A Typhoon fighter aircraft escorted United States Air Force B-1 Bombers on their transatlantic transit to RAF Fairford as part of the latest Bomber Task Force mission.
In a news release, the RAF say that the Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby escorted the two B-1 Bombers as they approached UK airspace on the West Coast.
“The Bombers approached UK airspace as part of their pre-planned transatlantic flight to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. As well as escorting the United States Air Force Bombers inside the UK’s area of interest, flying with other NATO aircraft provided a key training opportunity for the Typhoon.Bomber Task Force missions demonstrate U.S commitment to the collective defence of NATO and contribute to stability in the European theatre. Strategic Bomber missions enhance the readiness necessary to respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe.
The planning and delivery of RAF support to Bomber Task Force enhances bilateral understanding of support to joint operations and multi-domain integration where opportunities for Maritime or Land support exists as part of the Bomber Task Force series of activity. The Bomber Task Force therefore presents the UK with an excellent opportunity to strengthen the bilateral relationship.”
Group Captain Peterson was quoted as saying:
“This Bomber Task Force mission further demonstrates the UK’s unwavering commitment to NATO and highlights the close relationship we enjoy with our U.S allies.”
Gen Harrigian, United States Air Force Europe Commander, was also quoted:
“Bomber Task Force missions amplify our coalition reach and project our collective power within the European and African theatres. By training and integrating with our allies and partners, we are expanding our ability to adapt to challenges and counter adversaries in the global security environment.”