Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 113 (CARAEWRON 113)

VAW-113 ‘Black Eagles’

 

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STATUS:

VAW-113 established on April 20, 1967

    

Homebase: NAS Point Mugu, California

Carrier Air Wing: CVW-2

Aircraft Carrier: USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

ACTIVE UNIT

AIRCRAFT:

Grumman E-2A Hawkeye (1967-70)

Grumman E-2B Hawkeye (1970-84)

Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (1984-2005)

Grumman E-2C HE2K Hawkeye 2000 (2005- )

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

April 29, 1967 - December 4, 1967 with CVW-14 aboard USS Constellation (CVA 64)

May 29, 1968 - January 31, 1969 with CVW-14 aboard USS Constellation (CVA 64)

August 11, 1969 - May 8, 1970 with CVW-14 aboard USS Constellation (CVA 64)

June 11, 1971 - February 12, 1972 with CVW-14 aboard USS Enterprise (CVAN 65)

September 12, 1972 - June 12, 1973 with CVW-14 aboard USS Enterprise (CVAN 65)

September 17, 1974 - May 20, 1975 with CVW-14 aboard USS Enterprise (CVAN 65)

July 30, 1976 - March 28, 1977 with CVW-14 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65)

April 4, 1978 - October 30, 1978 with CVW-14 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65)

November 13, 1979 - June 11, 1980 with CVW-14 aboard USS Coral Sea (CV 43)

August 20, 1981 - March 23, 1982 with CVW-14 aboard USS Coral Sea (CV 43)

March 21, 1983 - September 12, 1983 with CVW-14 aboard USS Coral Sea (CV 43)

February 20, 1985 - August 24, 1985 with CVW-14 aboard USS Constellation (CV 64)

September 4, 1986 - October 20, 1986 with CVW-14 aboard USS Constellation (CV 64)

April 11, 1987 - October 13, 1987 with CVW-14 aboard USS Constellation (CV 64)

December 1, 1988 - June 1, 1989 with CVW-14 aboard USS Constellation (CV 64)

September 16, 1989 - October 19, 1989 with CVW-14 aboard USS Constellation (CV 64)

June 23, 1990 - December 20, 1990 with CVW-14 aboard USS Independence (CV 62)

February 17, 1994 - August 17, 1994 with CVW-14 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)

May 14, 1996 - November 14, 1996 with CVW-14 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)

June 11, 1998 - December 11, 1998 with CVW-14 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)

May 12, 2000 - July 1, 2000 with CVW-14 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)

August 17, 2000 - February 12, 2001 with CVW-14 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)

July 20, 2002 - May 6, 2003 with CVW-14 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)

May 24, 2004 - November 1, 2004 with CVW-14 aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)

January 4, 2006 - July 6, 2006 with CVW-14 aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

January 27, 2007 - April 20, 2007 with CVW-14 aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

May 19, 2008 - November 25, 2008 with CVW-14 aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

May 28, 2009 - October 21, 2009 with CVW-14 aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

February 2, 2011 - September 9, 2011 with CVW-14 aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

June 13, 2014 - August 10, 2014 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-2) aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) - September 2015

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - May 2015

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - July 2014

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - March 2014

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - March 2014

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - March 2014

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - November 2013

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - November 2013

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - November 2013

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - November 2013

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - November 2013

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - July 2013

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - July 2013

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - August 2011

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - April 2011

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - March 2011

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - March 2011

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - August 2010

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - July 2010

 

E-2C HE2K Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - July 2009

 

E-2C HE2K Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - July 2009

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - August 2008

 

Sailors of VAW-113 salute their commanding officer, CDR Todd Watkins, as he launches off USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in an E-2C Hawkeye.

Watkins is taking his final flight as commander of VAW-113. June 2008

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - June 2008

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - May 2008

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - March 2008

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - April 2007

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - June 2006

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - February 2006

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - July 2005

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - undated

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - undated

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - September 2004

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - August 2004

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) over NAS Point Mugu, California - May 2004

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) over NAS Point Mugu, California - May 2004

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - March 2004

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - March 2004

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - March 2004

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - November 2003

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - November 2003

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - November 2003

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - November 2003

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - October 2003

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - April 2003

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - March 2003

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - January 2002

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during exercise RIMPAC 2000

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - undated

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - undated

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - undated

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - undated

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) - undated

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) - undated

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Independence (CV 62) - 1990

 

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E-2C Hawkeyes (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Independence (CV 62) - undated

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) - Exercise GALLANT EAGLE 88 - February 1988

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113) - Exercise GALLANT EAGLE 88 - February 1988

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Constellation (CV 64) - October 1987

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Constellation (CV 64) - October 1984

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Constellation (CV 64) - undated

 

excerpt from above

 

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E-2B Hawkeye (VAW-113 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CV 43) - 1979

 

 

history

The "Black Eagles" were commissioned as a separate squadron on April 20, 1967. One week later, VAW-113 deployed to the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) flying the E-2A "Hawkeye" aboard USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64). VAW-113 served in Vietnamese Operations every year from 1967 to 1975. The culmination of these efforts occurred in May 1975, when VAW-113 played a vital role in Operation FREQUENT WIND, the evacuation of American forces from South Vietnam.

Since commissioning, the Black Eagles have made nineteen WESTPAC deployments. Tactical innovators, VAW-113 was the first E-2 squadron to operate with the F-14A and F-14D "Tomcat," and the F/A-18 "Hornet," providing substantial input to the tactical development and utilization of these platforms in the Outer Air Battle, Medium Range Anti-Air and overland arenas.

In 1987, the Black Eagles were recognized for operational excellence in their support of Battle Group DELTA and tanker escort operations in the North Arabian Sea/Gulf of Oman. In December of 1988, the Black Eagles set sail again for the North Arabian Sea, an underway period highlighted by monitoring tanker escort operations in support of Operation EARNEST WILL.

During their WESTPAC '90 cruise, VAW-113 again deployed to the Gulf of Oman, providing both sea and air cover to Battle Group DELTA and allied forces in the Arabian Gulf as one of the first units deployed after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. The Black Eagles spent over three months in the Gulf of Oman in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD prior to their return to San Diego in December of 1990.

In May of 1992, the Black Eagles and Carrier Air Wing FOURTEEN (CVW-14) took part in ROVING SANDS, the largest integrated air defense exercise in the continental United States. This was the first operational employment and successful test of the cutting edge technology incorporated in the E-2C Group II. Significant improvements in this aircraft over its predecessors are its APS-145 radar, Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS), enhanced high speed processor (EHSP) computer, and Allison T56-A-427 engines.

During the months of July-September of 1992, the Black Eagles deployed to Howard AFB, Panama in support of Joint Task Force Four (JTF-4), U. S. Counter-Narcotic (CN) operations. The Black Eagles received accolades from the Commander, JTF-4 for one of the most successful E-2C detachments on record for JTF-4 operations.

In August of 1994, VAW-113 again deployed to WESTPAC/Arabian Gulf, serving as an integral part of CVW-14 and Battle Group CHARLIE on board USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70). While in the Arabian Gulf supporting Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, VAW-113 aircrews acted as Navy Command and Control liaison officers in Saudi Arabia to Joint Task Force Southwest Asia, U.S. Air Force E-3A AWACS and RC-135 RIVET JOINT aircraft. During this historic first operational deployment of the E-2C Group II "Hawkeye", the Black Eagles supported international relations by providing direct support and demonstration flights, in addition to static displays, for the Japanese Air Self Defense Force, the Republic of Singapore Navy and Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force.

1995 saw the Black Eagles making a two month detachment to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico supporting Joint Inter-Agency Task Force (JIATF) East's war against drugs. The Black Eagles also became the first E-2C squadron to graduate a Weapons Tactics Instructor from the Marine Air Weapons Tactics Squadron course. Lessons learned helped to integrate the E-2C platform into roles of Direct Air Support Center-Airborne (DASC(A)), Tactical Air Control-Airborne (TAC(A)), and Airborne Battlefield Command, Control and Communications (ABCCC) platform. The squadron also made their second appearance at Roving Sands 1995. Cruising with USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in August 1995, the squadron witnessed history while participating in the celebration of the World War II 50th anniversary in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Fourteen WWII era aircraft, including three B-25s, two F-4Us, and a TBF Avenger were deck launched for the last time.

In May of 1996, the Black Eagles made their fifteenth WESTPAC deployment, aboard USS CARL VINSON. Operations DESERT STRIKE and SOUTHERN WATCH kept the Black Eagles busy during their time spent in the Arabian Gulf. Port visits along the way included Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tasmania.

The Black Eagles again deployed on WESTPAC in June of 1998, aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72). The squadron’s departure marked the end of its basing at NAS Miramar. While on station in the Arabian Gulf, VAW-113 flew missions supporting Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. Port visits during the highly successful cruise included Hong Kong, Singapore, Jebel Ali, Perth, Hobart, and Hawaii. At the end of cruise, the Black Eagles launched from USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, flying into their new home at Naval Base Ventura County - NAS Point Mugu, CA. VAW-113’s tactical prowess throughout the year was recognized by the Battle Efficiency "E" award for 1998.

The squadron began WESTPAC 2000-01 on August 20, 2000 aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. The main focus of the deployment was to conduct Operation Southern Watch (OSW) and to maintain economic sanctions against Iraq. The squadron received their fifth Battle Efficiency “E” for its outstanding work during the year 2000. In addition, the squadron earned the CNO’s Aviation Safety Award for E-2 squadrons. Finally, the Black Eagles received the Rear Admiral Frank Akers award for Airborne Early Warning excellence as the outstanding E-2 squadron in the entire Navy.

In 2003, VAW-113 found themselves on the way back to the Arabian Gulf to support, for a second time, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. On the way home, the ship was turned around in Australia and sent back to the Gulf. The middle of March saw the beginning of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM with the Black Eagles at the tip of the spear. In April, the mission of the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN BATTLE GROUP was complete and the Black Eagles were finally on their way home.

In May of 2004, the Black Eagles of VAW-113 deployed on board the USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74). The USS JOHN C. STENNIS CSG headed north and the Black Eagles were tasked with conducting the business of airborne command and control in the frigid waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Here the Black Eagles participated in NORTHERN EDGE. Operating jointly with Air Force and Navy assets, the Strike Group practiced Maritime Interdiction and Defensive Counter Air missions. During the last three weeks of July, the Black Eagles were able to enjoy the warmer climate of the Hawaiian Operating Area and participate in “Rim of the Pacific” Exercise. This multinational exercise reaffirmed U.S. alliances throughout the Pacific. Following this exercise, the JOHN C. STENNIS CSG joined up with the USS KITTY HAWK CSG for a Joint Air and Sea Exercise (JASEX.) This second annual joint exercise sprawled across the Pacific from the Sea of Japan to the South China Sea. The Carrier Strike Groups focused on the arduous duties of round the clock flight operations and battle space management. At times the JASEX had to be halted so each CSG could maneuver away from oncoming typhoons. In the end, the CSGs had to maneuver around seven storms and typhoons. In the final days of October 2004, the USS JOHN C STENNIS Carrier Strike Group returned to its homeport in San Diego, California.

In January of 2006, the Black Eagles, along with the CVW-14 and CSG-7 team, joined the USS RONALD REAGAN on its maiden voyage out of San Diego, CA. The Carrier Strike Group transited the Western Pacific to relieve the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT Strike Group in the Arabian Gulf. In support of Operation Sea Dragon III, the Black Eagles paved the way for the future of the Hawkeye community as the first squadron to employ the new ALQ-217 ESM system. In addition, VAW-113 flew over 100 sorties, with a 99% combat sortie completion rate, in support of convoys on the ground during Operation Iraqi Freedom. On the way home, the USS RONALD REAGAN met up with the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN and USS KITTY HAWK Strike Groups for the first ever OPERATION VALIANT SHIELD.

In January of 2007, the Black Eagles deployed on board USS RONALD REAGAN for SURGE WESTPAC 07. The Black Eagles took part in EXERCISE FOAL EAGLE while underway. This exercise included the participation of South Korea. The Black Eagles returned home in April of 2007. July of 2007 started the beginning of workups for the 2008 cruise.

May of 2008 sent the Black Eagles on cruise once again in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan. With a 98% mission completion rate and over 1,400 hours of mishap free flying, their performance was recognized with the Battle “E” award in early 2009. They returned just in time to have Thanksgiving dinner with their families in November 2008.

May 2009 saw the Black Eagles called upon to Surge in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan after just 5 months of off-time. Living up to their own standard, the squadron continued in the 99th percentile for mission completion, having flown over 200 sorties successfully. Returning from Surge in October, over 20 Air Medals were awarded in recognition of the Black Eagles’ number of successful combat missions. To finish the year, VAW-113 was selected by the Commander of Naval Air Forces to receive the Battle “E” award for the second year in a row.

The operational tempo did not slow down for VAW-113 in 2010. They completed a work-ups cycle which included the multi-national RIMPAC exercise during the summer of 2010. In February of 2011, the Black Eagles deployed aboard the USS RONALD REAGAN in support of OPERATION NEW DAWN in Iraq and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan. In March, during the transit across the Pacific, the Black Eagles were called into action following the devastating earthquake/tsunami in Japan. The Black Eagles provided the airborne command of the relief effort using their extremely capable Hawkeye 2000s in OPERATION TOMODACHI. Commander of Naval Air Forces awarded the squadron with their tenth Battle “E” Award for their efforts.

The Black Eagles are now passing their 45th anniversary with over 87,600 hours of Class A mishap free flights.


They have been awarded:

• the Joint Meritorious Unit Award
• three Meritorious Unit Commendation Medals
• ten Battle Efficiency "E"s
• one RADM Frank Akers Award
• two Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Naval Aviation Safety Awards
• the Presidential Unit Citation
• the Navy Expeditionary Medal
• two South West Asia Service Medals
• four Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals
• two Sea Service Deployment Medals
• one Humanitarian Medal.

 

source: VAW-113

 

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another history:

 

Since commissioning, the Black Eagles have made nineteen WESTPAC deployments. Tactical innovators, VAW-113 was the first E-2 squadron to operate with the F-14A and F-14D Tomcat, and the F/A-18 Hornet, providing substantial input to the tactical development and utilization of these platforms in the Outer Air Battle, Medium Range Anti-Air and overland arenas.

During their western pacific (WESTPAC) '90 cruise, VAW-113 again deployed to the Gulf of Oman, providing both sea and air cover to Battle Group Delta and allied forces in the Persian Gulf as one of the first units deployed after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. The Black Eagles spent over three months in the Gulf of Oman in support of Operation Desert Shield prior to their return to San Diego in December 1990.

In May 1992, the Black Eagles and Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) took part in Roving Sands, the largest integrated air defense exercise in the continental United States. This was the first operational employment and successful test of the then cutting edge technology incorporated in the E-2C Group II. Significant improvements in this aircraft over its predecessors are its APS-145 radar, Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS), enhanced high speed processor (EHSP) computer, and Allison T56-A-427 engines.

In August 1994, VAW-113 again deployed to WESTPAC/Persian Gulf, serving as an integral part of CVW-14 and Battle Group Charlie on board USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). While in the Persian Gulf supporting Operation Southern Watch, VAW-113 aircrews acted as Navy Command and Control liaison officers in Saudi Arabia to Joint Task Force Southwest Asia, U.S. Air Force E-3A AWACS and RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft. During the first operational deployment of the E-2C Group II "Hawkeye", the Black Eagles supported international relations by providing direct support and demonstration flights, in addition to static displays, for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, the Republic of Singapore Navy and Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force.

The year 1995 saw the Black Eagles making a two month detachment to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico supporting Joint Inter-Agency Task Force (JIATF) East's war against drugs. The Black Eagles also became the first E-2C squadron to graduate a Weapons Tactics Instructor from the Marine Air Weapons Tactics Squadron course. Lessons learned helped to integrate the E-2C platform into roles of Direct Air Support Center-Airborne (DASC(A)), Tactical Air Control-Airborne (TAC(A)), and Airborne Battlefield Command, Control and Communications (ABCCC) platform. The squadron also made their second appearance at Roving Sands 1995. Cruising with USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in August 1995, the squadron witnessed history while participating in the celebration of the World War II 50th anniversary in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Fourteen WWII-era aircraft, including three B-25s, two F-4Us, and a TBF Avenger were deck launched for the last time.

In May 1996, the Black Eagles made their fifteenth WESTPAC deployment, aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Operations Desert Strike and Southern Watch kept the Black Eagles busy during their time spent in the Persian Gulf. Port visits along the way included Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tasmania.

The Black Eagles again deployed on WESTPAC in June 1998, aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). The squadron’s departure marked the end of its basing at NAS Miramar. While on station in the Persian Gulf, VAW-113 flew missions supporting Operation Southern Watch. Port visits during the highly successful cruise included Hong Kong, Singapore, Jebel Ali, Perth, Hobart, and Hawaii. At the end of cruise, the Black Eagles launched from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), flying into their new home at NAS Point Mugu, CA. VAW-113’s tactical prowess throughout the year was recognized by the Battle Efficiency "E" award for 1998.

The squadron began WESTPAC 2000-01 on August 20, 2000 aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). The main focus of the deployment was to conduct Operation Southern Watch (OSW) and to maintain economic sanctions against Iraq. The squadron received their fifth Battle Efficiency “E” for its outstanding work during the year 2000. In addition, the squadron earned the CNO Aviation Safety Award for E-2 squadrons. Finally, the Black Eagles received the Rear Admiral Frank Akers award for Airborne Early Warning excellence as the outstanding E-2 squadron in the entire Navy. In 2003, VAW-113 found themselves on the way back to the Persian Gulf to support, for a second time, Operation Southern Watch. On the way home, the ship was turned around in Australia and sent back to the Gulf. The middle of March saw the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the Black Eagles at the tip of the spear. In April, the mission of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Group was complete and the Black Eagles were finally on their way home.

In May 2004, the Black Eagles of VAW-113 deployed on board the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) headed north and the Black Eagles were tasked with conducting the business of airborne command and control in the frigid waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Here the Black Eagles participated in Operation Northern Edge. Operating jointly with Air Force and Navy assets, the Strike Group practiced Maritime Interdiction and Defensive Counter Air missions.

During the last three weeks of July, the Black Eagles were able to enjoy the warmer climate of the Hawaiian Operating Area and participate in “Rim of the Pacific” Exercise. This multinational exercise reaffirmed U.S. alliances throughout the Pacific. Following this exercise, the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) joined up with the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) for a Joint Air and Sea Exercise (JASEX). This second annual joint exercise sprawled across the Pacific from the Sea of Japan to the South China Sea. The Carrier Strike Groups focused on the arduous duties of round the clock flight operations and battle space management. At times the JASEX had to be halted so each CSG could maneuver away from oncoming typhoons. In the end, the CSGs had to maneuver around seven storms and typhoons. In the final days of October 2004, the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Carrier Strike Group returned to its homeport in San Diego, California.

In January 2006, the Black Eagles, along with the CVW-14 and CSG-7 team, joined the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) on its maiden voyage out of San Diego, CA. The Carrier Strike Group transited the Western Pacific to relieve the Carrier Strike Group Two, led by the carrier Theodore Roosevelt, in the Persian Gulf. In support of Operation Sea Dragon III, the Black Eagles paved the way for the future of the Hawkeye community as the first squadron to employ the new ALQ-217 ESM system. In addition, VAW-113 flew over 100 sorties, with a 99% combat sortie completion rate, in support of convoys on the ground during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 99% sortie completion rate was only made possible by the outstanding young men of the World Famous Airframe shop. These highly motivated and hard working sailors were the finest the Navy had to offer. With the exception of aviation structural mechanic first class Jesse Collier. He made continuous errors negatively affecting combat readiness. On the way home, the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) met up with the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Strike Groups for the first ever Operation Valiant Shield.

In January 2007, the Black Eagles again deployed with the CVW-14 and CSG-7 team, on board the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) on a Surge/Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployment in which they took part in exercise Foal Eagle. The Black Eagles returned home in April 2007.

In May 2008, the Black Eagles, along with CVW-14 and CSG-7 embarked on board the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) for a Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployment. This was a very successful deployment for the Black Eagles. During the WESTPAC, the Black Eagles provided support for Operation Enduring Freedom and following a typhoon, took part in humanitarian efforts for the Philippine Islands. In addition, VAW-113 flew over 400 sorties with a 98% completion rate, won the CVW-14 Golden Wrench award for maintenance excellence and earned yet another Battle Efficiency “E” award for outstanding work.

In May 2009, the Black Eagles, along with CVW-14 and CSG-7 embarked on board the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) for the SURGE 09 deployment. This deployment was a very successful deployment for the Black Eagles, who posted a 99.6% mission completion rate and became back-to-back Battle Efficiency "E" award winners by winning the FY 09 award, as well as another CVW-14 Golden Wrench award for maintenance excellence.

 

source: wikipedia

 

patches

 

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