USAF Rotates Bombers in Asia Pacific

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    US Air Force Rotates Supersonic Strategic Bombers in the Asia-Pacific

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    The United States Air Force (USAF) has deployed four B-1B Lancer heavy strategic bombers to Andersen Air Force Base on Guam in the Western Pacific. The deployment is in support of United States Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence mission in the region.

    The four bombers of the USAF’s 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS) of the 7th Bomb Wing will replace the 34th EBS. B-1B bombers and over 300 Airmen from the 34th EBS of the 28th Bomb Wing first deployed to Guam from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota in August 2016. It marked the first deployment of B-1B bombers to Guam in over a decade. The supersonic Lancers replaced the base’s fleet of B-52H long-range heavy bombers. The USAF has routinely been stationing B-1, B-52H, and B-2 Spirit bombers in Guam since 2004.

    The B-1B Lancers from the 9th EBS, like their predecessors, will conduct routine, strategic deterrence patrols and regional training missions with allies and partner nations in order to enhance interoperability and to strengthen regional cooperation. “They will provide a significant rapid global strike capability that enables readiness and commitment to deterrence, offers assurance to the U.S. allies and strengthens regional security and stability in the region,” according to a Pentagon press release.

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    http://thediplomat.com/2017/02/us-a...rsonic-strategic-bombers-in-the-asia-pacific/
     
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