MONS, Belgium – In an effort to maintain a secure and stable region, where nations work together to address security challenges, four U.S.- NATO B-52H bomber aircraft conducted a long-range, long duration strategic Bomber Task Force mission, training alongside Norwegian NATO F-16s and F-35s over the Arctic Ocean and Laptev Sea, on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.
The integration of our bombers across Europe and the Arctic is key to enhancing regional security
NATO Allies and Partners bordering on the Arctic region are working in co-operation with air activities, considered to be normal routine training, to help mitigate and reduce security risks associated with increased human activity in the Arctic.
“The Arctic is a strategic region with growing geopolitical and global importance, and these Bomber Task Force missions demonstrate our commitment to our partners and allies and our capability to deter, assure, and defend together in an increasingly complex environment,” said General Jeffrey L. Harrigian, Commander of Allied Air Command and U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Commander. “The integration of our bombers across Europe and the Arctic is key to enhancing regional security,” he added.
The U.S. bombers, from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, were supported by KC-135 Stratotankers from the 100th Air Refuelling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, and the 168th Air Refuelling Wing, Eielson Air force Base, Alaska. The combination of NATO Allies enabled the B-52s to complete the round trip from Minot Air Force Base.