VAW-77 Night Wolves E-2C Model
Fly with the Night Wolves of VAW-77 again in this E-2C model. Each model is carved from wood and hand painted to provide a unique piece you’ll love. Size- 18 inches.Model
On 18 November 1995 Carrier Early Airborne Warning Squadron 77 (VAW-77) was commissioned, as a Reserve Squadron serving with the US Coast Guard and other Federal Agencies to fight the war on drugs, providing sophisticated air surveillance on traffic off the southern coast of the US. VAW-77 “Night Wolves” work in tandem with Coast Guard and other federal law enforcement agencies to combine and coordinate operations of counter-narcotics forces. The E-2C Hawkeye squadron deploys four to five times a year to bases near known drug trafficking routes to help identify suspected drug smugglers. The squadron spends approximately four to five months per year forward deployed to bases near illegal drug traffic lanes.
Since commissioning, the Nightwolves have completed a number of sixty-day counter-drug deployments to the Caribbean Theater. VAW-77 deployed primarily to Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico until the Naval Station ceased active operations in October, 2003 prior to its inactivation on March 31, 2004. VAW-77 continues to operate out of Howard AFB, Panama; Patrick AFB, Florida; Comalapa Air Force Base, El Salvador; Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico; Manta Air Force Base located at the Eloy Alfaro International Airport in Manta, Ecuador; and Hato International Airport, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles. Squadron aircraft have been involved in over 120 high profile arrests and seizures of drug carrying container ships, high-speed watercraft, and light civilian aircraft. In fact, the mere presence of the Nightwolves in the Caribbean has caused drug traffickers to change their tactics in order to avoid detection by VAW-77 aircraft.
In August 2008, VAW-77 moved to its new home of Naval Air Station / Joint Reserve Base (NAS/JRB) New Orleans, LA in response to BRAC’s decision to close Naval Air Station Atlanta.
Because of spending cuts throughout the Department of Defense, the unit was recommended for decommission by the Secretary of the Navy. In February 2013, the “Nightwolves” were formally disbanded, and its crew & equipment were in the process of being redistributed throughout other naval squadrons. VAW-77 was disestablished on 9 March 2013. The squadron’s six aircraft were transferred to other carrier airborne warning squadrons and the squadron members were transfer to various other Commander Naval Air Force Reserve (CNAFR) squadrons.