The “Dambusters” squadron has been saved from defence cuts because it will be the first to operate the RAF’s new fighter jets.The 617 Squadron was made famous for its heroics during the Second World War when bombers attacked dams in Germany’s Ruhr Valley using “bouncing bombs”.
It was feared it would be confined to history when the Ministry of Defence replaces its Tornado aircraft with the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).
But senior defence sources said the squadron has “privileged status” because of its history and its pilots will be the first in the RAF to operate the JSF.
The new fighters are due to be introduced in three years while existing Tornados are expected to be gradually phased out by 2019.Five RAF squadrons currently fly around 90 Tornados but it is believed only one or two will convert to the JSF, leaving the others at risk of being axed.Read more HERE
617 squadron deserves its “privileged status” and long may it remain in the defence of our nation.
Those that have never experienced War will always think War a good idea,
The Royal Artillery Prayer
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who dost everywhere lead
thy people in the way of righteousness, Vouchsafe so as to lead the
Royal Regiment of Artillery, That wherever we serve, on land or sea or in
the air, We may win the glory of doing thy will Amen.
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