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US Navy - Airborne Command & Control Squadron 121
VAW-121 'Bluetails'
former Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadrons were redesignated to Airborne Command & Control Squadrons in 2019
 
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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
ACTIVE
 
Homebase:
NAS Norfolk, Virginia
Nicknames: Griffins (1967-78) / Bluetails (1978- )
 AIRCRAFT:   Grumman E-1B Tracer
Grumman E-2C Hawkeye
Grumman E-2C NP Hawkeye
Grumman E-2D Hawkeye
 DEPLOYMENTS:   with Grumman E-1B Tracers:

1967-1973:

various detachment-deployments, assigned to CVW & CVSG’s aboard aircraft carriers (CVS, CVA, CV)

September 1973 - March 1974 with CVW-6 aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42)
 
with Grumman E-2C Hawkeyes:
January 1975 - July 1975 with CVW-6 aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42)
January 1979 - July 1979 with CVW-7 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
April 1980 - December 1980 with CVW-7 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
August 1981 - October 1981 with CVW-7 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
January 1982 - July 1982 with CVW-7 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
April 1983 - December 1983 with CVW-7 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
May 1984 - June 1984 with CVW-7 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
October 1984 - May 1985 with CVW-7 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
February 1988 - August 1988 with CVW-7 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
March 1990 - September 1990 with CVW-7 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
September 1991 - April 1992 with CVW-7 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
May 1994 - November1994 with CVW-7 aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73)
January 1996 - July 1996 with CVW-7 aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73)
February 1998 - August 1998 with CVW-7 aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)
February 2000 - August 2000 with CVW-7 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
February 2002 - August 2002 with CVW-7 aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67)
January 2004 - July 2004 with CVW-7 aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73)
April 2006 - May 2006 with CVW-17 aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73)
April 2008 - May 2008 with CVW-17 aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73)
February 2009 - July 2009 with CVW-7 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
January 2010 - July 2010 with CVW-7 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
June 2012 - December 2012 with CVW-7 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
February 2013 - July 2013 with CVW-7 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
 
with Gruman E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes:
June 2017 - December 2017 with CVW-11 aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68)
April 2019 - January 2020 with CVW-7 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)
 
 
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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye with aereial-refueling capability (VAW-121) at Tyndall AFB, Florida - May 2021

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye with aereial-refueling capability (VAW-121) - 2021

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye with aereial-refueling capability (VAW-121) - 2021

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye with aereial-refueling capability (VAW-121) - 2021

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia - December 2020

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121) - 2020

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia - February 2020

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - 2020

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - 2020

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - July 2019

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - July 2019

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - July 2019

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - July 2019

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - July 2019

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - April 2019

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - April 2019

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - April 2019

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - April 2019

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - April 2019

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia - 2019

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia - 2019

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - February 2019

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - February 2019

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - February 2019

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - February 2019

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - February 2019

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - February 2019

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia - November 2018

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - August 2018

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - August 2018

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - August 2018

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - August 2018

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - July 2018

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - July 2018

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - July 2018

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - July 2018

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - July 2018

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - July 2018

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - July 2018

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - July 2018

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - July 2018

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121) - 2018

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121) - 2018

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia - 2018

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia - 2018

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 2017

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - November 2016

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121) - March 2015

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia - November 2014

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia - November 2014

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Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (VAW-121) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia - November 2014



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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - July 2013

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - May 2013

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - May 2013

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - May 2013

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - March 2013

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - March 2013

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - February 2013

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - December 2012

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - November 2012

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - October 2012

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - September 2012

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - August 2012

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - August 2012

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - August 2012

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - June 2012

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - June 2012

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - May 2012

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - May 2012

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - March 2012

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland - July 2011

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - June 2010

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - June 2010

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - June 2010

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - May 2010

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - January 2010

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - January 2010

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-17) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - March 2008

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-17) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - April 2006

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121 / CVW-17) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - April 2006

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye NP (VAW-121) aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - October 2005

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - June 2004

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - June 2004

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - April 2004

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - February 2004

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - November 2003

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - October 2003

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - July 2002

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - May 2002

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - May 2002

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - May 2002

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - April 2002

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - April 2002

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - April 2002

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - April 2002

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - undated

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - February 1996

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - July 1992

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - March 1992

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1990

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1990

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - August 1988

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - August 1988

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - August 1988

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - August 1988

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - August 1988

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - August 1988

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - May 1988

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - May 1988

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - May 1988

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - April 1988

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - April 1988

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - February 1988

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - February 1988

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - February 1988

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - February 1988

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - February 1988

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - February 1988

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - February 1988

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VAW-121 preflight briefing in the ready room aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - February 1988

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - January 1988

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - November 1987

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) at NAS Fallon, Nevada - May 1987

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) at NAS Fallon, Nevada - May 1987

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - April 1987

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - April 1987

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - April 1987

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - April 1987

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - April 1987

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1985

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - November 1983

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - April 1983

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - April 1983

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - April 1983

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - April 1983

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - April 1983

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VAW-121 preflight briefing in the ready room aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - April 1983

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - July 1980

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - July 1980

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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-121 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - July 1980



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Grumman E-1B Tracer (VAW-121 / CVSG-56) embarked on USS Intrepid (CVS 11) - 1973

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Grumman E-1B Tracer (VAW-121 / CVW-6) embarked on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) - circa 1973

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Grumman E-1B Tracer (VAW-121 / CVW-6) embarked on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) - 1971

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Grumman E-1B Tracer (VAW-121 / CVSG-56) embarked on USS Intrepid (CVS 11) - 1971

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Grumman E-1B Tracer (VAW-121 / CVW-6) embarked on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) - 1970

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E-1B Tracer (VAW-121 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Shangri-La (CVS 38) - 1969-70

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Grumman E-1B Tracer (VAW-121 / CVSG-52) embarked on USS Wasp (CVS 18) - 1968

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Grumman E-1B Tracer (VAW-121 / CVSG-52) embarked on USS Wasp (CVS 18) - 1968

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Grumman E-1B Tracer (VAW-121 / CVW-10) embarked on USS Intrepid (CVS 11) - 1967
 
 
1960s
Along with VAW-122, VAW-123 and VAW-120, VAW-121 was created out of the "super squadron" VAW-12 on 1 April 1967. Until then, VAW-12 had deployed 4-plane detachments to accompany carrier air wings.

1970s
Unlike its siblings, VAW-121 flew the E-1B Tracer, until the mid-1970s. This was due to the fact there were still carriers in the fleet that were not capable of handling for the larger E-2 Hawkeye, principally USS Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Essex-class carriers.

In 1977 VAW-121 made its first deployment as part of Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7) on the newly commissioned USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

1980s
In 1980 VAW-121 deployed for 347 days at sea with Dwight D. Eisenhower/CVW-7 setting a modern-day record that would not be broken until the deployment of USS Theodore Roosevelt during Operation Enduring Freedom.

In 1981 the squadron deployed for three months to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, in support of the Icelandic Defense Force. Upon their return, VAW-121 deployed to the North Atlantic for a large NATO exercise in which VAW-121 kept squadron aircraft continuously airborne for 23 days.

The squadron returned to the Mediterranean Sea in January 1982 and was awarded its third consecutive Battle "E" and AEW Excellence Awards, both firsts for a VAW squadron. During this deployment, the squadron was involved in overseeing the evacuation of Americans from Beirut. Returning from the three-month winter deployment to Iceland, the squadron found themselves again in the North Atlantic conducting three CVBG operations with USS Forrestal and HMS Hermes, the later deploying with the new Sea Harrier.

The 1983 Mediterranean deployment included contingency operations near Libya and periods of 95 and 92 consecutive days at sea in support of multi-national peacekeeping forces in the Eastern Mediterranean.

1990s
March 1990 saw VAW-121 embark on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower for another Mediterranean deployment. This deployment was highlighted by 15 days of around the clock operations in the Red Sea in support of the initial phase of Operation Desert Shield when external AEW support was non-existent. Once again, in March 1991, VAW-121 was awarded both the Battle "E" and AEW Excellence Awards for 1990.

In September 1991, the squadron sailed east once again on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower becoming the first battle group to return to Operation Desert Storm. Although hostilities had ended, the squadron provided coordination and control for several joint multi-national exercises. The cruise culminated in a two-week NATO exercise, Teamwork '92, in the fjords of Norway.

In September 1992, VAW-121 were reassigned to the navy's newest aircraft carrier, USS George Washington, and participated in its initial two-month "shakedown".

February 1993 found VAW-121 deployed to Howard Air Force Base, Panama. For two months, the squadron, as part of Joint Task Force 4, provided airborne surveillance to help stem the flow of drugs in the Central American region, fusing the efforts of the U.S. Air Force, DEA, and Coast Guard units in the interdiction of numerous narcotics flights.

On 20 May 1994, after an extensive work-up period, the squadron, embarked aboard USS George Washington for her maiden deployment. Highlights of the voyage included the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of D-Day off Normandy as well as critical participation in Operation Deny Flight over Bosnia-Herzegovina and Southern Watch over Iraq.

VAW-121 departed on deployment bound for the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian sea in January 1996. The squadron supported Operation Decisive Endeavor over Bosnia-Herzegovina and Southern Watch over Iraq. The squadron returned home in July 1996 and immediately began their transition to the new E-2C Group II aircraft. In December 1996, the squadron passed the 30 year-59,000 hours mishap free hour mark, the best safety record in carrier aviation.

In February 1998 the squadron deployed on board USS John C. Stennis. During the ship's around the world deployment, the squadron coordinated multi-service operations with the United States Air Force, United States Army, and United States Marine Corps in support of Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia Operation Southern Watch. In addition, the squadron controlled many multi-national exercises involving air and naval forces of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, France, United Kingdom and Australia. The squadron went on to win three consecutive TOP HOOK awards and became the first E-2C squadron to win the CVW-7 TOP HOOK award for deployment. From October through December 1998 the squadron operated from NS Roosevelt Roads in support of Counter Narcotics operations. The squadron earned the "Triple Crown" of AEW Awards- the COMNAVAIRLANT Battle "E", the CNO Safety "S" and the Fred Akers AEW Excellence Award.

The squadron and CVW-7 returned to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower for their latest set of workups and deployment. In December 1999, the squadron passed the 33 year-64,000 hours mishap-free mark, the best safety record in carrier aviation. VAW-121 supported peacekeeping missions over Kosovo and Albania while operating in the Adriatic Sea. USS Eisenhower proceeded to the Persian Gulf to support Operation Southern Watch, while the squadron flew multiple missions over Kuwait in support of strikes on Iraq, providing command and control for the first strikes in the Eisenhower's 22-year history to actually drop bombs on foreign soil.

2000s
While deployed aboard USS George Washington in May 2006, the squadron along with rest of battle group conducted training with the Colombian Navy. The exercise was part of "Partnership of the Americas."

2010s
On returning from a mission on March 31, 2010, an E-2C Hawkeye suffered a catastrophic engine failure. The condition of the starboard engine made the aircraft almost impossible to control. The pilot, LT Steven Zilberman, made sure the aircraft stayed level so the other three crew members could bail out safely. Seconds later, the Hawkeye crashed into the sea. After three days of a massive search, he was declared lost at sea. For his courage, he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

The squadron began using its first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft in 2014, ending 37-years operating the E-2C Hawkeye.

NOTE: former Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadrons were redesignated to Airborne Command & Control Squadrons in 2019.

source: wikipedia

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another history:


VAW-121 was created out of a "super squadron" VAW-12 on 1 April 1967. Flying the E-1B Tracer until the mid-1970s, VAW-121 transitioned to the new E-2C in July of 1975. In 1978, VAW-121 made its first deployment as part of CVW-7 on the newly commissioned USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69). During this period, VAW-121 changed its squadron call sign from “GRIFFIN” to “BLUETAIL” and adopted the unique tail design that you see today.

Over the years, the BLUETAILS have also served aboard the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67), USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), and USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) and have served with distinction in actions from Bosnia and Kosovo to Partnership in the Americas, as well as Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM, and ENDURING FREEDOM. Additionally, VAW-121 provided critical support to recovery efforts during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and conducted several multi-national deployments and exercises from 2006-2008. In 2009 and 2010, the BLUETAILS deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM on the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69). In 2014, VAW-121 transitioned to the Navy’s newest command and control platform, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. The BLUETAILS were the second fleet squadron to receive the Advanced Hawkeye. In 2017, they also deployed onboard the USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE conducting combat DCA, being the first E-2 squadron to conduct combat DCA since 1991.

Most recently in 2019 through 2020, VAW-121 completed the longest carrier deployment since the Vietnam War era, executing a near ten-month deployment around the world voyage, providing vital U.S. presence and maritime security in multiple AORs. VAW-121 was the 2019 Battle Effectiveness Award winner, more commonly referred to as Battle “E.” This reward recognizes sustained superior performance in an operational environment and sustained continuous readiness throughout the Fleet Response Training Plan.

source: VAW-121
 
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