VX-31 ‘Dust Devils’ is a squadron that operates out of sight, but performs some of the most important duties when it comes to fleet capabilities.

VX-31 is the center of capability development for the EA-18G Growler and will start flight-testing with the type’s Next-Generation Jammer in 2019. Jamie Hunter

NAVAL AIR WEAPONS Station (NAWS) China Lake is one of those bases in the US that conjures up a real feeling of secrecy. Tucked away in a remote corner of the Mojave Desert adjacent to the town of Ridgecrest, teams of contractors, deployed squadrons and based personal quietly go about their business. China Lake is — and has always been — about furthering the capabilities of the US Navy’s weapons systems.

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