News: USMC IOC

  • Marine Corps’ Joint Strike Fighter Prepares for Combat

    Marine Corps’ Joint Strike Fighter Prepares for Combat

    National Defense Magazine // August 18, 2016
    ​During Red Flag 16-3 — an advanced aerial combat training exercise — the aircraft participated in a series of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, Marine Corps officials said.
  • F-35B Tactics Evolving As Pilots’ Understanding Of Technology Matures

    F-35B Tactics Evolving As Pilots’ Understanding Of Technology Matures

    USNI News // July 29, 2016
    The Marine Corps’ top aviator said the F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter pilots have matured in their understanding of the new platform in the year since the service declared initial operational capability, pushing themselves to push past planned tactics and create a new way of using the fifth-generation technology.
  • Marine Osprey Flies in to Fuel Up F-35B

    Marine Osprey Flies in to Fuel Up F-35B

    412th Test Wing Public Affairs // May 02, 2016
    This was the first time an MV-22 has refueled an F-35. Both ground refueling and air-to-air refueling are important pieces to the Marine Corps' MAGTF operational construct.
  • U.S. Marine Corps Moves Forward with F-35 Transition

    U.S. Marine Corps Moves Forward with F-35 Transition

    U.S. Marine Corps // August 13, 2015
    "Marine Corps IOC is a significant accomplishment, but we will not stop to celebrate... we will further refine the operational concepts that allow us to fully leverage this transformational capability"
  • Announcement Reaffirms U.S. Air Superiority

    Announcement Reaffirms U.S. Air Superiority

    Yuma Sun // August 05, 2015
    The United States Marine Corps declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for its variant of the F-35 Lightning II fighter, a huge milestone in the development of any aircraft — the announcement essentially means they have determined it to be capable of being deployed and ready for service.
  • U.S. Marine Corps Declares the F-35B Operational

    U.S. Marine Corps Declares the F-35B Operational

    FROM THE HEADQUARTERS U.S. MARINE CORPS // July 31, 2015
    The U.S. Marine Corps' F-35B Lightning II aircraft reached initial operational capability today with a squadron of 10 F-35Bs ready for world-wide deployment.
  • VMFA-121 Moving to Japan by 2017

    VMFA-121 Moving to Japan by 2017

    Yuma Sun // July 29, 2015
    Pending the confirmation of the F-35B's readiness for military operations, VMFA-121 will be moving permanently to Japan by 2017.
  • Marine F-35B Simulators Get True-to-Life Upgrades

    Marine F-35B Simulators Get True-to-Life Upgrades

    Marine Corps Times // July 27, 2015
    Pilots with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 got Block 2B software upgrades giving their four simulators at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, the exact same capabilities as their real fighters.
  • U.S. Marines Complete F-35B Readiness Inspection

    U.S. Marines Complete F-35B Readiness Inspection

    Aviation Week // July 22, 2015
    The U.S. Marine Corps has completed an operational readiness inspection (ORI) of its first F-35B squadron, the last major hurdle before the service can assess whether VMFA-121 in Yuma, Arizona, is suitable to declare initial operational capability (IOC).
  • Ten Signs The F-35 Fighter Program Is Becoming A Smashing Success

    Ten Signs The F-35 Fighter Program Is Becoming A Smashing Success

    Forbes // July 13, 2015
    The F-35 is shaping up to be the greatest combat aircraft in history. That isn’t my characterization, it’s what Senator John McCain — no friend of the military-industrial complex – said when the plane began operations at the Marine Corps air station in Yuma, Arizona three years ago. Here are ten signs that McCain was rig