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GENERAL TRAINING INSTRUCTlONS

Training exercise

and special

willnormally be

will be issued

selected

from those

set

forth in lEF-*IOA

Order

of events

training exercises

operation

listed below.

as

Chronological

for current

Appendix 111 to this Annex.

All ships

are urged

to utilize every exercise

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condition watch crews.

period to the maximum to train

3. Carriers with target tow planes be prepared to furnish sleeve towing service for the Task Group.

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Ships are

authorized

and encouraged

to make routine

tests

of ammunition

during gunnery

When aircraft

training exercises.

are providing

towing services

no ship shall fire unless

the

plane is definitely making

a

firing run,

which will be announced

over the

tow control circuit hy the tow plane, Tow plane pilots should be briefed

nccordingly.

6. SPECIAL TRADING EXERCISES.

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MANICURE

\ radar,

(2)

be issued

Radar

jamming exercises

jamming

surface

by despatch,

radar.

of two types,

Instructions

(l) jamming airborne

for each exercise

will

E. Exercise "OFFSET 11, When "Offset" is scheduled

for battleships,

the battleships

and three (3)

destroyers v/ill take position in clear of disposition as appropriate for

safe

firing.

The bearing "willbe prescribed.

The senior

battleship

or commanding officer will be OCE.

"Offset" may be scheduled

for cruisers

and

will be conducted

in the

flag

same

0,

manner.

When "Offset" is scheduled for

destroyers,

a destroyer

target,

assigned

bear­

by the OCE. Destroyers firing the exercise willnot leave

their stations in the disposition screen. In order to expedite the prac­

by the Commander Screen who is OCE, will take position on range and

ing prescribed

tice,

the screen

willrotate

slowly in the direction opposite

to the

direction of motion of the target vessel.

Exercise

Plane

"FREE SLEEVE".

from designated

but as

carrier

at altitude about

will make approaches

10,000

on the firing unit from

; target

described

e ?/^fhe target to

various bearings

below clear of

be dropped

feet, drop;

as pracfttl

close to disposition

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sleeve

with

may be a standard

sleeve of standard, or larger, dimensions ially filled v/atorfill bomb. with sleeve

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C. Exercise

"FREE SLEEVE" (Cont'd)

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The purpose

decending

of this exercise

is to provide

target

from high position angle .

training against

a rapidly

As it is

an experiment,

comments are desired at any time as .to its value and

it misit be improved.

Particular care in regard to the clearance of the plane must be taken

before

which may be

to means

by which

ships

opening

fire,

Due regard

must be

given to the adjacent

in the line of falling shell splinters.

Unless

a 'firing ship has been specifically designated,

any

ship in the

firing unit may fire on any run if it is safe

to do

so.

D. Exercise "VISUAL FIGHIBR DIRECTION".

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One division of Combat Air Patrol will be stationed on the four card­ inal points as Jacks patrol. One section of Combat -air Patrol will

'

act

as target.

Target planes

will open the

task

group beyond visibil­

shall be

made

point of attack. These runs will be reported until termination of the

ity range and then return, similating a suicide attack.

at angels

Ito angels

2.

Target

planes

willmake

Runs

destroyers

their

exercise.

approach

Any destroyer

or visual

fighter

director

ship,

of the target

planes,

will immediately

commence

with the closest

Jack patrol.

sighting the

interception

E. AIRCRAFT, TRACKINGEXERCISE

P-4.

(1) Purpose,

to train fire Control party,

repelling attack

by low-flying torpedo

C.I*C, and 5" battery in

planes;

To determine

control radar

To determine

the range

at which elevation

discrimination

for fire

ceases

to be reliable,

at various

altitudes;

the. apparent

effectiveness

of suggested

anti-torpedo

plane

Conf

To afford concentrated training to director pointers, trainers, and range operators in full radar tracking;

To collect statistical data for the T.&.C. on the limitations of the fire control radar.

methods

listed in BuOrd Conf. Cir. Ltr. J3-44 and PacFlt

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(2) Units

engaged

as

designated.

plane

for each

in exercise

will be part

the

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of

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(3) Description

of Exercise,

Units engaged in exercise steam on base course, at a speed not

less than 15 knots. Planes will rendezvous and make runs

at designated ship from beam, at altitudes requested by the con­

and trainer

directly,

trolling authority.

Sight ports

of director pointer

to

C.I.C. track plane

be closed \u2666

and coach director

on. No sleeve

will be

stream*

ed,

and there

will be no

firing. Planes

call as assigned

by TGC.

Runs

should

be made

if possible.

from bearings

clear

of ships

and land masses,

(4) Procedure

Observing

to plane

yards

at Director.

officer on ship controlling exercise

relay instructions

from 20,000

Record

on

via C.I.C. Have plane

as necessary

start

runs tioward ship

results.

and repeat

for satisfactory

form, Enclosure

target

(A), the position

of crosswires

is overhead

relative to the

if possible

pips "

throughout

run, until target

also,

pertinent

and the side

(vizi

at

low, on, above);

various ranges,

information regarding

for each run.

of approach

Track plane is at constant altitudes, with the first run at 1,000 feet, using full radar control with direct selector levers in

automatic. Decrease altitude on successive

to 4-00 feet; then in 100 foot steps down to 100 feet. Observing

officer takes station at control officer* s telescope which shall

runs in 200 foot steps

be Open*

crements.

Range radar

operator

call out ranges

in 100 yard in­

Pointer report

continuously

to observing officer the

quality

possible.

and behavior

of pips,

keeping

them matched

as

well as

(5) Procedure

Track

at

Computer.

in semi-automatic.

Record altitude,

position angle,

and

present

range

at !Lfi second

at

intervals.

"commence

tracking",

approximately

Zero time will be the order,

20,000 yards.

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altitudes

(100-500

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fuXlradar control

at ranges

satisfactorily

at low

in excess

of 6,000 yards >

submit

comments

on ability

to shift to a fixed altitude method

to accomplish

at 6,000 yards range,

including time necessary

the shift*

(6) Data*

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All data obtained i&llbe delivered to TGG A if requested.

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EXERCISE

?^5,

(1) Purpoise,

trainers

to afford concentrated

and range

operators

training to director pointers,

tracking of, evasive

attack.

in radar

air­

craft targets

while ship maneuvers

to evade

(2) Units

engaged

as designated.

target

plane

in exercise

will be part orvall of the Task Group

When exercising

the

screen

a minimum of one

for each 120 degrees

of screen

is

suggested*

(3) Description

of Exercise.

Units engaged

less

in exercise

steam on base

course

than 15 knots.

Plane (s) will rendezvous,

at

a speed

not

then make low level

deceptive

torpedo

approaches

from random directions

retiring ten

to fifteen miles between wns. Ships should carry out evasive maneuvers as though , under actual attack, unless restricted by

other operations

in progress*

i Utilize all tracking facilities,

Man all AA defense

stations

and

simulate

repelling attack,

C.I.C. track plane

and coach director

on«

Surface

search

radar operators

and sound operators

should

be likewise coached «n to target in order to train sound operators

noises

control radars

to. be alert

in case

to detect

torpedo

at earliest

possible

moment

of actual attack*

Skill in shifting

.«**:

should be developed*

No sleeve

will be streamed

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and the

call willbe furnished by T.G.C.

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(4) Reports.

No reports willbe submitted

stances

or

when a

unit desires

except

in case

of exceptional

circum­

to make

a recommendation

for improve­

ment

of tracking technique

or conduct

of the exercise.

APPENDICES;

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Crusing Disposition Instructions.

A.

Cruising Disposition

fi-R.

(a) Cruising disposition

5-R is a normal

visibility disposition.

f

Task Group day or night high

(b) It is suitable for use of a carrier Task Group for defense against

B.

both aircraft

and submarines.

It permits

a rapid shift to cruising

disposition

5-V,

the air defense

disposition.

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(d) The guide,

unless

Group Commander,

specifically

designated

otherY/ise by the Task

will be in the Tr.sk Group Flag ship.

(c)

(f)

Any rotation of the formation axis will be

unless

otherwise

directed

by the Task Group

performed

Commander.

Station assignments

are

as indicated

in the diagram.

about

the center

V6/

(h)

(i)

(3)

Deployment

from this disposition

is unlikely except to form special

disposition GEORGE. If special disposition GEORGE is ordered, heavy

ships

will deploy

on the heavy

ship in the

van along the designated

deployment

course.

Carriers

until heavy ships are clear.

Commander

Screen,

will normally

The screen

remain on base wil3. divide as directed

course

by

Visual responsibility

in accordance

with Appendix 5 to Annex

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Cruising Dispositions

5-V.

(a)

(b)

Cruising dispositions

This disposition

5-V is an air defense

formed

disposition.

will normally be

from 5-R.

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(h)'

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Station

assignments

are as indicated

in the diagram.

Visual responsibility

Modified forms of basic

the

diagram.

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in accordance

with Appendix Vto Annex M B n #

cruising disposition

5-V are

indicated

in

Cruising Disposition

5-C.

(a)

Cruising disposition

5-C is a single column of carriers

ships

screened

by destroyers.

and heavy

(b)

This "formation for use of a carrier

cd. waters.

Task

Group

in traversing

restrict?

(o)

(d)

(c)

(f)

The guide

is in the Task

Group Flag Ship

which is the leading

ship

of the center

the

course

column.

Allheavy

ships

(s) made

good by the guide.

follow as exactly as possible

_

(l) Heavy ships

(2)

in normal column order.

Commander

forward

left flank screens.

screen

willdetail destroyers

for advance

pickets

and

screen

and divide remaining

destroyers

into right and

(g) Air patrols,

if ordered

by Task Group

launched

clearing

prior to entering restricted it.

Commander,

will normally be

waters

and recovered

after

(h)

(i). Visual responsibility

in accordance

with Art. 74-03 Cominst 1944.

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(l)

All ships

energize

(2)

Destroyers

in wing

rrnging

degausing

keep3i

gear.

columns be preppfMplli

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so:

watch if directed,

or

(3) Destroyers making sight immediately to attack,

continous

echo­

will proceed

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and the

Commander

Screen

JLrifonaod,

 

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"by Capital

ships

to evade

air attack must limit lateral

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(b)

(c)

(d)

(c)

(f)

(g)

(h)

(i)

(J)

Special disposition GEORGE is a divided group formation, one unit consisting of the carriers in column screened "by approximately one-

half of the destroyers

in a bent-line

ahead,

the other unit consist­

ing of the heavy

formed one

ships

and the remainder

of the

destroyers.

When

unit willbe directed to take station on a prescribed

bearing.

It is suitable for maximum benefit from training exercises,

Unit guidea

_

will be designated

by Unit Commanders.

Normal column/1 order

The carrier unit will provide

units as required.

within the Units unless

air cover

and

otherwise

directed.

air

services

for both

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E. Special Disposition "EASY 11 .

(a) Special disposition

EASY is a

circular

Task

Group

to be formed

from 5-R.

exercise

formation

for carrier

(b) It is suitable for gunnery exercises when a limitation in time or other consideration makes formation of column or special

(c)

(d)

(6)

(f)

(g)

(j)

GEORGE iaparoticable.

Anros»ti«>U

Guide

will normally be

shifted

to

a ship in the

screen.

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move

All ships /\inside the screen

position

out on same

such that

approximate

bearing

to

just inside the screen

a clear arc

for firing is

available

between

out on approximate

screening

bearing

destroyers.

Ship

on station

0000 move

of 020° to obtain a firing position.

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COMMANDER TASK GROUP FIFTY-EIGHT POINT FOUR OPERATION ORDER 3-4

SORTIE PLAN AND MOTOENT ORDER

TASK ORGANIZATION:

(a)

(b) Task Unit 58.4.2 (Heavy Support Unit)

(light Support Unit)

(c) Task Unit 58.4.3

(d) Task Unit 58.4.4

Task Unit 58.4.1

(Carrier Unit)

(Screen

Unit)

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1 (a ) Object

Orderly departure

of Task Group FIFTY-EIGHT POINT

with adequate

protection

JK)UR from UUTHI via

MUGAI Channel

from possible

submarine

and air attack during sortie.

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(b)

Assumptions

1.

That MUGAI Channel

has

been

swept

water prior to sortie.

2. That a local anti-submarine

surface

for mines

to deep

and air patrol

is established^

and that

there

are no friendly sub­

marines

operating

in the vicinity of MUGAI Channel

entrance.

3. That

may

enemy

submarines

be

present

off the

4* That no enemy surface ing sortie

including mine laying submarines

entrance

forces

of MUGAI Channel. willbe encountered

dur~

2 « General

Plan

-On 10 February

FOUR will sortie

from ULITHI.

1945,

Task

Group FIFTY-EIGHT POINT

willbe formed upon

Two subgroups

passing

point

OBOE ONE to

facilitate

conducting

gunnery exercises.

The two subgroups

ing south of Fais

will operate

Island,

independently

until 1700 KING, pass­

3*

(a) Task Unit 58,4»1

sortie

in following order of ships:

YORKTO! A JN, RANDOLPH, LANGLEY, CABOT.

XORKTOWN pass

point

ABLE at ZERO HOUR, Other

intervals, Mien guide passes point OBOE ONE, form special

ships

follow at three

f|^

.^tnute .

disposition

GEORGE with Task Unit 58.4. 4 JL as screen,

XORKTOM guide.

coujtsq

150° true, speed 22 knots,

exercises

as

directed.

CbttetAA gunnery

Upon reaching

point. OfiC^T^S, OOURSE

speed l&tlasots, zigzag

replacement

w v-.v f

and sho|S

willbe changed on signal to eastward,

plan 6.

At 1300 be prepared

based

aircraft.

to recover

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speed 18 knots,

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directed

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Task Unit 58,4.3

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through point OBOE THREE/ conduct

and rendezvous

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Task Unit 58,4.4 pass point ABLE at Minus thirty (30) minutes. Form screen lane for sortie of heavy ships. Upon sortie of heavy ships, Task Sub Unit 5#»4»4»X form bent line screen

ahead

exercises,

"with Task Unit 58,4»1

of Task Unit 58,4.1.

Task Sub TTnit" 'ifhfrTfri?-—ri

58,4. 4«3 form bent

line screen

ahead

of Task Units 58, 4«2

(x)

and 58.4-3.

(1) Point ABLE is midpoint between

Mugai Channel buoys

No, ONE and

Point XRaX is located bearing 119°

True, distance two (2) miles from Point ABLE. Point

OBOE ONE bears 150° True, distance four miles from

TO.

Point

XRaiY,

Point OBOE TWO bears 150° true, distance

thirteen

(13) miles

from Point OBOE ONE.

distance

eleven

Point OBOE (11) miles from

THR£E bears

180° true,

Point OBOE ONE.

(2) ZERO hour

is 0900 KING (minus

10).

(3) Sortie. speed is fifteen (15) knots. (4) Ships zigzag independently between point ABLE and point

OBOE ONE.

(5) Special

disposition

GEORGE is column

of heavy

ships, standard

distance

1000 yards.

Destroyers

in bent line screen

ahead.

(6) Rendezvous

-

10°

for 1700 KING, 10 February

02 f N, Longitude 141° -12* E*

1945 is Latitude

At that

time,

cruis~

ing disposition

speed by signal.

5 Roger

Guide

willbe formed.

in TORKTOWN. aircraft at

-

Course,

axis,

(7) Rendezvous

for replacement

1300

KING, 10 ­

February 1945 is Latitude 9°

40' E.

40 f N, Longitude 140°

and

(8) ASP for sortie

willbe local shorebased

a:

5, Use

Zone Minus 10 (King)

time.

POINT FOUR in YORKTOY/N.

Commander

Task

K^

Oplnst .

*

APPENDIX 111 TO AMMEX "C" **ltfeJjL/ilJ flj-fe^ lllli

COMMANDER TASK GROUP FIFTY-EIGHT POINT FOUR OPERATION ORDER 2-,

CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER OF EVENTS

0900 Sortie.

D-9 DAY

1000 (About) Fire AA practice

in two groups.

Baker,

Tare

and George

runs

1300

as directed by CTG 58.4 and CTU 58.4.3.

Carrier Group launch Deck Load from each

Services

carrier.

by VJIB.

RANDOLPH