|Electronic Attack Squadron 131|
|Country||United States of America|
|Branch||United States Navy|
|Role||Airborne Electronic Attack|
|Part of||Commander Electronic Attack Wing Pacific|
|Garrison/HQ||Naval Air Station Whidbey Island|
|Motto||ADEPTO RECIDISSE GALEAM|
|Commander D. B. Fields|
Electronic Attack Squadron 131 (VAQ-131), also known as the "Lancers", is a United States Navy airborne electronic attack squadron based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Part of Commander, Electronic Attack Wing Pacific, the Lancers are currently undergoing transition to the EA-18G Growler. Following transition, the Lancers will join Carrier Air Wing 8 to deploy aboard the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). Their radio callsign is "Skybolt".
VAQ-131 was originally commissioned as Patrol Squadron 931 (VP-931). From 1946 through 1955, VP-931 flew the P2V Neptune. In 1956, the squadron transitioned to the A-3 Skywarrior and was redesignated as Heavy Attack Squadron 4 (VAH-4). Then in November 1968, VAH-4 received the EKA-3 version of the Skywarrior and was redesignated as Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 131 (VAQ-131). In 1971, the Lancers became the second squadron in the U.S. Navy to receive the Standard version of the EA-6B Prowler. The Lancers tansitioned to the Expanded Capability (EXCAP) version of the Prowler in 1976, to the Improved Capablility (ICAP) Prowler in 1978, and to the ICAP II Prowler in 1984. In May of 2014, the Lancers began their transition to the Boeing EA-18G Growler.
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