White out.

A U.S. Navy ground crew member signals to an EA-18G Growler as it returns from a flight during heavy snows on Naval Air Facility Misawa, Japan, 10 JAN 2013. The crew member is assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 132, which is finishing a six-month deployment to support the U.S. 7th Fleet.

Mirror image.

U.S. Navy Airman Adam Kelty, left, and U.S. Navy Airman Stephen Back polish the canopy of an EA-18G Growler on the flight deck of the USS Harry S. Truman in the Gulf of Oman, Oct. 23, 2013. The Truman, the flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Grizzly incoming.

Aviation Electrician’s Mate Airman Jordan Hall, from Portland, Ore., gives hand signals to Aviation Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Matthew Kuklinski, from Los Angeles, during an engine cleaning of an EA-18G Growler. Hall and Kuklinski are both assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132, which is currently deployed in support of U.S. 7th Fleet.

(Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Takada, 1 August 2012 via DVIDS.)

[I grew up with the old Prowlers and had to do a double-take (and a little research) to be certain the caption wasn’t a horrendous typo. Turns out it’s correct… The Growler is a specialized version of the F/A-18F Super Hornet, and is a replacement for the older EA-6B Prowlers. With the retirement of the EB-52H (B-52 Stratofortress), it is the only manned tactical jammer. The USAF provides electronic warfare officers to fly on these US Navy birds. -R]

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