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Navy's F-35C on Track to Be Combat Ready Next Month

Unread postPosted: 06 Jan 2019, 00:24
by spazsinbad
Navy's F-35C on Track to Be Combat Ready Next Month
04 Jan 2019 Oriana Pawlyk

"The U.S. Navy is on track to reach critical milestones and declare its F-35 Joint Strike Fighters ready for combat next month. There have been no reported delays in the service's F-35C reaching initial operating capability (IOC) next month, Navy spokeswoman Lt. Lauren Chatmas told Military.com on Friday. The Joint Strike Fighter Fleet Integration Office "is confident in meeting milestones as planned," Chatmas said. While no official February date has been announced, the work "is still on target, still proceeding as planned," she said....

...F-35 pilots at Edwards Air Force Base, California -- home to the Air Force Test Center, which [OIT&E] tests a variety of aircraft and weapons -- have flown more than 30 missions since the testing was announced, according to the Air Force...."

Source: https://www.military.com/defensetech/20 ... month.html

Re: Navy's F-35C on Track to Be Combat Ready Next Month

Unread postPosted: 19 Jan 2019, 14:57
by mixelflick
i'm grateful the F-35C continues to move forward but honestly, this press release rings hollow. Until we see 2 squadrons worth on the deck this isn't going to register. Sincerely hope they have a plan to get them on deck in the event of an emergency.

Perhaps that opportunity will present itself..

Re: Navy's F-35C on Track to Be Combat Ready Next Month

Unread postPosted: 19 Jan 2019, 22:39
by ChippyHo
Is there still no word which USN squadrons are slated to stand up on the C?

Re: Navy's F-35C on Track to Be Combat Ready Next Month

Unread postPosted: 20 Jan 2019, 14:13
by aussiebloke
ChippyHo wrote:Is there still no word which USN squadrons are slated to stand up on the C?




"The extra aircraft, pilots and maintainers at Lemoore are expected to help the Pentagon meet its testing and evaluation requirements for the the Navy’s first operational fleet F-35C squadron, VFA-147,

That major milestone for the Navy’s JSF program is still slated to happen in 2019. The maiden overseas deployment of VFA-147 is anticipated in 2021 while embarked on the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson."


https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-nav ... -next-year

Re: Navy's F-35C on Track to Be Combat Ready Next Month

Unread postPosted: 21 Jan 2019, 03:39
by Corsair1963
The overhaul at the shipyard will include lots of structural refurbishments, including restoring the warship's hull, propellers, shafts, rudders and myriad tanks. Crew quarters will also be upgraded, Hawkins said.

The ship's combat systems will also be enhanced. The Vinson is set to become the first aircraft carrier in the Navy to deploy with a squadron of F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters as part of its full air wing compliment.



https://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/20 ... SOOVhtfI9A

Re: Navy's F-35C on Track to Be Combat Ready Next Month

Unread postPosted: 21 Jan 2019, 06:50
by Dragon029
aussiebloke wrote:
ChippyHo wrote:Is there still no word which USN squadrons are slated to stand up on the C?


"The extra aircraft, pilots and maintainers at Lemoore are expected to help the Pentagon meet its testing and evaluation requirements for the the Navy’s first operational fleet F-35C squadron, VFA-147,

That major milestone for the Navy’s JSF program is still slated to happen in 2019. The maiden overseas deployment of VFA-147 is anticipated in 2021 while embarked on the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson."


https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-nav ... -next-year

I think he was inquiring as to what squadrons come next and so on; the USMC for example have listed every squadron that's transferring to the F-35B or F-35C, and specified which variant each squadron will operate; the USAF and USN either haven't released that information or haven't entirely planned that far ahead (perhaps leaving it up to wing commanders as to which squadrons are used or reactivated).

Re: Navy's F-35C on Track to Be Combat Ready Next Month

Unread postPosted: 21 Jan 2019, 06:57
by Corsair1963
ChippyHo wrote:Is there still no word which USN squadrons are slated to stand up on the C?



Still don't know the next USN F-35C Squadron to stand up after VFA-147. Yet, the USMC will stand up VMFA-314 (the Black Knights) with the F-35C in late 2019. So, I assume the latter will deploy with VFA-147 aboard the USS Carl Vinson in 2021....

Re: Navy's F-35C on Track to Be Combat Ready Next Month

Unread postPosted: 21 Jan 2019, 13:54
by ChippyHo
Is this a normal "state" of affairs in that there has been no announcement of what squadrons are slated for transition.
I would dearly love to see some of the old VF's like 1 and 21 stand back up.

Re: Navy's F-35C on Track to Be Combat Ready Next Month

Unread postPosted: 21 Jan 2019, 13:55
by ChippyHo
Dragon029 wrote:
aussiebloke wrote:
ChippyHo wrote:Is there still no word which USN squadrons are slated to stand up on the C?


"The extra aircraft, pilots and maintainers at Lemoore are expected to help the Pentagon meet its testing and evaluation requirements for the the Navy’s first operational fleet F-35C squadron, VFA-147,

That major milestone for the Navy’s JSF program is still slated to happen in 2019. The maiden overseas deployment of VFA-147 is anticipated in 2021 while embarked on the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson."


https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-nav ... -next-year

I think he was inquiring as to what squadrons come next and so on; the USMC for example have listed every squadron that's transferring to the F-35B or F-35C, and specified which variant each squadron will operate; the USAF and USN either haven't released that information or haven't entirely planned that far ahead (perhaps leaving it up to wing commanders as to which squadrons are used or reactivated).



Exactly - I appreciate you clarifying what i was mumbling about!!!