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Nov 16 2021

Allies successfully complete Bomber Task Force mission

RAMSTEIN, Germany – Two US B-1 Bombers and approximately 200 personnel from Dyess Air Force Base, US deployed to RAF Fairford, UK have successfully completed their Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission and are returning to Dyess AFB.

Beginning in early October, two B-1 Bombers and US personnel deployed to the UK to work and integrate with Allies as well as US theatre of operation commands for the BTF mission.

We are building the Agile Combat Employment framework alongside our allies and partners to launch a cohesive team, postured and ready, to respond to adversary aggression

"Maintaining peace and security across the globe requires a fighting force capable of manoeuvring through various domains of warfare," said General Jeff Harrigian, Allied Air Command Commander. "We are building the Agile Combat Employment framework alongside our allies and partners to launch a cohesive team, postured and ready, to respond to adversary aggression."

The US bombers integrated with 4th and 5th generation Allied fighters from F-16s and Typhoons to F-35s. Further practicing long-range fighter-bomber escort and communication procedures.

The focus of these missions was in the Baltic and Black Seas. Strategic bomber missions highlight NATO's ability to execute flying missions, sustain readiness and support Allies and Partners around the globe in vital strategic locations.

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UK F-35s and Typhoons provided an escort to US B-1s and B-52s during a  Bomber Task Force mission through the North Sea. Photo courtesy of RAF. Archived photo.
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A US B-1B was refueled over the Black Sea by a Turkish KC-135 during a bomber task force mission. Photo courtesy of Turkish Air Force. Archived photo.
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(Archived Photo) A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., takes-off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, in support of a Bomber Task Force deployment, Feb. 2, 2021. Maintaining a safe, secure, effective and ready bomber force is critical to deterring strategic attack against the U.S. and its allies. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob M. Thompson

Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office

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