Navy Deactivates F-35 Training Squadron as it Concentrates Stealth Fighter Ops

The U.S. Navy has deactivated its stealth fighter squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The service announced last week that F-35C Joint Strike Fighters belonging to the “Grim Reapers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 had left Eglin, which had served as a Lightning II training hub since 2012, according to a news release. The Navy in December said plans were in the works to move its F-35C operations to Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, concentrating its Joint Strike Fighter operations out west.