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First Australian F-35s pass through Hawaii

Royal Australian Air Force Flight Lieutenant Ben Monaghan, RAAF Wing Commander Darren Clare, No. 3 Squadron commander, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Russ Mack, Pacific Air Forces deputy commander, and Sally Timbs, Australian Consul, Defense Policy, pose for a photo in front of a RAAF F-35A at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Dec. 3, 3018.

Royal Australian Air Force Flight Lieutenant Ben Monaghan, RAAF Wing Commander Darren Clare, No. 3 Squadron commander, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Russ Mack, Pacific Air Forces deputy commander, and Sally Timbs, Australian Consul, Defense Policy, pose for a photo in front of a RAAF F-35A at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Dec. 3, 3018. The F-35 marks the beginning of Australia’s technological and capability transformation to a fifth generation air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

A Royal Australian Air Force F-35A sits on the ramp at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Dec. 3, 2018.

A Royal Australian Air Force F-35A sits on the ramp at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Dec. 3, 2018. Two F-35As along with approximately 30 crewmembers traveled through Hawaii on their journey from Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, to Australia. The F-35 marks the beginning of Australia’s technological and capability transformation to a fifth generation air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

The coin to be presented to Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Leo Davies, Chief of Air Force, on behalf of U.S. Air Force Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander.

The coin to be presented to Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Leo Davies, Chief of Air Force, on behalf of U.S. Air Force Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander. The F-35 marks the beginning of Australia’s technological and capability transformation to a fifth generation air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

A Royal Australian Air Force maintenance crewmember looks over an F-35A after landing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Dec. 3, 2018.

A Royal Australian Air Force maintenance crewmember looks over an F-35A after landing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Dec. 3, 2018. To commemorate their transit through Hawaii, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Russ Mack, Pacific Air Forces deputy commander, presented a coin to the No. 3 Squadron commander. The F-35 marks the beginning of Australia’s technological and capability transformation to a fifth generation air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)