A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress strategic bomber aircraft conducted a routine training mission in the East China Sea and Sea of Japan on Sep. 26, 2018 (HST).
During the training mission, the bomber integrated with the Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) showcasing interoperability between the services.
The bomber departed Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and conducted training in the vicinity of the East China Sea. The Stratofortress then completed multiple integrations with 12 Koku Jieitai F-15s and 4 F-2s, routing over the Sea of Japan before returning to Guam.
U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence (CBP) operations have been ongoing since March 2004; the recent missions are consistent with international law and United States’ long-standing and well-known freedom of navigation policies.