1,2,3 Gloria Estefan
20 July 2012, 05:00
The Secretary of State for Defence Phillip Hammond has announced that the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is likely to be based at RAF Marham in Norfolk.
It has been hailed by South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss 'As recognition of the superb strategic and excellent engineering capabilities that RAF Marham has to offer.'
Speaking in America, Mr Hammond announced that the jets are likely to be based at RAF Marham, but that no final decision has yet been made.
Elizabeth said "This is real recognition of the superb strategic position and excellent engineering capabilities that RAF Marham has to offer. The hi-tech facilities which are currently based at Marham for the Tornado provide hi-level expertise that would cost an estimated £50m to move. Greater cooperation with the Americans is more easily achieved by the close proximity of RAF Marham to Lakenheath and Mildenhall. RAF Marham is therefore the logical choice for the future home of the JSF.
The base also proved that its location was critical during the successful Libya campaign and service personnel are still on active duty in Afghanistan. I am delighted by the Defence Secretary's comments not only for the staff and service families at RAF Marham but also the wider community who support the base. RAF Marham is a significant contributor to the Norfolk economy and today's announcement will provide a boost to local businesses and residents that the base's future looks set to be secure for many years to come."