The U.S. Air Force has deployed two bomber aircraft to engage in a fighter interception training with Japan’s air self-defense force as well as a low-level flight with South Korea in the aftermath of North Korea’s latest nuclear test.
The U.S. Pacific Command said Monday two B-1B Lancer strategic bombers from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam trained with Japan’s F-2 fighters in line with the new guidelines for Japan-U.S. defense cooperation.
USPACOM added the B-1Bs subsequently conducted low-level flight with South Korean F-15 fighters and U.S. F-16 aircraft in Osan, South Korea.
“These flights demonstrate the solidarity between South Korea, the United States and Japan to defend against North Korea’s provocative and destabilizing actions,” said Adm. Harry Harris Jr., commander of USPACOM.
“We stand resolutely with South Korea and Japan to honor our unshakable alliance commitments and to safeguard security and stability.”
The B-1B Lancer is part of USPACOM’s bomber presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.