09 Jan '18, 6pm

USS Wasp Enters Pacific Ahead of Historic Deployment With F-35B

USS Wasp Enters Pacific Ahead of Historic Deployment With F-35B

The Marines ' 5th-generation "jump jet" fighter is about to be deployed aboard a ship for the very first time, marking the culmination of years of testing and development. The amphibious assault ship Wasp , one of a handful of amphibs specifically deck-hardened and retrofitted to carry the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter , entered the U.S. 7th Fleet on Saturday, according to an announcement from Navy officials. There, the ship will eventually be loaded with aircraft from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, which moved forward to Japan a year ago to prepare for the deployment. The Wasp departed for Sasebo , Japan, on Aug. 30 from its homeport of Norfolk , Virginia, but was diverted to the Caribbean on Sept. 4 to participate in hurricane-relief efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Maria. According to the Navy announcement, aircraft attached to the ship flew a total of 1...

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