[VMFA-211] Marine pilots say F-35 fighter jets are worth it

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Unread post10 Jan 2018, 09:07

First F-35Bs to deploy with 13th MEU
10 Jan 2018 Shawn Snow

"The Marine Corps’ F-35B joint strike fighters will deploy on a ship with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, marking the first time the fifth-generation fighters are deploying with a stateside unit, Marine officials announced Tuesday. The F-35Bs are coming from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron VMFA 211 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona.

The 13th MEU is gearing up for a six-month intensive training workup before deployment aboard the amphibious assault ship Wasp [methinks this cub reporter pulled that name out of where the sun don't shine and did not know that ESSEX is the one?], and to announce the occasion, the expeditionary unit posted a video to its official social media pages to welcome the various units that comprise the MEU...."

Source: https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/y ... -13th-meu/

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Unread post10 Jan 2018, 18:16

The 'CUB' SENIOR REPORTER has corrected the unacknowledged WASP error in a 'new' article that is now below:
First F-35Bs to deploy with 13th MEU
Shawn Snow 10 Jan 2017

"...The 13th MEU is gearing up for a six-month intensive training workup before deployment aboard three different amphibious ships [not all LHAs one assumes]...

...The deployment of the F35B, which can take off and land vertically [another 'rookie in naval aviation' error] on an amphibious assault ship....

...The F-35B will be stationed on the USS Essex (LHD-2), a Wasp-class amphibious ship. [HALLELUJAH!]...

...The F-35 has faced numerous hurdles and comes with a hefty price tag, causing some to criticize the necessity of the fifth-generation fighter. The aircraft’s deployment with the MEU will be a step forward for an aircraft that has faced extensive delays.... [BOOYAH!]

"Shawn Snow is the senior reporter for Marine Corps Times and a Marine Corps veteran." [but 'snows' diddly SQUAT]


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Unread post12 Feb 2018, 16:28

Challenges Ahead as 13th MEU, Essex ARG Prep for First West Coast F-35 Deployment
12 Feb 2018 Gidget Fuentes

"SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The first stateside Marine expeditionary unit to deploy with the F-35B Lightning II wrapped up a unit-level exercise last week as Marine Corps and Navy commanders prepare to train their forces at sea ahead of their first deployment with Joint Strike Fighters.

The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit will have a detachment of the multi-mission, JSFs as part of its 26-aircraft air combat element, officials said. The F-35B jets, designed for short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL), belong to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211, based at Yuma Marine Corps Air Station, Ariz.

“There are some unique challenges with being the first (southern California) MEU” to deploy with the F-35B jet, Col. Chandler Nelms, who commands the Camp Pendleton, Calif.-based 13th MEU, said during Thursday during a panel discussion at WEST 2018, a conference co-hosted by U.S. Naval Institute and AFCEA....

...On Nelms’ mind is the “last tactical mile” – the logistics of getting maintenance, support and supplies (including for the F-35) to ship as the MEU/ARG sails the seas and makes port calls. “Those are the unique challenges of sustaining that over the course of a seven-month deployment around the world,” he said.

Lt. Col. Kyle Shoop, the VMFA-211 commander, said during an F-35B overview presentation and operational update Thursday that “there are some different logistical challenges we’ll overcome along the way, but I think the integration will be somewhat seamless.”

Just what role and missions the F-35B will get once deployed remain to be seen as the jet gets on the same daily air tasking order as any other aircraft available to regional combatant commanders.

“They’ll get a mission. They’ll be tasked,” Gen. Robert Neller, the Marine Corps commandant, said Thursday during a town-hall discussion with the Navy and Coast Guard service chiefs.
“What will happen, I think, there will be a recognition they have a certain capability that they haven’t had in the past, and there may be some mission profiles they’d want to do.”

The MEU Exercise, which ran about three weeks and brought together the air combat element along with the Marines’ ground and logistics’ forces, was the first integrated, predeployment training with the Essex ARG....

...The San Diego-based Essex got modifications to the ship and flight deck to accommodate the F-35B, as well as upgraded, robust digital communications links and improved air command and control system, Capt. Jason Burns, the ship’s commanding officer, told the audience.

Shoop, VMFA-211’s commander, said the F-35B’s AN/APG-81 distributed radar “is the best one on the market, hands down,” noting among other features its multiple air-to-ground nodes to link with ground forces. Various sensors fused for situational awareness into a single display remain “a little bit funky,” he said, but pilots “get a God’s eye view.”

“It’s good right now. It’s getting better as software fusion algorithms get tweaked,” he added...."

Photo: "Capt. Robert Hawthorne, the air boss, and Master Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Aristotle Villahermosa, the air department leading chief petty officer, observe the takeoff of an F-35B Lightning II aircraft assigned to the “Wake Island Avengers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) during Dawn Blitz 2017. US Navy Photo" https://news.usni.org/wp-content/upload ... 18-112.jpg


Source: https://news.usni.org/2018/02/12/challe ... deployment
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Unread post17 Feb 2018, 06:52

Title of video is misleading - most footage of F-35B is in Japan but pilot mentions air to air role for those unbelievers.

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