The flights were carried out jointly with the Swedish Air Force within the framework of military exercises aimed at the Swedish member of NATO.
US B-52 bombers flew low over Stockholm on Friday September 2, as part of intensifying joint exercises. Sweden’s NATO membershipAFP learned from the Scandinavian country’s military.
Along with the Swedish Air Force’s Gripen fighter jets, two US Air Force B-52s flew over the Nordic capital at around 12:15 pm local time (10:15 GMT).
Swedish military spokeswoman Therese Fagerstedt said this was the first time such an overflight had been organized, while exercises with famous American strategic bombers had already taken place in the past and again recently. “It’s a form of exercise that makes even more sense now“, he told AFP.
Since Sweden and Finland’s candidacy for NATO was announced in May, the US and other Western powers have ramped up military reassurance exercises in recent months as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. A large American amphibious assault ship, the USS Kearsarge, ainsI dropped anchor in early June In the center of Stockholm, before the naval exercises.
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