List of United States Navy aircraft wings

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This is a list of United States Navy aircraft wings. It covers both Carrier air wings and land-based wings. Since air groups in the United States Navy were all redesignated as wings, it also covers groups.

Carrier Air Wings[edit]

The "A" Prefix denotes USN Atlantic Fleet affiliation, while "N" Denotes USN Pacific Fleet affiliation.

  • Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) "AB"
  • Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) "NE"
  • Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) "AC"
  • Readiness Attack Carrier Air Wing Four (RCVW-4) "AD" (Disestablished 1970) tail code "AD" is still in use with Atlantic fleet CVW training squadrons
  • Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5)"NF"
  • Carrier Air Wing Six (CVW-6) "AE" (Disestablished)
  • Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7) "AG"
  • Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8) "AJ"
  • Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) "NG"
  • Carrier Air Wing 10 (CVW-10) "NM" or "AK" (Disestablished 30 September 1988). Active in the Atlantic Fleet with the tail code "AK" from 1952 to 1969. Wing reestablished on 1 November 1986 in the Pacific Fleet, and the "NM" tail code of the old CVW-19 was given to CVW-10, despite the earlier "AK" code. The new CVW-10 should have been assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62). However, it was never deployed and CVW-10 was disestablished again on 30 September 1988.
  • Carrier Air Wing 11 (CVW-11) "NH"
  • Readiness Attack Carrier Air Wing 12 (RCVW-12) "NJ" (Disestablished) tail code "NJ" is still in use with Pacific Fleet CVW training squadrons
  • Carrier Air Wing 13 (CVW-13) "AK" (Disestablished) Established 1 Mar 1984; disestablished 1 Jan 1991. Previous establishment as CVG-13 disbanded 21 August 1962.[1] CVW-13 was assigned CVW-10's original "AK" fin flash during the 1980s.
  • Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14) "NK" (Disestablished)
  • Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15) "NL" (Disestablished)
  • Carrier Air Wing 16 (CVW-16) "AH" (Disestablished)
  • Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW-17) "NA"
  • No Carrier Air Wing 18 was established, at least according to U.S. Navy official sources.[1] It should be noted that CVG-18 was established on 20 July 1943, and became CVAG-7 on 15 Nov 1946, the predecessor to Carrier Air Wing 7.
  • Carrier Air Wing 19 (CVW-19) "NM" (Disestablished)
  • Carrier Air Wing 21 (CVW-21) "NP" (Disestablished) - CVG-21 Established 1 Jul 1955; became CVW-21 20 Dec 1963; disestablished 12 Dec 1975.[1]

Reserve Carrier Air Wings[edit]

Carrier Air Groups[edit]

Attack Carrier Air Groups[edit]

Light Carrier Air Groups[edit]

Battle Carrier Air Groups[edit]

Escort Carrier Air Groups[edit]

Night Carrier Air Groups[edit]

Night Light Carrier Air Groups[edit]

Night Escort Carrier Air Group[edit]

Ship-Named Air Groups[edit]

Antisubmarine Carrier Air Groups[edit]

Reserve Antisubmarine Carrier Air Groups[edit]

Patrol Wings[edit]

See PatWing

Fleet Air Wings[edit]

Patrol and Reconnaissance Wings[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Roy A. Grossnick (ed.), United States Naval Aviation 1910–1995, Appendix 15, accessed May 2012
  2. ^ [OPNAV Notice 5400 (5400.8543) Modification of Officer in Charge, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Fifth Fleet Det Bahrain], issued 13 October 2011


  • Roy A. Grossnick (ed.), United States Naval Aviation 1910–1995, [1]