US Navy F-35Cs based at Lemoore, CA

A F-35C during a simulated deck landing. (Image © US Navy)
A F-35C during a simulated deck landing. (Image © US Navy)

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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'Beware of blast', it says on those doors at NAS Lemoore, CA. This US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet is about to start its two General Electric F414 engines, so better take that note seriously.  (Image © Elmer van Hest)
This US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet is about to start its two General Electric F414 engines at NAS Lemoore, CA. (Image © Elmer van Hest)