B-52 strategic bombers fly mission to Gulf of Guinea


US Air Force B-52H Stratofortress aircraft from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, completed a mission to the Gulf of Guinea and around the West African coast on 9 June.

Strategic bomber aircraft, operating out of Morón Air Base, Spain, conducted the mission in support of the latest Bomber Task Force rotation, the US Air Force said. The flight over parts of Northern Africa and all of Western Africa exercised the aircraft’s capability to operate in a variety of airspaces.

“Our commitment to our African partners and our relationships with them are only growing stronger,” said Lieutenant General Steven Basham, US Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa deputy commander. “Today’s mission provided an important opportunity to test and establish vital lines of communication that are key to our future operations.”

“Bomber missions demonstrate US commitment to its partners and reflect the ability of our forces to address a global security environment that is more dynamic and challenging than ever,” the US Air Force said.