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2021.03.03 14:51

US bomber flanked by NATO fighters fly over Lithuania

BNS2021.03.03 14:51

A US B-1B bomber, accompanied by jets from the NATO air policing mission in the Baltics, have flown over Lithuania on Wednesday afternoon.

The flight over Vilnius, scheduled for 14:30, is part of a pre-coordinated exercise by the US and other Allied forces.

"With this flight, the US, our strategic transatlantic partner, has once again demonstrated NATO's solidarity, unity, collective defense commitment to the Allies and its ability to swiftly respond to threats as a deterrent," Defence Minister Arvydas Anusauskas said in a press release.

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The US bomber will also perform pre-planned flights over Estonia and Latvia. It will be joined by Danish and Swedish aircraft.

The US strategic bombers have also previously conducted such training flights over the Baltic states and other NATO allies. Last August, US strategic bombers, flanked by Allied fighter jets, flew over all 30 NATO nations in Europe and North America in a single day.

Since 2018, the US has conducted more than 200 Bomber Task Force sorties with Allies and partners, including Lithuania.

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