United States of America F-35 Lightning IIs under Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing were stationed to Japan.
“VMFA-121 is the first operational F-35B squadron assigned to the Fleet Marine Force, with its relocation to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing at Iwakuni (in Japan),” the US Pacific Command said. The 1st Marine Aircraft Wing is an aviation unit of the United States Marine Corps that serves as the Aviation Combat Element of the III Marine Expeditionary Force.
III MEF is forward-deployed and able to deploy rapidly conduct operations mainly across Asia-Pacific from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) to amphibious assault and high-intensity combat.
The said F-35 Lightning IIs are the B variants which are short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant.
“The Short Take-off Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft is a true force multiplier. The unique combination of stealth, cutting-edge radar and sensor technology, and electronic warfare systems bring all of the access and lethality capabilities of a fifth-generation fighter, a modern bomber, and an adverse-weather, all-threat environment air support platform,” US PACOM said.
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