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Since the question of US Navy carrier air wing composition comes up again and again, and it has been suggested numerous times that some kind of guide would be helpful to scenario writers, and we're all about aiming to please, here's my contribution to the effort.

 

Posted here as an FAQ so its easy for all of you prospective scenario writers (c'mon, you gotta be out there somewhere):

 

Its an excellent resource, so I would look here first:

 

Go Navy

 

USN CARRIER AIR WINGS circa 2001

 

US Navy Aircraft Carriers and Assigned Carrier Air Wings – US Atlantic Fleet

 

Enterprise (CVN 65) CVW-8 Tailcode AJ Type Serial

VF-41 Black Aces F-14A AJ1XX

VF-14 Tophatters F-14A AJ2XX

VFA-87 Golden Warriors F/A-18C AJ3XX

VAQ-141 Shadowhawks EA-6B AJ50X

VAW-124 Bear Aces E-2C AJ60X

HS-3 Tridents SH-60F, HH-60H AJ61X

VS-24 Scouts S-3B AJ7XX

VRC-40 Det Rawhides C-2A AJXX

 

John F Kennedy (CV67) CVW-7 Tailcode AG Type Serial

VF-143 Pukin' Dogs F-14B AG1XX

VF-11 Red Rippers F-14B AG2XX

VFA-136 Knighthawks F/A-18C AG3XX

VFA-131 Wildcats F/A-18C AG4XX

VAQ-140 Patriots EA-6B AG50X

VAW-121 Bluetails E-2C AG60X

HS-5 Night Dippers SH-60F, HH-60H AG61X

VS-31 Top Cats S-3B AG7XX

VRC-40 Det Rawhides C-2A AGXX

 

Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69) Undergoing RCOH – no CVW assigned

 

Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) CVW 1 Tailcode AB Type Serial

VF-102 Diamondbacks F-14B AB1XX

VMFA-251 Thunderbolts F/A-18C AB2XX

VFA-82 Marauders F/A-18C AB3XX

VFA-86 Sidewinders F/A-18C AB4XX

VAQ-137 Rooks EA-6B AB50X

VAW-123 Screwtops E-2C AB60X

HS-11 Dragonslayers SH-60F, HH-60H AB61X

VS-32 Maulers S-3B AB7XX

VRC-40 Det Rawhides C-2A ABXX

 

George Washington (CVN 73) CVW-17 Tailcode AA Type Serial

VF-103 Jolly Rogers F-14B AA1XX

VFA-34 Blue Blasters F/A-18C AA2XX

VFA-83 Rampagers F/A-18C AA3XX

VFA-81 Sunliners F/A-18C AA4XX

VAQ-132 Scorpions EA-6B AA50X

VAW-125 Tigertails E-2C AA60X

HS-15 Red Lions SH-60F, HH-60H AA61X

VS-30 Diamondcutters S-3B AA7XX

VRC-40 Det Rawhides C-2A AAXX

 

Harry S Truman (CVN 75) CVW-3 Tailcode AC Type Serial

VF-32 Swordsmen F-14B AC1XX

VMFA-312 Checkerboards F/A-18C AC2XX

VFA-37 Bulls F/A-18C AC3XX

VFA-105 Gunslingers F/A-18C AC4XX

VAQ-130 Zappers EA-6B AC50X

VAW-126 Seahawks E-2C AC60X

HS-7 Shamrocks SH-60F, HH-60H AC61X

VS-22 Checkmates S-3B AC7XX

VRC-40 Det Rawhides C-2A ACXX

 

US Navy Aircraft Carriers and Assigned Carrier Air Wings – Pacific Fleet

 

Kitty Hawk (CV63) CVW-5 Tailcode NF Type Serial

VFA-154 Black Knights F-14A NF1XX

VFA-27 Chargers F/A-18C NF2XX

VFA-192 Golden Dragons F/A-18C NF3XX

VFA-195 Dambusters F/A-18C NF4XX

VAQ-136 Gauntlets EA-6B NF50X

VAW-115 Liberty Bells E-2C NF6XX

HS-14 Chargers SH-60F, HH-60H NF61X

VS-21 Fighting Redtails S-3B NF7XX

VRC-30 Det Providers C-2A NFXX

 

Constellation (CV64) CVW-2 Tailcode NE Type Serial

VF-2 Bounty Hunters F-14D NE1XX

VMFA-323 Death Rattlers F/A-18C NE2XX

VFA-151 Vigilantes F/A-18C NE3XX

VFA-137 Kestrels F/A-18C NE4XX

VAQ-131 Lancers EA-6B NE5XX

VAW-116 Sun Kings E-2C NE60X

HS-2 Golden Falcons SH-60F, HH-60H NE61X

VS-38 Red Griffins S-3B NE7XX

VRC-30 Det Providers C-2A NEXX

 

Nimitz (CVN68) Recently completed RCOH, CVW not yet assigned

 

Carl Vinson (CVN70) CVW-11 Tailcode NH Type Serial

VF-213 Black Lions F-14D NG1XX

VFA-97 Warhawks F/A-18A NG2XX

VFA-22 Fighting Redcocks F/A-18C NG3XX

VFA-94 Mighty Shrikes F/A-18C NG4XX

VAQ-135 Black Ravens EA-6B NG50X

VAW-117 Wallbangers E-2C NG60X

HS-6 Indians SH-60F, HH-60H NG61X

VS-29 Dragonfires S-3B NG7XX

VRC-30 Det Providers C-2A NGXX

 

Abraham Lincoln (CVN72) CVW-14 Tailcode NK Type Serial

VF-31 Tomcatters F-14D NK1XX

VFA-115 Eagles F/A-18E NK2XX

VFA-113 Stingers F/A-18C NK3XX

VFA-25 Fist of the Fleet F/A-18C NK4XX

VAQ-139 Cougars EA-6B NK50X

VAW-113 Black Eagles E-2C NK60X

HS-4 Black Knights SH-60F, HH-60H NK61X

VS-35 Blue Wolves S-3B NK7XX

VRC-30 Det Providers C-2A NKXX

 

John C Stennis (CVN74) CVW-9 Tailcode NG Type Serial

VF-211 Checkmates F-14A NG1XX

VMFA-314 Black Knights F/A-18C NG2XX

VFA-146 Blue Diamonds F/A-18C NG3XX

VFA-147 Argonauts F/A-18C NG4XX

VAQ-138 Yellowjackets EA-6B NG50X

VAW-112 Golden Hawks E-2C NG60X

HS-8 Eightballers SH-60F, HH-60H NG61X

VS-33 Screwbirds S-3B NG7XX

VRC-30 Det Providers C-2A NGXX

 

Naval Reserve Force CVWR-20 Tailcode AF Type Serial

VFA-201 Hunters F/A-18A AF1XX

VMFA-142 Flyin' Gators F/A-18A AF2XX/ MBXX*

VFA-203 Blue Dolphins F/A-18A AF3XX

VFA-204 River Rattlers F/A-18A AF4XX

VAQ-209 Star Warriors EA-6B AF50X

VAW-78 Escargots E-2C AF60X

HS-75 Emerald Knights SH-3H, UH-3H AF610/ NW610*

 

Note: HS-75 is administratively assigned to Commander Helicopter Wing Reserve. Three shore based sqns – VFC-12, VFC-13 and VAW-77 – are assigned to CVWR-20 for administrative purposes only and do not deploy with the wing.

 

* HS-75 and VMFA-142 would adopt CVWR-20 tailcodes if mobilized.

 

SOURCE: Air Forces Monthly, November 2001

 

USN CARRIER AIR WINGS circa 2002

 

Carrier Group 7

 

Name Pennant Class Type Aircraft

John C Stennis CVN 74 Nimitz Aircraft carrier See CVW-9 (below)

Bridge AOE 10 Supply Fast combat support 2 x H-46

Decatur DDG 73 Arleigh Burke Aegis destroyer None

Port Royal CG 73 Ticonderoga Aegis cruiser 2 x SH-60B

Lake Champlain CG 57 Ticonderoga Aegis cruiser 2 x SH-60B

Jarrett FFG 33 Perry Frigate 1 x SH-60B

Elliott DDG 967 Spruance Destroyer None

Salt Lake City SSN 716 Los Angeles Attack submarine None

Jefferson City SSN 759 Los Angeles Attack submarine None

 

Carrier Air Wing 9

 

Unit Nickname Aircraft Number

VF-211 Checkmates F-14A 10

VMFA-314 Black Knights F/A-18C 12

VFA-146 Blue Diamonds F/A-18C 12

VFA-147 Argonauts F/A-18C 12

VAQ-138 Yellow Jackets EA-6B ICAP II 4

VAW-112 Golden Hawks E-2C Group II 4

HS-8 Eight Ballers SH-60F/HH-60H 4 / 2

VS-33 Screwbirds S-3B 8

VRC-30 Providers C-2A 2

 

SOURCE: Air Forces Monthly, May 2002

 

Carrier Based Sqns – Cmdr, Naval Air Force, US Atlantic Fleet, NS Norfolk, VA

 

Commander, Fighter Wing, US Atlantic Fleet, NAS Oceana, VA

 

Unit Name Aircraft Code Location

VF-2 Bounty Hunters F-14D NE NAS Oceana, VA

VF-11 Red Rippers F-14B AG NAS Oceana, VA

VF-31 Tomcatters F-14D NK NAS Oceana, VA

VF-32 Swordsmen F-14B AC NAS Oceana, VA

VF-101 Grim Reapers F-14A/B/D, T-34C AD NAS Oceana, VA

VF-103 Jolly Rogers F-14B AA NAS Oceana, VA

VF-143 Pukin' Dogs F-14B AG NAS Oceana, VA

VF-154 Black Knights F-14A NF NAS Atsugi, Japan

VF-211 Flying Checkmates F-14A NG NAS Oceana, VA

VF-213 Black Lions F-14D AJ NAS Oceana, VA

VC-8 Red Tails TA-4J, UH-3H GF NS Roosevelt Roads, PR

 

Notes: VC-8 does not deploy onboard carriers but is assigned for administrative purposes.

 

Commander, Strike Fighter Wing, US Atlantic Fleet, NAS Oceana, VA

 

VFA-15 Valions F/A-18C AJ NAS Oceana, VA

VFA-22 Fighting Redcocks F/A-18C AJ NAS Oceana, VA

VFA-34 Blue Blasters F/A-18C AA NAS Oceana, VA

VFA-37 Bulls F/A-18C AC NAS Oceana, VA

VFA-81 Sunliners F/A-18C AA NAS Oceana, VA

VFA-82 Marauders F/A-18C AB MCAS Beaufort, SC

VFA-83 Rampagers F/A-18C AA NAS Oceana, VA

VFA-86 Sidewinders F/A-18C AB MCAS Beaufort, SC

VFA-87 Golden Warriors F/A-18C AJ NAS Oceana, VA

VFA-105 Gunslingers F/A-18C AC NAS Oceana, VA

VFA-106 Gladiators F/A-18A to D AD NAS Oceana, VA

VFA-131 Wildcats F/A-18C AG NAS Oceana, VA

VFA-136 Knighthawks F/A-18C AG NAS Oceana, VA

SFWS - T-34C - NAS Oceana, VA

 

Notes: SFWS (Strike Fighter Weapons School). VFA-16 is Fleet Readiness Sqn.

 

Commander, AEW Wing, US Atlantic Fleet, NS Norfolk (Chambers Field), VA

 

VAW-120 Greyhawks E-2C, TE-2C, C-2A AD NS Norfolk, VA

VAW-121 Bluetails E-2C AG NS Norfolk, VA

VAW-123 Screwtops E-2C AB NS Norfolk, VA

VAW-124 Bear Aces E-2C AJ NS Norfolk, VA

VAW-125 Tigertails E-2C AA NS Norfolk, VA

VAW-126 Seahawks E-2C AC NS Norfolk, VA

VRC-40 Rawhides C-2A - NS Norfolk, VA

 

Notes: VRC-40 aircraft normally use the codes of the air wings to which they are assigned.

 

Commander, Sea Control Wing, US Atlantic Fleet, NAS Jacksonville, FL

 

VS-22 Checkmates S-3B AC NAS Jacksonville, FL

VS-24 Scouts S-3B AJ NAS Jacksonville, FL

VS-30 Diamondcutters S-3B AA NAS Jacksonville, FL

VS-31 Topcats S-3B AG NAS Jacksonville, FL

VS-32 Maulers S-3B AB NAS Jacksonville, FL

 

Commander, Helicopter ASW Wing, US Atlantic Fleet, NAS Jacksonville, FL

 

HS-3 Tridents SH-60F, HH-60H AJ NAS Jacksonville, FL

HS-5 Night Dippers SH-60F, HH-60H AG NAS Jacksonville, FL

HS-7 Shamrocks SH-60F, HH-60H AC NAS Jacksonville, FL

HS-11 Dragonslayers SH-60F, HH-60H AB NAS Jacksonville, FL

HS-15 Red Lions SH-60F, HH-60H AA NAS Jacksonville, FL

 

Carrier Based Sqns, Cmdr Naval Air Force, US Pacific Flt, NAS North Island, CA

 

Commander, Electronic Attack Wing, US Pacific Fleet, NAS Whidbey Island, WA

 

Unit Name Aircraft Code Location

VAQ-128 Fighting Phoenix EA-6B NL NAS Whidbey Island, WA

VAQ-129 Vikings EA-6B NJ NAS Whidbey Island, WA

VAQ-130 Zappers EA-6B AC NAS Whidbey Island, WA

VAQ-131 Lancers EA-6B NE NAS Whidbey Island, WA

VAQ-132 Scorpions EA-6B AA NAS Whidbey Island, WA

VAQ-133 Wizards EA-6B NL NAS Whidbey Island, WA

VAQ-134 Garudas EA-6B NL NAS Whidbey Island, WA

VAQ-135 Black Ravens EA-6B NH NAS Whidbey Island, WA

VAQ-136 Gauntlets EA-6B NF NAF Atsugi, Japan

VAQ-137 Rooks EA-6B AB NAS Whidbey Island, WA

VAQ-138 Yellowjackets EA-6B NG NAS Whidbey Island, WA

VAQ-139 Cougars EA-6B NK NAS Whidbey Island, WA

VAQ-140 Patriots EA-6B AG NAS Whidbey Island, WA

VAQ-141 Shadowhawks EA-6B AJ NAS Whidbey Island, WA

VAQ-142 Grey Wolves EA-6B NL NAS Whidbey Island, WA

 

Notes: VAQ-143 (Cobras) is scheduled to be established on 1 August 2002 as an expeditionary sqn. Other expeditionary sqns are VAQs 133, 134, 137 and 142. VAQ-129 is Fleet Readiness Sqn.

 

Commander, Strike Fighter Wing, US Pacific Fleet, NAS Lemoore, CA:

 

VFA-14 Tophatters F/A-18E NH NAS Lemoore, CA

VFA-25 Fist of the Fleet F/A-18C NK NAS Lemoore, CA

VFA-27 Chargers F/A-18C NF NAF Atsugi, Japan

VFA-41 Black Aces F/A-18F NH NAS Lemoore, CA

VFA-94 Mighty Shrikes F/A-18C NH NAS Lemoore, CA

VFA-97 Warhawks F/A-18A NH NAS Lemoore, CA

VFA-102 Diamondbacks F/A-18F - NAS Lemoore, CA

VFA-113 Stingers F/A-18C NK NAS Lemoore, CA

VFA-115 Eagles F/A-18 NK NAS Lemoore, CA

VFA-122 Flying Eagles F/A-18E/F NJ NAS Lemoore, CA

VFA-125 Rough Raiders F/A-18A-D, T-34C NJ NAS Lemoore, CA

VFA-137 Kestrels F/A-18C NE NAS Lemoore, CA

VFA-146 Blue Diamonds F/A-18C NG NAS Lemoore, CA

VFA-147 Argonauts F/A-18C NG NAS Lemoore, CA

VFA-151 Vigilantes F/A-18C NE NAS Lemoore, CA

VFA-192 World Famous Golden Dragons F/A-18C NF NAF Atsugi, Japan

VFA-195 Dambusters F/A-18C NF NAF Atsugi, Japan

 

Notes: VFA-122 and VFA-125 are Fleet Readiness Sqns.

 

Commander, AEW Wing, US Pacific Fleet, NAS Pt Mugu, CA:

 

VAW-112 Golden Hawks E-2C NG NB Ventura Co, CA

VAW-113 Black Hawks E-2C NK NB Ventura Co, CA

VAW-115 Sentinels E-2C NF NAF Atsugi, Japan

VAW-116 Sun Kings E-2C NE NB Ventura Co, CA

VAW-117 Wallbangers E-2C NH NB Ventura Co, CA

VRC-30 Providers C-2A, UC-12B RW NAS North Island, CA

 

Notes: VRC-30 aircraft normally wear codes of the CVWs to which their detachments are assigned.

 

Commander, Sea Control Wing, US Pacific Fleet, NAS North Island, CA:

 

VS-21 Fighting Redtails S-3B NF NAF Atsugi, Japan

VS-29 Screaming Dragonfires S-3B NH NAS North Island, CA

VS-33 Screwbirds S-3B NG NAS North Island, CA

VS-35 Blue Wolves S-3B NK NAS North Island, CA

VS-38 Red Griffins S-3B NE NAS North Island, CA

VS-41 Shamrocks S-3B NJ NAS North Island, CA

 

Notes: VS-41 is Fleet Readiness Sqn.

 

Commander, Helicopter ASW Wing, US Pacific Fleet, NAS North Island, CA:

 

HS-2 Golden Falcons SH-60F, HH-60H NE NAS North Island, CA

HS-4 Black Knights SH-60F, HH-60H NK NAS North Island, CA

HS-6 Indians SH-60F, HH-60H NH NAS North Island, CA

HS-8 Eightballers SH-60F, HH-60H NG NAS North Island, CA

HS-10 Warhawks SH-60F, HH-60H RA NAS North Island, CA

HS-14 Chargers SH-60F, HH-60H NF NAF Atsugi, Japan

 

Notes: HS-10 is Fleet Readiness Sqn.

 

US Navy Active Duty Carrier Air Wings: US Atlantic Fleet

 

CVW-1, NAS Oceana, VA

USS Theodore Roosevelt, CVN71, NS Norfolk, VA

Unit Name Aircraft Modex

VF-102 Diamondbacks F-14B AB1XX

VMFA-251 Thunderbolts F/A-18C AB2XX

VFA-82 Marauders F/A-18C AB3XX

VFA-86 Sidewinders F/A-18C AB4XX

VAQ-137 Rooks EA-6B AB50X

VAW-123 Screwtops E-2C AB60X

HS-11 Dragonslayers SH-60F, HH-60H AB61X

VS-32 Maulers S-3B AB7XX

VRC-40 Det Rawhides C-2A ABXX

 

Notes: VF-102 became VFA-102 on 1 May 2002 and converted to the F/A-18F, upon which VFA-102 will replace VF-211 in CVW-9. VMFA-251 will be replaced by VMFA-312 from CVW-3, which now flies F/A-18A+ aircraft.

 

CVW-3, NAS Oceana, VA

USS Harry S. Truman, CVN75, NS Norfolk, VA

VF-32 Swordsmen F-14B AC1XX

VMFA-115 Silver Eagles F/A-18A+ AC2XX

VFA-37 Bulls F/A-18C AC3XX

VFA-105 Gunslingers F/A-18C AC4XX

VAQ-130 Zappers EA-6B AC5XX

VAW-126 Seahawks E-2C AC6XX

HS-7 Shamrocks SH-60F, HH-60H AC61X

VS-22 Checkmates S-3B AC7XX

VRC-40 Det Rawhides C-2A ACXX

 

Notes: Former CVW-3 sqn VMFA-312 switched from F/A-18C to F/A-18A+ aircraft in 2001 and will transfer to CVW-1. VMFA-115 (F/A-18A+) and VMFA-122 (F/A-18C) will alternate assignment with CVW-3.

 

CVW-7, NAS Oceana, VA

USS John F. Kennedy, CV67, NS Mayport, FL

VF-143 Pukin' Dogs F-14B AG1XX

VF-11 Red Rippers F-14B AG2XX

VFA-136 Knighthawks F/A-18C AG3XX

VFA-131 Wildcats F/A-18C AG4XX

VAQ-140 Patriots EA-6B AG50X

VAW-121 Bluetails E-2C AG60X

HS-5 Night Dippers SH-60F, HH-60H AG61X

VS-31 Top Cats S-3B AG7XX

VRC-40 Det Rawhides C-2A AGXX

 

CVW-8, NAS Oceana, VA

USS Enterprise, CVN65, NS Norfolk, VA

VF-213 Black Lions F-14D AJ1XX

VFA-22 Fighting Redcocks F/A-18C AJ2XX

VFA-15 Valions F/A-18C AJ3XX

VFA-87 Golden Warriors F/A-18C AJ4XX

VAQ-141 Shadowhawks EA-6B AJ50X

VAW-124 Bear Aces E-2C AJ60X

HS-3 Tridents SH-60F, HH-60H AJ61X

VS-24 Scouts S-3B AJ7XX

VRC-40 Det Rawhides C-2A AJXX

 

Notes: When VF-41 and VF-14 were redesignated VFA-41 and VFA-14 and transferred to CVW-11, they were replaced in CVW-8 by VF-213 and, temporarily, by VFA-22 from CVW-11.

 

CVW-17, NAS Oceana, VA

USS George Washington, CVN73, NS Norfolk, VA

VF-103 Jolly Rogers F-14B AA1XX

VFA-34 Blue Blasters F/A-18C AA2XX

VFA-83 Rampagers F/A-18C AA3XX

VFA-81 Sunliners F/A-18C AA4XX

VAQ-132 Scorpions EA-6B AA50X

VAW-125 Tigertails E-2C AA60X

HS-15 Red Lions SH-60F, HH-60H AA61X

VS-30 Diamondcutters S-3B AA7XX

VRC-40 Det Rawhides C-2A AAXX

 

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, CVN69, Newport News, VA: CVN69 is going through a three-year overhaul and refueling. No CVW is assigned.

 

US Navy Active Duty Carrier Air Wings, US Pacific Fleet

 

CVW-2, NAS Lemoore, CA

USS Constellation, CV64, NS Coronado, CA

VF-2 Bounty Hunters F-14D NE1XX

VMFA-323 Death Rattlers F/A-18C NE2XX

VFA-151 Vigilantes F/A-18C NE3XX

VFA-137 Kestrels F/A-18C NE4XX

VAQ-131 Lancers EA-6B NE5XX

VAW-116 Sun Kings E-2C NE60X

HS-2 Golden Falcons SH-60F, HH-60H NE61X

VS-38 Red Griffins S-3B NE7XX

VRC-30 Det Providers C-2A NEXX

 

CVW-5, NAF Atsugi, Japan

USS Kitty Hawk, CV63, NS Yokosuka, Japan

VF-154 Black Knights F-14A NF1XX

VFA-27 Chargers F/A-18C NF2XX

VFA-192 Golden Dragons F/A-18C NF3XX

VFA-195 Dambusters F/A-18C NF4XX

VAQ-136 Gauntlets EA-6B NF50X

VAW-115 Liberty Bells E-2C NF6XX

HS-14 Chargers SH-60F, HH-60H NF61X

VS-21 Fighting Redtails S-3B NF7XX

VRC-30 Det Providers C-2A NFXX

 

CVW-9, NAS Lemoore, CA

USS John C. Stennis, CVN74, NB Coronado, CA

VF-211 Checkmates F-14A NG1XX

VMFA-314 Black Knights F/A-18C NG2XX

VFA-146 Blue Diamonds F/A-18C NG3XX

VFA-147 Argonauts F/A-18C NH4XX

VAQ-138 Yellowjackets EA-6B NG50X

VAW-112 Golden Hawks E-2C NG60X

HS-8 Screwbirds S-3B NG7XX

VRC-30 Det Providers C-2A NGXX

 

Notes: VF-211 is scheduled to be redesignated VFA-211 and transition to the F/A-18F by 2003. VFA-102 will replace VF-211 in CVW-9.

 

CVW-11, NAS Lemoore, CA

USS Nimitz, CVN68, NB Coronado, CA

VFA-41 Black Aces F/A-18F NH1XX

VFA-14 Tophatters F/A-18E NH2XX

VFA-97 Warhawks F/A-18A NH3XX

VFA-94 Mighty Shrikes F/A-18C NH4XX

VAQ-135 Black Ravens EA-6B NH50X

VAW-117 Wallbangers E-2C NH60X

HS-6 Indians SH-60F, HH-60H NH61X

VS-29 Dragonfires S-3B NH7XX

VRC-30 Det Providers C-2A NHXX

 

Notes: VF-213 and VFA-22 were replaced by VFA-14 and VFA-41 when CVW-11 transferred to Nimitz from Carl Vinson in early 2002. VF-213 will transfer to CVW-8. VFA-22 will transfer to CVW-8 (temporarily) because VFA-97's F/A-18As no longer could be supported on the East Coast. VFA-97 will switch from the NH2XX to NH3XX modex. VFA-97 is eventually to transition to the F/A-18E and move to an East Coast CVW.

 

CVW-14, NAS Lemoore, CA

USS Abraham Lincoln, CVN72, NS Everett, WA

VF-31 Tomcatters F-14D NK1XX

VFA-115 Eagles F/A-18E NK2XX

VFA-113 Stingers F/A-18C NK3XX

VFA-25 Fist of the Fleet F/A-18C NK4XX

VAQ-139 Cougars EA-6B NK50X

VAW-113 Black Eagles E-2C NK60X

HS-4 Black Knights SH-60F, HH-60H NK61X

VS-35 Blue Wolves S-3B NK7XX

VRC-30 Det Providers C-2A NKXX

 

USS Carl Vinson, CVN70, NS Bremerton, WA: Commenced a period receiving attention in the yard in March 2002. No CVW currently assigned.

 

SOURCE: Air Forces Monthly, June 2002

 

Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14), circa late 2002:

 

VF-31 Tomcatters 12 x F-14D

VFA-25 Fist of the Fleet 12 x F/A-18C

VFA-113 Stingers 12 x F/A-18C

VFA-115 Eagles 12 x F/A-18E

VAW-113 Black Eagles 4 x E-2C

VAQ-139 Cougars 4 x EA-6B

VS-35 Blue Wolves 8 x S-3B

VRC-30 Providers 2 x C-2A*

HS-4 Black Knights 6 x SH-60F

 

* Shore detachment at Murrahaq Airport, Bahrain

 

SOURCE: Air Forces Monthly, January 2003

 

USN CARRIER AIR WINGS circa 2003

 

Aircraft Carrier Air Wing Assignments and Composition, 31 December 2003

 

Air Wing Fleet Carrier Composition

 

Air Wing Fleet Carrier Composition

 

CVW-1 Atlantic Enterprise (CVN65)

VF-211 (10 F-14A) "Fighting Checkmates"

VMFA-312 (12 F/A-18C) "Checkerboards"

VFA-82 (12 F/A-18C) "Marauders"

VFA-86 (12 F/A-18C) "Sidewinders"

VAW-123 (4 E-2C) "Screwtops"

VAQ-137 (4 EA-6B) "Rooks"

VS-32 (8 S-3B) "Maulers"

VRC-40 (Det. 2) (4 C-2A) "Rawhides"

HS-11 (2 HH- 60H/4 SH-60F) "Dragonslayers"

 

CVW-2 Pacific Abraham Lincoln (CVN72)

VF-2 (10 F-14D) "BountyHunters"

VFA-151 (12 F/A-18C) "Vigilantes"

VFA-137 (12 F/A-18C) "Kestrels"

VMFA-323 (12 F/A-18C) "Death Rattlers"

VAW-116 (4 E-2C) "Sun Kings"

VAQ-131 (4 EA-6B) "Lancers"

VS-38 (8 S-3B) "Red Griffins" (scheduled to be disestablished on 30 Apr 2004)

VRC-30 (Det 2) (4 C-2A) "Providers"

HS-2 (4 SH-60F/2 HH- 60H) "Golden Falcons"

 

CVW-3 Atlantic Harry S. Truman (CVN75)

VF-32 (10 F-14B) "Swordsmen"

VFA-37 (12 F/A-18C) "Bulls"

VFA-105 (12 F/A-18C) "Gun-slingers"

VMFA-115 (12 F/A-18A) "Silver Eagles"

VAW-126 (4 E-2C) "Seahawks"

VAQ-130 (4 EA-6B) "Zappers"

VS-22 (8 S-3B) "Checkmates"

VRC-40 (Det 1) (4 C-2A) "Rawhides"

HS-7 (2 HH- 60F/4 SH-60F) "Dusty Dogs"

 

CVW-5 Pacific Kitty Hawk (CV63)

 

VF-154 (8 F-14A) "Black Knights" (replaced by VFA-102 [12 F/A-18F] "Diamondbacks" on 28 Jan 2004)

VFA-192 (12 F/A-18C) "Golden Dragons"

VFA-195 (12 F/A-18C) "Dambusters"

VFA-27 (12 F/A- 18C) "Royal Maces"

VAW-115 (4 E-2C) "Liberty Bells"

VAQ-136 (4 EA-6B) "Gauntlets"

VS-21 (8 S-3B) "Fighting Redtails"

VRC-30 (Det 5) (4 C-2A) "Providers"

HS-14 (2 HH-60F/4 SH-60F "Chargers"

 

CVW-7 Atlantic George Washington (CVN73)

VF-143 (10 F-14B) "Pukin' Dogs"

VF-11 (10 F-14B) "Red Rippers"

VFA-136 (12 F/A-18C) "Knighthawks"

VFA-131 (12 F/A-18C) "Wildcats"

VAW-121 (4 E-2C) "Bluetails"

VAQ-140 (4 EA-6B) "Patriots"

VS-31 (8 S-3B) "Topcats"

VRC-40 (Det.3) (4 C-2A) Rawhides"

HS-5 (2 HH-60F/ 4 SH-60F) "Night Dippers"

 

CVW-8 Atlantic Theodore Roosevelt (CVN71)

VF-213 (8 F-14D) "Blacklions"

VFA-15 (12 F/A-18C) "Valions"

VFA-87 (12 F/A-18C) "War Warriors"

VAW-124 (4 E-2C) "Bear Aces"

VAQ-141 (4 EA-6B) "Shadowhawks"

VS-24 (8 EA-6B) "Scouts"

VRC-40 (Det 5) (4 C-2A) "Rawhides"

HS-5 (2 HH-60F/4 SH-60F) "Night Dippers"

 

CVW-9 Pacific Carl Vinson (CVN70)

VFA-22 (12 F/A-18C) "Fighting Red Cocks"

VFA-146 (12 F/A-18C) "Blue Diamonds"

VFA-147 (12 F/A-18C) "Argonauts"

VMFA-314 (12 F/A-18C) "Black Knights"

VAW-112 (4 E-2C) "Golden Hawks"

VAQ-138 (4 EA-6B) "Yellow Jackets"

VS-33 (8 S-3B) "Screw Birds"

VRC-30 (Det 4) (4 C-2A) "Providers"

HS-8 (2 HH-60F/4 SH-60F) "Eightballers"

 

CVW-11 Pacific Nimitz (CVN68)

VFA-41 (12 F/A-18F) "Black Aces"

VFA-14 (12 F/A-18E) "Tophatters"

VFA-94 (12 F/A-18C) "Mighty Shrikes"

VFA-97 (12 F/A-18A) "War Hawks"

VAW-117 (4 E-2C) "Wallbangers"

VAQ-135 (4 EA-6B) "Black Ravens"

VS-29 (8 S-3B) "Screaming Dragonfires" (scheduled to be disestablished on 30 Apr 2004)

VRC-30 (Det 3) (4 C-2A) "Providers"

HS-6 (2 HH-60F/4 SH-60F) "Indians"

 

CVW-14 Pacific John C. Stennis

(CVN74) VF-31 (8 F-14D) "Tomcatters"

VFA-113 (12 F/A-18C) "Stingers"

VFA-25 (12 F/A-18C) "Fist of the Fleet"

VFA-115 (6 F/A-18E) "Eagles"

VAW-113 (4 E-2C) "Black Hawks")

VAQ-139 (4 EA-6B) "Cougars"

VS-35 (8 S-3B) "Blue Wolves"

VRC-30 (Det 1) (4 C-2A) "Providers"

HS-4 (2 HH-60F/ 4 SH-60F) "Black Knights"

 

CVW-17 Atlantic John F. Kennedy (CV67)

VF-103 (12 F-14B) "Sluggers"

VFA-81 (F/A-18C) "Sunliners";

VFA-83 (12 F/A-18C) "Rampagers"

VFA-34 (12 F/A-18C) "Blue Blasters"

VAW-125 (4 E-2C) "Tigertails"

VAQ-132 (4 EA-6B) "Scorpions"

VS-30 (8 S-3B) "Diamond Cutters"

VRC-40 (Det 4) (4 C-2A) "Rawhides"

HS-15 (2 HH-60F/4 SH-60F) "Red Lions"

 

CVWR-20 Atlantic

VFA-201 (12 F/A-18A) "Hunters"

VFA-203 (12 F/A-18A) "Blue Dolphins"

VFA-204 (12 F/A-18A) "River Rattlers"

VMFA-142 (12 F/A-18A) "Flying Gators"

VAQ-209 (4 EA-6B) "Star Warriors"

VAW-77 (4 E-2C) "Night Wolves"

VAW-78 (4 E-2C) "Fighting Escargots"

VFC-12 (12 F/A-18A/B) "Fighting Omars"

VFC-13 (25 F-5E/F) "Saints"

HS-75 (2 HH-60F/ 4 SH-60F) "Emerald Knights"

 

SOURCE: US Naval Battle Force Changes, 2004.

 

FUTURE USN CARRIER AIR WINGS POST 2013

 

12x F/A-18E

12x F/A-18F

10 x F-35C JSF

10 x F-35B JSF (USMC)

5x EA-18G Growlers

5x E-2D

5x UCAS

 

SOURCE: National Defense, September 2007.

 

The carrier air wing of the future will consist of the following aircraft:

 

• 44 strike fighters (F/A-18E/F, F-35C, F/A-18E/F Replacement*)

• 5 electronic attack aircraft (EA-18G, EA-18G Replacement)

• 5 airborne early warning and command and control aircraft (E-2D)

• 19 helicopters (MH-60R/S or MH-60R/S Replacement). Current projections include deploying 11 helicopters aboard the carrier, with the remaining 8 dispersed to other ships in the strike group

• 2-3 Future Carrier Onboard Delivery aircraft will normally be embarked to support the air wing and strike group

• The Navy Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike System is expected to reach an initial capability in 2018. One option is to have 4-6 aircraft embarked.

* The F/A-18E/F Replacement may include a mix of manned, optionally manned, or unmanned platforms.

And, for good measure, the future [uSMC] aviation combat element:

 

The aviation combat element of the future will consist of the following aircraft:

 

• 6 short takeoff/vertical landing aircraft (F-35B)

• 12 tilt-rotor aircraft (MV-22)

• 4 heavy-lift helicopters (CH-53K)

• 4 attack helicopters (AH-1Z)

• 3 utility helicopters (UH-1Y)

 

Aviation combat elements are task organized. The exact composition will vary depending on mission requirements.

From Naval Aviation Vision, January 2012 (PDF)

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Future USN carrier air wing:

44 strike fighters, including:

16 x F-35C Block 4 Lightning II (1x squadron)

28 x F/A-18E/F Block III Super Hornet (3x squadrons)

as well as

5-7 x EA-18G Growler

5 x E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

6-10 x MH-60 Seahawk

3 x CMV-22B Osprey (COD, or carrier onboard delivery)

5-9 x MQ-25 Stingray unmanned tankers

USS Carl Vinson due to deploy in 2021 with the first 10-aircraft F-35C squadron (VFA-147 Argonauts) as well as two 10-aircraft F/A-18E squadrons and one 14-aircraft F/A-18F squadron. It will also deploy the CMV-22B for the first time.

SOURCE: Navy’s Future Carrier Air Wing Configuration Coming into Focus, 14 September 2020.

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