VAQ-133

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Electronic Attack Squadron 133
VAQ-133 insignia.png
VAQ-133 insignia
Active March 4, 1969
Country  United States of America
Branch United States Navy Seal United States Navy
Role Airborne Electronic Attack
Garrison/HQ Naval Air Station Whidbey Island
Nickname Wizards
Motto Push It Up!
Aircraft flown
Attack EKA-3B Skywarrior
EA-6B Prowler
EA-18G Growler

Electronic Attack Squadron 133 (VAQ-133), also known as the "Wizards", is an EA-6B Prowler squadron of the United States Navy based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington. VAQ-133 was at one point one of three EA-6B Prowler squadrons in the U.S. Navy assigned expeditionary duty.[1] The squadron's radio callsign is "Magic".

Squadron history[edit]

Electronic Attack Squadron 133 (VAQ-133) was established March 4, 1969 at Naval Air Station Alameda, California. The squadron originally flew the EKA-3B Skywarrior. In August 1971, the Wizards relocated to NAS Whidbey Island.

VAQ-133 EKA-3B, 1971

Following this move, the squadron received and transitioned to the EA-6B Prowler.

VAQ-133 EA-6B, 2005.

Following the 2012-2013 deployment of Carrier Air Wing 9 onboard USS Stennis (CVN-74), VAQ-133 will be reassigned to Carrier Air Wing Eight based aboard the carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77). This reassign was originally slated to occur in January 2014 but changing operational requirements accelerated this reassignment until immediately after the end of the 2012-2013 deployment. As of mid-2014, VAQ-133 made a transition from the EA-6B to the Boeing EA-18G Growler.

A VAQ-133 EA-18G ("Growler"), NAS Whidbey Island, July 2014.

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