Lightning strikes more than twice as Navy’s new jet tests array of firepower
23 August 2016

The F-35 Lightning II – the Royal Navy’s jet of tomorrow – has undergone its most intense month of weapons testing yet.

Using ranges on and off the west coast of the USA, the stealth fighters fired or launched 30 pieces of weaponry including smart bombs and heat-seeking air-to-air missiles.

Culdrose handlers focus USS Wasp’s sting on Daesh forces in Med
22 August 2016

Sailors who will direct Lightning II strike fighters on operations from HMS Queen Elizabeth are honing their skills with the USS Wasp in the Med.

Six handlers from Culdrose are serving aboard the amphibious assault ship which is a launchpad for attacks on Daesh forces in Libya.