The Prince of Wales will visit the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jets at RAF Marham today.

Four F-35 Lightning jets arrived at their new UK home in Norfolk last month, with a further five expected to arrive next week.

Prince Charles also met members of 617 Squadron, the UK's first-front line Lightning Squadron.

Officer Commanding of 617 Squadron, Wing Commander John Butcher was one of the pilots when the first jets arrived last month, and told Forces News:

"It was absolutely fantastic to have His Royal Highness here today and to have the opportunity to show him the aircraft, talk about the capabilities and for him to meet the people that are key enablers for us to be able to operate it.

"It was just an absolute privilege.

"I think in particular, His Royal Highness was really impressed with how different the capability is compared to previous aircraft types."

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Prince Charles met personnel at the RAF base.

617 Squadron was formally stood up as the first operational F-35B Lightning II squadron in April.

Britain currently has 15 F-35Bs - the short take-off and vertical landing variant of the jets - and has pledged to purchase 138 in total from American Aviation giant Lockheed Martin.

Later this year, F-35 flight trials will take place off the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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