Both an offensive and defensive weapon Aircraft

Whether carrier-based or shore-based, a jet, plane, helicopter or trainer, America’s Navy has the most technologically advanced aircraft in the world. With a mission to protect and serve those at sea and on the ground, Navy aircraft are flown and maintained by flight crews who understand the value of precision.

Navy aircraft handle a wide range of missions, including flying combat operations, ferrying troops and supplies to needed areas or providing a much-needed lifeline for humanitarian efforts.

Air wings bring together a crew of 2,500+ people who are on hand during all major overseas deployments and for operational training. Flight deck coordination is critical to crews that can launch two planes at a time and land one every 37 seconds in daytime and every minute at night.

Typically, an air wing consists of:

  • 14 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets
  • 36 F/A-18C Hornets
  • Four E-2C Hawkeyes
  • Four EA-18G Growlers
  • Six SH-60R and two CH-60 Seahawk helicopters
  • Two C-2A Greyhounds