FRC East Completes First F-35C Modification
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East achieved another accomplishment for its support of the F-35 Lightning II program May 17, 2018, the center announced in a May 18 release.
FRC East has now received, modified and delivered its first U. S. Navy F-35C Lightning II. The aircraft arrived at FRC East in November 2017 from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and over the past seven months underwent required structural modifications and other upgrades. The aircraft returned to U. S. Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadron 101 located at Eglin.
The F-35C carrier variant is the world’s only fifth-generation, long-range stealth strike fighter designed and built explicitly for carrier operations.
FRC East is the lead site for depot-level maintenance on the F-35B (short takeoff-vertical landing), but also performs work on F-35A (conventional takeoff and landing) and F-35C (carrier) variants. The depot has a workforce of more than 3,900 civilian, military personnel and contractors, making it the states’ largest industrial employer in eastern North Carolina.