AP PHOTOS: Navy tests new fighter jet off Virginia's coast

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An F-35C Lightning II test aircraft does maneuvers during test flights aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower of the coast of Norfolk, Va., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. The aircraft is scheduled to be deployed in 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
An F-35C Lightning II test aircraft taxies on the deck aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower of the coast of Norfolk, Va., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. The aircraft is scheduled to be deployed in 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
F-35C Lightning II test aircraft pilot Lt. Chris Karapostoles give a thumbs up to the flight crew as he prepares to taxi aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower of the coast of Norfolk, Va., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. The aircraft is due to be deployed in 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
An F-35C Lightning II test aircraft approaches for a landing aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower of the coast of Norfolk, Va., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. The aircraft is expected to be deployed with the Navy in 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
An F-35C Lightning II test aircraft launches from the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower of the coast of Norfolk, Va., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. The aircraft is scheduled to be deployed in 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
An F-35C Lightning II waits during testing aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower of the coast of Norfolk, Va., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
An F-35C Lightning II test aircraft is on static display in the hanger deck of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower of the coast of Norfolk, Va., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. The aircraft was doing test landings and launches from the ship. The aircraft is expected to be deployed in 2018 with the Navy. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
An F-35C Lightning II test aircraft, foreground, is tended to by flight crews as another, top, awaits to launch aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower of the coast of Norfolk, Va., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. The aircraft is scheduled to be deployed by the navy in 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
An F-35C Lightning II test aircraft approaches for a landing aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower of the coast of Norfolk, Va., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. The aircraft is expected to be deployed with the Navy in 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
An F-35C Lightning II test aircraft taxies on the deck aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower of the coast of Norfolk, Va., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. The aircraft is scheduled to be deployed in 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
An F-35C Lightning II test aircraft is on static display in the hanger deck of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower of the coast of Norfolk, Va., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. The aircraft was doing test landings and launches from the ship. The aircraft is expected to be deployed in 2018 with the Bavy. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
An F-35C Lightning II test aircraft is on static display in the hanger deck of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower of the coast of Norfolk, Va., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. The aircraft was doing test landings and launches from the ship. The aircraft is expected to be deployed in 2018 with the Navy. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
An F-35C Lightning II test aircraft is on static display in the hanger deck of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower of the coast of Norfolk, Va., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. The aircraft was doing test landings and launches from the ship. The aircraft is expected to be deployed in 2018 with the Navy. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- The Navy's newest warplane is getting a test run off the coast of Virginia.

Friday's sea trials on board the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower were the second phase of testing for the F-35C Lightning II.

The Navy's first stealth fighter, which officials hope to have ready for operations by 2018, cost about $116 million each.

The fleet completed the first round of testing on board the USS Nimitz in November 2014. Testing onboard the Eisenhower is expected to last about another week.

Three variants of the F-35 jets have been developed, one each for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. The F-35C, the model designed for aircraft carriers, is assigned to a fighter squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

The F/A-18 Super Hornet was the last new aircraft introduced to the fleet more than a decade ago.

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