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May 24 2023

Allied bombers start another Bomber Task Force in Europe

RAMSTEIN, Germany -- U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers returned to RAF Fairford, on May 23, for Bomber Task Force Europe 2023-3 to conduct a long-planned bomber rotation in support of U.S. European Command and NATO deterrence initiatives.

Two of the Texas-based supersonic bombers from Dyess Air Force Base’s 7th Bomb Wing entered the theater on 23 May integrating with Allies and Partners conducting NATO’s Air Policing and Air Shielding missions throughout the Baltic Sea region.  NATO’s trans-Atlantic capabilities enhance the robust collective defense posture of the alliance.

A B-1B Lancer from the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron flies overhead at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, May 23, 2023 for Bomber Task Force Europe 23-3. Strategic bomber missions enhance the readiness necessary to respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eugene Oliver)

NATO is engaged, postured, and ready with credible forces to assure, deter and defend every inch of NATO territory in an increasingly complex security environment. The ability to forward posture strategic bombers within the European theater enables critical touchpoints with NATO Allies and partners to advance the ability to operate as a cohesive force.

This Bomber Task Force iteration will include four B-1B strategic bombers, and the remaining two bombers are scheduled to arrive at RAF Fairford on 25 May.

Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office

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