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
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 »
11-19-2013 - Navy's decision on Lemoore Joint Strike Fighter base delayed - Due to the recent government shutdown, the Navy has delayed until the spring the decision on where... more »
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 - Deadline for Joint Strike Fighter homebasing public comment extended - The Navy has extended the public comment period for the Joint Strike Fighter environmental documen... more »