USAF IOC (Aug 2016)
Production (I & D)
>F-35B In Action During Deployment in 5th Fleet Area of Operations With USS ESSEX and 13th MEU
Essex in action! The Navy-Marine Corps team are supporting the USS Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, a component command of CENTCOM. This is the first time the F-35B has entered the Middle East region. The F-35B represents the future of USMC tactical aviation and is designed to destroy advanced air and ground threats, while improving lethality, survivability, and supportability.