A Bomber Task Force deployment of B-2 Spirit stealth bomber aircraft have arrived at RAF Fairford for a deployment to conduct theatre integration and flying training.
The aircraft departed Lajes Field, Portugal, and conducted bombing training runs over Garvie Island (one of the main targets for live firing by the military in the UK, near Cape Wrath) before landing at RAF Fairford.
The deployment of strategic bombers to the UK helps exercise RAF Fairford as US Air Forces in Europe’s forward operating location for bombers, say the US Air Force.
“Operating bombers from forward locations enables collective defense capabilities and provides the U.S. and NATO the strategic and operational capacity needed to deter adversaries while assuring our allies and partners,” said Lt. Gen Steven Basham, Deputy Commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa.
The deployment also includes joint and allied training in the US European Command theater to improve bomber interoperability.
“Integrating with our NATO allies and theater partner nations, as well as other U.S. Air Force and joint units, enables us to build enduring and strategic relationships while greatly enhancing global stability and security.”