Stackley: Marines Set to Standup New F-35B Squadron in June

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    Stackley: Marines Set to Standup New F-35B Squadron in June

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    By: John Grady
    March 23, 2016 5:45 PM


    The Navy’s top acquisition official told a key congressional panel Wednesday that “Marines absolutely love this aircraft” and expect to be fielding a new squadron of F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters in June.

    Testifying before the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, Sean Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, said the aircraft “was designed and built for the future, for high-end threat.”

    As to the Marine squadron, it wasn’t immediately clear if Stackley was including the existing, non-deployable F-35B training squadron in his tally of three squadrons. The Marines said late last year they planned to field their third operational squadron sometime in 2018.


    The rest of the article is here: http://news.usni.org/2016/03/23/stackley-marines-set-to-standup-new-f-35b-squadron-in-june
     
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