‘The sound of freedom,’ Growler style

Published June 13, 2019 / by Steve Berentson

A Wednesday night visit to North Whidbey yielded this photo of a U.S. Navy EA-18G “Growler,” an aircraft that plays a vital role in increasingly high-tech military initiatives around the world. The electronic warfare jet is based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, which since 1942 has been home base to a long line of patrol, fighter and attack aircraft.  Local squadrons rotate deployments aboard U.S. aircraft carriers. 

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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