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Growler Arrives

Growler Arrives

The replacement aircraft for the EA-6B made its first appearance April 9, 2007. The rollout began June 3, 2008, as the first Boeing Growler arrived on station. The airborne electronic attack aircraft combines the state-of-the-art two-seat, twin-engine F/A-18F Block 2 Super Hornet with the EA-6B Improved Capability III system to provide next-generation electronic attack capability.

The transition of all 14 Prowler squadrons to the Growler aircraft is expected to take until 2015, with VAQ-132 being the first to complete the transition and VAQ-134 being the last.

A $49.2 million renovation project begun Feb. 14, 2008, at Hangar 5 to modernize the 1953-1954-era structure for the Growler squadrons was completed in May 2010.

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