Following a nine month combat deployment on board the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, sailors from Electronic Attack Squadron 137 will return home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island this weekend.
The “Rooks” left from Naval Station Norfolk on March 11, as part of Carrier Air Wing One for deployment around the world. The squadron’s five EA-18G Growlers and aircrew will arrive this weekend and the remaining 110 maintenance and support personnel for the squadron will arrive before.
As the only airborne electronic attack squadron deployed to the Middle East, the Rooks conducted combat operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve from April 15 through Oct. 2, flying four or more combat sorties per day over Iraq and Syria.
The squadron also participated in Operation Malabar in the North Indian Ocean in October, where the Rooks participated in multiple air defense exercises in conjunction with Indian and Japanese naval vessels.
The squadron did get to have a little fun, enjoying port calls to Portsmouth, Bahrain, Dubai and Singapore, with a special two-day stop at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii before heading for home.