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