The squadron consists of five aircraft and about 225 personnel. The squadron recently completed a deployment aboard the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. In Japan, the “Tigertails” of VAW-125 will be part of Carrier Air Wing 5 assigned to the USS Ronald Reagan.
The squadron will replace VAW-115, which flies the older E-2C Hawkeye.
The first variant of the Hawkeye joined the fleet in 1964, making it the Navy’s longest-serving carrier-based aircraft.
The Navy says the Advanced Hawkeyes’ new features include radar that is capable of both mechanical and electronic sweeping, and upgraded mission computers and data link capabilities.