Electronic Attack Squadron 142 (VAQRON 142)

Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 142 (TACELRON 142)

VAQ-142 ‘Gray Wolves’

VAQ-142 ‘Grim Watchdogs” (1988-91)

 

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STATUS:

1st VAQ-142:

established as VAQ-142 “Grim Watchdogs” on June 1, 1988

VAQ-142 disestablished on July 1, 1991

    

2nd VAQ-142:

VAQ-142 Gray Wolves” established on April 1, 1997

    

Homebase: NAS Whidbey Island, Washington

Carrier Air Wing: CVW-11

Aircraft Carrier: USS Nimitz (CVN 68)

ACTIVE UNIT

AIRCRAFT:

Grumman EA-6B Prowler (1988-91 / 1997- )

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

 

 

images

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - December 2013

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - December 2013

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - December 2013

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - December 2013

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - November 2013

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - November 2013

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - October 2013

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - September 2013

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - September 2013

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - August 2013

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - August 2013

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - July 2013

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - July 2013

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - July 2013

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - July 2013

 

ejection seat, rear cockpit, of an EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) - July 2013

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - June 2013

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - June 2013

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - June 2013

 

EA-6B Prowlers (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - June 2013

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - June 2013

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - June 2013

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - June 2013

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - November 2012

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - October 2012

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - October 2012

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142 / CVW-11) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - June 2012

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142) at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho - October 2010

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142) at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho - October 2010

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142) at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho - October 2010

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142) at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho - October 2010

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142) at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho - October 2010

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142) at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho - October 2010

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142) - Al Asad, Iraq - May 2009

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142) - Al Asad, Iraq - May 2009

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142) - Al Asad, Iraq - May 2009

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142) - Al Asad, Iraq - May 2009

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142) - Al Asad, Iraq - April 2009

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142) - Al Asad, Iraq - April 2009

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142) - Al Asad, Iraq - April 2009

 

EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142) - Al Asad, Iraq - April 2009

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142) - NAS Sigonella, Italy - March 2003

 

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EA-6B Prowlers (VAQ-142) at Inkirlic Air Base, Turkey during Operation Northern Watch - April 2002

 

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EA-6B Prowlers (VAQ-142) during Operation Northern Watch - April 2002

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142) - Operation Southern Watch - April 1998

 

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EA-6B Prowler (VAQ-142) at Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia - April 1998

 

Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia - April 1998

 

 

history

Early History:
Electronic Attack Squadron ONE FOUR TWO (VAQ 142) was established 1 June, 1988, in response to the Navy’s requirement for a thirteenth operational EA-6B squadron. The VAQ-142 “Grim Watchdogs” made their first and only deployment with Carrier Air Wing SIX (CVW 6) onboard USS FORRESTAL (CV 59) to the Mediterranean Sea in 1989-90. In less than three years as a squadron, VAQ-142 aviators flew aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72), USS FORRESTAL (CV 59), USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62), USS SARATOGA (CV 60) and USS MIDWAY (CV 43). The squadron logged more than 3,600 flight hours and 860 traps before standing down in March 1991. After the “Grim Watchdogs” disestablished, remaining squadron personnel were transferred to a pre-establishment detachment for VAQ-35. On June 1, 1991 VAQ-35 was established with the Electronic Warfare Support mission, under the cognizance of Fleet Electronic Warfare Support Group (FEWSG). In their short history, VAQ-35 made over forty-two detachments to more than sixteen locations as far away as Puerto Rico, Bermuda and the Hawaiian Islands. In October 1993, due to further reductions in defense spending, VAQ-35 was disestablished, and their mission was absorbed by reserve squadrons based in the east and west coasts. In 1994, the Department of Defense made a decision to replace the Air Force’s aging EF-111A Raven Fleet with additional EA-6B squadrons in order to meet the electronic attack needs of both services.

Return of the Gray Wolves:
On 3 April 1997, VAQ-142, the fourth of five new EA-6B squadrons, was re-established. For the next four years, VAQ-142 participated in numerous exercises around the world. In 2001, the Gray Wolves deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, and later from 2002 to 2003 to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and NORTHERN WATCH.

Global War on Terror:
In December 2003, the Gray Wolves received a short notice deployment order to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, to support Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Seven workdays later, 2003 came to a close with four fully mission-capable EA-6Bs conducting a trans-Atlantic flight enroute to Bagram Air Base, where squadron maintenance personnel were already in place awaiting their arrival. VAQ-142 was the first complete Navy squadron to deploy to Afghanistan. In 2006, the Gray Wolves left in mid-July for deployment to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, completing sorties within 16 hours of arriving in country and flying missions for the next 187 days until heading home in late January 2007. For the Gray Wolves’ exceptional performance in 2006 they were awarded the 2006 Battle 'E' as well as the 2006 CNO Aviation Safety Award. In October 2007, the Gray Wolves deployed to Al Asad Airbase, Iraq, for six months as a forward deployed expeditionary squadron, logging 3,694 combat flight hours in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. In January 2009, the Gray Wolves again deployed to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. The Gray Wolves logged 1,981 combat flight hours and received the 2009 CVWP Semi-Annual Safety “S” for their continued exceptional performance. In May 2010, the Gray Wolves returned Al Asad AB, Iraq for another deployment. The squadron flew 1750 combat hours in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.

Return to the Air Wing:
After thirteen years as an expeditionary squadron, VAQ-142 returned to carrier aviation in March 2011 with a Carrier Qualification Detachment aboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). In May 2011, the Gray Wolves joined Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN (CVW 11) attached to USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and shortly after transitioned to the Improved Capability (ICAP) III airframe. Conducting work-ups with CVW-11, in August 2012 VAQ-142 completed the first squadron carrier detachment in over 21 years.

 

source: VAQ-142 website

 

patches

 

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