Lest We Forget

By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

In 1990 and 1991, VAW-114 upgraded to the E-2C+ version and made two drug-interdiction deployments to Howard Air Base in Panama. The squadron returned to the Kitty Hawk in 1991 for the newly refurbished carrier's transit around Cape Horn for her return to San Diego. The Hormel Hawgs' last two deployments were to the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf in support of Operation Restore Hope in Somalia and Operation Southern Watch over Iraq. On 19 January 1993, VAW-114 supported CVW-15 aircraft as they struck targets in Iraq in retaliation for Iraqi antiaircraft fire.

The Navy's decision to cut CVW-15 as part of post-Cold War reductions marked the end of the Hormel Hawgs. The squadron was officially disestablished on 31 March 1995, after almost 28 years of service.


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