America Can Now Fly F-35s off of Assault Ships—Here's Why That's a Big Deal

America Can Now Fly F-35s off of Assault Ships—Here's Why That's a Big DealThis marks the first time the jet has deployed operationally onboard a large deck amphibious assault ship. The U.S. Marine Corps has deployed a detachment of Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighters onboard USS Wasp (LHD-1), marking the first time the jet has deployed operationally onboard a large deck amphibious assault ship. “Pairing F-35B Lightning II’s with the Wasp represents one of the most significant leaps in warfighting capability for the Navy-Marine Corps team in our lifetime,” Rear Adm. Brad Cooper, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7, said.



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