Bomber Task Force Europe: B-52s improve capabilities and demonstrate allied cohesion in the Mediterranean

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Two B-52s from the 23rd Bomb Squadron operating out of Morón Air Base, Spain flew a Bomber Task Force mission over the Mediterranean region, March 22, 2023.

The aircraft integrated with Italian F-35s and Hellenic F-16s to refine interoperability procedures over Southern Europe. The use of the B-52 aircraft demonstrates the U.S. commitment to international treaties and allies’ concerns while maintaining real world capabilities at the heart of our exercises.

“The level of quality and precision that the U.S. and our Allies bring to our Bomber Task Force missions ensure our success in our common domain awareness,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Loucks, Commander, 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron. “All aircraft that we train in this theater promote deterrence through regional and global security.”

The bomber aircraft also integrated with Hungarian Armed Forces, flying with their JAS 39 Gripens in joint terminal attack controller training in their airspace, demonstrating allied cohesion and assurance of our partners.

“Integrating with our partners enable us to maintain a sufficient and sustainable force posture in Europe to act when called upon,” said Lt. Col Loucks.

The Bomber Task Force Europe series of missions prove and reinforce our interoperability and maintain our common air and maritime domain awareness in the European Command area of responsibility.

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