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Carrier Air Wing 3 Returns from War on Terrorism

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Story Number: NNS050414-10
Release Date: 4/14/2005 3:52:00 PM

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

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Nearly 40 aircraft and their air crews will return to the Norfolk area April 16-17 following a six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

The airplanes, including F-14 Tomcats, F/A-18 Hornets, E-2C Hawkeyes, and C-2A Greyhounds will return to Chambers Field at Norfolk Naval Station and Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana.

Arriving April 16 will be the two-plane C-2A Greyhound detachment from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC)40. The "Rawhides" detachment will land at about 11 a.m. at Chambers Field.

Also returning to Chambers Field April 17 are the E-2C Hawkeyes from Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126, the "Seahawks." Their arrival is scheduled for 11:30 am.

The "Ragin' Bulls" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37 and the "Gunslingers" of VFA-105 will return together at NAS Oceana at 12:45 p.m.. Both squadrons fly the F/A-18C Hornet.

Marking their final deployment in the F-14 Tomcat are the "Swordsmen" of Fighter Squadron (VF) 32. Their arrival is scheduled for 1:15 pm. The squadron will replace their Tomcat aircraft with the Navy's newest jet, the F/A-18F Super Hornet, later this year.

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 left Norfolk in October and has been on duty in the Persian Gulf supporting the war on terrorism.

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