The US Navy made history on Monday by putting to sea for the first time ever an aircraft carrier with F-35B jets.
- Alex Lockie
- Business Insider
And by deploying them in the Pacific, it’s a message China and North Korea are sure to hear loud and clear.
The US Marine Corps’s Fighter Attack Squadron 121 deployed aboard the USS Wasp, a smaller-deck aircraft carrier that used to operate harrier jump jets and helicopters before getting special modifications to field the F-35.
“This is a historic deployment,” said Col. Tye R. Wallace, 31st MEU Commanding Officer in a US Navy press release.
“The F-35B is the most capable aircraft ever to support a Marine rifleman on the…