A £300 million investment package for RAF Marham has been announced by the Prime Minister on a visit to the base this afternoon, Thursday, February 19.
David Cameron confirmed the cash, which defence chiefs say could create up to 1,700 jobs in construction and the supply chain, after touring the site and meeting servicemen and women.
The money is being spent to prepare the base for the arrival of the new F-35 Lightning jets, which are due to be stationed there from 2018.
An American F-35 squadron is also due to be based at nearby RAF Lakenheath from 2020.
And Mr Cameron said: “The East of England has a proud military tradition and today’s announcement is fantastic news for the 4,500 people employed at RAF Marham and the region as a whole.
“This is a clear example of how the decisions we have made as part of our long-term economic plan are enabling us to invest, creating the jobs, growth and investment that will benefit hard-working people here in Marham and across the UK.”
South West Norfolk Elizabeth Truss, who accompanied Mr Cameron on his tour, was delighted by the announcement.
She said: “To have this as a key part of our long-term economic plan for East Anglia is fantastic.”