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First F-35C Delivered to USMC at Miramar

The first carrier-based variant of the F-35 Lightning II, the F-35C, was delivered to the US Marines at MCAS Miramar Tuesday. The fifth-generation stealth fighter is the first to be designed for use with catapult systems on US aircraft carriers.

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US Navy F-35C Lightning II over California

LEMOORE, Calif. (Nov. 16, 2018) An F-35C Lightning II, attached to the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore, fly in formation for a photo exercise. VFA-147 is the first U.S. Navy Operational F-35C squadron based out of NAS Lemoore. Commander, Joint Strike Fighter Wing, headquartered at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif. ensures that each F-35C squadron is fully combat-ready to conduct carrier-based, all-weather, attack, fighter and support missions for Commander, Naval Air Forces. With its stealth technology, advanced sensors, weapons capacity and range, the F-35C will be the first 5th generation aircraft operated from an aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon E. Renfroe/Released)

LEMOORE, Calif. (Nov. 16, 2018) An F-35C Lightning II, attached to the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore, fly in formation for a photo exercise. VFA-147 is the first U.S. Navy Operational F-35C squadron based out of NAS Lemoore. Commander, Joint Strike Fighter Wing, headquartered at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif. ensures that each F-35C squadron is fully combat-ready to conduct carrier-based, all-weather, attack, fighter and support missions for Commander, Naval Air Forces.  With its stealth technology, advanced sensors, weapons capacity and range, the F-35C will be the first 5th generation aircraft operated from an aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon E. Renfroe/Released)

LEMOORE, Calif. (Nov. 16, 2018) An F-35C Lightning II, attached to the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore, fly in formation for a photo exercise. VFA-147 is the first U.S. Navy Operational F-35C squadron based out of NAS Lemoore. Commander, Joint Strike Fighter Wing, headquartered at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif. ensures that each F-35C squadron is fully combat-ready to conduct carrier-based, all-weather, attack, fighter and support missions for Commander, Naval Air Forces. With its stealth technology, advanced sensors, weapons capacity and range, the F-35C will be the first 5th generation aircraft operated from an aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon E. Renfroe/Released)

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US Navy F-35 Carrier Landing

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 22, 2018) Seaman Savannah Reid observes an F-35C Lightning II assigned to the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 approach the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jeremiah Bartelt/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 22, 2018) Seaman Savannah Reid observes an F-35C Lightning II assigned to the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 approach the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jeremiah Bartelt/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 22, 2018) Seaman Savannah Reid observes an F-35C Lightning II assigned to the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 approach the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jeremiah Bartelt/Released)

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Navy’s Newest Fighter At Sea

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 23, 2018) An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 taxies on the flight deck after landing aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tyler C. Priestley/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 23, 2018) An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 taxies on the flight deck after landing aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tyler C. Priestley/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 23, 2018) An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 taxies on the flight deck after landing aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tyler C. Priestley/Released)

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F-35 On Deck With F-18 Super Hornets

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 21, 2018) Two F-35C Lightning II aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 and two F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 receive pre-flight checks during flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is currently underway conducting carrier qualification. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Brooks/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 21, 2018) Two F-35C Lightning II aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 and two F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86  receive pre-flight checks during flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is currently underway conducting carrier qualification. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Brooks/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 21, 2018) Two F-35C Lightning II aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 and two F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 receive pre-flight checks during flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is currently underway conducting carrier qualification. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Brooks/Released)

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F-35 Carrier Approach USS Lincoln

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 26, 2018) An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeff Sherman/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 26, 2018) An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeff Sherman/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 26, 2018) An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeff Sherman/Released)

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F-35 Carrier Landing USS Abraham Lincoln

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 20, 2018) An F-35C Lightning II attached to the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 performs a touch-and-go landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is currently underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Andrew Hays/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 20, 2018) An F-35C Lightning II attached to the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 performs a touch-and-go landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is currently underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Andrew Hays/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 20, 2018) An F-35C Lightning II attached to the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 performs a touch-and-go landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is currently underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Andrew Hays/Released)

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US Navy F-35 USS Abraham Lincoln Full Afterburner

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 26, 2018) Cmdr. Tommy Locke, commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125, pilots an F-35C Lightning II assigned to the Rough Raiders of VFA-125 above the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is currently underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel E. Gheesling/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 26, 2018) Cmdr. Tommy Locke, commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125, pilots an F-35C Lightning II assigned to the Rough Raiders of VFA-125 above the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is currently underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel E. Gheesling/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 26, 2018) Cmdr. Tommy Locke, commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125, pilots an F-35C Lightning II assigned to the Rough Raiders of VFA-125 above the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is currently underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel E. Gheesling/Released)

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Stealth Fighter Over Stealth Destroyer

An F-35 Lightning II Carrier Variant (CV) piloted by U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Robert "Champ" Guyette II, a test pilot from the F-35 Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, flies over the stealth guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) as the ship transits the Chesapeake Bay on Oct. 17, 2016. USS Zumwalt, the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced surface ship, joined the fleet Oct. 15. The F-35C Lightning II — a next generation single-seat, single-engine strike fighter that incorporates stealth technologies, defensive avionics, internal and external weapons, and a revolutionary sensor fusion capability — is designed as the U.S. Navy’s first-day-of-war, survivable strike fighter. The U.S. Navy anticipates declaring the F-35C combat-ready in 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Andy Wolfe/Released)

An F-35 Lightning II Carrier Variant (CV) piloted by U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Robert "Champ" Guyette II, a test pilot from the F-35 Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, flies over the stealth guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) as the ship transits the Chesapeake Bay on Oct. 17, 2016. USS Zumwalt, the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced surface ship, joined the fleet Oct. 15. The F-35C Lightning II — a next generation single-seat, single-engine strike fighter that incorporates stealth technologies, defensive avionics, internal and external weapons, and a revolutionary sensor fusion capability — is designed as the U.S. Navy’s first-day-of-war, survivable strike fighter. The U.S. Navy anticipates declaring the F-35C combat-ready in 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Andy Wolfe/Released)

An F-35 Lightning II Carrier Variant (CV) piloted by U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Robert “Champ” Guyette II, a test pilot from the F-35 Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, flies over the stealth guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) as the ship transits the Chesapeake Bay on Oct. 17, 2016. USS Zumwalt, the Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced surface ship, joined the fleet Oct. 15. The F-35C Lightning II — a next generation single-seat, single-engine strike fighter that incorporates stealth technologies, defensive avionics, internal and external weapons, and a revolutionary sensor fusion capability — is designed as the U.S. Navy’s first-day-of-war, survivable strike fighter. The U.S. Navy anticipates declaring the F-35C combat-ready in 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Andy Wolfe/Released)