VAQ-132

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Electronic Attack Squadron 132
Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 132 (US Navy) - insignia.gif
VAQ-132 insignia
Active 1 November 1955
Country  United States of America
Branch United States Navy Seal 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
Nickname Scorpions
Mascot Scorpion
Decorations 2010 Battle "E" Awardee
Commanders
Current
commander
Commander John "Mini Me" Kurtz
Aircraft flown
Attack A-3B Skywarrior
EKA-3B
EA-6B Prowler
EA-18G Growler

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.[1] The squadron's radio callsign is "Scorp".

History[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3] The Scorpions were the first operational squadron to transition to the EA-18G.

An EA-18G of VAQ-132 in 2009.

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).[4]

The EA-18G was first used in combat during Operation Odyssey Dawn by supporting efforts to enforce a UN no-fly-zone over Libya.[5] The five EA-18Gs of VAQ-132 were redeployed from Iraq to Italy to support Libya operations.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadrons
  2. ^ Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ-132) GlobalSecurity.org
  3. ^ EA-18G Cleared for Full Rate Production
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Allied Forces Attack Libya, Wall Street Journal, March 20, 2011.
  6. ^ "Roughead: Ships Were Ready for Odyssey Dawn". American Forces Press Service (US Navy), 23 March 2011.

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