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USS George Washington (CVN 77) transits the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications with F-35C Lighting II carrier variants.
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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 16, 2016) USS George Washington (CVN 73) transits the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications with F-35C Lighting II carrier variants, assigned to both the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 and the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101. VX-23 is conducting its third and final developmental test (DT-III) phase of the F-35C. VFA-101 is conducting its first carrier qualifications with the aircraft. The F-35C is expected to be Fleet operational in 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Krystofer Belknap/Released)

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