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Marine Corps dedicates inaugural F-35 simulator at Air Station Miramar

A U.S. Marine stands in front of the new F-35 flight simulator on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., on Jan. 21. Photo by Levi Voss/U.S. Marine Corps
A U.S. Marine stands in front of the new F-35 flight simulator on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., on Jan. 21. Photo by Levi Voss/U.S. Marine Corps

Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The Marine Corps' 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing dedicated its inaugural F-35 simulator building aboard Air Station Miramar in California last week.

According to the Marine Corps, the simulator will allow aviators to train and redhearse alongside the Navy and other Marine Corps allies from around the world.

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"This building coming together will train pilots to bring violence to the people that desperately need it," Maj. Gen. Christopher Mahoney, 3rd MAW Commanding General, said in a press release.

"That's what this represents, another step that forces our competitors and adversaries, whether they're Chinese or anybody else, to think twice."

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Flight simulators allow squadrons to conduct operations with a variety of aviation platforms in multiple environments, but from a centralized location.

"Distributed mission training will have the ability to integrate with other Navy and Marine Corps assets that are off site," said Jennifer Moore, Training and Operations Manager for Lockheed Martin.

"So we've got the F-35 simulators here on site that we're going to be able to link with air wing operations that Navy counterparts that they're going to be flying with in combat, as well as integrates other Marine Corps units as well, and able to have everybody join on the same simulated environment," Moore said.

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She added that the Air Force has their own distributed mission training network, and that the next steps will be to connect that network and start to let the services work in the same domain.

In December, the Marines announced that Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314, also based at Miramar, had achieved initial operational capability for the F-35C Lightning II. This enables the squadron to deploy the F-35C onto aircraft carriers to support combat operations.

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