28 Apr '16, 9pm

[email protected]'s #F35s set for 1st ship-based deployment late next year:

The first deployment of the Marines' F-35B aboard ship is set for late 2017. The head of the Pacific Fleet says the jump-jets will be deployed by a powerful expeditionary strike group. (Photo: MCSN Zhiwei Tan/Navy) 549 CONNECT TWEET 52 LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE The Marine Corps' version of the joint strike fighter's maiden deployment is set for late 2017 and its bound for the Western Pacific, the Navy's top officer in the Pacific said Tuesday. The F-35B jump-jet stealth fighter will deploy aboard an amphibious flattop, enhancing its combat might, and the service is planning a more powerful escort force to support it, according to Adm. Scott Swift, head of Pacific Fleet. The F-35B was declared operational in July 2015 and testing continues ahead of next year's debut. PACFLT spokesman Lt. Clint Ramsden confirmed it would be the aircraft's first time to be based aboard a sh...

Full article: http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story/military/2016/04/28...

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