Whidbey Naval Air Station says goodbye to Prowlers

OAK HARBOR — A commemorative fly-over on March 14 marked the end of the EA-6B Prowler at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

The U.S. Navy has been transitioning the electronic-attack squadron, VAQ-129, from the Prowlers to the EA-18G Growler, a radar-jamming jet.

The naval air station had been home to the Prowlers since 1971. The Marine Corps will continue to use the Prowlers, with training based on the East Coast, according to a news release.

The arrival of the Growlers in recent years has incited debate on Camano and Whidbey islands about the noise level from the jets and whether it damages people’s hearing, trees and property values.

After a number of complaints, the Navy in 2013 announced plans to study the environmental and health impacts of its flight operations on neighbors and on the Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve, an area of central Whidbey Island overseen by the National Park Service.

The Growlers, made by Boeing, carry high-speed anti-radiation missiles. They’re based on Boeing’s two-seat, twin-engine F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jet, with electronic systems built by Northrop-Grumman.

Thirteen electronic-attack squadrons are based at the naval air station.

The Navy on Friday called last weekend’s commemorative Prowler flight over Whidbey “the end of an era.”

More in Local News

Agencies launch coordinated response to an opioid ‘emergency’

Health workers, law enforcement agencies and emergency managers are responding as they might to a disaster.

Jordan Evers distributes coffee Sunday afternoon during the annual community meal at Carl Gipson Senior Center in Everett on November 19, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Firefighters serve Thanksgiving meals at Carl Gipson center

The next two feasts at the senior center in Everett will be Thanksgiving Day and Dec. 3.

Planning — and patience — can ease Thanksgiving travel

The Washington State Department of Transportation offers information to help guide planning.

Puffy-coated robbery suspect arrested on Whidbey

The suspect apparently wore the same outfit in 2 robberies at the same place in less than 2 weeks.

Man assaulted with hammer in Everett

His girlfriend had accused him of cheating on her and called another man over to confront him.

Injection sites still banned — County Council doesn’t budge

At a public hearing, more than 15 people said they are opposed to sanctioned areas for using heroin.

Dog shot at Mountlake Terrace house during burglary

A suspect was arrested Friday in Everett for investigation of burglary and first-degree animal cruelty.

1 arrested after SWAT team moves in on Marysville house

The incident was connected to an earlier robbery.

Renton police urge felony charge against King County sheriff

John Urquhart allegedly groped a former deputy. Investigators forwarded the case to the prosecutor.

Most Read