F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Heads to War
The National Interest -

Task and Purpose, Jared Keller

Security, Middle East

And the first target: The Taliban.

After years of anticipation, the Department of Defense has officially sent the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter into combat for the first time.

- A Marine Corps F-35B variant from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211, currently embarked aboard the USS Essex, conducted its first air strike on Thursday in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan, officials announced.

- The strike was carried...

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