12 US Marine Corps F-35Bs—normally based in Japan—will be deployed to Australia and, while in Australia, will be practising a US Marine Corps concept known as ‘Expeditionary Advanced Basing Operations’.


This article by Mike Yeo, writing for Defense News, makes the following points:
  •  The 12 F-35Bs are from US Marine Fighter Attack squadrons 121 and 242.
  • A US spokesman said deploying US jets based in Japan to Australia should be a  ‘robust and in-depth’ exercise of the US Marine Corps concept.


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