Norfolk-based E-2 Hawkeye Crashes, Crew Recovered

August 31, 2020 – An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to Airborne Command & Control Squadron (VAW) 120 Fleet Replacement Squadron onboard Naval Station Norfolk, crashed in the vicinity of Wallops Island, Aug. 31. The E-2 crashed at approximately 4:05 p.m. The two pilots and two crew members bailed out of the aircraft safely. At the time of the crash, the E-2…

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Gerald R Ford Commences Second Round of Carrier Qualifications

May 14, 2020 – USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the only carrier qualification (CQ) asset regularly available on the East Coast this year, commenced its second round of CQs for Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) pilots May 10, with a healthy and mission-focused crew. Ford, operating at-sea at the same time as four other U.S. aircraft carriers, is conducting its…

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VAW-120 Conducts 1,000th Aerial Refueling Contact

April 18, 2020 – The “Greyhawks” of Airborne Command & Control Squadron (VAW) 120 achieved a significant milestone by achieving its 1,000th Aerial Refueling (AR) contact for the squadron, April 16. The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft and crew were conducting an initial AR qualification flight off the East Coast of the United States training Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Instructors in…

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Gerald R Ford Prepares Pilots for Deployment

April 12, 2020 – USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) concluded its first-ever Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) carrier qualifications (CQ) for Naval aviators while underway in the Atlantic Ocean, April 4. The mission of the FRS is to train pilots, naval flight officers and maintainers on the specific front-line aircraft they have been assigned to fly. Some pilots may be…

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