The Imperial Valley supports the Naval Air Facility, El Centro as the base for the Navy's Joint Strike Fighter - F35 Aircraft.
Located about six miles west of El Centro, California, NAF El Centro is the best location for homebasing of the Navy's seven F-35C active-duty squadrons and one training squadron. Our full website is coming soon. For now please see just a few of the reasons the Imperial Valley is the ideal location.
The Imperial Valley’s vast unobstructed desert terrain, unique climate, limited non-military air traffic, and its own dedicated gunnery and bombing ranges make NAF El Centro an ideal environment for aerial combat maneuvering, air-to-air gunnery, bombing practice and electronic warfare training.
Homebasing seven F-35C active-duty squadrons and one training squadron at NAF-El Centro would provide the Navy with efficiencies not available anywhere else on the West Coast.
News & Events
02-14-2014 - Another View Joint Strike Fighter belongs at NAF El Centro - By Rep. JUAN VARGAS Growing up in San Diego County, I saw firsthand the daily contribution... more »
01-03-2014 - IVP Our ViewFinal push for squadron to find home at NAF El Centro - Imperial County supporters of homebasing the Joint Strike Fighter Squadron F-35C at Naval Air Faci... more »
01-01-2014 - Imperial County representatives make final lobbying effort for Joint Strike Fighter - A group of representatives from the Imperial County is going to Washington, D.C., one more time to... more »
11-21-2013 - Navy's decision on home basing Joint Strike Fighter squadron delayed - The Navy has delayed the decision to choose a location for the Joint Strike Fighter Squadron F-35C... more »