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Airborne Command & Control Squadron (VAW) 115 “Liberty Bells”


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

About Us

The VAW-115 "Liberty Bells" initially flew the E-2A Hawkeye, and were assigned to CVW-2 onboard the USS Ranger. After transitioning to the E-2B variant, VAW-115 shifted to CVW-5 on board the USS Midway (CV-41), where the squadron participated in two combat deployments in the Gulf of Tonkin between May 1971 and April 1973.

From 1985 until 2017, the Liberty Bells flew the E-2C Hawkeye, as part of the forward deployed naval forces (FDNF) based in Atsugi, Japan, attached to CVW-5. In 2017, after 43 years of FDNF service, and the last of the original FDNF, the Liberty Bells re-homeported to Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu. The Liberty Bells performed two forward deployments attached to CVW-11 onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt in 2020 and 2021.

In 2022, VAW-115 accepted ownership of its first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, Aerial Refueling mod aircraft, the Navy's most advanced all-weather, carrier-based, tactical battle management, airborne early warning, and command and control aircraft. This is the aircraft we proudly fly today.

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

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