“History was made,” the United States Air Force said after all three of its Global Strike Command’s strategic power projection bombers – the B-52 Stratofortress, B-1B Lancer, and B-2 Spirit – conducted their first ever integrated bomber operation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region August 17.
According to US Air Force, in the past all the three bombers were independently deployed to US Pacific Command’s area of responsibility, however, this was the first that all three “flew a formation pass over Andersen Air Force Base [in Guam], dispersed and then simultaneously conducted operations in the South China Sea and Northeast Asia.”
“This mission demonstrated the U.S. commitment to supporting global security and our ability to launch a credible strategic defense force,” said US Air Force 36th Wing commander Brig. Gen. Douglas Cox.
US Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) earlier said the B-1 Lancer, which arrived at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam August 6, will replace the B-52 in support of PACOM Continuous Bomber Presence mission. The CBP bomber swap between the B-1 and B-52 is occurring throughout the month of August as the B-1s return to support this mission for the first time since April 2006.
Furthermore, PACAF said in addition to the CBP bomber swap, three B-2s arrived to to conduct a Bomber Assurance and Deterrence deployment. The CBP mission and BAAD deployments are part of a long-standing history of maintaining a consistent bomber presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific in order to maintain regional stability, and provide assurance to our allies and partners in the region.
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