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U.S. To Deploy B1-B Lancer Strategic Bombers To Norway For Arctic Contention

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U.S. To Deploy B1-B Lancer Strategic Bombers To Norway For Arctic Contention

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In 2021, the United States and its allies’ focus has shifted heavily towards the Arctic.

The Arctic region was dubbed as the next battlefield of various interests, but the situation was only rhetorically tense, for a while.

According to Scramble, the US Air Force is planning a Bomber Task Force (BTF) deployment, with four Rockwell B-1B Lancers, to Ørland (Norway) in February 2021.

The date of arrival is not yet clear, but is said to be somewhere late in week 7 or early in week 8. This means end of February.

Ørland Main Air Station (hovedflystasjon) is situated at the mouth of the Trondheimsfjorden in the municipality of Ørland, in Trøndelag county, in the centre of Norway.

The air base has a 2,714 metres (8,904 feet) runway, oriented north-west to south-east (15/33) and a ramp with four parking spots for large aircraft.

The air station is the home of 332 skvadron, operating the F-35A Lightning II. Also, a detachment of 330 skv with the Sea King Mk43B is based at this air station.

This is a rare occurrence, since US strategic bombers typically operate out of the UK, but with focus shifting on the Arctic, the closer proximity will play a significant role.

Back in September 2020, B-1B Lancers assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron conducted training with the Norwegian air force.

The 16-hour sortie that crossed directly over the North Pole as part of a Bomber Task Force mission here.

The 6,100 nautical mile mission received air refueling support over the Arctic Ocean before spending several hours training with the Norwegian forces off the coast of Greenland and over the Norwegian Sea. It highlighted the U.S. Air Force’s capacity to conduct complex operations in multiple areas of responsibility with NATO allies and partners.

U.S. To Deploy B1-B Lancer Strategic Bombers To Norway For Arctic Contention

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Col. Christopher Hawn, 345th EBS commander, said the ability to operate in the Arctic region is important in supporting U.S. European Command (EUCOM) initiatives and in fulfilling the objectives of the 2018 National Defense Strategy, which reoriented the U.S. military’s focus from the Middle East to near-peer concerns in Asia and Europe.

“It is about access,” he explained. “In a near-peer conflict, the closest point of access could require us to go through the Arctic, so we need to ensure we are well versed in that operational environment.”

Operating out of Eielson Air Force Base proved to be an invaluable training opportunity for the unit, whose home station is Dyess AFB, Texas.

“The fact that we can conduct operations at a moment’s notice from Alaska to anywhere within the EUCOM area of responsibility sends a strong message,” said Lt. Col. Andrew Marshall, 345th EBS director of operations.

Training in the Arctic has grown increasingly important, as the region holds strategic value for U.S. Air and Space Forces as well as its allies and partners. It is also vital to homeland security, as it provides avenues of approach to the U.S. from space, air, sea, and land.

“The harsh conditions and limited access throughout the region make it easy to overlook the value of the Arctic,” Marshall said. “However, the increase in global competition for access and control of the region solidifies the Arctic’s status as a key territory.”

The situation in the Arctic promises to become hotter as time goes by, it should be reminded that recently it was revealed that Russia was working on floating airfields to be used in the arctic, and it is also constructing an airfield in the region.

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Frank

Frankly, Russia is now the total focus of US intimidation and thuggery, they tried that with Iran which has big cajones and landed a missile close to their rust bucket carrier near Diego Garcia and they fled. However, Russia is too passive and the US and NATO will keep pushing Russia until it folds.

occupybacon

Iran doesn’t have much to lose as it’s totally sanctioned already. The West is afraid of a civil war in Russia as they have many nukes, that’s why they use dog training.

Dick Von Dast'Ard

The East is afraid of a civil war in America. Banana Republic with nukes.

occupybacon

Banana Republic without bananas. Guess the country.

Dick Von Dast'Ard

Britain?

occupybacon

They have them from the collonies. Try something with more billionaires per capita.

Dick Von Dast'Ard

Israel?

occupybacon

Isn’t bananas kosher or why?

Frank

Russia also has a Jew 5th column and NGO’s. Iran luckily is a homogeneous state.

occupybacon

Most muslim countries have trading tradition, that diminished the importance of jews in economy, Russians have tradition of being servants, as slavs were vasals of other turcic teybes and 99% of Moscow billionaires are jews. The 1% is only half.

JIMI JAMES

Most are orthodox (period) With a far more robust ethics of developments:

Dick Von Dast'Ard

I’d imagine Norwegian peace activists will be delighted.
Stationing USAF strategic bombers is a bit like an open invitation to be upon the START warhead designated coordinates grid.

Just Me

Putin’s “partnership” and being passive against increasing US destabilization has not really worked out. The US and NATO will now be far more aggressive.

Dick Von Dast'Ard

I see the destabilization inside of U.S. society as many magnitudes higher than within Russia at present times.
If the U.S. and Nato become more aggressive under the Biden/Harris political mafia towards the Russian Federation, then that is simply a sign of fear and of them losing the battle. The easiest way to disarm aggression is to make it look absurd.

Joakim Normen

Our politicians and media have bowed to the imperialist states since ww2. If the people was told tomorrow that the imperialist states would annex us, only 1% of people would oppose it… All because of a perceived threat from a country that we have historical ties to, has never invaded us and even liberated half our country during WW2!

johnny rotten

These old tools are no longer together even to tie them with wire, but they work well as decoy, which would be the US government that throws money away right and left, without ever having the minimum of the necessary quality, I don’t say to fight but only to function without causing catastrophe, the MIC is so corrupt that even Al Capone would be envious of it.

BMWA1

There is no logic to this deployment in terms of arctic land-sea claims.

Jesus

MiG 31Ms would take care of these bombers.

JIMI JAMES

Norway voted 11-3 in favour of oil and gas explorations with additonal 61 legit licences passed,
chances are usa either a/ enhance security for norways development and trades or
b/ deter norway from commencing any such activities,because the phaedo reservists know oil and gas are the more seroius threat to their blackmail,non essentials economic lendership scamfkfest!

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