Marines with three squadrons aboard the amphibious assault ship Wasp flew dozens of sorties a day at the stick of the F-35B, the service's next generation short-takeoff, vertical-landing fighter that will replace the AV-8B Harrier and EA-6B Prowler.Here.
Did you notice that? The F-35B will replace the Harrier and the Prowler. They no longer include the F/A-18A/B/C/D.
That was once a HUGE selling point of the F-35. It would replace legacy airplanes and allow Marine Air to neck down to one fighter jet that could perform the missions of all current fighter/attack/electronic airplanes.
This article isn't the only one that is leaving out Hornets as part of the replacement plan.
Is the Marine Air neck down strategy changing?