USAF deploys B-2 bomber for USPACOM's air operations
The US Air Force (USAF) has deployed three B-2 Spirit stealth bomber aircraft to the US Pacific Command's (USPACOM) area of operations.
During the period of deployment, the aircraft will conduct training with allies and partner air forces, as well as conducting a radio communications check with a US air operations centre.
The deployment is aimed at ensuring that the bomber crews maintain a high-state of readiness and crew proficiency.
US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) commander admiral Cecil D. Haney said: "These flights ensure we remain ready to deter strategic attack, now and into the future, and are one of the many ways the US demonstrates its commitment to security and stability across the globe.
"Additionally, these efforts provide invaluable opportunities to build relationships and interoperability between the US and ally and partner forces."
Pacific Air Forces commander general Lori J. Robinson said: "Strategic bomber deployments ensure our ability to project power at a time and place of our choosing and develop strong interoperability with our regional allies and partners.
"Recent events demonstrate the continued need to provide consistent and credible air power throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
"Our ability to demonstrate credible combat power while training and interoperating with our network of like-minded partner nations is vitally important."
The B-2 Spirit is a low-observable, strategic, long-range, heavy bomber designed to penetrate complex air-defence shields, attack heavily defended targets and deploy conventional and nuclear weapons on the battlefield.
The multi-role bomber deployed at USSTRATCOM regularly rotate through the Indo-Asia-Pacific to conduct USPACOM-led air operations.
Image: The B-2 Spirit is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. Photo: courtesy of US Air Force / Bobbie Garcia.