Local leaders want Navy to place F-35 fighter jets at Naval Air Station Oceana

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Local leaders are making a push to ensure the Navy locates F-35C Lightning Joint Strike Fighters at the East Coast Master Jet Base, Naval Air Station Oceana.

Manufacturer Lockheed Martin describes the F-35 as “the most lethal, survivable and connected fighter jet in the world.”

Unfortunately for Oceana, Joint Strike Fighter Wing in Lemoore, California, currently oversees all Navy F-35Cs. None are based at Oceana yet.

The Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force plan to buy about 2,500 F-35s total by the mid-2040s with a projected planned life into the 2080s.

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