U.S. Strategic Bomber deployed in South China Sea
The U.S. Strategic Bomber
B-2 Spirit Bomber
In an unprecedented show of military power, the US Air Force has for the first time flown all three of the country’s strategic bombers B-52, B-1B, and B-2 in one formation in the vicinity of disputed waters that China has repeatedly vowed to defend.
Three of the US Air Force Global Strike Command’s “strategic power projection bombers” simultaneously took off on an integrated bomber operation over Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. The B-52 Stratofortress, B-1B Lancer and B-2 Spirit, conducted a joint drill over the disputed east Asian region.
The wide range of strategic air power that flew the mission on Wednesday was sent in the wake of North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile tests and Beijing’s claims over the South China Sea.
“This mission demonstrated the US commitment to supporting global security and our ability to launch a credible strategic defense force,” said Brig. Gen. Douglas Cox, 36th Wing commander.
The US sent a group of B-1 Lancers to the Pacific on August 6 to join and consequently replace the B-52’s already stationed in Guam as part of the Pentagon’s Continuous Bomber Presence (CBP) mission.
A few days later, the Air Force announced that a group of B-2 Spirits was sent to join the aircraft fleet on Guam to aid the “bomber assurance and deterrence deployment.”