Four F-35C Lightning II aircraft, are scheduled to arrive at Naval Air Station Lemoore (NASL) on Wednesday, Jan. 25. These four aircraft will join the recently reactivated Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125, the “Rough Raiders."
The “Rough Raiders" will be the Navy’s west coast Fleet Replacement Squadron for the F-35C Lightning II, responsible for training the next generation of Naval Aviators on the aircraft.
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Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, Commander, Naval Air Forces, Rear Adm. Roy Kelly, director of the Navy F-35 Fleet Integration Office and Jeff Babione, executive vice president and general manager of the F-35 program for Lockheed Martin will all speak at the aircraft arrival ceremony. After the ceremony, pilots and maintainers from VFA-125 will be available to answer questions.
The F-35C is a single seat, multi-role fighter aircraft designed to eventually replace the F/A-18 legacy Hornet. The Navy’s future aircraft carrier-based air wings will consist of a mix of F-35C, F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, EA-18G Growlers electronic attack aircraft, E-2D Hawkeye battle management and control aircraft, Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) air vehicles, MH-60R/S helicopters and Carrier Onboard Delivery logistics aircraft.