During drills in March and April, 20 of the US Navy’s F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft were operated from an amphibious assault carrier for the first time. Photo: US Navy
During drills in March and April, 20 of the US Navy’s F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft were operated from an amphibious assault carrier for the first time. Photo: US Navy

‘Lightning carrier concept’: lessons for China in US Navy’s use of amphibious ships as small carriers

  • During naval exercises in March and April, the US operated F-35B Lightning II jets from an amphibious assault carrier for the first time
  • Military analysts suggest China learn from the tactic both for its own navy and also to assess how an enemy might coordinate during a strike

During drills in March and April, 20 of the US Navy’s F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft were operated from an amphibious assault carrier for the first time. Photo: US Navy
During drills in March and April, 20 of the US Navy’s F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft were operated from an amphibious assault carrier for the first time. Photo: US Navy
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