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How RAF Marham’s powerful impact on the world stage is felt at its Norfolk home

PUBLISHED: 15:33 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:33 28 March 2018

A Tornado GR4 inside a hangar at RAF Marham. Picture: Ian Burt

A Tornado GR4 inside a hangar at RAF Marham. Picture: Ian Burt

Whether it is its role in the Second World War, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan or aiding the current battle against Daesh in Syria, RAF Marham’s effect has been felt around the globe.

A Tornado GR4 taking off at RAF Marham. Picture: Ian BurtA Tornado GR4 taking off at RAF Marham. Picture: Ian Burt

Yet as the air force approaches its 100th anniversary, nowhere is this remarkable base’s impact felt more than at its Norfolk home.

To the casual observer, it can be easy to neglect what goes on behind the high security gates of the military site in West Norfolk.

The nature of the air force’s activities mean much of what servicemen and workers do there is, necessarily, kept under wraps to give us a tactical advantage over the enemies who seek to harm us.

But it is playing a significant role internationally, changing the course of battles which are so important to the peace and prosperity of the world.

RAF Marham Station Commander, Group Captain Cab Townsend. Picture: Ian BurtRAF Marham Station Commander, Group Captain Cab Townsend. Picture: Ian Burt

With more than 3,500 servicemen, civil servants and contractors at the base, that not only puts West Norfolk on the map but is an economic boost to the county to boot.

With the arrival of the hi-tech stealth F-35B Lighning fighter jets this year, RAF Marham’s role on the world stage seems secured for the 35 to 40 year lifespan of the aircraft.

Indeed, with the technological advances it will gives us, Marham’s influence - and by extension the impact it has on Norfolk - is only set to grow.

■ See this weekend’s EDP for moe about the 100th anniversary of the RAF.


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