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USS Midway On Armed Forces Day
Behind The Scenes Tour
May 21, 2016
President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis John- son announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.
And what better way to celebrate our armed forces than to encounter the awesome size and power of the USS Midway and experience what it must have been like to serve on a ship that was once the largest in the world. Experience the awesome size of the USS Midway and what it must have been like to serve on a ship that was once the largest in the world. Our exclusive all-day tour includes travel from Los Angeles and Orange County Amtrak stations to San Diego and back aboard vintage private railcar Colonial Crafts, and a special rarely behind-the scenes tour of the Midway conducted by Scott McGaugh. Mr. McGaugh, Midway Museum Marketing Director, historian and writer of three books on the USS Midway will be personally conducting our exclusive tour. We will be exploring fascinating sections of the Midway never seen by the visiting public.
The USS Midway was commissioned September 10, 1945 just a week after the end of WWII. The Midway served in our nation's defense including major roles in Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm. Decommissioned on April 12, 1992 the Midway was stored inactive in Bremerton, Washington. In 2003, the Midway was towed to San Diego, refurbished and opened to the public as a museum on June 7, 2004.
Aboard the private car you'll be pampered by our professional staff who will provide a selection of hors d'oeuvres and dessert items served at seats and available tables. All hors d'oeuvres are prepared by our chef for you fresh in our kitchen, as well as our complimentary bar that features premium labels of beer, wine and spirits.
Our private railcar, Colonial Crafts is on the rear of Amtrak's Surfliner Train 566 leaving Los Angeles at 8:30 AM and arriving in San Diego at 11:25 AM. At our private railcar we are greeted by the Steward and staff, who will assist in boarding. Once aboard the train we settle into our comfortable seats and our bartender will be happy to make you the drink of your choice followed by luncheon hors d'oeuvres as our train glides out of the depot and begins its journey to San Diego. From the San Diego train station, it is a short two block walk to the Midway. While on the Midway, we will be free to roam the public areas after our behind the scenes tours. We will have plenty of time to tour the displays and contemplate life aboard this huge ship. This behind the scenes tour involves a lot of walking, and ascent and descent flights of stairs and ladders. We will re board Colonial Crafts for a 6:45 PM departure for Los Angeles and home. All too soon, following dessert and a savored cup of coffee, we see our train approaching Los Angeles and realize this very special day is coming to an end.
Priced at $249 per person.
Full payment due at time of booking
This behind-the-scenes tour involves a lot of walking, and ascent and descent of flights of stairs and ladders. Guests who require a wheelchair will find some areas on this tour are not accessible. However, the public areas of the Midway are accessible.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE USS MIDWAY
USS Midway, first of a three-ship class of 45,000-ton large aircraft carriers, was built at Newport News, Virginia, and commissioned in September 1945. Following shakedown, she began eight years' service with the Atlantic Fleet. In March 1946, Midway made an cruise to Arctic waters for experimental cold weather operations. The following year, her flight deck was the site of a at-sea test launching of an ex-German V-2 ballistic missile. Also in 1947, the carrier undertook the first of several Sixth Fleet tours in the Mediterranean sea. She also periodically deployed to North Atlantic waters, including participation in the NATO Operation "Mainbrace" in 1952. In October of that year, she was reclassified an attack aircraft carrier, changing her hull number from CVB-41 to CVA-41
Late in 1954, Midway left the Atlantic, steaming past the Cape of Good Hope to join the Seventh Fleet in the Far East. In September 1955, following this cruise, she entered the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for the first of her two major modernizations. Recommissioned two years later, as the work neared completion, Midway now had an angled flight deck, enclosed bow, three steam catapults and other features that enabled her to better operate high-performance aircraft. She conducted a Seventh Fleet deployment in 1958 and was a regular visitor to Asiatic waters during the next eight years. Her 1965 Far Eastern tour included active participation in the then-expanding Vietnam War. From February 1966 until mid-1970, Midway was again in shipyard hands, receiving an extensive modernization that included installation of a greatly enlarged flight deck.
Upon her return to commissioned service, Midway again took part in Southeast Asian conflict combat operations. In October 1973, she changed her home port to Yokosuka, Japan, allowing the Navy to maintain a greater carrier presence in the Far East than would have been possible from a U.S. base. During this time, she was active in the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf areas. The ship was redesignated CV-41 in June 1975 and received a major refit in 1986. In 1990-91, Midway participated in Operations "Desert Shield" and "Desert Storm", which contained and then reversed Iraqi aggression against Kuwait. After additional activity in the Philippines area and elsewhere in the Seventh Fleet area, the ship returned to the United States for the first time in some eighteen years. USS Midway was decommissioned in April 1992 and placed in the Reserve Fleet. Stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in March 1997, during 2003-2004 she was converted to a museum and is now a prominent attraction at San Diego, California.