USUS sends stealth B-2s to the Pacific, warning regional rivals that America's bombers are 'on watch' 24/7

02:30  13 january  2019
02:30  13 january  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com

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An American nuclear-capable B - 2 stealth bomber has conducted a long-range mission over the Pacific to demonstrate Washington’ s “visible commitment” to its Asian allies amid North Korean anxieties and ahead of Donald Trump’ s visit to the region .

B - 2 bombers are capable of launching nuclear as well as conventional weapons. They are based at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. 'This deployment will ensure bomber crews maintain a high state of readiness and crew proficiency, and will provide opportunities to integrate capabilities with

The US has deployed three B-2 Spirit bombers and 200 airmen to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii for training in the Pacific, Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs revealed Friday.

The stealth aircraft from Whiteman Air Force Base were deployed to the Pacific to support US Strategic Command's Bomber Task Force mission, a deterrence mission intended to reassure allies and send a clear message to any country that would threaten regional peace and security.

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WASHINGTON -- The United States has deployed three B - 2 Spirit nuclear stealth bombers to support U . S . Pacific Command, U . S . Strategic Command announced Wednesday. It is not the first time that the United States deployed the B - 2 bombers to the Pacific Command.

The U . S . Air Force has sent three of its B - 2 stealth bombers on a deployment to Asia and Pacific , the service announced in a press release Wednesday.

"Deploying to Hawaii enables us to showcase to a large American and international audience that the B-2 is on watch 24 hours a day, seven days a week ready to protect our country and its allies," Lt. Col. Joshua Dorr, the director of operations for the 393rd Bomber Squadron, explained in a statement.

"This training is crucial to maintaining our regional interoperability. It affords us the opportunity to work with our allies in joint exercises and validates our always-ready global strike capability," he added.

The latest deployment marks the second time B-2 Spirit bombers, which are capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear weapons payloads, have been deployed to Hawaii. During the first deployment, the bombers trained alongside F-22s flown by members of the Hawaii Air National Guard 199th Fighter Squadron.

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The move reportedly a warning to NK. The Daily Caller - January 12, 2018. The U . S . recently deployed three nuclear-capable stealth bombers to the Pacific , Pacific Air The U . S . Air Force sent around 200 airmen and three B - 2 Spirits to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam to provide support for

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"The B-2 Spirits' first deployment to [Pearl Harbor] highlights its strategic flexibility to project power from anywhere in the world," Maj. Gen. Stephen Williams, the director of air and cyberspace operations at the Pacific Air Forces headquarters, said in a statement last October.

The major added that the deployment "helped ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific," rhetoric the US uses regularly to describe moves meant to counter Chinese actions perceived as aggressive or coercive.

The second deployment comes at a time of heightened tension between the US and China, especially in contested waterways like the South China Sea where China is expanding its military footprint and the US armed forces are responding in kind.

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The US military has dispatched three B - 2 Spirit stealth bombers to its Air Force base in Guam, the Pacific Air Forces (PAF) announced. US drills in the region have repeatedly angered North Korea, with Moscow stating then that such saber-rattling, and Washington' s rhetoric, only serves to provoke

US has deployed stealth bombers and aircraft carriers to the Pacific . Pyongyang' s relative silence has not been matched by its rivals . On Monday, US , South Korean and Japanese Some experts have warned against the deployment of stealth jets to the region , saying they risk provoking a North

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The Chinese mainland is protected by an integrated air defense system, and Chinese-occupied territories in the South China Sea are defended by a so-called "wall of SAMs [surface-to-air missiles]."

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Despite its large size, the B-2's low-observable characteristics "give it the ability to penetrate an enemy's most sophisticated defenses and put at risk their most valuable targets," Pacific Air Forces noted in their statement on the recent deployment. "Its presence in the Hawaiian Islands stands as a testament to enhanced regional security."

B-2 bombers deployed to the Pacific in 2017, specifically to Andersen Air Force Base on Guam, to reassure allies and partners during a period defined by alarm over North Korea.

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