Marking the first permanent international deployment of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Marine Corps F-35Bs with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, depart Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., to transit the Pacific en route to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. VMFA-121 is the first operational F-35B squadron assigned to the Fleet Marine Force, with its relocation to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing at Iwakuni.

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