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US deploys 3 B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers to UK

Published time: June 05, 2014 07:14
A US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress subsonic bomber (AFP Photo / Paul Crock)

A US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress subsonic bomber (AFP Photo / Paul Crock)

Three B-52 Stratofortress bombers have landed at Royal Air Force Fairford, England, for a two-week deployment to “become familiar with airbases and operations in the region.” One of the planes is set to take part in D-Day celebrations in Normandy.

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The bombers that have crossed Atlantic have come from two locations: two from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana and one from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. All aircraft have arrived in the UK unarmed.

A U.S. B-52 Stratofortress bomber landing (Reuters)

The B-52s will participate in various training exercises in the US European Command area of operations “providing opportunities for aircrews to sharpen skills in several key operational sets and become familiar with airbases and operations in the region.”

Though the ultimate destination of the B-52s has not been mentioned, it is most likely they will take part in the Baltops maritime exercise of 13 Baltic Sea region nations (beginning on June 6) and Saber Strike 2014, a US-Europe security cooperation exercise also conducted on the territory of three Baltic states (already underway, June 3-14).

Also during the deployment to Fairford, on June 7 one of the Stratofortresses will take part in celebrating the 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration in France’s Graignes, where leaders of the WWII Allies will flock, also to discuss the present political situation in Europe.

The B-52 Stratofortress strategic multirole subsonic bomber was designed as a powerful tool of nuclear deterrence, armed with nuclear bombs and cruise missiles with nuclear warheads. It can also perform conventional missions of air support using high-precision GPS and laser-guided bombs and conducing search and rescue and also tactical maritime operations.

Comments (55)


Paul Lowe 10.06.2014 21:03

Oh goody, it's just like the '80s again, where are the
Greenham Common women? It really is back to the
Thatcher years with Cameron and his rotting, rotten
governmen t. Don't think the Yanks were very popular
in 1942 either in Britain because they weren't. Half the
time the British and Canadian troops were scrapping
with them before D-Day and the British women didn't
find them as irresistible as stupid films make out.


Muhammad Abbass 07.06.2014 13:14

Sean B 06.06.2014 12:04

Occ upying our country since 1942? I've been alive 30 years and never even met an American in the UK. (albeit i try to avoid London as much as possible)

So shush your gums man!


I've been around 51 years and I never saw the UK with an independent foreign policy, anymore than Australia. Washington rules or else it's soft or hard assassination for your nation's l;eager. Ask Gough Whitlam.


Muhammad Abbass 07.06.2014 13:12

John Keneally 06.06.2014 14:13

In the UK, we have many nationalities, we don't discriminate against anyone - there are even very strong laws against it. Why should we discriminate against Americans, when we have Chinese, Russian, African, Arabs and many others here? In London, half the population is not British ... ..


He's talking about the UK being subservient to Washington's demands when it comes to foreign policy you clown. None of those other nations tend to dictate UK policy like Washington and Tel Aviv.

Your last sentence about insularity and arrogance is hilariously ironic.

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