Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers from 7th Bomb Wing, conducted a Bomber Task Force Mission in support of Exercise African Lion 2023 (AL23) June 16, 2023. The bomber task force mission included a low-approach fly over in addition to close air support training with the Moroccan military at and around the TanTan Training Complex.
The effort adds a multi-pronged approach to supporting partners in Somalia against al-Shabaab – an approach that sends a signal to those conducting business with the terrorist group, and intends to hobble al-Shabaab’s ability to both economically exploit communities and conduct attacks against Somalia’s people.
The departing “Blue Crew” completed a five-month deployment to the Indian and Atlantic Ocean from May to October, 2022. During the rotation the crew conducted maritime security operations and built valued relationships with allies and partners.