The United States Air Force Bomber Task Force mission was escorted by Norwegian F-16s in the north over the Barents Sea. While simultaneously over the Mediterranean it was joined by Greek F-16s and supported by a Turkish KC-135 Stratotanker. This gave a real demonstration of the Alliance's transatlantic link underlining US commitment for security in the region.
The latest mission is one of a series of similar missions that have been carried out during 2020. These missions strengthen the Alliance's capability to operate more effectively and demonstrate its ability to respond to threats while ensuring stability and security across the Euro-Atlantic area.
Greek F-16s escorting a USAF B-52 over the Mediterranean Sea book. Archive photo courtesy by Burt Traynor
The U.S. Bomber Task Force flew from the continental US to conduct theatre integration and flight training in Europe. The strategic bomber missions provide opportunities for U.S. integration with NATO Allies and regional Partners. Upon completion of the missions, the aircraft and crew immediately returned to North Dakota.