VAQ-131

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Electronic Attack Squadron 131
VAQ-131 insignia.png
VAQ-131 insignia
Active 1946
Country  United States of America
Branch United States Navy Seal United States Navy
Role Airborne Electronic Attack
Part of Carrier Air Wing 2
Garrison/HQ Naval Air Station Whidbey Island
Nickname Lancers
Motto GET BENT HELMET
Commanders
Current
commander
Commander R. P. Knapp

Electronic Attack Squadron 131 (VAQ-131), also known as the "Lancers", is an United States Navy EA-6B Prowler squadron based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Part of Carrier Air Wing 2, the Lancers deploy aboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76).[1] Their radio callsign is "Skybolt".

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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 EA-6B Prowler.

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