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  • 16 May 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The first Royal Navy and Air Force F-35B jets are scheduled to fly into their new home at RAF Marham next month, the UK defense minister has announced. Four F-35Bs will arrive in the first tranche of stealth fighters to transfer from the USA to the UK, flying into RAF Marham in East Anglia. The Norfolk […]

  • 13 April 2018
    Authorities

    UK’s F-35B Lightning jets which will be operated by the Royal Navy and Air Force recently achieved another first in their preparation for operations in UK skies. The Royal Navy has now shared photos of what it says is a first “full-British” aerial refueling of F-35B jets. To travel 4,134-miles across the Atlantic Ocean from the […]

  • 16 March 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Ships from the US Navy’s Wasp amphibious ready group made a stop in Okinawa, Japan, on March 15 following two weeks of certifications. Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) and amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived at White Beach, Okinawa, to embark the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) as part of […]

  • 5 March 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education, Vessels

    US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) got underway from her new homeport in Sasebo, Japan, to complete a pre-deployment readiness assessment before switching to operations as part of the ship’s first patrol in the Indo-Pacific region. Wasp is undergoing a Naval Surface Forces-led ready for sea assessment (RFSA), led by the Type […]

  • 26 January 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The Italian Navy on January 25 received the first Short Take-Off/Vertical Landing (STOVL) F-35B Lightning II aircraft assembled at the Final Assembly and Checkout (FACO) in Cameri, Italy. This is the first F-35B built outside the United States. The Italian FACO is operated by Leonardo in conjunction with Lockheed Martin with a current workforce of more […]

  • 15 January 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    US Navy’s amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) arrived in Sasebo, Japan, on January 14, to become the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship in 7th Fleet. USS Wasp, which has undergone significant upgrades to be able to land and launch the US Marine Corp’s F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, completed the 28,400-mile journey after getting underway from […]

  • 19 December 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The fourteenth and final F-35B Lightning II to be delivered to UK this year rolled off the production line and flew into Beaufort, South Carolina, to join the Lightning Fleet which will be operated jointly by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. The F-35 Lightning jets will be able to operate on land or embarked […]

  • 18 October 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    UK’s F-35B fighter jets are now cleared for take-off from the Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth after they passed land-based ski-ramp trials. This was announced by UK defense minister Harriett Baldwin who spoke on Tuesday before the House of Commons Defence Select Committee. “Successful ski-ramp trials mean the F-35 is cleared to fly […]

  • 14 August 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    A short take-off vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B Lightning II aircraft took off from the ski jump loaded with Paveway IV and ASRAAM missiles for the first time, BAE Systems announced. Installed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, the ski jump is similar to that which will be used on the Royal Navy’s two new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft […]

  • 17 July 2017
    Authorities

    U.S. Navy and Marine Corps leaders gathered in Pearl Harbor last month for the “Joint Strike Fighter Sustainment Summit” in anticipation of the first shipboard deployment of the F-35B Lightning II. The attendees focused on planning and preparing the logistical support for the F-35B Lightning II’s first deployment scheduled to happen within the next year. “The summit […]

  • 22 June 2017
    Authorities

    The UK defense ministry announced it has awarded a £135million contract for the construction of a new hangar for its F-35B aircraft. The hangar will be located at RAF Marham and will house 12 of the new fast jet aircraft which will deploy from there to the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. It will improve existing facilities, including resurfacing […]

  • 8 May 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    U.S. Navy’s Wasp-class multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) returned to sea on May 3 after completing her phased maintenance availability. During this availability, USS Essex (LHD-2) was fitted with equipment needed to deploy the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Essex is the third big-deck platform to feature the upgrades and will operate the F-35B is […]

  • 3 April 2017
    Authorities, Industry news

    The U.S. Department of Defense last week awarded Lockheed Martin a contract worth more than £80m (US$102.2m) to deliver the initial training, engineering, maintenance and logistics support for the UK’s F-35 Lightning II fleet over a three year period. Lockheed Martin has sub-contracted work worth £40m to BAE Systems and together the two companies will […]

  • 21 March 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    U.S. military service members, industry partners, and technical experts carried out a weeklong exercise aimed at integrating the new F-35B Joint Strike Fighter into the U.S. Navy fleet. The F-35B Ship Sustainment Wargame (SSWG) focused on the Marine Corps F-35B, using a “Day-in-the-Life” approach to analyze operations and logistics integration with the Navy’s amphibious assault ships. This […]

  • 18 January 2017
    Authorities

    U.S. Marines’ F-35B Lightning II aircraft arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni on January 18 as the first F-35B squadron on an operational overseas deployment. With this deployment, the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 begins a permanent change of station to MCAS Iwakuni from MCAS Yuma, Arizona, and now belongs to Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st […]

  • 21 November 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    The F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter jets that are currently carrying out the third developmental test phase (DT-III) aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) reached a new milestone as the program completed weapons load testing on November 16. A group of the next-generation aircraft from Patuxent River Integrated Test Force tested flying qualities at […]

  • 10 November 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    The new U.S. stealth jet, F-35B Lightning II, completed a new milestone during its third and final developmental test phase (DT-III) aboard USS America (LHA 6) by completing the first power module and engine swap at sea in the ship’s hangar bay. Mark Schroeder, the maintenance and logistics department head for the F-35 Pax (Patuxent) […]

  • 3 November 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    The U.S. Navy recently shared news of the Marines’ F-35B stealth fighter jet conducting trials aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America. A total of seven of the STOVL (short take-off vertical landing) variants of the Lockheed Martin-built jet are embarked on USS America for both developmental and operational testing. Also on board are Royal Navy and […]

  • 1 November 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    F-35B Lightning II aircraft, the U.S. Navy’s next generation of stealth fighter jets, landed on the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) on October 28 to begin operational testing. America will embark seven F-35Bs; two are scheduled to begin the third shipboard phase of developmental test (DT-III) and five are scheduled to conduct operational testing. […]

  • 20 October 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    The U.S. Navy is currently modifying its Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) to make it capable of deploying the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Scheduled to be completed in March 2017, Essex will be the third big-deck platform to feature the upgrades and will be the first to do a set of work-ups and deploy […]

  • 17 August 2016
    Authorities, Industry news

    The UK Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with European missile manufacturer MBDA worth around £184 million to equip the Royal Navy’s new supersonic stealth combat aircraft with the ASRAAM air-to-air missile. Designed and manufactured in the UK, ASRAAM is a heat-seeking weapon which will give Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy F-35B Lightning II pilots, […]

  • 5 July 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news, Training & Education

    American global aerospace and defense company Lockeed Martin, which is in charge of manufacturing the next-generation F-35B stealth fighter jet, recently explained how the new aircraft will be taking off from the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers using the ski jump.     For more than 30 years, the UK has used the ski […]

  • 4 July 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    After making the historic transatlantic passage and arriving to Britain on June 29, the F-35B Lightning II, flew over its prospective homes: HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Prince of Wales in Rosyth and RAF Marham in Norfolk on July 1. The carriers will provide over four-acres of sovereign territory which can be deployed around the world, travelling at upwards […]

  • 30 June 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    Britain has received the first of supersonic strike fighters which will, among their other roles, be gracing the decks of Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. The first F-35B Lightning II jet was flown by RAF pilot Squadron Leader Hugh Nichols on its first transatlantic crossing, accompanied by two United States Marine Corps F-35B aircraft from their […]

  • 2 October 2015
    Equipment & technology

    With the Introduction to Service of the F-35B Lightning II jets starting to ramp up, and the first carrier construction at an advanced stage, the manufacturers Lockheed Martin brought a F-35B cockpit simulator to London. The simulator provided visitors with the unique opportunity of flying the aircraft and seeing its capabilities first hand as well […]

  • 29 May 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development, Training & Education

    A group of Royal Navy and Royal Air Force personnel are currently at sea onboard USS WASP, joining American colleagues in the latest F-35B Lightning II fast jet trials. Lightning II is a STOVL aircraft: Short Take Off Vertical Landing. It will place the UK at the forefront of fighter technology, giving the RAF a […]