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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 11:15 a.m. PST

… Embarked F-35B Squadron.

"You've probably heard that F-35B Lightening II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft will someday be coming to an amphibious ship near you, but did you know that some ships have already made the improvements to accept F-35's? In August USS Essex (LHD 2) welcomed the F-35B on board during sea trials and flight deck certifications off the coast of Southern California.

While USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) wished fair winds and following… tailwinds to the last AV-8B Harrier from the "Tomcats" of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311, as VMA-311 concluded their last tour with the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHR ESG) and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Strike Group as the ESG transitions to F-35B.

And earlier this week USS Wasp (LHD 1) departed Naval Station Norfolk for Sasebo, Japan, where it will assume the duties of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and become the forward-deployed flagship of U.S. 7th Fleets amphibious force. Wasp will later become the first ship to do a regular deployment with an embarked F-35B squadron…."


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