We all know the ship side of the house has sold its virtue and confused the rest ... and since the Tomcat, I don't think we have done well at all.
It can make for good blogg'n though; remember the poor EA-18G "Growler vs. Shocker" issue? Well, as expected, from the operational attitude that gave the A-10 "Warthog" - I think the pointy end has fixed the problem.
The Navy’s EA-18G Growler has a new name — at least on the radio.... and the Phibian nodd'd his head at peace.
The new electronic attack aircraft that joined the fleet last year will be known as a “Grizzly” on carrier decks worldwide.
The nickname “Growler” sounds too much like the EA-6B “Prowler,” its electronic attack predecessor, and the Navy wanted to avoid any confusion on flight decks.
“The names ‘Growler’ and ‘Prowler’ were too close to be safe,” said Kim Martin, a Navy spokeswoman at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
“ ‘Grizzly’ is a name that doesn’t sound like any other name,” she said.
The Boeing-made aircraft will continue on with Growler as its primary nickname. It will be known as a Grizzly only in operational situations.
The usage will be similar to the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets’ operational moniker, the “Rhino.”