Aircraft from V Marine Fighter Attack (VMFA) - 211 Squadron arrived at RAF Marham 03 Mar 20 to start their UK detachment. The ten F-35B jets flew from their base in Yuma, Arizona via MCAS Beaufort to visit the UK for the first time. The US Marine Corps Squadron will be working alongside 617 Squadron ahead of a Group Exercise in September where they will embark on Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Queen Elizabeth to take part in Exercise Joint Warrior. VMFA-211 Squadron will conduct synthetic training in the purpose built simulators at RAF Marham to familiarise themselves with the local airspace and procedures before they take to the Norfolk skies to fly training sorties alongside 617 Squadron in preparation for their embarkation with the carrier later this month. They will also be participating in Exercise Point Blank with their colleagues from local base RAF Lakenheath along with other NATO partners. Throughout this preparation period personnel from both 211 and 617 Squadron will be in quarantine and will undergo Covid-19 testing to ensure they are Covid-19 free before they join the ship. Once onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth both Squadrons will conduct carrier qualification training to ensure all pilots are proficient to operate from the carrier during both day and night. Training will also include live and inert weapons training ahead of Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) next year which will see the carrier deploy operationally for the first time. With the training complete the aircraft will then conduct Exercise Joint Warrior from HMS Queen Elizabeth which will bring together multiple units to train collaboratively in preparation for CSG21. On completion of Exercise Joint Warrior both 211 and 617 Squadrons will return to RAF Marham where they will then prepare to take part in a further exercise, Crimson Warrior which will allow the F-35’s to conduct high end training, alongside other platforms, in a contested and degraded environment with this years focus being on M
Ministry of Defence

US F-35 jets arrive at RAF Marham

Aircraft from V Marine Fighter Attack (VMFA) – 211 Squadron arrived at RAF Marham 03 Mar 20 to start their UK detachment. The ten F-35B jets flew from their base in Yuma, Arizona via MCAS Beaufort to visit the UK for the first time. The US Marine Corps Squadron will be working alongside 617 Squadron ahead of a Group Exercise [Read More …]

An F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter flown by the Wake Island Avengers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 (VMFA-211), Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing are parked at Royal Air Force Station Marham, United Kingdom (UK), on 3 September 2020. During the next few months the Marines and Sailors of the Wake Island Avengers will seek unexplored levels of interoperability with their Royal Navy and Royal Air Force counterparts.
U.S. Air Force

The Americans are Coming

An F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter flown by the Wake Island Avengers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 (VMFA-211), Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing are parked at Royal Air Force Station Marham, United Kingdom (UK), on 3 September 2020. During the next few months the Marines and Sailors of the Wake Island Avengers will seek unexplored [Read More …]

U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 conduct flight operations aboard MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, July 17, 2020. VMFA-121 is the first forward deployed Marine F-35B squadron, capable of providing close air support and conducting strike missions in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Akeel Austin)
U.S. Air Force

F-35B Lightning II Flight Operations

U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 conduct flight operations aboard MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, July 17, 2020. VMFA-121 is the first forward deployed Marine F-35B squadron, capable of providing close air support and conducting strike missions in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Akeel Austin)

The mighty HMS Queen Elizabeth arriving back in Portsmouth on 02 July 2020 after 10 weeks at sea. She was conducting Operational Sea Training with F-35B Lightning II jets from the Royal Air Force 617 Sqn and Merlin helicopters from 820 Naval Air Squadron.
Ministry of Defence

HMS Queen Elizabeth back in Portsmouth

The mighty HMS Queen Elizabeth arriving back in Portsmouth on 02 July 2020 after 10 weeks at sea. She was conducting Operational Sea Training with F-35B Lightning II jets from the Royal Air Force 617 Sqn and Merlin helicopters from 820 Naval Air Squadron. All photos and text are © Crown copyright 2020

U.S. Marines pilots with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 fly new F-35B 's out of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma to be delivered to Forward Deployed Naval Forces, Japan on March 26, 2020. The delivery began from MCAS Yuma to MCAS Iwakuni where they will be transferred to the Marine Air Group 12. This action by 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing assures that the newest and most capable jets in the world are forward deployed to support the Marine Air Ground Task Force.
U.S. Marine Corps

Sharpening the “First to Fight” Force: 3rd MAW Delivers Pristine, Combat-Ready F-35Bs to 1st MAW

U.S. Marines pilots with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 fly new F-35B ‘s out of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma to be delivered to Forward Deployed Naval Forces, Japan on March 26, 2020. The delivery began from MCAS Yuma to MCAS Iwakuni where they will be transferred to the Marine Air Group 12. This action by 3rd Marine Aircraft [Read More …]

200410-N-BT681-4230 EAST CHINA SEA (April 10, 2020) Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Mercedes Amador, from New York, assigned to amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), signals an F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced) on the ship’s flight deck. America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st MEU team, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jonathan Berlier)
U.S. Navy

USS America (LHA 6) Conducts Flight Operations

200410-N-BT681-4230 EAST CHINA SEA (April 10, 2020) Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Mercedes Amador, from New York, assigned to amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), signals an F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced) on the ship’s flight deck. America, flagship of the America Expeditionary [Read More …]

PHILIPPINE SEA (March 25, 2020) An F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepares to take off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) prior to a strike exercise of an inflatable maritime target. America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st MEU team, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Brittenham)
U.S. Marine Corps

31st MEU unleashes F-35 fighter aircraft armed with GBU-49 bombs in Philippine Sea

PHILIPPINE SEA (March 25, 2020) An F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepares to take off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) prior to a strike exercise of an inflatable maritime target. America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st MEU [Read More …]

PHILIPPINE SEA (March 23, 2020) An F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepares to land on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during an air defense exercise. The 31st MEU’s F-35s provide a lethal offensive aviation capability that allows the Expeditionary Strike Force to both project power and defend the amphibious task force from anti-ship threats. America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st MEU team, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Cantrell)
U.S. Marine Corps

31st MEU, USS America conduct air defense exercise

PHILIPPINE SEA (March 23, 2020) An F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepares to land on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during an air defense exercise. The 31st MEU’s F-35s provide a lethal offensive aviation capability that allows the Expeditionary Strike Force [Read More …]

SOUTH CHINA SEA (March 13, 2020) Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepare to mount an AIM-9 captive air training missile onto an F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft with VMM-265 (REIN), 31st MEU, on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6). America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st MEU team, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Brittenham)
U.S. Marine Corps

F-35 loading and take off aboard USS America

SOUTH CHINA SEA (March 13, 2020) Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepare to mount an AIM-9 captive air training missile onto an F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft with VMM-265 (REIN), 31st MEU, on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6). America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, [Read More …]