U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress Strategic Bombers Conduct Operations in Vicinity of South China Sea

Two U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress strategic bombers, departed from Anderson Air Force Base in Guam and participated in routine training missions on Aug. 27 and 30, 2018.

The B-52Hs that participated in the mission were assigned to the 96th Expeditionary Bomber Squadron (96th EBS), deployed to Andersen AFB from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. The bombers conducted training in the vicinity of the South China Sea before returning to Guam. In addition to the routine training, the B-52Hs integrated with the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group on Aug. 30.

The flight was flown as part of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s (USINDOPACOM) Continuous Bomber Presence (CBP) program that has been ongoing since March 2004.

The statement from the U.S. 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. It added that the CBP operations demonstrate the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, help maintain the readiness of U.S. forces and improve coalition and joint service interoperability.

The Stratofortresses, earlier deployed to the region in July 2016, assumed responsibility for CBP operations earlier this year from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancers, deployed from Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. The B-52H’s return to the Pacific provided USINDOPACOM and its regional allies and partners with a credible, strategic power projection platform, while bringing years of repeated operational experience.

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