Chief of Naval Operations and Chairwoman Kay Granger Visit Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth Facility

Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John M. Richardson and Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-Texas) visited Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth facility today to tour the F-35 production line and speak to the men and women building the world’s most advanced air system.

Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John M. Richardson speaks to employees and military service members in the F-35 factory at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth facility.

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation air system, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, advanced mission systems, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and cutting-edge sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace various aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, as well as international countries.

The F-35C carrier variant (CV) is the Navy’s first stealth fighter and the world’s only 5th Generation, long-range stealth strike fighter designed and built explicitly for aircraft carrier operations. The U.S. Navy is targeting F-35 Initial Operating Capability (IOC) in 2018.

Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John M. Richardson and Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-Texas) on the F-35 production line at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth facility.

Since opening 75 years ago, Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth facility has produced and delivered more than 7,000 military aircraft, including F-16 and F-35, to partners all over the world. About 14,000 men and women are employed at the facility today.

Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John M. Richardson, signs an F-35 bulkhead on the production line at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth facility.

 

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