Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17), is a United States Navy aircraft carrier air wing based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California. The air wing is attached to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson CVN-70 .
CVW-17 began its first regular deployment on the Vinson to the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean on 30 November 2010 and returned on 15 June 2011. CVW-17 completed a second deployment on CARL VINSON from November 2011 to May 2012. In October 2012, CVW-17 completed a home port change from NAS Oceana, VA to NAS Lemoore, CA
CVW-17 consists of 4 F-18 Squadron namely VFA-22 Fighting Redcocks (F-18F), VFA-81 Sunliners ( F-18E), VFA-113 Stingers ( F-18C) and VFA-94 Mighty Shrikes ( F-18C) , All 4 Squadron was present during this base visit however the VAQ-139 EF-18G was not present. We did see VAQ-136 Gauntlets and 137 Rooks present on the hot ramp. VAW-116 Sun Kings flies the Current E-2C for airborne Warning and command center.
We were shooting most of the CVW-17 aircraft from the NSAWC ramp whereby they were taxing by us and taking off. CAG birds from Sunliners, Mighty Shrikes and Stingers was observed while Redcocks only have the commander’s bird.
VFA-22 Fighting Redcocks
VFA-22, Strike Fighter Squadron 22, also known as the “Fighting Redcocks”, are a United States Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter squadron stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore. Their tail code is NA and their radio callsign alternates between “Beef” and “Beef Eater“.
Strike Fighter Squadron 81 (VFA-81), also known as the “Sunliners”, is a United States Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet strike fighter squadron stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana. They are a part of Carrier Air Wing Seventeen, their radio callsign is Zapper, and their tail code was AA and recently transisting to Pacific Fleet got change to NA. Their mission is to conduct prompt and sustained combat operations from the sea, putting fuzed ordinance on target, on time.
VFA-94 Mighty Shrikes
Strike Fighter Squadron 94 (VFA-94), also known as the “Mighty Shrikes”, are a United States Navy F/A-18C Hornet fighter squadron stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore. Currently a land-based “Unit Deployment Program” squadron, they deploy with no tail code assigned. AS of 2013 with the assigment to CVW-17 gave them a tailcode of NA . Their radio callsign is Hobo.
VAW-116 Sun Kings