Friday, January 14, 2011

Photo Release: Marine Corps Commandant Visits F-35 Test Facility

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos, Assistant
Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford and Lt. Col. Fred Schenk and 
Lt. Col. Matt Kelly of the F-35 Integrated Test Force inspecting a F-35B test aircraft on 
December 17, 2010. Earlier that week with reporters, Gen. Amos said, "The programmatic 
health of the STOVL variant of the F-35 is a matter of great national interest. Right now, we
have 11 aircraft carriers and 11 "big deck" amphibious ships - so our nation effectively has
22 carrier-type capital ships to do our nation's bidding. We need to put fifth generation aircraft
on all 22 of those ships if we are to maintain operational flexibility for the National Command
Authority and the Combatant Commander." Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin.

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