VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 28 Jun 2017, 06:14
by neptune
http://www.marines.mil/News/News-Displa ... n-okinawa/

F-35B arrives Okinawa 2017

III MARINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE -- MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP BUTLER, OKINAWA, Japan --  
Two F-35B Lightning II aircraft, belonging to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Aircraft Group 12, flew from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan, June 26, to familiarize the VMFA-121 team with the airfield, marking the first arrival of the aircraft to Okinawa. 

The F-35B represents the future of Marine Corps tactical aviation and incorporates the mission capabilities of the current Marine Corps platforms it is replacing—the AV-8B Harrier, F/A-18 Hornet,—within a single airframe. 

As with current AV-8B and F/A-18 aircraft, the F-35B is planned to visit Kadena Air Base in Okinawa on a transient basis and operate in designated military airspace and ranges in a similar manner as the aircraft they are replacing. 

B-roll and still imagery of the refueling can be downloaded at the III Marine Expeditionary Force DVIDs webpage https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/III-MEF, the III MEF webpage http://www.iiimef.marines.mil/, and the III MEF Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IIIMEF
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Re: VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 28 Jun 2017, 06:51
by spazsinbad

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Unread postPosted: 26 Sep 2017, 09:49
by neptune
http://www.marines.mil/News/News-Displa ... -aim-120s/

F-35B Hot Loads With AIM-120's

By Pfc. Ethan Pumphret,
Marine Corps Air Station Yuma


Hot-loading is when an aircraft lands and has ordnance loaded while the engine is still running. Marines from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 conducted a hot-load in F-35B Lightning II’s at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. on Sept. 21, 2017. This hot-load was conducted using AMRAMM AIM-120 missiles. VMFA-121 is a part of Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. The exercise was a validation/verification conducted during Weapons and Tactics Instructors course 1-18. WTI is an exercise that takes service members from all over the world in a joint training exercise for mission readiness. WTI is hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron one. “They will now have a publication to use,” said Cpl. Matthew Donovan an aviation ordnance technician with VMFA-121. “We took it out there and we validated it. We know it works so now in the future they will have it in writing.”

The hot-load exercise was conducted to ensure both pilots and ground crew have a real example of operations should those units deploy. The F-35B’s were loaded with the AIM-120 missile and took off horizontally immediately after. The AMRAMM AIM-120 is an air-to-air missile that will be used in conjunction with a Tactical Air Launch Decoy. The TALD was loaded onto an AV-8B Harrier II to be launched and used as a target for the AIM-120. The TALD is an expendable glide vehicle that can mimic the heat and radar signatures of a full-sized aircraft. “You can't shoot an air-to-air missile unless you have something to shoot at,” said Donovan. “The TALD is just a glider that comes off of the Harrier and then it glides straight and the Harrier moves out of the way.”

Donovan said the AIM-120 is the only missile currently in the F-35’s arsenal for the Marine Corps. This hot-load exercise is to verify theory and validate publication and give the Marines involved a chance to load live ordnance while the aircraft is still hot. While the F-35B has been loaded hot before, this is the first time it has been conducted with these air-to-air missiles. “Decreasing aircraft turnaround time and increasing sortie generation due to the aircraft not having to power down, receive maintenance and start up again,” said Staff Sgt. Kevin Knight an Aviation Ordnance Technician with VMFA-121. “It’s critical in developing our expeditionary capabilities.” During WTI, VMFA-121 will also use GBU-12 and GBU-32, laser and GPS guided 500 lbs bombs in their F-35B’s. This combat themed-training will provide the training and practical application to project Marine Corps air power on the battlefield.
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Re: VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 28 Oct 2017, 05:31
by spazsinbad
Japan-Based Marines Conduct Nighttime Aerial Refueling Training
27 Oct 2017 Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

"Marines based here conducted a nighttime aerial refueling exercise Oct. 25-26 to improve operational readiness and enhance pilot proficiency. Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 used their KC-130J Hercules aircraft to refuel F-35B Lightning II aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 and F/A-18C Hornets with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251.

Every 180 days the squadrons should have completed at least five successful movement-to-contact scenarios with tankers to stay proficient,” said Marine Corps Maj. Brian Miller, a KC-130 pilot and aircraft commander with VMGR-152. “This training exercises our systems, so that we know our aerial refueling pods, our refueling system and their air refueling systems are all working.”..."

PHOTO: http://alert5.com/2017/10/28/f-35bs-fa- ... -exercise/ "An F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 based out of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, conducts a nighttime aerial refueling training operation with a KC-130J Hercules with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 based out of MCAS Iwakuni Oct. 25, 2017. The training was conducted at night to improve operational readiness and enhance pilot proficiency. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mason Roy)" http://alert5.com/wp-content/uploads/20 ... 6-0341.jpg


Source: https://www.f35.com/news/detail/japan-b ... g-training

Re: VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 15 Nov 2017, 19:18
by spazsinbad
Remaining F-35B Lightning II Aircraft with VMFA-121 Arrive at MCAS Iwakuni
15 Nov 2017 Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

PHOTO: "A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 arrives at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 9, 2017. The remaining aircraft represent the last installment of F-35B Lightning IIs assigned to VMFA-121...." [WOW - INFORMATIVE - NOT!] https://a855196877272cb14560-2a4fa819a6 ... __main.jpg


Source: https://www.f35.com/news/detail/remaini ... as-iwakuni

Re: VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 16 Nov 2017, 05:36
by Corsair1963
Honestly, time for a name change.....really "Green Knights"??? :?

Re: VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 16 Nov 2017, 05:47
by SpudmanWP
There is a long history of a "Green Knight"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Knight

Re: VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 16 Nov 2017, 06:00
by Corsair1963
SpudmanWP wrote:There is a long history of a "Green Knight"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Knight



Pretty deep of a Marine Fighter Squadron...... :?

Re: VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 16 Nov 2017, 07:01
by SpudmanWP
There are other "Green Knight" organizations:

Image
http://greenknightsmmc.org/

Re: VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 05 Dec 2017, 16:14
by spazsinbad

Re: VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 05 Dec 2017, 16:26
by steve2267
Gear stayed down a long time during climbout. Compared to "typical" jet fighter takeoffs that I recall.

Re: VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 05 Dec 2017, 16:32
by spazsinbad
Probably doing a lower powered (no afterburner just military 100% power) - after lift off then high climb angle at reduced power - take off to reduce noise pollution so as to not upset the natives? Usually gear up fast so as to not break the limit.

Re: VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 09 Feb 2018, 16:42
by spazsinbad
Marine F-35 pilots preparing for first-ever hover landings aboard an amphibious ship
09 Feb 2018 Valerie Insinna

"SINGAPORE — When the Marine Corps’ first forward-deployed F-35 fighter squadron sets sail with the amphibious ship Wasp this year, it will be the first opportunity for many of the pilots to carry out the jet’s distinctive vertical landing aboard a ship. “There’s very few [pilots] that have actually landed onboard a ship,” Maj. Jesse Peppers, the assistant operations officer for Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, said on the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow on Thursday....

...“They will have simulated landings onboard a ship in the simulator and on the field, in stationary landing areas, but then they go out to the ship, it’s going to be the first time that they’ve actually landed onboard.” Peppers, a former Hornet pilot who has operated the F-35 since 2014 and flew one of the B model planes to Singapore for the show, won’t be one of the Marines from Japan headed to the Wasp this year. His first STOVL landing aboard an amphib will come during a later deployment, he said.

VMFA-121, located at Marine Air Station Iwakuni in Japan, is comprised of a mix of experienced pilots who transferred from other aircraft to brand new pilots for whom the F-35 will be the first plane they learn to fly. The squadron’s commanding officer is originally an F-35 test pilot who is one of the few Marines out there with practical experience doing the short takeoff and vertical landing while at sea. Some of the F-35 pilots selected to deploy aboard the Wasp also have experience doing STOVL operations with the AV-8B Harrier, Pepper said.

In the runup to the deployment, pilots will keep to a “standard training profile” with one exception: an increased focus on practicing taking off and landing on an amphibious assault ship using simulators or by doing “field carrier landing practices” where jets practice flying as they would have to fly while embarked. “It’s not like we’re just ragtag throwing everyone out there, unprepared. It is very structured,” he said. “Especially operations at Iwakuni with a site available to do a vertical landing, there’s no shortage of vertical landings happening at Iwakuni.”...

...“You kind of go through a couple different stages of grief the first time,” joked Peppers, who as a former Hornet pilot, had no prior STOVL experience before flying the F-35. “The first time, being a legacy pilot used to landing kind of conventionally, [I was] a little timid at first to press the STOVL button that takes you into what we call mode four and get you to that hover regime, but I think once you press it and have that lifechanging experience time after time, then you kind of get numb to it. … Now it is really administrative, it’s just another tool I have in my bag of tricks.”..."

Source: https://www.defensenews.com/digital-sho ... ious-ship/


Re: VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 05 Mar 2018, 16:56
by spazsinbad
Historic First: F35B Lands on Wasp, Launching Era of Increased Navy-Marine Corps Sea-based Capabilities in Indo-Pacific
05 Mar 2018 Amphibious Force 7th Fleet Public Affairs

"EAST CHINA SEA -- A detachment of F-35B Lightning II's with Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) arrived aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) March 5, marking the first time the aircraft has deployed aboard a U.S. Navy ship and with a Marine Expeditionary Unit in the Indo-Pacific....

...VMFA-121 Pilots are scheduled to conduct a series of qualification flights on Wasp over a multi-day period. Following qualifications, the F-35B’s and 2,300 Marines that make up the 31st MEU will deploy aboard ships of the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group for follow-on operations in the Indo-Pacific region as part of a routine patrol to strengthen regional alliances, provide rapid-response capability, and advance the Up-Gunned ESG concept....

...The arrival of the F-35B culminates testing and shipboard structural modifications on Wasp that began in 2013. Wasp completed an overhaul in 2017 and subsequently departed Norfolk to forward-deploy to Sasebo, Japan as part of a Department of Defense effort to place the most advanced capabilities in the Indo-Pacific....

...Seventh Fleet, which celebrates its 75th year in 2018, spans more than 124 million square kilometers, stretching from the International Date Line to the India/Pakistan border; and from the Kuril Islands in the North to the Antarctic in the South. Seventh Fleet's area of operation encompasses 36 maritime countries and 50 percent of the world’s population with between 50-70 U.S. ships and submarines, 140 aircraft, and approximately 20,000 Sailors in the 7th Fleet."

Photo: "180305-N-VK310-0048 EAST CHINA SEA (Mar. 5, 2018) Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) John Jacob directs an F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) after the F-35B touched down, marking the first time the aircraft has deployed aboard a U.S. Navy ship and with a Marine Expeditionary Unit in the Indo-Pacific. VFMFA-121, assigned under the Okinawa-based 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, will remain embarked aboard Wasp for a regional patrol meant to strengthen regional alliances, provide rapid-response capability, and advance the Up-Gunned ESG concept. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Molina/Released) (Photo by MC3 Michael Molina)" https://media.defense.gov/2018/Mar/05/2 ... 0-0048.JPG (1Mb)


Source: http://www.c7f.navy.mil/Media/News/Disp ... hootsuite/

Re: VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 05 Mar 2018, 17:45
by SpudmanWP
How many Bs on board?

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Unread postPosted: 05 Mar 2018, 17:51
by spazsinbad
Bunch O'photos: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/268097/31 ... deployment
USMC prepares for F-35B maiden operational embarkation
05 Mar 2018 Gareth Jennings

"...An undisclosed number of the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) jets from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VFMA) 121 currently stationed in Japan have been deployed to the USS Wasp amphibious assault ship to undertake final preparations ahead of the unit’s first shipborne deployment...."

Source: http://www.janes.com/article/78340/usmc ... mbarkation


Re: VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 05 Mar 2018, 23:04
by spazsinbad
VIDEO: Marine F-35Bs Arrive on USS Wasp for First Pacific JSF Deployment
05 Mar 2018 Sam LaGrone

"...Six F-35Bs from the “Green Knights” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 landed on the deck of amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) as part of the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Western Pacific patrol....

...The addition of the F-35 to the Navy’s amphibious fleet has the promises of greatly increasing the capability of ARG/MEUs to wage high-end war. For example, as part of the Navy’s Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA) construct, Marine F-35s could provide targeting information of enemy ships and aircraft to attached destroyers in an ESG. In 2016, Lockheed Martin proved that a ship-launched Raytheon Standard Missile 6 could be cued from the sensors on an F-35.

While not as capable as a full-sized carrier strike group, an upgunned ESG would have more lethal capability on its own than previous amphibious deployments. Forces in the Western Pacific have been experimenting with non-traditional surface group deployments in last several years.

A second F-35B squadron, the Avengers of VMFA-211, is set to deploy from the West Coast aboard USS Essex (LHD-2)."

Photo: "Marines assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) look on as an F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 prepares to touch down on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1). US Navy Photo" https://news.usni.org/wp-content/upload ... 5-0022.jpg (1.22Mb)


Source: https://news.usni.org/2018/03/05/video- ... deployment

Re: VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 08 Mar 2018, 04:10
by spazsinbad
"Lt.Gen Rudder USMC: ...VMFA-121 is permanently stationed in Japan and has assumed the 31st MEU and F/A-18 UDP commitments. The squadron deploys six aircraft with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) this week – the first operational F-35 shipboard deployment. Our second F-35B squadron, VMFA-211, deploys six aircraft to the 13th MEU this July; we will have two MEUs deployed with the F-35B this summer...." HASC 07 Mar 2018 http://docs.house.gov/meetings/AS/AS25/ ... 180307.pdf (135Kb)

Re: VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 15 Mar 2018, 15:54
by spazsinbad
‘Island Knights’ train with F-35Bs
April 2018 AFM

"A FORWARD detachment from the US Navy’s Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 ‘Island Knights’ recently completed two weeks of tactics exchanges and multi-mission training flights with the F-35Bs of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.

HCS-25’s Detachment 6, based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, met with pilots and aircrew of VMFA-121 to share expertise on close air support procedures and interoperability to support the Expeditionary Strike Group.

The ‘Island Knights’ and VMFA-121 are slated to embark together aboard the USS Wasp (LHD 1) for a scheduled patrol, which will be the first time F-35Bs deploy aboard a US Navy ship in the Seventh Fleet area of operations...."

Source: AirForces Monthly Magazine April 2018 No.361

Re: VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 24 Mar 2018, 00:22
by spazsinbad

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Unread postPosted: 19 Apr 2018, 17:32
by zerion
Marines Use 3-D Printer to Make Replacement Part for F-35 Fighter
April 19, 2018
By Marine Corps Cpl. Stormy Mendez
31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

PACIFIC OCEAN --
Marines with Combat Logistic Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, are now capable of “‘‘additive manufacturing,’“ also known as 3-D printing.

3-D Printing is the Future

“I think 3-D printing is definitely the future -- it’s absolutely the direction the Marine Corps needs to be going,” Willis said.

The Marine Corps is all about mission accomplishment and self-reliance. In boot camp, Marine recruits are taught to have a “‘figure-it-out’” mindset, and 3-D printing is the next step for a Corps that prides itself on its self-sufficiency.

“Finding innovative solutions to complex problems really does harken back to our core principles as Marines,” Willis said. “I’m proud to be a part of a new program that could be a game-changer for the Marine Corps.”

The Marines deployed here use their 3-D printer as an alternative, temporary source for parts. As a permanently forward-deployed unit, it’s crucial for the 31st MEU to have access to the replacement parts it needs for sustained operations. The 31st MEU’s mission -- to deploy at a moment’s notice when the nation calls -- is not conducive to waiting for replacement parts shipped from halfway around the world. So 3-D printing capabilities dovetail with the MEU’s expeditionary mandate.

‘Fix it Forward’

“While afloat, our motto is, ‘‘Fix it forward,’” said Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 2 Daniel Rodriguez, CLB-31’s maintenance officer. “3-D printing is a great tool to make that happen. CLB-31 can now bring that capability to bear exactly where it’s needed most -- on a forward-deployed MEU.”

Proving this concept April 16, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 successfully flew an F-35B Lightning II aircraft with a part that was supplied by CLB-31’s 3-D printer. The F-35B had a plastic bumper on a landing gear door wear out during a recent training mission. Though a small and simple part, the only conventional means of replacing the bumper was to order the entire door assembly -- a process that’s time-consuming and expensive.

Using a newly released process from Naval Air Systems Command for 3-D printed parts, the squadron was able to have the bumper printed, approved for use and installed within a matter of days -- much faster than waiting for a replacement part to arrive from the United States.

“As a commander, my most important commodity is time,” said Marine Corps Lt. Col Richard Rusnok, the squadron’s commanding officer. “Although our supply personnel and logisticians do an outstanding job getting us parts, being able to rapidly make our own parts is a huge advantage.”

VMFA-121 also made history in March as the first F-35B squadron to deploy in support of a MEU...

https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Ar ... 5-fighter/

Re: VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 08 Jul 2018, 20:11
by doge
Discover interesting pictures. :shock:
https://www.facebook.com/VFA115/posts/10160480845515722
VFA-115
April 4
The opportunity to conduct operations with co-located US Marine Corps tactical aviation units has been one of the major benefits of our move to MCAS Iwakuni. These photos show one of our recent sorties with F-35B Lightning IIs assigned to the "Green Knights" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121. US Navy photos by LT Steve Bachman.

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron 115 conducts aerial refueling operations with an F-35B Lightning II assigned to the "Green Knights" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121. US Navy photo by LT Steve Bachman.

Re: VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 09 Jul 2018, 01:17
by charlielima223
Buddy air refueling just never looks right to me. Can't wait to see in the not to distant future a picture of F-35s getting a drink from a MQ-25

Re: VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 07 Dec 2018, 00:56
by spazsinbad
USS Wasp Headed Back to Norfolk Next Year after Brief Japan Deployment [LIGHTING STRIKES AGAIN!]
06 Dec 2018 Sam LaGrone

"After less than a year in Japan, the amphibious warship USS Wasp (LHD-1) is preparing its sailors to return to the East Coast next year, USNI News has learned. Wasp, one of two amphibious warships certified to operate Marine F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters, is set to return to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., in late 2019 as part of a previously set plan to balance the F-35B capability across both coasts, a defense official confirmed to USNI News.

A U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesperson confirmed the ship would eventually move to Norfolk but would neither provide a timeline for the move nor what ship would replace Wasp, citing a Pacific Fleet policy of not discussing future ship movements. “We don’t have any additional announcements on homeport shifts at this time,” Lt. j.g. Rachel McMarr told USNI News....

...USNI News understands the Navy is committed to have a F-35B-capable amphibious assault ship operating in Japan to support the forward-deployed JSFs of the “Green Knights” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121.

Of the nine big-deck amphibious ships in the U.S. inventory, only Wasp, the currently deployed USS Essex (LHD-2) and USS America (LHA-6) have launched and recovered Marine F-35Bs at sea. USS Makin Island (LHD-8) began an availability last year that would upgrade the ship to operate the fighters, USS Boxer (LHD-4) underwent a similar maintenance availability that completed in 2017 and Bonhomme Richard is set to start a maintenance period that would add that capability to the big deck...."

Photo: https://news.usni.org/wp-content/upload ... 60x434.jpg

Source: https://news.usni.org/2018/12/06/uss-wa ... deployment

Re: VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 07 Dec 2018, 03:25
by tailgate
Those capabilities are a huge boost to operational commanders. Looks to me like the 35 era is going smoothly

Tailgate

Re: VMFA-121 Green Knights 2017

Unread postPosted: 05 Feb 2019, 20:46
by spazsinbad
An F-35B called 'Wanda' (A Fish Called Wanda) aboard USS Wasp in the Philippine Sea Feb 2019. Wanda Wots inside? :roll: