RAF Lakenheath welcoming new rescue wing

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A new rescue squadron is to be activated at RAF Lakenheath.

The 48th Fighter Wing is preparing to welcome the activation of the 57th Rescue Squadron with a ceremony at the USAF base tomorrow.

In a statement, RAF Lakenheath said the activation is a purely organisational and will not alter the levels of personnel or aircraft at the base.

The 57th Rescue Squadron will consist of pararescue personnel and equipment already stationed at the base.

Operation and maintenance of RAF Lakenheath’s HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters will still reside within the 56th Rescue Squadron.

The activation will support the Overseas Force Structure Change, approved by the US Secretary of Defense in June last year.