USAF B-1B bombers conduct drills with Japan near Senkaku Islands

Two U.S. Air Force (USAF) B-1B Lancer strategic bombers conducted bilateral drills with Japanese fighters near Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on August 15, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) said in a statement.

The Senkaku Islands (called Diaoyu Islands by China) are a group of uninhabited islands controlled by Japan but also claimed by both the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (Taiwan).

The bombers that flew the mission were assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB) in South Dakota to Andersen AFB in Guam.

Two Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighters also participated in the air drills. These training flights with Japan demonstrate the solidarity and resolve we share with our allies to preserve peace and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

According to the statement released by PACAF, these training flights with Japan demonstrate the solidarity and resolve we share with our allies to preserve peace and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.



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