The U.S. Army B-52 bombers reached Fairford station, the airbase of Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom. The military aircraft will join the multinational exercises held in the Baltic States and the Scandinavian countries – Arctic Challenge, Saber Strike and BALTOPS. The U.S. Command in Europe reported that on Friday, June 2.
‘B-52H Stratofortresses from Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, and 800 Airmen, deployed to Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, to support various exercises throughout Europe this June. Training with Allies and joint partners improves coordination between Allies and enables the U.S. Air Force to build enduring relationships necessary to confront a broad range of global challenges. The strategic bomber deployment will support exercises Arctic Challenge, Saber Strike and BALTOPS in the U.S. European Command area of responsibility. U.S. European Command. The deployment of strategic bombers strengthens the effectiveness of RAF Fairford as the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa’s forward operating bomber location, while providing important integration and interaction with our joint partners, UK and NATO allies,’ reads the message at the U.S. European Command’s website.
The mentioned international exercises will be taking place this month; every drill will involve U.S. and UK regular army formations.