Growler Ball 2016: the awesome video that celebrates the U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft

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Growler Ball 2016 provides an overview of the U.S. Navy EA-18G crews intense flight activity

Join the EA-18G Growlers of the Pacific Northwest in celebrating Growler Ball 2016.

The video-compilation in this post features the most sierra hotel clips of the Pacific Northwest Growlers in action across the fleet. Growler Ball 2016, even though is a short footage, provides an overview of the U.S. Navy EA-18G crews intense flight activity, from night traps aboard the carrier to air-to-air refuelings from USAF KC-10 Extender tankers.

EA-18G Growler VAQ-130 Zappers, AC500 / 168268. CVW-3, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN-69 – 2016 – Profile Print by AircraftProfilePrints.com

The EA-18G Growler is a variant of the combat-proven F/A-18F Super Hornet and flies the airborne electronic attack mission. Thanks to its array of sensors and weapons, the aircraft is able to perform a wide range of missions such as Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD), Stand-off and Escort Jamming (where the Growler not only fly the traditional stand-off jamming mission but also provides the escort for other air assets thanks to the speed and agility inherited form the Super Hornet), Non-Traditional Electronic Attack (where thanks to its enhanced situational awareness the EA-18G achieves an unmatched degree of integration with ground operations) and Self-protection and Time-Critical Strike Support (where thanks to its Advanced Electronically Scanned Array [AESA] radar, digital data links and air-to-air missiles, the EA-18G has self-protection capability and is also highly effective for target identification and prosecution).

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