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)

 

 

The US Navy's Pacific and Seventh Fleet 1977 Aircraft Carriers scheduling of deployments, resulted in one CV deployment extending into 1978:

 

AIRCRAFT CARRIER

DEP

 AIR WING

TAIL CODE

DEPART

RETURN

Days at

Sea

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)

11th WestPac

CVW-11

NH

25 Oct 1977

15 May 1978

203-days

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 following departure from Pusan, South Korea, 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 (USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 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.

 

Ports of call included: 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 and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

 

Air Wing ELEVEN was equipped with what were then the Navy's newest aircraft: the F-14 Tomcat, S-3 Viking, the A-6E version of the Intruder and the E-2C version of the Hawkeye” (Ref. 331B-1979).

 

Squadrons: VF-114, F- F-14A; VF-213, F-14A; VA-192, A-7E; VA-195, A-7E; VA-52, A-6E / KA-6D; VAW-122, E-2C; RVAH-7, RA-5C; VAQ-131, EA-6B; VS-33, S-3A / US-3A; HS-8, SH-3H and VQ-1 Det. B, EA-3B.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Honorable W. Graham Claytor, Secretary of the Navy arrived aboard Kitty Hawk on 8 December 1977. 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 of 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

 

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” (Ref. 331B-1979).

 

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 two 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 of the Navy (Research, Engineering, and Systems).

 

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 limited aircraft interaction.

 

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.

 

USS Goldsborough (DDG-20) was part of USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) battle group.

 

Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USS Sacrabmento (AOE-1); USS Sample (DD-1-48); USNS Passumpsic (TAO-102); USNS Mispillion (RAO-105); USS Wichita (AOR-1); USS Taluga (TAO-62); USS Robison (DDG-12); USS Mauna Kea (AE-22); USS Roanoke (AOR-7); USS Pyro (AE-24); USS Roanoke (AOR-7); USS Wabash (AOR-5); USCGC Rush (WHEC-723); USS Fanning (fFF-1076); USS White Plains (AFS-4) and USS Wabash (AOR-5); USNS Navasota (TAO-106) and USS San Jose (AFS-7)” (Ref. 331B-1979).

 

The US Navy's Pacific and Seventh Fleet Aircraft Carriers Deployments for 1978 are:

 

AIRCRAFT CARRIER

DEP

 AIR WING

TAIL CODE

DEPART

RETURN

Days at

Sea

USS Enterprise                    (CVN-65) - 7th

9th WestPac               8th Indian Ocean voy.

CVW-14

NK

4 Apr 1978

30 Oct 1978

Middle East

210-days

Tour of duty with the 7th Fleet

Fortress Warrior I, Fortress Warrior II, Exercise Cope Thunder, Fortress Warrior IV and ReadiEx 1-79

 

CVW-14 Squadrons include: VF-1 “Wolf Pack,” F-14A; VF-2 “Bounty Hunters,” F-14A; VA-97 “Warhawks,” A-7E; VA-27 “Royal Maces,” A-7E; VA-196 “Main Battery,” A-6E/KA-6D; VAW-113 “Black Eagles,” E-2B; RVAH-1 (*1) “Tigers,” RA-5C; VAQ-134 “Garudas,” EA-6B; VS-38 “Red Griffins,” S-3A/US-3A and HS-2 “Golden Falcons,” SH-3D.

(*1) disestablished on Jan.19, 1979

 

USS Long Beach (CGN-9) and USS Truxtun (CGN-35) joined Enterprise as part of her task force.

USS Midway (CV-41) - 7th  (14th Forward Deployed)

20th WestPac

CVW-5

NF

11 Apr 1978

23 May 1978

Western Pacific

43-days

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.

 

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.

USS Constellation (CV-64) - 7th (1st Gulf of Aden)

11th WestPac       9th SCS            2nd IO

CVW-9

NK

26 Sep 1978

17 May 1979

Western Pacific

Middle East

Iranian Crisis

234-days

RIMPAC 79 and deployment extended 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.

 

Ports of call include:

Squadrons: VF-211, F-14; VF-24; F-14; VA-146, A-7E; VA-147, A-7E; VA-165, A-6E / KA-6D; VAW-126, E-2C; VFP-63 Det. 3, RF-8G; VAQ-132, EA-6B; VS-37, S-3 A; HS-6, SH-3H and COD, US-3A.

USS Midway (CV-41) - 7th  (15th Forward Deployed)

21st WestPac

CVW-5

NF

9 Nov 1978

23 Dec 1978

Western Pacific

45-days

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.

 

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.

*CVA’s operating in the Indian Ocean (IO)

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

 

    “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) began the New Year 1978 in her homeport of Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, preparing for her next phase of work ups” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 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 of 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 1978 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” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departed Leyte Pier, NAS Cubi Point, Republic of the Philippines

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departed Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines on 5 January 1978 and headed to Hong Kong” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 9 January 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

 

 

Aerial bow view of USS Enterprise (CVN-65) underway, 1978. (DVIC photo id: DN-SC-86-00551). NS026584 209k.

Defense Visual Information Center. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/026584.jpg

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) departed NAS, Alameda, California, for “at sea operations,” culminating in ReadiEx 2-78

 

      “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) departed Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 10 January 1978, for “at sea operations,” culminating in ReadiEx 2-78, designed to further prepare her in “sea control and power projection missions”” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted U UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 12 January 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) arrived Hong Kong

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) made a port call at Hong Kong from 9 to 14 January, conducting refresher landing operations in the South China Sea for pilots between 5 and 8 January 1978. Vice Admiral R. P. Coogan and Commander Naval Air Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet visited USS Kitty Hawk on 14 January 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “During the return transit to the Subic Bay operating area, aircraft from USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 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” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 16 January 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

     “On the morning of 18 January 1978, tug Cree (ATF-84) released ex-YO-129 as a target for “live” bombing practice by naval aircraft from USS Enterprise (CVN-65), while steaming off the coast of southern California. Cree then proceeded north to clear the target area, taking her assigned station, but mistakenly became a target when a “Navy jet aircraft” made an attack run on her at 1206, unleashing three 500 lb bombs on the ship and her crew.

 

    One bomb struck the mast and exploded in the air close aboard to starboard, showering the tug with fragments. The second bomb fell along the port side, sliced beneath the ship and exploded underwater off the starboard side, “engulfing” Cree in a wall of water. The third slammed into the ship on the port bow, passing through seven bulkheads in the forward part of the ship, before becoming wedged into the passageway between the chief petty officer’s quarters and sick bay, though failing to detonate. The damage to the ship was severe, including holing of the mast, destruction of two life rafts, severing of the emergency power cable and fragment damage above the 01 Level.

 

    Below decks, the ship’s gyro was destroyed by the bomb forward, which also damaged the diving locker and bulkheads. The underwater explosion, however, caused the most serious damage, blasting several holes in bulkheads and splitting seams. Motor room B-2 became “a tangled mass of warped frames,” with equipment “wrenched from mountings and broken lines.” Flooding in excess of 2,000 gallons per minute was reported.

 

    Going to General Quarters, the crew responded immediately, but during their gallant efforts to save the ship, discovered the live bomb where it wedged forward, just 20 feet from where the repair party was stationed. Moving aft away from the 500 pounder, the repair party was temporarily relieved by an EOD team from rushed to Cree. Within 45 minutes the team was on board and able to defuse the bomb. Seven men of the repair party braved “rising water, leaking fuel and oil from broken lines,” as well as the absence of light, entering Motor Room B-2 to battle the flooding for two hours before getting it under control.

 

    “Additional ships rendering assistance included Long Beach, guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG-32) and tug USS Moctobi (ATF-105), providing portable pumps, gasoline and “other supplies.” Taken under tow that evening by John Paul Jones, which transferred her to Moctobi early the next afternoon, Cree returned to San Diego on the 19 January 1978, her exhausted crew having battled for 27 hours to keep their ship afloat” (Ref. 362D).

 

     “Vice Admiral Coogan, AirPac, embarked USS Enterprise (CVN-65) on 18-19 January 1978” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “Shorebased aircraft from USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 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” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) and USS Sample (DD-1-48) on 20 January 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

     “On 20 January 1978, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) made a port visit to Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California, concluding her first cycle of “at sea operations” (Ref. 362D).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) arrived Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) pulled in for a port visit at Subic Bay, Republic of the

Philippines on 21 January 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) visited NAS, NI, San Diego, Ca

 

     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) made a port visit to Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, Ca. from 20 to 22 January 1978, departing on 23 January 1978, to continue “at sea operations,” culminating in ReadiEx 2-78, designed to further prepare her in “sea control and power projection missions”” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “Rear Admiral R. B. McClinton and Commander Naval Surface Group, Western Pacific Fleet visited USS Kitty Hawk (CV-43) on 24 January 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted CAST while inport Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines on 25 January 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 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 while inport Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, and on 1 February 1978, Kitty Hawk commenced Exercise NEWBOY which involved testing the Republic of Philippine air defense; hosted 30 students and adult escorts from a NS Subic Bay elementary school for a tour of the ship and Kitty Hawk hosted 20 USAF nurses for a tour of the ship on 2 February 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

   

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) returned to NAS, Alameda, California

 

     “On 2 February 1978, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) returned to Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, conducting “at sea operations from 10 to 19 January 1978,” culminating in ReadiEx 2-78, designed to further prepare her in “sea control and power projection missions” from 23 January to 2 February 1978, making a port visit to Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California from 20 to 22 January 1978” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted adult escorts from Clark AFB for a tour of the ship on 3 February; commencing Exercise Cope Thunder 78-3 on 3 February, while ASW aircrews exercised skills against a target submarine in the South China Sea, conducting Minex Bravo from 1 to 3 February 1978, while Kitty Hawk was in port Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Coral Sea (CV-43) with CVW-15 embarked, conducted REFTRA and CARQUALS out of NAS, Alameda, California in the SOLCAL OPERA

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CV-43) with CVW-15 embarked, conducted an intensive workup cycle, Refresher Training and CarQuals, to include many visits at North Island Naval Air Station, San Diego, Ca. commencing February 1978 “WestPac” (Ref. 43).

 

    “Aircraft from the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 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” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departed Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departed Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines on 5 February 1978, inport from 21 January 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” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

Somali forces attempting to secede the Ogaden

 

    “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. USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 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 on 8 February. Kitty Hawk hosted 3 Japanese newsmen for a newsgathering visit to the ship and conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 9 February 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “Aircraft from USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) participated in a Missilex in the Subic Operating Area from 7 to 9 February and conducted Exercise Cope Thunder 78-3 from 3 to 10 February. 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 and commenced Exercise Cope Thunder 78-3 in the South China Sea, the same day of 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 USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) during UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 16 February 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) underway with Carrier Air Wing 11 (CVW-11), circa 1977–1978, location unknown.

NS026399 120k - Defense Visual Information Center http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/026399.jpg

 

    “USS 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” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 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 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) visits Buckner Bay, Okinawa

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 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 and Enterprise became the adopted ship of the City of Oakland, California” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted coordinated anti-submarine training (CAST) exercises in the South China Sea on 20 February; UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 21 February 1978; celebrated the Supply Corps 193rd birthday with a ceremony in the wardroom on 22 February 1978 and conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 23 February and on 26 February 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted Exercise Sea Siam VII, a joint U.S./Thailand Navy exercise in the Sea Siam series were conducted from 24 to 26 February and coordinated anti-submarine training (CAST) exercises and Minex Bravo in the South China Sea on 28 February, conducting Minex Alpha in the South China Sea on 1 March 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “Captain Thomas Francis Brown III, NAVCAD, assumed command during a change of command ceremony aboard USS Midway (CVA-41) on 27 February 1978, relieving Captain Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, 30th Commanding Officer, serving from October 20, 1976 - February 27, 1978” (Ref. 1178-G). 

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) with CVW-14 embarked departs NAS, Alameda, California perform an ASW exercise and ORE in the SOLCAL OPERA

 

    “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) with CVW-14 embarked departed Naval Air Station, Alameda, California and sailed for the southern California operating area to perform an ASW exercise with attack submarine Blueback (SS-581), on 1 March 1978, and conduct carrier qualifications and an Oerational Readiness Examination (ORE)” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted Readiex Alpha in the South China Sea on 2 March. Rear Admiral H. D. Arnold, Commander Medium Attack, Tactical Electronic Warfare Wing visited Kitty Hawk on 3 March 1978 during UNREP with USNS Passumpsic (TAO-102) on 3 March 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

     “Vice Admiral Coogan, AirPac, embarked USS Enterprise (CVN-65) a second time on 3 March 1978” (Ref. 362D).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) arrives Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines

 

    “A lengthy port visit in Subic Bay was anticipated for the crew of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), arriving Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines on 4 March 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted Mr. T. Bell, Sacramento Bee reporter, for a visit to the ship on 7 March 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departs Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines

 

    “Due to unstable political conditions in the Horn of Africa, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) was ordered to sail from Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines 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 Singapore, import from 4 to 8 March 1978. On 8 March 1978, visitors aboard Kitty Hawk included: Colonel R. D. F. Lloyd, Defense Attaché, Australia; Commander Guy Osmont, Defense Attaché, France; Colonel Danar Doenoes, Defense and Military Attaché, lndonesia; Colonel Suwarta, Air Attaché, Indonesia; Colonel Sedibyo Rahardio, Naval Attaché, Indonesia; Colonel Jagrup Sing, Defense Attaché, Republic of Singapore; Colonel Zakaria Bin Dahta, Services Attaché, Malaysia; Group Captain Choob Bhukwvant, Air Attaché, Thailand; Colonel Chalard Niyomthal, Army Attaché, Thailand; Lieutenant Colonel C. J. Dale, Defense Attaché, United Kingdom, Commander F. C. Jose, Foreign Liaison Officer, Philippine Navy; Captain F. Parado, Military Liaison Officer, Philippine Navy” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

     “On March 9, 1978 at a Press conference, Jimmy Carter begins with an announcement by the Inquiry Board that an impasse exists in coal strike enjoins miners to return under 80 day cooling off period under Taft-Hartley, asks that Somalia withdraw its troops from Ethiopia, answers questions on African arms strike resolution, the Middle East, the American Jewish community, tax policies, natural gas deregulation, the Marston case, and decline of the dollar abroad. With questions from Frank Cormier, Helen Thomas, John Wallach, Godfrey Sperling, Martin Schram, Judy Woodruff, James Weigher, Stanley Cloud, Lawrence O'Rourke, and Sam Donaldson. Broadcast on ABC TV” (Ref. 12).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) with CVW-14 embarked returns to NAS, Alameda, Ca., performing an ASW exercise and ORE

 

     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) with CVW-14 embarked returned to Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 11 March 1978, performing an ASW exercise with attack submarine Blueback (SS-581), conducting Carrier Qualifications and an Operational Readiness Examination (ORE) in the southern California operating area from 1 to 11 March 1978” (Ref. 362D).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) with CVW-14 embarked departs NAS, Alameda, Ca., for two weeks of intensive AAW and ASW team training as part of RimPac 78

 

     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) with CVW-14 departed Naval Air Station, Alameda, California for two weeks of intensive AAW and ASW team training as part of RimPac 78, a joint exercise with Australian, New Zealand and Canadian naval forces by mid March 1978” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) was a member of the United States Seventh Fleet during 35th anniversary celebrations on 15 March and conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 16 March. Mr. D. J. Russell, COMSEVENTHFLT Science Advisor visited Kitty Hawk on 17 March and 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 and on 21 March, conducting Special Operations in the South China Sea from 9 to 22 March 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

Somali forces attempting to secede the Ogaden

 

    “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. USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 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” (Ref. 331A).

 

    “Rear Admiral R. P. McKenzie, Commander Light Attack Wing, U. S. Pacific Fleet visited USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) on 24 March and the following day 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 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “The Honorable C. S. Whitehouse, U. S. Ambassador to Thailand visited USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 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” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) arrives Pattaya, Thailand

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) dropped anchor for a port visit at Pattaya, Thailand on 28 March 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

      “On March 28, 1978, Jimmy Carter speaks upon departing for Venezuela, Brazil, Nigeria and Liberia. Carter says the trip underscores U.S. ability and willingness to deal with change in a diverse world by attacking problems of economic justice, human rights, fairer relations among nations, and resolution of possible conflicts” (Ref. 12).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted 8 USDAO and Royal Thai Navy ladies for lunch and a tour of the ship on 30 March 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departs Pattaya, Thailand

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departed Pattaya, Thailand on 1 April 1978, anchored from 28 March to 1 April 1978, hosting 15 Boys Scouts (U. S. dependents) for a tour of the ship on the day of departure” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USNS Passumpsic (TAO-102) on 4 April 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

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

 

     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) with CVW-14 embarked departed Naval Air Station, Alameda, California 4 April 1978, with Captain James W. Austin as Commanding Officer, on 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. She will under go her 16th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission November 25, 1961, with Captain V. P. de Poix in command” (Ref. 1-Enterprise, 72, 76, 84A, 329B-1978 & 362C).   

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) with CVW-14 (NK)

(4 April to 30 October 1978)

Fortress Warrior I, Fortress Warrior II, Exercise Cope Thunder, Fortress Warrior IV and ReadiEx 1-79

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-1

Wolf Pack -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Tomcat -      Jet Fighter

NK100

F-14A

VF-2

Bounty Hunters -        Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Tomcat -        Jet Fighter

NK200

F-14A

VA-97

Warhawks -                  Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet attack aircraft

NK300

A-7E

VA-27

Royal Maces -                  Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet attack aircraft

NK400

A-7E

VA-196

Main Battery -                  Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -             Jet Attack Bomber -  Tanker

NK500

A-6E / KA-6D

VAW-113

Black Eagles -

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye Electronics

600

E-2B

RVAH-1 (*1)

Tigers - Reconnaissance Attack Squadron

North American -             Jet Attack Fighter Reconnaissance

610

RA-5C

VAQ-134

Garudas -

Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler -       Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

620

EA-6B

VS-38

Red Griffins - Air Anti-Submarine Squadron

Lockheed -                       Anti-Submarine & Utility

700

S-3A / US-3A

HS-2

Golden Falcons - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarine

720

SH-3D

 (*1) disestablished on Jan.19, 1979

F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking and E-2C Hawkeye

 

    “USS Long Beach (CGN-9) and USS Truxtun (CGN-35) joined USS Enterprise (CVN-65) as part of her task force” (Ref. 84A).

 

    “Singapore was the next port of call for the officers and men of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). 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 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) arrives Singapore

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) pulled in for a port visit at Singapore on 6 April 1978” (Ref. 331B-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 USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) on 7 April 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) departs San Diego, California, 8 April 1978, on her 9th WestPac deployment (the Big E had departed her homeport, Alameda, on 4 April). Photos taken from USS Jouett (CG-29). Destroyer in photo NS0265baa is USS Agerholm (DD-826), returning from her 21st and final WestPac deployment. NS0265ba 39k. Carl T. Orbann.

http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/0265ba.jpg

 

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) departs San Diego, California, 8 April 1978, on her 9th WestPac deployment (the Big E had departed her homeport, Alameda, on 4 April). Photos taken from USS Jouett (CG-29). Destroyer in photo NS0265baa is USS Agerholm (DD-826), returning from her 21st and final WestPac deployment. NS0265ba 39k. Carl T. Orbann.

http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/0265baa.jpg

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 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 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departs Singapore

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departed Singapore on 10 April 1978, inport from 6 to 10 April 1978 and headed for Subic Bay” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

     “On April 11, 1978, Jimmy Carter delivered his economic message. Carter opposes special interests in tax cuts, and favors tax credits for school tuition and holding the line on federal salary increases. He also talks about highway and urban transit, farm legislation, the postal service, and spending, and says he has not definitely planned to run for re-election and is disappointed in the slowness of the legislative process at the national level. Broadcast on CBS TV” (Ref. 12).

 

    “USS Midway (CVA-41) with Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 21 December 1977 to 11 April 1978” (Ref. 72).

 

    “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) 11 April 1978, with Captain Thomas Francis Brown III, NAVCAD, as Commanding Officer, on her 20th WestPac and her 14th 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 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. She will under go 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. She will under go her 36th 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)

(11 April to 23 May 1978)

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 Worden (CG-18) joined up with USS Midway (CV-41) as part of her task force” (Ref. 84A).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 12 April 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 14 April and USNS Passumpsic (TAO-102) on 17 April 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) arrives Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines

 

    “Following a port call in Singapore, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 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 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

 

Pearl Harbor, 23–25 April 1978. NS026538 68k. Photo by Dr. Kenneth Hartman

http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/026538.jpg

 

     “On April 25, 1978, Jimmy Carter made his thirtieth press conference. President Carter talks on civil service reform energy program the neutron bomb arms sales to the Middle East interference in U.S. policy by foreign heads of state suggestion of a delayed tax cut outlook for Middle East peace tax reform and energy legislation unemployment legislation of lobbying and economic aid for New York City” (Ref. 12).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) moored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

 

     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was moored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from 23 to 25 April 1978” (Ref. 362D).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departs Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines

 

    “Rear Admiral S. T. Counts, Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group FlVE visited USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 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” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 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” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 17th anniversary was celebrated on the Hangar Deck with an appropriate ceremony on 29 April 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “COMCRUDESGRU FlVE and staff disembark USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) upon arrival at Guam on 1 May. The task group chopped to Com7thFlt on 2 May 1978, ComCarGru-1 shifting his flag from USS Enterprise (CVN-65) to USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) the same day” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 2 May inchopping 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 (CVN-65) which limited aircraft interaction” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

     “On 4 May 1978, while east of Guam, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was shadowed by no less than five Bears” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) crewmembers contributed $2,423.67 for Navy Relief during a 23-hour telethon on 5 May 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) arrives in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) arrived in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on the morning of 7 May 1978 and immediately began making preparation to serve as the platform for the Commander in Chief United States Pacific Fleet change of command ceremony on 9 May 1978. Kitty Hawk conducted two 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 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) participated in exercises Fortress Warrior I and Fortress Warrior II while approaching the Philippines upon commencement on 9 May 1978” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “On 9 May 1978, visitors aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 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 1978” (Ref. 331A & 331B-1978).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departs Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 10 May 1978, embarking some 397 fathers, sons, and brothers embarked for a highly successful "Tiger Cruise” to CONUS and or her home port of Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS Wichita (AOR-1) on 11 May 1978” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) participated in exercises Fortress Warrior I and Fortress Warrior II while approaching the Philippines from 9 to 11 May 1978” (Ref. 362D).

 

     “USS Enterprise (CVN-65) transited the San Bernadino Strait on 12 May 1978” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) steamed from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, with some 397 fathers, sons, and brothers embarked for a highly successful "Tiger Cruise” 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 USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 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” (Ref. 331B-1978).

 

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 1 - (1 January to 14 May 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.

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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)

 

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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) -

 

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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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