The U.S. Air Force 48th Fighter Wing in partnership with the UK Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new F-35 infrastructure at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, July 15, 2019.
“Throughout the project we will be working closely with the local supply chain to deliver this crucial infrastructure, allowing RAF Lakenheath to become the first permanent home in Europe for the U.S. Air Force F-35 fighter jet,” said James Hindes, Kier managing director of aviation and defence.
Through the partnership with the DIO, as well as Kier and VolkerFitzpatrick construction groups, the installation will be ready to welcome the first F-35A Lightning II aircraft in late 2021. The infrastructure projects will include a flight simulator facility, a maintenance unit, new hangars and storage facilities to accommodate the new squadrons.
“This ceremony is an exciting milestone for the Liberty Wing as we prepare this installation to welcome two squadrons of F-35A Lighting II aircraft and supporting personnel,” said Col. William Marshall, 48th Fighter Wing commander. “Breaking ground on this project takes us one step closer to becoming a more lethal and ready force as U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa’s premier combat wing.”
Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones, 48th Fighter Wing