F-35C Conducts First Detachment Visit at NAS Lemoore

Story Number: NNS150414-20Release Date: 4/14/2015 5:25:00 PM
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From Naval Air Force Pacific Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Sailors and members of the community had the opportunity to observe an F-35C Lightning II aircraft static display at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, California, April 14.

The static display is part of a six-day visit by elements of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA-101) "Grim Reapers" to NAS Lemoore. NAS Lemoore is the future basing site for the F-35C, scheduled to arrive in 2017.

"It was great to see so many Sailors and community members interested in the F-35C," said Cmdr. Frederick Crecelius, commanding officer, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101. "Lemoore will be the new home of the F-35C in the future, and I think there was a lot of interest to see what it looks like up close and get a preview of it sitting beside the Super Hornets that it will be operating with in the air wing of the future."

The F-35C combines advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fused targeting, cutting-edge avionics, advanced jamming, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. With a broad wingspan, reinforced landing gear, ruggedized structures and durable coatings, the F-35C is designed to stand up to harsh shipboard conditions while delivering a lethal combination of fighter capabilities to the fleet.

Although VFA-101 is the Navy's newest Fighter squadron, they possess a rich heritage. The original Fighter Squadron (VF) 101 was established in 1942 and flew various aircraft including the F-14 Tomcat. When the F-14 was retired in 2005, VF-101 was disestablished. Today, the "Grim Reapers" are ushering in a new era with the F-35C.

The F-35C will enhance the flexibility, power projection, and strike capabilities of carrier air wings and joint task forces and will complement the capabilities of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, which currently serves as the Navy's premier strike fighter.

By 2025, the Navy's aircraft carrier-based air wings will consist of a mix of F-35C, F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, EA-18G Growlers electronic attack aircraft, E-2D Hawkeye battle management and control aircraft, MH-60R/S helicopters and Carrier Onboard Delivery logistics aircraft.

Ten F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft will be assigned to a strike fighter squadron based at NAS Lemoore in early 2017.

For more news from Commander, Naval Air Forces, visit www.navy.mil/local/airpac/.

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighters makes an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
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