Department of the Navy Declares F-35C Initial Operational Capability

February 28, 2019

The Department of the Navy Declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) with its fleet of F-35Cs on February 28, 2019. The milestone demonstrates the maturity and capability of the F-35C and is a significant step on the road to the first scheduled F-35C deployment in 2021.

The Navy joins the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force now as the third and final U.S. service to declare its F-35s mission ready and combat capable. Six F-35 operators are now IOC, to include the USMC, USAF, U.S. Navy, Israeli Air Force, Italian Air Force and the United Kingdom.

Read the full Department of Navy news release, here

Take a look at the critical milestone leading up to F-35C IOC

Go Inside the Cockpit with an F-35 Test Pilot

Tony “Brick” Wilson was the first Naval aviator to land an F-35C aboard an aircraft carrier. Now as a Lockheed Martin F-35 test pilot, hear from him about what this milestones means to him and the F-35 program.

Congratulations to the Navy!

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 factory is full of retired Navy veterans helping build the F-35C. Watch a short video from our Veterans congratulating the Navy on this historic achievement.