RAF Typhoon conducts training with US B-52 over Romania 040521 CREDIT RAF
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RAF Typhoons Train With US B-52s Over Romania

The RAF jets are deployed to the country as part of a NATO mission, helping to protect the alliance's airspace in the region.

RAF Typhoon conducts training with US B-52 over Romania 040521 CREDIT RAF

Royal Air Force Typhoons deployed to Romania on a NATO enhanced Air Policing (eAP) mission have conducted training with US B-52H bombers.

The fighter jets, operating as part of 121 Expeditionary Air Wing in the country, completed a practice intercept and escorted two of the US Air Force long range bombers as they transited through Romanian airspace.

The training provided the crews of both forces, which regularly work together, with the chance to test their collective operating procedures, the RAF said.

Commanding Officer of 121 Expeditionary Air Wing, Wing Commander Lamping, said: "Having recently been certified by NATO to carry out our Air Policing mission here in Romania this sortie provided us with a valuable test of our preparedness and is a visible demonstration of our ability to integrate effectively with our NATO allies."

RAF Typhoon trains with a US B-52 over Romania 040521 CREDIT RAF
The Typhoons completed a practice intercept on the American aircraft (Picture: RAF).

Four RAF Typhoons are currently deployed to Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, near Constanta, on the Black Sea coast.

The deployment, which runs until September 2021, sees the RAF support the Romanian Air Force in the protection of its airspace.

The defensive mission is shared between NATO allies on a rotational basis. 

Cover image: RAF Typhoon conducts training with a US B-52 over Romania (Picture: RAF).