Washington: United States Navy multipurpose amphibious assault ship (US Wasap) will be part of the US’s ‘up-gunned’ force in the Pacific helicopter carrier USS Wasp has reached into Japan and will take up the squadron of F35-Bs.
The warplanes are some of the most destructive in the world, and the warship will be the first naval vessel to be armed with them.
USS Wasp includes 2,200 marines and specializes in beach invasions.
The 40,000 tone miniature aircraft carrier will allow the jets to lift off vertically from its decks.
War fears keep fury nearby North Korea as the US sends its military hardware in the region ahead of the tense Winter Olympics, scheduled to start from 9th of February in Pyeongchang County, South Korea.
‘We remain ready to carry out the full range of military operations,’ Captain Howard.
USS Wasp reached into Japan on Sunday after making its 28,400-mile journey from her base in the US.
She will ease fellow assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard and will be part of the US’s mighty 7th Fleet ‘ stationed in the Pacific.
The warship will lift off a wing of the F-35Bs which will work as a deterrent to both North Korea and China.
Capable of climbing to heights of 5,000ft, flying at speeds of 1200mph, and able to carry nukes ‘ the planes are some of the best in the world.
“The arrival of USS Wasp represents an increase in military ability and a commitment to our partners and allies for security and stability in the region,” USS Wasp’s captain Colby Howard said.
“WARPLANE F-35Bs are among the top fighter jets in the world, he said.
“Paired with the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, we remain ready to carry out the full range of military operations from crisis response to disaster relief,” he added.
USS Bonhomme Richard has been set up in the region since April 2012, and will now return to San Diego.
US commanders have termed the Wasp as the hub of their new ‘up-gunned expeditionary strike group’.
B-2 nuclear bombers and B-52 Stratofortress reached in Guam just days after the North and South came to an agreement over the Olympics.
And somewhere else, the US’s huge super-carrier USS Carl Vinson is about to return to the Korean Peninsula.
Unease is growing in North Korea, with its people mark Kim a “liar” as United States sanctions begin to bite.