The U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) will operate 20 F-35B Lightning II jets from the America-class amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA 7) from March 30 to April 8. The first “thunder aircraft carrier” concept in the history of the amphibious assault ship’s Navy.
USMC Story by Major Mason Inglehart
In the planning guidance, Marine Corps Commandant David H. Berger talked about the possibility of a “lighting carrier” concept based on an amphibious assault ship. “Lightning” derives from the superiority of the F-35B Lightning II aircraft on board.
The demonstration will use 16 jets from the 13th Marine Aircraft Wing (MAG) of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, plus operational test and evaluation squadrons 1 to 4 of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, all USS. It was operated at high speed from Tripoli. The Navy and Marine Corps teams are gradually developing the concept of Lightning Career and continuing to improve its tactics, techniques, and procedures to support integrated Navy operations.
“We were thrilled when we had the opportunity to equip Tripoli with many of our 5th generation aircraft in combination with operational testing. We were excited to train and train pilots to fight as MAGs from the sea. And it was a great opportunity to work with my Navy teammates. “
Colonel Chad Vaughn of the United States Marine Corps, commander of MAG-13.
Demonstrations have proved that amphibious assault ships can be a deadly addition and offer more options to combat commanders if adopted in a creative way. The previous concept used an amphibious assault ship to demonstrate the AV-8B Harrier’s “Harrier Carrier” concept.
This concept does not change the standard composition of amphibious ready groups and Marine Expeditionary Units (ARG / MEU). However, in this exercise, the amphibious assault ship will be used to provide the Navy and joint forces with deadly access, collection, and fatal access from fifth-generation short-range takeoff / vertical landing (STO / VL) aircraft for future operations. The possibility of providing an attack function has been shown.
“This demonstration demonstrates the variety of American-class amphibious assault ships capable of carrying either the F-35B’s two squadrons and MAG command elements, or battalion-sized amphibious assault ships and associated amphibious assault ships. I proved it. [12 MV-22B Ospreys, four CH-53E Super Stallions, and six F-35B Lightning II].. For Fleet Commander, both options are formidable and sustainable. “
US Navy Captain Joel Lang, commander of Tripoli.
The amphibious assault ship Tripoli is the second American-class amphibious assault ship (LHA). Optimized to support rotary and fixed-wing operations, Tripoli has twice as much aviation fuel, 30% more aviation weapons, and an expanded hanger bay for more aircraft maintenance than its Wasp-class predecessor. There is more space to run.
“The F-35B’s 5th generation features are not only a deadly attack aircraft, but also a huge functional advancement for fighter commanders with the huge number of sensors that come with the F-35B’s avionics suite. Bringing. Placing two complete F-35B squadrons on a ship like the USS Tripoli will take advantage of this next-generation capability to provide commanders with numerous options. “
US Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Goodno, Commander of the Marine Corps Combat Squadron (VMFA) 225
As one of the Marine Corps’ latest F-35 squadrons, the demonstration provided the VMFA-225 as the first squadron to operate at sea.
“”My squadron pilots and marines have gained operational experience at sea, tested this new feature, and are really keen to work with experienced squadrons like the VMFA-211 and USS TRIPOLI crew. was.“Goodno added. “I’m very proud of how well the VMFA-225 Marines worked in the first maritime period. It’s an exciting concept and we all consider it further as an option to move forward. I believe we need it. “
The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is ready for combat, can be deployed with urgent notice, and is deadly to take action.
As an integral part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the U.S. Third Fleet operates the Navy in the Indo-Pacific and is realistic and relevant to perfectly fulfill the Navy’s timeless command of the sea and power projection roles. We offer some training. Third Fleet works closely with other numbered fleets to provide commanders with a competent and ready force to move forward and win in day-to-day competition, crises, and conflicts. ..
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2022/04/us-navy-and-usmc-demonstrate-lightning-carrier-concept/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=us-navy-and-usmc-demonstrate-lightning-carrier-concept US Navy and USMC demonstrate the concept of “Lightning Career”