Unmanned drone aircraft in Afghanistan will be controlled from Lincolnshire after a squadron was specially reformed.
Reaper MQ-9 planes will be operated by 13 Squadron, based at RAF Waddington near Lincoln.
A ceremony took place at the base today to mark the reformation of the former Tornado squadron.
It will be the first time the armed machines have been controlled from the UK.
Within weeks, the aircraft will perform surveillance and intelligence operations through a satellite link to Waddington.
During the ceremony a small cluster of protestors held banners outside the base in opposition to the remotely controlled technology.
IN PICTURES: The parade to mark reformation of 13 Squadron at RAF Waddington...