Marine Corps F-35 flies first combat mission in Afghanistan

Marine Corps F-35 flies first combat mission in Afghanistan

September 29, 2018

 

The U.S. Marine Corps F-35B joint strike fighter has successfully conducted its first combat mission over Afghanistan, U.S. officials confirmed to Military Times.  The strikes, carried out by F-35Bs assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, occurred Thursday morning against a fixed target “in support of ground clearance operations,” and were deemed a success by the ground force commander, according to a statement put out by U.S. Naval Forces Central Command on Thursday afternoon. >>Read more

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F-35B from USS Essex conducts its first combat air strike. (Credit:Lance Cpl. A. J. Van Fredenberg,13th Marine Expeditionary Unit)