The loss of an F-35A in Japan comes just days after Tokyo stood up its first operational F-35A squadron on March 29. The JASDF's 302nd Squadron, 3rd Air Wing, reportedly consists of more than a dozen F-35A aircraft, according to The Diplomat.
"The Department of Defense is aware and monitoring the situation in Japan regarding the Japanese Self Defense Force F-35 aircraft," Pentagon spokesman Army Lt. Col. David Eastburn told Task & Purpose.
Japan has grounded the rest of its F-35 aircraft for now, according to CBS News.
This post was updated with new information on the crash on Apr. 10 at 6:21 a.m. PDT.
Two U.S. troops in Afghanistan have been killed in non-combat incidents and a sailor from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln was declared dead after falling overboard while the ship was supporting operations in Afghanistan.
At least two defense contractors have also been killed in Afghanistan. One was a Navy veteran and the other had served in the Army.
U.S. Air Force officer passes in front of a MQ-9 Reaper drone, one of a squadron that has arrived to step up the fight against the Taliban, at the Kandahar air base, Afghanistan January 23, 2018. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. military MQ-9 drone was shot down in Yemen's Dhamar governate, southeast of the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday.
A Houthi military spokesman had earlier said that air defenses had brought down a U.S. drone.
The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the drone was shot down late on Tuesday.