Adversaries take notice: #B52Bombers are back and ready to roll

| October 11, 2019

Less than a month after the B-2’s departure, another Bomber Task Force deployment of B-52 Stratofortress aircraft, Airmen and support equipment from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrived at RAF Fairford, England, on 10 October, to conduct theatre integration and flying training.

“Bomber Task Force rotations provide us with a consistent and
near-continuous long-range weapon capability, and represent our ability to project air power around the globe,” said General Jeff Harrigian, commander, US Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa.

“They also provide invaluable opportunities to train and integrate with our
allies and partners in the Black Sea, Baltic and the Arctic regions. By
varying types and overall numbers of aircraft on each BTF rotation we are
able to train to a variety of scenarios and partners while we demonstrate
our ironclad commitment to our NATO allies and our promise to ensure
regional security.”

The deployment of strategic bombers to the UK helps exercise RAF Fairford as United States Air Forces in Europe’s forward operating location for bombers. The deployment also includes joint and allied training in the

US European Command theater to improve bomber interoperability. Training with joint partners, allied nations and other US Air Force units contributes to a lethal and ready force and enables us to build enduring and strategic relationships necessary to confront a broad range of global challenges.

Coverage of this deployment available here.

US European Command is one of two US forward-deployed geographic
combatant commands whose area of focus spans across Europe, portions of Asia and the Middle East, the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. The command is composed of approximately 70,000 military and civilian personnel and is responsible for US defence operations and relations with NATO and 51 countries. More information about US European Command.


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