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Electronic Attack Squadron 135 to Fly in Honor of St. Louis Arch 50th Anniversary


10/23/15 12:00 AM

Electronic Attack Squadron 135 to Fly in Honor of St. Louis Arch 50th Anniversary


By Lt. j.g. Robert Silva, Electronic Attack Squadron 135 Public Affairs Officer

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. (NNS) -- The "World Famous Black Ravens" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 135 will conduct a flyover for the 50th anniversary of the construction of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis Oct. 24.

Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Maher and Lt. Anthony Nicolas from VAQ-135 will conduct a commemorative pass over the Arch in an EA-18G Growler at approximately 2 p.m. CDT.

Manufactured in St. Louis by Boeing, the EA-18G is the Navy's premier electronic attack aircraft capable of tactical jamming and electronic protection for allied forces.

The EA-18G is a variant of the combat-proven F/A-18F Super Hornet Block II that flies the airborne electronic attack mission. The EA-18G's vast array of sensors and weapons provide the warfighter with a lethal and survivable weapon system to counter current and emerging threats.

Based out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, VAQ-135 operates five EA-18G aircraft and recently returned home from a six-month deployment to the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility. The "World Famous Black Ravens" are honored to represent Naval Aviation and the electronic attack community with this commemorative flyover.

 The naval officers conducting the flyover represent the men and women serving in the U.S. Navy today, at home and abroad.

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