Air Force Times
March 28, 2022

Navy electronic attack aircraft heading to Germany amid Ukraine war

With thousands of troops deployed to Europe in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Navy is adding to its assets in the region. The Defense Department announced Monday that six EA-18G Growlers, with 240 air crew and maintainers, will head to Spangdahlem, Germany, as part of 14,000 troops the U.S. has committed to reassure NATO.


Stars and Stripes
March 28, 2022

About 240 additional troops and six Navy jets deploying to Germany as war in Ukraine drags on

About 240 sailors and six Navy EA-18G Growlers will arrive in Germany on Monday as Russia’s war in nearby Ukraine drags on, chief Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.

The troops and electronic attack aircraft will deploy from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., to Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany, Kirby said.

“This is in order to bolster readiness, enhance NATO’s collective defense posture and further increase air integration capabilities with our allied and partner nations,” he said Monday.

The 240 troops, who belong to Electronic Attack Squadron 134 in Washington, will join the more than 100,000 U.S. service members in Europe, Kirby said. About 14,000 of the 100,000 troops deployed to the region in the past two months….

The Growlers are fighter aircraft specially equipped with radar-jamming and other electronic-attack capabilities to disrupt enemy communications and more, according to the Navy.