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Six CVW-17 Squadrons Returning to Norfolk, Oceana

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Story Number: NNS041209-13
Release Date: 12/9/2004 2:38:00 PM

From Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Six aircraft squadrons assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 will return to their home bases at Naval Station Norfolk and Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, Va., Dec. 12, following a six-month deployment aboard the Mayport, Fla.-based aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67).

During the deployment, the squadrons flew sorties in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Returning to Chambers Field at Naval Station Norfolk will be the "Tigertails" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125, flying the E-2C Hawkeye aircraft, and a detachment from the "Rawhides" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40, operating C-2A Greyhound aircraft.

F/A-18 Hornet squadrons returning to NAS Oceana are the "Blueblasters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34; the "Rampagers" of VFA-83; and the "Sunliners" of VFA-81.

Fighter Squadron (VF) 103, the "Jolly Rogers," completed their final deployment in the F-14 Tomcat aircraft. The squadron will begin its transition to the F/A-18F Super Hornet in February.

Together, the squadrons of CVW-17 flew 8,296 sorties for a total flight time of 21,824 hours. Of that total, 4,396 sorties and 11,607 flight hours were in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In all, they dropped 54,000 pounds of ordnance.

The VFA-34 "Blueblasters" dropped the Navy's first two 500-pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM), during combat operations over Iraq. The JDAM provides the war fighter with more flexibility and helps reduce collateral damage.

CVW-17, commanded by Capt. Mark Guadagnini, deployed June 7.

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