Two more U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer supersonic bombers arrived at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam to conduct Bomber Task Force (BTF) operations.
This bombers join the two B-1Bs which arrived at Andersen AFB on July 17. These bombers belonged to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron of the USAF 28th Wing (28 BW) based at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota.
— PACAF (@PACAF) July 18, 2020
According to a statement from Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), the bombers were “deployed to support Pacific Air Forces’ training efforts with allies, partners and joint forces, and strategic deterrence missions to reinforce the rules-based international order in the region”.
U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) routinely conducts BTF operations across the globe “as a demonstration of U.S. commitment to collective defense and to integrate with Geographic Combatant Command operations and activities”. USSTRATCOM has conducted BTF missions since 2014, formerly known as Bomber Assurance and Deterrence mission (until 2017).
Andersen AFB last hosted B-1s in May 2020, when bombers from the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, 7th Bomb Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, conducted multiple sequenced bilateral missions.
With the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory, the multi-mission B-1 is the backbone of America’s long-range bomber force. It can rapidly deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against any adversary, anywhere in the world, at any time.