RIGA - U.S. B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base (Texas), will fly a Bomber Task Force mission in areas including international airspace of the North and Baltic Seas today, LETA was informed by the U.S. Embassy in Riga.
The flight will include integration with fighter aircraft from a number of NATO allies.
''Our continued presence is our most visible symbol of assurance and commitment to our allies and provides deterrence against potential adversaries,'' the embassy said in a statement.
“This mission sends a clear message that our commitment to our NATO allies is unshakeable,” said General Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander. “We’re in this together to get after the mission and pursue our shared goal of regional security.”
Bomber Task Force missions are intended to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the collective defense of the NATO alliance and are the visible demonstration of the U.S. capability of extended deterrence, the embassy points out.