“Zappers” return home from deployment

After a nine-month deployment supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron 130 (VAQ-130) returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia embarked on board USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on April 17 and 18. View the full story here.

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (April 19, 2014) Family members of Sailors assigned to the "Zappers" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 wait to greet their Sailors during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Zappers are returning from a nine-month deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Zappers are the second carrier based squadron to deploy with the EA-18G Growler. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (April 19, 2014) Family members of Sailors assigned to the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 wait to greet their Sailors during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Zappers are returning from a nine-month deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Zappers are the second carrier based squadron to deploy with the EA-18G Growler. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (April 19, 2014) Family members of Sailors assigned to the "Zappers" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 wait to greet their Sailors during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Zappers are returning from a nine-month deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Zappers are the second carrier based squadron to deploy with the EA-18G Growler. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (April 19, 2014) Family members of Sailors assigned to the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 wait to greet their Sailors during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Zappers are returning from a nine-month deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Zappers are the second carrier based squadron to deploy with the EA-18G Growler. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (April 19, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Matthew Sweatt, from San Dimas, Calif., assigned to the "Zappers" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, holds his son for the first time during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Zappers are returning from a nine-month deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Zappers are the second carrier based squadron to deploy with the EA-18G Growler. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (April 19, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Matthew Sweatt, from San Dimas, Calif., assigned to the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, holds his son for the first time during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Zappers are returning from a nine-month deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Zappers are the second carrier based squadron to deploy with the EA-18G Growler. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (April 19, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Matthew Sweatt, from San Dimas, Calif., assigned to the "Zappers" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, holds his son for the first time during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Zappers are returning from a nine-month deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Zappers are the second carrier based squadron to deploy with the EA-18G Growler. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (April 19, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Matthew Sweatt, from San Dimas, Calif., assigned to the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, holds his son for the first time during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Zappers are returning from a nine-month deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Zappers are the second carrier based squadron to deploy with the EA-18G Growler. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (April 19, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Ryan Risatti, from Princeton, Ill., assigned to the "Zappers" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, greets his wife and daughters during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Zappers are returning from a nine-month deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Zappers are the second carrier based squadron to deploy with the EA-18G Growler. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (April 19, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Ryan Risatti, from Princeton, Ill., assigned to the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, greets his wife and daughters during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Zappers are returning from a nine-month deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Zappers are the second carrier based squadron to deploy with the EA-18G Growler. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (April 19, 2014) Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Eric Reid, from Rockhill, S.C., assigned to the "Zappers" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, greets his son and daughter during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Zappers are returning from a nine-month deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Zappers are the second carrier based squadron to deploy with the EA-18G Growler. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (April 19, 2014) Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Eric Reid, from Rockhill, S.C., assigned to the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, greets his son and daughter during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Zappers are returning from a nine-month deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Zappers are the second carrier based squadron to deploy with the EA-18G Growler. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (April 19, 2014) Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Jarrod Langford, from Orlando, Fla., assigned to the "Zappers" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, holds his son during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Zappers are returning from a nine-month deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Zappers are the second carrier based squadron to deploy with the EA-18G Growler. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (April 19, 2014) Aviation Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Jarrod Langford, from Orlando, Fla., assigned to the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, holds his son during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Zappers are returning from a nine-month deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Zappers are the second carrier based squadron to deploy with the EA-18G Growler. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (April 19, 2014) Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jonathon Daniels, from Phoenix, assigned to the "Zappers" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, walks with his daughter and wife during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Zappers are returning from a nine-month deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Zappers are the second carrier based squadron to deploy with the EA-18G Growler. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (April 19, 2014) Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jonathon Daniels, from Phoenix, assigned to the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, walks with his daughter and wife during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Zappers are returning from a nine-month deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Zappers are the second carrier based squadron to deploy with the EA-18G Growler. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (April 19, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) Airman Brandon Joppich, from Bay City, Mich., assigned to the "Zappers" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, meets his daughter held by his wife for the first time during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Zappers are returning from a nine-month deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Zappers are the second carrier based squadron to deploy with the EA-18G Growler. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (April 19, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) Airman Brandon Joppich, from Bay City, Mich., assigned to the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, meets his daughter held by his wife for the first time during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Zappers are returning from a nine-month deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Zappers are the second carrier based squadron to deploy with the EA-18G Growler. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (April 19, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) Airman Brandon Joppich, from Bay City, Mich., assigned to the "Zappers" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, holds his daughter for the first time during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Zappers are returning from a nine-month deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Zappers are the second carrier based squadron to deploy with the EA-18G Growler. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (April 19, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) Airman Brandon Joppich, from Bay City, Mich., assigned to the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, holds his daughter for the first time during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Zappers are returning from a nine-month deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Zappers are the second carrier based squadron to deploy with the EA-18G Growler. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington)

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