The UK’s Defense Contribution in the High North

1. Foreword 1.1 By the Secretary of State for Defence The High North, including the Arctic, matters to the UK and UK Defence. Developments impact upon our environment, prosperity, energy supply, and security. As the region’s closest neighbor without territory within the Arctic Circle, the UK will continue to work with our Allies and partners to ensure that increasing access to the…

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VMA-214 Transitions to VMFA-214 for F-35B

Marine Attack Squadron 214, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, conducted a re-designation ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, March 25, 2022. As part of the transition from the AV-8B Harrier to the F-35B Lightning II, VMA-214 was re-designated as Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 214. The F-35B Lightning II is replacing the AV-8B Harrier to introduce…

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Laser Peening Process on Lockheed Martin F-35B Fighter

Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced March 24th the successful verification of the Curtiss-Wright Laser Peening process on the airframe components of the fifth-generation F-35 fighter jet. Curtiss-Wright has been selected to help extend the life expectancy of the F-35B, the short takeoff-vertical landing (STOVL) variant flown by the U.S. Marine Corps and other allied nations around the world, by utilizing its…

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Teamwork Illuminates Spot 9, New Landing Site for F-35B

A first round of shipboard testing off the West Coast in January demonstrated that a team effort to increase warfighter capability by adding nighttime landing support for U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) F-35B flight operations on LHA(R) America-class Amphibious Assault ships succeeded brilliantly. The Chief of Naval Operations Director for Expeditionary Warfare (OPNAV N95) and the Marine Corps in July 2021…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth Hosts Italian F-35Bs for Flight Ops

HMS Queen Elizabeth has welcomed fighter jets from a third allied nation on to her flight deck after working with the Italian Navy and Air Force. Britain’s flagship is currently in the Mediterranean following months in the Indo-Pacific region as part of her global deployment. As she heads west back to the UK, the ship has continued her busy program…

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US Marine Corps F-35B Landing on JS Izumo Video

U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242 conducted vertical landings and take offs aboard the Japanese Ship Izumo off the coast of Japan, October 3, 2021. U.S. Marines and Sailors embarked aboard the Japanese Ship Izumo in support of the first ever F-35B Lightning II operations aboard a Japanese vessel. The U.S. and…

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Both Royal Navy Carriers Now Operating F-35B Aircraft

Britain’s two new aircraft carriers have been conducting simultaneous F-35B fast jet operations for the first time – thousands of miles apart. Separated by 7,000 miles, HMS Prince of Wales in the North Sea and HMS Queen Elizabeth in the Pacific have been launching and recovering the stealth strike fighter on round-the-clock sorties. Until now, the ships have embarked the…

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US & UK Conduct 5th and 4th Generation Fighter Joint Interoperability Flights

Fifth and 4th generation aircraft assigned to Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (VINCSG), with embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2), and U.K. Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 21 conducted joint interoperability flights in the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet, Aug. 26. During the joint interoperability flights, the aircraft conducted missions to validate joint integration techniques, tactics, and procedures; including mid-air refueling. This…

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America ESG Trains With Queen Elizabeth CSG

August 22, 2021 – United Kingdom (U.K.) Carrier Strike Group (CSG 21) and USS America Expeditionary Strike Group (AMA ESG) with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, begin multinational advanced aviation operations in support of Large Scale Global Exercise (LSGE) 21, August 20. “These events allow us to work with an unmatched network of partners and allies in a complex environment,…

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