VAQ-133

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Electronic Attack Squadron 133
Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 133 (US Navy) inisgnia c1981.png
VAQ-133 insignia
Active 1 April 1996
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(s) Wizards
Motto(s) Push It Up!
Aircraft flown
Attack EKA-3B Skywarrior
EA-6B Prowler
EA-18G Growler

Electronic Attack Squadron 133 (VAQ-133) is an EA-18G Growler squadron of the United States Navy based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington. Beginning in 2013, the squadron began the transition from the EA-6B to the EA-18G. Upon completion of the transition spring 2014, they returned to their attachment to Carrier Air Wing Nine. The squadron's nickname is "Wizards" and its radio callsign is "Magic".[1]

Squadron history[edit]

There have been two squadrons designated VAQ-133. The first squadron was established 4 March 1969 at Naval Air Station Alameda, California. The squadron originally flew the EKA-3B Skywarrior. In August 1971, it relocated to NAS Whidbey Island and transitioned to the EA-6B Prowler. That squadron was disestablished in June of 1992.

VAQ-133 EKA-3B, 1971
VAQ-133 EA-6B, 2005.

The current squadron, Electronic Attack Squadron 133 is the second squadron to use that designation. It was established on 1 April 1996 as a land based "expeditionary" squadron flying the EA-6B Prowler. In August 2010 it was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 9. It continues to be a carrier based squadron to the present. Following the 2012-2013 deployment of Carrier Air Wing 9 onboard USS John C. Stennis, VAQ-133 was reassigned to Carrier Air Wing Eight based aboard USS George H.W. Bush. This reassignment 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 EA-18G.

VAQ-133 EA-18G at NAS Whidbey Island, July 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electronic Attack Squadron 133 Wizards - Squadron History". United States Navy. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 

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