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An F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter idles on the flight deck of the  the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1)
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ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 18, 20015) An F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter idles on the flight deck of the the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) in preparation for take-off. The short take-off, vertical landing capabilities of the F-35B are crucial to the mission of the Marine Corps and necessary for operation aboard a Navy amphibious ship. The aircraft are stationed with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, Marine Aircraft Group 31, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Beaufort, South Carolina and Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Yuma, Arizona. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Remington Hall/Released)

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