The U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), in support of U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM), began B-52 Stratofortress bomber interoperability training missions in North Africa on September 7.
The first mission included participation from four Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF) F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets. The B-52s also will also demonstrate maritime interdiction capabilities by intercepting the U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG-80), which will simulate a hostile vessel, in the southern Mediterranean Sea.
“Conducting these missions alongside our African partners shows the strategic reach of our joint force and our collective commitment to preventing malign influence in Africa,” said Maj. Gen. Joel Tyler, U.S. Africa Command Director of Operations. “The security and stability of the African continent remains a vital U.S. interest.”
The U.S. military regularly conducts these combined theater security cooperation engagements with international partners.
“These efforts demonstrate the professionalism, agility, and capabilities of our forces with international partners to address today’s complex and dynamic global security environment, as well as our commitment to ensuring freedom of navigation in the Mediterranean Sea,” said Tyler.
These missions also enable U.S. and international partners to maintain a high state of readiness, interoperability and proficiency, strengthening the ability of the U.S. and international partners to address mutual security challenges and goals.
“These missions are another tangible way we demonstrate our commitments to our African partners,” said Tyler.