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The new seal for the Navy’s next aircraft carrier contains a hint about big changes coming to naval aviation

This month, the US Navy unveiled the official seal for the future aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy, which was officially launched on October 29, three months ahead of schedule.

The Kennedy will be christened in Newport News, Virginia, on December 7, and even though it likely won’t be commissioned into service until 2020, the carrier’s seal reveals what naval aviation will look like aboard the Kennedy in the decades to come.

The seal ? meant to honor Kennedy, his Navy service, and his vision for space exploration ? depicts several aircraft that will operate on the carrier.

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The Navy’s “Operational” F-35C Is Fully Mission Capable Less Than Five Percent Of The Time

Newly available data shows that less than 15 percent of the U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighters and around just two percent of the U.S. Navy’s F-35Cs were fully mission capable at any given time, on average, for more than two years at least.

The details come as the readiness rates for aviation fleets across both services have plummeted in recent years. It is also a clear indication that they will have a difficult time meeting the target of 80 percent mission capability rates for both aircraft by the end of the 2019 Fiscal Year that former Secretary of Defense James Mattis had mandated last year.

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This is what?s going on with the Navy?s F-35C program

The Navy?s F-35C, the carrier variant of the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, has reached Initial Operating Capability, service leaders told Navy Times on Thursday. The good news about the Navy?s stealthy jet program came two months after officials declared the F-35Cs flown by the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron 147 became qualified for carrier landings and launches and had been deemed safe for flight.

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