Marine Corps Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron-2 (VMAQ-2) “Death Jesters”, the last of four Marine Prowler squadrons, has just completed its final deployment in Qatar, with the last six EA-6B in the U.S. military inventory.
Four aircraft, using radio callsign “Trend 01-04” landed at Lajes,
Azores, on their way back to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point,
North Carolina, from Al Udeid, Qatar, on Nov. 12, 2018. The remaining
two aircraft would follow in a couple of days (they were left behind due
to technical issues).
even in the Land-dominated COIN environments of Afghanistan and Iraq,
the type has proved equally critical in a wide variety of unforeseen
roles. Many soldiers will have benefitted from it’s support without ever
having realised it.A great many times in the Middle East and elsewhere, the EA support
provided by EF-111s and EA-6B was critical to assets penetrating ostile
MEZ. Both types were regularly deployed to Aviano where they ‘lived’
next to the Brit AWACS ‘Mole Hole’ ops facility and the young ********* never ceased to be impressed by the size of the Prowler as it taxied
past! We maintained a great relationship with the crews as they
coordinated with us closely for both C2 and EW (particularly if they
accidentally jammed our comms or frequencies being listened to by
Many soldiers will have benefitted from it’s support without ever
having realised it.