Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 11 (CARAEWRON 11)

VAW-11 ‘Early Eleven’

 

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STATUS:

VAW-1 established on July 6, 1948

VAW-1 redesignated VC-11 in September 1948

VC-11 redesignated VAW-11 on July 11, 1956

VAW-11 redesignated VAW-111 on April 20, 1967

AIRCRAFT:

Douglas AD-5W (EA-1E) Skyraider

McDonnell F2H-3/4 Banshee

Grumman WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer

Grumman E-2A Hawkeye

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

various detachment deployments, assigned to CVG, CVW, CVSG’s aboard aircraft carriers

 

images

 

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E-2A Hawkeye (VAW-11) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1967

 

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E-2A Hawkeye (VAW-11) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1967

 

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E-2A Hawkeye (VAW-11) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1966-67

 

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E-2A Hawkeye (VAW-11) embarked on USS Oriskany (CVA 34) - 1960’s

 

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E-1B Tracer (VAW-11) embarked on USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14) - 1964-65 (National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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Three Grumman WF-2 Tracer aircraft of airborne early warning squadron VAW-11 Early Eleven (BuNos 148137, 148143, and 148144).

VAW-11 with its tail code "RR" was deployed from 1959 to 1967 on the Essex-class carriers of the US Pacific Fleet. Each Carrier Air Wing was

assigned a detachment of three to four aircraft. In 1962 the WF-2 was redesignated E-1B but it kept its popular name Willy Fudd.

 

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E-1B Tracer (VAW-11) embarked on USS Oriskany (CVA 34) - 1965

 

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E-1B Tracer (VAW-11) - 1964

 

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E-1B Tracers (VAW-11) embarked on USS Constellation (CVA 64) - 1963-64 (NNAM)

 

E-1B Tracer (VAW-11) 785, embarked on USS Constellation (CVA 64) - 1963 (NNAM)

 

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E-1B Tracer (VAW-11) embarked on USS Hancock (CVA 19) - 1962

 

E-1B Tracer (VAW-11) embarked on USS Oriskany (CVA 34) - 1962

 

E-1B Tracer (VAW-11) - undated (NNAM)

 

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AD-5W Skyraider (VAW-11) embarked on USS Bennington (CVS 20) - 1960-64 (NNAM)

 

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F2H-3 Banshee (776) and F2H-4 Banshees (VAW-11) embarked on USS Hornet (CVS 12) - 1959

 

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F2H-3 Banshee (776) and F2H-4 Banshees (VAW-11) embarked on USS Hornet (CVS 12) - 1959 (NNAM)

 

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McDonnell F2H-4 Banshee (BuNo 127612) from Airborne Early Warning Squadron VAW-11 Det.P "Early Eleven" launching from the aircraft carrier

USS Hornet (CVS-12). The Banshee carries a training AIM-9B Sidewinder missile. VAW-11 Det.P was assigned to the Hornet for a deployment to the

Western Pacific from 3 April to 10 October 1959. Note that on this first cruise of Hornet as an anti-submarine carrier, the aircraft carried for self-defense

were assigned to an airborne early warning squadron, although no early warning aircraft were carried.

 

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AD-5W Skyraider (VAW-11) embarked on USS Kearsarge (CVA 33) - 1957-58 (NNAM)

 

 

history

VAW-11, nicknamed the Early Elevens, was a airborne early warning squadron, whose mission was to provide services to fleet forces and shore warning networks, under all weather conditions. The squadron was also responsible for combat air patrol and ASW missions. It was based at NAS North Island in San Diego, California, but had detachments serving aboard 13 attack carriers and antisubmarine carriers in the Pacific Fleet.


History:

In 1948, the squadron was commissioned as VAW-1, then redesignated Fleet Composite Squadron 11 (VC-11) one month later. the squadron was first equipped with the Grumman TBM-3W Avenger. VC-11 worked on developing the airborne early warning (AEW) concept, and in 1950 deployed detachments that provided ASW and AEW protection throughout the Korean War, flying the Douglas AD-3W/4W Skyraider. These were later replaced by the AD-5W. In 1958, the squadron received AD-5Q variant and Grumman TF-1Q Trader variant aircraft, which jointly added electronic warfare to its capabilities. Both aircraft were later employed by VAW-13, which was trained by VAW-11 and commissioned in 1961. In 1959 the squadron received Grumman WF-2 Tracer, commonly known as "Willy Fudd" or "Stoof with a Roof" (as it was developed from the Grumman S2F "Stoof"). In July 1960, it deployed its first Grumman Tracer detachment to the Western Pacific.

In 1962, the AD-5W was redesignated EA-1E and the WF-2 became the E-1B. In early 1964, the squadron began receiving Grumman E-2A Hawkeye. This aircraft required very extensive ground support, particularly for its complex avionics system, causing the squadron to grow significantly in maintenance inventory and headcount. By 1966, VAW-11 had become the U.S. Navy's largest carrier-based squadron, providing E-2A detachments to large attack carriers and E-1B detachments to smaller Essex-class aircraft carriers. To increase efficiency and combat readiness, all E-2A detachments were commissioned as individual squadrons on 20 April 1967, and VAW-11 was redesignated as VAW-111 "Hunters".

 

source: wikipedia

 

patches

 

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