21st WestPac and her 15th 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 18th 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 24th 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 37th deployment since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II” (Ref. 1-Midway & 72).

 

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

(9 November to 23 December 1978)

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

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

21st WestPac

CVW-5

NF

9 Nov 1978

23 Dec 1978

Western Pacific

37th FWFD

45-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-4J

VF-151

Vigilantes -

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4J

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 / KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells - Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

601-604

E-2B

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps - Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF)

610

RF-4B

VMAQ-2 Det.

Playboys - Marines Electronics Warfare

Grumman - Intruder - Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

(CY)

620

EA-6A

HC-1 Det. 2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King -

Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3G

 

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) remained inport Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California from 4 to 12 November, hosting 200 adult leaders of the Boy Scouts of America for a Scout Leader awards ceremony, a tour, and dinner on 11 November 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departs NAS, NI, San Diego, Ca. for REFTRA and CARQUAL in the SOLCAL OPERA

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departed Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California on 13 November 1978, for Refresher Training (REFTRA) and Carrier Qualifications (CARQUAL)” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS Taluga (TAO-62) on 16 November and hosted 2 Navy League members for an orient tion visit while at sea on 18 November 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

     “On 20 November 1978, USS Coral Sea (CV-43) suffers a fire of unknown origin while moored at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., which causes damage to the medical and dental spaces” (Ref. 84A).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS Taluga (TAO-62) on 21 November 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) returns NAS, NI, San Diego, Ca. after completing REFTRA and CARQUAL in the SOLCAL OPERA

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) returned to Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California on 30 November 1978, conducting Refresher Training (REFTRA) and Carrier Qualifications (CARQUAL), completed satisfactorily from 13 to 22 November 1978. Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USS Taluga (TAO-62) on 16 November and USS Taluga (TAO-62) on 21 November 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) remained inport Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California from 23 to 26 November 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departs NAS, NI, San Diego, Ca. for REFTRA and CARQUAL in the SOLCAL OPERA

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departed Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California on 27 November 1978, for Refresher Training (REFTRA) and Carrier Qualifications (CARQUAL)” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) got underway from Naval Air Station, Alameda, California for CARQUALS in the SOLCAL OPERA

    “Following her standdown, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) got underway from Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, for carrier qualifications in the southern California operating area on 28 November 1978” (Ref. 362D).     

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS Taluga (TAO-62) on 30 November 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) returns NAS, NI, San Diego, Ca. after completing REFTRA and CARQUAL in the SOLCAL OPERA

 

     “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) returned to Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California on 30 November 1978, conducting Refresher Training (REFTRA) and Carrier Qualifications (CARQUAL), completed satisfactorily from 27 to 30 November 1978. Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USS Taluga (TAO-62) on 30 November 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

“On November 31, 1978 at a Press conference, Jimmy Carter says he's disappointed with delays in Mideast settlement, skirts comment on Guyana Peopl'e Temple tragedy, comments on inflation and the high standard of living. Broadcast on CBS TV” (Ref. 12).

 

CHAPTER XXXIII

U.S. Aircraft Carriers “WestPac,” Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea Deployments (Indian Ocean operations keeping the peace in the Middle East during which time riots against the shah's regime took place in several Iranian cities, resulting in the Iranian revolution with control of Iran shifting to Ayatollah Khomeini; followed by the Shah of Iran’s admission into the U. S. (22 October 1979) for medical treatment which touched off a huge demonstration in Tehran demanding his extradition and on the morning of 4 November 1979, exactly one year before the United States Presidential election, a mob of around 3,000 students stormed the U.S. embassy gate in Tehran, overran the guards, and took the sixty-six people inside hostage, in the name of Ayatollah Khomeini) - $80,000,000 11 month overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Ship Yard, Bremerton, Washington and sailed for Alameda, Ca. 8 February 1979, arriving the next day; underwent overhaul on 6 March 1978, during which the last of her 5-inch battery and all gun directors were removed, followed by Refresher Training and CarQuals with Carrier Air Wing FIFTEEN (CVW-14) embarked, visits at North Island Naval Air Station, San Diego, Ca.

Iran History & Air Arm

 (1 January 1978 to 12 November 1979)

Part 1 – (1 January to 14 May 1978)

Part 2 – (15 May to 31 November 1978)

Part 3 – (1 December 1978 to 8 March 1979)

Part 4 – (9 March to 25 October 1979)

Part 5 – (26 October to 12 November 1979)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER XXXIII

Part 2 - (15 May to 31 November 1978)

 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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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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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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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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