The Marine Corps is converting one of its four EA-6B Prowler Marine tactical electronic warfare (VMAQ) squadrons into an EA-6B replacement training squadron as it prepares to assume Prowler training from the Navy.
VMAQ-1, based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., will be redesignated Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Training Squadron One (VMAQT-1) on June 14, according to Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Richard Ulsh.
Prowler training currently is conducted for the Navy and Marine Corps by Navy Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. VAQ-129 also conducts training for EA-18G Growler crews and is scheduled to phase out EA-6B training by 2014 as it transfers training of Marine crews to VMAQT-1. The Navy will retire its last EA-6B squadron in 2015.
The Marine Corps currently is scheduled to operate the EA-6B until 2019. The three remaining Marine Corps VMAQ squadrons will continue to operate the EA-6B in the expeditionary electronic attack role until they are deactivated.