Naval Air Station Lemoore
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|Naval Air Station Lemoore
|Airport type||Naval Air Station|
|Operator||United States Navy|
|Location||Kings / Fresno counties, near Lemoore, California|
|Commander||Captain David James|
|Elevation AMSL||232 ft / 71 m|
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. Lemoore Station, California, a census-designated place, is located inside the base's borders.
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. NAS Lemoore is the newest and largest Master Jet Base in 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 & 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 over the period 2001-2004. Additional military staffing was required at Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department, Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific, and the 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, who was the first Naval officer in Lemoore.
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.
Functional Air Wings
- Strike Fighter Wing Pacific
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 NAF Atsugi, Japan; assigned to: USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
- Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9), assigned to: USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)
- Carrier Air Wing 11 (CVW-11), assigned to: USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
- Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW-17), assigned to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
Air Wing Equivalent Commands
- Marine Aviation Training Support Group
|F/A-18E/F Super Hornets|
|F-35C Lightning II|