The U.S. Marine Corps has deployed an unspecified number of advanced F-35 stealth fighter aircraft armed with laser-guided bombs to the Philippine Sea for a training exercise, Indo-Pacific Command said Wednesday. 

“U.S. @PacificMarines with @31stMEU assigned to @USPacificFleet amphibious assault ship USS America #LHA6 unleash F-35 fighter aircrafts armed with GBU-49 bombs in the Philippine Sea. #SemperFI #Lethality #FlyMarines,” the command wrote on Twitter.

It said in a follow-on tweet that the forces were engaged in “conducting routine training with the F-35s aboard the USS America.”

“Thank you and we apologize for the confusion #FreeandOpenIndoPacific,” it said.


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