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Stealth fighters @ sea
« on: March 25, 2018, 11:09:04 AM »
U.S. showcases stealth fighter training on amphibious carrier
Reuters Staff

(This March 23 story corrects paragraph 4 quote to change word ‘lead’ to ‘leap’)

ABOARD USS WASP, Philippine Sea (Reuters) - The U.S. military on Friday launched vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) F-35Bs from the deck of the USS Wasp amphibious carrier in the waters around Okinawa in its first show of stealth aircraft force at sea.

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“This is a historic deployment. For the first time we take a marine stealth fighter F-35B. We pair it with a navy amphibious ship,” Rear Admiral Brad Cooper, commander of the U.S. Navy’s Expeditionary Strike Group 7, told reporters.

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During the training, an F-35B fighter took off after running just 100 meters (109 yards) or so on the deck, and when it came back with its jet engine roaring, the aircraft hovered over the ship once, and then began its slow, vertical descent.

It is capable of a vertical, as well as short takeoff.

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While the U.S. Air Force version of the F-35 is already flying from bases in Japan, the addition of the F-35B to replace aging Harrier jump jets marks a significant upgrade to U.S. marine force capability around the East China Sea, where China is also bolstering its military.

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“Using its stealth capabilities the F-35 could fly deep into North Korea or China to target mobile air defense batteries or ballistic missile launchers,” said Bonji Ohara, senior fellow at Sasakawa Peace Foundation, a think-tank. Ohara also is a former MSDF captain.

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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2018, 12:53:37 AM »
USS Wasp to Become First Ship to Deploy with an Embarked F-35B Squadron | Navy Recognition - 05 September 2017

Pacific Ocean (Aug. 19, 2017) An F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter assigned to the "Avengers" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 awaits take off aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is underway conducting sea trials and flight deck certifications off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Irwin Sampaga/Released)


US Navy completes carrier qualification for F-35C | Janes - 28 March 2018
Aircraft and pilots from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 ‘Rough Raiders’ and VFA 101 ‘Grim Reapers’ performed 140 day and night deck landings aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in mid-March.

According to the navy, with the GPS-based Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) or Delta Flight Path (DFP) now proven and CQ having been achieved, operational testing of the F-35C will begin later this year.

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The USN is set to receive 273 CV F-35Cs over the life of the programme. To date, VFA 101 and VFA 125 have been stood up as the East and West Coast Fleet Replacement Squadrons respectively. The first operational fleet unit, VFA 147 ‘Argonauts’, is to transition from the Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet in the near future.

An F-35C assigned to VFA 125 ‘Rough Raiders’ performs a ‘touch and go’ during carrier qualification trials aboard USS . Source: US Navy
USS Abraham Lincoln CVN 72 Completes Fleet Carrier Qualifications for F-35C Program | Navy Recognition - 23 March 2018

Atlantic Ocean (March 17, 2018) An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 101 performs an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Wilbur/Released)

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