Homecoming for the Black Eagles at NBVC

The Black Eagles of VAW-113 celebrated a homecoming at Naval Base Ventura County following a six month deployment aboard the USS Carl Vinson in the Western Pacific and South China Sea on Wednesday, June 21. The Black Eagles fly the E-2C Hawkeye. A second E-2C squadron, the Liberty Bells, from MCAS Iwakuni, Japan also few into NBVC and will be relocating to California after 44 in Japan. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

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Navy Lt. Rebecca White, center, of VAW-113 holds hands with her five-year-old daughter, Kayli, and five-year-old nephew, Luke, during a homecoming for the E-2C Hawkeye squadron at Naval Base Ventura County on June 21. The Black Eagles finished a six-month deployment aboard the USS Carl Vinson in the Western Pacific and South China Sea.

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Evan Vasiloff, 2, of Camarillo plays with a toy airplane like the one his father, Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Vasiloff, flies on as he waits his return to Naval Base Ventura County during a homecoming for VAW-113 on June 21. The squadron of E-2C Hawkeyes finished a six-month deployment aboard the USS Carl Vinson in the Western Pacific and South China Sea.

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A squadron of E-2C Hawkeyes from VAW-113 taxi to a parking spot during their homecoming at Naval Base Ventura County on June 21. The Black Eagles finished a six-month deployment aboard the USS Carl Vinson in the Western Pacific and South China Sea. VAW-115 from MCAS Iwakuni, Japan also flew into NBVC and will be relocating to California after 44 in Japan.

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Luke Moffitt, 5, left, and Kayli White, 5, hold signs as they wait for the return of Kayli’s mother, Lt. Rebecca White, aboard an E-2C Hawkeye to Naval Base Ventura County during a homecoming for VAW-113 on June 21. The squadron of E-2C Hawkeyes finished a six-month deployment aboard the USS Carl Vinson in the Western Pacific and South China Sea.

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Navy Lt. Cmdr. Charles Diehl of VAW-113 embraces his wife, Kerry, during a homecoming for the E-2C Hawkeye squadron at Naval Base Ventura County on June 21. The Black Eagles finished a six-month deployment aboard the USS Carl Vinson in the Western Pacific and South China Sea. A second E-2C squadron, the Liberty Bells, from MCAS Iwakuni, Japan also few into NBVC and will be relocating to California after 44 in Japan.

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Navy Cmdr. Matthew Ventimiglia, left, of VAW-115 watches as his four-year-old son, Tyler, tries on his helmet during a homecoming celebration at Naval Base Ventura County on June 21. The squadron of E-2C Hawkeyes are relocating back to California after 44 years at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan.

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A squadron of E-2C Hawkeyes fly over Naval Base Ventura County during the Homecoming of the Black Eagles of VAW-113 and the arrival of the Liberty Bells of VAW-115 on June 21.

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A squadron of E-2C Hawkeyes fly over Naval Base Ventura County during the Homecoming of the Black Eagles of VAW-113 and the arrival of the Liberty Bells of VAW-115 on June 21.

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Kelly Smith kisses her son, Lincoln, as they wait for her husband, Lt. Cmdr. Glenn Smith, of E-2C Hawkeye squadron VAW-115 at Naval Base Ventura County on June 21.

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Oliver Lewis, 2, left, and William Schleicher, 3, keep an eye on the skies as they wait for a squadron of E-2C Hawkeyes to land at Naval Base Ventura County on June 21.

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Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Vasiloff receives a hug from his wife, Angela, and two-year-old son, Evan, during his homecoming at Naval Base Ventura County on June 21. Just out of frame is Vasiloff’s daughter, Cecilia.

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