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Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron [VAW-112]
"Golden Hawks"

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE TWO (VAW-112) was commissioned on 20 April 1967. Assigned to Carrier Air Wing NINE, VAW-112 made three deployments, operating the E-2A in the Western Pacific in support of the Vietnam Conflict aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). In May, 1970, the squadron was temporarily deactivated and placed in a "standdown" status until reactivated on 3 July 1973. VAW-112, flying E-2Bs, was assigned to Carrier Air Wing TWO and made three Western Pacific/Indian Ocean deployments aboard USS RANGER (CV-61), before reassignment to Carrier Air Wing EIGHT aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) for a Mediterranean and Indian Ocean Deployment.

In May 1979, the squadron transitioned to the E-2C and again became a part of Carrier Air Wing NINE in February, 1981. As part of Carrier Air Wing NINE, VAW-112 made three Western Pacific/Indian Ocean deployments aboard USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64), USS RANGER (CV-61) and USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63). During this period, VAW-112 was awarded two Battle Efficiency Awards, in January 1979 and January 1985.

During June and early July of 1989, VAW-112 was deployed aboard USS NIMITZ for NORPAC '89. In August, 1989, VAW-112 became the first West Coast squadron to transition to the latest E-2C Plus aircraft. During February and March of 1990, a detachment from VAW-112 rode USS CONSTELLATION "around the horn" of South America to Norfolk, Virginia. In September, 1990 the squadron deployed to Howard Air Force Base, Panama for the Joint Task Force (JTF-4) Project. VAW-112 finished the year and entered 1991 with CVW NINE's work-up schedule aboard USS NIMITZ. In March 1991, the squadron departed for a Western Pacific/Indian Ocean/Northern Arabian Gulf Cruise in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68).

Following a rigorous work-up cycle, the squadron departed San Diego for the Arabian Gulf in December 1995 aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68). After remaining on station for three months, the squadron departed the Gulf early to support the U.S. foreign policy off Taiwan's coast and returned home in May. The squadron deployed for Puerto Rico in mid-July for Counter-Narcotics Operations of Naval Station Roosevelt Roads. The remaining part of 1996 saw VAW-112 participating in All Services Combat Identification & Evaluation Team (ASCIET), in Gulfport, MS, Marine Attack Weapons Training School (MAWTS) at NAS Miramar, and SFARP in Fallon, Nevada. Before Christmas, the Golden Hawks headed north to Whidbey Island, WA for Carrier Deck Certification aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

During the 1997 work-up cycle for an "around the world" deployment, the squadron participated in the Pacific Fleet Surge Exercise in late July. During the SURGEX, the squadron provided unparalleled battle space management to the battle group for over 96 continuous hours. It was at this time that VAW-112 also surpassed the safety milestone of 24 years and over 52,000 mishap-free flight hours.

Departing San Diego in September 1997, the Golden Hawks set sail once again onboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) and transited the Pacific Ocean. Due to increasing tensions between the United Nations and Iraq, the Golden Hawks bypassed a scheduled port visit to Singapore and sailed undeterred to the Arabian Gulf to support Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. Upon returning in March 1998, the Golden Hawks were awarded the coveted Battle "E" for 1997, the CNO's Aviation Safety "S" Award and the AEW Excellence Award, designating the Golden Hawks as the premier VAW squadron for the entire E-2C community.

In July, 1998, the Golden Hawks completed a short detachment to Hawaii on USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) assisting in swapping out USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) and the transfer of the newest Group II NAV-upgrade aircraft to VAW-115, whose homeport is Atsugi, Japan.

During workups, in preparation for the Millennium cruise, VAW-112 detached to NAS Fallon, NV for SFARP and on USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) for FleetEx and JTFEx. In January, 2000, the Goldenhawks deployed on the Stennis for a 6 month deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. Port visits included South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Bahrain, Jebel Ali, Australia, Tasmania and Hawaii.

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