#1060 EA-6B Prowler

EA-6B Prowler
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43.8 cm x 29.2 cm
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EA-6B Prowler
163521 '500'
NAS Whidbey Island, Washington
US - Navy
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Squadron Prints Lithograph No. 1060 - EA-6B Prowler, 163521 \'500\', Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 140 (VAQ-140), NAS Whidbey Island, WA. The 25 year history of Electronic Attack Squadron ONE FOUR ZERO is studded with exceptional accomplishments and proud traditions. A premier Navy front line Electronic Attack squadron, the PATRIOTS participated in 14 overseas deployments, eleven involving combat. The squadron has flown the EA-6B Prowler from the decks of four different aircraft carriers and has garnered every major award offered by the Navy, including the Battle ‘E’, Safety ‘S’, Golden Anchor, Radford Award, and the Hughes Award for Tactical Excellence. Established in October 1985, VAQ-140 was immediately tasked with the evaluation and testing of the AGM-88 High speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM), and became the first Prowler squadron to operationally deploy with HARM aboard the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV67) in August of 1986. The PATRIOTS were deployed aboard the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN69) for the beginning of Operation DESERT SHIELD and September of 1991 took the PATRIOTS and IKE back to the Arabian Gulf to take part in Operation SOUTHERN WATCH (OSW). May of 1994 saw the PATRIOTS deploy aboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN73) to participate in the 50th D-Day Anniversary, and support OSW in Iraq, as well as DENY FLIGHT and SHARP GUARD in Bosnia, earning the Battle “E” for their efforts. The PATRIOTS took their first expeditionary role supporting combat operations over the Balkans with the 31st Air Expeditionary Wing out of Aviano Airbase, Italy. In 1999, in support of Operation ALLIED FORCE, the PATRIOTS assumed Command of Electronic Attack Wing Aviano, which consisted of 100 aircrew and 300 support personnel. Over 740 combat missions and 3300 flight hours were flown, while 117 HARM were fired against the enemy earning the PATRIOTS a Navy Unit Commendation Medal. The PATRIOTS returned to their first ship, the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV67), for another combat deployment in February of 2002 during which the PATRIOTS detached to Al-Udeid Airbase in Qatar, and achieved a 100% combat sortie completion rate. VAQ-140 again deployed aboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN73) in January of 2004 supporting Operation IRAQI FREEDOM with another 100% sortie completion rate. In May of 2005 the PATRIOTS found themselves in the expeditionary role once again, deploying to MCAS Iwakuni Japan, and earning the CNO Safety “S” for 2004. Having completed another successful expeditionary deployment, the PATRIOTS returned home in October 2005 to celebrate both their 20th Anniversary and 20 years of Class Alpha Mishap free flying. In October 2006 VAQ-140 deployed and became the first squadron to simultaneously support both Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM through split-site operations at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq and aboard the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN69). Over the next 8 months, the PATRIOTS completed 425 sorties totaling over 2200 combat hours and returned home in May 2007. In April 2008, the PATRIOTS received the first of four ICAP III Prowlers, greatly enhancing their lethality through new software and weapon systems. After an extremely successful work-up period, they deployed in February 2009 aboard the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN69) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, flying over 143 sorties and 918 combat hours, returning home in July 2009. Departing in 2010 on another combat deployment aboard IKE, the PATRIOTS continue to lead the way in operational tempo, readiness, training, and combat employment of the EA-6B ICAP III Prowler. From the decks of carriers or from an expeditionary airfield in a far away land, VAQ-140 continues to dominate all enemies in the execution of the Electronic Attack mission day or night, in any weather. “PATRIOT TEAMWORK, PATRIOT PRIDE”