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Five F-35s On The USS Wasp

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 6, 2018)— Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) transits alongside Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) while conducting a replenishment-at-sea during Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th MEU exercise (ARGMEUEX). ARGMEUEX enhances joint integration, lethality and collective capabilities of the Navy-Marine Corps team through joint planning and execution of challenging and realistic training scenarios. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam Brock/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 6, 2018)— Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) transits alongside Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) while conducting a replenishment-at-sea during Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th MEU exercise (ARGMEUEX). ARGMEUEX enhances joint integration, lethality and collective capabilities of the Navy-Marine Corps team through joint planning and execution of challenging and realistic training scenarios. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam Brock/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 6, 2018)— Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) transits alongside Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) while conducting a replenishment-at-sea during Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th MEU exercise (ARGMEUEX). ARGMEUEX enhances joint integration, lethality and collective capabilities of the Navy-Marine Corps team through joint planning and execution of challenging and realistic training scenarios. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam Brock/Released)

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F-35 Landing on USS Wasp

A Sailor with the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group guides an F-35B Lightning II down the flight deck of the USS Wasp (LHD-1) while underway in the Philippine Sea, March 23, 2018. A detachment of F-35Bs with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 joined the USS Wasp earlier this month, marking the F-35’s first operational deployment with a MEU. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, the 31st MEU provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Amy Phan/Released)

A Sailor with the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group guides an F-35B Lightning II down the flight deck of the USS Wasp (LHD-1) while underway in the Philippine Sea, March 23, 2018. A detachment of F-35Bs with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 joined the USS Wasp earlier this month, marking the F-35’s first operational deployment with a MEU. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, the 31st MEU provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Amy Phan/Released)

A Sailor with the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group guides an F-35B Lightning II down the flight deck of the USS Wasp (LHD-1) while underway in the Philippine Sea, March 23, 2018. A detachment of F-35Bs with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 joined the USS Wasp earlier this month, marking the F-35’s first operational deployment with a MEU. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, the 31st MEU provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Amy Phan/Released)

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Historic First: F-35B deploys with USS Wasp (LHD 1)

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 touches down on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), marking the first time the aircraft has deployed aboard a U.S. Navy ship and with a Marine Expeditionary Unit in the Indo-Pacific. VMFA-121, assigned under the Okinawa-based 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, will remain embarked aboard the Wasp for a regional patrol meant to strengthen regional alliances, provide rapid-response capability, and advance the Up-Gunned ESG concept. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Molina)

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 touches down on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), marking the first time the aircraft has deployed aboard a U.S. Navy ship and with a Marine Expeditionary Unit in the Indo-Pacific. VMFA-121, assigned under the Okinawa-based 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, will remain embarked aboard the Wasp for a regional patrol meant to strengthen regional alliances, provide rapid-response capability, and advance the Up-Gunned ESG concept. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Molina)

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 touches down on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), marking the first time the aircraft has deployed aboard a U.S. Navy ship and with a Marine Expeditionary Unit in the Indo-Pacific. VMFA-121, assigned under the Okinawa-based 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, will remain embarked aboard the Wasp for a regional patrol meant to strengthen regional alliances, provide rapid-response capability, and advance the Up-Gunned ESG concept. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Molina)