On May 26, 2015, several journalists flew to the USS WASP to talk with the crew about the operational testing aboard the ship of the F-35B. 6 planes are onboard; 4 from Yuma (Green Knights) and 2 from Beaufort. The planes from Yuma flew to Beaufort and all 6 then flew aboard the ship from Beaufort. Maintainers were from these two squadrons plus VMX-22 and reports aboard the ships from the maintenance side were that the plane was very maintainable at sea.
This video shows one of the planes landing aboard the ship during the morning's sorties from and to the ship. There were several. And at the start of the day there had been 88 sortie since OT started last week. The plane has nearly 11,000 flight hours to date, much of that accumulated in the last 2 1/2 years.
After shipboard integration operational testing, next up is weapons certification for the operational pilots of air to air and air to ground weapons. These weapons have already been tested in the Developmental Testing phase. IOC will be this summer for the Green Knights at Yuma.
Credit Video: Second Line of Defense