BY SKY M. LARON, DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER YOKOSUKA
Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka personnel assisted the Lockheed Martin F-35 customer engagement team in rolling out their flight simulator Jan. 25-27 on board Yokosuka Naval Base.
“It’s coming to theater and we just wanted to educate everyone on the capabilities,” said Tom Halley, Lockheed Martin F-35 customer engagement team leader and retired U.S. Navy aviator, adding that the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka team was extremely helpful.
“We really appreciate them bending over backwards to accommodate us,” said Halley.
Lockheed Martin, in addition to being the builder of the aircraft, also has the contract to provide training.
The Lockheed Martin team set up their flight simulator in the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka material support warehouse to be able to engage with pilots and flight officers on both Commander Task Force 70 and 7th Fleet staffs and really show them what this aircraft is all about, Halley said.
For the first time in U.S. naval aviation history, radar-evading stealth capability comes to the carrier deck with the F-35C Carrier Variant setting new standards in weapon system integration, lethality, maintainability, combat radius and payload that brings multi-mission power projection capability from the sea, which was why it was so important to bring the simulator to the waterfront where the operators could get a first-hand experience.
“These aircraft are going to make the carrier strike group more lethal when these are on the flight deck,” said Halley. “It’s going to revolutionize how we do business because of its lethality and survivability.”
The NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka team was glad to offer their services to ensure the training event was a success.
“Helping to deliver combat capability through logistics support can come in many different ways, from bullets and beans to warehouse space,” said Lt. Cmdr. Shane Staten, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Regional Services director. “We are here for our customers, whatever they need, whatever it takes.”
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Craig Dalle (center), Lockheed Martin F-35 customer engagement team member and retired U.S. Navy aviator, discusses flight panel instrumentation with Capt. Raymond Bichard (right), Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka commanding officer, during a carrier landing in an F-35C Lighting II simulator Jan. 27 on board Yokosuka Naval Base.