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>HMS Queen Elizabeth FOFT September 2018
Cheers! The F-35B completed its first take-offs and landings aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth last week. UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson called it "a monumental moment in our country's proud military history" and "it is also a statement of Britain's determination to promote peace and prevent war." The return of 'Carrier Strike' to the UK comes eight years after a fighter jet last landed on a British carrier. F-35B at-sea testing will consist of hundreds of short take-offs and touch-downs that will occur the next few months.