The US Navy on Thursday October 2 formally designated Naval Air Station Lemoore in California as future home for 100 Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II fifth generation fighter aircraft. The base was chosen over Naval Air Facility El Centro, also in California. According to the US Navy, Lemoore meets operational needs and minimizes potential environmental impact.
Lemoore is to house seven Navy Pacific Fleet squadrons with 10 aircraft per squadron, and the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) with 30 aircraft. The first F-35C will be based at NAS Lemoore beginning in 2016. The FRS for the F-35C should be operational in 2018.
The F-35Cs, 100 in total, replace 70 aging FA-18 Hornet aircraft. Lemoore has been to home to the F/A-18 Hornet and F/A-18 Super Hornet for decades.
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