Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQRON 129)

Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 129 (TACELRON 129)

VAQ-129 ‘Vikings’

 

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STATUS:

established as VAH-10 on May 1, 1961

VAH-10 redesignated VAQ-129 on September 1, 1970

    

Homebase: NAS Whidbey Island, Washington

Carrier Air Wing: -

Aircraft Carrier: -

ACTIVE UNIT

AIRCRAFT:

Grumman EA-6B Prowler

Boeing EA-18G Growler

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

no combat deployments

this is the EA-18G Growler fleet replacement squadron

 

images

 

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October 2014

 

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July 2014

 

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July 2014

 

March 2014

 

March 2014

 

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March 2014

 

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EA-18G Growler (VAQ-129) - December 2013

 

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EA-18G Growler and EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) in special colors - undated

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - August 2012

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - August 2012

 

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EA-18G Growler and EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) in special colors - January 2011

 

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EA-18G Growler (VAQ-129) in special colors - January 2011

 

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EA-18G Growler (VAQ-129) in special colors - January 2011

 

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EA-18G Growler and EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) in special colors - January 2011

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) in special colors - January 2011

 

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EA-18G Growler (VAQ-129) - December 2010

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) - October 2010

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) - August 2010

 

EA-18G Growler (VAQ-129) aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - July 2010

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) - August 2009

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) aboard USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) - June 2009

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) aboard USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) - June 2009

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) aboard USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) - June 2009

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) - February 2009

 

EA-18G Growler (VAQ-129) - February 2009

 

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EA-18G Growler (VAQ-129) at NAF El Centro, California - October 2008

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) - October 2008

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) - November 2006

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) - March 2006

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) - March 2006

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) - March 2006

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) - May 2005

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) - April 2004

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) - February 2004

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) - November 2003

 

EA-6B Prowlers (VAQ-129) - July 2003

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) - July 2003

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) - July 2003

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) - July 2003

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) - January 1992

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) - February 1988

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) - March 1987

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-129) - August 1984

 

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EA-6B Prowlers (VAQ-129) aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 1983

 

 

history

Electronic Attack Squadron One Two Nine (VAQ-129) is the United States Navy and Marine Corps' only EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler training squadron. Known as the Vikings, they are a Fleet Replacement Squadron, or FRS, and are charged with training all EA-6B and EA-18G aviators and developing standard operating procedures for the maintenance and operation of the aircraft. The squadron is permanently stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, in Puget Sound, Washington. Beginning in June 2008, VAQ-129 began transitioning to the Navy's next generation electronic attack aircraft the EA-18G Growler.

 

 

Heavy Attack Squadron 10 (VAH-10) flying the A-3 Skywarrior was redesignated Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron One Two Nine (TACELECWARON129) (VAQ-129) flying the EA-6B Prowlers on September 1, 1970. The change in name brought with it a change in mission. The first EA-6B standard version Prowler was delivered in January 1971. With its arrival, VAQ-129 commenced its career as the training squadron for EA-6B fleet commands.

In January 1977, the Navy introduced the first of its Improved Capability (ICAP) version Prowlers. In March 1977, VAQ-129 began training United States Marine Corps aircrew and maintenance personnel to fly and maintain the ICAP version of the aircraft, starting a long training relationship with the Marine Corps. In 1984, the first ICAP II version of the EA-6B arrived.

The Vikings introduced the AGM-88A High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) to the EA-6B in 1986. In 1988 they introduced the new “Block 86” version of the ICAP II Prowler. During Operation Desert Storm, an updated HARM capability was introduced, which proved tremendously successful in the subsequent combat operations.

August 1992 saw the Executive Officer’s billet filled by a USMC Lieutenant Colonel, further strengthening VAQ-129’s relationship with the Marine Corps. In the summer of 2005 the new ICAP III was delivered to the community to pave the way for the follow on platform of the EA-18G.

The retirement of the United States Air Force's EF-111A Raven makes the EA-6B and EA-18G the only tactical aircraft in the U.S. inventory capable of performing electronic attack. This signals an even greater role for the Prowler and Growler for years to come.

On 5 August 2009, EA-18G Growlers from VAQ-129 and Electronic Attack Squadron 132 (VAQ-132) completed their first at-sea carrier-arrested landing (trap) aboard nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75).

In 2013, VAQ-129 began training Royal Australian Air Force aircrew to operate the EA-18G.

source: wikipedia

 

patches

 

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