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AV-8B Harrier II pilots with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 Reinforced, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, practice alternate landing techniques on the flight deck of USS Kearsarge, Jan. 18, 2011. Normally the fighter jet lands headed from stern to bow. The alternate techniques are practiced in case the ship is unable to maneuver into position for the aircraft’s safest landing conditions. Elements of 26th MEU debarked the ships of Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group to conduct sustainment training and exercises with regional allies and partners in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. - AV-8B Harrier II pilots with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 Reinforced, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, practice alternate landing techniques on the flight deck of USS Kearsarge, Jan. 18, 2011. Normally the fighter jet lands headed from stern to bow. The alternate techniques are practiced in case the ship is unable to maneuver into position for the aircraft’s safest landing conditions. Elements of 26th MEU debarked the ships of Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group to conduct sustainment training and exercises with regional allies and partners in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead, and Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos signed a memorandum of understanding on Navy and Marine Corps tactical aircraft integration on March 14, 2011. Under the memorandum, the Marine Corps will provide five fixed-wing squadrons to the carrier air wing. The Marine Corps will purchase 80 F-35C aircraft, the carrier-based variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, and 340 F-35B aircraft, the short take-off vertical landing variant. The decision to purchase F-35Cs is a representative of the Marine Corps’ commitment to tactical aircraft integration with the Navy. The continued development of the F-35B remains the centerpiece of the Corps' fixed-wing modernization program. - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead, and Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos signed a memorandum of understanding on Navy and Marine Corps tactical aircraft integration on March 14, 2011. Under the memorandum, the Marine Corps will provide five fixed-wing squadrons to the carrier air wing. The Marine Corps will purchase 80 F-35C aircraft, the carrier-based variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, and 340 F-35B aircraft, the short take-off vertical landing variant. The decision to purchase F-35Cs is a representative of the Marine Corps’ commitment to tactical aircraft integration with the Navy. The continued development of the F-35B remains the centerpiece of the Corps' fixed-wing modernization program.