Marine Corps Deactivates EA-6B Squadron; Only One Remains
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va.—The Marine Corps has deactivated another tactical electronic warfare squadron (VMAQ), leaving it with only one of the squadrons in service.
In May 11 ceremonies a Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, VMAQ-3 folded its colors and retired the last three of its EA-6B Prowler electronic attack aircraft.
At peak strength, the Marine Corps fielded four VMAQ squadrons, which for decades have provided electronic warfare support for combatant commanders in Southwest Asia and under the Unit Deployment Program in Japan. The Corps has deactivated one squadron each year since 2016, starting with VMAQT-1, which had become a training squadron for the other squadrons. VMAQ-4 was deactivated last year.
Remaining is VMAQ-2, which currently is in Southwest Asia on the EA-6B’s last scheduled deployment. It provided electronic warfare support to Air Force B-1 bombers for the April 14 strike on chemical warfare sites in Syria.
VMAQ-2 is scheduled for deactivation next year, ending the service of VMAQ squadrons in the Marine Corps and ending the 48-year career of the EA-6B Prowler. The Navy’s EA-18G Growler squadrons are assuming the full load of expeditionary electronic attack deployments.