Jan 30, 2019

Two Guided Bomb Units sit ready for loading onto an F-35B Lightning II fighter atop the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), Philippine Sea, Jan. 28, 2019. The aircraft belongs to the F-35B detachment for Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced). Naval aviators with the detachment fly the Marine Corps' newest, most advanced multi-role fighter, the F-35B. Bringing multiple 1,000 pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions to bear on a single target demonstrates the combat power F-35Bs bring to the Marine Expeditionary Unit/Amphibious Ready Group team, with the capability to employ that power in a rapid fashion. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU partnering with the Wasp ARG, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kyle P. Bunyi/ Released)

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