The U.S. Marine CorpsÂ will transferÂ the homeport of an F-35B squadronÂ from the military service’s air stationÂ in Yuma, Arizona to the branch’s stationÂ inÂ Iwakuni, Japan.
MCAS Iwakuni willÂ becomeÂ the first location toÂ accommodate theÂ Lockheed Martin-built F-35B aircraft ofÂ Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121Â as part ofÂ the service branch’sÂ worldwide deploymentÂ effort, the Marine Corps said Tuesday.
Defense News reported TuesdayÂ Capt. Kurt Stahl, a Marine Corps spokesman, said 10 F35Bs areÂ scheduled toÂ arrive at MCAS Iwakuni by Thursday and an additional six jets will eventually relocate to Japan to join VMFA-121.
The U.S. Air ForceÂ also looks to permanently station its firstÂ F-35AÂ squadron at Royal Air Force Base Lakenheath in EnglandÂ in 2020, according to the report by Valerie Insinna.