Carrier Airborne Early Warning Wing Atlantic Fleet [COMAEWWINGLANT]
Commander Airborne Early Warning Wing, Atlantic, based at Naval Air Station Norfolk, is the home of all Atlantic Fleet airborne early warning squadrons and photo reconnaissance squadrons. The E-2C Hawkeye is an airborne early warning and control aircraft capable of carrying out patrol on the battle group perimeters in all weather. The propeller-driven E-2C can assess any threat from approaching enemy aircraft at ranges of over 250 nautical miles. The E-2C is capable of automatically tracking more than 600 targets and controlling more than 40 intercepts.
The Atlantic extension of the DEW Line was designated the Atlantic Barrier, and Commander Barrier Force Atlantic (COMBARFORLANT) was established in July 1955 to control the ships and aircraft that would patrol it. COMBARFORLANT headquarters was located at U.S. Naval Station Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, one of the bases acquired by the United States in 1941 under the Lend-Lease deal with the United Kingdom. COMBARFORLANT, designated Commander Task Force 82 (CTF 82) in the CINCLANTFLT task organization, also served as Commander AEW Wing Atlantic (COMAEWINGLANT), providing the planes that conducted the airborne early warning patrols.
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