capability, networked to the rest of the air wing, strike
group and joint force. The F-35C will enhance the flexibility, power projection and strike capabilities of carrier air wings (CVWs) and joint task forces.
What feedback are you getting about the E-2D’s
SHOEMAKER: The “Tigertails” of Carrier Airborne Early
Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 deployed with five E-2D
Advanced Hawkeyes aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt,
which is conducting an around-the-world deployment
after leaving Norfolk in March. The carrier is currently
operating in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, conducting air strikes against the Islamic State.
The deployment is the first time E-2D Advanced
Hawkeyes will serve as the primary early warning aircraft aboard a deployed aircraft carrier (a role E-2Cs
have played for years). It provides a vital role emphasizing situational awareness and data sharing across an
entire surface fleet and with corresponding aircraft. We
are witnessing a significant increase in our ability to
detect our enemy, and VAW-125 has excelled at its mission of command and control with this new aircraft.
While the primary mission for the E- 2 has not
changed, the Advanced Hawkeye is able to gather and
process data more precisely and efficiently thanks to
state-of-the-art radar and communication equipment.
With the E-2C Hawkeye, you have 20/20 vision; with
the E-2D, you have 20/10. The Advanced Hawkeye is a
game changer. With the first five going out to sea, the
Navy plans to continue procuring the Advanced
Hawkeye to replace the Hawkeye through 2023.
With the EA-18G approaching full transition,
will they be able to meet the joint demand for
electronic combat force structure under present plans?
SHOEMAKER: Absolutely. The EA-18G Growler is
the Department of Defense’s primary electronic attack
aircraft, and, in the near future, the only dedicated
airborne electronic attack capability for the U.S. military. Our carrier strike groups have and will continue
to capitalize on EA-18G Growler electronic surveillance capabilities and enhanced connectivity, providing increased situational awareness and allowing the
CVW to be more capable in executing electromagnetic warfare.
The Growler is able to share real-time electronic
surveillance data via Link- 16 data link among CVW
aircraft (E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes, other Growlers,
F/A- 18 E/F Super Hornets, F-35C Lightning II and
MH- 60 Seahawk), the CSG, intelligence assets organic
to the aircraft carrier (carrier intelligence center, supplemental plot and electronic warfare cell), with off-board maritime patrol aircraft such as the P-8A
Poseidon, EP- 3 Aries II, P-3C Orion and MQ- 4 Triton,
and with U.S. Air Force assets as well.
Current Growler squadrons and the intelligence
community have decreased required exploit time from
new data acquisition to data utilization by refining
and tailoring electronic surveillance and electronic
As a result, all Navy platforms with electronic warfare systems will benefit from refined mission databas-es and enhanced battlefield awareness.
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VADM Mike Shoemaker, commander, Naval Air Forces, and commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks with
officers aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington May 30 in the Pacific Ocean near Guam.