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Sep 15 2021

US B-2 Spirit Bombers return home after Bomber task force mission

RAMSTEIN, Germany – U.S. B-2 Spirit bomber aircraft from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri successfully completed their mission with NATO Allies from late August to mid-September.

This was the first time the B-2s forward deployed to Keflavik Air Base, Iceland marking a significant event for capabilities between Allied fighter aircraft and stealth bombers. The B-2s integrated and trained with the U.K.'s typhoon fighter jets and Norway's F-35s.

Strong partnerships are essential to our ability to deter, defend and win

"Regularly cooperating bomber activities with allies and partners helps us better address challenges in today's complex global security environment," said General Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, NATO Allied Air Command commander. "Strong partnerships are essential to our ability to deter, defend and win," he added.

Strategic bomber missions highlight NATO's ability to execute flying missions, sustain readiness and support our allies and partners around the globe.

"Our ability to rotate Airmen and aircraft in theatre and integrate capabilities with our allies, particularly in the High North, highlights our collective readiness. These missions demonstrate how our combined forces are prepared to respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe," continued General Harrigian.

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Three B-2 Spirit stealth bombers, assigned to Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, arrive at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, August 23, 2021. The stealth bombers will take part in their first ever forward operation out of Iceland, highlighting Air Force Global Strike Airmen capabilities of executing bomber agile combat employment in the European theater. By training in Iceland, aircrew and Airmen are familiarizing themselves with the European theater and airspace, enhancing enduring skills and relationships with NATO allies and regional partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Victoria Hommel)
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A B-2 Spirit assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing flies overhead at RAF Fairford, England, Aug. 25, 2021. The B-2 flyover was part of a Bomber Task Force mission in which aircraft conduct theater and flight training across Europe and Africa. The BTF missions, which have been occurring since 2018, provide theater familiarization for aircrew members and opportunities for U.S. integration with NATO allies and regional partners. The bomber missions enhance readiness and provide the training necessary to respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Eugene Oliver)
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A B-2 Spirit stealth bomber assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing prepares for departure from Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, Sept. 8, 2021. The stealth bombers integrated with Royal Norwegian Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircarft enhancing bomber interoperability with partners and allied nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Victoria Hommel)

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