US B-52 bombers continue their training with European allies. This
Wednesday, the B-52s conducted a joint training mission with
Norwegian sea, land and air forces. The mission took place over Norway
and along the Norwegian coast.
In addition to the B-52s, Norway participated with the frigate HNoMS Thor
Heyerdahl, land forces from the Artillery Battalion, and several F-16s and F-35s.
The joint training is a test for Norway's ability to conduct joint military
mission with forces from its navy, army and air force.
“Joint training across countries, branches and systems is very
important for achieving effective military operations”, says Colonel Øivind
Gunnerud, Commander for the Norwegian 132 Air Wing.
During the exercise this week, a Norwegian Joint Terminal Attack
Controller (JTAC) also took part. The JTAC is the mission's eyes on the
ground. The controller finds and locates targets, communicates the
information directly to the aircraft, and directs the aircraft's fire. This
interaction is vital for a securing a safe and precise use of weapons against a
target on the ground.
The American B-52s arrived in Europe on 22 August and are temporarily
stationed at the British air base in Fairford, England.
The training mission on 2 September is one of several similar training missions that the American bombers carry out with their allied colleagues in
Europe. In late August, the US aircraft carried out a comprehensive training
programme together with forces from all of NATO's 30 member countries.