Electronic Attack Squadron 136 (VAQRON 136)

Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 136 (TACELRON 136)

VAQ-136 ‘Gauntlets’

 

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STATUS:

established as VAQ-136 on April 6, 1973

    

Homebase: NAS Whidbey Island, Washington

Carrier Air Wing: CVW-2

Aircraft Carrier: USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

ACTIVE UNIT

AIRCRAFT:

Grumman EA-6B Prowler (1973-2013)

Boeing EA-18G Growler (2013- )

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

 

 

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EA-18G Growlers (VAQ-136) aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - June 2014

 

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EA-18G Growler (VAQ-136) aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - June 2014

 

EA-18G Growler (VAQ-136) aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - June 2014

 

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EA-18G Growler (VAQ-136) aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - March 2014

 

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) leaving NAF Atsugi, Japan for the last time - February 2012

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) leaving NAF Atsugi, Japan for the last time - February 2012

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - November 2011

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - November 2011

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - September 2011

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - September 2011

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - November 2010

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - May 2009

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) at NAF Atsugi, Japan - March 2009

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) leaving USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) for the last time - 2008

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) leaving USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) for the last time - 2008

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - June 2008

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - June 2008

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - May 2008

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - April 2008

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - March 2008

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - November 2007

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - September 2007

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - August 2007

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - June 2007

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - December 2006

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - September 2006

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - September 2006

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - September 2006

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - August 2006

 

EA-6B Prowlers (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - August 2006

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

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EA-6B Prowlers (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - August 2005

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - August 2005

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - August 2005

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - June 2005

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2004

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2004

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - February 2004

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - December 2003

 

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EA-6B Prowlers (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - April 2003

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - March 2003

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - March 2003

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - March 2003

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - January 2003

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - November 2002

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - March 2002

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2002

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2002

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - March 2002

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Independence (CV 62) - 1998

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Independence (CV 62) - 1998

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Independence (CV 62) - 1998

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Independence (CV 62) - August 1992

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Midway (CV 41) - undated

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Midway (CV 41) - undated

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136) - exercise COPE THUNDER 83-7 - September 1983

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-136 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - February 1982

 

 

history

Electronic Attack Squadron ONE THREE SIX was established at Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, Washington on April 6, 1973. In 1978, the Gauntlets flew to their new home in Japan with the USS MIDWAY (CV41) and Carrier Air Wing FIVE. The culmination of a decade of hard work was evident with the Gauntlets being awarded the COMNAVAIRPAC Battle Efficiency Award (the “E”), and the Safety “S” in 1989.

On January 16,1991 the Gauntlets were the first Prowler squadron to fly a strike against Iraq in support of Operation DESERT STROM. During the 43-day war against Iraq, the Gauntlets flew 466.9 hours in combat and fired 28 High- speed Anti- Radiation Missiles. The Gauntlets successfully suppressed the enemy’s air defenses ensuring that CVW-5 did not lose a single aircraft to enemy fire.

In the spring of 1992, the Gauntlets became the first Prowler squadron to fly support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. For their role in setting up Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, the Gauntlets received the Pacific Fleet Battle “E” award for 1992. In addition, the Gauntlets received the Radford Award for being the best EA-6B squadron in the Navy, the association of Old Crows Outstanding Unit Award, and a Meritorious Unit Commendation. In 1994, Gauntlet proficiency resulted in VAQ-136 being named the “Prowler Squadron of the Year for Tactical Excellence”. In January 1998, they received an emergency no-notice deployment order to the Arabian Gulf and just fifteen days after receiving the order, the Gauntlets went from holiday routine to fully carrier- qualified and underway in support of operation SOUTHERN WATCH. Returning to Japan in August 1998, the Gauntlets received the news that they had won the Safety “s” for the first half of 1998, followed six months later by receipt of the 1998 COMNAVAIRPAC Battle “E”.

In 1999, the KITTY HAWK (CV63) WAS ORDERE TO THE Arabia Gulf in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. Following 9/11/01, the Gauntlet mission shifted, with the squadron mobilizing the engage the Global War on Terror. Returning to the Arabian Gulf in 2003, VAQ-136 was among the first to fly in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Gauntlet aircrew flew over 500 hours in 117 combat missions, supporting strike packages, SOF infiltration, and “Kill Box” operations. Gauntlet jamming coupled with 6 HARM ensured no CVW-5 aircraft were lost to enemy fire.

In 2008, VAQ-136 left the Western Pacific with USS KITTY HAWK to cross-deck to the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN73) in San Diego, CA. They returned to Japan on board GEORGE WASHINGTON, which became the first forward-deployed, nuclear- powered aircraft carrier, In 2009, the Gauntlets’ two deployments included operations off the Korean peninsula, Exercise TALISMAN SABRE, and ANNUALEX. During this time VAQ-136 was selected for the 2009 Admiral Arthur W. Radford Award, 2009 Battle “E” award, 2009 COMVAQWINPAC Maintenance Squadron of the Year award and received two CVW-5 quarterly Golden Wrench Maintenance Award.

Beginning in May of 2010, the Gauntlets conducted two cruises, conducting operations again along the Korean Peninsula, and participating in Exercises INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, VALIANT SHIELD, and KEEN SWORD. In February of 2011, the Gauntlets participated in Exercise COPE NORTH.

Shortly afterwards in March, the squadron conducted a no-notice deployment to Anderson AFB, Guam during Operation TOMODACHI following the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The squadron then deployed onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN73) from June through November of 2011.

In January of 2012 the Gauntlets began executing a Home Port Change from Atsugi, Japan to Whidbey Island, Washington with the first move of dependants. The jets , aircrew, and a majority of personnel and equipment followed in February making stops in Wake Island and Hawaii before landing at NAS Whidbey Island. Once safely in the States it was back to work as usual as aircraft needed to be prepared to be released to other squadrons, enlisted sailors started various schools around the country and finally the aircrew started the Growler transition in April. The Gauntlets received "Safe for Flight" Certification on the EA-18G Growler on February 1, 2013.

 

source: VAQ-136 website

 

 

Electronic Attack Squadron 136 (VAQ-136) also known as "The Gauntlets" is a United States Navy electronic attack squadron that was forward-deployed to Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan.

The Gauntlets fly the EA-18G Growler and are currently not attached to a carrier air wing, a composite unit made up of a wide array of aircraft performing a variety of combat and support missions. The squadron is currently stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.


1970s

Since establishment in 1973, VAQ-136 has been associated with several Carrier Air Wings. The Gauntlets’ first two deployments were with CVW-11 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). In 1977 the Gauntlets joined CVW-7 aboard the USS Independence for a cruise to the Mediterranean, after which the squadron changed to the Improved Capability (ICAP) version of the EA-6B. After the transition to their new aircraft, the Gauntlets sailed to the Mediterranean again, this time with CVW-5 on USS Saratoga.


1980s

In 1980 the Gauntlets flew across the Pacific Ocean to their new home in NAF Atsugi, Japan with Carrier Air Wing Five and USS Midway, based in Yokosuka. The 1980s were highlighted by numerous Gauntlet achievements, such as an 8300 mile cross-deck deployment to USS America in support of Indian Ocean operations in 1983, and a record-setting 111 day Indian Ocean at sea period (101 days out of sight of land) in 1984. In 1986, the squadron transitioned to ICAP II aircraft and deployed to support the Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea. The Gauntlets were awarded the COMNAVAIRPAC Battle Efficiency "E", and the Safety “S” in 1989.


1990s


On April 16, 1990, as part of the Cope Thunder exercise, the Gauntlets successfully fired a live High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) at a U.S. Air Force target radar off the coast of the Philippines. It was the first HARM fired in WESTPAC and the missile completely destroyed its target.

On January 16, 1991 the Gauntlets flew strikes against Iraq in support of Operation Desert Storm. During the 43-day war, the Gauntlets fired 28 HARMs against Iraqi air defenses, ensuring that CVW-5 did not lose any aircraft to enemy fire.

On August 22, 1991, the Gauntlets cross-decked from the USS Midway (CV-41) with CVW-5 to the USS Independence (CV-62) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In the early 1992, the Gauntlets deployed with Independence in support of Operation Southern Watch. The Gauntlets received the Pacific Fleet Battle Efficiency "E" award for 1992.

In addition, the Gauntlets received the Radford Award for being the best EA-6B squadron in the Navy, the Association of Old Crows Outstanding Unit Award, and a Meritorious Unit Commendation. In 1993 the Gauntlets sailed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. That summer saw the Gauntlets supporting U.S. policy during intense North Korean Contingency Operations. VAQ-136 was named the “Prowler Squadron of the Year for Tactical Excellence” for 1994.

The Gauntlets began 1995 with operations in the Yellow Sea before proceeding south to participate in Exercise Cobra Gold off the coast of Thailand. They then moved to the Middle East yet again participating in Operation Southern Watch. The Gauntlets were awarded the COMNAVAIRPAC Battle Efficiency "E", and Safety “S” for 1995.

In 1996 VAQ-136 operated in the Yellow Sea, near the Philippines, and around Taiwan to deter Chinese aggression. Early in 1997 Independence, with the Gauntlets aboard, commenced a four month cruise, transiting to Guam, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and then Hong Kong, the last U.S. carrier to port there before its reversion to Chinese control.

In January 1998 the Gauntlets once more sailed on an emergency, no-notice deployment to the Persian Gulf. Just fifteen days after receiving the order, the Gauntlets went from holiday routine to fully carrier qualified and underway in support of Operation Southern Watch. The Gauntlets returned home for a brief respite before getting underway again in July, this time to Hawaii to cross-deck onto their new home, USS Kitty Hawk. The Gauntlets received the Safety “S” for the first half of calendar year 98.

In January 1999, VAQ-136 was awarded the 1998 COMNAVAIRPAC Battle Efficiency "E". This significant award is given to the most combat-ready squadron in the Electronic Attack Community. On March 2, 1999, VAQ-136 and the Kitty Hawk Battle group departed Yokosuka, Japan for three months of routine operations and exercises in the Western Pacific. The Gauntlets participated in the multi-national and multi-service exercise Tandem Thrust off the island of Guam before Kitty Hawk was ordered to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. Over the following eleven weeks, the Gauntlets flew 115 combat sorties over the skies of Iraq. When Kitty Hawk pulled into Dubai, UAE, for several days of liberty, the Gauntlets were tasked to provide uninterrupted Electronic Warfare support for coalition aircraft flying from Prince Sultan Air Base (PSAB), Saudi Arabia.


2000s

In 2010, VAQ-136 was awarded the "Battle E" for combat efficiency and the "Golden Wrench" Award for maintenance excellence by Commander, Naval Air Forces.

In February 2012, the Navy announced that the Gauntlets would transfer to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in the Spring of 2012 to prepare for the change to the EA-18G Growler.

As of February 2013 they fly the EA-18G Growler at NAS Whidbey Island with a tail code of "NL".

 

source: wikipedia

 

patches

 

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