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Airborne Command & Control and Logistics Wing

Command History

Commander, Airborne Command & Control and Logistics Wing (COMACCLOGWING) was established on 01 October 2005. Formerly known as Airborne Early Warning Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMAEWWINGPAC), it was originally established in April 1967 as Commander Airborne Early Warning Wing-11 and based at Naval Air Station North Island, and Airborne Early Warning Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (COMAEWWINGLANT) was established the same year on the East Coast. Upon moving to Naval Air Station Miramar in July 1973, COMAEWWINGPAC was combined with Commander Fleet Air Miramar to form Commander Fighter Airborne Early Warning Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMFITAEWWINGPAC), bringing together the Navy's premiere anti-air warfare team. In August 1993 COMFITAEWWINGPAC was disestablished, at which time, COMAEWWINGPAC was established. In July 1998, COMAEWWINGPAC moved from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to Naval Air Station Point Mugu. ACCLW was established 1 October 2005 through merging COMAEWWINGPAC and COMAEWWINGLANT.

The Mission of ACCLW is to provide Pacific and Atlantic Fleet Carrier Airborne Early Warning and Fleet Logistics Support squadrons the ability to conduct:

  • Sustained combat and logistic operations through.
  • Community leadership.
  • Aircraft and weapons system management.
  • Operational coordination and tasking.
  • Safety awareness.
  • Education and training.
  • Administrative support.

Airborne Early Warning was born shortly after the Battle of Midway. The navigator, Frank Akers of the USS HORNET, one of the participating aircraft carriers, was ordered to the Bureau of Aeronautics as Director of Electronics. In Washington, the Office of Scientific Research and Development established by a directive from the President. It was their practice at this early period of the war to quiz newly arriving officers from the battle area that had certain expertise.

Akers promptly found himself before an august group, and one of the first questions asked of him was "What does the Navy need most right now?" His answer came easy and without hesitation, he replied "Surface Search Radar out to two hundred miles." At the Battle of Midway, US forces had been able to detect the Japanese fleet first, resulting in four Japanese aircraft carriers sunk, but difficulties in tracking the adversary fleet kept many US aircraft from engaging the Japanese carriers.

In his honor, the AEW Excellence Award was renamed the "Rear Admiral Frank Akers Award".

Radar was an emerging technology at the beginning of World War II. As early as 1942, primitive radar/radio link-up experiments had been conducted at MIT. In 1943 MIT's Radiation Laboratory began work on a crash program to develop an operable airborne early warning radar for immediate deployment to the Pacific. Code named "Cadillac", it was a program of the highest priority. The result was the APS-20 radar, first flown in an XTBM-3(W) Avenger on 5 August 1944. Responding to the system's promise, and to the increasing Kamikaze threat, the Navy ordered co-production of the APS-20 while it was still in development. During the summer of 1945, Fleet Airborne Electronics Training Unit, Pacific Fleet (FAETUPAC) began training the first AEW Avenger aircrews in San Diego. Three years later, CNO directed the formation of a VAW squadron on each coast. On 6 July 1948, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One (VAW-1) was commissioned, providing dets of 18 officers, 55 enlisted and 3-4 Avengers each. Carrier AEW had been born!

VAW-1 became VC-11 in September 1948. A year later they began transitioning to the larger, more powerful AD-3W "Guppy". The AD-5W added a third operator and more electronic gear to the same APS-20 radar. During the Korean War, dets were used primarily for anti-submarine patrols, as well as weather recce, gunfire spotting, pathfinding and courier duties; Guppy crews didn't begin concentrating on Airborne Early Warning until 1952, when retaliatory raids against the fleet by the North Koreans were considered a threat. On 2 July 1952, VC-11 was redesignated VAW-11. Developmental work on the APS-20 and follow-on radars continued as VAW Dets began deploying on every carrier from the Mediterranean to the South China Sea.

In September 1959 Grumman rolled out the WF-2 Tracer (later designated the E-1). The Tracer, also known as the "Willie Fudd" or "Stoof with a Roof," was based on the Grumman S2F Tracker (later designated S-2) platform, with substantial changes, notably a huge airfoil-shaped dome that protected the 17 x 5 ft parabolic dish antennae, mounted above the fuselage. This APS-82 proved to be a substantial improvement over the APS-20: ground stabilization, target height determination, turn stabilization and improved communications were all incorporated. The WF served as an AEW platform from attack carriers (CVA) and as an anti-submarine platform from the ASW carriers (CVS). By 1967, after 18 years at NAS North Island, VAW-11 occupied over 5 hangars with their 12 detachments, shore component and complement of over 2200 officers and men, including Naval Aviation Observers, the precursor to today's Naval Flight Officer!

The advent of the computer age and anti-ship missiles launched by high-speed jet platforms mandated an evolutionary change of platforms. The E-2A Hawkeye featured turboprop engines and a 24 ft rotodome containing antennas for the APS-96 radar and IFF. The E-2A incorporated the Airborne Tactical Data System (ATDS), consisting of an auto-detection radar, airborne computers, and a memory and data link system, tied to the Naval Tactical Data System (NTDS), which provided an overall picture of the tactical situation. Debuting with VAW-11 in 1966 aboard the USS KITTY HAWK (CVA-63), the early E-2A's offered a glimpse of great things to come. Together the E-2 and E-1 provided AEW over the Tonkin Gulf during the Vietnam War.

In April 1967, VAW-11 on the West Coast was split into five fleet squadrons and the Fleet Replacement Training Squadron RVAW-110 (VAW-117 was later added in 1975). VAW-12 on the East Coast split into Fleet Replacement Training Squadron RVAW-120, an E-1B squadron (VAW-121), and three E-2A squadrons (VAW-122, 123, and 124). VAW-125, VAW-126, and VAW-127 would later be added to the Atlantic Wing. The Pacific Fleet AEW community moved to NAS Miramar in 1973, as development work continued on the next big step in AEW: The E-2C Hawkeye, featuring the APS-120 radar, much improved automation and reliability, and a totally new passive detection system, could now look overland. The E-2 had become an offensive weapon. E-2A "Willie Fudds" continued operational deployments until 1976; and E-2B's until 1986.

The E-2C Hawkeye proved an extremely reliable and versatile aircraft. After undergoing significant radar and systems upgrades, the airframe was ready for another step. The Group I Hawkeye provided a transitional airframe with more powerful T56-427 engines to carry the increasing aircraft weight. The Group II Hawkeye was introduced in 1992 with revolutionary improvements in tracking, display, and detection married to the new JTIDS system and satellite communications. The "Hawkeye 2000" continued the legacy of cutting edge AEW, as it expanded the Hawkeye's role as the critical node in battlespace management, power projection, amphibious warfare, and fleet defense.

Hawkeye 2000 with increased AEW capabilities was introduced to the fleet starting in September 2001.

In September 2005 COMAEWWINGPAC and COMAEWWINGLANT became COMACCLOGWING through the merging of both Pacific and Atlantic E-2 and C-2 Wings.

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (AHE) 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. VAW-125 became the first E-2D squadron in January 2014.

As the first Hawkeye squadron to transition to E-2D, VAW-125, completed a homeport move from NS Norfolk, VA to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, replacing VAW-115 as the FDNF E-2 squadron in 2017.

The U.S. Navy strives to continuously implement improvements to aircraft. In the near future, the E-2D with aerial refueling (AR) capability will achieve initial operational capability (IOC). With AR, the all-weather, carrier-based tactical battle management airborne early warning and command & control aircraft will have the ability to remain airborne to the limits of the aircrew and airframe endurance.

VRC-40 was established on 1 July 1960 at NAS Norfolk, VA with the mission of Carrier Onboard delivery (COD). Its original complement was 20 officers, 94 enlisted, and 10 aircraft. Within weeks, six of the squadron's Grumman TF-1s (later redesignated C-1s) were embarked aboard USS WASP. VR-30 was established on 1 October 1966 and redesignated VRC-30 on 1 October 1978. By November 1970, VR-30 flew the first Grumman C-2A COD flights and embarked on USS ENTERPRISE for the Philippines. COD flights provide the fleet with numerous capabilities from the ability to receive critical spare parts to medically evacuating sick or injured personnel. CODs have also been used for Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief efforts. Over the years, the CODs of VRC-30 and VRC-40 have flown countless missions transporting everything from distinguished visitors to the mail on and off aircraft carriers.

In 2015, CMV-22B Fleet Introduction Team was established to introduce the CMV-22B to replace the C-2A for the COD mission. The Navy's first CMV-22B began production in May 2018. The versatility of the CMV-22B offers exciting new opportunities for the COD mission and will further strengthen the operational capability of the fleet.

ACCLW continues to help lead the U.S. Navy in implementing innovative systems to increase the capabilities of Carrier Strike Groups. In addition to introducing the CMV-22B and integrating the E-2D into the fleet, the wing is leading the way in bringing the MQ-25 Stingray to the fleet.

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