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CHIPS Articles: FRC East marks another F-35 milestone

FRC East marks another F-35 milestone
Step closer to IOC
By FRCE Public Affairs - November 20, 2017
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — Fleet Readiness Center East 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, Florida.

The F-35C is one of the aircraft needed for the Navy to declare Initial Operating Capability (IOC). 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.

For more news from Naval Air Systems Command, visit www.navair.navy.mil.

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — 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.
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — 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.
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