VMFA-314 1st USMC F-35C & F-35C Wing CMDR 1st Deployment USN

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Unread post02 Mar 2019, 01:07

F-35C Wing Commander Focused on First Deployment, Transitioning First Marine Corps Squadron
01 Mar 2019 Megan Eckstein

"The Navy’s Joint Strike Fighter Wing commodore is focused on getting the first operational F-35C carrier-variant squadron ready for its first deployment and figuring out how to incorporate its fifth-generation capabilities into the rest of a carrier air wing.

With the F-35 C declared operationally ready yesterday, wing commodore Capt. Max McCoy told reporters today that “looking forward, there’s still a lot of work for us to do, but we are squarely focused on now taking everything that we’ve learned and driving towards first deployment and making sure (Strike Fighter Squadron) 147 has everything they need to be successful on that deployment, as well as getting ready for our second squadron to transition, which will be a Marine squadron, (Marine Fighter Attack Squadron) VMFA-314, starting here in the very near future.”

McCoy said VFA-147 is still operating as a standalone squadron and will continue to train its maintainers and get its pilots re-qualified – none of their previous F/A-18 Hornet or Super Hornet qualifications transfer over to the new plane, and so each pilot will have to requalify to meet every requirement ahead of the squadron moving on to air wing operations ahead of its first deployment. VFA-147 is expected to deploy aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in 2021.

The JSF Wing, the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center at Naval Air Station Fallon, the Commander of Naval Air Forces and other stakeholders are still working to understand what an integrated air wing looks like, but McCoy said he would ensure that the F-35C’s stealth, sensing, data-sharing and other high-end capabilities would not be lost when the squadron integrates with a carrier air wing and a carrier strike group....

...McCoy said VMFA-314 would follow mostly the same transition process as VFA-147 did: the pilots will train with the fleet replacement squadron in NAS Lemoore in California, and the maintainers will conduct some training at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida and some training in Lemoore. However, instead of McCoy being the one to certify the squadron as “safe for flight” – or ready to operate independently of the fleet replacement squadron – the Marine Aircraft Group 11 commander will be the one to certify them. VMFA-314 will then operate out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California instead of from NAS Lemoore, like all the Navy’s F-35C squadrons will.

The commodore added that the Navy has a transition plan for future squadrons, but since those plans were still subject to change he declined to say which squadrons were next set for transition to the F-35C after VMFA-314."

Source: https://news.usni.org/2019/03/01/f-35c- ... s-squadron
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