Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers from the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, fly a Bomber Task Force mission alongside two French Dassault Mirage 2000s, as well as two U.K. and two U.S. F-35 Lighting IIs from U.K. Carrier Strike Group’s HMS Queen Elizabeth over Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Nov. 11, 2021.
The mission represented the international participants’ collective commitment to stability and security in the Horn of Africa, highlighted Djibouti as a leading security partner in the region, and exercised U.S. ability to operate in and through a variety of airspaces.
The BTF mission coincided with Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa’s Allied Appreciation Day event where approximately 200 guests and senior leaders representing Djibouti, France, the U.K., Spain, Japan, Italy and the U.S. came together to witness the low approach and participate in a variety of interactive and static demonstrations.
The low approach also included a U.S. C-130 Hercules from Camp Lemonnier and a Japanese P-3 Orion from the Japan self-Defense Force Base Djibouti. The event showcased the combined military strength present in Djibouti and also served to honor the shared partnerships, history and devotion to peace. (Video by Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa)
CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI
Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa