USS Midway CV-41 Info

USS Midway CV-41 Photos and History
A starboard bow view of the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV-41) underway. A starboard bow view of the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV-41) underway.
-1993
A Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 136 (VAQ-136) EA-6B Prowler aircraft flies past the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV-41) A Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 136 (VAQ-136) EA-6B Prowler aircraft flies past the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV-41).
-1993
A Strike Squadron 151 (VFA-151) F/A-18A Hornet aircraft flown by CAPT Patrick D. Moneymaker, the commander of Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14), comes to a halt after making an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV-41). Moneymaker's landing is the last one that will be made aboard the MIDWAY, which is to be decommissioned in the spring of 1992. A Strike Squadron 151 (VFA-151) F/A-18A Hornet aircraft flown by CAPT Patrick D. Moneymaker, the commander of Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14), comes to a halt after making an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV-41). Moneymaker's landing is the last one that will be made aboard the MIDWAY, which is to be decommissioned in the spring of 1992.
-1991
Crew members man the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41) as it arrives at the naval station. The MIDWAY, which has been based in Japan since October 1973, has come to North Island to prepare for decommissioning. Crew members man the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41) as it arrives at the naval station. The MIDWAY, which has been based in Japan since October 1973, has come to North Island to prepare for decommissioning.
-NAS North Island, CA - 1991
Crew members man the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41) as it arrives at the naval station. The MIDWAY, which has been based in Japan since October 1973, has come to North Island to prepare for decommissioning. The crew of the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV-41) mans the rails as the ship arrives at the naval station. The MIDWAY, which has been based in Japan since 1973, is en route from Naval Station, Yokosuka, Japan, to Naval Air Station, North Island, California, where it will be decommissioned in the spring of 1992. The USS ARIZONA Memorial is in the background at upper right.
- Pearl Harbor, HI - 1991
The aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV-41) moves away from the pier as it departs from Yokosuka for the last time. The MIDWAY, which has been based in Japan since 1973, will be replaced by the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) as the Navy's forward-based aircraft carrier. The aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV-41) moves away from the pier as it departs from Yokosuka for the last time. The MIDWAY, which has been based in Japan since 1973, will be replaced by the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) as the Navy's forward-based aircraft carrier.
-1991
A bow view of the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV-41) underway. A bow view of the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV-41) underway.
- 1988
Its tail hook down, an F/A-18A Hornet aircraft from Strike Fighter Squadron 192 (VFA-192) banks into a turn as it passes over the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV-41). The aircraft carriers and AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missile on its starboard wing tip. Its tail hook down, an F/A-18A Hornet aircraft from Strike Fighter Squadron 192 (VFA-192) banks into a turn as it passes over the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV-41). The aircraft carriers and AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missile on its starboard wing tip.
- 1989
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USS MIDWAY HISTORY

Displacement 64,000 tons
Length 972 feet
Beam 238 feet
Draft 35.5 feet
Speed 30 know
Ships Complement 4,675

Between 3 and 6 June 1942, the U.S. Pacific Fleet turned back a Japanese attempt to capture Midway, the westernmost atoll in the Hawaiian chain, in a decisive action which cost the enemy four large aircraft carriers and forced Japan to assume a defensive posture. In Adm. Samuel E. Morison’s words, “Midway was a victory not only of courage, determination and excellent bombing technique, but of intelligence, bravely and wisely applied.” The American Navy’s triumph in the Battle of Midway foreshadowed Japan’s final surrender. The first Midway was named for the atoll, the second and third for the battle.

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 North 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 alterations 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 Shipyard. 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 1961. During her 1962 deployment her aircraft tested the air defense systems of Japan, 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 Vietnam. 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 MIG’s 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.

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