Navy Still Mulling Post-F-35C Aviation Combatant

Navy Still Mulling Post-F-35C Aviation Combatant
U.S. Navy photo by CMCS Shannon E. Renfroe

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Navy is unclear how it will proceed with its next generation of aviation combatants following the introduction of the F-35C Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter into the carrier air wing, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said on Thursday.

After years of churn, the service is in the midst of a wide-ranging evaluation of its fleet design and future capabilities that will shape the service's force structure. The evaluation pays particular attention to unmanned systems, unlike previous efforts. In particular, the Navy doubled down on investment for unmanned surface vehicles as part of the its Fiscal Year 2020 budget submission.

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