USAF B-52 bombers train with Ukrainian fighters

Three U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber aircraft from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, conducted vital integration training with Ukrainian fighters on Friday inside Ukraine's airspace.

Friday's strategic bomber mission is part of the long-planned deployment of six B-52s to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England.

The mission provided partners valuable midair training. In addition, the mission demonstrated how forward-located aircraft and crews, such as those in the B-52 units, enable collective defence capabilities and provide the U.S., NATO Allies and partners strategic and operational breadth to deter Russia and assure Allies and partners.

More than 200 related missions have been conducted since the Bomber Task Force launched operations in the European theatre two years ago. These ongoing bomber missions showcase the U.S. Air Force's ability to continually execute flying missions, sustain readiness and support Allies and partners across Europe, regardless of external challenges to include the current global COVID-19 crisis response.

U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) is responsible for U.S. military operations across Europe, portions of Asia and the Middle East, the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean. USEUCOM is comprised of approximately 72,000 military and civilian personnel and works closely with NATO Allies and partners.

The command is one of two U.S. forward-deployed geographic combatant commands headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.

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