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

Growler Ball 2016

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.

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).

Artwork courtesy of AircraftProfilePrints.com

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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