UK Declares F-35B Initial Operational Capability
The United Kingdom has formally announced Initial Operational Capability for its land-based F-35 fleet, becoming the 5th service to declare their fleet ready for combat.
UK Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson MP made the announcement during an event at RAF Marham in England, the home base for British F-35s. The base has benefited from considerable investment in support of F-35 sustainment, including a new integrated training centre for pilots and maintenance crew, the development of which was led by Lockheed Martin.
The F-35 is creating security and prosperity for the UK, providing 5th Generation capabilities and generating $1 billion per year for the UK economy.