The Air Wing consists of seven squadrons with one squadron providing detachments. The strike/fighter role is fulfilled by Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 31, 37, and 213, flying the FA-18E and FA-18F "Super Hornet.” Command and control is the responsibility of Airborne Command & Control Squadron (VAW) 124 with the multi-mission E-2D "Hawkeye”. The complex, dynamic realm of antisubmarine, anti-surface warfare, and combat search and rescue is the domain of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70 flying the MH-60S and MH-60R "Seahawk" helicopters. The task of getting personnel and supplies to and from the ship falls to the “Rawhides”, a detachment of C-2A Greyhounds from Fleet Logistical Support Squadron (VRC) 40.
In order to accomplish our assigned mission we will:
1. Lead and support the squadrons of CVW-8 who shall produce full mission capable aircraft and combat ready aircrew.
2. Support CSG-12 and all Warfare Commanders as the Strike Warfare Commander, so that as a team, we can execute the Maritime Strategy.
3. Take care of our Sailors who are committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.