The US Air Force (USAF) B-52 aircraft has joined Nato allies in the High North and the Mediterranean region in a bid to display reach and alliance co-operation.

The Norwegian F-16s escorted the USAF Bomber Task Force mission in the north over the Barents Sea.

At the same time, they were joined by the Greek F-16s and aided by a Turkish KC-135 Stratotanker.

In a statement, Allied Air Command said: “This gave a real demonstration of the Alliance’s transatlantic link underlining US commitment for security in the region.”

“The latest mission is one of a series of similar missions that have been carried out during 2020.

“These missions strengthen the alliance’s capability to operate more effectively and demonstrate its ability to respond to threats while ensuring stability and security across the Euro-Atlantic area.”

The US Bomber Task Force was deployed to Europe from the continental US in order to carry out theatre integration and flight training.

Such missions are claimed to provide opportunities for integration of the US with Nato Allies and other partners.

After the mission was completed, the aircraft and crew returned to North Dakota in the US.

In October, USAF deployed an F-15 fighter detachment to secure the skies over Iceland.

F-15C/D Eagles assigned to the 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron flew to Keflavik Air Base in Iceland.

In September, USAF deployed six F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft to Graf Ignatievo Air Base to conduct Nato air patrols over Bulgaria.