On 10th January 2019, whilst visiting their base, the U.K. Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, declared the nine F-35B Lightning II's of 617 Squadron as ready for operations.

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He also took the opportunity to confirm the successful culmination of a $540 million program to upgrade the Royal Air Force's Eurofighter Typhoon fleet with Storm Shadow cruise missiles, the Meteor air-to-air missile and the Brimstone ground-attack weapon.