617 Squadron presented with a new Standard during a Consecration Parade Picture RAF 2
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617 Squadron Presented With New Standard

617 Squadron, ‘The Dambusters’, have been presented with a new Standard during a Consecration Parade.

617 Squadron presented with a new Standard during a Consecration Parade Picture RAF 2

(Picture: RAF).

617 Squadron, ‘The Dambusters’, have been presented with a new Standard during a Consecration Parade.

The parade at RAF Marham in Norfolk celebrated the Squadron’s 75th anniversary during the centenary year of the Royal Air Force (RAF), as well as the start of their new chapter as ‘Lightning Force Squadron’, which is jointly manned by the RAF and the Royal Navy.

617 Squadron has been reformed with the introduction of Britain’s most advanced war plane ever, the F-35B Lightning stealth fighter jet.

The jets will be based at RAF Marham, whilst also being used from aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth which is currently off the coast of the United States, preparing to conduct flight trials with the aircraft.

617 Squadron personnel and their families, alongside 617 Squadron World War II veterans, watched the Consecration by the Chaplain in Chief, Air Vice Marshal John Ellis.

The F35 fighter jet is a key part of the Modernising Defence Programme (Picture: Ministry of Defence/Crown Copyright).
617 Squadron will be flying the F-35B (Picture: MoD).

617 Squadron personnel and their families, alongside 617 Squadron World War II veterans, watched the Consecration by the Chaplain in Chief, Air Vice Marshal John Ellis.

Officer Commanding 617 Squadron, Wing Commander John Butcher said: “It was an absolute honour to lead the personnel of 617 Squadron today as they received their new standard in front of the Chief of the Air Staff, distinguished guests and families.

“I was exceptionally proud of everyone on parade today, and everyone behind the scenes, who have worked so hard this week to put together a fantastic event.

“The weather has been against them all week with wind and rain to deal with and a last minute change of location but they have all pulled together and should be justly proud of what they have achieved.”

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier at the Consecration Parade (Picture: RAF).
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier at the Consecration Parade (Picture: RAF).

617 Squadron was nicknamed ‘The Dambusters’ after taking part raids destroyed the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe Dams in Germany with the use of the bouncing bomb.

Their achievements were later immortalised in a film.

Each Squadron has a Standard on which their Operational Honours are displayed. A new Standard is issued every 25 years.