Naval Air Station Lemoore
|Naval Air Station Lemoore|
|Near Lemoore, California in the United States|
|Type||Naval Air Station (Master jet base)|
|Owner||Department of Defense|
|Controlled by||Navy Region Southwest|
|In use||1961 – present|
|Captain Douglas M. Peterson|
|Garrison||Strike Fighter Wing Pacific|
|Identifiers||IATA: NLC, ICAO: KNLC, FAA LID: NLC, WMO: 747020|
|Elevation||65.2 metres (214 ft) AMSL|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Naval Air Station Lemoore or NAS Lemoore (IATA: NLC, ICAO: KNLC, FAA LID: NLC) is a United States Navy base, located in Kings County and Fresno County, California, United States. Lemoore Station, a census-designated place, is located inside the base's borders.
NAS Lemoore also hosts five carrier air wings: Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2), Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5), Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9), Carrier Air Wing Eleven (CVW-11), and Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17).
Commissioned in 1961, NAS Lemoore, as seen from an aircraft flying above, looks significant and stands out from the farmlands of Central California, due to its large construction. It is the newest and largest master jet base of the U.S. Navy. It has two offset parallel runways 4,600 feet (1,400 m) apart. Aircraft parking and maintenance hangars are aligned between the 13,500-foot (4,100 m) runways. Separated from the hangars by underpasses beneath taxiways A and C, the remainder of the air operations area is located directly Southeast.
In July 1998, NAS Lemoore was selected as the West Coast site for the Navy's newest strike-fighter aircraft, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. This action brought approximately 92 additional aircraft, 1,850 additional active duty personnel and 3,000 family members to NAS Lemoore, and several associated facility additions or improvements.
The Navy also brought four new fleet squadrons to Naval Air Station Lemoore from 2001 to 2004. Additional military staffing was required at the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department, Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific, and Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Lemoore (CNATTU Lemoore) to support this effort. Originally, the officer in charge of construction for building the base was Commander Dennis K. Culp CEC/USN, the first Naval officer in Lemoore.
On 31 March 2016, two civilians were killed when the Jeep Grand Cherokee they were driving in collided with a parked F-18 jet. They were being pursued by the California Highway Patrol and managed to enter the base without hindrance by base security. A CHP helicopter was monitoring the chase from above and captured the event in a FLIR video; the base tower staff can be heard asking if the vehicle was already in the base. A CHP dispatcher can be heard confirming so and that CHP were unable to contact base security for assistance.
With the transfer of NAS Miramar to the United States Marine Corps, NAS Lemoore now hosts the Navy's entire west coast fighter/attack capability. NAS Lemoore was built "from the ground up" as a Master Jet Base, and has several operational advantages, and relatively few constraints, as a result.
Strike Fighter Wing Pacific with its supporting facilities is home ported here. The primary aircraft based at NAS Lemoore is the F/A-18 Hornet Strike Fighter. In November, 1999, NAS Lemoore received its first F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets, which replaced the F-14 Tomcat in fleet service as an air-superiority fighter and has assumed, in a different configuration, the role of older F/A-18 Strike Fighters. Currently, there are a total of 175 Hornets and Super Hornets home-based at NAS Lemoore operating from one Fleet Replacement [training] Squadron and sixteen Fleet [operational] Squadrons. In 2017, the F-35 Lightning II was received onboard NAS Lemoore, establishing the first F-35 Pacific training squadron.
Lemoore is home to aircraft assigned to the following Carrier Air Wings.
- Carrier Air Wing 2 (CVW-2), assigned to USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
- Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5), forward deployed to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan; assigned to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
- Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9), assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
- Carrier Air Wing 11 (CVW-11), assigned to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
- Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW-17), assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
Based flying units
Flying units based at NAS Lemoore.
- Air Operations Department – MH-60S Seahawk
- Joint Strike Fighter Wing
- Strike Fighter Wing Pacific
- Strike Fighter Squadron 2 (VFA-2) – F/A-18F Super Hornet
- Strike Fighter Squadron 14 (VFA-14) – F/A-18E Super Hornet
- Strike Fighter Squadron 22 (VFA-22) – F/A-18F Super Hornet
- Strike Fighter Squadron 25 (VFA-25) – F/A-18E Super Hornet
- Strike Fighter Squadron 41 (VFA-41) – F/A-18F Super Hornet
- Strike Fighter Squadron 86 (VFA-86) – F/A-18E Super Hornet
- Strike Fighter Squadron 94 (VFA-94) – F/A-18F Super Hornet
- Strike Fighter Squadron 97 (VFA-97) – F/A-18E Super Hornet
- Strike Fighter Squadron 113 (VFA-113) – F/A-18E Super Hornet
- Strike Fighter Squadron 122 (VFA-122) – F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
- Strike Fighter Squadron 136 (VFA-136) – F/A-18E Super Hornet
- Strike Fighter Squadron 137 (VFA-137) – F/A-18E Super Hornet
- Strike Fighter Squadron 146 (VFA-146) – F/A-18E Super Hornet
- Strike Fighter Squadron 151 (VFA-151) – F/A-18E Super Hornet
- Strike Fighter Squadron 154 (VFA-154) – F/A-18F Super Hornet
- Strike Fighter Squadron 192 (VFA-192) – F/A-18E Super Hornet
- Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific (SFWSP) – T-43C Turbo Mentor
Other tenant activities
- Fleet Logistics Center San Diego, Det Lemoore
- Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group, Pacific Fleet
- Naval Air Technical Services Facility Detachment
- Naval Aviation Engineering Service Unit
- Naval Air Maintenance Training Group
- Naval Hospital
- Naval Branch Dental Clinic
- Naval Training Systems Center
- Trainer Systems Support Activity
- Navy Operational Support Center (formerly Naval Air Reserve Center)
- Fleet Readiness Center West
- Naval Criminal Investigative Service NCISRA
- Naval Legal Service Office, Southwest Branch Office
- Aviation Survival Training Center
- NATEC, Naval Air Technical Data and Engineering Service Command
- NAFC, Naval Aviation Forecast Component
- Akers Elementary School (Preschool-8th)
- Neutra Elementary School (K-5)
- Military College
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- http://www.cnic.navy.mil/Lemoore/index.htm (official site)
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