The “Cougars” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 returned to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island June 4 after a nearly 10-month deployment in support of U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation.
VAQ-139 arrived home after participating in exercise Valiant Shield, Operation Inherent Resolve and contingency operations while deployed in support of the war on terrorism.
Prior to embarking aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), VAQ-139 completed training at Naval Outlying Field Coupeville, Washington.
VAQ-139 flies the EA-18G Growler, which combines the capability of the combat-proven F/A-18E/F Super Hornet with the latest airborne electronic attack avionics suite. The Growler’s vast array of sensors and weapons provide the warfighter with a lethal and survivable weapon system to counter current and emerging threats.
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