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An F-35B Lightning II lands aboard USS Essex (LHD 2). | by Official U.S. Navy Imagery
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An F-35B Lightning II lands aboard USS Essex (LHD 2).

ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 26, 2018) An F-35B Lightning II attached to the “Avengers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 lands on the flight deck of 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 and 13th MEU is the first U.S. Navy/Marine Corps team to deploy to U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations with the transformational warfighting capabilities of the F-35B Lightning II, making it a more flexible and persistent force, leading to a more stable region for our partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam Brock/Released) 181026-N-LH273-2040

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Taken on October 28, 2018