Lightning II to be
Based at RAF Marham

The new cutting edge Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft will be based at RAF Marham, the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has announced last month.

The Lightning II is the most advanced jet our Armed Forces have ever operated and the decision to base it from RAF Marham has secured the future of the base. The decision will also mean new investment and infrastructure to make RAF Marham the Main Operating Base for the aircraft.

Lightning II will be jointly operated by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy and will operate from the Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers as well as Marham.

The Defence Secretary visited RAF Marham to view the facilities and talk to personnel ahead of the announcement.

Speaking from RAF Marham, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: “This is the next step in the restructuring of the Armed Forces, providing them with the world’s most capable combat aircraft. Basing the new Lightning II at RAF Marham makes strategic sense and best use of the resources available. It also secures the future of one of the UK’s most operationally-experienced bases. The Lightning II is the most advanced jet our Armed Forces have ever operated, and carries on the tradition of the Harrier, while having far greater range, payload and defensive capability. Now this decision has been taken, we can start the planning and infrastructure investment required for RAF Marham’s future.”

RAF Marham Station Commander Group Captain David Cooper said: “I am delighted that the Secretary of State today announced that Royal Air Force Marham is selected as the Lightning II Base. This is excellent news for my personnel, for the local community and region, and for the Royal Air Force and UK Defence.”