E-2D Ad­vanced Hawk­eye en­ters US Navy ser­vice

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he E-2D Ad­vanced Hawk­eye of­fi­cially be­came ready for task­ing with Air­borne Early Warn­ing Squadron 125 (VAW-125) dur­ing a cer­e­mony at Naval Sta­tion Nor­folk Cham­bers Field, on March 27.

“This is a rev­o­lu­tion­ary jump in ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” said Cap­tain Todd Watkins, Com­man­der, Air­borne Com­mand Con­trol and Lo­gis­tics Wing. “The E-2D serves as the eyes of the fleet. If it’s out there, we will see it.”

The “Tiger­tails” of VAW-125 are the first Navy squadron to be­come fully op­er­a­tional with the Ad­vanced Hawk­eye, the new­est, most tech­no­log­i­cally ca­pa­ble vari­ant of the ven­er­a­ble E-2 air­borne early warn­ing com­mand and con­trol plat­form.

The E-2D is ex­pected to be in­stru­men­tal to how the Navy will con­duct bat­tle man­age­ment com­mand and con­trol. Able to sweep ahead of the strike, the E-2D can man­age the mis­sion and keep car­rier bat­tle groups out of harm’s way.

“We were very ex­cited to be the first squadron to re­ceive the [Ad­vanced] Hawk­eye,” said Lt. James Beaty, a naval flight of­fi­cer who has worked ex­ten­sively with the E-2D. “It’s been a chal­lenge, but I’ve en­joyed learn­ing ev­ery­thing this air­craft is ca­pa­ble of.”

The E-2D’s ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy makes it a multi-mis­sion plat­form through its abil­ity to co­or­di­nate con­cur­rent mis­sions which may arise dur­ing a sin­gle flight. These mis­sions can in­clude air­borne strike, ground force sup­port, res­cue op­er­a­tions and man­ag­ing a re­li­able com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­work ca­pa­ble of sup­port­ing drug in­ter­dic­tion op­er­a­tions.

“I laid down the chal­lenge to learn this new plat­form and de­fend the fleet,” said Cap­tain Wil­liam Ewald, Com­man­der, Car­rier Air Wing 1. “To­day, the Tiger­tails are ready for task­ing and I can as­sure you, they will suc­ceed.”

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