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".
And Sqn Ldr Campbell said the squadron is "the tip of the spear of the Carrier Strike Group".
Cover image: UK Carrier Strike Group Phase 2 in convoy as it transits through the Suez Canal (Picture: MOD).