Sunday, March 29, 2020

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Marine Corps to Double UAS Squadrons, Reduce Rotary Squadrons by 2030

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Marine Corps is planning to change its aviation community significantly as part of a long-range effort to align its force structure more with the National Defense Strategy, including doubling the number of unmanned aerial system (UAS) squadrons and…

First Marine Corps F-35C Squadron One Step Closer to Deployment

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Marine Corps’ first squadron to operate the F-35C Lightning II strike fighter has achieved certification as “safe for flight,” a major milestone toward eventual combat readiness and deployment.  Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 (VMFA-314), based at Marine Corps Air Station…

USS Gerald R. Ford Completes Flight Deck, Air Traffic Control Certifications

ATLANTIC OCEAN — “Man all flight quarters stations!” These words were heard across every space on the USS Gerald R. Ford as the carrier prepared to launch and recover aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) to complete flight deck certification (FDC) and carrier air traffic control center (CATCC) certification on March 20.  Conducting flight operations is the key role…