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    F-35s arrive at MCAS Miramar

    Lightning Strikes Twice

    Photo By Sgt. Dominic Romero | A U.S Marine Corps F-35C Lightning II with Marine Wing Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA)...... read more read more

    CA, UNITED STATES

    05.27.2020

    Story by 1st Lt. Wesley Medeiros 

    3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

    F-35s arrive at MCAS Miramar

    MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – (May 27, 2020) Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 welcomed its most recent delivery of the F-35C Lightning II at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar May 18, 2020.

    Earlier this year, the VMFA-314 Black Knights made history when they became the first F-35C squadron in the Marine Corps.

    “We are extremely excited to be receiving our seventh aircraft today,” said Lt. Col. Cedar Hinton, commanding officer of VMFA-314. “Each of these amazing machines represents a significant leap in capability for our squadron and brings us one step closer to becoming fully combat capable.”

    Since their inception in 1943, the “Black Knights” have prided themselves on leading the transition to modern aviation platforms in support of evolving Marine Corps missions. In 1952, they were the first squadron in 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing to fly the F-9F Panther. The Black Knights became the first Marine Corps squadron to adopt the F-4B Phantom in 1961, and the first in the Department of the Navy to fly the F/A-18 Hornet in 1982.

    With mission sets that range from intercepting and destroying enemy aircraft to providing network enabled reconnaissance support in combat operations, the capabilities of the F-35 bring more lethality and flexibility to combatant commanders than any other fighter platform. The F-35 represents the future of Marine Corps tactical aviation, and will deliver strategic agility, operational flexibility, and tactical supremacy to the Marine Air Ground Task Force.

    3rd MAW continues to “Fix, Fly and Fight” as the Marine Corps’ largest aircraft wing, and remains combat-ready, deployable on short notice, and lethal when called into action.

    Access the following link to view photos of F-35C arrival at VMFA-314:
    https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6216917/lightning-strikes-twice

    For questions regarding this release, please contact the 3rd MAW Communication Strategy and Operations Office at 3rdmawmedia@usmc.mil.

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    Date Taken: 05.27.2020
    Date Posted: 05.27.2020 15:42
    Story ID: 370848
    Location: CA, US

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