Learn about life on the longest-serving aircraft carrier and some of the more surprising missions that came its way in a lecture entitled “Surprises, Milestones & Disasters” from USS Midway volunteer Capt. Ralph “Rafe” Arnott USN (ret) on Thursday, Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. at the Coronado Public Library.

Arnott received his Navy Wings in March 1970 and then reported to Naval Air Station Lemoore, CA for training in the A-7 Corsair II aircraft. He made two combat deployments to Vietnam, completing over 200 combat missions flying from the USS Oriskany as a member of Attack Squadron 155. He was stationed at NAS Lemoore on and off over the next 20 years in various squadrons, the last as Commanding Officer of VA-146 making an around-the-world deployment on USS Kitty Hawk. His last assignment was as Chief-of-Staff, Commander Strike Fighter Wing Pacific, NAS Lemoore, where he retired from the Navy in October 1993. He has been a volunteer Docent with the USS Midway museum and a member of the Midway Speakers Bureau since 2011.

Register at cplevents.org to reserve your seat for this event. Registration is encouraged but not required. This event will be recorded and available for on demand viewing on the Library’s Facebook and YouTube pages following the presentation.

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