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VAQ-132 participates in Red Flag 20-3

Airmen greet each other.

A U.S. Navy Airman and a U.S Navy EA-18G Growler Pilot, both assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 132, greet each other as the pilot arrives to fly the EA-18G prior to Red Flag 20-3, July 31, 2020, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Red Flag is continuing amid COVID-19 by implementing strict health protocols and procedures and requiring all participants to maintain social distancing to every extent possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeremy Wentworth)

Airman stands on the flight line.

A U.S. Navy Airman assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 132, at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, prepares an EA-18G Growler for take-off prior to Red Flag 20-3, July 31, 2020, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The EA-18G has the ability to perform electronic warfare as well as standard fighter aircraft missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeremy Wentworth)

Airman bends down on the flight line.

A U.S. Navy Airman from Electronic Attack Squadron132 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, examines a line of aircraft preparing to take-off prior to Red Flag 20-3, July 31, 2020, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Navy aircraft maintainers are trained in both ground take offs on land, as well as aircraft carrier operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeremy Wentworth)

Airman signals plane on the flight line.

U.S. Navy Airman, assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, signals EA-18G Growler pilots during Red Flag 20-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, July 31, 2020. Airman coordinate with pilots before launch, confirming systems are fully functional to ensure mission success and the pilot’s safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dwane R. Young)

Airman talks on radio.

U.S. Navy Airman, assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, talks on a radio during Red Flag 20-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, July 31, 2020. During Red Flag, aircraft from Nellis operate on the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR), which offers more than 15,000 square miles of airspace and 4,700 square miles of restricted land. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dwane R. Young)

Airman stands on the flight line.

A U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler aircraft assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, taxis during Red Flag 20-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, July 31, 2020. Red Flag provides aircrews the experience of multiple, intensive air combat sorties in the safety of a training environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dwane R. Young)

Airman stands on the flight line.

U.S. Navy Airman, assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, stands on the flight line during Red Flag 20-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, July 31, 2020. The Growler is a derivative of the F/A-18 Hornet, the US Navy’s maritime strike aircraft. Its mission is mainly electronic attack and suppression of enemy air defenses, particularly at the start and on-going early stages of hostilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dwane R. Young)

Airman signals on the flight line.

U.S. Navy Airman, assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, signals EA-18G Growler pilots during Red Flag 20-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, July 31, 2020. Known as the Scorpions, VAQ-132 is a U.S. Navy tactical jet aircraft squadron specializing in kinetic and non-kinetic Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dwane R. Young)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. --

U.S. Navy Airmen from Electronic Attack Squadron 132 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, successfully completed their mission, launching all jets successfully, July 31, 2020, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

U.S. Navy Airman prepared EA-18G Growler’s for take-off prior to Red Flag 20-3 and coordinated with pilots before launch, confirming systems are fully functional to ensure mission success and the pilot’s safety. They are trained in both ground take offs on land, as well as aircraft carrier operations.

Known as the Scorpions, VAQ-132 is a U.S. Navy tactical jet aircraft squadron specializing in kinetic and non-kinetic Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses.

The Growler is a derivative of the F/A-18 Hornet, the US Navy’s maritime strike aircraft. Its mission is mainly electronic attack and suppression of enemy air defenses, particularly at the start and on-going early stages of hostilities.

The EA-18G has the ability to perform electronic warfare as well as standard fighter aircraft missions.

During Red Flag, aircraft from Nellis operate on the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR), which offers more than 15,000 square miles of airspace and 4,700 square miles of restricted land. Red Flag provides aircrews the experience of multiple, intensive air combat sorties in the safety of a training environment.