111015-N-UM734-932 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct 15, 2011) An Aviation Boatswains Mate maneuvers BF-04 (front) a variant of the Joint Strike Fighter F-35B Lighting II after a vertical landing, as BF-02 (back), the other variant, approaches the flight deck for landing on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) on day thirteen of sea trials. The F-35 B was designed to perform STOs and Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) operations on STOVL capable ships and austere airfields. For the USMC, the F-35B will provide air power for the Marine Air Ground Task Force U.S. Navy Photo By Mass Communication Specialist First Class Tommy Lamkin (RELEASED)
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