Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 115 (CARAEWRON 115)

VAW-115 ‘Liberty Bells’

 

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STATUS:

VAW-115 established on April 20, 1967

    

Homebase: NAF Atsugi, Japan (forward deployed)

Carrier Air Wing: CVW-5

Aircraft Carrier: USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

ACTIVE UNIT

former nicknames: Willy Dogs / Sentinels

AIRCRAFT:

Grumman E-2A Hawkeye (1967-70)

Grumman E-2B Hawkeye (1970-85)

Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (1985-2007)

Grumman E-2C HE2K Hawkeye 2000 (2007- )

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

November 4, 1967 - May 25, 1968 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CVA 61)

October 26, 1968 - May 17, 1969 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CVA 61)

October 14, 1969 - June 1, 1970 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CVA 61)

April 16, 1971 - November 6, 1971 with CVW-5 aboard USS Midway (CVA 41)

April 10, 1972 - March 8, 1973 with CVW-5 aboard USS Midway (CVA 41)

 

VAW-115 permanently assigned to CVW-5 and

forward deployed to Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan:

October 1973 - August 1991 aboard USS Midway (CV 41)

August 1991 - July 1998 aboard USS Independence (CV 62)

August 1998 - August 2008 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

August 2008 - 2015 aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73)

planned >> 2015 - aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

 

images

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - September 2015

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - August 2015

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - September 2014

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - September 2014

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - September 2014

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - September 2014

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - September 2014

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - July 2014

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - July 2014

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - July 2014

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - May 2014

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - May 2014

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) - May 2014

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) - March 2014

 

E-2C Hawkeye previously assigned to the Liberty Bells of VAW-115 lands on USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

The Nimitz and George Washington Carrier Strike Groups (CSG) performed a plane swap between VAW-117 and VAW-115. - November 2013

 

E-2C Hawkeye previously assigned to the Wallbangers of VAW-117 launches from USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

The Nimitz and George Washington Carrier Strike Groups performed a plane swap between VAW-117 and VAW-115. - November 2013

 

E-2C Hawkeye, previously assigned to the Liberty Bells of VAW-115, flies over USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

The Nimitz and George Washington Carrier Strike Groups performed a plane swap between VAW-117 and VAW-115. - November 2013

 

E-2C Hawkeye, previously assigned to the Wallbangers of VAW-117, prepares to launch from USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

The Nimitz and George Washington Carrier Strike Groups performed a plane swap between VAW-117 and VAW-115. - November 2013

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - November 2013

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - October 2013

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - August 2013

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - August 2013

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - June 2013

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - July 2012

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - August 2011

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - July 2011

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) at NAF Atsugi, Japan - February 2010

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - June 2009

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - November 2008

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - November 2008

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - November 2008

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - November 2008

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - October 2008

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - August 2008

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) was loaded on a barge - December 2007

 

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) was loaded on a barge - December 2007

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) was loaded on a barge - December 2007

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) was loaded on a barge - December 2007

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) was loaded on a barge - December 2007

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) was loaded on a barge - December 2007

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) was loaded on a barge - December 2007

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - September 2007

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - September 2007

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - September 2007

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - August 2007

 

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E-2C Hawkeyes (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - May 2007

 

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E-2C Hawkeyes (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - May 2007

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - May 2007

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - February 2007

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - December 2006

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - September 2006

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - September 2006

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - August 2006

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - July 2006

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - July 2006

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - June 2006

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - June 2006

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - December 2005

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - December 2005

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - December 2005

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - December 2005

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - December 2005

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - December 2005

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - November 2005

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - November 2005

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - August 2005

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - June 2005

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - May 2004

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - February 2004

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - March 2003

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - March 2003

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - March 2003

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - March 2003

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - February 2003

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - January 2003

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - January 2003

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - January 2003

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2002

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - June 2002

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - May 2002

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) at NAF Atsugi, Japan - 2000

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - undated

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - undated

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 1999

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - undated

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Independence (CV 62) - 1996

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Midway (CV 41) - 1989

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Midway (CV 41) - undated

 

E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Midway (CV 41) - undated

 

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E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Midway (CV 41) - undated

 

 

history

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 115 (VAW-115), also known as the "Liberty Bells", is a United States Navy squadron based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi that flies the E-2C Hawkeye 2000. The "Liberty Bells" are the Navy's only forward deployed Airborne Early Warning squadron and is the oldest and only original squadron in Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5).

Since being established on 20 April 1967, VAW-115 has patrolled the skies of the Pacific Ocean and the Middle East. Originally flying the E-1B "Willie Fudd" with Attack Carrier Wing Two aboard the USS Ranger (CVA-61), the squadron has witnessed the evolution of carrier-based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft, transitioning to the E-2B in 1970, the E-2C in 1985, the E-2C Group II Navigation Upgrade in 1998, and most recently the eight-bladed NP2000 variant in January 2007. They joined CVW-5 in 1970 and made two combat deployments to the Gulf of Tonkin between May 1971 and April 1973 on board the USS Midway (CV-41). In September 1973, CVW-5 moved to Yokosuka, Japan as a component of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces, and the only air wing home ported outside the continental United States.

VAW-115 E-2B Hawkeyes played a significant command and control role in Operation Frequent Wind, supporting the evacuation of Saigon in 1975. From the late 1970s throughout the 1980s, VAW-115 made eleven deployments to the Indian Ocean and North Arabian Sea, a period which saw such tumultuous events as the Iranian seizure of the American Embassy in Tehran. In 1983, VAW-115 participated in rescue and salvage operations following the tragic shoot-down of Korean Airlines Flight 007. Two years later, the Liberty Bells supported Freedom of Navigation operations, both for the USS Oldendorf (DD-972) in the Sea of Japan and for Operation Earnest Will, protecting Kuwaiti re-flagged tankers through the Straits of Hormuz. During the 1989-90 deployments with the Midway Battle Group, the Liberty Bells and their E-2C Hawkeyes participated in Operation Classic Resolve, supporting the democratic government of the Philippines against a coup attempt. In response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, VAW-115 deployed to the Persian Gulf in October 1990 as part of Operation Desert Shield. In January 1991, Desert Shield transitioned to Desert Storm and saw VAW-115 flying 179 combat sorties. In August 1991, the USS Midway (CV-41) was decommissioned and CVW-5 embarked on the USS Independence (CV-62). During the ensuing years, the squadron deployed to the Persian Gulf four times in support of Operation Southern Watch, enforcing a No-Fly Zone over the skies of southern Iraq. In January 1998, VAW-115 and the Independence Battle Group were called upon to participate in various Persian Gulf contingency operations in support of United Nations sanctions. After transitioning to the E-2C Group II Navigation Upgrade aircraft, VAW-115 cross-decked with CVW-5 to the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in the Summer of 1998. In February 2003, the Liberty Bells were once again called to the Persian Gulf to support Operation Southern Watch and flew 46 combat sorties until the commencement of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003. During that operation, the Liberty Bells flew 363.8 hours in support of Army and Marine Corps units on the ground.

In the years that followed, VAW-115 continued to maintain a high level of readiness and promoted US strategic interests overseas by participating in exercises such as Valiant Shield, Malabar, and Talisman Saber as well as Exercises Annualex and Keen Sword with the Japanese Air and Maritime Self Defense Forces. Most recently, VAW-115 took part in joint and multi-national Exercise RIMPAC 2008, providing Airborne Battlespace Command and Control to 49 naval vessels, 150 aircraft, and 29 other foreign and U.S. units from 10 participating countries. Again, the Liberty Bells demonstrated a high degree of combat readiness and professionalism in this most challenging and dynamic environment.

VAW-115 has an amazing record with more than 23 years and 46,000 hours of Class-A mishap-free flight hours. In its distinguished history, VAW-115 also boasts eight Battle Efficiency "E" awards, seven AEW Excellence awards, and six Safety "S" awards. The sky is the limit for the Liberty Bells as they continue operations aboard America's first forward-deployed nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS George Washington (CVN-73). As always, VAW-115 will continue to be a potent part of "America's 911 Air Wing" in the highly demanding forward-deployed environment.

 

source: wikipedia

 

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