U.S. Marines conduct F-35B training in the Mediterranean Sea near Syria

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By Nahed al Husaini, VT Damascus

– A large-scale F-35B take-off and landing exercise was conducted for three days until today in the Mediterranean Sea near 25 NM west of Latakia, Syria.

– This exercise was conducted as part of NATO’s naval operations, but it was conducted by the US Marines and the Navy using three amphibious assault ships led by the US military.

– And NATO considers these F-35Bs to be a very important exercise in that more than 30 F-35Bs were assembled in the Mediterranean with most of the US Navy’s 5th Fleet operating in the Mediterranean and Indian Oceans.

– In particular, in that the exercise was carried out on the route of the Russian fleet entering Syria, it clearly means that the operational goal was “interruption of the Russian navy”.

– In addition, NATO considers this exercise to be a very unusual operation in that the latest air force of the US Marine Corps gathered and operated near Syria.

Author Details
Nahed is VT Damascus Bureau Chief. She is a member of the American Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies (USA) and serves as Assistant Director of Arab-American and Muslim Congress (Detroit, USA). She has a Diploma in English Literature from Damascus University (1987).

She’s also been a reporter for Turkish newspaper Aydinlik, Special Coordinator for Arab-Armenian International Law Assembly, Correspondent for Qatari News Agency, Al Ayam news Paper in Bahrain, Al Liwaa in Lebanon, Correspondent for Petra News Agency in Jordan, correspondent for the Associated Press in USA, and worked as a freelance journalist for CBS, ABS and CNN in Syria. She is fluent in both English and Arabic.
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2 COMMENTS

  1. Right now, in any real combat situation the F35 would be a computerized coffin and Russian, Chinese or Iranian electronic warfare and EMP weapons would knock them out of sky or never let them even start engines to to take off most likely.
    Perhaps these exercises meant to get the Russians to turn on their radars and EW systems so their frequencies and methods can be evaluated and studied but doubt the Russians so stupid to show any cards in hands holding their EW systems. If they do, it would be intentionally fake as well.

  2. Nothing about the F-35 makes any sense. Woefully overpriced and woefully inadequate, it has been presented as a dog that doesn’t hunt that will be dropping out of the skies like flies in any conflict with Russia or China. Does it have some secret “super power” that we are not being told about, like some alien back-engineered anti-gravity module that makes it fly in-and-out of other dimensions? Just asking…