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Navy Declares Initial Operational Capability for F-35C Joint Strike Fighter

March 22, 2019

Navy Declares Initial Operational Capability for F-35C Joint Strike Fighter, good news for FRC East

On February 28, 2019, the Navy declared that its F-35C Joint Strike Fighter was operationally ready to deploy and conduct missions around the world.  “The F-35C is ready for operations, ready for combat and ready to win,” Commander of Naval Air Forces Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller said in a statement today.  “We are adding an incredible weapon system into the arsenal of our Carrier Strike Groups that significantly enhances the capability of the joint force.”  >>>Read More


FRC East to Celebrate 75th Anniversary

October 16, 2018


HAVELOCK, NC (WITN) The largest industrial employer east of I-95 is preparing to celebrate 75 years of successful support for our nation’s military.  The Fleet Readiness Center East opened in 1943 at the Marine Corp Air Station Cherry Point. >>READ MORE


Marine Corps F-35 flies first combat mission in Afghanistan

September 29, 2018


The U.S. Marine Corps F-35B joint strike fighter has successfully conducted its first combat mission over Afghanistan, U.S. officials confirmed to Military Times.  The strikes, carried out by F-35Bs assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, occurred Thursday morning against a fixed target “in support of ground clearance operations,” and were deemed a success by the ground force commander, according to a statement put out by U.S. Naval Forces Central Command on Thursday afternoon. >>Read more

F-35 conducts first combat air strike.  ACT.

F-35B from USS Essex conducts its first combat air strike. (Credit:Lance Cpl. A. J. Van Fredenberg,13th Marine Expeditionary Unit)


Navy Thanks NC for Special Funds and Commits to Support FRC East

August 12, 2018


Undersecretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly wrote to the NC Department of Commerce to express his “personal appreciation and gratitude for North Carolina’s continued outstanding support of our men and women in uniform and their missions in North Carolina.”  Secretary Modly’s letter acknowledged the $3 million grand appropriated by the General Assembly.  An additional $2 million was appropriated for FRC East by the General Assembly for fiscal year 2018-2019.  ACT expects the details on the $2 million to be set out in a forthcoming letter.

Secretary Modly informed FRC East’s Commanding Officer that the “funds will be used to support the proposed F-35B Vertical Lift Fan Processing Center projects” at FRC East.


Lockheed Martin’s F35 participates in Made in America event at White House

July 24, 2018

F-35 on display in front of the White House. Allies for Cherry Point's Tomorrow.

The full-scale F-35 model joined NASA’s Orion spacecraft, also built by Lockheed Martin, as well as other products across several industries.  Lockheed Martin is honored to see the world’s most advanced fighter jet participate in this event.  In conjunction with the event, Lockheed Martin announced that it has hired more than 1,800 new employees to support the F-35 program, meeting a commitment made to President Trump by CEO Marillyn Hewson in January 2017.

The F-35 program is ramping up production and sustainment to meet increasing demand. The F-35 enterprise has significantly increased production volume year-over-year and Lockheed Martin met its 2017 delivery target of 66 aircraft, representing more than a 40 percent increase from 2016.   In 2018, the company is on track to deliver 91 aircraft and is preparing to increase production volume year-over-year to hit a rate of approximately 160 aircraft per year in 2023.  In fact, F-35 unit costs have declined by more than 60 percent since the first production lot. The enterprise is on track to reduce the cost of an F-35A to $80 million by 2020, which is equal to or less than legacy fourth generation aircraft, while providing a transformational leap in capability.

In addition to delivering air dominance, the F-35 delivers tens of thousands of high paying, high quality jobs to American workers across the country, and around the world.  With more than 1,500 suppliers in 46 states and Puerto Rico, the F-35 program supports more than 194,000 direct and indirect jobs in the U.S. alone.  The program generates an economic impact to the U.S. of over $31 billion, and as the F-35 reaches full rate production, there will be an increase in jobs and economic impact.