A combined three United States B-52, B-1, and B-2 strategic projection bombers took part in an integrated operation in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), the US Pacific Command (PACOM) said in an announcement on Wednesday.
A high-ranking United States Pacific Command official at the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam said that “this mission marks the first time in history that all three of Air Force Global Strike Command’s strategic bomber aircraft are simultaneously conducting integrated operations in the U.S. Pacific Command area of operations. All three bombers flew a formation pass over the base, afterward at the same time immediately deployed and directed operations in the South China Sea and Northeast Asia.”
Commander Brig. Gen. Douglas Cox clarified that the mission is intended to demonstrate the US commitment to global security and ability to launch a credible strategic defense force wherein several B-1 bombers and more than 300 US Air Force personnel arrived at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam to replace a B-52 squadron on August 15.
Furthermore, on August 9, three B-2s arrived to conduct local sorties and regional training with regional allies.
Roughly 360,000 US military personnel are positioned at the Pacific Command’s area of obligation that covers 52 percent of the globe. Stretching from India to California and Antarctica toward the North Pole, which makes strategic bombers an effective long-range global attack capability, assuring our allies while deterring potential adversaries.
The United States pivot and engagement in the Asia-Pacific region and its global strategic bomber deployments are part of a long-standing history of maintaining a consistent bomber presence in order to maintain stability and provide assurance to U.S. allies and partners in the region. – JCE.
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