June’s Squadron of the Month: VAW-126 “Seahawks”

Posted at 4:24 AM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 04:34:01-04

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va. — The 'quarterback of the sky', the Seahawks run the command center for those on the ground and in the air during humanitarian efforts or times of war.

Also known as VAW-126, the Seahawks are one of six 'Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadrons.' The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and E-2C Hawkeye aircraft provide sailors the ability to complete airborne missions supporting Joint Warfare Commanders.

Command and control are used in all their operations, such as air intercept control, strike control, surface search and coordination, search and rescue coordination, and airborne battlefield command and control. Anything air-traffic control does, the Seahawks do ... just in the sky!

Most recently in 2016, they were awarded the Medical Blue 'M' Award for providing airborne Command & Control for the Air Forces’ 548th Fighter Training Squadron.

Having just come back from a deployment at the end of 2018, the Seahawks stand ready to deploy again, assigned to the USS Harry S. Truman.

Their five aircraft are constantly maintained and working toward proficiency in qualifications to work on the planes and fly or operate any of the avionics.