|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|
|Motto(s)||"First to the Fleet, First to the Fight"|
|Decorations||2010, 2015, 2017 Battle "E" Awardee|
|Commander Jon "JC" Crawford|
Electronic Attack Squadron 132 (VAQ-132), the "Scorpions", is a United States Navy aircraft squadron based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, flying 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.
- 5 August 1964 – 6 May 1965, Detachment M A-3Bs were embarked on USS Ranger
- 7 December 1964 – 1 November 1965, A-3Bs were embarked on USS Coral Sea
- 10 December 1965 – 25 August 1966, Detachment F A-3Bs were embarked on USS Ranger
- 29 July 1966 – 23 February 1967, Detachment A A-3Bs were embarked on USS Coral Sea
- 19 November 1966 – 6 July 1967, Detachment M A-3Bs were embarked on USS Enterprise
- 26 July 1967 – 6 April 1968, KA-3Bs were embarked on USS Coral Sea
- 4 November 1967 – 25 May 1968, Detachment 61 KA-3Bs were embarked on USS Ranger
- 3 January-18 July 1968, Detachment 65 KA-3Bs were embarked on USS Enterprise
- 29 May 1968 – 31 January 1969, Detachment 64 KA-3Bs were embarked on USS Constellation
In November 1968, VAH-2 was redesignated as Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 132 (VAQ-132) and transitioned to the EKA-3B. In January 1971, they 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 and began the transition to the brand-new, Boeing EA-18G Growler in February 2009 with flight certification in mid-2009. Initial operational capability (IOC) was achieved on 22 September 2009, making them the first operational EA-18G squadron.
The United States Navy's new Boeing EA-18G Growler ( "Grizzly" ) 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 "Scorpions" were redeployed from Al' Asad Air Base, Iraq to Aviano Air Base, Italy to support Libya operations.
- Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadrons
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- 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" (PDF). 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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