The EA-18 Growler is the US Navy’s current electronic warfare aircraft. The aircraft first came to the fleet in 2009 and replaced the EA-6B Prowler. If the aircraft looks familiar, it should. The primary design has its origins in the F/A-18F Super Hornet, the fleet’s current fighter/bomber. All of the Growlers are based at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington.
In addition to the United States Navy, the Royal Australian Air Force has purchased and deployed Growlers.
Feature photo by “Gregory Oh” from the VAQ-139 FB page. Enjoy the 2020-2021 cruise video from VAQ-139 Cougars. The Cougars are based at NAS Whidbey Island, and fly the F/A-18G Growler. VAQ-139 is part of Carrier Air Wing 17 and deploy aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN-68). Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum!
Enjoy the 2020 cruise video from VAQ-130 Zappers. The squadron is part of Air Wing 3, based at NAS Whidbey Island and fly the EA-18 Growler. In August 2020, the squadron returned from its 206-day deployment aboard the USS Dwight D Eisenhower. The deployment broke the record for longest deployment without hitting a port. VAQ-130…