CHAPTER XXXI

U.S. AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA CORAL SEA

EXTENDED SELECTED RESTRICTED AVAILABILTY (ERSA) at

NAVAL SHIPYARD, LONG BEACH, CA. SEA TRIALS AND TRAINING

Iran History & Air Arm

(1 January to 31 December 1976)

Part 1 – (1 January to 3 July 1976)

Part 2 – (4 July to 3 November 1976)

Part 3 – (4 November to 31 December 1976)

 

 

1976 WEST COAST DEPLOYMENTS – Includes Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) (Vietnam Peace keeping and Indian Ocean Deployments keeping the peace in the Middle East and Africa operating off the east African coast)

 

The US Navy's Pacific and Seventh Fleet 1975 Aircraft Carriers scheduling of deployments resulted in one CV deployment extending into 1976:

 

AIRCRAFT CARRIER     Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise

DEP

 AIR WING

TAIL CODE

DEPART

RETURN

Days at

Sea

USS Oriskany (CV-34) (2nd)

16th WestPac 10th SCS

CVW-19

NM

16 Sep 1975

3 Mar 1976

170-days

 

South China Sea Deployment (SCS)

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

 

The US Navy's Pacific and Seventh Fleet Aircraft Carriers Deployments for 1976 are:

 

AIRCRAFT CARRIER   Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise

DEP

 AIR WING

TAIL CODE

DEPART

RETURN

Days at Sea

*USS Ranger (CV-61) (2nd)

13th WestPac 12th SCS

Indian Ocean

CVW-2

NE

30 Jan 1976

7 Sep 1976

Vietnam War

South East Asia

222-days

2nd Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise

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

14th WestPac       10th SCS

CVW-5

NF

13 Mar 1976

26 Apr 1976

Vietnam

45-days

 

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (8th Forward Deployed)

15th WestPac

11th SCS

CVW-5

NF

19 May 1976

22 Jun 1976

Vietnam

35-days

8th Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise

Exercise Team Spirit

 

Ports of call not reported.

 

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

 

Squadrons: VF-161, F-4N; VF-151, F-4N; VA-93, A-7A; VA-56, A-7A; 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.

**USS Midway (CV-61) - 7th (9th Forward Deployed)

16th WestPac       12th SCS

CVW-5

NF

9 Jul 1976

4 Aug 1976

Vietnam

27-days

9th Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise

 

Ports of call not reported.

 

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

 

Squadrons: VF-161, F-4N; VF-151, F-4N; VA-93, A-7A; VA-56, A-7A; 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.

**USS Enterprise (CVN-65)

8th WestPac       7th Indian Ocean voyage

CVW-14

NK

30 Jul 1976

8 Mar 1977

Middle East

Indian Ocean

222-days

Tour of duty with the 7th Fleet

Conducting numerous AAW, strike and ASW exercises en route Hawaiian waters, culminating in CompTuEx 1-7T, an exercise in the Hawaii area involving air intercepts, ASW, marine carrier landings and a BPDMS firing, a 4,000-mile transit to southern Australian waters for Kangaroo II, MultiPlEx 1-77 and MissilEx 1-77, ReadiEx 1-77 exercise area in the Philippine Sea and steaming to the Indian Ocean operating off the east African coast in response to public derogatory remarks against the U.S. by the President of Uganda and his order that all Americans in Uganda meet with him, on 27 February 1977, participating in Operation Exercise Merlion III and Operation Houdini.

 

CVW-14 Squadrons include: VF-1 “Wolf Pack,” F-14A; -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 “Tigers,” RA-5C; -134 “Garudas,” EA-6B; VS-29 “Dragonfires,” S-3A; HS-2 “Golden Falcons,” SH-3D and VQ-1 DET. “World Watchers,” EA-3B. USS Long Beach (CGN-9) and USS Truxtun (CGN-35) joined Enterprise as part of her task force.

USS Midway (CV-61) - 7th (Forward Deployed)

Coast of Korea

CVW-5

NF

21 Aug 1976

 

Cruise

12-est. days

Off the coast of Korea, separated from Japan to the east by the Korea Strait and the Sea of Japan (East Sea).

 

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

 

Squadrons: VF-161, F-4N; VF-151, F-4N; VA-93, A-7A; VA-56, A-7A; 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

USS Midway (CV-61) - 7th         (10th Forward Deployed)

17th WestPac       13h SCS

CVW-5

NF

1 Nov 1976

17 Dec 1976

Vietnam

47-days

10th Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise

 

Ports of call not reported.

 

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

 

Squadrons: VF-161, F-4N; VF-151, F-4N; VA-93, A-7A; VA-56, A-7A; 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.

**Steaming to the Indian Ocean operating off the east African coast in Operation Exercise Merlion III, on her fifth IO voyage

South China Sea Deployment (SCS)
*CV’s operating in the Indian Ocean (IO) during their South China Sea/Vietnam deployment
(Ref. U. S. Navy Deployment History Resources)

 

Iran History & Air Arm

 

      “The Iranian Tomcats were fairly late on the production line, and were therefore delivered with the TF30-P-414 engine, which was much safer than the compressor-stall-prone P-412 engine. The first of 80 Tomcats arrived in Iran in January of 1976” (Ref. 27 & 28).

 

       “A total of 166 F-5E/Fs was supplied to Iran between January 1974 and 1976. The Imperial Iranian Air Force disposed of their 4 C-130Bs and 28 C-130Es in 1976” (Ref. 27).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) was moored to Pier Oscar-Papa, Naval Air Station, North Island, California on 1 January 1976 in the middle of Kitty Hawk’s post deployment stand-down” (Ref. 311B-1976).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted a 30 post-deployment stand-down posture (15 Dec 1975 to 15 Jan 1976) with a large number of her crew on leave over the holidays on 15 January 1976 and commenced preparations (simultaneously) for Carrier Qualifications (CARQUALS) and the Complex Overhaul (COH) scheduled to begin in April” (Ref. 311B-1976).

 

USS Ranger (CV-61) with CVW-2 embarked departs on “WestPac”

 

    “USS Ranger (CV-61) with CVW-2 embarked departed San Francisco Bay, Naval Air Station, Alameda, California 30 January 1976, with Captain John Lewis Nicholson, Jr., as Commanding Officer, on her 13th “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet, her first deployment in the Indian Ocean, her 12th South China Sea deployment, on her second Vietnam Peace Keeping Cruise and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet in the Far East; reclassified to CV-61 on 30 June 1975; made seven Vietnam Combat Cuises during the Vietnam Conflict/War, earning 13 battle stars for service in Vietnam. She will under go her 15th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission on 10 August 1957” (Ref. 1-Ranger, 72, 1094A, 1095 & 1096). 

 

USS Ranger (CV-61) with CVW-2 (NE)

(30 January to 7 September 1976)

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-154

Black Knights -            Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NE100

F-4J

VF-21

Free Lancers -            Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NE200

F-4J

VA-113

Stingers -

Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet attack aircraft

NE300

A-7E

VA-25

Fist of the Fleet -            Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet attack aircraft

NE400

A-7E

VA-145

Swordsmen -            Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NE500

A-6A / KA-6D

VAW-117

Wallbangers - Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye Electronics

600

E-2B

RVAH-5 (*1)

Savage Sons - Reconnaissance Attack Squadron

North American -

Jet Attack Fighter Reconnaissance

610

RA-5C

VAQ-135

Black Ravens - Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

620

EA-6B

VAW-112

Golden Hawks - Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye Electronics

700

E-2B

HS-4

Black Knights - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King -  Anti-submarine

730

SH-3D

(*1) disestablished on Sep. 30, 1977

CVA changed to CV 30 June 1975

 

    “The Hancock (CVA-19), former, CVA-19, CV-19 & fourth Ticonderoga, the 19th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by hull no., was decommissioned a third time and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register (Navy List) on 31 January 1976” (Ref. 1-Hancock, 30 & 72).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted "Fast Cruise, a dockside cruise simulation on 2 February 1976” (Ref. 311B-1976).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departed Naval Air Station, North Island, California on 3 February 1976, moored to Pier Oscar-Papa, for Carrier Qualifications (CARQUALS) in the Southern California Operating Area” (Ref. 311B-1976).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63).conducted UNREP with USS Wabash (AOR-5) taking on 565 KGAL JP5 on 5 February 1976” (Ref. 329B-1990).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63).conducted UNREP with USS Wabash (AOR-5) taking on 565 KGAL JP5 on 10 February 1976” (Ref. 329B-1990).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) returned to Naval Air Station, North Island, California on 12 February 1976, moored to Pier Oscar-Papa, conducting Carrier Qualifications (CARQUALS) from 3 to 12 February 1976. Rip-out of the ship's Terrier Missile system commenced as well as the complete rip-out of the ship’s Number One Main Machinery Room in addition to the initiation of other pre-COH work. During the carrier qualifications 14 guests of the Secretary of the Navy rode Kitty Hawk for three days; all were business and professional leaders from Southern California; additionally 20 members of the Navy League of San Diego rode the ship for one day.3 Feb 76. The Navy League of San Diego held a dinner meeting aboard Kitty Hawk; 45 members attended” (Ref. 311B-1976).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 1976 Aircraft and Ordnance Report - Ref. 311B-1976).

 

CVW-11 SQUADRONS

 

     “VF-213 (F-14A); VF-114 (F-14A); VAW-114 (E-2B - Transferred from CVW-11); VAW-122 (E-2C - Transferred to CVW-11); VA-52 (A-6E); VA-192 (A-7E); VA-195 (A-7E); HS-8 (SH-3G); 33 (S-3A); VAQ-136 (EA-6B - Transferred from CVW-11); VAQ-131 (EA-6B - Transferred from CVW-11); RVAH-6 (RA-5C - Transferred from CVW-11) & RVAH- 7 (RA-5C - Transferred to CVW-11). CVW-11 CO, CDR W. H. Byng” (Ref. 311B-1976).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 1976

ARRESTING GEAR AND CATAPULT STATISTICS

 

ARRESTED LANDINGS 

 

Engine Number

1976 Landings

1

175

2

400

3

552

4

423

5

0

Total

1,550

Total arrested landings for 1976: 1,550

Total arrested landings to date: 163,265

 

HELICOPTER LANDINGS

 

Total helicopter landings for 1976: 132

Total helicopter landings to date: 23,744

 

CATAPULT LAUNCHES

 

Catapult Number

Aircraft Launches for 1976

1

981

2

568

3

0

4

0

Total

1,549

Total aircraft launches for 1976: 1,549

Total no load launches for 1976: 76

Total catapult launches for 1976: 1,625

Total catapult launches to date: 176,752

 

ORDNANCE EXPENDITURES

 

Ammunition

Rounds

12 gauge %% Buckshot (Training)

920

 

Oriskany (CVA-34) with CVW-19 embarked arrived from “WestPac”

 

    “On 3 March 1976, USS Oriskany (CVA-34) with CVW-19 embarked arrived Naval Air Station pier at Alameda, California, ending her 16th “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet, and 16th tour of duty with the 7th  Fleet, her second Vietnam Peace Coast Patrol Cruise, her tenth reported South China Sea deployment. Made seven Vietnam Combat Cruises during the Vietnam Conflict/War, receiving five battle battle stars. Her 13th deployment since her first recommission on 7 March 1959, first decommissioning at San Francisco Naval Shipyard on 2 January 1957, while she underwent a SCB-125A modernization that included a new angled flight deck and enclosed hurricane bow, while new, powerful steam catapults were installed by the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington (steam catapult experts assembled and deployed to San Francisco, Ca. from Bremerton, Wash. or the ship steamed to Bremerton from San Francisco and back again in order to have steam catapults installed by Puget Sound Naval Shipyard). Made one Korea Combat cruise, received two battle stars for service during the Korean Conflict; reclassified CVA-34 on 1 October 1952. Her 19th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission on 25 September 1950 (16 September 1975 to 3 March 1976)” (Ref. 1-Oriskany & 72).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departed Naval Air Station, North Island, California on 8 March 1976, moored to Pier Oscar-Papa, for Complex Overhaul (COH) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS), Bremerton, Washington, embarking 28 Puget Sound area guests, 336 dependents and over 2,000 crewmembers. The transit to Bremerton became known as "Operation Ark" when people, automobiles, and personal property were loaded on board for the four-day passage north. Twenty-eight COMTHIRTEEN guests rode Kitty Hawk on her transit from San Diego to Seattle” (Ref. 311B-1976).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS), Bremerton, for Complex Overhaul (COH) Washington on 12 March 1976, ending as the ship maneuvered into position for entry into Dry-Dock #6, disembarking 28 Puget Sound area guests, 336 dependents and over 2,000 crewmembers. Twenty-eight COMTHIRTEEN guests rode Kitty Hawk on her transit from San Diego to Seattle as well or the statement 28 Puget Sound area guests referees to Twenty-eight COMTHIRTEEN guests. In the Bremerton area the ship was greeted by stiff winds and cloudy skies. People in the area watched as the ship passed their view. These people were a few of the residents of Bremerton who came to notice the carriers influence while in Washington. The transit to Bremerton became known as "Operation Ark" when people, automobiles, and personal property were loaded on board for the four-day passage north. The shipyard and crew settled down to work on a 12.5 month overhaul; followed by the dry-dock being pumped out the following day, commencing COH” (Ref. 311B-1976).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) with Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 19 December 1975 to 13 March 1976” (Ref. 72).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) with CVW-5 embarked departs on her tenth South China Sea deployment, forward deployed at Yokosuka, Japan

 

     “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) 13 March 1976, with Captain Lawrence Cleveland Chambers, USNA '52, as Commanding Officer, on her 14th WestPac, her tenth South China Sea deployment and seventh Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise, on her seventh 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 tenth 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 16th 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 29th 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)

(13 March 1976 to 26 April 1976)

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

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

14th WestPac       10th SCS

CVW-5

NF

13 Mar 1976

26 Apr 1976

Vietnam

29th FWFD

45-days

7th Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise

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-4N

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4N

VA-93

Blue Blazers -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7A

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7A

VA-115

Arabs - Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder - Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6A / A-6B /    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 Constellation (CVA-64) sitting snugly in the drydock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard; note that her huge flight deck neatly overhangs the 180-foot-wide dock on both sides. CVA-64 will remain in drydock for nearly six months of her year-long overhaul." From the NAVSEA Journal. During this overhaul (February 1975-April 1976) Connie was modified to perform the Navy's new role for carriers: air, surface and antisubmarine warfare — she was redesignated CV-64 on June 30, 1975. After the overhaul Constellation could operate both the F-14A Tomcat and the then new S-3A Viking. NS026455 103k. Bob Bush.

http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/026455.jpg

 

USS Midway (CV-41) with CVW-5 embarked arrived from her tenth South China Sea deployment, forward deployed at Yokosuka, Japan

 

     “On 26 April 1976, 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 Lawrence Cleveland Chambers, USNA '52, as Commanding Officer, ending her 14th WestPac, her tenth South China Sea deployment and seventh Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise, on her seventh deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet. Ports of call not reported. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4N; VF-151, F-4N; VA-93, A-7A; VA-56, A-7A; 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 Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her tenth 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 16th 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 29th 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 (13 March to 26 April 1976)” (Ref. 1-Midway & 72).

 

13/03/76 to 26/04/76

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

7Th FLEET Forward Deployed

Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.svg

Aug 74 to Aug 91

14th WestPac       10th SCS

“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

 

    “The Constellation (CVA-64), the 64th aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 52nd, commissioning on 27 October 1961, with Captain T.J. Walker in command at New York Naval Shipyard departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., 26 April 1976 to rejoin the Pacific Fleet at her home port of Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California, completing one of the most extensive carrier overhauls ever undertaken (14 months), during an Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (EDSRA) commencing in February 1975, enabling her to carry the Navy's newest air supremacy fighter, the F-14A Tomcat, and the S-3A Viking, a submarine hunter; reclassifying to CV-64 on 1 July 1975; made seven Vietnam Combat Cruises in Vietnam, during the Vietnam Conflict/War, received a Presidential Unit Citation from President Nixon in 1973 and two Vietnam Peace Keeping Cruises; completed Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) in December 1970; beginning DSRA, on her second since commissioning, shortly after arrival from her sixth “WestPac” deployment on 8 May 1970 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash.; commenced workups in November 1965 for her first full-blown war cruise upon conclusion of overhaul; commencing her first DSRA upon arrival from her second WestPacdeployment, on 1 February 1965; lasting eight months from 1 February to November 1965 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash.; delivered to the Navy on 1 October 1961; launched on 8 October 1960, sponsored by Mary Herter (wife of Secretary of State Christian Herter); keel was laid down on 14 September 1957, at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, as a Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier, while the contract to build her was awarded on 1 July 1956, she was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the "new constellation of stars" on the flag of the United States, which was named for one of the six frigates bought by the Continental Congress in the late 1790s. The first of those frigates made American naval history and was named for the ring of 13 stars that formed a "new Constellation" on the flag of the new United States” (Ref. 1-Constellation, 72 & 1184).

 

    “USS Constellation (CV-64) upon arrival to Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California in late April 1976, steaming from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., conducted workups off the coast of California” (Ref. 1-Constellation & 72).

 

    “The Coral Sea (CV-43), former CVB-43 & CV-42, the 43rd aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 45th, commissioning on 1 October 1947, with her 1st CO Captain A. P. Storrs, III, in command, returned to NAS Alameda, Ca. on 26 April 1976 to rejoin the Pacific Fleet, completing one of the most extensive carrier overhauls ever undertaken (14 months), a more than $20-million seven-month Extended Selected Restricted Availability (ESRA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., enabling her to carry the Navy's newest air supremacy fighter, the F-14A Tomcat, and the S-3A Viking, a submarine hunter; reclassifying to CV-43 on 1 July 1975; departing San Diego, Calif. for the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, to undergo one of the most extensive carrier overhauls ever undertaken on in August 1975” (Ref. 2-USS Coral Sea “Welcome Aboard” brochure & 43).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) crew celebrates her 15th birthday on 29 April 1976. Being in a restricted access area the Kitty Hawk was unable to grant general tours of the ship. However, limited tours of accessible spaces were given to military and civilian residents when possible. Unable to promote the ship's tour program, the Public Affairs Office began to coordinate community relations programs as Kitty Hawk’s way of showing the community that the ship was more than just a mass of metal and machinery. Crew on board began getting socially acquainted with Bremerton and surrounding areas. Various activities reflected the concern for good relations between the Kitty Hawk and the community during the ship's stay in Bremerton.

 

    In the Bremerton area the ship was greeted by stiff winds and cloudy skies. People in the area watched as the ship passed their view. These people were a few of the residents of Bremerton who came to notice the carrier’s influence while in Washington.

 

    Being in a restricted access area the Kitty Hawk was unable to grant general tours of the ship. However, limited tours of accessible spaces were given to military and civilian residents when possible. Unable to promote the ship's tour program, the Public Affairs Office began to coordinate community relations programs as Kitty Hawk’s way of showing the community that the ship was more than just a mass of metal and machinery. Crew on board began getting socially acquainted with Bremerton and surrounding areas. Various activities reflected the concern for good relations between the Kitty Hawk and the community during the ship's stay in Bremerton” (Ref. 311B-1976).

 

    “USS Constellation (CV-64) upon arrival to Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California in late April 1976, steaming from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., conducted workups off the coast of California” (Ref. 1-Constellation & 72).

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) conducted sea trials from 3 to 4 May 1976 which marked the culmination of months of extensive work and proved the ship ready to return to Alameda on 18 May 1976” (Ref. 43).

 

    “Bi-Monthly NAVSEA COH Progress Briefing for USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) was attended by RADM J. B. BERUDE, CINCPACFLT Maintenance Officer and RADM R. L. WALTERS, Deputy Commander Naval Sea Systems Command on 11 May 1976” (Ref. 311B-1976).

 

    “Armed Forces Day on 13 May 1976 saw RM1 C. E. Billings named Honorary Mayor of Bremerton for the day. During festivities three crewmembers escorted Armed Forces ay queens and princesses. The Bremerton Chamber of Commerce sponsored a window display contest. The ship’s entry, a 9-foot by 13-foot, 3 paneled display, depicted early aircraft, the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), and her aircraft. The display with the theme "Naval Air Past and Present received 297 out of a possible 300 points and won first place. Baked beans and cornbread became the next item through which the ship showed others the talent her crewmembers possessed. MS1 Terry A. Drake, MS3 William A, Buckley and MSSN Randy Jones prepared and entered their individual-recipes for baked beans and cornbread to the contest judges, Local Chamber of Commerce members judged the contest and awarded MSSN Jones second place for his "Maple Syrup Surprise" in the cornbread competition.

 

    The following day, on 14 May 1976, crewmembers participated in the Bellingham parade as representatives of the Kitty Hawk” (Ref. 311B-1976).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) with Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 26 April to 19 May 1976” (Ref. 72).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) with CVW-5 embarked departs on her 11th South China Sea deployment, forward deployed at Yokosuka, Japan

 

    “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) 19 May 1976, with Captain Lawrence Cleveland Chambers, USNA '52, as Commanding Officer, on her 15th WestPac, her 11th South China Sea deployment and eighth Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise, on her eighth 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 11th 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 17th 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 30th 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)

(19 May 1976 to 22 June 1976)

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (8th Forward Deployed)

15th WestPac

11th SCS

CVW-5

NF

19 May 1976

22 Jun 1976

Vietnam

30th FWFD

35-days

8th Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise                                                                                                   Exercise Team Spirit

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-4N

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4N

VA-93

Blue Blazers -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7A

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7A

VA-115

Arabs - Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder - Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6A / A-6B /    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 Coral Sea (CVA-43) conducted sea trials from 3 to 4 May 1976 which marked the culmination of months of extensive work and proved the ship ready to return to Alameda, California on 18 May” (Ref. 43).

 

    “On 28 May 1976, while on deployment, helicopters crews from HS-4 aboard USS Ranger (CV-61), detachments from HC-3 on USS Camden (AOE-2), USS Mars (AFS-1) and USS White Plains (AFS-4), and helicopters from NAS Cubi Point, Republic of the Philippines, assisted in Philippine disaster relief efforts in the flood ravaged areas of central Luzon. Over 1,900 people were evacuated; more than 370,000 pounds of relief supplies and 9,340 gallons of fuel were provided by Navy and Air Force helicopters” (Ref. 1-Ranger & 72).

 

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) underway off Point Loma, California, 21 June 1976. The Big E had been in port, San Diego, for three days, then spent 10 days conducting air operations in the Southern California (SOCAL) area before returning to Alameda, her homeport. NS026595 76k. Robert Hurst.

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USS Midway (CV-41) with CVW-5 embarked arrived from her 11th South China Sea deployment, forward deployed at Yokosuka, Japan

 

    “On 22 June 1976, 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 Lawrence Cleveland Chambers, USNA '52, as Commanding Officer, ending her 15th WestPac, her 11th South China Sea deployment and eighth Vietnam Peace Patrol Cruise, on her eighth deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet. Ports of call not reported. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4N; VF-151, F-4N; VA-93, A-7A; VA-56, A-7A; 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 Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 11th 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 17th 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 30th 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 (19 May to 22 June 1976)” (Ref. 1-Midway & 72).

 

 19/05/76 to 22/06/76

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

7Th FLEET Forward Deployed

Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.svg

Aug 74 to Aug 91

15th WestPac

11th SCS

“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 SSDR 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 SSDR, 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 SSDR, 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

 

 

(See above.) A group of F-14 Tomcats was parked aft USS Enterprise (CVN-65). Note two planes camouflaged in the then new, experimental Ferris scheme: BuNo 158979 (VF-1 "Wolf Pack," modex NK100), on the elevator, and BuNo 158985 (VF-2 "Bounty Hunters," modex NK200), extreme aft.

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    “Three members of the crew of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) won awards at the Bicentennial Art Show at the PSNS Main Exchange on 24 and 25 June 1976. LTJG Craig Seligman received his banner-style ribbon and gift certificate for his handiwork of an F4F Wildcat airplane made with coat hangers and outfitted with an electrical motor. 502 Douglas Davis received his award for the "Best Bicentennial Theme" art work while ABH3 Steve Johnson won first place in the drawing competition” (Ref. 311B-1976).

 

CHAPTER XXXI

U.S. AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA CORAL SEA

EXTENDED SELECTED RESTRICTED AVAILABILTY (ERSA) at

NAVAL SHIPYARD, LONG BEACH, CA. SEA TRIALS AND TRAINING

Iran History & Air Arm

(1 January to 31 December 1976)

Part 1 – (1 January to 3 July 1976)

Part 2 – (4 July to 3 November 1976)

Part 3 – (4 November to 31 December 1976)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER XXXI

Part 1 - (1 January  to 3 July 1976)

 USS CORAL SEA (CV 43)

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

 

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

 

Book - ISBN NO.

978-1-4276-0454-5

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-329-15473-5

 

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

 

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

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

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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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EBook 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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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-54790-2

 

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

 

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

 

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