The U.S. Air Force (USAF) B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers have arrived in the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) area of operations as part of Bomber Task Force (BTF) deployment.
The aircraft, which belong to the 2nd Bomb Wing based at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, will operate out of an Royal Air Force base, RAF Fairford, in England. The contingent also includes Airmen and support equipment from the 2nd Bomb Wing.
The deployment of strategic bombers to the U.K. helps exercise RAF Fairford as U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE)’s forward operating location for bombers. The bombers are in Europe to conduct theater integration and flying training.
The deployment also includes joint and allied training in the U.S. European Command theater to improve bomber interoperability. Training with joint partners, allied nations and other U.S. Air Force units contributes to our ready and postured forces and enables us to build enduring and strategic relationships necessary to confront a broad range of global challenges.