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Aircraft

US Navy aircraft flying in the sky during a mission.

Aircraft

Get details on some of the exciting aviation careers available in today's Navy.
Ruling the seas From the sky down

US Naval aviation is the envy of every military in the world. Whether carrier-based or shore-based, a jet, plane, helicopter or trainer, America’s Navy has the most technologically advanced aircraft in the world. And a Navy air wing may also be the most versatile collection of crew and equipment in the sky.

Typically, an air wing consists of:

  • 14 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets
  • 36 F/A-18C Hornets
  • 4 E-2C Hawkeyes
  • 4 EA-18G Growlers
  • 6 SH-60R Seahawk helicopters
  • 2 CH-60 Seahawk helicopters
  • 2 C-2A Greyhounds

It's a collection of aircraft built for a wide range of missions. A Navy air wing could fly a combat operation, put troops and supplies in a needed area and finish with a humanitarian mission – all in the same day.

A carrier air wing is a precision-tuned machine of 2,500+ people – on hand and on the job during all major overseas deployments and operational training. When that team is rolling at peak capability, a flight deck crew can launch two planes at a time and land one every 37 seconds in daytime and one every minute at night.

From the pilots to the ground crews, Navy personnel are highly-skilled and trained – operating the best aircraft in the world – and dedicated to protect and serve those at sea and on the ground.

FROM SKY TO SEA
Learn about the different vessels involved in Navy missions.