Tag Archives: F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

F-35B Upgrades Near Completion Aboard Japanese Warship Kaga

F-35B Upgrades Near Completion Aboard Japanese Warship Kaga

JS Kaga with its deck modifications. Picture by shipspotter @betafujihara via Naval News

Modification work turning Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Kaga into an F-35B aircraft carrier are nearing completion at a dock in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, located in the western part of Japan’s Honshu Island. Read More

UPDATED: Warships from U.S., Japan, South Korea Ballistic Missile Defense Drills After North Korean Missile Shots

UPDATED: Warships from U.S., Japan, South Korea Ballistic Missile Defense Drills After North Korean Missile Shots

Republic of Korea Navy guided-missile destroyer ROKS Sejong the Great (DDG 991) and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force guided-missile destroyer JS Chokai (DDG 176) on Oct 6, 2022 . US Navy Photo

The following post was updated with comments from a Pentagon spokesperson.

Five warships from the U.S., Japan and South Korea held a ballistic missile defense exercise in the Sea of Japan as part of the ongoing military response to this week’s North Korean intermediate-range ballistic missile test over the Japanese home islands, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said on Thursday. Read More

Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Headed Back to Korean Peninsula After North Korean Missile Launch

Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Headed Back to Korean Peninsula After North Korean Missile Launch

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), USS Benfold (DDG 65), Republic of Korea (ROK) ROKS Munmu the Great (DDH 976), and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force JS Asahi (DD-119), steam in formation in waters east of the Korean Peninsula, Sept. 30. US Navy Photo

The Reagan Carrier Strike Group is now in the Sea of Japan following the launch of a North Korean ballistic missile earlier this week, a U.S. defense official confirmed to USNI News on Wednesday. Read More

U.S. Marine F-35Bs, Japanese Fighters Fly Show of Force Mission Following North Korean Missile Test

U.S. Marine F-35Bs, Japanese Fighters Fly Show of Force Mission Following North Korean Missile Test

Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II fighters conducted a bilateral exercise with Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15 and F-2 fighters over the Sea of Japan. US INDO-PACOM Photo

Eleven U.S. and Japanese fighters flew a show of force mission over the Sea of Japan following a North Korean missile test over the Japanese home islands, a Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday. Read More

USS Tripoli Arrives in Singapore as Chinese Warships Continue to Operate Near Japan

USS Tripoli Arrives in Singapore as Chinese Warships Continue to Operate Near Japan

Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) board an MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 (Reinforced) operating from amphibious assault carrier USS Tripoli (LHA-7) on Aug. 12, 2022. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA-7) is now docked in Singapore for a port call, having arrived at Changi Naval Base on Wednesday following an underway in the South China Sea. Read More

Semper Wi-Fi: New Marine Aviation Plan Pushes Digital Connections Between Far-flung Forces

Semper Wi-Fi: New Marine Aviation Plan Pushes Digital Connections Between Far-flung Forces

U.S. Marine Corps F-35B aircraft mechanic Lance Cpl. William Wiggins assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, currently attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), monitors an F-35B aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6), in the Philippine Sea on Aug. 18, 2021. US Marine Corps Photo

THE PENTAGON — Key to Marines’ latest aviation plan is using the service’s aircraft to keep small units spread across small islands in the Western Pacific connected through a digital interoperability as it continues its modernization efforts for a lighter, more mobile force. Read More

Marines Load Record 16 F-35Bs Aboard USS Tripoli Test of ‘Lightning Carrier’ Concept

Marines Load Record 16 F-35Bs Aboard USS Tripoli Test of ‘Lightning Carrier’ Concept

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft attached to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA 211) launches off from the flight deck aboard amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA-7) on April 2, 2022. US Navy Photo

ABOARD THE AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP USS TRIPOLI — The Marines broke a record on Sunday when they loaded the most 16 F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters ever aboard a big-deck amphibious warship. Read More

Navy, Marines Drill with Japanese Forces in Test of New Island-Hopping Concept

Navy, Marines Drill with Japanese Forces in Test of New Island-Hopping Concept

Ships of the America and Essex Amphibious Ready Groups, and Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, sail in formation with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force during exercise Noble Fusion on Feb. 7, 2022. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and Japanese Self-Defense Force teamed up in the Philippine and East China seas to test the ideas behind the Marines’ Force Design 2030 plan. Read More