B-1B Lancer bombers have arrived at RAF Fairford in the United Kingdom.
The strategic bomber deployment will support exercises Sabre Strike and BALTOPS, familiarising aircrew with air bases and operations in different geographic combatant commands.
US Air Force Lt. Col. Daniel Diehl, the 37th Bomb Squadron commander said:
“Adding the B-1 provides us the opportunity to show the world we can expertly integrate our bomber’s unique capabilities and demonstrate the U.S. commitment to supporting global security and our ability to launch a credible strategic defence force.”
According to a press release, US Strategic Command bomber forces regularly participate in events like BALTOPS and Sabre Strike, which enables crews to train alongside NATO allies and regional partners, while exercising the United States key bomber capabilities.
US Air Force Lt. Col. Timothy Beck, the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander said:
“We have a really unique opportunity here. On a routine day-to-day basis we get to train with the land, air and naval forces of both NATO allies and partners in the region.
By doing this we’re able to validate our safe, secure, effective and ready deterrent bomber force firsthand.”
US Air Force Col. Jared Kennish, the 322nd Air Expeditionary Group commander said:
“These strategic bomber missions, especially when integrated, provide unparalleled training opportunities for our forces to work together in a joint environment.
Our bomber forces routinely conduct these types of engagements with allies and partners…strengthening our capabilities and ensuring our ability to prepare for contingencies and rapidly response to crises.”