UK Carrier Strike Group Phase 2 in convoy as they transit through the Suez Canal. HMS Queen Elizabeth transits in the convoy 20210706 Credit MOD Crown Copyright.jpg
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How Carrier Strike Group Is Influenced By Second World War Dambuster Heroes

617 Squadron and their F-35B Lightning jets are deployed on HMS Queen Elizabeth as part of the Carrier Strike Group 21 deployment.

UK Carrier Strike Group Phase 2 in convoy as they transit through the Suez Canal. HMS Queen Elizabeth transits in the convoy 20210706 Credit MOD Crown Copyright.jpg

As the name suggests, 617 Squadron – the Dambusters – was established in 1943 to carry out raids on German dams in the Second World War.

On 16 May 1943, the first of 19 Lancaster bombers took off from RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire, to drop 'bouncing bombs' on dams in Germany's industrial heartland.  

At the time, the squadron was equipped with cutting edge technology.

Squadron Leader Stewart Campbell, Executive Officer, 617 Squadron, said the squadron has since "gone from strength to strength" and is "always at the forefront of technology".

Now, 617 Squadron is currently on board the Royal Navy's flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth as part of the Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) deployment – equipped with F-35B Lightning aircraft.

And Sqn Ldr Campbell said the squadron is "the tip of the spear of the Carrier Strike Group".

"We are taking part in exercises and operations from British waters all the way through Europe, the Middle East, and are currently steaming towards the South China Sea and the Far East," he said.

Cover image: UK Carrier Strike Group Phase 2 in convoy as it transits through the Suez Canal (Picture: MOD).