For the first time, the U.K.

Photo: Royal Navy.

In unprecedented operation, two Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning II fighters were refueled by the U.S. Navy F / A-18E Super Hornet fighter.

As part of the Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) expedition to the Indo-Pacific, hijacked fighter jets from the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier with US Marine Corps F-35B fighter jets are loaded. . There, the British ship encountered US nuclear aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76).

“As part of this operational training, we made an offer called Friend-Friend Refueling. F-35B Lightning, piloted by RAF and Royal Navy pilots, continues to refuel Voyager aircraft from air to air. [A330] Of the RAF, but this is the first time they have refueled a US Navy jet fighter.

Photo: Royal Navy.

“A Super Hornet built with outdoor fuel tanks and air-to-air refueling equipment provided a valuable opportunity to conduct this exercise and enhances cooperation between UK and US carriers and their respective transport aircraft.”

US Navy and Royal Air Force F / A-18E / F Super Hornet, F-35B, F-35C fighters. Photo: Royal Navy.

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