Naval Air Station Lemoore Prepares to Welcome F-35Cs
LEMOORE, Calif. — Four F-35C Lightning II aircraft are scheduled to arrive at Naval Air Station Lemoore Jan. 25, the Navy announced in a Jan. 17 release. These four aircraft will join the recently reactivated Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125, the “Rough Raiders.”
The “Rough Raiders” of VFA-125, which were reactivated on Jan. 12, will be the Navy’s West Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron for the F-35C Lightning II, responsible for training the next generation of naval aviators on the aircraft.
Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Naval Air Forces, Rear Adm. Roy Kelly, director of the Navy F-35 Fleet Integration Office, and Jeff Babione, executive vice president and general manager of the F-35 program for Lockheed Martin, will speak at the aircraft arrival ceremony. After the ceremony, pilots and maintainers from VFA-125 will be available to answer questions.