Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131 at Red Flag 20-1


Growler aircraft assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, takes off during Red Flag 20-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Jan. 27, 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.

Red Flag is the U.S. Air Force’s premier air-to-air combat training exercise, which provides aircrews the experiences of multiple, intensive air combat sorties in the safety of a training environment.

Known as the Lancers, VAQ 131 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)