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F-35B Lightning at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort (Image:UK Royal Navy)

The UK Royal Navy has taken delivery of its 14th F-35B lightning II fighter aircraft set to operate from HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

Operated jointly by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, the F-35 Lightning jets will be able to operate on land or embarked on the UK’s new aircraft carriers, the Navy said in a statement Monday.

The delivery is a significant milestone for the jet programme, coming shortly after the formal commissioning of HMS Queen Elizabeth into the Royal Navy, the statement read.

This is the final F-35B fighter jet scheduled for delivery for 2017. RAF Marham will be the Main Operating Base for the Lightning Force in the UK and from here, they will deploy forward to either embark the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, or operate from deployed operating bases.

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