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USMC F-35B Conducts First Combat Strike in CENTCOM AOR

27 Sep 2018

NSA BAHRAIN, Bahrain (NNS) -- The Marine Corps F-35B, Lightning II, conducted its first combat strike in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan, Sept. 27.

During this mission, the F-35B conducted an air strike in support of ground clearance operations, and the strike was deemed successful by the ground force commander.

“The F-35B is a significant enhancement in theater amphibious and air warfighting capability, operational flexibility, and tactical supremacy,” said Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. “As part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, this platform supports operations on the ground from international waters, all while enabling maritime superiority that enhances stability and security.”

The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is the first combat-deployed MEU to replace the AV-8B Harrier with the F35B Lightning II. The F-35Bs from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 are currently embarked on the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) as part of Essex Amphibious Ready Group.



2022

12 January 2022 | ACC

Thunderbirds Kick-Off Inaugural Training Trip

The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” kicked off their first ever winter training trip in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, Jan. 10. The Thunderbirds’ training season, ranging from November through March, is a time to integrate and synchronize as a team and practice the demonstration.

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2021

20 May 2021 | RAF

Red Arrows Return to UK Airshows

Audiences across the UK can once again enjoy the spectacular displays of the Red Arrows the first time in almost two years. 

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14 March 2021 | RAF

RAF Typhoons conduct strikes against Daesh in support of Iraqi ground forces

RAF Typhoons operating as part of the counter-Daesh Coalition have conducted a series of air strikes in support of Iraqi ground forces.

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11 March 2021 | USAF News

Air Force receives first F-15EX

The U.S. Air Force officially accepted the first F-15EX from the Boeing Co. March 10 at the company’s St. Louis facility.

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25 February 2021 | RAF

RAF Sentinel R1 aircraft conducts last operational flight

The RAF Sentinel R1 aircraft has carried out its last operational flight after 14 years of service. The Sentinel R1 aircraft of V (Army Cooperation) Squadron have flown circa 32,300 hours conducting approximately 4,870 sorties during its service life. The withdrawal from service was first announced as part of the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

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17 February 2021 | RAF

RAF Typhoons carry out second round of airstrikes against Daesh targets in Iraq this year

RAF Typhoons have carried out airstrikes against Daesh targets in Iraq for the second time this year.

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2020

23 March 2020 | RAF

Training update for the Red Arrows

… decision has been taken not to send the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, overseas for work-up training this year.

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21 March 2020 | MILAVIA News

Air Show Cancellations

The challenging and unprecedented situation presented by this global crisis has forced many organizations to cancel or postpone air shows and other public aviation events.

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13 March 2020 | ACC

U.S. Air Force update for air show support

"Department of the Air Force is suspending all outreach activities and support to community events through May 15. This includes, but is not limited to, on-base and civilian sponsored air shows, band performances and community engagements and meetings. "

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2019

23 August 2019 | Embraer

Portugal Signs Contract for 5 Embraer KC-390s

Évora, Portugal, August 22, 2019 – The Portuguese Government and Embraer signed today, at a ceremony held at Embraer's facility in Évora, a contract for the acquisition of five multi-mission airlifters Embraer KC-390. Additionally, services and support and a flight simulator are included in the contract as part of the process to modernize Portuguese Air Force capabilities to support national Armed Forces operations and increase readiness in missions of public interest. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2023.

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