An EA-18G Growler (top) and EA-6B Prowler (bottom) flying over Deception Pass.

Some History on the Squadron

Heavy Attack Squadron 10 (VAH-10) flying the A-3 Skywarrior was re-designated Electronic Attack Squadron One Two Nine (VAQ-129) flying the EA-6B Prowlers on 1 September 1970. The change in name brought with it a change in mission. The first EA-6B Standard version Prowler was delivered in January 1971. With its arrival, VAQ-129 commenced its career as the training squadron for EA-6B fleet commands.
In January 1977, the Navy introduced the first of its Improved Capability (ICAP) version Prowlers.
In March 1977, VAQ-129 began training United States Marine Corps aircrew and maintenance personnel to fly and maintain the ICAP version of the aircraft, starting a long training relationship with the Marine Corps.
In 1984, the first ICAP II version of the EA-6B arrived. The Vikings introduced the AGM-88A High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) to the EA-6B in 1986.
In 1988 they introduced the new "Block 86" version of the ICAP II Prowler. During Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, an updated HARM capability was introduced, which proved tremendously successful in the subsequent combat operations.
August 1992 saw the Executive Officer's billet filled by a USMC Lieutenant Colonel, further strengthening VAQ-129's relationship with the Marine Corps.
In the summer of 2005 the new ICAP III was delivered to the community to pave the way for the follow on platform of the EA-18G. The retirement of the Air Force EF-111 makes the EA-6B the only tactical aircraft in the U.S. inventory capable of performing electronic attack. This signals an even greater role for the Prowler for years to come. As the 21st century continues, VAQ-129 looks forward to the next version of an electronic attack platform and the continued training of tomorrow's Navy, Marine and Air Force electronic warfare leaders.


VAQ-129's Centennial of Naval Aviation commemoration jets flying past Mount Baker.