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US F-35Bs Flew Surveillance Missions Near Somalia

US. Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighters have reportedly conducted reconnaissance missions
over or near Somalia and were ready to respond to requests for close air support from American forces in that country during their first-ever deployment to the Horn of Africa region aboard the USS Essex amphibious assault ship.

 There are now reports that U.S. military could employ these same aircraft to conduct strikes in Afghanistan, flying all the way from the Persian Gulf.

CNN first reported the activities of the F-35Bs, citing unnamed sources, which could be the first missions in support of active combat operations for American Joint Strike Fighters, as well as the potential for their first-ever actual strikes, on Sept. 25, 2018. The six jets from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron Two One One (VMFA-211) arrived off the cost of the Horn of Africa earlier in the month where they were due to conduct a routine training exercise. The jets are attached to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), which is presently embarked on the ships of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), which includes the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex, the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage, and the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore.

Source : The  Drive


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