Carrier Air Wing Nine


Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9)
Carrier Air Wing 9 (US Navy) patch 2015.png
Active26 March 1952 - Present
Country United States of America
BranchUnited States Navy Seal United States Navy
TypeCarrier Air Wing
Part ofUnited States Pacific Fleet
Garrison/HQNAS Lemoore / USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
Motto(s)"Agile, Disciplined, Lethal"
Tail CodeNG
EngagementsKorean War
Vietnam War
Operation Formation Star
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Southern Watch
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation New Dawn
Operation Freedom Sentinel
Operation Resolute Support
Operation Inherent Resolve
CAPT Nick "Mario" Good

Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9) is a United States Navy aircraft carrier air wing based at Naval Air Station Lemoore. The Air Wing is currently assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).[1] The Tail Code of aircraft assigned to CVW-9 is NG.


To conduct carrier air warfare operations and assist in the planning, control, coordination and integration of seven air wing squadrons in support of carrier air warfare including; interception and destruction of enemy aircraft and missiles in all weather conditions to establish and maintain local air superiority. All weather offensive air-to-surface attacks, detection, localization, and destruction of enemy ships and submarines to establish and maintain local sea control. Aerial photographic, sighting, and electronic intelligence for naval and joint operations. Airborne early warning service to fleet forces and shore warning nets. Airborne electronic countermeasures. In-flight refueling operations to extend the range and the endurance of air wing aircraft and search and rescue operations.[2]

Subordinate units

CVW-9 consists of nine Squadrons[3]

Code Insignia Squadron Nickname Assigned Aircraft
VFA-14 Strike Fighter Squadron 14 (US Navy) insignia 2001.png Strike Fighter Squadron 14 Tophatters F/A-18E Super Hornet
VFA-41 Fighter Squadron 41 (US Navy) insignia 1987.png Strike Fighter Squadron 41 Black Aces F/A-18F Super Hornet
VMFA-314 Knight314.png Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 Black Knights F-35C Lightning II
VFA-151 VFA-151Logo.png Strike Fighter Squadron 151 Vigilantes F/A-18E Super Hornet
VAQ-133 VAQ-133 insignia.png Electronic Attack Squadron 133 Wizards EA-18G Growler
VAW-117 Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117 (US Navy) - insignia.jpg Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117 Wallbangers E-2D Hawkeye
HSC-14 Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 14 (US Navy) emblem 2015.png Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 14 Chargers MH-60S Seahawk
HSM-71 Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 71 (US Navy) insignia 2016.png Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 71 Raptors MH-60R Seahawk


CVW-9 was established as Carrier Air Group Nine (CVG-9) on 26 March 1952 (it was the third Carrier Air Group to carry the CVG-9 designation). It made its first deployment aboard USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) in January 1953 participating in operations at the close of the Korean War. From 1954 to 1958, CVG-9 made an Around the World Cruise aboard USS Hornet (CV-12) and two Western Pacific deployments aboard USS Oriskany (CV-34) and USS Ticonderoga (CV-14).

In February 1960, Carrier Air Group 9 embarked in USS Ranger (CVA-61) for a seven-month Western Pacific cruise. The aircraft complement at the time included F-8 Crusader, F2H Banshee, A-4 Skyhawk, FJ-1 Fury and AD-1 Spad. On 20 December 1963 the Navy redesignated all Carrier Air Groups to Carrier Air Wings and CVG-9 became Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9). Three additional deployments to Western Pacific aboard USS Ranger (CVA-61) included two Vietnam cruises. CVW-9 made seven subsequent Vietnam deployments aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65), USS America (CVA-66) and USS Constellation (CV-64). Later, the Air Wing made peacetime cruises to the Western Pacific aboard USS Constellation, USS Ranger and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) between June 1974 and June 1987. CVW-9 was assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in July 1987, completing the first Nimitz/Nine Western Pacific cruise in February 1989.

The Air Wing completed a West to East Coast transit aboard USS Constellation in April 1990 before returning to USS Nimitz (CVN-68) to participate in post-Desert Storm operations from March to August 1991. From February through August 1993, and again in November 1995 through May 1996, the Nimitz/Nine team completed deployments to the Persian Gulf, supporting United Nations sanctions against Iraq in Operation Southern Watch. During the May 1996 deployment, the Battle Group sortied from the Gulf to conduct contingency operation off the coast of Taiwan. One month into their 1997/1998 around the world cruise, the Nimitz/Nine team responded to the Secretary of Defense's order to proceed to the Persian Gulf at best speed to reinforce the Southern "No Fly Zone" over Iraq and provide a presence amid the crisis which led to Operation Desert Fox. CVW-9 ended its association with USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in March, 1998, and deployed in 2000 on USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) as part of the Carrier Group Seven. Following the 11 September attacks, the Stennis/Nine team provided air protection to the West Coast of the United States in support of Operation Noble Eagle. Shortly after, the Stennis/Nine team deployed to North Arabian Sea/Indian Ocean flying combat missions over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom before returning to homeport May 2002.

CVW-9 made another deployment less than nine months after returning home in January 2003 to the Western Pacific aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). Operations included maritime patrol, security operations and participation with allied navies in joint operations and training.

In 2005 CVW-9 made an Around the World Cruise aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) as part of Carrier Strike Group Three. During this cruise the air wing took part in combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom as well as Maritime Security Operations with allied forces in the Persian Gulf. CVW-9 squadrons embarked on board the Carl Vinson for the deployment included Marine Fighter Squadron 323 (VMFA-323), Strike Fighter Squadron 154 (VFA-154), Strike Fighter Squadron 147 (VFA-147), Strike Fighter Squadron 146 (VFA-146), all with F/A-18 Hornets, Electronic Attack Squadron 138 (VAQ-138) with EA-6B Prowlers, Airborne Early Warning Squadron 112 (VAW-112) with E-2C Hawkeyes, Sea Control Squadron 33 (VS-33) with Lockheed S-3 Vikings, Helicopter Squadron 8 (HS-8) with HH-60 Seahawks, and Detachment 4 of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 (VRC-40) with Grumman C-2 Greyhounds.:[4][5]

During the deployment, the air wing logged 2,600 flight hours by its four F-18 strike-fighter squadrons.[6][7] This overseas deployment marked the final overseas mission for Sea Control Squadron 33 (VS-33), the Screwbirds.[6]

On 12 January 2006 aboard the USS Midway (CV-41) Carrier Air Wing Nine held a historic change of command where United States Marine Corps Colonel Doug 'Smash' Yurovich became the first Marine commanding officer of a Navy carrier air wing after relieving Captain Michael Spence, as part of the Navy Department's integrated tactical air assets program.

CVW-9 is (as of March, 2007) currently deployed aboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in the Fifth Fleet area of responsibility as part of Carrier Strike Group Three.

CVW-9 deployed with USS John C. Stennis on a scheduled Western Pacific deployment on 13 January 2009. CVW-9 returned to the United States on 6 July 2009 after participating in operations in the Persian Gulf, exercises with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and annual exercises as Foal Eagle with the Republic of Korea and joint exercise Northern Edge 2009. Upon completion of this deployment, VFA-154, and VFA-146 were replaced by VFA-41, and VFA-14.

CVW-9 deployed again with USS John C. Stennis on a scheduled deployment on 29 July 2011 and returned to the United States on 27 February 2012 after participating in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Nine were the last aircraft to conduct combat missions over Iraq, ending Operation New Dawn.

Following a 5-month down period, CVW-9 deployed again with USS John C. Stennis on a scheduled deployment from August 2012 to April 2013 in support of 5th Fleet operations and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 collectively earned the 2012 Ramage Award for carrier/air wing operational excellence March 26, 2012. The Navy-wide award, named for Rear Admiral James "Jig Dog" Ramage, a legendary World War II ace, recognizes the top aircraft carrier/air wing team for best performance as an integrated unit and excellence in Navy aircraft carrier operations.[8] VAQ-136 joined CVW-9 on 1 June 2013 making them the first EA-18G Growler squadron in the airwing's history. After a short stay, VAQ-136 was replaced by CVW-9's previous Electronic Attack Squadron, VAQ-133, after successful completion of the transition from EA-6B to EA-18G aircraft.

From January through August 2016 CVW-9 executed a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific, strengthening partnerships with allies in the region and executing freedom of navigation missions in the South China Sea.

In October 2018 CVW-9 began an around the world cruise on board USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) as part of Carrier Strike Group Three that would take them through operations in the Western Pacific, South China Sea, Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and Atlantic Ocean. During this historic deployment CVW-9 squadrons conducted combat flights in support of Operations Inherent Resolve, Resolute Support and Freedom Sentinel over Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Carrier Air Wing NINE squadrons returned to NAS Lemoore, North Island, Point Mugu, and Whidbey Island in May 2019.

In May 2020, the Air wing transferred to the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).[9]

Current force

Fixed-wing aircraft

Rotary wing aircraft

Previous Air Groups designated Carrier Air Group Nine

The first CVG-9 was established on 1 Mar 1942, and disestablished 15 Oct 1945. The second was established as CVG-20 on 15 Oct 1943, was redesignated CVAG-9 on 15 Nov 1946 and CVG-9 (the second use of the designation) on 1 Sep 1948. It was disestablished on 1 Dec 1949. Neither of these two Air Groups share a lineage with Carrier Air Wing Nine.[10]

See also


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  2. ^ "Carrier Air Wing 9 Mission Statement". CVW-9. US Navy. Archived from the original on 5 November 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2006.
  3. ^ "CVW-9 (NG)". Retrieved 20 January 2016.
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  5. ^ "CVW-9 (NG) – CVN-70 USS Carl Vinson – (January 13, 2005 – July 31, 2005 (JTFEX, WestPac, World Cruise)". Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9). 10 January 2007. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
  6. ^ a b Journalist 3rd Class (SW) Devin Dorney, USN (3 August 2005). "CVW-9 Concludes Successful Deployment with Vinson Strike Group". NNS050804-01. USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  7. ^ "USS Carl Vinson Arrives in Norfolk". NNS050801-01. Public Affairs Center Norfolk. 1 August 2005. Archived from the original on 17 July 2007. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
  8. ^ Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Grant Wamack, USN (9 April 2013). "Stennis, CVW-9 Win Ramage Award". Retrieved 6 August 2013.
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  10. ^ Roy A. Grossnick (ed.), United States Naval Aviation 1910–1995, Appendix 15, accessed May 2012