U.S. Navy modifies LHD flight deck to prepare for F-35B operations
The U.S. Navy's amphibious assault ships will have to undergo flight-deck renovations before the world's most sophisticated fighter, the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, can be welcomed aboard. Five years after the first flight of the F-35B, significant work will need to be done on 50,000-ton ships to accommodate the intense heat of the fighter's exhaust. Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, acknowledges that Wasp-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) ship modifications have ...
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