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Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. (May 18, 2004) -- An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the "Cougars" of Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Nine (VAQ-139) maneuvers the aircraft for inverted flight during a routine training mission. VAQ-139 is homeported at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. and will soon be deploying to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. The EA-6B's primary mission is to protect fleet surface units and other aircraft by jamming hostile radars and communications. With its jamming capabilities together with AGM-88 High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM), the Prowler a unique national asset that can be deployed from land bases and aircraft carriers. Its ability to monitor the electromagnetic spectrum and actively deny an adversary's use of radar and communications is unmatched by any airborne platform worldwide. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Michael Watkins (RELEASED)

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