F35-B Fighters Land in UK’s Cyprus Base for Training, Tests

F-35B aircraft pass on a runway after landing at the Akrotiri Royal air forces base near city of Limassol, Cyprus, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Six F35-B Lightning warplanes, the U.K.'s newest fighter, arrived at a British air base on Cyprus to carry out training and a systems test in the aircraft's first overseas deployment. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, Pool)

AKROTIRI, Cyprus (AP) — Six F35-B Lightning warplanes, the U.K.’s newest fighter, arrived Tuesday at a British air base on Cyprus for training and a systems test in the aircraft’s first overseas deployment.

The jets from 617 Squadron, flown by three British Royal Navy and three Royal Air Force pilots, touched down at RAF Akrotiri for what officials said will be a six-week deployment on the eastern Mediterranean island nation as part of Exercise Lightning Dawn.

RAF Akrotiri Station Commander Christopher Snaith said the deployment will let pilots put the planes through their paces, test logistics and sharpen ground crew training.

Snaith said the training aims to prepare the aircraft for its first deployment aboard the U.K.’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, and to develop its strike capability.

F-35B aircraft pass on a runway after landing at the Akrotiri Royal air forces base near city of Limassol, Cyprus, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Six F35-B Lightning warplanes, the U.K.’s newest fighter, arrived at a British air base on Cyprus to carry out training and a systems test in the aircraft’s first overseas deployment. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, Pool)

There are no current plans to have the aircraft conduct combat missions, said Snaith.

Flight training will take place over waters south of Cyprus and won’t involve any weapons.

Snaith said RAF Akrotiri was selected for training because it’s far away enough from the U.K. to “stretch logistics,” but familiar enough to U.K. pilots, some of whom have flown out of the air base before.


By MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS Associated Press

People take photos as the F-35B aircraft lands at Akrotiri Royal air forces base near city of Limassol, Cyprus, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Six F35-B Lightning warplanes, the U.K.’s newest fighter, arrived at a British air base on Cyprus to carry out training and a systems test in the aircraft’s first overseas deployment. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, Pool)
F-35B aircrafts fly over the Akrotiri Royal air forces base before landing, near city of Limassol, Cyprus, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Six F35-B Lightning warplanes, the U.K.’s newest fighter, arrived at a British air base on Cyprus to carry out training and a systems test in the aircraft’s first overseas deployment. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, Pool)
A F-35B aircraft flies over the Akrotiri Royal air forces base before landing, near city of Limassol, Cyprus, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Six F35-B Lightning warplanes, the U.K.’s newest fighter, arrived at a British air base on Cyprus to carry out training and a systems test in the aircraft’s first overseas deployment. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, Pool)
British soldiers wave to the F-35B aircraft after landing at Akrotiri Royal air forces base near city of Limassol, Cyprus, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Six F35-B Lightning warplanes, the U.K.’s newest fighter, arrived at a British air base on Cyprus to carry out training and a systems test in the aircraft’s first overseas deployment. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, Pool)
F-35B aircraft fly over the Akrotiri Royal air forces base before landing, near coastal city of Limassol, Cyprus, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Six F35-B Lightning warplanes, the U.K.’s newest fighter, arrived at a British air base on Cyprus to carry out training and a systems test in the aircraft’s first overseas deployment. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, Pool)
A pilot is seen in a F-35B aircraft after landing at Akrotiri Royal air forces base near coastal city of Limassol, Cyprus, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Six F-35B landing in the first time at the Akrotiri British Royal air forces. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, Pool)
A F-35B aircraft lands at Akrotiri Royal air forces base near coastal city of Limassol, Cyprus, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Six F35-B Lightning warplanes, the U.K.’s newest fighter, arrived at a British air base on Cyprus to carry out training and a systems test in the aircraft’s first overseas deployment. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, Pool)

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  1. This is a disgrace… not only does Nato Members Turkey and Britain occupy the land of Cyprus for military launching of criminal war crimes bombing and genocide of foreign citizens ..like Iraq, Syria, libya, and Yemen from Cyprus ..but thanks to Anastasides..they will shortly occupy most of the territorial waters of Cyprus when France, the United States, and Turkey….build there massive Oil rigs in the number 1 rated pristine and quality water and beaches of the EU and among the top ten internationally, ranked coastlines of Cyprus, which will threaten the entire jewel of the Mediterranean with polluted oil spills and slicks that can damage the marine life , cultural coastline and beaches of Cyprus , destroy the Tourist business and Hotel and restaurants..and boating industries!

    Not to mention , when you add the U.S , France, and Turkeys Naval warships who will be provided by Anastasides service ports for their docking and Navigation to protect the likes if Exxon Mobil ..who was thrown out of Venezuela because they couldn’t understand why there huge oil reserves were not making a lot more money for its people..so they nationalized it …correctly, and the rest is history!

    Add the massive number of Oil tankers needed to transport this fools gold… and you turn Cyprus into ..one large Gas Station ..like Kuwait ..now owned by Nato countries France, U.S. Britain and Turkey!

    Wale up people of Cyprus..you are witnessing the complete take over of your country!

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