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F-35 shows versatility with historic landing at sea

Posted: 7:10 AM, Mar 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-06 16:09:56Z
F-35B versatility on display
F-35B versatility on display
F-35B versatility on display

The United States Air Force will soon hold a competition to see if the F-35 is a viable option to replace the aging A-10 Warthog

Now the Navy's version of the F-35 is showing its versatility, making an historic landing at sea. 

In a release , the Navy said a detachment of F-35B Lightning II's landed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp March 5.

That marks the first time the aircraft has deployed aboard a U.S. Navy ship and with a Marine Expeditionary Unit in the Indo-Pacific. 

The Navy said the F-35B will aid the Expeditionary Strike Group in a routine patrol to strengthen regional alliances and provide rapid-response capabilities. 

Congress is resisting Air Force efforts to retire the A-10 to make room in the budget for more F-35s.