The US Navy’s amphibious assault ship USS Wasp upgraded to deploy new F-35B stealth fighter jets will soon arrive at Sasebo naval base in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan.
The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet, based in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Saturday that the USS Wasp had entered waters under its area of operations and was heading toward Sasebo.
The U.S. military plans to load F-35Bs deployed at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture on the 257-meter Wasp and use them to deter North Korea and China, The Japan Times reports.
The Wasp (landing helicopter deck – LHD 1) Class is the US Navy’s large-deck multipurpose amphibious assault ship. The Wasp Class carries a mix of assault helicopters, plus six to eight Harriers for close air support. A typical mix of helicopters is: 12 CH-46 Sea Knight, four CH-53E Sea Stallion; three UH-1N Huey and four AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters.
South Korea may consider introducing several F-35B fighter jets for its newest amphibious landing ship slated to be deployed in 2020, Yonhap reports. According to the report, the officials are considering possibilities of operating the F-35B fighter, a short takeoff and vertical landing variant of the US-made fifth-generation warplane from the second 14,000-ton Dokdo-class vessel
The United States plans to deploy 16 F-35 fighters to the US military base in Japans Iwakuni in Yamaguchi. The plan is to deploy 10 aircraft in January and additional six in August next year
General Dynamics shipbuilding division in San Diego, California has won a $156 million contract to provide maintenance services to US Navys Wasp-class amphibious assault ship. “General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co is being awarded a $1,463,152,389 modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract for long lead material and parts for low rate initial production (LRIP) of F-35 Lightning II air systems. The contract is in support of the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-U
The US Marine Corps deployed F-35B Lightning II aircraft this week to one of its Marine Expeditionary Unit in East China Sea, marking the fighter's first operational deployment with the unit. A detachment of F-35B Lightning IIs with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, landed on the USS Wasp (LHD-1) on March 5, the US Marines said in a statement
The Japanese government is considering purchase of additional 25 or more Lockheed Martin-built F-35A aircraft, to be directly purchased from the US plant rather than assemble locally. "In view of budgets and production schedules, a new acquisition of around 25 planes is appropriate," a Japanese official told Reuters Wednesday
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