B-52 strategic bombers of the United States Air Force have deployed to the UK in support of various exercises.
B-52H Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, and about 800 Airmen from Air Force Global Strike Command deployed to RAF Fairford to support a number of exercises with joint partners, and UK and NATO allies.
Training with allied nations and joint partners improves coordination between nations and enables the U.S. Air Force to build enduring relationships necessary to confront a broad range of global challenges. The strategic bomber deployment will support exercises Arctic Challenge, Saber Strike and Baltic Operations in the U.S. European Command area of responsibility throughout the month of June 2017.
The Arctic Challenge exercise, aimed at strengthening partnerships and increasing interoperability, includes participants from the US, Finland, Sweden, Norway, the UK, Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and the Netherlands, as well as representatives from NATO.