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May 7 2020

NATO Allies train in the Baltics

MONS, Belgium – NATO Allies participated in air integration and interoperability training over the Baltic region on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

Two U.S. Air Force B-1 Lancers from Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, U.S. conducted a long-range strategic Bomber Task Force mission to the region to train with Denmark F-16s.

The Americans not only trained with the Danish but also with Estonian Joint Terminal Air Controllers in Tapa for close air support. 

Joint terminal attack controller ground teams from Estonia and NATO allied forces conduct joint interoperability training during Bomber Task Force Europe at Tapa Range, Estonia, May 5, 2020.  Training with our NATO allies and theatre partner nations contribute to enhanced residency and interoperability and enables us to build enduring relationships necessary to confront the broad range of global challenges. - Photo by Estonian Air Force

This kind of training is designed to enhance resiliency and interoperability amongst NATO allies, improving readiness and sharpening operational capabilities.

“Our nations, allies, partners, and potential adversaries should know that our forces remain ready. NATO is steadfast in its commitment to protect all Allies and our shared values,” said Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Tod D. Wolters.

Last time the U.S. Air Force B-1 Lancers were in Europe was November 2018 supporting NATO’s Trident Juncture exercise.

Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office

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