Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp returned to Naval Station Norfolk Oct. 21 after spending three weeks at sea hosting the initial sea trials of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. The first F-35B landed on WASP's flight deck Oct. 3, beginning an 18-day test period. During the testing, two F-35B Marine Corps test jets accomplished vertical landings and short take-offs under various conditions. While underway, the world's first supersonic short take-off, vertical landing fighter logged more than 28 hours of flight time and completed 72 short take-offs and 72 vertical landings. (Source: NNS, 10/25/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the JSF training center, where training will be done on all variants of the F-35.