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B-2 conducts hot-pit refueling at Lajes

A B2 stealth bomber takes off from Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal. USSTRATCOM bomber missions provide opportunities to train and work with our allies and partners in joint and coalition operations and exercises.

A B2 stealth bomber takes off from Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal. USSTRATCOM bomber missions provide opportunities to train and work with our allies and partners in joint and coalition operations and exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ricky Baptista)

A B-2 Spirit lands at Portuguese Air Base #4, Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal. Our long standing NATO ally, provided hot-pit refueling to the B-2 aircraft and showcased the interoperability and readiness capability between the two allied nations.

A B-2 Spirit lands at Portuguese Air Base #4, Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal. Our long standing NATO ally, provided hot-pit refueling to the B-2 aircraft and showcased the interoperability and readiness capability between the two allied nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ricky Baptista)

A B2 Spirit Bomber waits to complete a hot pit refueling mission at Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal. These bomber missions represent the U.S. commitment to our allies and enhance regional security.

A B2 Spirit Bomber waits to complete a hot pit refueling mission at Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal. These bomber missions represent the U.S. commitment to our allies and enhance regional security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ricky Baptista)

LAJES FIELD, Azores --

The 65th Air Base Group, in cooperation with our long standing NATO ally, provided hot-pit refueling to the B-2 aircraft and showcased the interoperability and readiness capability between the two allied nations.


As a fulcrum point of the Atlantic Air Bridge, Lajes Field provides the U.S. Department of Defense and allied nations a power projection platform for credible combat forces across Europe and Africa.


These bomber missions represent the U.S. commitment to our allies and enhances regional security. USEUCOM lives, trains, and fights with allies and partners from strategically positioned bases in Europe that are critical for a more timely and coordinated response during contingency operations and other operations as directed by area combatant commanders.


The transatlantic strategic relationship between the U.S. and Portugal is built on a 228-year-old foundation of shared values, experiences, and vision and will continue well into the future.