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Last Prowlers jamming to the end

Photo: An EA-6B Prowler, assigned to Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2, flies alongside a KC-135R Stratotanker during a mission in support of Operation 'Inherent Resolve' over Iraq, June 28. USAF/SSgt Keith James


US Marine Corps EA-6Bs of VMAQ-2 ‘Death Jesters’ are leading the way right to the end as the final Prowler squadron. The unit has been deployed to Al Udeid, Qatar, since the spring in support of Operation ‘Inherent Resolve’ despite its scheduled inactivation in March 2019.

Recent imagery released by CENTCOM shows the squadron in action. The squadron is likely to be supporting the operation by monitoring and jamming enemy communications.

Operation ‘Roundup’ is continuing to finish the final so-called Islamic State elements to the east of the Euphrates River valley in Syria around Abu Kamal. British Army Maj Gen Felix Gedney, the deputy commander of strategy and support for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation ‘Inherent Resolve’, told reporters: ‘We do expect to encounter is a hard core of ISIS fighters who have been digging in and preparing their battle space, holding civilians as human shields.’

A VMAQ-2 Prowler awaits departure from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, as a KC-135R lands. USAF/SrA Xavier Navarro

A full feature on VMAQ-2 ‘Death Jesters’ appeared in our December 2017 issue, which can be purchased here:


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