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Electronic Attack Squadron 130
VAQ-130 insignia.png
VAQ-130 insignia
Active September 1, 1959 - Present
Country  United States of America
Branch United States Navy Seal United States Navy
Role Airborne Electronic Attack
Part of Carrier Air Wing 3
Garrison/HQ Naval Air Station Whidbey Island
Nickname Zappers
Motto "We Can Hack It"
Mascot Robbie the Dragon
Commander E. P. Illston
Aircraft flown
Attack AD-5Q Skyraider
EKA-3B Skywarrior
EA-6B Prowler
EA-18G Growler

Electronic Attack Squadron 130 (VAQ-130), also known as the "Zappers", is an EA-18G Growler squadron of the United States Navy based aboard Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Part of Carrier Air Wing 3, the Zappers deploy aboard the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). VAQ-130 is the oldest electronic warfare squadron in the U.S. Navy.[1] The cornerstones of their command philosophy are STRENGTH and HONOR.

Squadron history[edit]

Grumman EA-6B Prowler of VAQ-130 serving aboard USS Nimitz CVN-68 in 1975

VAQ-130 was originally commissioned as Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron Thirteen (VAW-13) flying AD-5Qs in 1959. On October 1, 1968, the squadron was re-designated Electronic Attack Squadron 130 and placed under Tactical Electronic Warfare Wing Thirteen (VAQW-13). In March 1975, the Zappers relocated to their current homeport of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and transitioned to the EA-6B Prowler. In December 2010, the Zappers returned from their last fleet deployment flying the EA-6B Prowler and began transition training in March 2011 to the EA-18G Growler; the Zappers completed transition training in November 2011. The Zappers deployed aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in July 2013 following a rigorous year long work-up cycle.

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