With an eye toward the Asia-Pacific region, operators are finding that Lockheed Martin’s F-35 “Lightning II” is fundamentally changing the way the U.S. Marine Corps thinks about operating from the sea base. As Marine Corps Attack Sqdn. (VMFA) 121 prepares to fly to Iwakuni, Japan, in January, marking the Joint Strike Fighter’s (JSF) first-ever overseas operational deployment, sailors and Marines onboard the USS America are putting the F-35B through its paces. The ...


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