U.S. B-52 Stratofortresses conduct multi-lateral NATO exercise with Allies in Eastern Europe

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Two U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron integrated with NATO Allies in eastern Europe, Mar. 9, 2023.

The bombers, who are forward deployed to Moron Air Base, Spain, for a Bomber Task Force deployment, flew down the Mediterranean as they proceeded to Bulgaria for an integration with Bulgarian Armed Forces strengthening NATO posture in Eastern Europe.

The aircraft then flew into Romania taking part into a NATO exercise.

“Bomber Task Force missions highlight U.S. capabilities and commitment to work closely with our allies and partners,” said Maj. Douglas Hulsey, Bomber Task Force planner. “Working together with our NATO counterparts allows us to optimize our combined capabilities while deterring aggression against NATO.”

Upon conclusion of the NATO exercise in Romania, the Stratofortresses continued their mission into Hungary enhancing the readiness and training necessary of the aircrew.

“The readiness of our strategic bomber force plays a critical role in our unwavering support to NATO,” said Timothy Humpal, Bomber Task Force planner. “Missions like this provide invaluable training opportunities to improve our interoperability alongside our Allies in a complex security environment.

Bomber Task Force missions prove and reinforce our interoperability and maintains our common air awareness in EUCOM area of operation. 

Together NATO is engaged, postured, and ready with credible forces to assure, deter and defend every inch of NATO territory in an increasingly complex security environment.

Coverage of BTF deployments will be available on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service at https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/bombertaskforceeurope.

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