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USMC ... avanti gli F-35C ...

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The Marine Corps is accelerating its F-35C carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter procurement and slowing its F-35B vertical landing variant to support Navy deployment requirements, the Marines’ top aviator told lawmakers today.
In its Fiscal Year 2020 budget request the Marines asked for 10 fewer F-35Bs; in the budget’s projection for outyears, the service dropped its planned F-35B buys by five F-35Bs in 2021 and three in FY 2022. 
For the F-35C, though, the service increased its request by nine planes in the five-year Future Years Defense Program.
Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder, deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for aviation, told the House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee that those changes were meant to support upcoming deployments.

L'articolo prosegue qui: news.usni.org .... Marines Accelerating F-35C Procurement to Support Carrier Deployments; F-35B Buys Would Slow ...

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The Aviationist pubblica, in modo circostanziato, una notizia ... https://theaviationist.com/2019/06/05/this-is-the-first-f-35c-carrier-variant-joint-strike-fighter-for-the-u-s-marine-corps/ ...

RID, a quanto pare, la riprende dopo alcuni giorni ... http://www.portaledifesa.it/index~phppag,3_id,3086.html ... ma, dalla sua lettura,  si ricava l'impressione che i Marines abbiano appena ricevuto il loro primo F-35C ... cosa in realtà avvenuta più di quattro anni fa ... https://news.usni.org/2015/01/28/marines-receive-first-f-35c ...

 

 

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F-35C ... i Marines fanno progressi ...

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On January 21, the first Lockheed Martin F-35C joined the Third Marine Air Wing at MCAS Miramar, California. 
The aircraft is assigned to VMFA-314 “Black Knights,” the first Marine squadron to operate the carrier-capable version. 
The Corps is acquiring a total of 80 F-35Cs, which will equip four operational squadrons, each with 10 aircraft. 
Others will be used for training and as a reserve.
The “Black Knights” - with a long and distinguished operational career - are no strangers to introducing new types, having been the first Marine unit to fly the F-4 Phantom in 1962, and in 1983 became the first unit in any service to adopt the F/A-18A Hornet. 
Having flown its last Hornet missions in June 2019, the squadron has been training on the F-35C throughout the latter half of the year with the joint Navy/Marines Fleet Replenishment Squadron (VFA-125 “Rough Raiders”) at NAS Lemoore, California, from where the aircraft was flown into Miramar. 
A number of Marine F-35Cs have already been delivered to VFA-125 and the training unit (VFA-101 “Grim Reapers”) at Eglin AFB, Florida, to aid the conversion process.

... ainonline.com ... Marines Start Building Frontline F-35C Force ...

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Perché ...

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The US Marine Corps (USMC) believes it needs to be leaner and meaner to defeat China in a hypothetical war in the Pacific Ocean.
Over the next 10 years, the service plans to drastically downsize its force, cutting 12,000 personnel and reducing its number of aircraft, including a significant number of its bespoke Lockheed Martin F-35B stealth fighters, Bell Boeing MV-22 tiltrotors and Sikorsky CH-53 heavy lift helicopters.

... flightglobal.com ... Why the US Marine Corps plans big downsizing, including some F-35s, MV-22s and all tanks ...

... news.usni.org ... New Marine Corps Cuts Will Slash All Tanks, Many Heavy Weapons As Focus Shifts to Lighter, Littoral Forces ...

Intanto ... marines.mil ... First Marine F-35C Squadron Attains Next Aviation Milestone ...

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Da "Semper Fidelis" a ... "Semper Paratus" ...

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The U.S. Marine Corps prides itself in its reputation as the “First to Fight” in any clime and place. 
While 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is a significant part of America’s force in readiness, it does not fly or fight alone. 
In an effort to ensure fellow pilots are trained and equipped with the latest in 5th Generation stealth technology, 3rd MAW’s Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122 and VMFA-211 recently delivered eight F-35B Lightning IIs to 1st MAW’s VMFA-121 in Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.
VMFA-121 permanently relocated from MCAS Yuma, Arizona, to MCAS Iwakuni in 2017 after becoming the Corps’ first operational F-35B squadron in 2012. 
As a forward-deployed squadron in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command area of operations, it is imperative that the “Green Knights” have access to the most modern aviation weapon systems available.

... marines.mil/News ... SHARPENING THE “FIRST TO FIGHT” FORCE: 3RD MAW DELIVERS PRISTINE, COMBAT-READY F-35BS TO 1ST MAW ...

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Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) ... dopo il 'prima' ... viene sempre il 'poi' ... 😷

Prima ... minister.defence.gov.au ... https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/lreynolds/media-releases/marine-rotational-force-darwin-deployment-paused-due-covid-19 ...

Poi 1 ... RID ... https://www.portaledifesa.it/index~phppag,3_id,3579.html ...

Poi 2 ... dvidshub.net ... https://www.dvidshub.net/news/369386/marine-rotational-force-darwin-deployment-resume ...

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