Military Capabilities

Wasp deployment could mark USMC operational shift

18 January 2018

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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