Six months after the US Air Force's B-2A Spirit made its first trip to Iceland, the stealth bomber made another flight over the island this week, teaming up with US F-15C fighters and Norwegian F-35A stealth fighters.
Two B-2s, deployed for Bomber Task Force Europe 20-2 and operating out of RAF Fairford in the UK, made the flight on March 16, supported by F-15C Eagles out of RAF Lakenheath and by Norwegian F-35 Lightning IIs flying from Iceland.
The bombers don't appear to have landed in Iceland this time, but their flight over the island, photos of which you can see below, illustrates the increasing attention that the US and its partners are paying to the region.
Bomber Task Force 20-2 kicked off on March 9, when the stealth bombers, from the 509th and 131st Bomb Wings based at Whiteman Air Base in Missouri, arrived at Lajes Field in the Azores.
The bombers left Lajes Field and conducted bombing training runs over the UK's Garvi Island before arriving at RAF Fairford on March 12.
The flight over Iceland on March 16 was part of an Icelandic Air Policing operation in which NATO military aircraft patrol Iceland's airspace, as it does not have its own air force.
Norway's F-35s are in Iceland as part of what NATO calls its Airborne Surveillance and Interception Capabilities to meet Iceland's Peacetime Preparedness Needs mission, which started after the US withdrew from the island in 2008.
"The world expects that NATO and the US continue to execute our mission with decisiveness, regardless of any external challenge," said Gen. Jeff Harrigian, head of US Air Forces in Europe and Africa. "Missions like these provide us an opportunity to assure our allies while sending a clear message to any adversary that no matter the challenge, we are ready."