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When The Shadowhawks Zap A Radar Does It Make A Sound?

Enjoy This In-Depth Look At E/A-18G Growler Flight Operations Aboard the USS Ronald Reagan

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The Shadowhawks of Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron ONE FOUR ONE (VAQ-141) participated in two Western Pacific patrols as part of Carrier Air Wing FIVE (CVW-5) embarked aboard the forward-deployed Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) during 2016. Now based at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni near Hiroshima in Japan, the squadron called Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi near Yokohama home for many years.  The “Outlaws” of VAQ-141 are showcased in this excellent high-definition  cruise video, which was produced by the squadron and uploaded to YouTube by jdmc88.

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Along with VAQ-141, CVW-5 consists of Strike Fighter Squadron TWO SEVEN (VFA-27) Royal Maces, VFA-115 Eagles, and VFA-195 Dambusters flying the single-seat Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet, VFA-102 Diamondbacks flying the twin-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet, and Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE TWO FIVE (VAW-125) Tiger Tails flying the Grumman E-2D Hawkeye.

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Rounding out CVW-5 are Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron ONE TWO (HSC-12) Golden Falcons flying the Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron SEVEN SEVEN (HSM-77) Saberhawks flying the Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk, and Fleet Logistics Support Squadron THREE ZERO (VRC-30) Providers Detachment 5 We Deliver flying the Grumman C-2A(R) Greyhound.

Official US Navy photograph

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Bill Walton

Written by Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.

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