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US Navy - Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 114 (CARAEWRON 114)

VAW-114 'Hormel Hawgs'

 
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STATUS:   VAW-114 established on April 20, 1967
VAW-114 disestablished on March 31, 1995
 AIRCRAFT:   Grumman E-2A Hawkeye (1967-71)
Grumman E-2B Hawkeye (1971-78)
Grumman E-2A Hawkeye (1978-95)
 DEPLOYMENTS:  

April 20, 19677 - June 20, 1967 with CVW-11 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63)

November 18, 1967 - June 28, 1968 with CVW-11 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63)

December 30, 1968 - September 4, 1969 with CVW-11 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63)

November 6, 1970 - July 17, 1971 with CVW-11 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63)

February 17, 1972 - November 28, 1972 with CVW-11 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63)

November 23, 1973 - July 9, 1974 with CVW-11 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63)

May 21, 1975 - December 15, 1975 with CVW-11 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

February 15, 1977 - October 5, 1977 with CVW-15 aboard USS Coral Sea (CV 43)

May 30, 1979 - February 25, 1980 with CVW-15 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

April 1, 1981 - November 23, 1981 with CVW-15 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

March 1, 1983 - October 29, 1983 with CVW-15 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)

May 1984 - July 1984 with CVW-15 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)

October 14, 1984 - May 24, 1985 with CVW-15 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)

May 1986 - July 1986 with CVW-15 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)

August 12, 1986 - February 5, 1987 with CVW-15 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)

June 15, 1988 - December 16, 1988 with CVW-15 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)

September 18, 1989 - November 8, 1989 with CVW-15 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)

February 1, 1990 - July 31, 1990 with CVW-15 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)

April 1, 1991 - December 11, 1991 with CVW-15 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

November 3, 1992 - May 3, 1993 with CVW-15 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

June 24, 1994 - December 22, 1994 with CVW-15 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)
 

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E-2C Hawkeyes (VAW-114 / CVW-15) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 1994

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-114 / CVW-15) embarked on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - 1990

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-114 / CVW-15) embarked on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - 1990

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-114 / CVW-15) embarked on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - 1987

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-114 / CVW-15) embarked on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - 1986

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-114 / CVW-15) embarked on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - 1986

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-114) at NAS Miramar, California - undated

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-114) at NAS Miramar, California - undated

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-114 / CVW-11) - undated

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E-2B Hawkeyes (VAW-114 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - circa 1974

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E-2B Hawkeye (VAW-114 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - circa 1974

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E-2A Hawkeye (VAW-114 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63) - 1968

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E-2A Hawkeye (VAW-114 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63) over Vietnam - 1968 (NNAM)
 
 
VAW-114, nicknamed the Hormel Hawgs, was a U.S. Navy Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron based at NAS North Island, Coronado, California. It was established on 20 April 1967, at which time it was already flying missions over the Tonkin Gulf in Vietnam. The squadron was disestablished on 31 March 1995.

VAW-114 was formed from VAW-11 / Detachment C 'Spiders' in 1967.

It was operating E-2A Hawkeye early warning aircraft as part of Carrier Air Wing Eleven on board USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), protecting U.S. naval and air forces that were striking targets in Vietnam. During the war, the squadron made three more war zone deployments before joining Carrier Air Wing Fifteen aboard USS Coral Sea (CVA-43). By 1976, it had moved to NAS Miramar, California. In 1978, it rejoined the Kitty Hawk in the Arabian Sea in response to the Iran hostage crisis. In 1982, it joined the USS Carl Vinson, making six deployments by 1990. It then made five deployments to the northern and western Pacific and Indian Oceans. In 1988, it supported Operation Earnest Will, escorting oil tankers during the Iran-Iraq War.


In 1990 and 1991, VAW-114 upgraded to the E-2C+ version of the Hawkeye and made two drug-interdiction deployments to Howard Air Force Base in Panama. Its last two deployments were to the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean for Operation Restore Hope in Somalia and Operation Southern Watch over Iraq. The Navy's post-Cold War reductions marked the end of the Hormel Hawgs, which was officially disestablished on 31 March 1995, after almost 28 years of service.

Nicknames:
Electric Chicken (1967-69)
Hormel Hawgs (1969-95)

The squadron call sign was “Hormel” while the original Electric Chicken patch was used and prior to the Hawg patch.
After the Electric Chicken patch was retired in 1969 and replaced by the Hawg patch the term “Hormel Hawgs” caught on.
The Electric Chicken patch was used for a little less than two years before being replaced with the Hawg patch.

(thank's for additional info & stuff to James (CHAR) Charnesky, Dick Murphy & Van Stayton)
 
 
 

patches & more


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