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US To Permanently Base F-35 In Europe

09.01.2015 10:10

The US Air Force will base the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter group in Europe at Royal Air Force station (RAF) Lakenheath in the United Kingdom, the Department of Defense announced Thursday.

"The US Air Force will permanently base the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in Europe and the secretary of defense has selected RAF Lakenheath in the United Kingdom as the first location to host two squadrons of F-35s," Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Derek Chollet said at a press conference.

The F-35s placement will lead to more collaboration, training and support opportunities between the US and the United Kingdom, the Defense Department said.