CNO visits future home of F-35C and surprises officers with medals

Hanford Sentinel // November 17, 2014

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, and his wife, Darleen, toured the U.S. Navy’s future homebase for the F-35C Lightning II aircraft to see first-hand where the Pacific Fleet’s strike fighter force will continue to thrive as a premier Naval Aviation asset.

On Oct. 2, the U.S. Navy announced Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore as the west coast homebase for 100 F-35C Lightning II strike fighter aircraft that will replace 70 aging FA-18 Hornet aircraft by 2028.

“This is one of the sites where the Joint Strike Fighter will be homebased, and it’s coming here first. The Sailors at Naval Air Station Lemoore will be the ones to most effectively integrate this aircraft into the air wing. We will get this right,” Greenert said, as he addressed more than 1,000 Sailors and Marines from NAS Lemoore and its tenant commands during an all-hands call.

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U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor.