Current US Navy Aircraft Carriers, Air Wings, & Squadrons

Below is a list of the current US Aircraft Carriers with their assigned Air Wings and Squadrons in each Air Wing.

Included are the type of aircraft each squadron uses and the known radio callsigns used.

This chart can help identify what Aircraft Carrier you are hearing flight operations from. While not a perfect method it does work most of the time. When hearing aircraft on the milair bands mention "USS SHIP" you know that you've got an Aircraft Carrier off your coast. Pay close attention to the radio callsigns you're hearing. Scroll down the list and find that callsign, you've probably now just ID'ed the Carrier in your area.

There is a small "gotcha" here. VRC-40, Fleet Support Squadron. There are only 2 Fleet Support Squadron's in the Navy. So if you hear call sign RAWHIDE, you need to remember, VRC-40 (and VRC-30) detachments can be flying to/from any Carrier.


Update: Thanks to Kyle from the Eastern Shore of MD I've included the Tail Number series for each squadron where it is known.

When Aircraft check in with Marshall they report their tail number along with bearing, distance, and altitude to Moms and there fuel state. Tail numbers or side numbers will identify which unit and aircraft type your hearing.

When Aircraft meet up with a tanker for refueling they are usually asked for their side number.

During COMPTUEX exercises in order to make them more "real world" squadron aircraft do not use their 'normal' radio callsign. They'll use a tactical callsign and the best way to associate a tactical callsign to the actual squadron is to listen for the tail number when they check in with Marshall.


Carrier Name: USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)
Year Commissioned: 2009
Ships Home Port: Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, VA
Assigned Carrier Air Wing: CVW-8
Carrier Air Wing: CVW-8
Aircraft Tail Code: AJ
Air Wing Homeport: NAS Oceana
VFA-15 - Strike Fighter Squadron 15
Aircraft: F/A-18 Hornet
Name: Valions
Radio Call Sign: PRIDE
Side Number Series: 300-
VFA-31 - Strike Fighter Squadron 31
Aircraft: F/A-18E Super Hornet
Name: Tomcatters
Radio Call Sign: FELIX
Side Number Series: 100-
VFA-87 - Strike Fighter Squadron 87
Aircraft: F/A-18 Hornet
Name: Golden Warriors
Radio Call Sign: PARTY
Side Number Series: 400-
VFA-213 - Strike Fighter Squadron 213
Aircraft: F/A-18F Super Hornet
Name: Black Lions
Radio Call Sign: LION
Side Number Series: 200-
VAW-124 - Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 124
Aircraft: E-2C Hawkeye
Name: Bear Aces
Radio Call Sign: BEAR
Side Number Series: 600-
VAQ-134 - Electronic Attack Squadron 134
Aircraft: EA-6B Prowler
Name: Garudas
Radio Call Sign: GARUDA
Side Number Series: 500-
VRC-40 - Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 Det. 2
Aircraft: C-2A Greyhound
Name: Rawhides
Radio Call Sign: RAWHIDE
Side Number Series:
HSC-9 - Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 9
Aircraft: MH-60S Knighthawk
Name: Tridents
Radio Call Sign: TRIDENT (there is some question about this) or TROUBLESHOOTER
Side Number Series: 610-
HSM-70 - Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 70
Aircraft: MH-60R Seahawk
Name: Spartans
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series: 700-



Carrier Name: USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
Year Commissioned: 2003
Ships Home Port: Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, CA
Assigned Carrier Air Wing: CVW-2
Carrier Air Wing: CVW-2
Aircraft Tail Code: NE
Air Wing Homeport: NAS Lemoore
VFA-2 - Strike Fighter Squadron 2
Aircraft: F/A-18F Super Hornet
Name: Bounty Hunters
Radio Call Sign: BULLET
Side Number Series:
VFA-137 - Strike Fighter Squadron 137
Aircraft: F/A-18E Super Hornet
Name: Kestrels
Radio Call Sign: FALCON
Side Number Series:
VFA-86 - Strike Fighter Squadron 86
Aircraft: F/A-18E Super Hornet
Name: Sidewinders
Radio Call Sign: WINDER
Side Number Series:
VFA-34 - Strike Fighter Squadron 34
Aircraft: F/A-18C Hornet
Name: Blue Blasters
Radio Call Sign: JOKER
Side Number Series:
VAW-113 - Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 113
Aircraft: E-2C Hawkeye
Name: Black Eagles
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:
VAQ-131 - Electronic Attack Squadron 131
Aircraft: EA-6B Prowler
Name: Lancers
Radio Call Sign: SKYBOLT
Side Number Series:
VRC-30 - Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 Det. 2
Aircraft: C-2A Greyhound
Name: Providers
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:
HSC-4 - Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 4
Aircraft: MH-60S Seahawk
Name: Black Knights
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:
HSM-78 - Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78
Aircraft: MH-60R Seahawk
Name: Blue Hawks
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:



Carrier Name: USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)
Year Commissioned: 1998
Ships Home Port: Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, VA
Assigned Carrier Air Wing: CVW-3
Carrier Air Wing: CVW-3
Aircraft Tail Code: AC
Air Wing Homeport: NAS Oceana
VMFA-312 - Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312
Aircraft: F/A-18C Hornet
Name: Checkerboards
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series: 200-
VFA-32 - Strike Fighter Squadron 32
Aircraft: F/A-18F Super Hornet
Name: Fighting Swordsmen
Radio Call Sign: GYPSY
Side Number Series: 100-
VFA-37 - Strike Fighter Squadron 37
Aircraft: F/A-18C Hornet
Name: Ragin Bulls
Radio Call Sign: RAGIN
Side Number Series: 300-
VFA-105 - Strike Fighter Squadron 105
Aircraft: F/A-18E Super Hornet
Name: Gunslingers
Radio Call Sign: CANYON
Side Number Series: 400-
VAW-126 - Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126
Aircraft: E-2C Hawkeye
Name: Seahawks
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series: 600-
VAQ-130 - Electronic Attack Squadron 130
Aircraft: EA-18G Growler
Name: Zappers
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series: 500-
VRC-40 - Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 Det. 1
Aircraft: C-2A Greyhound
Name: Rawhides
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:
HSC-7 - Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 7
Aircraft: MH-60S Knighthawk
Name: Dusty Dogs
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:
HSM-74 - Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 74
Aircraft: MH-60R Seahawk
Name: Swamp Foxes
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:



Carrier Name: USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)
Year Commissioned: 1995
Ships Home Port: Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton, WA
Assigned Carrier Air Wing: CVW-9
Carrier Air Wing: CVW-9
Aircraft Tail Code: NG
Air Wing Homeport: NAS Lemoore
VFA-14 - Strike Fighter Squadron 14
Aircraft: F/A-18E Super Hornet
Name: Tophatters
Radio Call Sign: CAMELOT
Side Number Series:
VFA-41 - Strike Fighter Squadron 41
Aircraft: F/A-18F Super Hornet
Name: Black Aces
Radio Call Sign: FAST EAGLE (or DEALER which could be an older call)
Side Number Series:
VFA-151 - Strike Fighter Squadron 151
Aircraft: F/A-18E Super Hornet
Name: Vigilantes
Radio Call Sign: SWITCH
Side Number Series:
VFA-25 - Strike Fighter Squadron 25
Aircraft: F/A-18E Super Hornet
Name: Fist of the Fleet
Radio Call Sign: FIST
Side Number Series:
VFA-97 - Strike Fighter Squadron 97
Aircraft: F/A-18C Hornet
Name: Warhawks
Radio Call Sign: WARHAWK
Side Number Series:
VFA-192 - Strike Fighter Squadron 192
Aircraft: F/A-18E Super Hornet
Name: World Famous Golden Dragons
Radio Call Sign: DRAGON
Side Number Series:
VAQ-136 - Electronic Attack Squadron 136
Aircraft: EA-18G Growler
Name: The Gauntlets
Radio Call Sign: IRON or IRONCROW
Side Number Series:
VAW-112 - Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 112
Aircraft: E-2 Hawkeye
Name: The Golden Hawks
Radio Call Sign: GHOST
Side Number Series:
HSC-8 - Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 8
Aircraft: MH-60S Seahawk
Name: Eightballers
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:
HSM-71 - Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 71
Aircraft: MH-60R
Name: Raptors
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:
VRC-30 - Fleet Logistics Suport Squadron 30 Det 4
Aircraft: C-2 Greyhound
Name: Providers
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:



Carrier Name: USS George Washington (CVN-73)
Year Commissioned: 1992
Ships Home Port: Yokosuka Naval Base, Yokosuka, Japan
Assigned Carrier Air Wing: CVW-5
Carrier Air Wing: CVW-5
Aircraft Tail Code: NF
Air Wing Homeport: NAF Atsugi
VFA-27 - Strike Fighter Squadron 27
Aircraft: F/A-18E Super Hornet
Name: Royal Maces
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:
VFA-102 - Strike Fighter Squadron 102
Aircraft: F/A-18F Super Hornet
Name: Diamondbacks
Radio Call Sign: DBACK
Side Number Series:
VFA-115 - Strike Fighter Squadron 115
Aircraft: F/A-18E Super Hornet
Name: Eagles
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:
VFA-195 - Strike Fighter Squadron 195
Aircraft: F/A-18E Super Hornet
Name: Dambusters
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:
VAW-115 - Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 115
Aircraft: E-2C Hawkeye 2000
Name: Liberty Bells
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:
VAQ-141 - Electronic Attack Squadron 141
Aircraft: EA-18G Growler
Name: Shadowhawks
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:
VRC-30 - Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 Det. 5
Aircraft: C-2A Greyhound
Name: Providers
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:
HSC-12 - Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 12
Aircraft: MH-60S
Name: Golden Falcons
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:
HSM-77 - Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 77
Aircraft: MH-60R
Name: Saberhawks
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:



Carrier Name: USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
Year Commissioned: 1989
Ships Home Port: Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, VA
Assigned Carrier Air Wing: unknown
Carrier Air Wing:
Aircraft Tail Code:
Air Wing Homeport:



Carrier Name: USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
Year Commissioned: 1986
Ships Home Port: Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, VA
Assigned Carrier Air Wing: CVW-1
Carrier Air Wing: CVW-1
Aircraft Tail Code: AB
Air Wing Homeport: NAS Oceana
VFA-11 - Strike Fighter Squadron 11
Aircraft: F/A-18F Super Hornet
Name: Red Rippers
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series: 100-
VFA-136 - Strike Fighter Squadron 136
Aircraft: F/A-18E Super Hornet
Name: Knighthawks
Radio Call Sign: HAWK
Side Number Series: 300-
VFA-211 - Strike Fighter Squadron 211
Aircraft: F/A-18F Super Hornet
Name: Fighting Checkmates
Radio Call Sign: NIKEL
Side Number Series: 200-
VMFA-251 - Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251
Aircraft: F/A-18C Hornet
Name: Thunderbolts
Radio Call Sign: T-BOLT
Side Number Series: 400-
VAW-123 - Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 123
Aircraft: E-2C Hawkeye
Name: Screwtops
Radio Call Sign: SCREWTOP
Side Number Series: 600-
VAQ-137 - Electronic Attack Squadron 137
Aircraft: EA-18G Growler
Name: Rooks
Radio Call Sign: ROOK
Side Number Series: 500-
VRC-40 - Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 Det. 2
Aircraft: C-2A Grayhound
Name: Rawhides
Radio Call Sign: RAWHIDE
Side Number Series:
HS-11 - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 11
Aircraft: SH-60F Seahawk
Name: Dragon Slayers
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:



Carrier Name: USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
Year Commissioned: 1981
Ships Home Port: Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, CA
Assigned Carrier Air Wing: CVW-17
Carrier Air Wing: CVW-17
Aircraft Tail Code: NA
Air Wing Homeport: NAS Lemoore
VFA-22 - Strike Fighter Squadron 22
Aircraft: F/A-18F Super Hornet
Name: Fighting Redcocks
Radio Call Sign: BEEF or BEEF EATER
Side Number Series:
VFA-81 - Strike Fighter Squadron 81
Aircraft: F/A-18E Super Hornet
Name: Sunliners
Radio Call Sign: ZAPPER
Side Number Series:
VFA-113 - Strike Fighter Squadron 113
Aircraft: F/A-18C Hornet
Name: Stingers
Radio Call Sign: STINGER
Side Number Series:
VFA-94 - Strike Fighter Squadron 94
Aircraft: F/A-18C Hornet
Name: Shrikes
Radio Call Sign: HOBO
Side Number Series:
VAQ-139 - Electronic Attack Squadron 139
Aircraft: EA-18G Growler
Name: Cougars
Radio Call Sign: WARCAT or COUGAR
Side Number Series:
VAW-116 - Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 116
Aircraft: E-2C Hawkeye
Name: Sun Kings
Radio Call Sign: SUNKING
Side Number Series:
VRC-40 - Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 Det 5
Aircraft: C-2A Greyhound
Name: Rawhides
Radio Call Sign: RAWHIDE
Side Number Series:
HSC-15 - Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 15
Aircraft: MH-60S Seahawk
Name: Red Lions
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:



Carrier Name: USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
Year Commissioned: 1975
Ships Home Port: Naval Station Everett, Everett, WA
Assigned Carrier Air Wing: CVW-11
Carrier Air Wing: CVW-11
Aircraft Tail Code: NH
Air Wing Homeport: NAS Lemoore
VFA-146 - Strike Fighter Squadron 146
Aircraft: F/A-18C Hornet
Name: Blue Diamonds
Radio Call Sign: DIAMOND
Side Number Series:
VFA-147 - Strike Fighter Squadron 147
Aircraft: F/A-18E Super Hornet
Name: Argonauts
Radio Call Sign: JASON
Side Number Series:
VFA-154 - Strike Fighter Squadron 154
Aircraft: F/A-18F super Hornet
Name: Black Knights
Radio Call Sign: KNIGHT
Side Number Series:
VMFA-323 - Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323
Aircraft: F/A-18C Hornet
Name: Death Rattlers
Radio Call Sign: SNAKE or SWORD
Side Number Series:
VAW-117 - Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117
Aircraft: E-2C Hawkeye
Name: The Wallbangers
Radio Call Sign: BANGER
Side Number Series:
VAQ-142 - Electronic Attack Squadron 142
Aircraft: EA-6B Prowler
Name: Gray Wolves
Radio Call Sign: THUNDER
Side Number Series:
VRC-30 - Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 Det 3
Aircraft: C-2A Greyhound
Name: Providers
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:
HSC-6 - Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6
Aircraft: MH-60S Knighthawk
Name: Indians
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:
HSM-75 - Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 75
Aircraft: MH-60R Seahawk
Name: Wolfpack
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series:



Carrier Name: USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
Year Commissioned: 1977
Ships Home Port: Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, VA
Assigned Carrier Air Wing: CVW-7
Carrier Air Wing: CVW-7
Aircraft Tail Code: AG
Air Wing Homeport: NAS Oceana
VFA-83 - Strike Fighter Squadron 83
Aircraft: F/A-18C Hornet
Name: Rampagers
Radio Call Sign: RAM
Side Number Series: 300-
VFA-103 - Strike Fighter Squadron 103
Aircraft: F/A-18F Super Hornet
Name: Jolly Rogers
Radio Call Sign: VICTORY
Side Number Series: 200-
VFA-131 - Strike Fighter Squadron 131
Aircraft: F/A-18C Hornet
Name: Wildcats
Radio Call Sign: CAT & COUGAR
Side Number Series: 400-
VFA-143 - Strike Fighter Squadron 143
Aircraft: F/A-18E Super Hornet
Name: Pukin Dogs
Radio Call Sign: DOG
Side Number Series: 100-
VAW-121 - Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 121
Aircraft: E-2C Hawkeye
Name: Bluetails
Radio Call Sign: GRIFFIN (Front End), BLUETAIL (Back End)
Side Number Series: 600-
VAQ-140 - Electronic Attack Squadron 140
Aircraft: EA-6B Prowler
Name: Patriots
Radio Call Sign: STINGER
Side Number Series: 500-
VRC-40 - Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 Det 3
Aircraft: C-2A Greyhound
Name: Rawhides
Radio Call Sign: RAWHIDE
Side Number Series:
HS-5 - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 5
Aircraft: SH-60F Seahawk
Name: Nightdippers
Radio Call Sign: DIPPER or CANVAS
Side Number Series:
HSM-72 - Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 72
Aircraft: MH-60R Seahawk
Name: Proud Warriors
Radio Call Sign:
Side Number Series: