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Strategic bombers fly mission to Gulf of Guinea

Release Number: 010621

A B-52H Stratofortress, assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, takes off out of Morón Air Base, Spain to fly over the continent of Africa in support of Bomber Task Force Europe June 9, 2021.

A B-52H Stratofortress, assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, takes off out of Morón Air Base, Spain to fly over the continent of Africa in support of Bomber Task Force Europe June 9, 2021. U.S. Strategic Command forces are on watch 24 hours a day, seven days a week to deter and defeat strategic attack against the U.S. and our allies with conventional and nuclear capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hernandez)

A B-52H Stratofortress, assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, takes off out of Morón Air Base, Spain to fly over the continent of Africa in support of Bomber Task Force Europe June 9, 2021.

A B-52H Stratofortress, assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, takes off out of Morón Air Base, Spain to fly over the continent of Africa in support of Bomber Task Force Europe June 9, 2021. The Department of Defense maintains command and control of its bomber force for any mission, anywhere in the world at any time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hernandez)


U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress aircraft from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, completed a mission to the Gulf of Guinea and around the West African coast on June 9, 2021. 

Strategic bomber aircraft, operating out of Morón Air Base, Spain, conducted the mission in support of the latest Bomber Task Force rotation. The flight over parts of Northern Africa and all of Western Africa exercised the aircraft’s capability to operate in a variety of airspaces.

“Our commitment to our African partners and our relationships with them are only growing stronger,” said Lt. Gen. Steven Basham, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa deputy commander. “Today’s mission provided an important opportunity to test and establish vital lines of communication that are key to our future operations.”

The Department of Defense maintains command and control of its bomber force for any mission, anywhere in the world, at any time.

Bomber missions demonstrate U.S. commitment to its partners and reflect the ability of our forces to address a global security environment that is more dynamic and challenging than ever.

Continuing coverage of this deployment will be available on this website and on the DVIDS hub at: https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/bombertaskforceeurope.