At Akrotiri, Cyprus, six warplanes modelled F35-B, UK’s newest fighter jets have arrived in the air base camps of Britain, Cyprus for training and their first overseas deployment. These jets are from 617 Squadron are flown by the three Royal Air force Pilot of Britain and three British Royal Navy Pilots. This flight touched down on Tuesday at the RAF Akrotiri. This for what the royal officers believed for the cause of deployment of six weeks at the eastern part of the Mediterranean island countries for the exercise lightning dawn. RAF Akrotiri, Christopher Snaith (Station Commander) firmly believes that this deployment will put the pilots and the ground crew under strict training and sharpen their skills, test the working of the aircraft and nourish its pace. Snaith believes that the aim for the conduction of this training is to prepare these new aircraft for its first deployment. These aircraft are deployed outside the UK as the new aircraft carrier and to develop its capability of strong and impactful striking.
The Marine Air Strikes
According to the sources of a US, the military representative has accepted that these bird-strike drills have caused colossal damage of more than two million dollars to a Japan-based Marine Corps aircraft. It was recorded that on the 7th May 2019 the first Marine Wing Aircraft had to abort its take off due to the unfortunate bird strike which took place in the Iwakuni station of Marine Air Corps. However, the reports and sources could not clear the air from the question if the strike happened on the ground or on the air. Neither were the doubts cleared from the question of what types of birds struck the newly deployed F-35B aircraft of United Kingdom. The UK military spokesperson has assured to infer us from the conduction of on-going damage assessment and further investigations. An initial estimation conducted over this case was done where it was classified as a class A mishap. It is due to the damage threshold which exceeded the mark of three million dollars.
Japanese Jet Fighter Search Operation
The Japanese called it an unfortunate event and have conducted a wide and large investigation and search operation of the lost F35-B aircraft and its pilot. The recent news which has been received that the U.S Navy has pulled their hands out from the extensive search operation. The jet went down with the pilot Akinori Hosomi whose bodily remains are still untraceable amongst the debris of F35-B in the Northern seas of Japanese island, Honshu. Initially, the US Navy team did help in covering a wide spread of 5000 nautical sea miles, but later due to unavoidable circumstances, the US Navy dissolved their search operations. The navy said that their thoughts and condolences would continue to be with the family and friends.
Although the Japanese aircraft and ships will be continuing to be in regular search of both the flight and the missing Navy pilot. Nevertheless, no definite timeline has been issued to conduct the search operation.