US F-35s poised to make first combat mission

To do this, from the Gulf of Aden to the Northern part of the Arabian sea went assault amphibious US Navy ship USS Essex, which carries on Board six units of F-35B Lightning II, which took part in the mission in Somalia.

The fifth-generation fighter jets had been conducting reconnaissance missions in Somalia and were ready to provide close air support to USA forces in the country, but were never needed for that objective, CNN said.

It can also take-off at a much shorter distance than other jets, which is why it can operate off the USS Essex which is half the size of the average aircraft carrier in a USA fleet.

The F-35s have been conducting intelligence and surveillance missions in Somalia.

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In May, Israel Defense Forces said they were using their version of the F-35 in operational missions, striking at least two unspecified targets in the region.

Critics in Congress have questioned the F-35B's combat readiness, citing a string of software, engine and weapons systems problems, but United States military officials have promised the glitches are being resolved. The Marine Corps variant was the first to be designated combat ready.

President Donald Trump has previously praised the aircrafts for being "invisible". The aircraft has reduced capability to be seen by adversary radars but is not invisible.

Defence officials in Afghanistan refused to comment on future operations in the country.

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