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

It takes Britain's total number of Lightning jets to 24, with 21 based in the UK and three stationed in the US.

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.