Officials for U.S. 7th Fleet declined to comment Monday or confirm whether a Japanese Coast Guard navigation warning was connected to salvaging the jet.
The exercise marked the first time an amphibious ready group has operated with an “advanced Air Wing of the Future,” according to the Navy.
The Marine Corps hopes the F-35C’s long range fires and electronic warfare capabilities will increase its ability to operate in the Pacific.
By Philip Athey
The cruise marks the first time a carrier has deployed with F-35C Lightning II fighter jets aboard.