EA-6B Prowler Squadron

A Final Salute to the EA-6B Prowler

June 13, 2019

 
EA-6B Prowler on a final flight.

When the last EA-6B Prowler made its final bank over the North Carolina coastline and touched its wheels down on the runway at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point this past March, a lot of people may have missed it. However, the occasion marked not just the end of the line for the unique old warbird but also the end of a long and remarkable run in U.S. combat aviation.

For nearly 50 years, the primary duty of the Prowler—which was the longest-serving tactical fighter jet in the history of the U.S. military—was to quietly find and disrupt enemy radar, communications, and other signals to allow surrounding U.S. and allied air, land, and sea forces to successfully execute their missions. And the aircraft did just that through more than 260,000 hours of service and 70 different deployments, including in every major U.S. military operation over the last half century and against every major U.S. enemy from Ho Chi Minh to Isis [1, 2]. >>read more

 

End of an Era: Last Prowler Squadron is Retired

March 13, 2019

 
last Prowler Squadron Retires MCAS Chery Point ACT

HAVELOCK — A March 8 ceremony held at the Cherry Point Marine Base in Havelock marked the retirement of the last Squadron of EA-6B Prowlers, the Death Jesters.

The Death Jesters, who have been in service for 44 years, flew their final combat mission on Feb. 28 and had been deployed last year in support of military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.>>READ MORE

 

 

The sun’s setting on Corps’ last EA-6B Prowler squadron with end of final deployment

November 05, 2018

 
ACT, Marines deployed with Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2 on the ramp at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Aug. 16. Marines with VMAQ-2 are taking part in the final EA-6B Prowler deployment before the final six aircraft in the U.S. military inventory are retired. (Spc. Jose Diaz/Army)

The EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare platform has been jamming enemy communications and conducting electronic attacks since the Vietnam War.

But, its sun is now setting.

The Corps is down to one final Prowler squadron, Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2, or VMAQ-2, which is slated to return home in early November from its final deployment, according to Christopher Harrison, a Marine spokesman. >>READ MORE