Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 114 (VAW-114) already was deployed and flying missions over the Tonkin Gulf off Vietnam when it was established on 20 April 1967. The "Hormel Hawgs" were formed from Detachment C of VAW-11. VAW-114, home-based at NAS North Island, Coronado, California, was operating the new E-2A Hawkeye early-warning aircraft as part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW-11) on board the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63), protecting the naval forces in the Tonkin Gulf and U.S. aircraft that were striking targets in Vietnam.
After another deployment to Vietnam, VAW-114 upgraded to the E-2B version in 1970 and made two more deployments to the war zone. After the war, the squadron made two more deployments before joining CVW-15 on board the USS Coral Sea (CV-43). By 1976, the squadron had moved to NAS Miramar, California.