POINT MUGU, Calif. (August 9, 2022) – Lt. Cmdr. Carlos Molina, assigned to “Wallbangers” Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 117, is greeted by his family following a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 3rd Fleet and 7th Fleet areas of operations with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, embarked aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). CVW-9 deployed with a combination of fourth and fifth generation platforms that primarily represent “the air wing of the future”, logging over 21,307 fixed-wing and helicopter flight hours comprising 10,250 sorties, 8,437 launches and 8,487 aircraft arrests. U.S. Navy photo by Ens. Drew Verbis.
POINT MUGU, Calif. (August 9, 2022) – Sailors assigned to the 117th Airborne Command and Control Squadron “Wallbangers” (VAW) pose for a photo after a seven-month deployment to the 3rd Fleet and Airborne areas of operations. U.S. 7th Fleet with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, embarked aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). CVW-9 deployed with a combination of fourth and fifth generation platforms that primarily represent “the air wing of the future”, logging over 21,307 fixed-wing and helicopter flight hours comprising 10,250 sorties, 8,437 launches and 8,487 aircraft arrests. U.S. Navy photo by Ens. Drew Verbis.
Carrier Air Wing 9 returns from deployment to the Indo-Pacific to various West Coast homeports
by USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO–Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, embarked aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), has returned from a seven-month deployment to the 3rd and 7th Fleet areas of operations Americans, August 9.
CVW-9 is the first carrier battle group to deploy with a US Marine Corps F-35C Lightning II squadron, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, and the second to deploy with a Navy CMV-22 Osprey squadron, Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30.
During the deployment, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 completed more than 21,307 hours of fixed-wing and helicopter flight time, including 10,250 sorties, 8,437 launches, and 8,487 aircraft arrests.
“The sailors and marines of Carrier Air Wing 9 have worked together for the past seven months, providing a credible deterrent to any potential adversary in the Pacific,” said Capt. Lew Callaway, commanding officer of CVW-9. “Naval Aviators culminated 100 years of carrier aviation history by operating 4th and 5th generation aircraft from a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier at sea. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve and celebrate our return to home base, family and friends.”
CVW-9 participated in twin-carrier operations in the South China Sea with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike, as well as joint exercise Valiant Shield in June 2022, and bilateral exercises Noble Fusion in February and Jungle Warfare in March, both with Self-Defense Force and most recently CVW-9 trained alongside 26 participating nations during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022 in July.
“Words cannot express how proud I am of the Sailors and Marines attached to CVW-9,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Craig Vavruska, CVW-9’s chief of command. “They applied their training expertly and faced each mission with strength and resilience. Their families have much to be proud of.”
CVW-9 and Lincoln deployed on January 3, 2022 as part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG). Along with CVW-9 and Lincoln, the ABECSG also consists of the shipborne staffs of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21; the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), USS Gridley (DDG 101), USS Sampson (DDG 102), and USS Spruance (DDG 111).
The squadrons that make up CVW-9 are Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 41, VFA-151, and VFA-14; VMFA-314; VRM-30; Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133; Airborne Early Warning (VAW) Squadron 117; Maritime Helicopter Combat Squadron (HSC) 14; and Helicopter Maritime Attack Squadron (HSM) 71.
VMFA-314 returned to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. August 9. VFA-14, VFA-41, and VFA-151 returned to Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif. August 9. VAQ-133 returned to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington on August 9. VAW-117 returned to NAS Point Mugu, California on August 9. VRM-30 returned to NAS North Island, California on August 9. HSC-14 and HSM-71 will return to NAS North Island on August 10.
CSG-3 provides a combat-ready force to protect and defend the collective maritime interests of the United States and its regional allies and partners. The ABECSG consists of more than 6,000 sailors and marines, capable of performing a wide variety of missions around the world.
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