U.S. Air Forces in Europe & Air Forces Africa
Published July 17, 2019
U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighter jets have arrived at RAF Marham, England, to participate in bilateral training with the Royal Air Force. The aircraft, pilots and supporting Airmen are deployed from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th FW at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. A Theater Security Package is a rotational force that demonstrates U.S. commitment to our partners and allies and enhances regional security.
While in England, the U.S. F-35s will conduct interoperability training with RAF F-35s. Training with NATO allies and partners allows U.S. forces to improve readiness and familiarize aircrews with the European theater.
F-35s, along with F-22 Raptors, are the world’s premier operational fifth generation fighters, possessing a unique combination of stealth, speed, agility, and situational awareness along with lethal long-range, air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry, making these aircraft the best air dominance fighters in the world. Their presence in the European theatre underscores our ability to deter current and potential threats, assure our allies and quickly respond should deterrence fail.