A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber participated in a bilateral training mission as part of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Exercise Arnhem Thunder, May 10, 2018.
The B-52 bomber, deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, took off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and transited to northern Australia where they integrated with RAAF F/A-18A Classic Hornet fighter jets from Number 75 Squadron deployed at the RAAF Base Tindal. The training mission was conducted over the Northern Territory Military Airspace.
Sequenced flights with Australia are a demonstration of the strength of the bilateral alliance between the U.S. partners and allies, and they strengthen our long-standing military-to-military partnerships.
The bomber were operating as part of the U.S. Pacific Command’s (PACOM) Continuous Bomber Presence (CBP) missions, which have been routinely employed since March 2004.
CBP ensures that the U.S. has a credible capability to respond and demonstrates the continuing U.S. commitment to stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region.
B-52 bombers previously flew in Australia in late March through early April for another exercise, an Enhanced Air Cooperation (EAC) activity, with Australian forces at RAAF Darwin, which was then the fourth time the bombers had deployed to the country