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160811-N-QN175-064 ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 11, 2016) Sailors prepare for flight operations on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Ike and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dartez C. Williams/Released)
160811-N-QN175-064 ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 11, 2016) Sailors prepare for flight operations on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Ike and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dartez C. Williams/Released)

160726-N-DA693-040 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 26, 2016) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Greenberg/Released)
160726-N-DA693-040 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 26, 2016) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Greenberg/Released)

160711-N-PE636-195  ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 11, 2016) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the
160711-N-PE636-195 ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 11, 2016) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the "Patriots" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is currently on an 8-month combat deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony Flynn/Released)

160710-N-IN729-329 SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 10, 2016) An EA-18G Growler from the
160710-N-IN729-329 SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 10, 2016) An EA-18G Growler from the "Shadowhawks" of Early Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck aboard the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan, the Carrier Strike Group Five (CSG 5) flagship, is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan McFarlane/Released)

160710-N-IN729-259 SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 10, 2016) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Early Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 takes off from the flight deck aboard the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan, flagship for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5, is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan McFarlane/Released)
160710-N-IN729-259 SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 10, 2016) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Early Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 takes off from the flight deck aboard the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan, flagship for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5, is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan McFarlane/Released)

160628-N-ZU663-001  PACIFIC OCEAN (June 28, 2016) Sailors prepare an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 to launch from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during routine flight operations. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Susan C. Damman/Released)
160628-N-ZU663-001 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 28, 2016) Sailors prepare an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 to launch from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during routine flight operations. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Susan C. Damman/Released)

160620-N-GZ947-057 WESTERN PACIFIC (June 20, 2016) Sailors jack up an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 in USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) hangar bay for routine maintenance checks. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)
160620-N-GZ947-057 WESTERN PACIFIC (June 20, 2016) Sailors jack up an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 in USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) hangar bay for routine maintenance checks. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)

160619-N-PE636-046 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 19, 2016) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the
160619-N-PE636-046 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 19, 2016) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the "Patriots" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony Flynn/Released)

160619-N-GZ947-024 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 19, 2016) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 launches from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during dual carrier strike group operations with USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. The operations mark the U.S. Navy's continued presence throughout the area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)
160619-N-GZ947-024 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 19, 2016) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 launches from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during dual carrier strike group operations with USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. The operations mark the U.S. Navy's continued presence throughout the area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)

160619-N-GZ947-056 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 19, 2016) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 launches from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during dual carrier strike group operations with USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. The operations mark the U.S. Navy's continued presence throughout the area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)
160619-N-GZ947-056 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 19, 2016) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 launches from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during dual carrier strike group operations with USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. The operations mark the U.S. Navy's continued presence throughout the area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released)

160617-N-NU281-009 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 17, 2016) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Jeremy Hagdorn, assigned to the
160617-N-NU281-009 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 17, 2016) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Jeremy Hagdorn, assigned to the "Patriots" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, cleans a EA-18G Growler on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. Pacheco/Released)

160614-N-MQ094-033 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 14, 2016) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the
160614-N-MQ094-033 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 14, 2016) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the "Patriots" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, lands on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ethan T. Miller/Released)

160614-N-DZ642-051 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 14, 2016) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the
160614-N-DZ642-051 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 14, 2016) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the "Patriots" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bobby J Siens/Released)

160614-N-DZ642-038 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 14, 2016) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the
160614-N-DZ642-038 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 14, 2016) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the "Patriots" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bobby J Siens/Released)

160605-N-DA693-007 SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 5, 2016) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 launches while Sailors taxi another EA-18G Growler assigned to VAQ-133 to an adjacent catapult on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jake Greenberg/Released)
160605-N-DA693-007 SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 5, 2016) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 launches while Sailors taxi another EA-18G Growler assigned to VAQ-133 to an adjacent catapult on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jake Greenberg/Released)

160506-N-TP834-041  PACIFIC OCEAN (May 6, 2016) An EA-18G Growler from the Grey Wolves of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142 launches from the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) flight deck. Carl Vinson is underway conducting carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)
160506-N-TP834-041 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 6, 2016) An EA-18G Growler from the Grey Wolves of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142 launches from the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) flight deck. Carl Vinson is underway conducting carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)

160424-N-DZ642-106 ARABIAN GULF (April 24, 2016) An EP-3E Aries, assigned to the
160424-N-DZ642-106 ARABIAN GULF (April 24, 2016) An EP-3E Aries, assigned to the "World Watchers" of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 1, left, escorted by an EA-18G Growler, assigned to the "Patriots" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, performs a flyby over aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bobby J Siens/Released)

160415-N-MQ094-010 ARABIAN GULF (April 15, 2016) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the
160415-N-MQ094-010 ARABIAN GULF (April 15, 2016) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the "Patriots" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ethan T. Miller/Released)

160413-N-MQ094-043 ARABIAN GULF (April 13, 2016) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the
160413-N-MQ094-043 ARABIAN GULF (April 13, 2016) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the "Patriots" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ethan T. Miller/Released)

160406-N-OR652-070 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 6, 2016) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. Ike is underway conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group in preparation for a future deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)
160406-N-OR652-070 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 6, 2016) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. Ike is underway conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group in preparation for a future deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)

160331-N-KK394-354 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 31, 2016) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. Ike is underway conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group in preparation for a future deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)
160331-N-KK394-354 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 31, 2016) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. Ike is underway conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group in preparation for a future deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)

160327-N-MQ094-056 ARABIAN GULF (March 27, 2016) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Patriots of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class E. T. Miller/Released)
160327-N-MQ094-056 ARABIAN GULF (March 27, 2016) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Patriots of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class E. T. Miller/Released)

160322-N-XX566-153 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 22, 2016) Lt. David Swimm, from Baltimore, launches an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/Released)
160322-N-XX566-153 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 22, 2016) Lt. David Swimm, from Baltimore, launches an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/Released)

160321-N-BH414-015 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 21, 2016) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. Ike is underway conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group in preparation for a future deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Casey S. Trietsch/Released)
160321-N-BH414-015 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 21, 2016) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the flagship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. Ike is underway conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group in preparation for a future deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Casey S. Trietsch/Released)

160218-N-DZ642-004 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 18, 2016) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Matthew Simon, assigned to the
160218-N-DZ642-004 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 18, 2016) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Matthew Simon, assigned to the "Patriots" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, performs maintenance on an EA-18G Growler in the hangar bay of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bobby J Siens/Released)

160211-N-WQ574-097 OAK HARBOR, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2016) Capt. Mike Nortier, commanding officer, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI), prepares for his final Navy flight in an EA-18G Growler. Nortier will be relieved as commanding officer by Capt. Geoffrey Moore, Feb. 19. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caleb Cooper/Released)
160211-N-WQ574-097 OAK HARBOR, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2016) Capt. Mike Nortier, commanding officer, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI), prepares for his final Navy flight in an EA-18G Growler. Nortier will be relieved as commanding officer by Capt. Geoffrey Moore, Feb. 19. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caleb Cooper/Released)

160204-N-DZ642-145 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 4, 2016) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the
160204-N-DZ642-145 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 4, 2016) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the "Patriots" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, lands on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class B. Siens/Released)

151231-N-DZ642-149 ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 31, 2015) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the
151231-N-DZ642-149 ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 31, 2015) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the "Patriots" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, prepares to launch on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class B. Siens/Released)

151228-N-CC806-145 ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 28, 2015) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the
151228-N-CC806-145 ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 28, 2015) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the "Patriots" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class B. B. Petkovski/Released)

151130-N-MQ094-327 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Nov. 30, 2015) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Patriots of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
151130-N-MQ094-327 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Nov. 30, 2015) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Patriots of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

151121-N-NV908-584 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 21, 2015) An E/A-18G Growler assigned to the Rooks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The Rooks, along with all Carrier Air Wing One aircraft, are on their way home after completing an eight-month deployment as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group. Theodore Roosevelt is operating in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations as part of a worldwide deployment en route to its new homeport in San Diego to complete a three-carrier homeport shift. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chad M. Trudeau/Released)
151121-N-NV908-584 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 21, 2015) An E/A-18G Growler assigned to the Rooks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The Rooks, along with all Carrier Air Wing One aircraft, are on their way home after completing an eight-month deployment as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group. Theodore Roosevelt is operating in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations as part of a worldwide deployment en route to its new homeport in San Diego to complete a three-carrier homeport shift. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chad M. Trudeau/Released)

151116-N-GK939-163 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 16, 2015) Sailors direct an EA-18G Growler, assigned to the
151116-N-GK939-163 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 16, 2015) Sailors direct an EA-18G Growler, assigned to the "Patriots" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Strike Group departs Naval Station Norfolk to deploy in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. With CVN 75 as the flagship, strike group assets include the embarked squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, Destroyer Squadron (DESON) 28 and ships USS Anzio (CG 68), USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS Gravely (DDG 107), and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66). (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman L. A. Preston/Released)

151115-N-XX566-054 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 15, 2015) An E/A-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 takes off from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Sailors from the John C. Stennis Strike Group are participating in a sustainment training exercise (SUSTEX) to prepare for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/Released)
151115-N-XX566-054 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 15, 2015) An E/A-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 takes off from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Sailors from the John C. Stennis Strike Group are participating in a sustainment training exercise (SUSTEX) to prepare for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard/Released)

151009-N-AO748-073 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 9, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Safety Equipment) 3rd Class Travis Allen, assigned to the Gauntlets of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136, wipes down the cockpit of an EA-18G Growler in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is deployed as a part of Southern Seas 2015. The eighth deployment of its kind, Southern Seas seeks to enhance interoperability, increase regional stability, and build and maintain regional relationships with countries throughout the region through joint multinational and interagency exchanges and cooperation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kiana A. Raines/Released)
151009-N-AO748-073 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 9, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Safety Equipment) 3rd Class Travis Allen, assigned to the Gauntlets of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136, wipes down the cockpit of an EA-18G Growler in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is deployed as a part of Southern Seas 2015. The eighth deployment of its kind, Southern Seas seeks to enhance interoperability, increase regional stability, and build and maintain regional relationships with countries throughout the region through joint multinational and interagency exchanges and cooperation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kiana A. Raines/Released)

150928-N-NU281-010 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 28, 2015) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Patriots of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is underway participating in a composite training unit exercise in preparation for a future deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. R. Pacheco/Released)
150928-N-NU281-010 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 28, 2015) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Patriots of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is underway participating in a composite training unit exercise in preparation for a future deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. R. Pacheco/Released)

150920-N-MQ094-031 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 20, 2015) Sailors direct an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Patriots of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is underway participating in a composite training unit exercise in preparation for a future deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class E. T. Miller/Released)
150920-N-MQ094-031 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 20, 2015) Sailors direct an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Patriots of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is underway participating in a composite training unit exercise in preparation for a future deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class E. T. Miller/Released)

150820-N-OK605-051 MISAWA, Japan (Aug. 20, 2015) Sailors assigned to the Scorpions of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 finish preparation of an EA-18G Growler as it departs for takeoff from Misawa Air Base. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samuel Weldin/Released)
150820-N-OK605-051 MISAWA, Japan (Aug. 20, 2015) Sailors assigned to the Scorpions of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 finish preparation of an EA-18G Growler as it departs for takeoff from Misawa Air Base. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samuel Weldin/Released)

150723-N-EH855-080 PHILIPPINE SEA (July 23, 2015) Sailors download ordnance from an EA-18G Growler attached to the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN) 73. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, are on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. George Washington will conduct a hull-swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) later this year after serving seven years as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)
150723-N-EH855-080 PHILIPPINE SEA (July 23, 2015) Sailors download ordnance from an EA-18G Growler attached to the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN) 73. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, are on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. George Washington will conduct a hull-swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) later this year after serving seven years as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)

150704-N-YD641-274 TIMOR SEA (July 15, 2015) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a biennial exercise that provides an invaluable opportunity for nearly 30,000 U.S. and Australian Defence Force Personnel to conduct operations in a combined, joint and interagency environment that will increase both countries' ability to plan and execute a full range of operations from combat missions to humanitarian assistance efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Riggs/Released)
150704-N-YD641-274 TIMOR SEA (July 15, 2015) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a biennial exercise that provides an invaluable opportunity for nearly 30,000 U.S. and Australian Defence Force Personnel to conduct operations in a combined, joint and interagency environment that will increase both countries' ability to plan and execute a full range of operations from combat missions to humanitarian assistance efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Riggs/Released)

150504-N-TP834-098 INDIAN OCEAN (May 4, 2015) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)
150504-N-TP834-098 INDIAN OCEAN (May 4, 2015) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

150415-N-TP834-168 GULF OF OMAN (April 15, 2015) A Sailor assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 conducts maintenance on the engine of an EA-18G Growler aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson will soon depart the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility for its homeport of San Diego after supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)
150415-N-TP834-168 GULF OF OMAN (April 15, 2015) A Sailor assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 conducts maintenance on the engine of an EA-18G Growler aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson will soon depart the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility for its homeport of San Diego after supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

150322-N-ZF498-244 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 22, 2015) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Rooks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony N. Hilkowski/Released)
150322-N-ZF498-244 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 22, 2015) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Rooks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony N. Hilkowski/Released)

150310-N-TP834-408 ARABIAN GULF (March 10, 2015) Lt. Cmdr. Kristen Levasseur, assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139, conducts a pre-flight inspection on an EA-18G Growler aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)
150310-N-TP834-408 ARABIAN GULF (March 10, 2015) Lt. Cmdr. Kristen Levasseur, assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139, conducts a pre-flight inspection on an EA-18G Growler aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

150205-N-ZF498-011 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 5, 2015) An EA-18G Growler attached to the Rooks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway participating in a composite training unit exercise, which tests the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group's ability to effectively react to real-world scenarios and perform as an integrated unit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony N. Hilkowski/Released)
150205-N-ZF498-011 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 5, 2015) An EA-18G Growler attached to the Rooks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway participating in a composite training unit exercise, which tests the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group's ability to effectively react to real-world scenarios and perform as an integrated unit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony N. Hilkowski/Released)

150127-N-TC437-139 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 27, 2015) Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Catherine Washburn and Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Jacob Brow perform pre-flight checks on an EA-18G on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is undergoing an operational training period in preparation for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez/Released)
150127-N-TC437-139 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 27, 2015) Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Catherine Washburn and Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Jacob Brow perform pre-flight checks on an EA-18G on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is undergoing an operational training period in preparation for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez/Released)

150123-N-TC437-125 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 23, 2015) Aviation Boatswain's Mate Equipment 2nd Class Bradley Kennedy prepares to launch an EA-18G Growler from the Vikings of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAW) 129 from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is undergoing an operational training period in preparation for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez/Released)
150123-N-TC437-125 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 23, 2015) Aviation Boatswain's Mate Equipment 2nd Class Bradley Kennedy prepares to launch an EA-18G Growler from the Vikings of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAW) 129 from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is undergoing an operational training period in preparation for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez/Released)

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150119-N-SB299-948 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 19, 2015) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Rooks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 lands on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway participating in a composite training unit exercise, which tests the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group's ability to effectively react to real-world scenarios and perform as an integrated unit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Alex Millar/Released)


ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 8, 2015) Sailors move an EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob G. Sisco/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 8, 2015) Sailors move an EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob G. Sisco/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 1, 2015) Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Cody Askew, center, shouts instructions to Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Kenneth Downs and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Javier Reyes while attaching an SUU-78 pylon to an EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson. Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob G. Sisco/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 1, 2015) Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Cody Askew, center, shouts instructions to Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Kenneth Downs and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Javier Reyes while attaching an SUU-78 pylon to an EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson. Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob G. Sisco/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 1, 2015) An EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson. Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob G. Sisco/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 1, 2015) An EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson. Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob G. Sisco/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 22, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 22, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 4, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 and an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 conduct a high speed fly-by of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 4, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 and an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 conduct a high speed fly-by of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)

KUNSAN, Republic of Korea (Nov. 17, 2014) A Marine from Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific (FASTPAC) stands watch for Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 138 at Kunsan Air Base in the Republic of Korea. VAQ-138 is in Kunsan participating in Max Thunder, an exercise that integrates U.S. and Republic of Korea forces to train for air-to-air and air-to-ground missions to ensure mutual understanding and cooperation between the two nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Frank L. Andrews/Released)
KUNSAN, Republic of Korea (Nov. 17, 2014) A Marine from Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific (FASTPAC) stands watch for Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 138 at Kunsan Air Base in the Republic of Korea. VAQ-138 is in Kunsan participating in Max Thunder, an exercise that integrates U.S. and Republic of Korea forces to train for air-to-air and air-to-ground missions to ensure mutual understanding and cooperation between the two nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Frank L. Andrews/Released)

KUNSAN, Republic of Korea (Nov. 17, 2014) A Sailor from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 138 performs maintenance on an EA-18G Growler at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. VAQ-138 is in Kunsan participating in Max Thunder, an exercise that integrates U.S. and Republic of Korea forces to train for air-to-air and air-to-ground missions to ensure mutual understanding and cooperation between the two nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Frank L. Andrews/Released)
KUNSAN, Republic of Korea (Nov. 17, 2014) A Sailor from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 138 performs maintenance on an EA-18G Growler at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. VAQ-138 is in Kunsan participating in Max Thunder, an exercise that integrates U.S. and Republic of Korea forces to train for air-to-air and air-to-ground missions to ensure mutual understanding and cooperation between the two nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Frank L. Andrews/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 3, 2014) An E/A-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 3, 2014) An E/A-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 31, 2014) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway preparing for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 31, 2014) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway preparing for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 28, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 28, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)

ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 19, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Jessica Brown, from Bakersfield, Calif., directs an EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship conducts flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Fenaroli/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 19, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Jessica Brown, from Bakersfield, Calif., directs an EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship conducts flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Fenaroli/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Oct. 16, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are deployed supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Oct. 16, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are deployed supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)

WATERS NEAR GUAM (Oct. 6, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 launches from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
WATERS NEAR GUAM (Oct. 6, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 launches from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sept. 30, 2014) Lt. Daniel Oh, from Oviedo, Fla., left, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and Lt. Cmdr. Sean Doherty, from Drexel Hill, Pa., launch an EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 off the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are on deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Fenaroli/Released
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sept. 30, 2014) Lt. Daniel Oh, from Oviedo, Fla., left, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and Lt. Cmdr. Sean Doherty, from Drexel Hill, Pa., launch an EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 off the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are on deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Fenaroli/Released

WATERS NEAR GUAM (Sept. 27, 2014) A Sailor signals for safety during a low power engine test of an EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embark air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, are underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)
WATERS NEAR GUAM (Sept. 27, 2014) A Sailor signals for safety during a low power engine test of an EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embark air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, are underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (Sept. 18, 2014) An EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 138 departs Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, during Exercise Valiant Shield 14. The biennial U.S.-only exercise focuses on engaging units at sea, on land, and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Hernan Vidana/Released)
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (Sept. 18, 2014) An EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 138 departs Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, during Exercise Valiant Shield 14. The biennial U.S.-only exercise focuses on engaging units at sea, on land, and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Hernan Vidana/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 15, 2014) Airman William Gutierrez, from Estero, Fla., walks past an EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are on deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Valiant Shield. Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only biennial exercise integrating joint training among U.S. forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 15, 2014) Airman William Gutierrez, from Estero, Fla., walks past an EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are on deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Valiant Shield. Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only biennial exercise integrating joint training among U.S. forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 15, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Chad Lester, right, gives the signal to launch an EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 from the flight deck of the forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during Valiant Shield 2014. Air and sea units from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force participated in the sinking exercise of ex-USS Fresno (LST 1182). Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only exercise integrating U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps assets. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bryan Mai/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 15, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Chad Lester, right, gives the signal to launch an EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 from the flight deck of the forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during Valiant Shield 2014. Air and sea units from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force participated in the sinking exercise of ex-USS Fresno (LST 1182). Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only exercise integrating U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps assets. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bryan Mai/Released)

WATERS NEAR GUAM (Sept. 12, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). The George Washington Carrier Strike Group is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)
WATERS NEAR GUAM (Sept. 12, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). The George Washington Carrier Strike Group is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)

WATERS EAST OF JAPAN (Sept. 4, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAG) 141 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialists 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee/Released)
WATERS EAST OF JAPAN (Sept. 4, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAG) 141 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialists 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee/Released)

WATERS EAST OF OKINAWA (July 31, 2014) Sailors aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) prepare to launch an EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 from the ship's flight deck. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)
WATERS EAST OF OKINAWA (July 31, 2014) Sailors aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) prepare to launch an EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 from the ship's flight deck. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 29, 2014) Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class John Hall, from Phoenix, assigned to the
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 29, 2014) Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class John Hall, from Phoenix, assigned to the "Gauntlets" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136, unloads a flight control computer from an EA-18G Growler. Ronald Reagan is participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew J. Ulm/Released)

WATERS EAST OF OKINAWA (July 29, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
WATERS EAST OF OKINAWA (July 29, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

EAST CHINA SEA (July 26, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 launches from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
EAST CHINA SEA (July 26, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 launches from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 17, 2014) Lt. Jonathan Norris signals an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Vikings of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 for launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 17, 2014) Lt. Jonathan Norris signals an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Vikings of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 for launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 17, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Samantha Smith, left, and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Kelby Wilson, direct an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Vikings of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 onto the catapult aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 17, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Samantha Smith, left, and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Kelby Wilson, direct an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Vikings of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 onto the catapult aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 11, 2014) An E/A-18G Growler assigned to the Gauntlets of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136 prepares to land as the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), not shown, and the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) conduct maneuvers during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Conor Minto/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 11, 2014) An E/A-18G Growler assigned to the Gauntlets of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136 prepares to land as the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), not shown, and the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) conduct maneuvers during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Conor Minto/Released)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (July 11, 2014) An EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 lands on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's Ault Field. VAQ-129 is the U.S. Navy's fleet replenishment squadron for EA-6B Prowlers and EA-18G Growlers. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington/Released)
OAK HARBOR, Wash. (July 11, 2014) An EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 lands on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's Ault Field. VAQ-129 is the U.S. Navy's fleet replenishment squadron for EA-6B Prowlers and EA-18G Growlers. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (July 7, 2014) An E/A-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 launches from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (July 7, 2014) An E/A-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 launches from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 20, 2014) Sailors transport an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Gauntlets of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136 onto an aircraft elevator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is en route to Hawaii for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-three nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the biennial RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Torrian Neeman/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 20, 2014) Sailors transport an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Gauntlets of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136 onto an aircraft elevator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is en route to Hawaii for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-three nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the biennial RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Torrian Neeman/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 15, 2014) Sailors prepare to launch an EA-18G Growler assigned to the
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 15, 2014) Sailors prepare to launch an EA-18G Growler assigned to the "Gauntlets" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136 off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chelsea Kennedy/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 10, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Tamara Sewell directs an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 across the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting unit level training off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class George M. Bell/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 10, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Tamara Sewell directs an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 across the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting unit level training off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class George M. Bell/Released)

WATERS NEAR OKINAWA (June 10, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 launches from the flight deck of the forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Oscar Albert Moreno Jr./Released)
WATERS NEAR OKINAWA (June 10, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 launches from the flight deck of the forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Oscar Albert Moreno Jr./Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 10, 2014) Lt. Wes Smith signals the launch of an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting unit level training off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class George M. Bell/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 10, 2014) Lt. Wes Smith signals the launch of an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting unit level training off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class George M. Bell/Released)

WATERS TO THE SOUTH OF OKINAWA, Japan (June 8, 2014) An E/A-18G Growler from the Scorpions of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 flies by the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) while conducting flight operations with aircraft from George Washington's embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5. The George Washington Carrier Strike group is underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Robert Holmes/Released)
WATERS TO THE SOUTH OF OKINAWA, Japan (June 8, 2014) An E/A-18G Growler from the Scorpions of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 flies by the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) while conducting flight operations with aircraft from George Washington's embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5. The George Washington Carrier Strike group is underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Robert Holmes/Released)

<p>WATERS NEAR OKINAWA (June 8, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 launches from the flight deck of the forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)</p>

WATERS NEAR OKINAWA (June 8, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 launches from the flight deck of the forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)


<p>PACIFIC OCEAN (June 3, 2014) Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kieth Dangelo, from Billerica, Mass., gives a thumbs-up to launch an EA-18G Growler from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)</p>

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 3, 2014) Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kieth Dangelo, from Billerica, Mass., gives a thumbs-up to launch an EA-18G Growler from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)


<p>PACIFIC OCEAN (May 31, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the "Shadowhawks" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)</p>

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 31, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the "Shadowhawks" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)


PACIFIC OCEAN (May 31, 2014) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) use an aircraft elevator to move two EA-18G Growlers assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 to the flight deck. Carl Vinson is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Giovanni Squadrito/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 31, 2014) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) use an aircraft elevator to move two EA-18G Growlers assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 to the flight deck. Carl Vinson is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Giovanni Squadrito/Released)

<p>PACIFIC OCEAN (May 30, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)</p>

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 30, 2014) An EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)


<p>PACIFIC OCEAN (May 28, 2014) Lt. Chris Denton, a shooter aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), gives the signal to launch an EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 during carrier qualifications. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)</p>

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 28, 2014) Lt. Chris Denton, a shooter aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), gives the signal to launch an EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 during carrier qualifications. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro/Released)


PACIFIC OCEAN (May 21, 2014) A Sailor directs an EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting conducting a composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Vazquez/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 21, 2014) A Sailor directs an EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting conducting a composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Vazquez/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 16, 2014) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class George M. Bell/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 16, 2014) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class George M. Bell/Released)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (May 15, 2014) Roger Woods, EA-18G mission systems director for Boeing, presents Capt. Darryl Walker, commodore, Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CVWP), with a commemorative coin in front of the 100th EA-18G Growler delivered to the U.S. Navy on the tarmac at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI). The 100th production Growler flew into NASWI last week, representing the continuing successful transformation of the electronic attack community from the EA-6B Prowler to the new Growler. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington/Released)
OAK HARBOR, Wash. (May 15, 2014) Roger Woods, EA-18G mission systems director for Boeing, presents Capt. Darryl Walker, commodore, Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CVWP), with a commemorative coin in front of the 100th EA-18G Growler delivered to the U.S. Navy on the tarmac at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI). The 100th production Growler flew into NASWI last week, representing the continuing successful transformation of the electronic attack community from the EA-6B Prowler to the new Growler. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 11, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Travis Wilson, from Pasadena, Texas, and Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Hai Truong, from San Diego, Calif., perform routine maintenance on an EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway performing carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Vazquez/Released
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 11, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Travis Wilson, from Pasadena, Texas, and Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Hai Truong, from San Diego, Calif., perform routine maintenance on an EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway performing carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Vazquez/Released

GWANGJU AIR BASE, Republic of Korea (April 23, 2014) Lt. Cmdr. John Nelson from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 goes through a pre-flight check with Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Jacob Cramer before a training flight in an EA-18G Growler aircraft as part of exercise Max Thunder. VAQ-132 is completing a two-week deployment to the Republic of Korea in support of exercise Max Thunder, a bilateral exercise with U.S. and Republic of Korea military pilots. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Wendy Wyman/Released)
GWANGJU AIR BASE, Republic of Korea (April 23, 2014) Lt. Cmdr. John Nelson from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 goes through a pre-flight check with Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Jacob Cramer before a training flight in an EA-18G Growler aircraft as part of exercise Max Thunder. VAQ-132 is completing a two-week deployment to the Republic of Korea in support of exercise Max Thunder, a bilateral exercise with U.S. and Republic of Korea military pilots. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Wendy Wyman/Released)

GWANGJU AIR BASE, Republic of Korea (April 23, 2014) Lt. Cmdr. John Nelson from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 goes through a pre-flight check with Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Jacob Cramer before a training flight in an EA-18G Growler aircraft as part of exercise Max Thunder. VAQ-132 is completing a two-week deployment to the Republic of Korea in support of exercise Max Thunder, a bilateral exercise with U.S. and Republic of Korea military pilots. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Wendy Wyman/Released)
GWANGJU AIR BASE, Republic of Korea (April 23, 2014) Lt. Cmdr. John Nelson from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 goes through a pre-flight check with Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Jacob Cramer before a training flight in an EA-18G Growler aircraft as part of exercise Max Thunder. VAQ-132 is completing a two-week deployment to the Republic of Korea in support of exercise Max Thunder, a bilateral exercise with U.S. and Republic of Korea military pilots. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Wendy Wyman/Released)

GWANGJU AIR BASE, Republic of Korea (April 23, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Dalton Dziedzic, Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Brian Deyermond, and Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Bryan Cain from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 perform routine maintenance on an EA-18G Growler aircraft in preparation for a training flight as part of exercise Max Thunder. VAQ-132 is completing a two-week deployment to the Republic of Korea in support of exercise Max Thunder, a bilateral exercise with U.S. and Republic of Korea military pilots. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Wendy Wyman/Released)
GWANGJU AIR BASE, Republic of Korea (April 23, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Dalton Dziedzic, Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Brian Deyermond, and Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Bryan Cain from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 perform routine maintenance on an EA-18G Growler aircraft in preparation for a training flight as part of exercise Max Thunder. VAQ-132 is completing a two-week deployment to the Republic of Korea in support of exercise Max Thunder, a bilateral exercise with U.S. and Republic of Korea military pilots. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Wendy Wyman/Released)

GWANGJU AIR BASE, Republic of Korea (April 23, 2014) An EA-18G Growler aircraft from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 takes off from the runway at Gwangju Air Base. VAQ-132 is completing a two-week deployment to the Republic of Korea in support of Max Thunder, a bilateral exercise with U.S. and Republic of Korea military pilots. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lynn Frank Andrews/Released)
GWANGJU AIR BASE, Republic of Korea (April 23, 2014) An EA-18G Growler aircraft from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 takes off from the runway at Gwangju Air Base. VAQ-132 is completing a two-week deployment to the Republic of Korea in support of Max Thunder, a bilateral exercise with U.S. and Republic of Korea military pilots. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lynn Frank Andrews/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 17, 2014) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the
ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 17, 2014) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the "Zappers" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as Carrier Air Wing 3 disembarks prior to the ship's return to homeport. Harry S. Truman, flagship of Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is operating in the Atlantic as it returns from a 9-month deployment to the U.S. 6th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Donald R. White Jr./Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (April 2, 2014) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 2, 2014) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the "Gauntlets" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway conducting a tailored ship's training availability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob Estes/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 31, 2014) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Gauntlets of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway conducting tailored ship's training availability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 31, 2014) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Gauntlets of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway conducting tailored ship's training availability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

SUEZ CANAL (March 28, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Cassandra Seipel, assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ)130, performs maintenance on an EA-18G Growler in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and supporting theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)
SUEZ CANAL (March 28, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Cassandra Seipel, assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ)130, performs maintenance on an EA-18G Growler in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and supporting theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 24, 2014) Lt. Sean Dougherty, from Quakertown, Pa., shoots an EA-18G Growler assigned to the
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 24, 2014) Lt. Sean Dougherty, from Quakertown, Pa., shoots an EA-18G Growler assigned to the "Gauntlets" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136 from a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway conducting tailored ship's training availability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jonathan Nelson/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (March 19, 2014) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAW) 130 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during Harry S. Truman's final mission supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (March 19, 2014) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAW) 130 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during Harry S. Truman's final mission supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (March 19, 2014) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the
GULF OF OMAN (March 19, 2014) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the "Zappers" of Electronic Attack Squadron 130, lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (March 19, 2014) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the
GULF OF OMAN (March 19, 2014) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the "Zappers" of Electronic Attack Squadron 130, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (March 8, 2014) Sailors and Marines guide an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 onto a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (March 8, 2014) Sailors and Marines guide an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 onto a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Feb. 27, 2014) Cmdr. William McCombs, commanding officer of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132, left, from Concord, Calif., greets Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic Fransisco Cacho-Ascencio, from Ontario, Ore., after landing at Naval Air Facility Misawa. The squadron is beginning a routine deployment at the U.S. naval installation in support of U.S. 7th Fleet operations. VAQ-132 is homeported at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Wash. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Devenberg/Released)
NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Feb. 27, 2014) Cmdr. William McCombs, commanding officer of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132, left, from Concord, Calif., greets Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic Fransisco Cacho-Ascencio, from Ontario, Ore., after landing at Naval Air Facility Misawa. The squadron is beginning a routine deployment at the U.S. naval installation in support of U.S. 7th Fleet operations. VAQ-132 is homeported at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Wash. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Devenberg/Released)

NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Feb. 27, 2014) An EA-18G Growler aircraft assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 lands at Naval Air Facility Misawa. The squadron is beginning a routine deployment at the U.S. naval installation in support of U.S. 7th Fleet operations. VAQ-132 is homeported in Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Wash.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Devenberg/Released)
NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Feb. 27, 2014) An EA-18G Growler aircraft assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 lands at Naval Air Facility Misawa. The squadron is beginning a routine deployment at the U.S. naval installation in support of U.S. 7th Fleet operations. VAQ-132 is homeported in Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Wash. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Devenberg/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Feb. 14, 2014) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the
GULF OF OMAN (Feb. 14, 2014) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the "Zappers" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 24, 2014) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting their tailored ship's training availability off the coast of Southern California.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 24, 2014) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting their tailored ship's training availability off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 24, 2014) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).  Carl Vinson is underway conducting their tailored ship's training availability off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 24, 2014) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting their tailored ship's training availability off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 20, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Lance Kampfhenkel, assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139, performs maintenance an EA-18G Growler in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting Tailored Ship's Training Availability off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shantece Gonzalez/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 20, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Lance Kampfhenkel, assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139, performs maintenance an EA-18G Growler in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting Tailored Ship's Training Availability off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shantece Gonzalez/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Dec. 15, 2013) Sailors guide an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron 130 onto the catapult during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Karl Anderson/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Dec. 15, 2013) Sailors guide an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron 130 onto the catapult during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Karl Anderson/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 2, 2013) Landing safety officers observe an EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 as it prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 2, 2013) Landing safety officers observe an EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 as it prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Oct. 23, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Adam Kelty, left, and Airman Stephen Back, assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (EAW) 130, polish the canopy of an EA-18G Growler on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Karl Anderson/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Oct. 23, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Adam Kelty, left, and Airman Stephen Back, assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (EAW) 130, polish the canopy of an EA-18G Growler on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Karl Anderson/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Oct. 14, 2013) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Karl Anderson/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Oct. 14, 2013) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Karl Anderson/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Oct. 12, 2013) Lt. Thomas McDonald directs an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Emily M. Blair/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Oct. 12, 2013) Lt. Thomas McDonald directs an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Emily M. Blair/Released)

WATERS TO THE WEST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 10, 2013) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 takes off from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)
WATERS TO THE WEST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 10, 2013) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 takes off from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)

WATERS TO THE WEST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 10, 2013) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)
WATERS TO THE WEST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 10, 2013) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)

WATERS TO THE EAST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 9, 2013) An aircraft handler directs an E/A-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Liam Kennedy/Released)
WATERS TO THE EAST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 9, 2013) An aircraft handler directs an E/A-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Liam Kennedy/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (Oct. 5, 2013) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron 130 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lyle H. Wilkie III/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Oct. 5, 2013) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron 130 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lyle H. Wilkie III/Released)

KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 2, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class James Whitehead, from Miami, gives a signal to the pilot of an EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 after an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). The George Washington Carrier Strike Group is conducting exercises with the Republic of Korea (ROK) navy to strengthen maritime interoperability and U.S.-ROK alliance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)
KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 2, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class James Whitehead, from Miami, gives a signal to the pilot of an EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 after an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). The George Washington Carrier Strike Group is conducting exercises with the Republic of Korea (ROK) navy to strengthen maritime interoperability and U.S.-ROK alliance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 19, 2013) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 19, 2013) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 14, 2013) Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Jonathan Studnicka, assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, removes a wing fold harness from an EA-18G Growler in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). A wing fold harness maintains the structural integrity of a jet's multi-piece wing. Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jacob S. Richardson/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 14, 2013) Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Jonathan Studnicka, assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, removes a wing fold harness from an EA-18G Growler in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). A wing fold harness maintains the structural integrity of a jet's multi-piece wing. Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jacob S. Richardson/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 20, 2013) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 and an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 take off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) while underway alongside the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Seaman Beverly Lesonik/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 20, 2013) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 and an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 take off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) while underway alongside the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Seaman Beverly Lesonik/Released)

<p>PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 17, 2013) An EA-18G Growler from the "Shadowhawks" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Trevor Welsh/RELEASED)</p>

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 17, 2013) An EA-18G Growler from the "Shadowhawks" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Trevor Welsh/RELEASED)


MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Aug. 15, 2013) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lyle H. Wilkie III/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Aug. 15, 2013) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lyle H. Wilkie III/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 15, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mates (Handling) tow an EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 from an aircraft elevator into the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Seaman Beverly Lesonik/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 15, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mates (Handling) tow an EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 from an aircraft elevator into the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Seaman Beverly Lesonik/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 12, 2013) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 launches from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 12, 2013) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 launches from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)

CORAL SEA (July 28, 2013) Airman Daniel Napolitano cleans the cockpit of an E/A-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in support of exercise Talisman Saber 2013. The exercise is a biennial training event aimed at improving Australian Defense Force (ADF) and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability as a combined joint task force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Liam Kennedy/Released)
CORAL SEA (July 28, 2013) Airman Daniel Napolitano cleans the cockpit of an E/A-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in support of exercise Talisman Saber 2013. The exercise is a biennial training event aimed at improving Australian Defense Force (ADF) and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability as a combined joint task force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Liam Kennedy/Released)

CORAL SEA (July 21, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Adrian Ramilo directs an EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in support of exercise Talisman Saber 2013. The exercise is a biennial training event aimed at improving Australian Defense Force (ADF) and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability as a Combined Joint Task Force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ramon G. Go/Released)
CORAL SEA (July 21, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Adrian Ramilo directs an EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in support of exercise Talisman Saber 2013. The exercise is a biennial training event aimed at improving Australian Defense Force (ADF) and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability as a Combined Joint Task Force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ramon G. Go/Released)

CORAL SEA (July 21, 2013) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in support of exercise Talisman Saber 2013. The exercise is a biennial training event aimed at improving Australian Defense Force (ADF) and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability as a Combined Joint Task Force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ramon G. Go/Released)
CORAL SEA (July 21, 2013) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in support of exercise Talisman Saber 2013. The exercise is a biennial training event aimed at improving Australian Defense Force (ADF) and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability as a Combined Joint Task Force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ramon G. Go/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 8, 2013) An E/A-18G Growler aircraft from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Liam Kennedy/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 8, 2013) An E/A-18G Growler aircraft from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Liam Kennedy/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 17, 2013) Airman Greg Joshua cleans the canopy of an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting a sustainment exercise in preparation for its upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Parker/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 17, 2013) Airman Greg Joshua cleans the canopy of an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting a sustainment exercise in preparation for its upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Parker/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 13, 2013) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting a sustainment exercise in preparation for its upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Parker/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 13, 2013) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting a sustainment exercise in preparation for its upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Parker/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 11, 2013) An EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway off the coast of Southern California conducting flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Scott Fenaroli/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 11, 2013) An EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway off the coast of Southern California conducting flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Scott Fenaroli/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 11, 2013) A pilot climbs into an EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway off the coast of Southern California conducting flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jacob G. Kaucher/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 11, 2013) A pilot climbs into an EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway off the coast of Southern California conducting flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jacob G. Kaucher/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 4, 2013) An EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are currently underway off the coast of Southern California conducting flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Hazel/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 4, 2013) An EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are currently underway off the coast of Southern California conducting flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Hazel/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 26, 2013) Lt. Cmdr. Douglas Kay signals an EA-18G Growler form Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 to launch during night flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy A. Hazel/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 26, 2013) Lt. Cmdr. Douglas Kay signals an EA-18G Growler form Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 to launch during night flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy A. Hazel/Released)

NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Jan. 10, 2013) An EA-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 takes off with Capt. Chris Rodeman, commanding officer of Naval Air Facility (NAF) Misawa. VAQ-132 arranged for Rodeman to fly in the aircraft as thanks for his support while they were deployed to NAF Misawa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)
NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Jan. 10, 2013) An EA-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 takes off with Capt. Chris Rodeman, commanding officer of Naval Air Facility (NAF) Misawa. VAQ-132 arranged for Rodeman to fly in the aircraft as thanks for his support while they were deployed to NAF Misawa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)

NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Jan. 10, 2013) A ground crew member from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 signals to an EA-18G Growler as it returns from a flight during heavy snows at Naval Air Facility Misawa. VAQ-132 is finishing up a six-month deployment in support of U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)
NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Jan. 10, 2013) A ground crew member from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 signals to an EA-18G Growler as it returns from a flight during heavy snows at Naval Air Facility Misawa. VAQ-132 is finishing up a six-month deployment in support of U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)

NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Jan. 10, 2013) A ground crew member from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 signals to an EA-18G Growler as it returns from a flight during heavy snows at Naval Air Facility Misawa. VAQ-132 is finishing up a six-month deployment in support of U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)
NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Jan. 10, 2013) A ground crew member from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 signals to an EA-18G Growler as it returns from a flight during heavy snows at Naval Air Facility Misawa. VAQ-132 is finishing up a six-month deployment in support of U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)

NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Jan. 8, 2013) Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Mia Show, EA-18G plane captain from Huntington Beach, Calif., assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132, awaits the completion of pre-flight checks before the aircraft taking off for a scheduled mission at Naval Air Facility Misawa. VAQ-132 is deployed to NAF Misawa on a six-month deployment supporting U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)
NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Jan. 8, 2013) Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Mia Show, EA-18G plane captain from Huntington Beach, Calif., assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132, awaits the completion of pre-flight checks before the aircraft taking off for a scheduled mission at Naval Air Facility Misawa. VAQ-132 is deployed to NAF Misawa on a six-month deployment supporting U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)

NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Jan. 8, 2013) Lt. j.g. Scott Chuda, originally from Charlestown, N.H., a naval aviator assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132, signals to the plane captain of his EA-18G Growler on the flight line of Naval Air Facility Misawa before taking off on a scheduled night mission. VAQ-132 is deployed to NAF Misawa on a six-month deployment supporting U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)
NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Jan. 8, 2013) Lt. j.g. Scott Chuda, originally from Charlestown, N.H., a naval aviator assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132, signals to the plane captain of his EA-18G Growler on the flight line of Naval Air Facility Misawa before taking off on a scheduled night mission. VAQ-132 is deployed to NAF Misawa on a six-month deployment supporting U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)

MISAWA AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Jan. 7, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class David McMillian, left, utilizes a static block to discharge the static buildup on a EA-18G Growler's canopy, while Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman Michael Combs signals to the aircrew. Both Sailors are assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 which is currently deployed in northern Japan at Naval Air Facility Misawa in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alfredo Rosado/Released)
MISAWA AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Jan. 7, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class David McMillian, left, utilizes a static block to discharge the static buildup on a EA-18G Growler's canopy, while Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman Michael Combs signals to the aircrew. Both Sailors are assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 which is currently deployed in northern Japan at Naval Air Facility Misawa in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alfredo Rosado/Released)

MISAWA AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Jan. 7, 2013) An EA-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 returns from a mission and taxis on the Naval Air Facility Misawa flight line. VAQ-132 is deployed to northern Japan supporting U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alfredo Rosado/Released)
MISAWA AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Jan. 7, 2013) An EA-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 returns from a mission and taxis on the Naval Air Facility Misawa flight line. VAQ-132 is deployed to northern Japan supporting U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alfredo Rosado/Released)

MISAWA AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Jan. 7, 2013) A plane captain assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 communicates via hand signals to the pilot of an EA-18G Growler at Naval Air Facility Misawa. VAQ-132 is currently deployed at this northern Japan base in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alfredo Rosado/Released)
MISAWA AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Jan. 7, 2013) A plane captain assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 communicates via hand signals to the pilot of an EA-18G Growler at Naval Air Facility Misawa. VAQ-132 is currently deployed at this northern Japan base in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alfredo Rosado/Released)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan (Dec. 28, 2012) An EA-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 lands on the runway at Misawa Air Base. VAQ-132 is on a six-month deployment at Naval Air Facility Misawa supporting U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)
MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan (Dec. 28, 2012) An EA-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 lands on the runway at Misawa Air Base. VAQ-132 is on a six-month deployment at Naval Air Facility Misawa supporting U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)

NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Dec. 28, 2012) Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Kenia Palacio, from El Paso, Texas, assigned to the line division of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132, signals to the aircrew of an EA-18G Growler as it taxis off the flight line at Naval Air Facility (NAF) Misawa. VAQ-132 is on a six-month deployment at NAF Misawa supporting U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)
NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Dec. 28, 2012) Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Kenia Palacio, from El Paso, Texas, assigned to the line division of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132, signals to the aircrew of an EA-18G Growler as it taxis off the flight line at Naval Air Facility (NAF) Misawa. VAQ-132 is on a six-month deployment at NAF Misawa supporting U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)

NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Dec. 28, 2012) Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Kenia Palacio, from El Paso, Texas, assigned to the line division of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132, signals to the aircrew of an EA-18G Growler as it taxis off the flight line at Naval Air Facility (NAF) Misawa. VAQ-132 is on a six-month deployment at NAF Misawa supporting U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)
NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Dec. 28, 2012) Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Kenia Palacio, from El Paso, Texas, assigned to the line division of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132, signals to the aircrew of an EA-18G Growler as it taxis off the flight line at Naval Air Facility (NAF) Misawa. VAQ-132 is on a six-month deployment at NAF Misawa supporting U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 12. 2012) Sailors perform maintenance on a EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stephanie Smith/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 12. 2012) Sailors perform maintenance on a EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stephanie Smith/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 5, 2012) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Pittman/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 5, 2012) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Pittman/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 5, 2012) Pilots from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 enter their EA-18G Growler prior to flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alexander W. Cabrall/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 5, 2012) Pilots from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 enter their EA-18G Growler prior to flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alexander W. Cabrall/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 6, 2012) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Nam Nguyen, from San Francisco, Calif., directs an EA-18 Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Brian H. Abel/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 6, 2012) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Nam Nguyen, from San Francisco, Calif., directs an EA-18 Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Brian H. Abel/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (August 15th, 2012) An E/A-18G Growler, assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129, lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), making it the 300,000th arresting gear trap since Nimitz was commissioned. Nimitz is underway conducting fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications in the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan A. Colon/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (August 15th, 2012) An E/A-18G Growler, assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129, lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), making it the 300,000th arresting gear trap since Nimitz was commissioned. Nimitz is underway conducting fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications in the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan A. Colon/Released)

NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Aug. 15, 2012) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Christopher Goucher, a native of Portland, Texas, and a plane captain assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 stands at parade rest as he awaits commands from the crew of aircraft 540. VAQ-132 is deployed to Naval Air Facility Misawa in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)
NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Aug. 15, 2012) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Christopher Goucher, a native of Portland, Texas, and a plane captain assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 stands at parade rest as he awaits commands from the crew of aircraft 540. VAQ-132 is deployed to Naval Air Facility Misawa in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)

NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Aug. 15, 2012) An EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 takes off from the runway during a scheduled flight at Naval Air Facility Misawa. VAQ-132 is deployed to Misawa in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)
NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Aug. 15, 2012) An EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 takes off from the runway during a scheduled flight at Naval Air Facility Misawa. VAQ-132 is deployed to Misawa in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 18, 2012) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Airborne Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting flight deck certification. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tyler Caswell/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 18, 2012) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Airborne Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting flight deck certification. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tyler Caswell/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (July 19, 2012) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 launches from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during flight operations. George Washington is based at Fleet Activities Yokosuka and is on its 2012 patrol. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Brian H. Abel/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (July 19, 2012) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 launches from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during flight operations. George Washington is based at Fleet Activities Yokosuka and is on its 2012 patrol. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Brian H. Abel/Released)

NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (July 14, 2012) An Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 crew member directs an EA-18G Growler as it taxis down the Naval Air Facility Misawa ramp. VAQ-132 is beginning a six-month deployment at Naval Air Force Misawa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez/Released)
NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (July 14, 2012) An Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 crew member directs an EA-18G Growler as it taxis down the Naval Air Facility Misawa ramp. VAQ-132 is beginning a six-month deployment at Naval Air Force Misawa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez/Released)

NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (July 14, 2012) Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 crew members conduct post-flight checks on an EA-18G Growler upon its arrival at Naval Air Facility Misawa. VAQ-132 is beginning a six-month deployment at Naval Air Facility Misawa. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Daniel Sanford/Released)
NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (July 14, 2012) Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 crew members conduct post-flight checks on an EA-18G Growler upon its arrival at Naval Air Facility Misawa. VAQ-132 is beginning a six-month deployment at Naval Air Facility Misawa. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Daniel Sanford/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (June 3, 2012) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 launches off the flight deck of the Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka on May 26 to begin its 2012 patrol. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alexander W. Cabrall/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (June 3, 2012) An EA-18G Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 launches off the flight deck of the Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka on May 26 to begin its 2012 patrol. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alexander W. Cabrall/Released)

120527-N-TX154-310 PHILIPPINE SEA (May 27, 2012) An EA-18G Growler from the
120527-N-TX154-310 PHILIPPINE SEA (May 27, 2012) An EA-18G Growler from the "Shadowhawks" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 is stopped by an arresting gear wire after landing aboard the forward deployed Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka on May 26 to begin its 2012 patrol. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Paul Kelly/Released)

120526-N-ZT599-154 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 26, 2012) F/A-18E Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 stand by on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington departed its homeport of Fleet Activities Yokosuka on May 26 to begin its 2012 patrol. George Washington and its embarked air wing, CVW-5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Brian H. Abel/Released)
120526-N-ZT599-154 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 26, 2012) F/A-18E Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 stand by on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington departed its homeport of Fleet Activities Yokosuka on May 26 to begin its 2012 patrol. George Washington and its embarked air wing, CVW-5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Brian H. Abel/Released)

111220-N-MO201-236 SOUDA BAY, Greece (Dec. 20, 2011) A Boeing EA-18G Growler aircraft takes off following a transient stop on Crete. The aircraft and four others assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 138 are headed home to Whidbey Island, Washington, following completion of a six-month deployment to Iraq supporting Operation New Dawn. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley/Released)
111220-N-MO201-236 SOUDA BAY, Greece (Dec. 20, 2011) A Boeing EA-18G Growler aircraft takes off following a transient stop on Crete. The aircraft and four others assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 138 are headed home to Whidbey Island, Washington, following completion of a six-month deployment to Iraq supporting Operation New Dawn. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley/Released)

111220-N-MO201-140 SOUDA BAY, Greece (Dec. 20, 2011) A Boeing EA-18G Growler aircraft taxis for departure following a transient stop on Crete. The aircraft and four others assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 138 are headed home to Whidbey Island, Washington, following completion of a six-month deployment to Iraq supporting Operation New Dawn. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley/Released)
111220-N-MO201-140 SOUDA BAY, Greece (Dec. 20, 2011) A Boeing EA-18G Growler aircraft taxis for departure following a transient stop on Crete. The aircraft and four others assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 138 are headed home to Whidbey Island, Washington, following completion of a six-month deployment to Iraq supporting Operation New Dawn. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley/Released)

110615-F-MJ568-059 JOINT PACIFIC ALASKA RANGE COMPLEX, Alaska (June 15, 2011) An EA-18G Growler assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 9 refuels from a Marine Corps KC-130 Hercules, not pictured, assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 452 during exercise Northern Edge 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amanda Dick/Released)
110615-F-MJ568-059 JOINT PACIFIC ALASKA RANGE COMPLEX, Alaska (June 15, 2011) An EA-18G Growler assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 9 refuels from a Marine Corps KC-130 Hercules, not pictured, assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 452 during exercise Northern Edge 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amanda Dick/Released)

101023-N-3737T-426 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 23, 2010) An EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 lands during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is underway conducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Tretter/Released)
101023-N-3737T-426 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 23, 2010) An EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 lands during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is underway conducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Tretter/Released)

101021-N-6632S-013 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 21, 2010) An EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is underway conducting a Tailored Ship's Training Availability and Final Evaluation Problem. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kevin J. Steinberg/Released)
101021-N-6632S-013 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 21, 2010) An EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is underway conducting a Tailored Ship's Training Availability and Final Evaluation Problem. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kevin J. Steinberg/Released)

100521-N-3885H-082 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 21, 2010) An EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 takes off from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is underway in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nicholas Hall/Released)
100521-N-3885H-082 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 21, 2010) An EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 takes off from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is underway in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nicholas Hall/Released)

090217-N-3610L-243 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 17, 2009) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the
090217-N-3610L-243 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 17, 2009) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the "Vikings" of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 129 aligns itself for an at sea landing aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The Growler is the replacement for the EA-6B Prowler, which will be replaced in the 2010 timeframe. Ronald Reagan is underway performing Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications in the Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Torrey W. Lee/Released)

An EA-18G Growler completes a touch and go off of an aircraft carrier during its initial sea trials. U.S. Navy photo
An EA-18G Growler completes a touch and go off of an aircraft carrier during its initial sea trials. U.S. Navy photo

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	The EA-18G Growler is the first electronic warfare aircraft produced in more than 35 years. Photo courtesy of Boeing</p>

The EA-18G Growler is the first electronic warfare aircraft produced in more than 35 years. Photo courtesy of Boeing


An EA-18G Growler pilot prepares to fly the Growler for the first time.  U.S. Navy photo
An EA-18G Growler pilot prepares to fly the Growler for the first time. U.S. Navy photo

An EA-18G Growler lands at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island for the first time. U.S. Navy photo
An EA-18G Growler lands at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island for the first time. U.S. Navy photo

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	The EA-18G Growler is being developed to replace the fleet's current carrier-based EA-6B Prowler. U.S. Navy photo</p>

The EA-18G Growler is being developed to replace the fleet's current carrier-based EA-6B Prowler. U.S. Navy photo