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Feb 23 2021

U.S. Bombers Arrive in Norway for the First Time, Demonstrating Transatlantic Link

RAMSTEIN, Germany – U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers arrived at the Norwegian Air Base in Oerland on February 22, 2021 for the first time in the both Allies’ history.

The United States and Norway will conduct joint training to demonstrate transatlantic interoperability. These missions help build an understanding and further bolster the partnership between Allies. Overall, this will increase the lethality and readiness of the combined forces in the North of Europe.

Training with Allies like Norway enables us to hone our deterrence and defence capabilities while also enhancing regional stability

“I’m looking forward to showcasing our ability to operate out of this new location and get after the mission in fresh environments,” said Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander. “Training with allies like Norway enables us to hone our deterrence and defence capabilities while also enhancing regional stability,” he added.

One the U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers taxiing at Oerland Air Base near Trondheim in Norway. The deployment of this strategic capability showcases Allied cooperation in the region for the next weeks. It underscores the transatlantic link within the NATO Alliance. Photo courtesy Norwegian Air Force.

In compliance with U.S. and Norwegian policy, all U.S. Air Force personnel will immediately enter a restriction of movement upon arrival in Norway. All personnel were medically screened prior to travel.

Among others, the deployment will integrate 5th generation  fighter aircraft with the strategic bombers, showcasing the Allies’ advancement in technology for defence, capabilities and interoperability.

The U.S. is committed to its NATO Allies and partner nations in the region. They conduct regular and routine operations to remain flexible and agile to meet any circumstances within the operational environment.

Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office

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