The U.S. has sent nuclear-capable Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bombers to the United Kingdom for strategic missions in Europe.
A “Bomber Task Force” arrived at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford on Thursday from the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, U.S. Air Forces Europe-Africa (USAFE) said in a press release.
“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,” the statement read.
According to Gloucestershire Live, two B-52s arrived at RAF Fairford on Thursday with more expected Friday.
Up to six B-52s are expected to arrive before the weekend, a source told Military.com.
The arrival of the B-52s comes ahead of NATO-GEO EX 19, a NATO-Georgia joint multinational brigade-level computer-assisted command post exercise, though it is unclear whether the B-52s will be involved.
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