SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE
Deployments at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany
Target is to bolster readiness, enhance NATO's collective defense posture and further increase air integration capabilities with Allied and Partner nations. The deployments are with the full cooperation of the German government.
F-35A from Hill AFB, Utah
Units and Arrivals
16th of February 2022
4th of April 2022 (Status May)
Growlers from NAS Whidbey Island
On 28 March 2022, six US Navy Boeing EA-18G Growlers from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134 Garudas ('NL-53x') arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base (Germany). VAQ-134 is based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (WA). It has not been reported how long electronic warfare aircraft will stay at Spangdahlem. According to the Pentagon Press Secretary, the aircraft will not be used to target Russian forces in Ukraine with jamming, but will be used to reinforce security in eastern Europe. About 240 Navy personnel, including maintainers and pilots, will accompany the aircraft to Germany.
VAQ-134 was originally established on 7 June 1969 at NAS Alameda (CA), flying the EKA-3B electronic warfare/tanker and KA-3B tanker Skywarriors. In 1972, the squadron received the Grumman EA-6B Prowler and became the Navy's third operational Prowler squadron. The transition to the Growler came in 2016 and after this, VAQ-134 deployed to Pacific as an expeditionary squadron.
VAQ-134 Growlers arrived at Spangdahlem AB on the 28th of March 2022
BuNo 168765/NL-530 full-colour Boss Bird (Mazda41) (photo)
BuNo 168936/NL-531 (Mazda42)
BuNo 168767/NL-532 (Mazda43)
BuNo 166946/NL-533 (Mazda51)
BuNo 168259/NL-534 (Mazda52) (photo)
BuNo 169129/NL-535 (Mazda53)
F-35A from Burlington ANGB, Vermont ANG
Flying activities 20/22 April and 11 May 2022
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