File photo of a British F-35B
File photo of a British F-35B (Picture: MOD).
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Number of UK's F-35s grows as three more jets join fleet

File photo of a British F-35B
File photo of a British F-35B (Picture: MOD).

The UK Armed Forces have welcomed three more F-35B Lightning jets.

The aircraft will join Britain's Lightning fleet at RAF Marham, Norfolk.

It takes the UK's total of F-35s to 24 – with 21 based domestically and three stationed in the US.

F-35s are deployed on HMS Queen Elizabeth during the Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) deployment and have been used on Operation Shader – the UK's fight against so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Last month, the UK's F-35B fleet reached the milestone of 10,000 flight hours

Watch: Timeline of the UK's F-35B fighter fleet as it hit 10,000 flight hours mark.