Test Squadron Retires Navy’s Last EA-6B Prowler
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy’s last EA-6B Prowler electronic attack aircraft was retired Aug. 29 in ceremonies at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., according to a report confirmed by a Navy spokesman.
The Prowler, flown by Air Test & Evaluation Squadron 23 (VX-23), endured long after the Navy retired the EA-6B from operational fleet service in 2015. It was used by VX-23 for various test work in support of electronic warfare technology development and in particular to support work for the remaining Marine Corps EA-6B squadrons.
The Marine Corps still operates two Prowler squadrons, Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron Three (VMAQ-3) and VMAQ-2. They will be retiring their Prowlers in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
The Grumman-built EA-6B was replaced in Navy service by the Boeing-built EA-18G Growler.