This Growler received a special paint scheme to commemorate 100 years of 6 Squadron (1917 - 2017). Invisible on this picture, as the flaps are down, but the BuNo 169153 is applied at the usual place below the vertical stabiliser.
The Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 were established in July 1987 at NAS Whidbey Island (WA) and equipped with the EA-6B Prowler. The squadron operated the Cadillac of the Skies until April 2009. In February 2010, they were fully transitioned to the Growler, as the second squadron to transition to this Super Hornet variant. Together with Carrier Air Wing EIGHT elements the squadron was seen during work-ups at Fallon for a deployment that started in May 2011 on board USS George G.W. Bush (CVN-77).
A Growler on the prowl... The crew of VX-9 Vampires out of China Lake was flying very low and fast through the narrow Canyon, a sight and sound I will never forget. This location for viewing military low level flying is comparable to the famous Mach Loop in Wales, however, it is not as busy as there but the chances for some sunshine are much better in California.
Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 "Shadowhawks", is an EA-18G Growler squadron of the United States Navy that is based at NAS Whidbey Island (WA). This 'double nuts' (modex five zero zero) is, according to fine US Navy traditions, painted in full colour.
Exercise Northern Lightning 2017. The double nuts, or the Commander Air Group (CAG) aircraft of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 209 "Star Warriors" flies with full "colourful" markings. The AF-500 (00 representing the double nuts) has Vader painted in letters on the fuselage and an image of it on the tails (both from the squadrons mascotte Darth Vader)
EA-18G Growler of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 209 "Star Warriors". The US Naval Reserve squadron, based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (WA), wears the mascot of Darth Vader. Exercise Northern Lightning 2017.