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Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 110
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 110 (US Navy) patch.png
Active 20 April 1967 - 30 September 1994
Country United States
Branch United States Navy SealUnited States Navy
Type Airborne Early Warning
Role training
Nickname(s) "Firebirds"

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 110 (VAW-110), nicknamed the "Firebirds", was an aviation unit of the United States Navy based at NAS Miramar.The Firebirds were a training squadron for the E-2 Hawkeyes. It was disestablished in September 1994.

Squadron History[edit]

It had its beginnings on 20 April 1967 as Replacement Airborne Early Warning Squadron 110 (RVAW-110), which had been formed when VAW-11 was broken into six separate squadrons. In spite of its primary role in training, RVAW-110 acquired operational skills through deployments aboard the aircraft carriers USS Oriskany (CVA-34), USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), and USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) during the Vietnam War.[citation needed] Actually RVAW 110 was known as the rag outfit and it was the training arm of the Airborn Early Warning Squadron's. It consisted of E-1B's and E-2A's. It was stationed at NAS North Island. I was an Airman fresh out of boot camp and was stationed there from 1966 to 1968, then transferred to VAW 111, later known as VAW 11. Vaw 111 Det 20 did carrier qualifications on the Bennington, Ticonderoga, and Hornet.


In July 1966, VAW-12 received the first E-2A Hawkeye, and was supplying detachments utilizing two different aircraft aboard ten Atlantic Fleet aircraft carriers in addition to training personnel for those detachments. With over 200 officers and 800 enlisted personnel, VAW -12 was reorganized as an Air Wing, and on 1 April 1967, Admiral T.E. Moore, Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, commissioned Carrier Airborne Early Warning Wing Twelve with six operating squadrons.[1]


The squadron received the second generation E-2B Hawkeye aircraft in 1970, followed by the arrival of the E-2C on 31 May 1980. With the delivery of the first Advanced Radar Processing System (ARPS) aircraft in 1978, RVAW 120 trained Naval Flight Officers (NFOs), Flight Technicians and maintenance personnel in both the APS-120 and APS-125 radars. This continued unitl 1980 when all east coast VAW squadrons completed transition to the APS-125.[1]


In May 1980, the 2F110 Operational Flight Trainer (OFT) was delivered and ready for use in early May 1981. The OFT is designed to simulate actual in-flight emergencies and train Replacement Pilots handle such emergencies prior to receiving E-2C training flights. The 15F8B Weapon System Trainer(WST) arrived in October 1984 and was accepted for training on 19 November 1984. This latest arrival provided staff and Replacement NFOs with the latest technology for the Grumman Hawkeye.[1]

A VAW-110 E-2C in 1989.

In late 1987, VAW-110 began training personnel for the Grumman C-2 Greyhound carrier onboard delivery aircraft. Later it also trained crews for new variants of the E-2C Hawkeye.[2]


After more than 27 years of service under two designations, VAW-110 was disestablished on 30 September 1994. Its duties were assumed by VAW-120.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "VPNAVY - VAW-110 History Summary Page - VP Patrol Squadron". Retrieved 2015-10-27. 
  2. ^ Burgess, Rick (2004-07-01). "Lest We Forget: Marvin Shields, VAW-110". Proceedings Magazine. 130 (7): 217. Retrieved 2014-02-02.