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High-End Exercise Valiant Shield 2018 Features Joint Strike Fighters, 15,000 Personnel

High-End Exercise Valiant Shield 2018 Features Joint Strike Fighters, 15,000 Personnel

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads a formation of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 ships as U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft and U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets pass overhead for a photo exercise during Valiant Shield 2018 on Sept. 17. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to correct the hull number of the former USS St. Louis. It’s LKA-116, not LKA-117.

The high-end biennial Valiant Shield exercise kicked off in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands on Sunday, with some of the Navy’s and Marine Corps’ most advanced platforms participating in the weeklong event. Read More

Marines Prepared to Use F-35Bs in Middle East Combat If Needed; No Other Naval Aviation Nearby

Marines Prepared to Use F-35Bs in Middle East Combat If Needed; No Other Naval Aviation Nearby

F-35B Lightning II, attached to the “Avengers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, sit on the flight deck of Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) on Sept. 4, 2018, while transiting the Indian Ocean with San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) during a regularly scheduled deployment of Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). The Essex ARG and 13th MEU is the first U.S. Navy/Marine Corps team to deploy to U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations with the F-35B Lightning II. US Navy photo.

The Marine Corps’ F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters are the only ship-based fixed-wing aircraft in the Middle East right now, and service leaders say the new jets are ready to handle any fight in Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan they may be tasked with. Read More

Essex Amphibious Ready Group Quietly Deployed on Tuesday with Marine F-35s

Essex Amphibious Ready Group Quietly Deployed on Tuesday with Marine F-35s

USS Essex departing Naval Station San Diego, Calif. on July 10, 2018. Photo via Facebook

This post has been updated to include a statement from U.S. Pacific Fleet.

THE PENTAGON — The three-ship Essex Amphibious Ready Group and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit left San Diego, Calif., on Tuesday with little fanfare for an expected Western Pacific and Middle East deployment, a defense official confirmed to USNI News on Thursday. Read More

USS Bonhomme Richard Returns To U.S. After 6 Years in Forward Deployed Naval Forces Japan

USS Bonhomme Richard Returns To U.S. After 6 Years in Forward Deployed Naval Forces Japan

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departs Fleet Activities Sasebo on April 18, 2018. Bonhomme Richard has been the flagship of the Amphibious Force 7th Fleet since April 2012 and will now transit to its new homeport in San Diego for follow-on operations and eventual upgrades to become F-35B Lightning II capable. US Navy photo.

After six years serving as the forward-deployed flagship of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) is heading back to the U.S. and its new homeport of San Diego.

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USS Wasp Expected to Join Foal Eagle Exercise

USS Wasp Expected to Join Foal Eagle Exercise

An MH-60S Knighthawk attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25) approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on March 20, 2018. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) is expected to participate in the annual Foal Eagle joint exercise with the Republic of Korea early next month.

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Commandant Neller Sees F-35B as Key to Marine Corps' Future at Sea

Commandant Neller Sees F-35B as Key to Marine Corps’ Future at Sea

Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) John Jacob directs an F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on March 5, 2018. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. – The head of the Marine Corps said introducing the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to American’s amphibious forces is key to the service’s future fights from the sea. Read More

VIDEO: Marine F-35Bs Arrive on USS Wasp for First Pacific JSF Deployment

VIDEO: Marine F-35Bs Arrive on USS Wasp for First Pacific JSF Deployment

Marines assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) look on as an F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 prepares to touch down on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1). US Navy Photo

The Marines have sent their first operational squadron of F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters to sea for the aircraft’s first deployment on Monday, the service announced. Read More