The event marked the first time since the Imperial Japanese Navy that a fixed wing aircraft took off from a Japanese vessel.
3 OCT, the JMSDF conducted verification of takeoff and landing of the USMC F-35B to JS IZUMO. The JMSDF continues to steadily carry out the necessary modifications to the IZUMO class to acquire the capability to operate the F-35Bs.
JMSDF Statement on Twitter
Our colleagues form USNI News reported in early September that U.S. Marine F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters will operate off a Japanese warship later this year, quoting Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger:
“We’re not going to go on deployment but we’re actually going to fly U.S. Marine Corps F-35s off of a Japanese ship,”
Naval News previously reported that the first phase of the modification work to operate F-35B was completed this Summer. The modifications included new deck markings and heat-resistant coatings: