After Marine Fighter
Attack Squadron 121 at MCAS Yuma, Ariz., is fully equipped, the Marine Corps
will replace Marine Attack Squadron 211’s AV-8Bs in 2016, and will replace
VMFA-122’s F/A-18s in 2018.
The Marine Corps’ declaring the F-35 operational
shows the program is “on track,” Pentagon acquisition, technology, and
logistics chief Frank Kendall said in a statement Friday.
The F-35B turned in
“exceptional” performance during a week-long operational readiness inspection
last week, but there’s apparently still a parts issue for the jet.
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