Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 12 (CARAEWRON 12)

VAW-12 Bats

 

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STATUS:

VAW-2 established on July 6, 1948

VAW-2 redesignated VC-12 on October 1, 1948

VC-12 redesignated VAW-12 on July 2, 1956

VAW-12 redesignated VAW-121 on April 1, 1967

AIRCRAFT:

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

Grumman WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer

Grumman E-2A Hawkeye

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

various detachment deployments, assigned to CVG, CVW, CVSGs aboard aircraft carriers

 

images

 

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Grumman E-1B Tracer (VAW-12) with two A-6A Intruders of VA-75 embarked on USS Independence (CVA 62) - 1966 (National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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Grumman WF-2 Tracers (VAW-12) - 1962

 

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Grumman WF-2 Tracer (VAW-12) embarked on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) - 1961

 

Grumman WF-2 Tracer (VAW-12) embarked on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) - 1961

 

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Douglas AD-5W Skyraiders (VAW-12) embarked on USS Forrestal (CVA 59) - 1960

 

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Douglas AD-5W Skyraider (VAW-12) embarked on USS Forrestal (CVA 59) - circa 1958 (NNAM)

 

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Douglas AD-5W Skyraider (VAW-12) embarked on USS Forrestal (CVA 59) - circa 1958

 

 

history

VAW-12, nicknamed the Bats, was a U.S. Navy Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron. Its history begins on 6 July 1948 when Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron TWO, VAW-2, was commissioned at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. The squadron quickly moved to NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, and was redesignated Composite Squadron TWELVE, VC-12. In succession, it operated the TBM Avenger, the AF Guardian, and the AD-5W Skyraider.

In 1956, the squadron was redesignated VAW-12 and acquired a new aircraft, the Guppy version of the Skyraider. In 1961, the WF-2 Tracer, affectionately called the Willie Fudd, arrived, and the following year the squadron returned to NAS Norfolk.

In July 1966, VAW-12 received its first E-2A Hawkeye, and was supplying detachments using two different aircraft aboard ten aircraft carriers of the Atlantic Fleet, as well as training personnel for those detachments. The squadron had grown to over 200 officers and 800 enlisted personnel, as had VAW-11, its counterpart on the West Coast. The Navy determined that its AEW efforts had to be reorganized for greater efficiency and effectiveness.

On 1 April 1967, VAW-12 was disestablished and Carrier Airborne Early Warning Wing Twelve was formed to command all Atlantic Fleet AEW efforts. Replacement Airgroup Squadron RVAW-120 was formed to train aviators and enlisted personnel in carrier-based AEW aircraft. VAW-121, VAW-122, and VAW-123 were formed from former VAW-12 operating detachments.

 

patches

 

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vaw-12 bats world cruise patch 1964

 

 

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