NATO Show of force as B-52s fly over Stockholm (Video)

American B-52 bombers symbolically flew over Stockholm at low altitude on Friday, as part of the intensification of joint exercises organised after Sweden applied to join NATO. 

Accompanied by Swedish Air Force Gripen fighters, two US Air Force B-52s flew over the Nordic capital around 12:15 pm local time.

While exercises with the American strategic bombers have taken place recently, this was the first time that an overflight of this type has been organised, a spokesperson for the Swedish military said. 

Since the announcement of Sweden and Finland’s candidacy for NATO in May, after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the United States and other Western powers have multiplied exercises as a sign of military partnership in recent months. 

A large American amphibious assault ship, the USS Kearsarge, dropped anchor in early June in Stockholm harbour before maritime exercises offshore.