Marines equip USS Tripoli with 20 F-35B Lightning Jets

The Marine Corps is testing the “Lightning Carrier” concept with up to 20 F-35B Lightning II stealth jets from a San Diego-based amphibious assault ship

The testing is underway this week aboard the USS Tripoli, the Navy's newest America-class ship.

The Navy's nine amphibious assault ships carry mostly helicopters and tiltrotors, with a few Vulcans.

The Marine fighters landing on Tripoli are from Marine Fighter Attack Squadrons 225 and 221, both based in Yuma, Arizona.

The F-35B can land vertically and take off quickly without a catapult. The Joint Strike Fighter is also available for the Air Force and Navy.

It is the world's most advanced warplane and is in service with allies from Israel to the UK.

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