On March 1, 1946 USS Midway (CV 41), with elements of Air Group 74 on board, and
accompanied by three destroyers including the USS Charles R. Ware (DD-865) and a fleet oilier, left
Norfolk under command of Rear Admiral John H. Cassady to conduct cold weather tests in Davis Strait.
In the period 7-22 March, these units (Task Group 21.11) operated off the coast of Labrador and above
the Arctic Circle, conducting flight operations with World War II type aircraft and the newer F8F
Bearcat, the combination prop and jet FR-1 Fireball, and a Coast Guard HNS-1 helicopter. The Coast
Guard helicopter testing for the first time Search and Rescue (SAR) missions. Air Group 74 conducted
many arctic cold environment tests including torpedoing an iceberg.