Electronic Attack Squadron 138 (VAQRON 138)

Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 138 (TACELRON 138)

VAQ-138 ‘Yellowjackets’

 

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STATUS:

established as VAQ-138 on February 27, 1976

    

Homebase: NAS Whidbey Island, Washington

Carrier Air Wing:

Aircraft Carrier:

ACTIVE UNIT

AIRCRAFT:

Grumman EA-6B Prowler (1973-2009)

Boeing EA-18G Growler (2010- )

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

 

 

images

 

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EA-18G Growler (VAQ-138) during exercise RED FLAG 12-3 at Eielson AFB, Alaska - August 2012

 

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EA-18G Growler (VAQ-138) at Souda Bay, Greece - December 2011

 

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EA-18G Growler (VAQ-138) - December 2011

 

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EA-18G Growler (VAQ-138) during exercise RED FLAG 11-3 at Nellis AFB, Nevada - March 2011

 

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EA-18G Growler (VAQ-138) during exercise RED FLAG 11-3 at Nellis AFB, Nevada - March 2011

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - June 2009

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - May 2009

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - May 2009

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - April 2009

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - January 2009

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - August 2007

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - August 2007

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - July 2007

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - June 2007

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - March 2007

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - March 2007

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - March 2007

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - January 2007

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - November 2006

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - November 2006

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - November 2006

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - September 2006

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - July 2005

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq - July 2005

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - Persian Gulf - May 2005

 

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EA-6B Prowlers (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - February 2005

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) - February 2003

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - June 2003

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - April 2003

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - April 2003

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) - Kadena Airbase, Japan - April 2003

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) - Kadena Airbase, Japan - April 2003

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - April 2003

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - December 2001

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) with an EA-6B of VAQ-137 - Persian Gulf - February 1998

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - February 1993

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) - December 1992

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - June 1992

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - June 1992

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - June 1992

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - June 1992

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - June 1992

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - November 1986

 

EA-6B Prowlers (VAQ-138 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - November 1986

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - November 1986

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-138 / CVW-8) - April 1986

 

 

history

VAQ-138 was commissioned as an operational squadron in February of 1976. The Yellow Jackets first appeared in the history books flying the EA-6B Prowler aboard USS SARATOGA (CV 60). With the USS SARATOGA (CV 60) they embarked on two deployments to the Mediterranean Sea where they immediately distinguished themselves as a leader in aviation safety, earning the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award. The Yellow Jackets then conducted operations with USS RANGER (CV 61) in 1978 before making three deployments to the Mediterranean Sea aboard the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) and USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67). The 1980s saw the Yellow Jackets deploy five times aboard the USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) where they conducted presence operations and flew in support of Operations PRAIRIE FIRE and EL DORADO CANYON.

In 1990 VAQ-138 was embarked aboard the USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64) during her transit from Naval Station San Diego to Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for overhauls. The Yellow Jackets then deployed, once again, with USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) for four WESTPAC Cruises from 1991-1998 where they flew in support of Operations DESERT STORM, PROVIDE COMFORT, and SOUTHERN WATCH. VAQ-138 also deployed in support of Operation ALLIED FORCE, first with the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) in 1998 and then again with the USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) in 1999.

The new millennium saw VAQ-138 deploy twice more aboard CVN 74 in 2000 and 2001/2002 in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM. Following their 2002 deployment the Yellow Jackets joined the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) for two deployments in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in 2003 and 2005, the latter of which was a World Cruise to transition the ship from Naval Station Bremerton to Naval Station Norfolk.In 2006 the Yellow Jackets began operating again with the USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74), and deployed in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM in 2007 before embarking on a WESTPAC cruise in 2009 which was Team Rampage’s final deployment flying the EA-6B Prowler.

From late 2009 through 2010, VAQ-138 returned to VAQ-129 to facilitate the transition from a sea going EA-6B squadron to an expeditionary EA-18G squadron. After earning their mission ready qualifications in 2011, the Yellow Jackets made their first deployment as an expeditionary squadron to Al-Asad Air Base, Iraq and Al-Jaber, Kuwait in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and NEW DAWN. In 2013 the Yellow Jackets again deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

 

source: VAQ-138 website

 

patches

 

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