The U.S. military’s renewed focus on the Arctic means more operations in a uniquely challenging environment, and its personnel are spending more time there to get used to it.

The latest force to head north is an expeditionary B-1B bomber squadron and more than 200 airmen, which will go to Orland Air Base in central Norway to conduct Bomber Task Force missions around Europe.

U.S. European Command didn’t say when they’ll arrive — some airmen are reportedly there already — or how long they’ll stay, but the command did say their training will range “from operating in the high north to improving interoperability with allies and partners” in Europe.

B-52 bomber F-16 Arctic Barents
Three Norwegian F-16s and a US B-52H bomber during a Bomber Task Force mission over the Barents Sea, November 6, 2019. (U.S Air Force/Airman 1st Class Duncan C. Bevan)

This is the first time U.S. bombers have deployed to Norway, but they are not strangers there. In recent months, B-1BsB-2s, and B-52s have all flown through and trained in the region.