Military Photo: Lightning Launches From Elizabeth

Posted: 09/22/2021

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 12, 2021) U.S. Marine Capt Andrew Sanchez with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 prepares to launch an F-35B from the flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth while armed with a Guided Bomb Unit 49 (GBU-49) in the Western Pacific Ocean on September 12th, 2021. The GBU-49 is a laser and GPS-guided bomb effective across various conditions and against many types of moving or stationary targets. VMFA-211, deployed aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth as part of the United Kingdom’s Carrier Strike Group 21, became the first squadron to employ the GBU-49 from a Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Zachary Bodner)

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