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The Marines' F-35B going to war in 2018

The Marine Corps' F-35B joint strike fighter jet is expected to make its debut downrange in 2018. Plans call for the Marine variant of the fighter jet to deploy aboard the amphibious assault ship Essex during a spring 2018 tour to the U.S. Central Command theater of operations, according to a Navy official. The Essex will be the third gator to operate the F-35B after. Marines did F-35B sea trials aboard the Wasp last year. An F-35B squadron is also expected to head to the Pacific aboard the America, the Navy's newest amphib, in 2018. The F-35B is unique in that it can take off and land vertically. It can take apart the most sophisticated air defense systems, including surface-to-air missiles and enemy fighters. For terrorists on the ground, the F-35B offers the promise of a quick and inglorious death. By 2032, the Marine Corps expects to purchase 353 F-35Bs and 67 F-35Cs, ...

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