A Carrier Air Wing (abbreviated CVW) is an operational naval aviation organization composed of several aircraft squadrons and detachments of various types of fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. Organized, equipped and trained to conduct modern US Navy carrier air operations while embarked aboard aircraft carriers, the various squadrons in an air wing have different, complementary (and sometimes overlapping) missions, and provide most of the striking power and electronic warfare capabilities of a carrier battle group (CVBG). While the CVBG term is still used by other nations, the CVBG in US parlance in now known as a carrier strike group (CSG).
Until 1963, Carrier air wings were known as Carrier Air Groups (CAGs). Carrier air wings are what the United States Air Force would call “composite” wings, and should not be confused with Navy Type Wings (such as Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic), which are primarily administrative commands composed of squadrons of the same type of carrier-based aircraft. Carrier air wings integrate closely with their assigned aircraft carriers, forming a "carrier/air wing team" that trains and deploys together. There are currently ten U.S. Navy air wings, five based at NAS Oceana, Virginia, four based at NAS Lemoore, California, and one forward deployed to NAF Atsugi, Japan. These air wings are occasionally reassigned to different aircraft carriers based on carrier maintenance schedules. A modern air wing consists of roughly 2,500 personnel and 60–65 aircraft.
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... Navy announced a change in Permanent Duty Station for Carrier Strike Group Eleven from Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California, to Naval Station Everett, Washington, in December 2011 ... On 11 June 2012, Nimitz departed Everett and once Carrier Air Wing Eleven was embarked, departed Naval Air Station North Island, California, on 15 June 2012 for carrier qualifications.Th ... Nimitz and Carrier Air Wing Eleven were the only aircraft carrier and carrier air wing to participate in RIMPAC 2012 (pictured) ...
... On September 1, 1960, Attack Squadron 163 was established at Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida ... Shortly thereafter, the Saints moved to Naval Air Station Lemoore, California where they began training for their first deployment ... The first five were with Carrier Air Wing 16 in USS Oriskany between 1962 and 1968, and the last with Carrier Air Wing 21 in USS Hancock in 1968-1969 ...
... On 7 December 2011, the carrier Abraham Lincoln departed from Naval Station Everett, Washington, and the cruiser Cape St ... Sterett departed San Diego on 6 December 2011 to join up with the other units of Carrier Strike Group Nine ... helicopter squadron HSM-77 flew from Naval Air Station North Island, California, to Carrier Strike Group Nine ...
... Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17), is a United States Navy aircraft carrier air wing based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California ... The air wing is attached to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson ...
... The Navy has described an air wing for 2020 as follows 40-50 strike fighters (a combination of F/A-18Cs, F/A-18E/Fs, with F-35C Lightning IIs eventually replacing the F/A-18Cs) 4-6 EA-18G Growlers replacing EA-6B ...
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“Two such as you with such a master speed
Cannot be parted nor be swept away
From one another once you are agreed
That life is only life forevermore
Together wing to wing and oar to oar.”
—Robert Frost (18741963)
“It is the corpse of the bourgeoisie that separates us. With us, it is that class that is the carrier of the chromosome of banality.”
—Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929)
Wheel and go,leaving air in shreds
black beaks shine in gray haze.
Brushed by the hawks wing
—Gary Snyder (b. 1930)