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
04-20-2013 - Advocates refine their efforts to house Joint Strike Fighter Squadron in Valley - The Navy has extended the public comments period for the environmental documents for the basing of... more »
04-19-2013 - Deadlien for Joint Strike Fighter homebasing public comment extended - The Navy has extended the public comment period for the Joint Strike Fighter environmental documen... more »
04-02-2013 - Local coalition protest JSF workshop - Imperial Valley United for Joint Strike Fighter has filed a protest over the handling of the El Ce... more »
03-22-2013 - Residents gather for Joint Strike Fighter open house - More than 100 residents including county leaders supportive of home-basing the Navy’s F-35C ... more »