- The Marines’ F-35B fighter jets just departed on an unprecedented deployment — not on a US Navy ship, but the only British aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.
- The Marine Corps F-35s will join British F-35Bs for training during a multi-month deployment, ahead of the Queen Elizabeth’s first full-length deployment next year.
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The Marines’ 5th-generation fighter jets have just departed on an unprecedented deployment — embarked not on a US Navy ship, but on the United Kingdom’s only aircraft carrier.
Ten F-35B Joint Strike Fighters embarked the carrier Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday from Portsmouth, England, as part of a multi-month training deployment, according to a Marine Corps news release. It’s in preparation for the Queen Elizabeth’s inaugural full-length deployment, set to take place next year.
The Marine Corps F-35s, from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211, out of Yuma, Arizona, will be joined in training