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A B-1B Lancer, B-2 Spirit and B-52 Stratofortress are parked on the ramp at Royal Air Force Fairford, U.K., June 12, 2017. This marks the first time in history that all three of Air Force Global Strike Command’s strategic bomber aircraft are simultaneously in the European Theatre, demonstrating the flexible global strike capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl Jenson) Historic first for Air Force strategic bombers
A B-1B Lancer, B-2 Spirit and B-52 Stratofortress are parked on the ramp at Royal Air Force Fairford, U.K., June 12, 2017. This marks the first time in history that all three of Air Force Global Strike Command’s strategic bomber aircraft are simultaneously in the European Theatre, demonstrating the flexible global strike capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl Jenson)
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Great Britain Royal Marine joint terminal attack controllers call in military aircraft during exercise Saber Strike 17 at Adazi Military Base, Latvia, June 5, 2017. During the exercise, U.S. and NATO JTACs controlled air strike operations with U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons, a B-52 Stratofortress, and a B-1B Lancer. Saber Strike 17 highlights the inherent flexibility of ground and air forces to rapidly respond to crises allowing for the right presence where it is needed, when it is needed. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)
US, NATO JTACs work together during Saber Strike 17
Great Britain Royal Marine joint terminal attack controllers call in military aircraft during exercise Saber Strike 17 at Adazi Military Base, Latvia, June 5, 2017. During the exercise, U.S. and NATO JTACs controlled air strike operations with U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons, a B-52 Stratofortress, and a B-1B Lancer. Saber Strike 17 highlights
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A B-2 Spirit deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., taxis the runway at RAF Fairford, U.K., June 9, 2017. Strategic bomber missions enhance the readiness and training necessary to respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Miguel Lara III) Air Force B-2 "Spirit" Stealth Bombers arrive in UK
Two B-2 Spirit stealth bombers joined B-1B Lancers and B-52H Stratofortresses June 9 to participate in theater bomber assurance and deterrence operations.
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A U.S. Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker, 756th Air Refueling Squadron, leads the formation of Two USAF B-1B Lancers, 28th Bomb Wing, one USAF B-52H, 2nd Bomb Wing, two German air force Eurofighter Typhoons, Two Polish air force F-16 Fighting Falcons, U.S. Navy Boeing P-8 Poseidon and two USAF F-16 Fighting Falcons, 510th Fighter Squadron, while participating in BALTOPS over the Baltic Sea, June 9, 2017. The exercise is designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, to strengthen combined response capabilities, as well as demonstrate resolve among Allied and Partner Nations' forces to ensure stability in, and if necessary defend, the Baltic Sea region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder) Ensuring Global Reach through Interoperable Partnerships
More than 50 aircraft from across Europe, including Germany, Poland, and the United States, are participating in this year’s BALTOPS exercise in the Baltic Region. Of the 50, there are three B-52H Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and three B-1B Lancers from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. From inert-mine laying and recovery to rapid response simulations, the strategic use of bombers, along with tankers and fighter aircraft, in annual exercises such as BALTOPs and Saber Strike enable the U.S. to demonstrate our collective ability to deter aggression anywhere, any time.
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U.S. Air National Guard 1st Lt. Alex Begue, 171st Air Refueling Squadron pilot, flies a KC-135 Stratotanker during exercise Saber Strike 17 above Riga, Latvia, June 8, 2017. The crew off-loaded almost 50,000 pounds of fuel into a U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command B-1B Lancer during the flight. Saber Strike 17 promotes regional stability and security, while strengthening partner capabilities and fostering trust. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh) KC-135 Stratotanker refuel
U.S. Air National Guard 1st Lt. Alex Begue, 171st Air Refueling Squadron pilot, flies a KC-135 Stratotanker during exercise Saber Strike 17 above Riga, Latvia, June 8, 2017. The crew off-loaded almost 50,000 pounds of fuel into a U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command B-1B Lancer during the flight. Saber Strike 17 promotes regional stability and
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A B-1B Lancer assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., receives maintenance on the tarmac at Royal Air Force Fairford, U.K., June 7, 2017. Approximately 800 Striker Airmen from Air Force Global Strike Command are participating in joint and combined exercises in the European theatre with 14 allied and partner nations, enhancing the Air Force’s interoperability and resiliency with allied nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Miguel Lara III) B-1B Lancers support BALTOPS and Saber Strike exercises
B-1B Lancers assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., joined B-52H Stratofortresses and approximately 800 U.S. Air Force Global Strike Airmen at RAF Fairford, June 8 to participate in U.S. European Command’s exercises.
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon, 510th Fighter Squadron, taxis after returning from a BALTOPS training mission at Krzesiny Air Base, Poland, June 8, 2017. BALTOPS is an annually recurring multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve of allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region. Participating nations include Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder) Fighters at BALTOPS
An F-16 Fighting Falcon, 510th Fighter Squadron, taxis after returning from a BALTOPS training mission at Krzesiny Air Base, Poland, June 8, 2017. BALTOPS is an annually recurring multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve of allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region.
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A load crew team from the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron removes BDU-50s, (inert munitions) general purpose unguided conventional weapons, from a B-52H Stratofortress at RAF Fairford, U.K., June 5, 2017. B-52s and Airmen from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., are working side-by-side NATO allies and partners during BALTOPS, Saber Strike and Arctic Challenge missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Curt Beach) B-52 Stratofortresses execute Saber Strike 17 missions
RAF FAIRFORD, U.K.— Three B-52H Stratofortresses and Airmen from U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command began conducting missions in support of Saber Strike 17 at Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, June 5, 2017.
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Senior Airman Thriston Noel, 351st Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, refuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon, 510th Fighter Squadron, from a KC-135R Stratotanker during BALTOPS exercise over Latvia, June 7, 2017. The U.S. Air Force is supporting this exercise with approximately 900 Airmen, eight F-16s from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, four KC-135 Stratotankers from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, U.S. Air Force Reserve 459th Air Refueling Wing, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland,
one Air Force Reserve E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) from the 513th Aerial Control Group, B-52s from RAF Fairford, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma and Airmen from the 1st Combat Communication Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany are supporting this multinational exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder) Fueling the Fight
Senior Airman Thriston Noel, 351st Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, refuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon, 510th Fighter Squadron, from a KC-135R Stratotanker during BALTOPS exercise over Latvia, June 7, 2017. The U.S. Air Force is supporting this exercise with approximately 900 Airmen, eight F-16s from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy,
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Airman 1st Class Andrew Winkler, left, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, and Staff Sgt. Eric Stevenson, right, 100th AMXS, inspect a KC-135R Stratotanker during BALTOPS exercise at Powidz Air Base, Poland, June 6, 2017. The U.S. Air Force is supporting the exercise with approximately 900 Airmen, eight F-16s from the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, four KC-135 Stratotankers from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, U.S. and U.S. Air Force Reserve 459th Air Refueling Wing, Joint Base Andres, Maryland, one Air Force Reserve E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) from the 513th Aerial Control Group, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma and Airmen from the 1st Combat Communication Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany will be supporting this multinational exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder) BALTOPS 2017 Kicks Off
Exercise BALTIC OPERATIONS (BALTOPS) is underway in the Baltic Sea region until 16 June. Air, maritime, and ground assets from several NATO Allies and Partner Nations are involved in the live training event that started from Szczecin, Poland and finishes in Kiel, Germany.
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