Brad Choat (@choatsnews)By Brad Choat

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The 100th U.S. Navy Growler aircraft, also known as the EA-18G, rolls off the assembly line today at Boeing in St. Louis.

A special ceremony is planned for 10:00 a.m. with company employees, local dignitaries, and Navy leaders.

Project vice president Mike Gibbons says it’s a proud day for Boeing.

“The Navy and the Department of Defense love this plane,” he says. “It’s a one-of-a-kind asset to the Department of Defense. It’s a necessary component for the security of our forces.”

Boeing says the Growler and Super Hornet production line supports 60,000 American jobs, 13,000 of those in Missouri.

Growlers go from the assembly line in St. Louis to the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Washington state.

If Congress doesn’t approve the addition of 22 more Growlers the Navy has requested for Fiscal Year 2015, the company expects production to end in 2016.

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