Considering that the USN might be a prime customer, you would think that one should mention that the missile has been fit-checked on the Super Hornet.
Multiple refuelings does not explain why it took 7 days for the transit.
The Navy testified that they would rather repair existing aircraft and procure more Super Hornets, rather than ramping up F-35Cs purchases at this time, noting that infrastructure nor ship...
"It took seven days for 10 U.S. Marine Corps F-35Bs to fly from Yuma to their new home at Iwakuni, Japan, a flight that on a commercial airliner normally takes less than 24 hr. "
Yup - McAir basically redesigned the original Harrier when the Brits dropped out of the project.