Time for a 6th Generation Navy fighter, because the F-35 (even its C variant) was never intended to be a replacement for either the F-14 Tomcat or F-18 Hornet.
@Regranned from aspiring United States Naval Aviator @pursuitofmach - This picture says it all. Look at that piece of AMERICAN BADASSERY. That is what an air superiority fighter looks like. Man she demanded respect on the ole mach meter reaching mach 2.34. She even transitioned from analog to digital over her 32 years of service. This aircraft flew over the edge of the envelope.