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“Triple Crown” -CNO Safety “S,” first place in the
Battle Readiness Competition, and the
Efficiency “E” Award
Prowler Tactical Excellence Award
After transitioning to USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) in late 1989 the Cougars
left on a WESTPAC/IO deployment in June 1990.
They were an essential part of the first
In 1993, the Cougars made the transition to USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) and began the long work-up cycle. In February of 1994, the Cougars went on a WESTPAC/IO deployment during which they earned the CVW-14 “Top Hook.” They were awarded the Prowler Tactical Excellence Award and the CNO Safety “S” for superior performance and safe practices throughout 1994
July 23, 2002, the Cougars departed for a scheduled
six-month WESTPAC/IO deployment in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM
over Afghanistan and SOUTHERN WATCH over Iraq, earning them the Global War
on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
In May of 1996, the Cougars earned the coveted “triple crown” for the second
time, receiving the
The Cougars deployed in support of Operation SOUTHERN
WATCH again in 2000. They received the prestigious COMNAVAIRPAC Battle
“E” for excellence in combat for the year 2000. July 23, 2002, the
Cougars departed for a scheduled six-month WESTPAC/IO deployment in support
of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM over
While transiting back to the United States, on New
Year’s Day 2003, due to rapidly changing world events, the USS ABRAHAM
LINCOLN BATTLE GROUP turned around and returned to the Arabian Gulf.
After another month of participation in Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, the
Cougars became an integral part of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Cougar
Prowlers supported strikes deep into Baghdad during the first night of the
war, and eventually flew 61 combat missions and fired 17 High Speed
Anti-Radiation Missiles(HARM). Following three weeks of intense combat
In May 2004, the Cougars and CVW-14 deployed to the Pacific for the last time with Block 89 aircraft, this time onboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74). Upon returning home in November 2004, the Cougars were awarded CVW-14’s Golden Wrench Award for outstanding aviation maintenance and the 2004 CNO Safety “S.” In their tradition of leading the fleet, the Cougars made history again on March 18th, 2005 when they accepted the first Improved Capabilities (ICAP) III Prowler. With this new technology, the squadron became the forefront of tactical development in the EA community, paving the way for the EA-18G in the early stages of its development. The 2005 CNO Safety “S” award added another mark to their notable year.
In early February 2006, VAQ-139 put the new systems to
the ultimate test by becoming the first squadron to use the ICAP III
aircraft in combat. They supported
In January 2007, the Cougars and CVW-14 were unexpectedly called to duty for a WESTPAC surge deployment. For three months the Cougars and the REAGAN patrolled the seas of the Western Pacific filling in for the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) while it was in port for scheduled maintenance. The Cougars once again made Prowler history by being the first operational squadron to fly the EA-6B with a new digital flight control system.
In May 2008, the Cougars began their next scheduled
WESTPAC/IO deployment. They supported survivors of Typhoon Fengshen,
which had affected nearly five million people in the
In May 2009, the Cougars left again for a Surge
WESTPAC/IO deployment. They continued their support of
At the beginning of 2010, the Cougars assisted VX-9 in
the operational evaluation of the Block IV aircraft, testing various
capability improvements to the ICAP III weapon system. In February and
March, the squadron participated in Red Flag, a large force exercise with
In April the Cougars started the work-up cycle in preparation for their upcoming deployment. The men and women of VAQ-139 continue their dedication to excellence as they stand ready to protect freedom around the world.
In July the Cougars started their participation in RIMPAC exercises off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands. They shot two HARM at the Ex-USS ANCHORAGE. In August they returned home.
In September the Cougars participated in AIR WING Fallon to sharpen their war fighting skills along with CARRIER AIR WING FOURTEEN. With AIR WING Fallon complete the Cougars returned home to Whidbey Island, to begin preparing for its 2011 Arabian Gulf Combat Deployment onboard USS RONALD REAGAN.
USS RONALD REAGAN and CARRIER AIRWING FOURTEEN departed from San Diego, Harbor in February 2011. While on deployment VAQ-139 was informed that it had also received the 2010 Association of the Old Crows Award for Electronic Attack Excellence and the 2010 Admiral Arthur W. Radford Award for Meritorious Operational Achievement by Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron. While deployed VAQ-139 conducted missions in OPERATION NEW DAWN (Iraq) and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (Afghanistan) providing around the clock Electronic Warfare Support to coalition forces engaged in combat.
After this deployment the Cougars will be transitioning
from the battle tested EA-6B Prowler to the State-of-the-Art EA-18 Growler.
Utilizing this new platform and tradition of excellence the men and women of
VAQ-139 continue their dedication to excellence as they stand ready to
protect freedom around the world.