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Sat 02nd October 2021 | 02:20 AM
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 02nd October, 2021) The US Air Force said in a press release that it has activated the first F-35 squadron in Europe and the fighter jets will arrive at Royal Air Force Lakenheath station later this year.
The Air Force said in the release the base was selected to host the first F-35 squadron in Europe based on the very close ties with the Royal Air Force, the existing infrastructure and combined training opportunities.
The new squadron in Europe will consist of 27 F-35 aircraft and about 60 personnel, the release added.
The US Air Force plans to permanently keep a total of 48 F-35 fighter jets at Lakenheath station, which makes up two squadrons, according to the release.