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RAF FAIRFORD, United Kingdom – B-52H Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, and approximately 800 Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen deployed to Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, to support a number of exercises with joint partners and UK and NATO Allies.

Training with allied nations and joint partners improves coordination between nations and enables the U.S. Air Force to build enduring relationships necessary to confront a broad range of global challenges. The strategic bomber deployment will support exercises Arctic Challenge, Saber Strike and BALTOPS in the U.S. European Command area of responsibility throughout the month of June.

The Arctic Challenge exercise, aimed at strengthening partnerships and increasing interoperability, includes participants from the U.S., Finland, Sweden, Norway, the U.K., Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and the Netherlands, as well as representatives from NATO.

For more information regarding B-52H operations related to this deployment, contact USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs at