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Current United States Navy carrier air wing strength and make-up by-the-numbers.

The modern United States Navy carrier air wing is comprised of a mix of fixed-wing and rotary-wing elements led by the Boeing F/A-18E/F 'Super Hornet' fleet defense / strike fighter in both single-seat and twin-seat forms. This is backed by special-mission aircraft designed for specific roles including Electronic Warfare (EW), Search & Rescue (SAR), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Airborne Early Warning (AEW), and Fleet Logistics Support. Altogether, modern American carriers can house, launch, and retrieve around ninety total aircraft.
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Carrier Air Wing (Typical)

48
F/A-18E/F
Multirole
5
EF-18G Growler
Electronic Warfare
4
E-2C Hawkeye
Airborne Early Warning
8
MH-60S Seahawk
Sea Combat
11
MH-60R Seahawk
Maritime Strike
2
C-2A Greyhound
Logistics
NOTES

1) Typical mix involves 12 x F/A-18F "Super Hornet" twin-seat models with 36 x F/A-18E "Super Hornet" single-seaters. Alternative mix is F/A-18E with F/A-18C "Hornet" models.
2) E-2C can be substituted for 5 x E-2D "Advanced Hawkeye" models.
3) Up to 5 x MH-60R "Seahawk" helicopters can be based on accompanying ships in carrier strike group fleet.
Alternative

40
F/A-18C
Multirole
4
E-2D Hawkeye
Airborne Early Warning
2
CMV-22B Osprey
Logistics

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