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The E-2 Hawkeye is the Navy's all-weather, carrier-based tactical battle management airborne early warning, command and control aircraft.

E-2C Hawkeye: Naval Air Station Oceana, Va. (Sept. 25, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Screwtops" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Three (VAW-123), flies past the crowd during an aerial demonstration of the Hawkeye at the 2004 "In Pursuit of Liberty," Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show.E-2C Hawkeye: Naval Air Station Oceana, Va. (Sept. 25, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Screwtops" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Three (VAW-123), flies past the crowd during an aerial demonstration of the Hawkeye at the 2004 "In Pursuit of Liberty," Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show.

The E-2 is a twin engine, five crewmember, high-wing turboprop aircraft with a 24-foot diameter radar rotodome attached to the upper fuselage.

Features

The Hawkeye provides all-weather airborne early warning, airborne battle management and command and control functions for the Carrier Strike Group and Joint Force Commander. Additional missions include surface surveillance coordination, air interdiction, offensive and defensive counter air control, close air support coordination, time critical strike coordination, search and rescue airborne coordination and communications relay. An integral component of the Carrier Strike Group air wing, the E-2C uses computerized radar, Identification Friend or Foe and electronic surveillance sensors to provide early warning, threat analysis against potentially hostile air and surface targets.

Background

The continuous improvements in early airborne radars by 1956 led to the concept of an airborne early warning and command and control aircraft. The first aircraft to perform this mission was the Grumman E-1 Tracer (a variant of the S-2 Tracker anti-submarine aircraft), which saw service from 1954 to 1964. The E-1's successor, the E-2 Hawkeye, was the first carrier-based aircraft designed from the outset for the all-weather airborne early warning and command and control mission. Since replacing the E-1 in 1964, the Hawkeye has been the "eyes of the fleet." Since its combat debut during the Vietnam conflict, the E-2 has served the Navy around the world.

E-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (Jan. 13, 2005) - An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the “Bear Aces” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Four (VAW-124), is recovered during flight deck operations aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The nuclear powered aircraft carrier is currently conducting flight deck certification in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Stephen MaddoxE-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (Jan. 13, 2005) - An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the “Bear Aces” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Four (VAW-124), is recovered during flight deck operations aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The nuclear powered aircraft carrier is currently conducting flight deck certification in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Stephen Maddox

Hawkeyes directed F-14 Tomcat fighters flying combat air patrol during the two-carrier battle group joint strike against terrorist-related Libyan targets in 1986. In the early 1990s, E-2s provided airborne command and control for successful Coalition Air Operations during the first Arabian Gulf War. Directing both land attack and combat air patrol missions over Iraq, the E-2 Hawkeye provided air control for the shoot-down of two Iraqi MIG-21 aircraft by carrier-based F/A-18s in the early days of the war. Later during the 1990s, E-2s supported Operations Northern and Southern Watch over Iraq. E-2s also supported NATO operations over the former Republic of Yugoslavia, including Operation Deny Flight. Recently in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, E-2 Hawkeyes provided critical Airborne Battle Management and Command and Control functions supporting numerous Close Air Support and Battlefield Interdiction missions. E-2s also have worked extremely effectively with U.S. law enforcement agencies in drug interdictions operating from bases both the United States and several foreign countries.

The current version of the Hawkeye, the E-2C, became operational in 1973, and surpassed one million flight hours in August 2004. The aircraft has undergone several upgrades to its active and passive sensors, engines and propellers. The newest variant of the E-2C (Hawkeye 2000) with its new mission computer, improved radar displays and Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC), combined with the shipboard Aegis weapon system, will form the cornerstone of future sea based Theater Ballistic Missile Defense (TBMD).

Variants of the E-2C Hawkeye are also flown by the Egyptian Air Force, Japanese Self Defense Air Force, Republic of Singapore Air Force, Taiwan Air Force, and the French Navy.

E-2C Hawkeye: Pacific Ocean (Nov. 8, 2005) - An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Black Eagles" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Three (VAW-113), launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Reagan is currently underway in the Pacific Ocean participating in the ship's initial Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX). U.S. Navy photo by Airman Daisy AbonzaE-2C Hawkeye: Pacific Ocean (Nov. 8, 2005) - An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Black Eagles" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Three (VAW-113), launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Reagan is currently underway in the Pacific Ocean participating in the ship's initial Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX). U.S. Navy photo by Airman Daisy Abonza

Advanced Hawkeye (AHE)

Advanced Hawkeye (AHE), the newest variant of the E-2 aircraft platform, is currently in development and scheduled to be introduced to the Fleet in 2011. Using the E-2C Hawkeye 2000 configuration as a baseline, AHE will feature a state of the art radar with a two generation leap in capability and upgraded aircraft systems that will improve supportability and increase readiness. Key AHE program objectives include improved battle space target detection and situational awareness, support of Theater Air and Missile Defense (TAMD) operations, and improved Operational Availability. The AHE mission will be to provide advance warning of approaching enemy surface units, cruise missiles and aircraft, to vector interceptors or strike aircraft to attack, and to provide area surveillance, intercept, communications relay, search and rescue and strike and air traffic control. The AHE is intended to meet airborne early warning surveillance, battle management and TAMD needs as the Navy develops its Sea Power 21 concepts in support of Joint Vision 2020.

General Characteristics

Primary Function: Airborne Command & Control, Battle Space Management.

Contractor: Northrop Grumman Aerospace Corp.
Date Deployed: January 1964.
Unit Cost: $80 million.
Propulsion: Two Allison T-56-A427 turboprop engines; (5,100 shaft horsepower each).
Length: 57 feet 6 inches (17.5 meters).
Height: 18 feet 3 inches (5.6 meters).
Wingspan: 80 feet 7 inches (28 meters).
Weight: Max. gross, take-off: 53,000 lbs (23,850 kg) 40,200 lbs basic (18,090 kg).
Airspeed: 300+ knots (345 miles, 552 km. per hour).
Ceiling: 30,000 feet (9,100 meters).
Crew: Five.

Source: US Navy

E-2C Hawkeye: Pacific Ocean (Nov. 27, 2005) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Liberty Bells” of Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Five (VAW-115) launches off the flight deck of the conventionally power aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk and embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) are currently conducting operations in the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Jonathan D. ChandlerE-2C Hawkeye: Pacific Ocean (Nov. 27, 2005) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Liberty Bells” of Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Five (VAW-115) launches off the flight deck of the conventionally power aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk and embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) are currently conducting operations in the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Jonathan D. Chandler

Detailed background:

Source: wikipedia.org

The Grumman E-2 Hawkeye is an American all-weather, aircraft carrier-based tactical Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft. The twin turboprop aircraft was designed and developed in the 1950s by Grumman for the United States Navy as a replacement for the E-1 Tracer. The aircraft has been progressively updated with the latest variant, the E-2D, first flying in 2007.

The aircraft was nicknamed "Super Fudd" because it replaced "Willy Fudd" (the E-1 Tracer). In the present day, it is most commonly nicknamed the "Hummer" due to the distinctive sound of its twin turboprop engines.

Design and development

In United States service, the Hawkeye provides all-weather airborne early warning and command and control functions for the carrier battle group. Additional missions include surface surveillance coordination, strike and interceptor control, search and rescue guidance and communications relay. An integral component of the carrier air wing, the E-2C uses computerized sensors to provide early warning, threat analysis and control of counteraction against air and surface targets. It is a high-wing aircraft with stacked antennae elements contained in a 24-foot (7.3 m) rotating dome above the fuselage.

The continuous improvements in early airborne radars by 1956 led to the concept of an airborne early warning and command and control aircraft. The first aircraft to perform this mission was the Grumman E-1 Tracer (a variant of the S-2 Tracker anti-submarine aircraft), which saw service from 1954 to the 1970s. The E-1's successor, the E-2 Hawkeye, was the first carrier-based aircraft designed from the outset for the all-weather airborne early warning and command and control function.

The original E-2C, known as the Group 0, became operational in 1973 and has been through several upgrade programs since then. The first of these was the E-2C Group I which replaced the older APS-125 radar and T56-A-425 engines with the improved APS-139 and T56-A-427. This version was soon followed by the further improved Group II which now featured the APS-145 radar. The Group II has been incrementally upgraded with new navigation systems, displays and computers culminating in the E-2C Hawkeye 2000 variant (sometimes referred to as Group III, although the term is no longer used as an official designation).

The Hawkeye 2000 features the APS-145 radar with a new mission computer and CIC (Combat Information Center) workstations (Advanced Control Indicator Set or ACIS), and carries the U.S. Navy’s new CEC (cooperative engagement capability) data-link system. It is also fitted with a larger capacity vapor cycle avionics cooling system. A variant of the Group II with the upgrades to the mission computer and CIC workstations is referred to as the MCU/ACIS.

All Group II aircraft have had their 1960s vintage computer-processors replaced by a mission computer with the same functionality but built using more modern computer technology. This is referred to as the GrIIM RePr (Group II Mission Computer Replacement Program, pronounced "grim reaper"). In 2007 and 2008 a hardware and software upgrade package is being added to Hawkeye 2000 aircraft that allows faster processing, double current trackfile capacity, and access to satellite information networks. Hawkeye 2000 cockpits are also being upgraded to include solid-state glass displays, upgraded weather detection systems, and GPS-approach capability. Testing for in-flight refueling modifications is also being conducted.

E-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (July 20, 2004) – Lt. j.g. Michael Greentree gives Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Two Rear Adm. Michael Tracy a tour of an E2-C Hawkeye assigned to the “Seahawks" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126) aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman recently completed Majestic Eagle 04, a multinational exercise conducted off the coast of Morocco. The exercise demonstrates the combined force capabilities and quick response times of the participating naval, air, undersea and surface warfare groups. Countries involved in the U.S.-led exercise include the United Kingdom, Morocco, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Ryan T. O'ConnorE-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (July 20, 2004) – Lt. j.g. Michael Greentree gives Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Two Rear Adm. Michael Tracy a tour of an E2-C Hawkeye assigned to the “Seahawks" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126) aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman recently completed Majestic Eagle 04, a multinational exercise conducted off the coast of Morocco. The exercise demonstrates the combined force capabilities and quick response times of the participating naval, air, undersea and surface warfare groups. Countries involved in the U.S.-led exercise include the United Kingdom, Morocco, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Ryan T. O'Connor

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

The latest version of the E-2, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, is currently under development and the first two aircraft, "Delta One" and "Delta Two" are in flight testing. The E-2D features an entirely new avionics suite, including the new APY-9 radar, radio suite, mission computer, integrated satellite communications capability, flight management system, improved engines, a new "glass" cockpit and the ability to refuel in-flight. The APY-9 features an Active Electronically Scanned Array (electronically steered) radar in its rotodome. The E-2D will include provisions for either pilot to act as a Tactical 4th Operator, and have access to the full range of mission functions available to the CIC crew. First flight was 3 August 2007, with Initial Operational Capability (IOC) expected in 2011. Operational history

Since replacing the E-1 in 1964, the Hawkeye has been the "eyes of the fleet." Since its combat debut during the Vietnam conflict, the E-2 has served the US Navy around the world. Hawkeyes (from VAW-123 "Screwtops" aboard the USS America) directed F-14 fighters flying combat air patrol during Operation El Dorado Canyon, the two-carrier battle group joint strike against terrorist-related Libyan targets in 1986. More recently, E-2Cs provided the command and control for successful operations during the Gulf War, directing both land attack and combat air patrol missions over Iraq and providing control for the shoot-down of two Iraqi MiG-21 aircraft by carrier-based F/A-18s in the early days of the war. E-2 aircraft also have worked extremely effectively with US law enforcement agencies in drug interdictions.

During Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom all 10 Hawkeye squadrons flew overland sorties. They provided critical battle management for attack of enemy ground targets, close-air-support coordination, combat search and rescue control, airspace management, as well as datalink and communication relay for both land and naval forces. During Hurricane Katrina three Hawkeye squadrons were deployed in support of urban relief efforts including Air Traffic Control responsibilities spanning three states, and control of Coast Guard and National Guard helicopter rescue units.

Hawkeye 2000s first deployed in 2003 aboard USS Nimitz with VAW-117 "Wallbangers" and CVW-11. The U.S. Navy Hawkeyes have now been upgraded with eight bladed props as part of the NP2000 program; the first squadron to cruise with the new propellers was VAW-124 "Bear Aces". The latest version can track more than 2,000 targets simultaneously (while at the same time, detecting 20,000 simultaneously) to a range greater than 400 miles (650 km) and simultaneously guide 40–100 air to air intercepts or air to surface engagements.

In late 2006, the US announced that it intended to sell three P-3C Orions equipped with the E-2C Hawkeye 2000 system to the Pakistan Navy. These aircraft will provide Pakistan with search surveillance, and control capability in support of maritime interdiction operations. Though once considered being replaced by Common Support Aircraft, the original plan failed to materialize, and E-2 will continue its role as the primary AEW aircraft in USN in the near future.

E-2C Hawkeye: Pacific Ocean (Nov. 18, 2002) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Sun Kings" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Six (VAW-116) launches from the flight deck of the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV 64) for a sunset training flight. Constellation and embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Daniel J. McLainE-2C Hawkeye: Pacific Ocean (Nov. 18, 2002) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Sun Kings" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Six (VAW-116) launches from the flight deck of the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV 64) for a sunset training flight. Constellation and embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Daniel J. McLain

Variants

W2F-1

Original designation of the Hawkeye, changed to E-2A in 1962.

E-2A

Initial production version, was W2F-1 before 1962.

TE-2A

Two E-2As converted as crew trainers.

YC-2A

Two E-2As converted as prototypes of the C-2 Greyhound

E-2B

As E-2A but fitted with improved computing, enlarged outer fins and provision for inflight refueling. Conversions from E-2A.

YE-2C

Two E-2As converted as E-2C prototypes.

E-2C

As the E-2B but with all new electronics, surveillance radar and search radar, 63 built. In "plus-models" the E-2C also has an upgraded power-plant.

E-2C Hawkeye 2000

It is a new upgrade version of E-2C.

E-2D

Currently in flight test. It will feature an entirely new avionics suite, improved engines, a new "glass cockpit" and the ability to refuel in-flight. Initial Operational Capability (IOC) is expected in 2011.

E-2K

Similar to E-2C Hawkeye 2000. Republic of China (Taiwan) named it E-2K.

E-2T

E-2C variant for Republic of China (Taiwan).

Operators

Republic of China (Taiwan)

* Republic of China Air Force operate 4 E-2T and 2 E-2K.

o 78 Squadron

Egypt

* Egyptian Air Force operates 6 planes, conversion to E-2 Hawkeye 2000 standard in progress, due to completion by end of 2008

France

* Aviation Navale is the only operator other than the US Navy to employ Hawkeyes on board aircraft carriers.

o 4 Flotille operates 3 E-2C, and is seeking a fourth

Israel

* Israeli Air Force operated four aircraft until 1994. It was the first to install in-flight refuelling equipment. Three of four Israeli Hawkeyes were sold to Mexico in 2002 after an upgrade package installation, one was handed over to the Israeli Air Force Museum.

o 192 Squadron

Japan

* Japan Air Self-Defense Force

o 601 Hikotai operates 13 E-2C

Mexico

* Mexican Navy received three E-2C from Israel.

Singapore

* Republic of Singapore Air Force

o 111 Squadron operates 4 E-2c

United States

* United States Navy

o VAW-77 Night Wolfs

o VAW-78 Fighting Escargot (Defunct)

o VAW-88 Cottonpickers (Defunct)

o VAW-110 Firebirds (Defunct)

o VAW-111 Graybirds (Defunct)

o VAW-112 Golden Hawks

o VAW-113 Black Eagles

o VAW-114 Hormel Hawgs (Defunct)

o VAW-115 Liberty Bells

o VAW-116 Sun Kings

o VAW-117 Wallbangers

o VAW-120 Greyhawks

o VAW-121 Bluetails

o VAW-122 Steeljaws (Defunct)

o VAW-123 Screwtops

o VAW-124 Bear Aces

o VAW-125 Tigertails

o VAW-126 Seahawks

o VAW-127 Seabats (Defunct)

* United States Coast Guard

o CGAW-1 Specifications (E-2C)

General characteristics

* Crew: 5 (2 pilots, 3 naval flight officers - combat information center officer, air control officer, radar operator)
* Length: 57 ft 7 in (17.56 m)
* Wingspan: 80 ft 7 in (24.58 m)
* Height: 18 ft 4 in (5.58 m)
* Wing area: 700 ft² (65 m²)
* Empty weight: 37,678 lb (17,090 kg)
* Loaded weight: 55,000 lb (23,391 kg)
* Max takeoff weight: 55,000 lb (23,391 kg)
* Powerplant: 2× Allison T56-A-425 or -427 turboprop, 5100 shp (-427) (3,800 kW) each

Performance

* Maximum speed: 375 mph (604 km/h)
* Range: 1,605 mi (2,583 km)
* Service ceiling 30,800 ft (9,390 m)
* Rate of climb: 2,515 ft/min (13 m/s)
* Wing loading: 72.7 lb/ft² (355 kg/m²)
* Power/mass: 0.19 hp/lb (0.32 kW/kg)

More photos:

E-2C Hawkeye: Arabian Gulf (May 22, 2004) - A Sailor assigned to Air Department, checks the shuttle on one of four steam catapult systems, after an E-2C Hawkeye launches during flight operations aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73). The Norfolk, Va. based aircraft carrier is on a scheduled deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Brien AhoE-2C Hawkeye: Arabian Gulf (May 22, 2004) - A Sailor assigned to Air Department, checks the shuttle on one of four steam catapult systems, after an E-2C Hawkeye launches during flight operations aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73). The Norfolk, Va. based aircraft carrier is on a scheduled deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Brien Aho

E-2C Hawkeye: Pacific Ocean (Nov. 18, 2002) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Sun Kings" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Six (VAW-116) launches from the flight deck of the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV 64) for a sunset training flight. Constellation and embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Daniel J. McLainE-2C Hawkeye: Pacific Ocean (Nov. 18, 2002) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Sun Kings" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Six (VAW-116) launches from the flight deck of the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV 64) for a sunset training flight. Constellation and embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Daniel J. McLain

E-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (June 11, 2004) - Members of the 67th Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC) observe the fly-by of an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Screwtops” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Three (VAW-123) on the flight deck of USS Enterprise (CVN 65). The JCOC is a multi-service orientation program composed of 51 Distinguished Civilian, Department of Defense (DoD) and Military Visitors. Enterprise is one of seven carriers involved in Summer Pulse 2004. Summer Pulse 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the Navy’s first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Milosz ReterskiE-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (June 11, 2004) - Members of the 67th Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC) observe the fly-by of an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Screwtops” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Three (VAW-123) on the flight deck of USS Enterprise (CVN 65). The JCOC is a multi-service orientation program composed of 51 Distinguished Civilian, Department of Defense (DoD) and Military Visitors. Enterprise is one of seven carriers involved in Summer Pulse 2004. Summer Pulse 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the Navy’s first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Milosz Reterski

E-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (June 8, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the “Seahawks” of Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126), prepares to launch from USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman is one of seven aircraft carriers involved in Summer Pulse 2004. Summer Pulse 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft carrier strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat power across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the Navy’s first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class M Danny Ewing Jr.E-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (June 8, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the “Seahawks” of Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126), prepares to launch from USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman is one of seven aircraft carriers involved in Summer Pulse 2004. Summer Pulse 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft carrier strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat power across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the Navy’s first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class M Danny Ewing Jr.

E-2C Hawkeye: Arabian Gulf (Jun. 16, 2004) - A Sailor watches an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Bluetails" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two One (VAW-121) fly from USS George Washington (CVN 73). The Norfolk, Va.-based aircraft carrier and embarked Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7) are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Joan KretschmerE-2C Hawkeye: Arabian Gulf (Jun. 16, 2004) - A Sailor watches an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Bluetails" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two One (VAW-121) fly from USS George Washington (CVN 73). The Norfolk, Va.-based aircraft carrier and embarked Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7) are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Joan Kretschmer

E-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (July 14, 2004) - USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Catapult Officer Lt. Pamela Nickrand, from Jacksonville, Fla., ducks down as an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Screwtops" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Three (VAW-123) launches from a steam catapult on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Enterprise is participating in Majestic Eagle, a multinational exercise being conducted off the coast of Morocco. The exercise demonstrates the combined force capabilities and quick response times of the participating naval, air, undersea and surface warfare groups. Countries involved in the U.S.-led exercise include the United Kingdom, Morocco, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey. Enterprise's participation in Majestic Eagle is part of her scheduled deployment supporting the Navy's new fleet response plan (FRP) Summer Pulse 2004, the simultaneous deployment of seven carrier strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Milosz ReterskiE-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (July 14, 2004) - USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Catapult Officer Lt. Pamela Nickrand, from Jacksonville, Fla., ducks down as an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Screwtops" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Three (VAW-123) launches from a steam catapult on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Enterprise is participating in Majestic Eagle, a multinational exercise being conducted off the coast of Morocco. The exercise demonstrates the combined force capabilities and quick response times of the participating naval, air, undersea and surface warfare groups. Countries involved in the U.S.-led exercise include the United Kingdom, Morocco, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey. Enterprise's participation in Majestic Eagle is part of her scheduled deployment supporting the Navy's new fleet response plan (FRP) Summer Pulse 2004, the simultaneous deployment of seven carrier strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Milosz Reterski

E-2C Hawkeye: Scotland (June 29, 2004) - An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the "Rooks" of Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Seven (VAQ-137) flies in formation with an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Screwtops" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Three (VAW-123) over Scotland. The two Squadrons are part of Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) embarked aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is one of seven aircraft carriers involved in Summer Pulse 2004. Summer Pulse 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the Navy's first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Joshua E. HelgesonE-2C Hawkeye: Scotland (June 29, 2004) - An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the "Rooks" of Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Seven (VAQ-137) flies in formation with an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Screwtops" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Three (VAW-123) over Scotland. The two Squadrons are part of Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) embarked aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is one of seven aircraft carriers involved in Summer Pulse 2004. Summer Pulse 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the Navy's first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Joshua E. Helgeson

E-2C Hawkeye: Scotland (June 29, 2004) - An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the "Rooks" of Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Seven (VAQ-137) flies in formation with an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Screwtops" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Three (VAW-123) over Scotland. The two Squadrons are part of Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) embarked aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is one of seven aircraft carriers involved in Summer Pulse 2004. Summer Pulse 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the Navy's first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Joshua E. HelgesonE-2C Hawkeye: Scotland (June 29, 2004) - An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the "Rooks" of Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Seven (VAQ-137) flies in formation with an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Screwtops" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Three (VAW-123) over Scotland. The two Squadrons are part of Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) embarked aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is one of seven aircraft carriers involved in Summer Pulse 2004. Summer Pulse 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the Navy's first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Joshua E. Helgeson

E-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (June 28, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Screwtops" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Three (VAW-123) prepares to launch from one of four steam-powered catapults on the flight deck aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is one of seven aircraft carriers participating in Summer Pulse 2004. Summer Pulse 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft carrier strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat power across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the Navy's first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Rob GastonE-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (June 28, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Screwtops" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Three (VAW-123) prepares to launch from one of four steam-powered catapults on the flight deck aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is one of seven aircraft carriers participating in Summer Pulse 2004. Summer Pulse 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft carrier strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat power across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the Navy's first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Rob Gaston

E-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (June 22, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the “Screwtops” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Three (VAW-123) comes in for a landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is one of seven aircraft carriers involved in Summer Pulse 2004. Summer Pulse 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft carrier strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat power across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the Navy’s first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Christopher J. CarrE-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (June 22, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the “Screwtops” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Three (VAW-123) comes in for a landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is one of seven aircraft carriers involved in Summer Pulse 2004. Summer Pulse 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft carrier strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat power across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the Navy’s first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Christopher J. Carr

E-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (July 20, 2004) – Lt. j.g. Michael Greentree gives Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Two Rear Adm. Michael Tracy a tour of an E2-C Hawkeye assigned to the “Seahawks" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126) aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman recently completed Majestic Eagle 04, a multinational exercise conducted off the coast of Morocco. The exercise demonstrates the combined force capabilities and quick response times of the participating naval, air, undersea and surface warfare groups. Countries involved in the U.S.-led exercise include the United Kingdom, Morocco, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Ryan T. O'ConnorE-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (July 20, 2004) – Lt. j.g. Michael Greentree gives Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Two Rear Adm. Michael Tracy a tour of an E2-C Hawkeye assigned to the “Seahawks" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126) aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman recently completed Majestic Eagle 04, a multinational exercise conducted off the coast of Morocco. The exercise demonstrates the combined force capabilities and quick response times of the participating naval, air, undersea and surface warfare groups. Countries involved in the U.S.-led exercise include the United Kingdom, Morocco, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Ryan T. O'Connor

E-2C Hawkeye: South China Sea (Sept. 6, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Black Eagles" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Three (VAW-113) heads skyward after launching from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Stennis and embarked Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) are currently participating in a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Mark J. RebilasE-2C Hawkeye: South China Sea (Sept. 6, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Black Eagles" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Three (VAW-113) heads skyward after launching from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Stennis and embarked Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) are currently participating in a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Mark J. Rebilas

E-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (November 5, 2004) - Airman Recruit Tywanna Coleman of Dallas, Texas, shows the weight board to the catapult operator as an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the “Greyhawks” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Zero (VAW-120) prepares for launch aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is conducting routine training off the East coast of the United States. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Andrew MorrowE-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (November 5, 2004) - Airman Recruit Tywanna Coleman of Dallas, Texas, shows the weight board to the catapult operator as an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the “Greyhawks” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Zero (VAW-120) prepares for launch aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is conducting routine training off the East coast of the United States. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Andrew Morrow

E-2C Hawkeye: Pacific Ocean (Oct. 21, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Sun Kings" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Six (VAW-116), prepares aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean. Carrier Strike Group Nine (CSG-9) is the first to be used in the Surge Role in support of the Chief of Naval Operations Fleet Response Plan (FRP). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Seth C. PetersonE-2C Hawkeye: Pacific Ocean (Oct. 21, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Sun Kings" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Six (VAW-116), prepares aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean. Carrier Strike Group Nine (CSG-9) is the first to be used in the Surge Role in support of the Chief of Naval Operations Fleet Response Plan (FRP). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Seth C. Peterson

E-2C Hawkeye top: Naval Air Station Oceana, Va. (Sept. 25, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Screwtops" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Three (VAW-123), flies past the crowd during an aerial demonstration of the Hawkeye at the 2004 "In Pursuit of Liberty," Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show. The air show, held Sept. 24-26, showcased civilian and military aircraft from the Nation's armed forces, which provided many flight demonstrations and static displays. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLainE-2C Hawkeye top: Naval Air Station Oceana, Va. (Sept. 25, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Screwtops" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Three (VAW-123), flies past the crowd during an aerial demonstration of the Hawkeye at the 2004 "In Pursuit of Liberty," Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show. The air show, held Sept. 24-26, showcased civilian and military aircraft from the Nation's armed forces, which provided many flight demonstrations and static displays. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain

E-2C Hawkeye: South China Sea (Sept. 12, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Black Eagles" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Three (VAW-113), takes flight after launching from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Stennis and embarked Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) are currently at sea on a scheduled deployment in the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Richard R. WaiteE-2C Hawkeye: South China Sea (Sept. 12, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Black Eagles" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Three (VAW-113), takes flight after launching from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Stennis and embarked Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) are currently at sea on a scheduled deployment in the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Richard R. Waite

E-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (Sept. 9, 2004) – An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Bear Aces" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Four (VAW-124) launches down the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman and embarked Carrier Wing Eight (CVW-8) are currently participating in carrier qualifications. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Kathaleen A. KnowlesE-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (Sept. 9, 2004) – An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Bear Aces" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Four (VAW-124) launches down the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman and embarked Carrier Wing Eight (CVW-8) are currently participating in carrier qualifications. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Kathaleen A. Knowles

E-2C Hawkeye: Pacific Ocean (Dec. 2, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the “Wallbangers” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Seven (VAW-117), launches from one four steam-powered catapults on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise off the coast of southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Natalia E. PanettaE-2C Hawkeye: Pacific Ocean (Dec. 2, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the “Wallbangers” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Seven (VAW-117), launches from one four steam-powered catapults on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise off the coast of southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Natalia E. Panetta

E-2C Hawkeye: Arabian Gulf (Nov. 19, 2004) - Landing Signal Officers (LSO) watch as an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to "Seahawks" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126) prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman's Carrier Strike Group Ten (CSG-10) and her embarked Carrier Airwing Three (CVW-3) are currently on a scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Craig R. SpieringE-2C Hawkeye: Arabian Gulf (Nov. 19, 2004) - Landing Signal Officers (LSO) watch as an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to "Seahawks" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126) prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman's Carrier Strike Group Ten (CSG-10) and her embarked Carrier Airwing Three (CVW-3) are currently on a scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Craig R. Spiering

E-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (Nov. 4, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the “Greyhawks” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Zero (VAW-120), performs touch and go landings as another E-2C Hawkeye awaits taxi directions aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73). The Norfolk, Va.-based Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is conducting routine training off the East coast of the United States. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Robert BrooksE-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (Nov. 4, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the “Greyhawks” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Zero (VAW-120), performs touch and go landings as another E-2C Hawkeye awaits taxi directions aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73). The Norfolk, Va.-based Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is conducting routine training off the East coast of the United States. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Robert Brooks

E-2C Hawkeye: Pacific Ocean (Dec. 7, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Sun Kings" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Six (VAW-116), places engines in full military aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) prior to flight operations. Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jordon R. BeesleyE-2C Hawkeye: Pacific Ocean (Dec. 7, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Sun Kings" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Six (VAW-116), places engines in full military aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) prior to flight operations. Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jordon R. Beesley

E-2C Hawkeye: Pacific Ocean (Nov. 10, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the “Sun Kings” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Six (VAW-116), launches from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Seth C. PetersonE-2C Hawkeye: Pacific Ocean (Nov. 10, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the “Sun Kings” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Six (VAW-116), launches from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Seth C. Peterson

E-2C Hawkeye: Persian Gulf (Dec. 10, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Seahawks" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126), launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Currently aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) embarked aboard Truman are providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in ongoing operations over Iraq. Truman's Carrier Strike Group Ten (CSG-10) and embarked CVW-3 are currently on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Ryan O'ConnorE-2C Hawkeye: Persian Gulf (Dec. 10, 2004) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Seahawks" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126), launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Currently aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) embarked aboard Truman are providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in ongoing operations over Iraq. Truman's Carrier Strike Group Ten (CSG-10) and embarked CVW-3 are currently on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Ryan O'Connor

E-2C Hawkeye: Persian Gulf (Dec. 10, 2004) - Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Luis Martinez assigned to Air Department, checks for a clear deck as an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the “Seahawks” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126) prepares to launch from one of four steam-powered catapults on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). Currently, aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) embarked aboard Truman are providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in ongoing operations over Iraq. Truman’s Carrier Strike Group Ten (CSG-10) and CVW-3 are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Ryan O'ConnorE-2C Hawkeye: Persian Gulf (Dec. 10, 2004) - Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Luis Martinez assigned to Air Department, checks for a clear deck as an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the “Seahawks” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126) prepares to launch from one of four steam-powered catapults on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). Currently, aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) embarked aboard Truman are providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in ongoing operations over Iraq. Truman’s Carrier Strike Group Ten (CSG-10) and CVW-3 are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Ryan O'Connor

E-2C Hawkeye: Persian Gulf (Jan. 13, 2005) – An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the “Seahawks” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126), prepares for an arrested recovery USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) are providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions over Iraq. The Truman Carrier Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Philip V. MorrillE-2C Hawkeye: Persian Gulf (Jan. 13, 2005) – An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the “Seahawks” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126), prepares for an arrested recovery USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) are providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions over Iraq. The Truman Carrier Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Philip V. Morrill

E-2C Hawkeye: Persian Gulf (Jan. 11, 2005) – Ripples appear on the body of an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Seahawks" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126), due to the tremendous amount of torque and pressure exerted on the aircraft while landing on the flight deck aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) are providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions over Iraq. The Truman Carrier Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Kristopher WilsonE-2C Hawkeye: Persian Gulf (Jan. 11, 2005) – Ripples appear on the body of an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Seahawks" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126), due to the tremendous amount of torque and pressure exerted on the aircraft while landing on the flight deck aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) are providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions over Iraq. The Truman Carrier Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Kristopher Wilson

E-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (Jan. 13, 2005) - An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the “Bear Aces” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Four (VAW-124), is recovered during flight deck operations aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The nuclear powered aircraft carrier is currently conducting flight deck certification in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Stephen MaddoxE-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (Jan. 13, 2005) - An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the “Bear Aces” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Four (VAW-124), is recovered during flight deck operations aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The nuclear powered aircraft carrier is currently conducting flight deck certification in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Stephen Maddox

E-2C Hawkeye: Persian Gulf (Dec. 10, 2004) – E-2C Hawkeyes, assigned to the “Seahawks” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126), fly over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) prior to landing after a mission. Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) embarked aboard Truman is providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions over Iraq. The Truman Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Ryan O'ConnorE-2C Hawkeye: Persian Gulf (Dec. 10, 2004) – E-2C Hawkeyes, assigned to the “Seahawks” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126), fly over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) prior to landing after a mission. Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) embarked aboard Truman is providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions over Iraq. The Truman Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Ryan O'Connor

E-2C Hawkeye: Andaman Sea (Jan. 12, 2005) - An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Sun Kings" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Six (VAW-116), launches off the flight deck aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Flight operations are being conducted to keep the pilots and aircrew assigned to Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) qualified as Abraham Lincoln is conducting humanitarian aid missions on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Helicopters assigned to CVW-2 and Sailors from Abraham Lincoln are supporting Operation Unified Assistance, the humanitarian operation effort in the wake of the Tsunami that struck South East Asia. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is currently operating in the Indian Ocean off the waters of Indonesia and Thailand. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Seth C. PetersonE-2C Hawkeye: Andaman Sea (Jan. 12, 2005) - An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Sun Kings" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Six (VAW-116), launches off the flight deck aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Flight operations are being conducted to keep the pilots and aircrew assigned to Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) qualified as Abraham Lincoln is conducting humanitarian aid missions on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Helicopters assigned to CVW-2 and Sailors from Abraham Lincoln are supporting Operation Unified Assistance, the humanitarian operation effort in the wake of the Tsunami that struck South East Asia. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is currently operating in the Indian Ocean off the waters of Indonesia and Thailand. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Seth C. Peterson

E-2C Hawkeye: Philippine Sea (Feb. 20, 2005) - A C-2A Greyhound, assigned to the "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Three Zero (VRC-30) and a E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the “Sun Kings” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Six (VAW-116), perform a fly-by during a flight demonstration aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Justin R. BlakeE-2C Hawkeye: Philippine Sea (Feb. 20, 2005) - A C-2A Greyhound, assigned to the "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Three Zero (VRC-30) and a E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the “Sun Kings” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Six (VAW-116), perform a fly-by during a flight demonstration aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Justin R. Blake

E-2C Hawkeye: Pacific Ocean (Feb. 18, 2005) - An Aviation Boatswain's Mate directs the pilots of an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Golden Hawks " of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Two (VAW-112), after a safe recovery during flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is on a scheduled deployment and will arrive in Norfolk, Va., at its completion to prepare her for refueling and a complex overhaul. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Dusty HowellE-2C Hawkeye: Pacific Ocean (Feb. 18, 2005) - An Aviation Boatswain's Mate directs the pilots of an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Golden Hawks " of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Two (VAW-112), after a safe recovery during flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is on a scheduled deployment and will arrive in Norfolk, Va., at its completion to prepare her for refueling and a complex overhaul. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Dusty Howell

E-2C Hawkeye: Mediterranean Sea (Mar. 28, 2005) - Two E-2C Hawkeyes, assigned to the "Seahawks" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126), circle the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) prior to breaking away for their final approaches during recovery operations. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group was recently relieved after completing nearly four months in the Persian Gulf in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Kristopher WilsonE-2C Hawkeye: Mediterranean Sea (Mar. 28, 2005) - Two E-2C Hawkeyes, assigned to the "Seahawks" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126), circle the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) prior to breaking away for their final approaches during recovery operations. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group was recently relieved after completing nearly four months in the Persian Gulf in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Kristopher Wilson

E-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (June 21, 2005) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Greyhawks" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Zero (VAW-120) prepares for an arrested landing on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman is currently underway conducting routine operations off the East Coast. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Katherine M. PayneE-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (June 21, 2005) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Greyhawks" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Zero (VAW-120) prepares for an arrested landing on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman is currently underway conducting routine operations off the East Coast. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Katherine M. Payne

E-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (July 12, 2005) - An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Seahawks" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126), takes to the air after conducting a touch-and-go landing on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman is currently conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Kristopher WilsonE-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (July 12, 2005) - An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Seahawks" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126), takes to the air after conducting a touch-and-go landing on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman is currently conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Kristopher Wilson

E-2C Hawkeye: Pacific Ocean (Aug. 7, 2005) - An aircraft director aboard the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), directs an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Five (VAW-115), to a steam-powered catapult prior to launch. The Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group and the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) are participating in the third annual Joint Air and Sea Exercise (JASEX) with the U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Marine Corps in the western Pacific. JASEX focuses on integrated joint training proficiency in detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, and on land, in response to a range of mission areas. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Joshua Wayne LeGrandE-2C Hawkeye: Pacific Ocean (Aug. 7, 2005) - An aircraft director aboard the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), directs an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Five (VAW-115), to a steam-powered catapult prior to launch. The Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group and the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) are participating in the third annual Joint Air and Sea Exercise (JASEX) with the U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Marine Corps in the western Pacific. JASEX focuses on integrated joint training proficiency in detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, and on land, in response to a range of mission areas. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Joshua Wayne LeGrand

E-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (Oct. 19, 2005) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Screwtops" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Three (VAW-123) lands on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is currently underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting Carrier Qualifications. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Bill HowellE-2C Hawkeye: Atlantic Ocean (Oct. 19, 2005) - An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Screwtops" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Three (VAW-123) lands on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is currently underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting Carrier Qualifications. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Bill Howell

E-2C Hawkeye: South China Sea (Dec. 2, 2005) - An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Liberty Bells" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Five (VAW-115), flies over the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) in preparation to land. Kitty Hawk and embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) are currently conducting operations in the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Joshua Wayne LeGrandE-2C Hawkeye: South China Sea (Dec. 2, 2005) - An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Liberty Bells" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Five (VAW-115), flies over the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) in preparation to land. Kitty Hawk and embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) are currently conducting operations in the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Joshua Wayne LeGrand

E-2C Hawkeye: South China Sea (Dec. 2, 2005) - An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the “Liberty Bells” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Five (VAW-115), prepares to land on the flight deck of the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk and embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) are currently conducting operations in the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Jonathan ChandlerE-2C Hawkeye: South China Sea (Dec. 2, 2005) - An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the “Liberty Bells” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Five (VAW-115), prepares to land on the flight deck of the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk and embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) are currently conducting operations in the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Jonathan Chandler

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