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VMFA-121 re-designation ceremony

The battle colors of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 fly for the
first time during their re-designation ceremony at Marine Corps Air
Station Yuma, Nov. 20. Previously based at MCAS Miramar and flying the
F-18D, the squadron is the first operational Marine Corps F-35B squadron,
ushering in a new era of Marine Aviation. Standing up VMFA-121 is an important milestone for the Marine Corps and the Department of Defense as the F-35 expands from a testing and training aircraft towards full-scale tactical aviation operations. The F-35 can operate from amphibious warships, providing close air support to forward-deployed forces during any contingency.



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This work, VMFA-121 re-designation ceremony [Image 6 of 13], by Cpl Aaron Diamant, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:11.20.2012

Date Posted:11.20.2012 19:16

Photo ID:787229

VIRIN:121120-M-KU760-028

Resolution:5616x3744

Size:11.01 MB

Location:YUMA, AZ, USGlobe

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