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In response to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, the USS Midway Museum has created below-deck video tours led by our Midway volunteers! While select tour routes are closed during this time, we are excited to share these spaces with you via video in this series entitled, Midway Declassified.

Scroll down to explore the Bridge, Primary Flight Control (PriFly), Task Force Command Center, 2nd Deck, and the Fo’c’sle and Crew Berthing Spaces today!

The Bridge

The Bridge was primary command and control station when the USS Midway was at sea. From flight operations and ship’s navigation to underway replenishment, the ship’s captain and his bridge team had complete control of all ship operations from the Bridge.

Primary Flight Control (PriFly)

PriFly was the USS Midway’s aircraft control tower on the ship. Catapult take offs, tail hook landings and flight operations around the aircraft carrier were coordinated by the crew in PriFly.

Task Force Command Center (TFCC)

It was in USS Midway’s TFCC that the task force commander and his staff planned and executed combat operations for the battle group. From operational planning and preparing operational tasking orders to battlespace management, the task force staff in the TFCC had tremendous responsibilities.

City at Sea

The USS Midway was literally a floating city that had to support more than 4,500 sailors and officers when the ship was at sea. Galleys and wardrooms served more than 13,000 meals and 10,000 cups of coffee every day, and the ship’s laundry washed 43,000 pounds of clothes each week. There were post offices, barbershops, a hospital, and even a chapel.

Enlisted Berthing and Forecastle

If you were a sailor aboard the USS Midway your private space was very small. Beds, or bunks, were stacked three high and there was not much room to store clothing and other personal items. Officers had slightly more space in their bunkrooms, but not by much. The forecastle, or fo’c’sle, was the domain of the ship’s boatswain mates. Here the chains for the ship’s massive anchors could be found.

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The Bridge

The Bridge

The Bridge

The Bridge

The Bridge

The Bridge