The Navy Is Finally Creating America’s Next Fighter Jet

The U.S. Navy is laying the groundwork to field a new fighter jet sometime in the next decade. The Next Generation Air Dominance fighter, meant to replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, should start flying off America‚Äôs aircraft carriers in the 2030s. But a declining defense budget and short timetable could mean the best candidate is … the F-35.

U.S. Navy aircraft carriers typically embark four squadrons of fighter jets as part of the carrier air wing. Right now, all four squadrons fly the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Over the course of the next decade, the Navy will retire older Super Hornets in favor of the carrier-based variant of the F-35, the F-35C. By the 2030s, a carrier air wing should consist of about two squadrons of upgraded Super Hornets, the Block III, and two squadrons of F-35Cs.


Navy Deactivates F-35 Training Squadron as it Concentrates Stealth Fighter Ops

The U.S. Navy has deactivated its stealth fighter squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The service announced last week that F-35C Joint Strike Fighters belonging to the “Grim Reapers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 had left Eglin, which had served as a Lightning II training hub since 2012, according to a news release. The Navy in December said plans were in the works to move its F-35C operations to Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, concentrating its Joint Strike Fighter operations out west.


F-35C Readiness Rises, Navy Fighter Shortfall Fades

CAPITOL HILL: Naval aviation is on the mend as readiness rises and fleet age falls, officials told Congress today. Not even yesterday?s F-35 crash off the coast of Japan seemed to shake the confidence of acquisition chief James ?Hondo? Geurts. His sanguinity contrasts starkly with bitter public complaints from Air Force leadership on F-35 readiness rates and its automated maintenance system, ALIS.