A pair of B-1B Lancer bomber aircraft from the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam have completed a 10-hour sequenced bilateral mission with fighter jets from Japan and South Korea, DoD News reported Saturday.
U.S. Air Force officials said the exercise was conducted in response to recent North Korean actions that included an intercontinental ballistic missile launch on July 3.
“We continue to train with our Japanese allies to ensure we are ready to defend ourselves from attack,” said Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez, commander of U.S. Forces Japan.
Pilots flew the B-1B Lancers to the Korean Peninsula to collaborate with the USAF’s F-16 units and South Korea’s F-15 jets and practice attack capacities using inert weapons.
The bomber aircraft also integrated with Japan’s F-2 planes over the East China Sea.