Defense Tech attended a roundtable interview with Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughhead this morning and he dropped an interesting tidbit we thought our readers would enjoy.
There's been some speculation that the EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft now flying over Libya came from a carrier wing. We're here to report they did not...
Roughead was proud of the fact that the Growlers now banging trons over Tripoli are from VAQ-132, which was supposed to deploy aboard the Vinson, but was stationed instead at al Asad air base in Iraq. When the balloon was about to go up over Libya, the Scorpions were tasked out to assist.
Roughead said that the entire squadron and its support team were pulled out of Iraq and flown to Aviano in Italy.
"Within 48 hours they were flying missions over Libya," Roughead said.