The Air Force will send some of its bombers to England in June to assure allies and deter adversaries in Europe, the general in charge of Air Force Global Strike Command said Wednesday.
Gen. Robin Rand insisted the training mission is routine and will coincide with a major airshow at the Fairford Royal Air Force base this summer.
He declined to say what type of bombers will be sent to train at the base, which has been used for U.S. combat operations in the past. Global Strike Command oversees the service's entire bomber fleet, including its nuclear capable B-2 Spirit aircraft. The Air Force also operates B-1 and B-52 bombers.
"We are going to have bombers heading over to Fairford, United Kingdom, here next month to spend a few weeks again just exercising and showing our presence of what we do," Rand said.
Last month, the Air Force deployed its high-tech F-35 joint strike fighters to Europe for the first time in a bid to reassure allies there that the United States stands by them amid concerns over Russian aggression.
The upcoming bomber deployment allows the U.S. to work those military muscles to ensure they do not atrophy and it does not signal an plans for a new permanent presence in Europe, Rand said.
"This is just more of a normal routine [mission]," he said. "Please don't make anything of us going over to Fairford because that's just ops normal."