WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement regarding the Marine Corps announcement that the F-35B has reached initial operational capability:

“The Marine Corps announcement that the F-35B is ready to be deployed is a milestone for the defense of our country. With this plane now in their arsenal, Marine fighter pilots will have access to the most up to date equipment. I am confident that with the F-35B, Marine fighter pilots will be able to meet any challenge that they face. Today’s landmark announcement is the culmination of nearly 15 years of hard work by men and women at Lockheed Martin. Congratulations on a job well done.”