The pic (click the main photo to enlarge and get the full experience) was taken back at the end of October over the Red Sea, at a time when an American B-1B Lancer was flying “as part of a presence patrol above the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility.”
Being a bomber, the Lancer sometimes goes about its missions accompanied by fighter aircraft, and in this case, taking turns in guarding the behemoth, were ”multiple partner nations’ fighter aircraft,” which joined the party at different stages of the flight, then left to make room for others.
Such a changing-of-the-guard moment is captured in this pic. Three Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 Strike Eagles are seen breaking away from the American bomber, and making for an amazing shot as they leave room for others to come in and continue the journey.
The Red Sea was about mid-way through the patrol mission which started in the Gulf of Aden, traveled over the Arabian Gulf and the straight of Hormuz, and exited the scene through the Gulf of Oman.
Currently not engaged in any major conflict, the USAF is often flexing its aerial muscle in patrol missions over areas that have been known to (or have the potential of) becoming hot at a moment’s notice.