Arrival of F-35 Lightning II to Japan
The United States Government officially notified the Government of Japan regarding the planned introduction and basing of the F-35B Lightning II in Japan on Oct. 13. The 16 aircraft are scheduled to begin arriving at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in 2017.
As the future of Marine aviation, the F-35 will replace the Marine Corps’ legacy tactical jet aircraft, including the AV-8B Harriers and F/A-18 Hornets. Upon their arrival, the F-35s of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) will belong to Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The squadron will be permanently stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan… Read more here.
Source: U.S. Forces Japan Press Releases