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.
The Boeing EA-18G Growler is an American carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft, a specialized version of the two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet. The Growler’s electronic warfare capability is primarily provided by Northrop Grumman. The EA-18G began production in 2007 and entered operational service in late 2009.
Naval Today Staff, June 12, 2014; Image: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class George M. Bell