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Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 “Cougars”


Produce combat ready aircrew, Sailors and aircraft capable of conducting electronic warfare on time and on target to fight and win our nation's wars.

About Us

The Cougars of VAQ-139 became operational on 1 July 1983 while flying the ICAP (Improved Capability) EA-6B Prowler. After a 2011 deployment aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), the Cougars transitioned from the battle tested EA-6B Prowler to the state-of-the-art EA-18G Growler.

The EA-18G Growler aircraft we fly represents the most advanced technology in airborne Electronic Attack and stands as the Navy’s first line of defense in hostile environments. 

A variant of the F/A-18F Super Hornet Block II, the EA-18G Growler combines the capability of the combat-proven Super Hornet with the latest AEA avionics suite evolved from the Improved Capability III (ICAP III) system. The EA-18G’s vast array of sensors and weapons provides the warfighter with a lethal and survivable weapon system to counter current and emerging threats.

VAQ-139 EA-18G Growler aircraft Image

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