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U.S.S. MIDWAY

(CV-41)

Tip of the Sword

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USS Midway, built in Newport News, Virginia, was commissioned in September 1945. She served in the Atlantic Fleet for her first eight years of service. The ship was used in a couple of important naval experiments. In 1946, she was sent to the Arctic to test cold water operations. In 1947, she was the launch pad for a V-2 ballistic missile. Later that same year, the carrier began its first deployment to the Mediterranean. For the next few years she worked in both the Mediterranean and in the North Atlantic.

In October 1952, her hull number was changed from CVB-41 to CVA-41. This was due to her reclassification to an attack aircraft carrier. In 1954, she joined the Seventh Fleet for a year. Late in 1955, she underwent her first modernization. This expanded her flight deck and updated her equipment to handle the latest aircraft.

After her return two years later, Midway went back to the Seventh Fleet. She saw active combat operations in 1965 with the Vietnam conflict. In 1966, she began her second modernization. This involved expanding her deck once again. After returning to service in 1970, she returned to the Seventh Fleet supporting combat operations. In 1975, she was renumbered CV-41.

In 1986, she underwent her third modernization. In the early 1990’s, she participated in the first Iraq conflict. Afterwards she returned to the Seventh Fleet. In April 1992, she was decommissioned. At this time, she has been converted to a museum located in San Diego.

CV-41 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT 1943 Keel Date: 27 OCT 1943
at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Newport News VA
MAR 1945 Launch Date: 20 MAR 1945
SEP 1945 Commissioned: 10 SEP 1945
DEC 1954 - JUL 1955 World Cruise
JAN 1955 - Shellback Initiation - 6 JAN 1955 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP 1957 - APR 1958 Recommisioning
NOV 1958 - MAR 1959 West Pac
NOV 1959 - MAR 1960 West Pac
FEB 1961 - SEP 1961 West Pac
MAR 1961 - MAY 1961 LAOTIAN CRISIS (AFEM)
MAY 1962 - NOV 1962 West Pac
NOV 1963 - JUL 1964 West Pac
FEB 1965 - NOV 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1965 - NOV 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT 1965 - OCT 1965 VA-25 Dropped Toiler BOMB on North Vietnam - 6-Million Lbs.
OCT 1965 - OCT 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1970 - DEC 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1971 - NOV 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1972 - FEB 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 13 DEC 1972 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1973 - Changed homeport to Yokosuka Japan
APR 1975 - APR 1975 OPERATION FREQUENT WIND
APR 1975 - MAY 1975 Operation Frequent Wind (Evacuation of Saigon)
NOV 1975 - Shellback Initiation - 1 NOV 1975 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1977 - NOV 1979 West Pac
MAR 1977 - APR 1977 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1977 - NOV 1977 West Pac-Indian Ocean
OCT 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 11 OCT 1977 - Indian Ocean
APR 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 18 APR 1979 - Indian Ocean
MAY 1979 - MAY 1979 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT 1979 - NOV 1979 West Pac
OCT 1979 - FEB 1980 West Pac-Indian Ocean
APR 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 19 APR 1980 - Indian Ocean
JUL 1980 - AUG 1980 Collision with SS Cactus/Drydock in Olongapo PI
AUG 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 22 AUG 1980 - Indian Ocean
AUG 1980 - NOV 1980 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 22 AUG 1980 - Indian Ocean
NOV 1980 - JAN 1981 Dry Dock
OCT 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 10 OCT 1982 - Indian Ocean
APR 1984 - Shellback Initiation - 19 APR 1984 - Indian Ocean
JUN 1985 - SEP 1985 West Pac-Indian Ocean
AUG 1985 - Shellback Initiation - 27 AUG 1985 - Indian Ocean
MAY 1987 - Shellback Initiation - 22 MAY 1987 - Indian Ocean
NOV 1987 - APR 1988 Escorting Reflagged Oil Tankers Through the Persian Gulf
NOV 1987 - APR 1988 West Pac-Indian Ocean
JAN 1988 - Shellback Initiation - 7 JAN 1988 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1988 - Shellback Initiation - 7 JAN 1988 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1989 - Shellback Initiation - 16 OCT 1989 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1989 - OCT 1989 Midway Pilot dropped a 500lb bomb on the USS Reeves.
OCT 1990 - APR 1991 Desert Storm
OCT 1990 - APR 1991 OPERATION DESERT SHIELD/IMMINENT THUNDER/DESERT STORM
OCT 1990 - APR 1991 Desert Shield
APR 1992 Decommissioned: 11 APR 1992

CV-41 General Specifications

Class: Midway-class aircraft carrier

Named for: Battle of Midway

Complement: 4104 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 45000 tons

Length: 972 feet

Beam: 113 feet

Flank Speed: 33 knots

Final Disposition: Museum ship



USS MIDWAY (CV-41)



The third Midway (CVB-41) was laid down 27 October 1943 by Newport News Shipbuilding Co. Newport News Va.; launched 20 March 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Bradford William Ripley Jr.; and commissioned 10 September 1945 Capt. Joseph F. Bolger in command.


After shakedown in the Caribbean MIDWAY joined in the Atlantic Fleet training schedule with Norfolk her homeport. From 20 February 1946 she was flagship for CarDiv 1. In March she tested equipment and techniques for cold weather operations in the No rth Atlantic. East coast and Caribbean training was highlighted by operation "Sandy " in which in September 1947 she test fired a captured German V-2 rocket from her flight deck first such launching from a moving platform.


On 29 October 1947 Midway sailed for the first of her annual deployments with the 6th Fleet mighty peacekeeping force in the Mediterranean. A powerful extension of sea/air power Midway trained between deployments and received alteration s necessary to accommodate heavier aircraft as they were developed. In 1952 she participated in North Sea maneuvers with NATO forces and on 1 October was redesignated CVA-41.


Midway cleared Norfolk 27 December 1954 for a world cruise sailing via the Cape of Good Hope for Taiwan where she joined the 7th Fleet for operations in the Western Pacific until 28 June 1955 when she sailed for overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Ship yard. Here she was out of commission until 30 September 1957 while she was modernized and such new innovations as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck were installed.


Homeported at Alameda Midway began annual deployments with the 7th Fleet in 1958 and was on such duty in the South China Sea during the Laotian crisis of spring l961. During her 1962 deployment her aircraft tested the air defense systems of Ja pan Korea Okinawa the Philippines and Taiwan. When she again sailed for the Far East 6 March 1965 her aircraft were prepared for combat operations and from mid-April flew strikes against military and logistics installations in North and South Vietn am. Illustrative of the major contribution the carrier made to the campaign of the free forces to repel Communist aggression was a notable "first" for aviators of her Attack Carrier Wing 2 who in June downed the first three MIGs credited to U.S. Forces in Southeast Asia. Returning to Alameda 23 November she entered San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard 11 February 1966 for extensive modernization for which she was placed in Reserve in commission special 15 February 1966. She is scheduled for recommiss ion in January 1970.

[Note: The above USS MIDWAY (CV-41) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS MIDWAY (CV-41) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]