Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 33 (CARAEWRON 33)

VAW-33 ‘Nighthawks’

 

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STATUS:

VC-33 established on May 31, 1949

VC-33 redesignated VA(AW)-33 on July 2, 1956

VA(AW)-33 redesignated VAW-33 on June 30, 1959

VAW-33 redesignated VAQ-33 on February 1, 1968

AIRCRAFT:

Douglas AD-5Q (EA-1F) Skyraider

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

Grumman EC-1A Electric Trader

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

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

 

images

 

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Douglas EA-1E Skyraider (VAW-33) - circa 1967

 

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Douglas EA-1F Skyraider (VAW-33) embarked on USS America (CVA 66) - 1965 (NNAM)

 

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Grumman EC-1A Electric Trader (VAW-33) - 1960’S

 

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Douglas EA-1E Skyraider (VAW-33 / CVSG-54) embarked on USS Lake Champlain (CVS 39) after a landing mishap - 1964

 

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Douglas AD-5Q Skyraider (VAW-33 / CVG-7) embarked on USS Independence (CVA 62) - 1964 (NNAM)

 

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Douglas AD-5Q Skyraider (VAW-33 / CVG-7) embarked on USS Independence (CVA 62) - 1963 (NNAM)

 

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Douglas AD-5Q Skyraiders (VAW-33 / CVG-7) embarked on USS Independence (CVA 62) - circa 1961 (NNAM)

 

 

history

The squadron was established in 1949 as Composite Squadron VC-33 at NAS Norfolk. It flew the TBM-3E/N/Q Avenger and a few SNB-5 Texans. Its mission was antisubmarine warfare (ASW). It moved to NAS Atlantic City in 1950, where its mission changed to night attack. It sent three detachments to the Korean War aboard carriers, where it distinguished itself in night attack and ECM missions.

In 1952, it adopted the nickname Nighthawks, and in 1956 was redesignated as an All-Weather Attack Squadron VA(AW)-33. In 1958, the squadron moved to NAS Quonset Point, and was soon redesignated Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron VAW-33. In 1961, it began providing ASW detachments to antisubmarine carriers in the Atlantic Fleet. In 1966, a VAW-33 detachment supported the recovery of the Gemini IX spacecraft. From 1967-1968, VAW-33 provided carrier-based ECM services in the Vietnam War zone.

Returning to NAS Norfolk in 1970, the squadron, now designated VAQ-33, adopted the Firebirds nickname, and came under operational control of the Fleet Electronic Warfare Support Group. Its new mission was to simulate electronic threats to units of the fleet.

 

source: wikipedia

 

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