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U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bomber aircraft arrive in Iceland for ally, partner training

B-2 Spirit Arrives at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland

Three B-2 Spirit stealth bombers assigned to Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., arrive at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, Aug. 23, 2021. The aircraft will take part in their first forward operation out of Iceland, highlighting Air Force Global Strike Command’s capabilities of executing bomber agile combat employment in the European theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Victoria Hommel)

U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit crew chiefs with the 509th Aircraft Maintenance squadron prepare a B-2 Spirit for takeoff at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Aug. 23, 2021. Thanks to its nearly 6,000-mile unrefueled range, the B-2 is capable of expediently delivering massive fire power anywhere on the globe through the most challenging enemy defenses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Parker J. McCauley)

U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit crew chiefs with the 509th Aircraft Maintenance squadron prepare a B-2 Spirit for takeoff at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Aug. 23, 2021. Thanks to its nearly 6,000-mile unrefueled range, the B-2 is capable of expediently delivering massive fire power anywhere on the globe through the most challenging enemy defenses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Parker J. McCauley)

Three U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bombers from the 131st and 509th Bomb Wings, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, arrived at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, for a long-planned Bomber Task Force mission to conduct theater and flight training across Europe and Africa.

The BTF missions, which have been occurring since 2018, provide theater familiarization for aircrew members and opportunities for U.S. integration with NATO allies and regional partners. The bomber missions enhance readiness and provide the training necessary to respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe.

“Regularly cooperating bomber activities with allies and partners helps us better address challenges in today’s complex global security environment,” said General Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander. “Strong partnerships are essential to our ability to deter, defend and win.”

Strategic bomber missions showcase the Air Force’s ability to continue to execute flying missions, sustain readiness and support our allies and partners around the globe.

To align with Department of Defense, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and host nation policy, all U.S. Air Force personnel immediately entered a restriction of movement upon arrival in Iceland. Personnel were medically screened prior to travel.

Continuing coverage of this deployment will be available on this website and on the DVIDS hub.