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An Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) guides an F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, the Navy's F-35C Fleet replacement squadron, on the flight deck.
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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 15, 2016) An Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) guides an F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, the Navy's F-35C Fleet replacement squadron, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). VFA-101 aircraft and pilots are conducting initial qualifications aboard George Washington in the Atlantic Ocean. The F-35C is expected to be Fleet operational in 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Krystofer Belknap)

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