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Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific, observes flight quarters on amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during the third phase of developmental testing (DT-III) for the F-35B Lighting II aircraft.
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PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 19, 2016) Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific, observes flight quarters on amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during the third phase of developmental testing (DT-III) for the F-35B Lighting II aircraft. The F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant is the world's first supersonic STOVL stealth aircraft. America, with VMX-1, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 (VMFA-211) and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 (VX-23) embarked, are underway conducting operational testing and the third phase of developmental testing for the F-35B Lightning II aircraft, respectively. The tests will evaluate the full spectrum of joint strike fighter measures of suitability and effectiveness in an at-sea environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Joshua Samoluk/Released)

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