The mission of Carrier Air Wing EIGHT (CVW-8) is to conduct offensive air operations against both land and sea targets, and provide for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) defense and sustained air operations in support of other forces as directed. Embarked in USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN 77), CVW-8 employs a mix of sophisticated aircraft capable of air warfare, strike warfare, antisubmarine warfare and electronic warfare.
In order to accomplish our assigned mission more effectively, there are three areas of emphasis:
a. The mission comes first. We shall train our people effectively and efficiently.
b. We shall take care of our people; physical and personal development and as Sailors through professional development.
c. We shall exercise proper stewardship of the equipment and facilities we are entrusted with to ensure we are able to continue our mission and ensure the continued ability of the Navy to heed our nation's call.
The Air Wing consists of eight squadrons with one squadron providing detachments. The strike/fighter role is fulfilled by Strike Fighter Squadrons THIRTY ONE and TWO ONE THREE, flying the FA-18E and FA-18F "SUPER HORNET,” and Strike Fighter Squadrons FIFTEEN and EIGHT SEVEN flying the FA-18C and FA-18A+ "HORNET". Airborne early warning and airborne command and control is the responsibility of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE TWO FOUR with the multi-mission E-2C "HAWKEYE”. The complex, dynamic realm of antisubmarine, antisurface warfare, and combat search and rescue is the domain of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron NINE and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron SEVEN ZERO flying the MH-60S and MH-60R "SEAHAWK" helicopters. Prior to their transition to CVW-5, Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron ONE FOUR ONE flew the EA-18G "GROWLER," providing electronic attack and electronic surveillance to enhance the Navy's capabilities and survivability in today's electronically oriented combat environment. Getting personnel and supplies to and from the ship falls to the “Rawhides”, a detachment of C-2A Greyhounds from Fleet Logistical Support Squadron FOUR ZERO.