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 Jun 20 2020

United States Air Force Conducts Two Strategic Transatlantic Missions in One Week

RAMSTEIN, Germany - On June 15 and 18, 2020, the United States Air Force conducted two a long-range, long duration strategic Bomber Task Force missions across the Atlantic into northern Europe.

On Monday, two B-52 bombers flew support missions for the multinational maritime-focused exercise BALTOPS i.a. flying low approaches over the flagship in the exercise. The B-52 bombers then flew on to conduct interoperability training and a fly-by at the Estonian Capital of Tallinn with French Air Force Mirage 2000-5 and Royal Air Force Typhoon fighters currently augmenting NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission.

A visible demonstration of our capability to extend deterrence globally
         

“Long-range strategic bomber missions to the Baltic region are a visible demonstration of our capability to extend deterrence globally,” said General Jeff Harrigian, Commander of United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, who is also in charge of NATO’s Allied Air Command.

On Thursday, B-2 Spirit stealth bombers conducted integration training with Norwegian F-35s during a long-range, long duration strategic bomber mission north of the Arctic Circle demonstrating fifth generation interoperability among Allies.

“NATO’s 5th-generation capability and integration are critical for air superiority and enables precision engagement in the most highly contested environments,” said General Harrigian, adding that operations and engagements with Allies and partners, in the Arctic region and elsewhere, demonstrate and strengthen shared commitment to global security and stability.


Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office

A United States Air Force B-52H Stratofortress long-range bomber flies over the Royal Danish Navy Absalon-class support ship HDMS Esbern Snare (L17), left, and the Swedish Royal Navy Visby-class corvette HMS Karlstad (K35) during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2020 while in the Baltic Sea, June 15, 2020. Photo by U.S. Navy/Damon Grosvenor.
Viewed from a French Mirage 2000-5 - a Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter aircraft closing up to a United States Air Force B-52 strategic bomber over Estonia on June 15, 2020. Photo courtesy French Air Force.
A United States Air Force B-2 Spirit strategic bomber departs after refueling with a KC-135 Stratotanker on June 18, 2020. The aerial refueling was conducted as part of a strategic bomber mission north of the Arctic Circle. Photo by U.S. Air Force/Joseph Barron.
Three Norwegian F-35 fifth generation fighter aircraft flying over Iceland during a previous mission. Archive photo courtesy Norwegian Air Force

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