Electronic Attack Squadron 133 (VAQRON 133)

Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 133 (TACELRON 133)

VAQ-133 ‘Wizards’

 

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STATUS:

First VAQ-133:

established as VAQ-133 on March 4, 1969

VAQ-133 disestablished on June 1, 1992

    

Second VAQ-133:

VAQ-133 reestablished on April 1, 1996

 

Homebase: NAS Whidbey Island, Washington

Carrier Air Wing: CVW-9

Aircraft Carrier: USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)

ACTIVE UNIT

AIRCRAFT:

Douglas KA-3B / EKA-3B Skywarrior (1969-71)

Grumman EA-6B Prowler (1971-92 / 1996-2013)

Boeing EA-18G Growler (2014- )

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

 

 

images

 

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EA-18G Growler (VAQ-133) at NAS Fallon, Nevada - spring 2015

 

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EA-18G Growlers (VAQ-133) at NAS Fallon, Nevada - spring 2015

 

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EA-18G Growler (VAQ-133) at NAS Fallon, Nevada - spring 2015

 

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EA-18G Growler (VAQ-133) at NAS Fallon, Nevada - spring 2015

 

EA-18G Growler (VAQ-133) at NAS Fallon, Nevada - spring 2015

 

EA-18G Growler (VAQ-133) at NAS Fallon, Nevada - spring 2015

 

EA-18G Growler (VAQ-133) at NAS Fallon, Nevada - spring 2015

 

EA-18G Growler (VAQ-133) at NAS Fallon, Nevada - spring 2015

 

EA-18G Growler (VAQ-133) at NAS Fallon, Nevada - spring 2015

 

EA-18G Growler (VAQ-133) at NAS Fallon, Nevada - spring 2015

 

January 2015

 

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January 2015

 

January 2015

 

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2014

 

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2014

 

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2014

 

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September 2014

 

2014

 

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September 2014

 

September 2014

 

 

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2013

 

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EA-6B Prowlers (VAQ-133 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - April 2013

 

EA-6B Prowlers (VAQ-133 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - April 2013

 

EA-6B Prowlers (VAQ-133 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - April 2013

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - March 2013

 

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EA-6B Prowlers (VAQ-133 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - March 2013

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - March 2013

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - March 2013

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - March 2013

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - January 2013

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - January 2013

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - December 2012

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - September 2012

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - February 2012

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - February 2012

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - January 2012

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - January 2012

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - December 2011

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - November 2011

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - October 2011

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - September 2011

 

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EA-6B Prowlers (VAQ-133) at NAS Whidbey Island - June 2010

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133) at NAS Whidbey Island - June 2010

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133) - November 2006

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133) flies a mission in support of exercise Sentry Eagle. Sentry Eagle is a biannual, two-day exercise that emphasizes tactics for defending

friendly airspace and assets from a variety of adversaries as well as exposing participants to multi-service military forces. Note that the aircraft wears the tail code "NL",

assigned to the Commander VAQ-Wings, Pacific at NAS Whidbey Island. From 1956 to 1995 this was the tail code of Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15) - August 2005

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133) - exercise Sentry Eagle 2005 - August 2005

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133) - exercise Sentry Eagle 2005 - Kingsley Field, Oregon - August 2005

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133) at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey in support of Operation Northern Watch - November 2002

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133) at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey in support of Operation Northern Watch - November 2002

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133) at Eielson AFB, Alaska during exercise NORTHERN EDGE - April 2002

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133) - Paris Airshow - June 1991

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133) aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - August 1990

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133) aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - August 1990

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133) aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - August 1990

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133) aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - August 1990

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133) aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - August 1990

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133) aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - August 1990

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133) aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - August 1990

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-133) aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - August 1990

 

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EKA-3B Skywarrior (VAQ-133) - 1970/71

 

 

history

- March 4, 1969; established at Naval Air Station Alameda, California. Originally flew the EKA-3B Skywarrior.
- August 1969; and again in November 1970 the squadron departed for combat deployments to Southeast Asia onboard USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64) and USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63).
- August 1971; relocated to our current homeport, NAS Whidbey Island and transitioned to the EA-6B Prowler.
- January 1974; VAQ-133 departed Norfolk, Virginia onboard USS AMERICA (CV 66). This marked the first ever Prowler deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and the first deployment of the new expanded capability (EXCAP) version of the EA-6B.
- 1975; the Wizards completed four months of pre-deployment training on the east coast in preparation for USS JOHN F. KENNEDY's (CV 67) June deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. Once deployed, the Wizards broke every flight hour record for the EA-6B community.
- Between November 1979 and October 1981; VAQ-133 deployed to the Mediterranean Sea onboard USS FORRESTAL (CV 59) and USS AMERICA (CV 66).
- February 1982; the Wizards conducted refresher training onboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), and set sail in September for their first WESTPAC deployment as a Prowler Squadron.
- 1984; VAQ-133 again deployed onboard CVN 65 and participated in two of the largest naval exercises ever, RIMPAC 84, with over eighty allied ships, and FLEETEX 85-1, with five carrier task forces in two oceans. The squadron returned home in December 1984 and transitioned to the Improved Capability II (ICAP II) version of the EA-6B.
- September 1987 and May 1989; VAQ-133 deployed to the Mediterranean Sea onboard USS CORAL SEA (CV 43).
- December 1990; joined Carrier Air Wing SIX (CVW-6) onboard USS FORRESTAL (CV 59).
- May 1991; After being assigned as the alert carrier for Operation DESERT STORM, USS FORRESTAL (CV 59) deployed with the Wizards to the Mediterranean Sea.
- June 1992; disestablished.
- April 1, 1996; reestablished as an expeditionary land-based squadron.
- January 1997; only nine months after being reestablished, deployed for six months to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, where they were assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 12.
- 1998; the Wizards deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey for six months, flying combat missions over northern Iraq with the Combined Task Force in support of Operation NORTHERN WATCH.
- March 1999; VAQ-133 arrived in Prince Sultan Airbase, Saudi Arabia in to support Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.
- January 2001; VAQ-133 returned to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey to fly missions over Northern Iraq.
- 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009; completed 6 month deployments to Bagram AFB.
- November 2009; deployed Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.
- August 2010; transitioned to back to a carrier based operational squadron onboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74), with Carrier Air Wing (CVW-9).
- July 2011; Deployed for seven months in support of Operations NEW DAWN and ENDURING FREEDOM. Flew the last Prowler combat missions over Iraq in December 2011.
- August 2012; The Wizards deploy for eight months with CVW-9 onboard CVN-74 for a deployment to FIFTH fleet in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
-Following a brief at-home period, the Wizards embarked on STENNIS with CVW-9 in August 2012 for a short-notice surge deployment in support of OEF and FIFTH Fleet contingency operations. As the squadron entered transition to the EA-18G Growler airframe in summer 2013, this marked the Wizards' "sundown" deployment as an EA6B squadron.
-In the spring of 2014, the Wizards completed a yearlong transition into the EA-18G and were certified "Safe-for-Flight." The squadron then returned to Carrier Air Wing NINE to continue its legacy of domination in the electromagnetic spectrum.

 

source: VAQ-133 website

 

patches

 

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