B-52 on Arctic mission with Norwegian fighter jets, thebarentsobserver.com

At least four F-35s and three F-16s from the Norwegian Air Force were flying up north wing-by-wing with the huge American long-range strategic bomber, the Norwegian Armed Forces informs.

The exercise comes just two weeks after both Swedish and Norwegian fighter jets were flying together with a B-1B strategic bomber from the U.S. Air Force over Scandinavia.

The joint exercise on Wednesday this week went much further north.

“US is our closest ally. This deployment demonstrates US commitment to the defence of Europe. US forces need to conduct exercises in Europe with its allies to be able to defend Allied territories, including our national area of responsibility. Through this kind of integrated training between close allies, both our forces increase our ability to operate together seamlessly,” said Norway’s Chief of Defence, Haakon Bruun-Hansen, in a prepared statement. […]

In a short note about long duration strategic bomber task mission throughout Europe and the Arctic region June 3, the U.S. Air Force in Europe writes “The Arctic is a strategic region with growing geopolitical and global importance, the U.S. Department of Defense is working with our Arctic nations and multinational and interagency public and private partners to maintain a secure and stable region where nations work cooperatively to address challenges.” Läs artikel

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