Navy Chooses Lemoore Air Station as F-35C’s Base

F-35The U.S. Navy will base its fleet of F-35C fighter jets at Naval Air Station in Lemoore, California starting in 2016.

Lemoore will host up to 100 of the jets by 2028 as the branch seeks to replace 70 FA-18 Hornet fighter jets that Lemoore currently hosts, the Navy said Oct. 2.

The Navy plans to organize the fleet into seven Pacific Fleet squadrons with 10 F-35C jets each and 30 fighters in a fleet replacement squadron.

That fleet replacement squadron is scheduled to be operational in 2018, the Navy said.

NAS Lemoore will see an increase of nearly 68,400 operations per year at the station with the F-35C jets, according to the Navy.

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