Royal Air Force Typhoons operating in the Broader Middle East demonstrated their ability to support regional security, providing escort to the United States led Bomber Task Force.
On the morning of 29th March, Typhoons from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus escorted a United States Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber over the Eastern Mediterranean as it flew through the region. After deploying from RAF Fairford, the Bomber Task Force was met by RAF Typhoons to conduct a presence patrol mission across central Europe and the Middle East.
The Typhoons were supported by an RAF Voyager tanker deployed in support of 903 Expeditionary Air Wing which routinely provides air-to-air refuelling for both RAF and coalition partners.
"83 Expeditionary Air Group routinely trains and integrates with allies and partners in order to enhance our ability to project collective power in the region. Supporting the Bomber Task Force mission highlights our close relationship with our US allies and further demonstrates our commitment to collective security."
Air Commodore Farrell
Air Component Commander
The Typhoons, said farewell to the Bomber Task Force as they continued to fly further east, across the Broader Middle East with additional partner nations providing fighter escort.
"Regular training and integration missions with our NATO partners enable our forces to maximise our ability to project combined strength and enhance regional stability.
The Typhoon Force welcomes the opportunity to operate in partnership with our NATO allies and by training and with the United States Air Force, we are enhancing our ability to adapt and meet the ever-changing needs of the global security environment."
Wing Commander Dunlop
Commanding Officer of 903 Expeditionary Air Wing
As the B-52 Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, left the region they returned to the Eastern Mediterranean where, once again, the Typhoons took up formation to escort the Bomber Task Force east as it exited the region.