November 17, 2017

FRC East marks another F-35 milestone

Aircraft CF-25, a Navy F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, transits the Fleet Readiness Center East flight line Nov. 9 marking a maintenance milestone for the capabilities of the depot.

Fleet Readiness Center East at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., has achieved another milestone for its support of the F-35 Lightning II program.

The depot received its first U. S. Navy F-35C Lightning II, carrier variant, for maintenance Nov. 9. The aircraft was flown from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Aircraft maintenance artisans secure the wheels of aircraft CF-25, a Navy F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, after its arrival at the Fleet Readiness Center East flight line.

The F-35C is one of the aircraft needed for the Navy to declare Initial Operating Capability. According to a report submitted to the Congressional Defense Committees in 2013, the branch will declare IOC for the F-35C when the first operational squadron is equipped with 10 aircraft, and Navy personnel are trained, manned and equipped to conduct assigned missions.

The depot’s induction of the Navy F-35C, as well as the Air Force F-35A in August, marks another FRC East milestone in receiving and modifying all three aircraft variants.

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