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Sep 19, 2018
GULF OF ADEN - 180916-N-AF263-0402 GULF OF ADEN (Sept. 16, 2018) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Landon Jamison launches an F-35B Lightning II attached to the Avengers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 from the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during a scheduled deployment of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). The Essex ARG/13th MEU is the first U.S. Navy/Marine Corps team to deploy tot eh U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations with the transformational warfighting capabilities of the F-35B Lightning II, making it a more lethal, flexible and persistent force, leading to a more stable region for our partner nations.


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