Arriving in the mail today — the E-2D IOT&E patch.  IOT&E (Initial Operational Test & Evaluation) is a critical milestone event for the E-2D program.  Conducted by VX-1, operating out of Pax River, IOT&E provides an opportunity to test the aircraft and weapons system in a more dynamic environment than what was present for developmental testing.  With all that is on VX-1’s plate (including programs for the P-3C and the new P-8A platform plus those already underway for the C-2A and E-2C) VAW-120 (the Fleet Replacement Squadron for the C-2A(R), E-2C and E-2D) has joined VX-1 crews in the six-month evaluation period.

So where’s the Steeljaw link?  Check out the patch again – and then the below:

Meaner/speedier, but still with the same DNA…and I have it on good authority that the Steeljaw c/s has been resurrected as well for this evolution.

(h/t Pioneer ONE)