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Report: Marines to Launch F-35B for Initial Combat Mission Soon

The U.S. Marine Corps could see its F-35B fighter jets take off for an initial combat mission in the next few days after an amphibious assault ship started its voyage toward the Persian Gulf, CNN reported Wednesday. Defense officials told the publication that the Lockheed Martin-built F-35B aircraft aboard the USS Essex ship could be deployed soon to support airstrikes in Afghanistan.
 

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F-35B Arrives at Centcom HQ Prior to First Combat Deployment

An F-35B aircraft arrived Wednesday at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida as part of a two-day visit meant to inform U.S. Central Command senior leaders on the short-takeoff/vertical-landing aircraft’s capacities and limitations before it enters theater operations. The Lockheed Martin-built aircraft is slated for its first combat deployment aboard the USS Essex amphibious assault ship to …

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Navy to Test 3D Printing Technology at Sea; Benjamin Kohlmann Comments

A U.S. Navy amphibious warship has installed a three-dimensional printer to experiment with additive manufacturing technology, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday. Sydney Freedberg writes the USS Essex has already used the printer to make minor and small-scale materials and plans to test how the machine handles engine vibration and other at-sea conditions. “Additive manufacturing …

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