On Saturday 22 August, American B-52 Stratofortress bombers arrived at Fairford, England. The bombers from the 5th Bomb Wing, based at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, will train in Europe over a longer period. This is an important training arena for Norway that will strengthen the cooperation between NATO countries.
"I am very pleased that our American friends choose to practice in our surroundings. It is important that they are familiar with Norwegian conditions and can operate together with us if necessary", says Norwegian Chief of Defence, General Eirik Kristoffersen.
The first training mission was conducted with F-16s. See photos from the mission below:
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The exercise is crucial for every part of air operations. It is a test of Norway's ability to coordinate operations across NATO’s area of operation. During the actual mission, Norway’s Air Force will train its entire chain – from control and surveillance to its ground personnel and aircraft. It is important that everyone is familiar with the different bases, airspace, and the different operation patterns, to build expertise and confidence among the people that carry out the missions.
The exercise focuses on the cooperation across NATO countries and partner nations. This type of cooperation strengthens NATO countries' ability to operate – but even more important, it strengthens our ability to work together during times of conflict and crisis.
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