VAW-13 on Yankee Station - SEA

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EA-1F on the Deck of the Hancock (CV-19) in August of 1964

The man on the wing is ADRAN (Aviation Machinist Mate, Reciprocating) Wayne Smith

 


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CARRIER AIRBORNE EARLY WARNING SQUADRON THIRTEEN 

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Established:  1 September 1959

Redesignated: VAQ-130 on 1 October 1968

Insignia approved: 13 May 1963


The VAW-13 Zappers flew the EA-1F aircraft.  The aircraft were equipped with early radar jamming equipment.  The units specialty was jamming the Soviet built "Fire Cans"  quad anti-aircraft guns.  There were DETs at Cubi Pt, PI, Danang and a small DET on each Aircraft Carrier on Yankee Station.

I was a Plane Captain on the EA-1F and flew a little in a maintenance capacity.   The squadron went to the  A3-D (Jets) in 1968.  In 1975 the unit transitioned to the Grumman EA-6B Prowler.

What is so unique about our outfit is that its still operating today out of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington as  VAQ-130.  Today, with the enhanced capabilities of the EA-6B Prowler, they jam everything that has an electronic signature.  They did a fine job in Operation "Desert Storm".  

Submitted by Wayne Smith 


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