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Challenges Ahead as 13th MEU, Essex ARG Prep for First West Coast F-35 Deployment

Challenges Ahead as 13th MEU, Essex ARG Prep for First West Coast F-35 Deployment

U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Allen Goodyear, the squadron sergeant major for Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, signals for an F-35B Lightning II to take off from the flight deck of the USS Essex (LHD-2) during Exercise Dawn Blitz. US Marine Corps Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The first stateside Marine expeditionary unit to deploy with the F-35B Lightning II wrapped up a unit-level exercise last week as Marine Corps and Navy commanders prepare to train their forces at sea ahead of their first deployment with Joint Strike Fighters. Read More

2 Contractors Arrested for Bomb Hoaxes at San Diego Navy Base Plagued by Threats

2 Contractors Arrested for Bomb Hoaxes at San Diego Navy Base Plagued by Threats

USS Sampson (DDG-102) moored at Naval Station San Diego, Calif. in 2011. US Navy Photo

USS Sampson (DDG-102) moored at Naval Station San Diego, Calif. in 2011. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Two men working for Navy contractors at Naval Base San Diego were arrested and indicted in connection with two separate bomb threats earlier this year among dozens that have forced evacuations of ships and facilities at the busy naval installation and nearby shipyards, federal authorities announced late Thursday. Read More

USS America Air Department Prepares For F-35B Testing This Fall

USS America Air Department Prepares For F-35B Testing This Fall

Sailors and distinguished visitors watch an F-35B Lightning II aircraft conduct vertical takeoff and landing flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) on May 20, 2015. US Navy photo.

Sailors and distinguished visitors watch an F-35B Lightning II aircraft conduct vertical takeoff and landing flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) on May 20, 2015. US Navy photo.

Amphibious assault ship USS America’s (LHA-6) deck crew is gearing up for F-35B Joint Strike Fighter testing this fall, with ship modifications for the new plane complete but crew training still ongoing. Read More