First Pacific-based F-35C fighters to arrive next week

19 January 2017

From Naval Air Forces Public Affairs

Four F-35C Lightning II aircraft are scheduled to arrive at Naval Air Station Lemoore Jan. 25 and will join recently reactivated Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125.

LEMOORE, Calif. - Four F-35C Lightning II aircraft are scheduled to arrive at Naval Air Station Lemoore Jan. 25, and will join the recently reactivated "Rough Raiders" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125.

VFA-125, which reactivated on Jan. 12, will be the Navy's west coast fleet replacement squadron for the F-35C Lightning II, responsible for training the next generation of naval aviators on the aircraft.

Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, Commander, Naval Air Forces; Rear Adm. Roy Kelly, director of the Navy F-35 Fleet Integration Office; and Jeff Babione, executive vice president and general manager of the F-35 program for Lockheed Martin will all speak at the aircraft arrival ceremony.

The F-35C is a single seat, multi-role fighter aircraft designed to eventually replace the F/A-18 legacy Hornet.

The Navy's future 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.

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