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US Naval aviation is the envy of every military in the world. Whether carrier-based or shore-based, a jet, plane, helicopter or trainer, America’s Navy has the most technologically advanced aircraft in the world. And a Navy air wing may also be the most versatile collection of crew and equipment in the sky.
Typically, an air wing consists of:
It's a collection of aircraft built for a wide range of missions. A Navy air wing could fly a combat operation, put troops and supplies in a needed area and finish with a humanitarian mission – all in the same day.
A carrier air wing is a precision-tuned machine of 2,500+ people – on hand and on the job during all major overseas deployments and operational training. When that team is rolling at peak capability, a flight deck crew can launch two planes at a time and land one every 37 seconds in daytime and one every minute at night.
From the pilots to the ground crews, Navy personnel are highly-skilled and trained – operating the best aircraft in the world – and dedicated to protect and serve those at sea and on the ground.