Darkside Encounter

VAQ-209 also known as Star-warriors callsign ” Vader ” base out of NAS Whidbey Island in Washington State flies the Navy’s premier SAM suppression and destruction superjet E/A-18G Growler. VAQ-209 is part of the Navy Reserve Electronic Attack Squadron but have deployed to the Pacific supporting PACAF in Misawa AB , Japan and also CVN-74 USS Stennis in her pacific Cruise.

We were able to capture Starwarrior’s colorful (CAG) bird in her new scheme for 2018.

E/A-18G VAQ-209 Starwarriors CAG bird

For the Starwarriors, even the line bird spot the Darth Vader symbol in subdued Grey scheme.

Vader One Tailhook
VAQ-209 linebird

2 of these E/A-18G launch in the morning with spectacular Afterburner .


More detail shots of the 2 visiting Starwarriors.

Article by Dave Chng

Pictures by Dave Chng and Bill Havel