Bomber Task Force conducts Baltic mission with B-1 Lancers

Two U.S. Air Force B-1 Lancers from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota conducted a long-range strategic Bomber Task Force mission

By Capt. Rachel N Salpietra U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Public Affairs Ramstein Air Base, Germany May 06, 2020
12 photos: B-1 integrates with Danish F-16s over Europe
Photo 1 of 12: A B-1B Lancer flies with a Danish F-16 during a training mission for Bomber Task Force Europe, May 5, 2020. Aircrews from the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, took off on their long-range, long-duration Bomber Task Force mission to conduct interoperability training with Danish fighter aircraft and Estonian joint terminal attack controllers ground teams. Training with our NATO allies and theater partner nations contribute to enhanced resiliency and interoperability and enables us to build enduring relationships necessary to confront the broad range of global challenges. (Courtesy photo by Danish Air Force)
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12 photos: B-1 integrates with Danish F-16s over Europe
Photo 2 of 12: A B-1B Lancer flies with a Danish F-16 during a training mission for Bomber Task Force Europe, May 5, 2020. Aircrews from the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, took off on their long-range, long-duration Bomber Task Force mission to conduct interoperability training with Danish fighter aircraft and Estonian joint terminal attack controllers ground teams. Training with our NATO allies and theater partner nations contribute to enhanced resiliency and interoperability and enables us to build enduring relationships necessary to confront the broad range of global challenges. (Courtesy photo by Danish Air Force)
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12 photos: B-1 integrates with Danish F-16s over Europe
Photo 3 of 12: A B-1B Lancer flies with a Danish F-16 during a training mission for Bomber Task Force Europe, May 5, 2020. Aircrews from the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, took off on their long-range, long-duration Bomber Task Force mission to conduct interoperability training with Danish fighter aircraft and Estonian joint terminal attack controllers ground teams. Training with our NATO allies and theater partner nations contribute to enhanced resiliency and interoperability and enables us to build enduring relationships necessary to confront the broad range of global challenges. (Courtesy photo by Danish Air Force)
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12 photos: B-1 integrates with Danish F-16s over Europe
Photo 4 of 12: A B-1B Lancer flies with a Danish F-16 during a training mission for Bomber Task Force Europe, May 5, 2020. Aircrews from the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, took off on their long-range, long-duration Bomber Task Force mission to conduct interoperability training with Danish fighter aircraft and Estonian joint terminal attack controllers ground teams. Training with our NATO allies and theater partner nations contribute to enhanced resiliency and interoperability and enables us to build enduring relationships necessary to confront the broad range of global challenges. (Courtesy photo by Danish Air Force)
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12 photos: B-1B Lancer receives fuel from a KC-135 for Bomber Task Force
Photo 5 of 12: A B-1B Lancer receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, May 5, 2020. Aircrews from the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, took off on their long-range, long-duration Bomber Task Force mission to conduct interoperability training with Danish fighter aircraft and Estonian joint terminal attack controllers ground teams. Given the inherent speed, flexibility, and range of strategic bombers, BTF missions demonstrate U.S. capabilities to our allies, partners, potential adversaries and near-peer competitors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kelly O’Connor)
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12 photos: B-1B Lancer receives fuel from a KC-135 for Bomber Task Force
Photo 6 of 12: A B-1B Lancer receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, May 5, 2020. Aircrews from the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, took off on their long-range, long-duration Bomber Task Force mission to conduct interoperability training with Danish fighter aircraft and Estonian joint terminal attack controllers ground teams. Long-range Bomber Task Force missions enhance aircrew readiness and demonstrate U.S. capability respond to threats to partner nations anytime and anywhere across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kelly O’Connor)
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12 photos: B-1B Lancer receives fuel from a KC-135 for Bomber Task Force
Photo 7 of 12: A B-1B Lancer receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, May 5, 2020. Aircrews from the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, took off on their long-range, long-duration Bomber Task Force mission to conduct interoperability training with Danish fighter aircraft and Estonian joint terminal attack controllers ground teams. Operations and engagements with our allies and partners demonstrate and strengthen our shared commitment to global security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kelly O’Connor)
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12 photos: Estonian JTACs participate in BTF Europe
Photo 8 of 12: Joint terminal attack controller ground teams from Estonia and NATO allied forces conduct joint interoperability training during Bomber Task Force Europe at Tapa Range, Estonia, May 5, 2020. Training with our NATO allies and theater partner nations contribute to enhanced resiliency and interoperability and enables us to build enduring relationships necessary to confront the broad range of global challenges. (Courtesy photo by Estonian Air Force)
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12 photos: Estonian JTACs participate in BTF Europe
Photo 9 of 12: Joint terminal attack controller ground teams from Estonia and NATO allied forces conduct joint interoperability training during Bomber Task Force Europe at Tapa Range, Estonia, May 5, 2020. Training with our NATO allies and theater partner nations contribute to enhanced resiliency and interoperability and enables us to build enduring relationships necessary to confront the broad range of global challenges. (Courtesy photo by Estonian Air Force)
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12 photos: Estonian JTACs participate in BTF Europe
Photo 10 of 12: Joint terminal attack controller ground teams from Estonia and NATO allied forces conduct joint interoperability training during Bomber Task Force Europe at Tapa Range, Estonia, May 5, 2020. Training with our NATO allies and theater partner nations contribute to enhanced resiliency and interoperability and enables us to build enduring relationships necessary to confront the broad range of global challenges. (Courtesy photo by Estonian Air Force)
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12 photos: Estonian JTACs participate in BTF Europe
Photo 11 of 12: Joint terminal attack controller ground teams from Estonia and NATO allied forces conduct joint interoperability training during Bomber Task Force Europe at Tapa Range, Estonia, May 5, 2020. Training with our NATO allies and theater partner nations contribute to enhanced resiliency and interoperability and enables us to build enduring relationships necessary to confront the broad range of global challenges. (Courtesy photo by Estonian Air Force)
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12 photos: B-1 integrates with Danish F-16s over Europe
Photo 12 of 12: A B-1B Lancer flies with two Danish F-16s during a training mission for Bomber Task Force Europe, May 5, 2020. Aircrews from the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, took off on their long-range, long-duration Bomber Task Force mission to conduct interoperability training with Danish fighter aircraft and Estonian joint terminal attack controllers ground teams. Training with our NATO allies and theater partner nations contribute to enhanced resiliency and interoperability and enables us to build enduring relationships necessary to confront the broad range of global challenges. (Courtesy photo by Danish Air Force)
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Two U.S. Air Force B-1 Lancers from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota conducted a long-range strategic Bomber Task Force mission to the Baltic region May 5, 2020.

The flight included integration and interoperability training with Danish F-16s overflying Bornholm Island, in addition to overflight of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

The B-1s also worked with Estonian Joint Terminal Air Controllers to provide close air support training with inert devices at Tapa Range.

Training with our NATO allies and theater partner nations contributes to enhanced resiliency and interoperability. Strategic bombers contribute to stability in the European theater by sending a clear deterrence message to any potential adversary.

“Integrating bomber missions with our NATO allies and partners build enduring relationships that are capable of confronting a broad range of global challenges,” said U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, Gen. Jeff Harrigian. “When you see the capability and integration first hand, it is clear we have a force that stands ready to execute the mission.”

Forward bomber presence demonstrates the Air Force’s ability to execute flying missions, sustain readiness, as well as showcase the U.S. commitment to our Baltic allies and regional security.

The B-1 Lancer can rapidly deliver massive quantities of conventional weapons against any adversary, anywhere in the world, at any time. Last time it was in Europe was November 2018 supporting NATO’s Trident Juncture exercise.

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