US stealth bomber arrives in Iceland amid Washington's efforts to expand military presence in the area

US stealth bomber arrives in Iceland amid Washington
# 29 August 2019 12:58 (UTC +04:00)

A US B-2 Spirit stealth bomber touched down at Naval Air Station Keflavik in Iceland on Wednesday, in what became the warplane’s first visit to the area, APA reports citing Sputnik.

Earlier in the week, three US B-2 bombers arrived at the Royal Air Force (RAF) base in Fairford, UK to take part in regional navy drills. One of the warplanes was subsequently tasked with flying to Iceland as part of the war games.

The visit came a day after US European Command (EUCOM) said in a statement that three B-2 bombers from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri had arrived at a Royal Air Force (RAF) base in Gloucestershire ahead of regional military exercises.

“The deployment of [B-2] strategic bombers to the UK helps exercise RAF Fairford as United States Air Forces in Europe's forward operating location for bombers,” the statement pointed out, adding that the deployment also includes “joint and allied training in Europe to improve bomber interoperability”.

The statement noted that US training with partners, allied nations and other Air Force units enables Washington “to build enduring and strategic relationships necessary to confront a broad range of global challenges”.