Marine Corps F-35C Stealth Fighters Now on Aircraft Carriers

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter conducts its first carrier-based night flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The aircraft launched at 6:01 p.m. / U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin by Andy Wolfe/Released

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter reached yet another milestone with the first operational U.S. Marine Corps F-35C squadron deploying onboard an aircraft carrier.

This is only the second F-35C squadron that goes on an operational deployment after the Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 “the Argonauts,” which is on deployment with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group in the Indo-Pacific.

“C” Is For Aircraft Carrier 

In January, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 “The Black Knights” embarked on an operational deployment aboard the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group.

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