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Makin Island ARG Joins Wasp ARG, Eisenhower CSG In U.S. 5th Fleet

Makin Island ARG Joins Wasp ARG, Eisenhower CSG In U.S. 5th Fleet

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) underway in the western Pacific Ocean on Oct. 25, 2016. The Makin Island ARG is comprised of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) and the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25), and is deployed with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. US Navy photo.

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) underway in the western Pacific Ocean on Oct. 25, 2016. The Makin Island ARG is comprised of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) and the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25), and is deployed with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. US Navy photo.

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit passed from U.S. 7th Fleet to U.S. 5th Fleet today, putting all three of the Navy’s deployed battle groups in the Middle East. Read More

PACFLT’s Swift: Amphib USS Wasp Will Deploy With Surface Action Group in 2017

PACFLT’s Swift: Amphib USS Wasp Will Deploy With Surface Action Group in 2017

USS Wasp (LHD-1) departs Souda Bay, Greece, on Nov. 1, 2016. US Navy Photo

USS Wasp (LHD-1) departs Souda Bay, Greece, on Nov. 1, 2016. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — When amphibious warship USS Wasp (LHD-1) deploys the first time from its new homeport in Japan in late 2017, it’ll ship out with some extras: a squadron of Marine F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters, three guided-missile destroyers, a Marine general and a Navy admiral. Read More

Marines Refining F-35B Operations, Maintenance At Sea During Final Developmental Test

Marines Refining F-35B Operations, Maintenance At Sea During Final Developmental Test

Peter "Wizzer" Wilson and Maj. John Dirk arrive aboard USS America for STOVL DT-III, 28 October 2016. US Navy photo.

Peter “Wizzer” Wilson and Maj. John Dirk arrive aboard USS America for STOVL DT-III, 28 October 2016. US Navy photo.

This article is the first in a two-part series on the future of Marine Corps aviation. To read about how MAWTS-1 is discovering how to best integrate the F-35B and other weapons systems for a high-end air fight, please click this link.

ABOARD USS AMERICA, OFF THE COAST OF CALIFORNIA – After years of testing to make sure the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter and its subsystems work as designed, the Marine Corps has a contingent of pilots and maintainers aboard USS America (LHA-6) now to ensure the new plane can operate from the amphibious ship, in a final test period ahead of next year’s first deployment. Read More

USS Wasp to Japan Next Year in Support of Marine F-35B Squadron Next Year; USS Bonhomme Richard to San Diego

USS Wasp to Japan Next Year in Support of Marine F-35B Squadron Next Year; USS Bonhomme Richard to San Diego

Sailors celebrate the U.S. Navy's 241st birthday aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on Oct. 12, 2016. US Navy Photo

Sailors celebrate the U.S. Navy’s 241st birthday aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on Oct. 12, 2016. US Navy Photo

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post had the incorrect unit number for the first Marine Fighter Attack Squadron to field F-35Bs in Japan. It’s Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) “Green Knights,” no VMFA-211.

Next year the Navy will relocate big deck amphib USS Wasp (LHD-1) from Naval Station Norfolk, Va. to a new homeport in Sasebo, Japan, U.S. Fleet Forces announced on Monday. Read More

Amphib, Destroyer Pairing Seen In High-End Exercise, Current 6th Fleet Operations

Amphib, Destroyer Pairing Seen In High-End Exercise, Current 6th Fleet Operations

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilber (DDG 54) steams alongside amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in the Philippine Sea Sept. 15 during a fueling at sea (FAS). US Navy photo.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilber (DDG-54) steams alongside amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) in the Philippine Sea Sept. 15 during a fueling at sea (FAS). US Navy photo.

As the Navy and Marine Corps work through a high-end warfighting exercise in the Pacific, which features a traditional three-ship amphibious ready group (ARG) operating with a guided-missile destroyer as a peek into future operations, a similar ship pairing is performing real-world missions in the Mediterranean today. 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

N95: F-35B Integration, Larger Fleet Size Create Opportunities To Rethink How Fleet Operates

N95: F-35B Integration, Larger Fleet Size Create Opportunities To Rethink How Fleet Operates

America (LHA-6) returns to Ingalls Shipyard Jan. 31, 2014 from acceptance trials. US Navy Photo

America (LHA-6) returns to Ingalls Shipyard Jan. 31, 2014 from acceptance trials. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Navy and Marine Corps amphibious fleet is on the cusp of two major changes – the introduction of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter and the growth of the fleet from 30 to 33 ships – that will change the way the fleet trains and fights, the director of expeditionary warfare told USNI News. Read More

F-35B Begins New 'Operational Readiness Inspection' This Week Before IOC Decision

F-35B Begins New ‘Operational Readiness Inspection’ This Week Before IOC Decision

An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Operational and Test Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 22 prepares to touch down aboard Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9. US Marine Corps photo.

An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Operational and Test Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 22 prepares to touch down aboard Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9. US Marine Corps photo.

A previous version of this story indicated the U.S. Marine Corps flies F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets. In fact, the USMC flies the F/A-18 C/D Hornet. The post has been amended.

PENTAGON – The Marine Corps added one final test before deciding whether to declare initial operational capability for the Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF): a first-ever Operational Readiness Inspection. Read More

F-35B Begins Operational Testing Aboard USS Wasp

F-35B Begins Operational Testing Aboard USS Wasp

A sailor aboard the USS Wasp (LHD-1) signals to the pilot of an F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to land as it arrives for the first phase of operational testing, May 18, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

A sailor aboard the USS Wasp (LHD-1) signals to the pilot of an F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to land as it arrives for the first phase of operational testing, May 18, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

Six Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters landed on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on Monday to begin the first shipboard phase of operational testing. Read More

Big Deck Amphib Wasp Completes Combat Systems Qualification, Will Deploy Next Summer After 11 Year Pause

Big Deck Amphib Wasp Completes Combat Systems Qualification, Will Deploy Next Summer After 11 Year Pause

USS Wasp (LHD 1) transits the Elizabeth River from BAE Systems Norfolk to Naval Station Norfolk. Wasp completed a year-long dry dock phased maintenance availability period which included upgrades to her combat systems, engineering spaces and flight deck on Sept. 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Wasp (LHD 1) transits the Elizabeth River from BAE Systems Norfolk to Naval Station Norfolk. Wasp completed a year-long dry dock phased maintenance availability period which included upgrades to her combat systems, engineering spaces and flight deck on Sept. 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

After more than ten years without deploying, the big deck amphibious warship USS Wasp (LHD-1) is ready to ship out to lead an amphibious ready group (ARG) deployment next summer, the Navy said on Thursday. Read More