Electronic Attack Squadron [VAQ-143]
In early 2000 it was reported that Prowler Squadron VAQ-143 would be stationed at NAS Whidbey by April 2001. However, it was only on 13 July 2001 that the Chief of Naval Operations approved the establishment of Electronic Attack Squadron 143 under the administrative chain of command of the Commander, Electronic Attack Wing, US Pacific Fleet. VAQ-143 is needed to support the Navy assumption of joint forces airborne electronic attack missions. Authority for action is contained in Program Budget Decision Memorandum 1 which directed the Department of the Navy to add funds within existing resources for one additional (EA-6B) active expeditionary squadron with an initial operating capability in FY-03. This organizational change established Commanding Officer, Electronic Attack Squadron 143 effective 1 August 2002.
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