Marine Corps F-35C squadron attains safe-for-flight operations certification

By Mallory Shelbourne / March 23, 2020 at 4:16 PM

The Marine Corps' first F-35C Joint Strike Fighter squadron has achieved its safe-for-flight operations certification, the service announced today.

According to a press release, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314, which is based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, achieved the certification on March 20.

"Today's achievement marks a significant milestone and the beginning of a new chapter in our storied legacy," VMFA-314 commanding officer Lt. Col. Cedar Hinton said in the release.

"The F-35C advances our capability well into the next generation of fighter-attack aircraft and will keep our squadron, and our service, relevant for decades to come," he added.

The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, which Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 is part of, received its first F-35C in January 2020.

"The [safe-for-flight operations certification] process ensures the squadron is manned with qualified personnel to implement maintenance and safety programs in support of fleet operations," the press release reads. "All transitioning squadrons are required to complete this certification prior to independently conducting flight operations."