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U.S. Bombers conduct Aegean Sea mission

Release Number: 020421

A B-1B Lancer takes off in support of a Bomber Task Force mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 6, 2021. Bomber Task Force missions allow the U.S., to routinely and visibly demonstrate commitment to our Allies and partners through the global employment of our military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Bennett)

A B-1B Lancer takes off in support of a Bomber Task Force mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 6, 2021. Bomber Task Force missions allow the U.S., to routinely and visibly demonstrate commitment to our Allies and partners through the global employment of our military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Bennett)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing to receive fuel during a Bomber Task Force mission over the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2021. Strategic bomber missions familiarize aircrew with air bases and operations in different geographic combatant commands’ areas of operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Barron)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing to receive fuel during a Bomber Task Force mission over the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2021. Strategic bomber missions familiarize aircrew with air bases and operations in different geographic combatant commands’ areas of operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Barron)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing departs from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing after receiving fuel during a Bomber Task Force mission over the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2021. U.S. bomber aircraft contribute to European regional security with the support of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa’s only permanent air refueling wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Barron)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing departs from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing after receiving fuel during a Bomber Task Force mission over the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2021. U.S. bomber aircraft contribute to European regional security with the support of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa’s only permanent air refueling wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Barron)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing during a Bomber Task Force mission over the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2021. The U.S. routinely and visibly demonstrates commitment to allies and partners through the global employment of its military forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Barron)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer aircraft assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing during a Bomber Task Force mission over the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2021. The U.S. routinely and visibly demonstrates commitment to allies and partners through the global employment of its military forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Barron)


As part of U.S. European Command’s continuing efforts to demonstrate the far-reaching capabilities of America’s strategic bomber aircraft, two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota conducted overflight missions in the Aegean Sea on April 7, 2021. 

This mission was part of USEUCOM’s recurring and high-visibility Bomber Task Force missions.

“U.S. security commitments to the NATO alliance remain ironclad,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Lance Landrum, USEUCOM’s director of operations. “Today's Bomber Task Force mission is another in a long list of examples of how America’s military forces sustain readiness, improve interoperability and demonstrate our nation’s ability to deliver on commitments from across the Atlantic.”

The single-day mission of the supersonic heavy bombers took the aircraft and crews nearly 12,000 nautical miles during the roundtrip flight. Launching from America’s Midwest, this B-1 bomber mission in the Aegean Sea demonstrated to ally and partner nations that the U.S. remains steadfast in its commitment to European security. The bombers were escorted by two USAF F-16 fighter jets from Aviano Air Base, Italy, before flying over the Aegean Sea.

Bomber Task Force missions have occurred in the European theater since 2018, with more than 200 sorties coordinated with Allies and partners. These missions are an integral part of long-planned operations to increase readiness and interoperability with allies and partners.