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Sen. Kay Hagan, others commemorate first F-35B at Cherry Point

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U.S. Senator Kay Hagan made a stop in the East on Monday.

She and hundreds of Cherry Point civilian employees and local dignitaries commemorated the first F-35B fighter jet to come to Cherry Point.

The F-35B Lightning II is the most technologically advanced aircraft in the Marine Corps. It arrived on base last week.

The maintenance depot at Cherry Point, Fleet Readiness Center East, will maintenance the aircraft.

Given deep military budget cuts, Hagan says this plane and others like it will be an economic boost to the region.

"We've already had 19,000 people in North Carolina furloughed, and it's having a detrimental impact on the readiness of our military," said Sen. Kay Hagan.

The Marine Corps is planning on deploying the first squadron of sixteen F-35Bs to Japan in the summer of 2017.

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