The US Marine Corps (USMC) expects to transform many of its operational concepts with the arrival of the first ship capable of handling F-35B Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) in Western Pacific waters this month, according to Major General David Coffman, US Navy (USN) director of expeditionary warfare.
“The [amphibious assault ship] Wasp in the WESTPAC is in a race for the first JSF to come off an operational ship,” Maj Gen Coffman told attendees at the annual Surface Navy Association national symposium on 9 January.
Those flight operations were imminent, he said, and they would change the way the USN and Marine Corps conducted expeditionary missions.
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