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F-35B Fighter Jet Prepares for First Sea Deployment

F-35B Fighter Jet Prepares for First Sea Deployment
(Cpl. Anne K. Henry/U.S. Marine Corps)

By    |   Tuesday, 16 January 2018 01:15 PM

The Marine Corps' new F-35B Lightning II, a short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft carrying the latest technology, is slated to soon begin its first deployment at sea.

Defense News reported that the Navy amphibious assault ship Wasp arrived in Sasebo, Japan after a long journey from Norfolk, Virginia that included stopovers in the Caribbean Sea to help with hurricane relief efforts. The ship replaces the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard as part of Task Force 76, which falls under the larger 7th Fleet.

"The arrival of USS Wasp represents an increase in military capability and a commitment to our partners and allies for security and stability in the region," said Capt. Colby Howard, the commanding officer of the Wasp, according to Defense News. "Paired with the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, we remain ready to execute the full range of military operations from crisis response to disaster relief."

There are currently 16 F-35B aircraft in Iwakuni, Japan. Those fighter jets, which comprise the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, will ship out on the Wasp later this year for a scheduled patrol.

The F-35 program has been plagued by cost overruns, and it was reported in the fall that the Pentagon was considering not upgrading nearly 200 of the jets to bring them up to combat-ready status.

The Pentagon also is working with Lockheed Martin and its partners to shave money off the cost of the jets because of their price tag of $100 million or more each.

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The Marine Corps' new F-35B Lightning II, a short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft carrying the latest technology, is slated to soon begin its first deployment at sea.
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