The U.S. Air Force will deploy to Guam a fleet of its bomber aircraft along with 300 airmen from Ellsworth Air Force Base for the first time since April 2006, Air Force Times reported Thursday.
Oriana Pawlyk writes the B-1 Lancer fleet will deploy to Andersen Air Force Base on Aug. 6 as part of the service branch’s effort to establish continuous bomber presence in the Pacific.
The report noted the B-1B aircraft will replace the B-52 units from North Dakota’s Minot Air Force Base.
“The B-1 units bring a unique perspective and years of repeated combat and operational experience from the Central Command theater to the Pacific,” the Air Force said, according to the report.
“They will provide a significant rapid global strike capability that enables our readiness and commitment to deterrence, offers assurance to our allies and strengthens regional security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.”
The B-1B Lancer long-range, multimission conventional bomber serves a conventional combat role and has completed more than 12,000 sorties since 2001.