Two U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress strategic bomber aircraft conducted operations in the South China Sea and Indian Ocean on Sept. 23 and Sept. 25, 2018 (HST).
On Sept. 23, a U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bomber aircraft departed Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and participated in a routine training mission in the vicinity of the South China Sea and Indian Ocean.
On Sept. 25, a U.S. B-52H Stratofortress Bomber departed Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and conducted routine training in the vicinity of the South China Sea. Upon completion of the training missions the bomber, returned to Guam.
Both the bombers are assigned to the 96th Expeditionary Bomber Squadron based at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, USA.
Six B-52Hs and approximately 300 Airmen from Barksdale AFB were deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s (PACOM) – now called U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) – Continuous Bomber Presence (CBP) mission earlier this year. They assumed responsibility for CBP operations near the end of January 2018 from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancers, deployed from Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota.
These missions were conducted in support of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence (CBP) operations, which have been ongoing since March 2004. The statement from the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) said that these recent missions are consistent with international law and United States’ long-standing and well-known freedom of navigation policies.
The B-52 is capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes up to 50,000 feet (15,166.6 meters) and can carry nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability.