Air International 2017-09
-
M.Ayton - Jamming or Deception /Military/ (2)
A catapult officer signals a VAQ-129 EA-18G Growler for launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).
Viking 511 makes an arrested landing aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California.
Electronic Attack Squadron 142 (VAQ-142) ‘Grey Wolves’ has its CAG-bird, EA-18G BuNo 168381/NH500, painted with dark blue vertical stabilisers. The squadron is one of ten Growler units assigned to a carrier air wing.
Royal Australian Air Force EA-18G A46-301 wearing No.6 Squadron markings at low-level in a canyon in southern California.
Viking 507 launches from the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California.
A member of the catapult crew prepares to launch an EA-18G Growler from VAQ-129 from the flight deck of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
EA-18G BuNo 168256/NA500 is the current CAG-bird with Electronic Attack Squadron 139 (VAQ-139) 'Cougars'.
An aircraft handler directs a VAQ-129 EA-18G Growler to catapult 1 on the flight deck of USS George Washington (CVN 73).
An EA-18G Growler prepares for launch from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
Another colourful CAG-bird, EA-18G BuNo 168268/AC500, assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 130 (VAQ-130) ‘Zappers’ prepares to launch from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) for a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Forward deployed to Naval Ar Facility Atsugi, Japan, Electronic Attack Squadron 141 (VAQ-141) ‘Shadowhawks’ was originally assigned to Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8) and made its maiden deployment on the USS George H W Bush. Today the unit is as­signed to CVW-5.
Electronic Attack Squadron 134 (VAQ-134) ‘Garudas’ is one of four EA-18G expeditionary squadrons which are not assigned to a carrier air wing. All four units deploy to forward operating bases in support of, but not exclusively, the US Ar Force. The squadron’s CAG-bird, EA-18G BuNo 168765/ NL530, features a four-colour tail flash and red titles.
EA-18G Growler BuNo 166934/NL540 is the CAG-bird of expeditionary squadron, VAQ-132 'Scorpions’ seen land­ing at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
VAQ-131 'Lancers’ recently returned from deployment aboard the USS George H W Bush (CVN 77). The squadron operates a two-tone grey CAG-bird, EA-18G BuNo 168772/ AJ500, which appears to be coated in Have Glass paint; a coating designed to reduce the infrared signature of the jet.