All milestones have been met and paperwork has been completed in preparation for the U.S. Marines to be the first among 12 nations' militaries buying the F-35 to declare it operational, according USMC Deputy Commandant for Aviation Jon Davis. What remains is for Marine Corps Commandant Joseph Dunford to give the official nod for initial operational capability, Davis said July 27. The IOC declaration is expected by “the end of July,” said USMC spokesman Maj. Paul Greenberg. ...

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