Being an argumentitive batard I started a thread here: http://www.f-16.net/f-16_forum_viewtopic-t-12631.html
just for the heck of it, not knowing anything at all really about this JSF-B/F-35B issue for our new LHDs. In the process of understanding some necessary things about ski-jumps and 'bedford arrays' I found out a lot of useful information (to me anyway) but I can't really say much else. Probably a third 'specially outfitted' LHD would be required to run 'DAVE' (RN slang term for JSF-B) while perhaps the first two LHDs could be spare decks in a pinch.
I reckon once the two LHDs are in RAN service 'the penny will drop', the 'running landings' might be possible perhaps on an LHD but not required. Anyway I see a squadron or two of F-35Bs useful for the RAAF and if they could be operated temporarily from an LHD then that is a good thing (much like the ARMY attempt to opoerate their helos from whatever flat decks available). I've been out too long to know/say much more than that but I'll be informing myself about this issue via the internet for sure. It is great to see the RN FAA getting ahead of what might be required to operate their JSF from new CVFs, testing the 'Bedford Array' while they will cooperate with USMC on ski jump testing and the like. Go RNers!
"Bedford Array" info (new landing aid for 'rolling landings' or SRVL) starts around here: http://www.f-16.net/f-16_forum_viewtopic-t-12631-postdays-0-postorder-asc-start-210.html