BLUFTwelve Marine Corps F-35B Lightning IIs and 300 personnel based near Hiroshima, Japan, have been operating from RAAF Base Tindal as part of Exercise Pitch Black.
Seth Robson writing in Stars and Stripes makes the following points:
- Marine F-35Bs operating from offshore amphibious ships have previously been part of Talisman Sabre exercises.
- "Dirt det" refers to dirt detachment because it's on dry land rather than the sea.
- Marine F-35B mechanics worked on the jets in open hangars.
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References from the Web:
- SEP 2022 Pitch Black Lightnings-National Review
- SEP 2022 F-35B Stealth Fighters Make Debut At Australia’s Pitch Black Exercise Amid China’s Continued Threat Perception-The EurAsian Times
- SEP 2022 Japanese F-35B jets make their debut at Australia's Pitch Black exercise.-News Track Live