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.
.@CNOGreenert: #USNavy needs capability of Joint Strike Fighter, and remains committed to its future in carrier air wing.
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) June 19, 2013
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.
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