CNO: Navy Needs Joint Strike Fighter, Committed to its Future

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Defense about the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35C) on Wednesday. Other senior military leaders testified with Greenert.

Based on the current F-35 Joint Program Office schedule, the F-35C, attached to Navy carrier air wings, will reach initial operational capability by February 2019.

The F-35C carrier variant of the Lightning II is distinct from the F-35A and F-35B variants with its larger wing surfaces and reinforced landing gear; features used to withstand catapult launches and deck landing impacts associated with the demanding aircraft carrier environment.

An informational graphic depicting the F-35C Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter. (U.S. Navy graphic by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arif Patani/Released)

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CNO: Navy Needs Joint Strike Fighter, Committed to its Future