|Electronic Attack Squadron 131|
|Country||United States of America|
|Branch||United States Navy|
|Role||SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses)|
|Part of||Carrier Air Wing 8|
|Garrison/HQ||Naval Air Station Whidbey Island|
Lancers (VAQ 131)
|Motto(s)||The Tip of the Spear|
|Commander Thomas Lovett, USN|
Electronic Attack Squadron 131 (VAQ-131), also known as the "Lancers," is a United States Navy tactical jet aircraft squadron specializing in kinetic and non-kinetic Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD). They are based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, flying the EA-18G Growler and are part of Carrier Air Wing 8, deploying aboard USS George H.W. Bush. Their radio callsign is "Skybolt."
VAQ-131 was originally established as Patrol Squadron 931 (VP-931). From 1946 through 1955, VP-931 flew the P2V Neptune.
In 1956, the squadron transitioned to the A-3 Skywarrior and was redesignated as Heavy Attack Squadron 4 (VAH-4).
- 1 August 1963 – 10 March 1964, Detachment G A-3Bs were embarked on USS Oriskany for a Western Pacific deployment
- 28 January-21 November 1964, Detachment E A-3Bs were embarked on USS Bon Homme Richard
- 21 October 1964 – 29 May 1965, Detachment L A-3Bs were embarked on USS Hancock
- 10 May-13 December 1965, Detachment 62 A-3Bs were embarked on USS Independence
- 28 September 1965 – 13 May 1966, Detachment B A-3Bs were embarked on USS Ticonderoga
- 19 October 1965 – 13 June 1966, Detachment C A-3Bs were embarked on USS Kitty Hawk
- 26 October 1965 – 21 June 1966, Detachment M A-3Bs were embarked on USS Enterprise
- 29 May-16 November 1966, Detachment G A-3Bs were embarked on USS Oriskany
- 15 October 1966 – 29 May 1967, Detachment E A-3Bs were embarked on USS Ticonderoga
- 5 November 1966 – 19 June 1967, Detachment C KA-3Bs were embarked on USS Kitty Hawk
- 5 January-22 July 1967, Detachment B A-3Bs were embarked on USS Hancock
- 26 January-25 August 1967, Detachment 31 A-3Bs were embarked on USS Bon Homme Richard
- 16 June 1967 – 31 January 1968, Detachment G/34 KA-3Bs were embarked on USS Oriskany
- 18 November 1967 – 28 June 1968, Detachment 63 KA-3Bs were embarked on USS Kitty Hawk
- 28 December 1967 – 17 August 1968, Detachment 14 KA-3Bs were embarked on USS Ticonderoga
In November 1968, VAH-4 received the EKA-3 version of the Skywarrior and was redesignated as Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 131 (VAQ-131). In 1971, they became the second squadron in the U.S. Navy to receive the Standard version of the EA-6B Prowler. The squadron transitioned to the Expanded Capability (EXCAP) version of the Prowler in 1976, to the Improved Capablility (ICAP) Prowler in 1978, and to the ICAP II Prowler in 1984. In May 2014, they transitioned to the Boeing EA-18G Growler, which they currently operate. The EA-18G expanded the squadron's capabilities to enable more effective prosecution of radar and Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) sites in an Integrated Air Defense System (IADS), both through air-to-ground weapon employment and precision electronic attack, the latter being the Growler's niche capability. The EA-18G is also a capable air-to-air combat platform.
Home port assignments
The squadron was assigned to these home ports:
- Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadrons
- "Carrier, Carrier Based Squadrons and Non-Carrier Based Squadron Deployments to Vietnam" (PDF). Washington, D.C.: Naval Historical Center, Department of the Navy. 1995. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
- "A-3 Squadron History". A-3 Skywarrior Association. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
- VAQ-131 official website
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