The arrival of 207 Squadron will now see all training on F-35 conducted in the UK.
Since 2013 Royal Air Force and Royal Navy personnel had trained alongside US Marine Corps counterparts at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in the US, say the MoD.
Minister for the Armed Forces Mark Lancaster said in a news release:
“The arrival of 207 Squadron represents another milestone in the progress of this world-beating aircraft.
As we welcome 207 Squadron home from our US allies, the transatlantic military relationship continues to be the strongest and deepest of any two nations in the world.”
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Chief of the Air Staff, said:
“I was delighted to see the second squadron of the most advanced and dynamic fighter jet in our history arrive today at RAF Marham.
Being able to train our pilots in the UK is another great leap in our sovereign capability and will ensure the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy can train our pilots to fight and win with these extraordinary jets, which will sit at the heart of our country’s globally deployable forces.”
Wing Commander Scott Williams, Officer Commanding 207 Squadron said:
“After experiencing the excellent training offered by our US allies and achieving a good level of experience and knowledge across our instructors, the time is now right to move 207 Squadron from the USA to the UK.
We are thoroughly looking forward to being based at RAF Marham and training our F-35 pilots here in the UK.”
Six aircraft aircraft took the 10-hour flight from MCAS Beaufort in South Carolina.
207 Squadron will formally stand up on 1 August 2019 and the first F-35 pilot course at RAF Marham is due to commence in early-September.