The first E-2D flew in 2007 with new electronics, communications, new Rolls Royce engines, a glass cockpit and radar. VAW-121 “Bluetails”, an Airborne Early Warning squadron that was established in 1967 and based at NAS Norfolk. After 37 years of operating the E-2C Hawkeye the VAW-121 began to use the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. E-2D c/n AA18 serial 168599 was manufactured in 2015. During 2018 VAW-121 was assigned to the USS Abraham Lincoln CV-72. In 2019 they sailed to the Middle East.