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Remembering the Battle of Midway

By Rear Adm. Roy Kelley

Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic

If time travel were possible, it would be interesting to go back and watch the Battle of Midway unfold. Sitting in the radio room, I could listen to pilots give updates on the position of the Japanese fleet. Then I would make my way to the flight deck and stand in awe watching Navy Avengers and Wildcats launch and recover. How amazing it would be to see and hear firsthand the actions of brave Sailors who literally reshaped history and the world as we know it today.

As a member of the Naval Air Force Atlantic team, the Battle of Midway is especially close to my heart because of the incredible impact it had on the Navy, Naval aviation and the evolution of how we conduct war from the sea.

Battle of Midway, June 1942. Torpedo Squadron Six (VT-6) TBD-1 aircraft are prepared for launching on USS Enterprise (CV-6) at about 0730-0740 , June 4, 1942.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

From 1942 to 2019, over the course of 77 years, many aspects of naval warfare have evolvedbut some things remain resolute. During World War II, the aircraft carrier and its embarked air wing replaced the battleship as the most powerful naval offensive weapons system; that tide has not shifted.

It is amazing to see aircraft carriers are just as strategically vital to our nation’s defense now as then. While the concept of launching and recovering aircraft at sea has remained the same, the capability and lethality of our flattops has changed enormously.

The carriers at Midway were 820 feet long and dependent on oilers for fuel. Modern carriers are nearly 1,100 feet long and run on nuclear power. They can remain at sea for 25 years before needing to refuel.

As for our aircraft, the evolution is striking. Modern jets and helicopters have an increased lethality and can conduct a much wider range of missions, to include anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, search and rescue, precision strike, offensive and defensive counter-air and many others.

One area where you would find little difference, however, is the quality of our men and women serving in uniform. From the Revolutionary War through the Battle of Midway to our ships deployed around the world today, our Sailors transcend time, passing pride, patriotism and professionalism from one generation to the next.

Those serving today are a direct reflection of the Sailors that stood on the bridge, worked on the flight decks and sat in the cockpit of aircraft taking off from USS Yorktown, USS Enterprise and USS Hornet in June 1942. I have no doubt that just like their predecessors, these dedicated and extremely bright men and women will lead the next “greatest generation.”

In 1942, our Navy was the only thing standing between freedom and tyranny. And ironically, today we are facing similar global threats around the world.

 

GULF OF ALASKA (May 25, 2019) The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) transits the Gulf of Alaska. Theodore Roosevelt is conducting routine operations in the Eastern Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erick A. Parsons/Released)

Our fleet of 11 aircraft carriers have traveled millions of miles across the world’s oceans to fight our adversaries, deter aggression and ensure international waters remain free. Our current adversaries may be flying a different flag than those in 1942, but their intent to restrict access and intimidate other nations on the high seas is something we have seen before.

The aircraft carrier proved its worth at Midway. And today and for decades to come, our Nimitz- and Ford-class carriers will remain the backbone of the fleet.

Three U.S. Navy aircraft carriers at Midway turned the tide of the war in the Pacific. Today, at this moment, we have four carriers at sea: Lincoln, Reagan, Truman and Eisenhower. Each is manned by our nation’s best, prepared to take the fight to our enemies and ensure tyranny remains far from our shores.

For those who served at the Battle of Midway, we thank you for stepping forward to defend our great nation. For those who gave their lives during this historic engagement, your sacrifice was not in vain and will forever be rememberedespecially by your shipmates in Naval aviation.

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Your Navy Operating Forward – Panama Canal, Baltic Sea, Manila

Right now your Navy is 100 percent on watch around the globe helping to preserve the American way of life. Whether it be operating and training off the coast of Spain or forward deployed to the Arabian Gulf, the flexibility and presence provided by our U.S. naval forces provides national leaders with great options for protecting and maintaining our national security and interests around the world. The imagery below highlights the Navy’s ability to provide those options by operating forward.

GULF OF ADEN: An eleven-meter rigid hull inflatable boat, assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), maneuvers during small boat operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Caracci/Released)

GULF OF ADEN: An eleven-meter rigid hull inflatable boat, assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), maneuvers during small boat operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Caracci/Released)

MANILA, Philippines: USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) sits at anchor off the coast of Manila during a scheduled port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mike Pernick/Released)

MANILA, Philippines: USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) sits at anchor off the coast of Manila during a scheduled port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mike Pernick/Released)

GULF OF OMAN: Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Felix Rivera operates a forklift on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during a replenishment-at-sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jordan Twiss/Released)

GULF OF OMAN: Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Felix Rivera operates a forklift on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during a replenishment-at-sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jordan Twiss/Released)

SOUDA BAY, Greece: A Sailor heaves a mooring line ashore as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) arrives in Souda Bay, Greece for a port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Heather Judkins/Released)

SOUDA BAY, Greece: A Sailor heaves a mooring line ashore as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) arrives in Souda Bay, Greece for a port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Heather Judkins/Released)

BALTIC SEA: Members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8 prepare to deploy EOD divers to conduct search operations for ordnance while in support of Open Spirit 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd class Jared E. Walker/Released)

BALTIC SEA: Members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8 prepare to deploy EOD divers to conduct search operations for ordnance while in support of Open Spirit 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd class Jared E. Walker/Released)

PANAMA CANAL: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) transits the Panama Canal as she heads to the Caribbean Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Huey D. Younger Jr./Released)

PANAMA CANAL: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) transits the Panama Canal as she heads to the Caribbean Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Huey D. Younger Jr./Released)

ROTA, Spain: USS Porter (DDG 78) moored in Rota, Spain for a scheduled port visit. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

ROTA, Spain: USS Porter (DDG 78) moored in Rota, Spain for a scheduled port visit. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

HONIARA, Guadalcanal: The guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) prepares to anchor off the coast during a scheduled refueling stop. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Will Gaskill/Released)

HONIARA, Guadalcanal: The guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) prepares to anchor off the coast during a scheduled refueling stop. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Will Gaskill/Released)

GULF OF AQABA: The dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) conducts amphibious operations off the coast of Jordan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zachary Eshleman/Released)

GULF OF AQABA: The dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) conducts amphibious operations off the coast of Jordan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zachary Eshleman/Released)

GULF OF ADEN: A MK 45 5-inch gun fires during a live-fire exercise aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pasquale Sena/Released)

GULF OF ADEN: A MK 45 5-inch gun fires during a live-fire exercise aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pasquale Sena/Released)

NAVAL BASE GUAM: The guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) prepares to moor pierside with the assistance of a tug boat, Naval Base Guam.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Will Gaskill/Released)

NAVAL BASE GUAM: The guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) prepares to moor pierside with the assistance of a tug boat, Naval Base Guam. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Will Gaskill/Released)

Tell us which photo best shows YOUR Navy Operating Forward !

 

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