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~ EA-18G Growler Permanent Bases ~

 

NAS Whidbey Island

NAS Whidbey Island, Washington

All VAQ squadrons except:

VAQ-141 (NAF Atsugi, Japan 2012 ~ Current)

NAF AtsugiNAF AtsugiNAF Atsugi

NAF Atsugi, Japan

VAQ-141 (2012 ~ Current)

NAWS China Lake, CA

NAWS China Lake, California

VX-9 / VX-31

NAS Fallon, NV

NAS Fallon, Nevada

Naval Strike & Air Warfare Center (NSAWC)

NAS Patuxent River, MD

NAS Patuxent River, Maryland

VX-23

 

 


 

~ EA-18G Growler Major Deployment Locations ~

 

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Al Asad AB

Iraq

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Aviano AB

Italy

NAF Misawa

 

NAF Misawa

Japan

 

 


 

~ U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler Commands & Squadrons ~

 

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COMVAQWINGPAC

Commander Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet

(Headquartered at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington)

(2008 ~ Current)

 

 

VAQ-129 VikingsVAQ-129 Vikings

VAQ-129 Vikings

(2008 ~ Current)

 

 

VAQ-130 ZappersVAQ-130 ZappersVAQ-130 ZappersVAQ-130 ZappersVAQ-130 ZappersVAQ-130 Zappers

VAQ-130 Zappers

(2012 ~ Current)

 

 

VAQ-131 LancersVAQ-131 LancersVAQ-131 LancersVAQ-131 Lancers

VAQ-131 Lancers

(2015 ~ Current)

 

 

VAQ-132 ScorpionsVAQ-132 ScorpionsVAQ-132 Scorpions

VAQ-132 Scorpions

(2009 ~ Current)

 

 

VAQ-133 WizardsVAQ-133 Wizards

VAQ-133 Wizards

(2014 ~ Current)

 

 

VAQ-134 GarudasVAQ-134 Garudas

VAQ-134 Garudas

(2015 ~ Current)

 

 

VAQ-135 Black RavensVAQ-135 Black Ravens

VAQ-135 Black Ravens

(2011 ~ Current)

 

 

VAQ-136VAQ-136VAQ-136

VAQ-136 Gauntlets

(2013 ~ Current)

 

 

VAQ-137 RooksVAQ-137 RooksVAQ-137 RooksVAQ-137 Rooks

VAQ-137 Rooks

(2013 ~ Current)

 

 

VAQ-138 Yellow JacketsVAQ-138 Yellow Jackets

VAQ-138 Yellow Jackets

(2010 ~ Current)

 

 

VAQ-139 Cougars

VAQ-139 Cougars

VAQ-139 Cougars

(2012 ~ Current)

 

 

VAQ-140 Patriots

VAQ-140 Patriots

(2014 ~ Current)

 

 

VAQ-141 ShadowhawksVAQ-141 ShadowhawksVAQ-141 ShadowhawksVAQ-141 ShadowhawksVAQ-141 Shadowhawks

VAQ-141 Shadowhawks

(2010 ~ Current)

 

 

VAQ-142 Grim Watchdogs

VAQ-142 Gray Wolves

(2015 ~ Current)

 

 

VAQ-209 Star WarriorsVAQ-209 Star Warriors

VAQ-209 Star Warriors

(2014 ~ Current)

 

 

VX-9 Vampires

VX-9 Vampires

(2008 ~ Current)

 

 

VX-23 Salty Dogs

VX-23 Salty Dogs

(2006 ~ Current)

 

 

VX-31 Dust Devils

VX-31 Dust Devils

(2007 ~ Current)

 

 

Naval Strike & Air Warfare Center (NSAWC)

Naval Strike & Air Warfare Center (NSAWC)

(2010 ~ Current)

 

 


 

~ Proposed U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler Squadrons ~

 

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VAQ-143

 

 

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VAQ-144

 

 


 

~ U.S. Air Force EA-18G Growler Squadrons ~

 

390th ECS390th ECS Wild Boars

390th ECS (Electronic Combat Squadron) Wild Boars

(2014 ~ Current)

NOTE: The 390th Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS) flies EA-18G Growlers alongside VAQ-129 Vikings.

 

 


 

~ Future EA-18G Growler Operators ~

 

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Australia

NOTE: 12 aircraft have been ordered with the first expected to roll out in mid-2015. The first aircraft will conduct a 12-month flight test campaign with the U.S. Navy in order to meet Australian airworthiness requirements.

 

The first five Australian Growler aircrew began training in 2014 with VAQ-129 & graduated from the course on February 27, 2015. The five aircrew will be assigned to U.S. Navy expeditionary units for approximately two years, deploying & operating the EA-18G under the Personnel Exchange Program. It is expected that six full crews will have been trained by 2016.

 

The first group of Growlers is expected to be ferried to Amberley Air Base near Brisbane, Queensland in early 2017 & will be followed about six months later by the balance of the fleet. The aircraft will be operated by 6 Sqn the former General Dynamics F-111C & F/A-18F operational conversion unit. In order to accommodate the Growlers, the unit will relinquish its training role & Super Hornets to the air force's 1 Sqn. Further Australian Super Hornet conversion training will be undertaken with US Navy training units at NAS Oceana, Virginia from 2015.

 

Australia is scheduled to declare initial operational capability with the EA-18G in mid-2018, with full operational status slated for the early 2020s.

 

 


 

 

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