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Airborne Command & Control Squadron (VAW) 113 “Black Eagles”


Provide Command and Control and Airborne Early Warning any time, any place in order to accomplish our warfare commander's intent.

About Us

The "Black Eagles" were commissioned as an individual squadron on April 20, 1967. One week later, VAW-113 deployed to the Western Pacific (WESTPAC), flying the E-2A Hawkeye in support of Vietnam operations from 1967 to 1975.

From 2018 into 2019, VAW-113 prepared for the unprecedented transcontinental type/mode/series transition from the E-2C to the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. Following successful Carrier Qualification on board the JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) in the fall of 2019, the Black Eagles flew their new platform back to Point Mugu, CA. Upon their "Safe for Flight" certification, the Black Eagles became the first E-2D squadron on the west coast, and have since begun exploring the immense capabilities in fleet events.

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye we fly is the newest variant of the E-2 aircraft platform. It features a state-of-the-art radar with a two-generation leap in capability and upgraded aircraft systems that will improve supportability and increase readiness.

This dual engine, turboprop airborne command and control aircraft is often referred to as the "Hummer". Its principal mission is command and control of airborne, surface, and battlefield assets. This includes long range detection of hostile forces, strike control at sea, coordination and control for power projection ashore and fleet air defense.

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