|Electronic Attack Squadron 132|
|Active||1 November 1955|
|Country||United States of America|
|Branch||United States Navy|
|Role||Airborne Electronic Attack|
|Part of||Commander, Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMVAQWINGPAC)|
|Garrison/HQ||Naval Air Station Whidbey Island|
|Decorations||2010 Battle "E" Awardee|
|Commander John "Mini Me" Kurtz|
Electronic Attack Squadron 132 (VAQ-132), the "Scorpions", is a United States Navy aircraft squadron based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Scorpions fly the EA-18G Growler. The squadron's radio callsign is "Scorp".
Electronic Warfare Squadron 132 can trace its history all the way back to Patrol Squadron 911 (VP-911, later VP-29), established in 1946. In November 1955, VP-29 personnel formed the nucleus of the squadron Heavy Attack Squadron Two (VAH-2) "Royal Rampants" and transitioned to the A3D Skywarrior and changed its homeport the following year to NAS Whidbey Island. Then in November 1968, VAH-2 was redesignated as Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 132 (VAQ-132) and transitioned to the EKA-3B. In January 1971, the Scorpions received the EA-6B Prowler and became the first operational squadron to transition to the new aircraft.
On 7 November 2008, VAQ-132 held their ceremonial last flight in the Grumman EA-6B Prowler. They began the transition to the brand-new, Boeing EA-18G Growler in February 2009 with flight certification in the Summer of 2009. Initial operational capability (IOC) was achieved on September 22. The Scorpions were the first operational squadron to transition to the EA-18G.
On 5 August 2009, EA-18G Growlers from VAQ-132 and Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ-129) completed their first at-sea carrier-arrested landing (trap) aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75).
The EA-18G was first used in combat during Operation Odyssey Dawn by supporting efforts to enforce a UN no-fly-zone over Libya. The five EA-18Gs of VAQ-132 were redeployed from Iraq to Italy to support Libya operations.
- Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadrons
- Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ-132) GlobalSecurity.org
- EA-18G Cleared for Full Rate Production
- Mark L. Evans and Dale J. Gordon (Summer 2010). "Year in Review 2009". Naval Aviation News 94 (2): 24. 0028-1417. Retrieved 2010-10-12.
- Allied Forces Attack Libya, Wall Street Journal, March 20, 2011.
- "Roughead: Ships Were Ready for Odyssey Dawn". American Forces Press Service (US Navy), 23 March 2011.
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