Britain first to take delivery of F-35 as U.S. lauds 'special relationship'

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The UK Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond shook hands with his U.S. counterpart Leon Panetta in the Pentagon’s press briefing room yesterday as the two held a model of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. Hammond is in Washington this week to oversee the handover of the first F-35 jet to Britain. Panetta used the occasion to dial up the rhetoric on the strong bond his government has with the UK. "The United Kingdom was the first partner nation to join the F-35 programme...