JAMMING PLANES GROUNDED

The U.S. Navy has grounded nearly 40 percent of its Prowler electronic attack jets because of wear on the wings' center sections, KOMO-TV in Seattle reports.

The Navy's announcement Friday that it was pulling 24 more of the EA-6B jets from service follows a September announcement pulling 19 jets for the same reason.The aging jets, primarily based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, are used to jam radar and communications. The Prowler played an important role in the past two wars, helping protect U.S. and coalition planes from surface-to-air missiles.
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