The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a USAF B-52H Stratofortress, assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Bomb
Squadron and part of the Bomber Task Force deployed to the region,
conduct joint exercises in the US Central Command area of
responsibility. Navy photo by MC3
A B-52H deployed from Barksdale AFB, La., recently trained with the
Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group in the US Central Command area of
responsibility, according to a
The Stratofortress is one of
four bombers that make up the
Bomber Task Force, which deployed along with a Carrier Strike Group to the region
early last month in response to an alleged threat from Iran.
The June 1
focused on “air-to-air training, flying in formation, and simulated
strike operations in defense of a national asset,” the release said.
part of the training, the B-52H, assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Bomb
Squadron, performed “a self-escort strike” with F/A-18E Super Hornets
and E-2D Growlers from Carrier Air Wing 7, which is attached to the
strike group, “a joint close air support exercise” with the wing’s Super
Hornets, and “strike coordination and reconnaissance exercises” with
its MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters, according to the release.
operation allowed us to train interoperability, focus on defense and
interdiction, and provide air support to our naval fleet defense,”
Combined Forces Air Component Commander USAF Lt. Gen. Joseph Guastella
said in the release.
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