The U.S. Air Force has deployed three B-2 Spirit stealth strategic bombers to the Diego Garcia island in the central Indian Ocean.
According to AircraftSpots, the trio of bombers departed Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri on August 11 for the remote base via the Pacific Ocean with an overflight of northern Australia.
USAF B-2As REAPR11 flight of 3 departed Whiteman AFB, Missouri for Diego Garcia Air Base (Indian Ocean) via the Pacific Ocean and overflight of northern Australia.
Multiple USAF tankers will support the bombers throughout the flight. pic.twitter.com/YWaJBvzF4N
— Aircraft Spots (@AircraftSpots) August 11, 2020
Diego Garcia, an atoll of the Chagos Archipelago in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), is located 7 degrees south of the equator. It is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom and is more than 1,000 miles from mainland.
According to the U.S. military, the U.S. Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia “provides logistic support to operational forces forward deployed to the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf areas of responsibility in support of national policy objectives”.
Earlier this year, the Air Force operated B-52H Stratofortress strategic bombers out of Diego Garcia.