’Team Argo’

The US Navy’s first frontline F-35C squadron recently received its safe-for-flight operations certification, after independently conducting carrier qualifications with the Lightning II. Patrick Roegies investigates.



A pair of F-35Cs from the US Navy’s first operational Lightning II squadron – VFA-147 based at NAS Lemoore – formate for a photo exercise last November. US Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon E Renfroe

In preparation for transition to the F-35C, the US Navy reactivated Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 ‘Rough Raiders’ as the fleet replacement squadron (FRS) for the carrier variant of the Lightning II in January 2017.

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