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U.S. Air Force F-35As set for Japan deployment
USAF F-35A. © USAF

U.S. Air Force F-35As set for Japan deployment

12 USAF F-35A Lightning IIs are set to deploy to Kadena Air Base, Japan in early November for a six-month rotation — the first F-35A rotation to the Asia Pacific.

Approximately 300 Airmen and 12 F-35A Lightning IIs from Hill Air Force Base, Utah’s 34th Fighter Squadron are set to deploy to Kadena Air Base, Japan for a six-month rotation. The aircraft and supporting personnel are scheduled to arrive at Kadena in early November.

The deployment marks U.S. Pacific Command’s first operational tasking for the F-35A and the fighter’s Asia-Pacific debut at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX) earlier this month.

The F-35A is being deployed under U.S. PACOM’s theatre security package (TSP) programme, which has been in operation since 2004.

The F-35As will join the U.S. Marine Corps F-35B variant which has been stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan since January.

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