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Unread post02 Jul 2021, 17:01

First [VMFA-314] USMC F-35C squadron declares full operational capability
01 Jul 2021 1st Lt. Charles Allen 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

"MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – (July 1, 2021) As the Marine Corps continues to make changes to meet the demands of the rapidly evolving future operating environment, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 has reached a new milestone in Marine Corps history as they declare their full operational capability (FOC) for the F-35C Lightning II....

...FOC is significant in its confirmation that VMFA-314 is fully prepared and equipped successfully deploy aboard United States Navy aircraft carriers, marking the first FOC declaration for Marine Corps. This inaugural event is met after VMFA-314 received their first F-35C on January 21, 2020 when their first jet arrived at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar from Naval Air Station Lemoore....

...VMFA-314 is currently continuing its preparations towards future deployments by conducting tailored ship's training availability (TSTA), marking the first F-35C squadron to conduct TSTA in the Marine Corps. This training will consist of communication rehearsals, medical drills, flight operations, and shipboard drills conducted while underway, ensuring the squadron is prepared to deploy in support of maritime campaigns...."

Photo: "Photo By Cpl. Leilani Cervantes | U.S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 and Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, conduct a new expeditionary landing demonstration with M-31 arresting gear Interim Flight Clearance (IFC), on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 3rd, 2020. This new capability allows the F-35C Lightning II to land on smaller runways anywhere in the world and ensures extended flexibility in combat operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cervantes, Leilani" https://www.dvidshub.net/download/image/6446014 (JPG 0.65Mb)


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Unread post05 Jul 2021, 18:48

Surprising that the press statement did not include that VMFA-314 is a part of CVW-9 and will embark on the USS Abraham Lincoln. You would think that would be important information.
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Unread post05 Jul 2021, 18:55

:mrgreen: :doh: The USN are not giving away information of any kind these days - they have been warned by the higher powers. :devil: :bang:
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Unread post05 Jul 2021, 19:31

Speaking of not giving any information away, when was the last time you saw any new footage of the F-35C landing on a carrier?
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Unread post05 Jul 2021, 19:41

Great example of the LOW/NO INFO USN press release (btw few stories/videos about USN carrier aviation these days).

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Unread post07 Jul 2021, 10:40

First Marine F-35C Squadron Ready to Deploy on Navy Aircraft Carriers
06 Jul 2021 Mallory Shelbourne

"The “Black Knights” of U.S. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 have taken their next step ahead of deploying on Navy aircraft carriers for the first time. The squadron of Marine Corps F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters officially attained full operational capability, the service said in a news release issued last week.

“...“VMFA-314 is currently continuing its preparations towards future deployments by conducting tailored ship’s training availability (TSTA), marking the first F-35C squadron to conduct TSTA in the Marine Corps,” the Marine Corps said in the release. “This training will consist of communication rehearsals, medical drills, flight operations, and shipboard drills conducted while underway, ensuring the squadron is prepared to deploy in support of maritime campaigns.”

The squadron’s benchmark comes as the Marine Corps continues its Force Design 2030 initiative, an effort to modernize the service for operating in a region like the Indo-Pacific. The service’s most recent force design update issued in April said the Marines were still assessing the correct combinations of F-35Bs and F-35Cs. The report also identified F-35 maintenance as a concern.

“Regardless of the final [Approved Acquisition Objective] for F-35, we will be unable to generate a competitive warfighting advantage for the fleets and joint force if we are unable to maintain these aircraft due to a shortfall of qualified maintainers,” the report reads. “Our current model for retention of these critical personnel is failing. We must change the talent management model if we are to realize the full potential of this capability.”
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Photo: "An F-35C Lighting II assigned to the ‘Black Knights’ from the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on April 16, 2021. US Navy Photo" https://news.usni.org/wp-content/upload ... 04227.jpeg


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Unread post19 Jul 2021, 23:24

HA! I missed FOC Full Operational Capability announcement in the first paragraph of above USNInews article.
The Marine Corps Just Beat the Air Force and Navy in the Latest Jet Capability Race
16 Jul 2021 Oriana Pawlyk

"While the U.S. Marine Corps says its first squadron of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters is fully equipped and ready for war, the Air Force and Navy need more time to catch up.

With a carrier deployment anticipated sometime next year, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, said earlier this month that its fifth-generation F-35C jets have achieved full operational capability, known as FOC -- meaning they're ready for full operations.

Experts believe that could be because the Marine Corps chose to buy far fewer of the C aircraft than the Navy and Air Force purchased of their variants, letting the Marine Corps reach the operational breakthrough faster.... [???]

..."It speaks to the more limited roles the Marines expect to use the plane for," said a congressional staffer with longtime knowledge of military aviation. The staffer asked not to be identified because they are not authorized to speak to the press. [thank goodness for that because he would not last long - IF KNOWN - otherwise :mrgreen: - go you good gyrenes!]

"The Marines now have enough experience with the jet to understand what it can and can't do and how they have to operate it," they said, adding that it doesn't mean there are no bugs or fixes that still need to be taken care of....

..."There are still all kinds of kinks to be worked out even after FOC," said Richard Aboulafia, vice president and analyst at the Teal Group, referring to the upgrade. "But at least this is a significant milestone on the road to readiness, and perhaps even maturity."... [I don't unnnerstan why AboutLaffAtYa is the goto guy for comment]

...[Then stuff about USAF FOC requirements] The Navy only has one deployable F-35C squadron -- Strike Fighter Squadron 147 "Argonauts" out of Naval Air Station Lemoore, California. The Navy's other F-35C squadron, Strike Fighter Squadron 125, a training squadron, is also out of Lemoore.

The Argonauts will deploy with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group later this summer, Cmdr. Zach Harrell, spokesperson for Commander, Naval Air Forces, said in an email Monday. The unit is anticipated to be fully ready for combat "as planned within the next four years," he said.

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 nevertheless is proud of its recent fulfillment." [Bloody hell so should they be]

Source: https://www.military.com/daily-news/202 ... -race.html
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Unread post19 Jul 2021, 23:45

Me thinks there is use of the term ‘full operational capability’ in one context (the squadron has the requisite personnel, equipment and training) the base or Wing PAO not understanding that ‘full operational capability’ (FOC) has a very specific meaning in programmatic terms.

I also note that unnamed staffer is talking out of the wrong orifice wrt ‘limited’ things they will be doing w the jet. Probably a good reason he or she is not authorized to talk to the press.

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