A 2010 Centennial High School graduate and Shoreview native is serving with a U.S. Navy electronic attack squadron that flies one of the Navy’s newest and most technologically-advanced aircraft, the EA-18G Growler.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Collin Goldsmith is an aviation electronics technician with the “Wizards” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133, one of 14 Navy electronic attack squadrons based in Whidbey Island, Washington.
As an aviation electronics technician, Goldsmith is responsible for working on flight computers, weapons systems, and radar systems.
“With my job, it’s fun to watch the jets fly,” said Goldsmith. “The jets are really cool and it’s a unique job to have.”
Taking off from and landing on Navy aircraft carriers, as well as supporting expeditionary land-based operations around the world, Growler crewmembers engage in electronic warfare, one of the most important components of modern air combat, according to Navy sources.
The EA-18G Growler is the fourth major variant of the F/A-18 family of aircraft that combines the proven F/A-18F Super Hornet platform with a sophisticated electronic warfare suite, complete with advanced receivers, jamming pods and satellite communications. The electronic warfare mission involves jamming enemy radar and communications systems to render air defenses ineffective.
“I like the people I get to serve with,” said Goldsmith. “We have a really friendly working environment.”
As a member of one of the Navy’s squadrons with the newest aircraft platforms, Goldsmith and other VAQ-133 sailors are proud to be part of a warfighting team that readily defends America at all times.
“We’re in the warfighting business, and we’re here to win,” said Capt. Tabb Stringer, Commodore of Commander, Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet….