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. Mission - Lead and support CVW-8 squadrons.
b. Accomplish the mission by making simple and timely decisions. We plan, direct, coordinate and integrate in order to maximize success and reduce risk. We support Carrier Strike Group Two and all Warfare Commanders as the Strike Warfare Commander.
c. Take care of our people, our aircraft / ordnance / equipment and our resources. Timley, effective communication is the key.
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. Electronic Attack Squadron ONE THREE FOUR provides electronic attack and electronic surveillance to enhance the Navy's capabilities and survivability in today's electronically oriented combat environment by flying the EA-6B "Prowler". 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.