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Second F-35B Squadron Becomes Operational Thursday

Inside Defense // June 29, 2016

Marine Attack Squadron-211 will be officially redesignated as the Marine Corps' second Joint Strike Fighter operational squadron on Thursday, the service announced this week.

Up until now, VMA-211 had been an AV-8B Harrier squadron. The short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing F-35B is slated to replace the Marine Corps' aging Harrier fleet. The AV-8B Harrier was designed to attack and destroy surface and air targets, escort helicopters, engage in air-to-air defense, provide reconnaissance and apply offensive and defensive support with its arsenal of missiles, bombs and an onboard 25 mm cannon.

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