NEWS | March 20, 2019

U.S. Air Force Bombers Fly Coordinated Missions from Indo-Pacific, Europe

By Air Forces Public Affairs

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR HICKAM, Hawaii -- U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bombers launched from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam and Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford, England, March 18 to conduct simultaneous theater familiarization training in the Indo-Pacific and Europe.

Bombers launched from Andersen AFB and flew north to an area east of the Kamchatka Peninsula before returning to base. Collectively, the flights from the Indo-Pacific and Europe demonstrated U.S. commitment to allies and partners through the global employment of military forces.

The B-52Hs from Andersen AFB are deployed from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, in support of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s (USINDOPACOM) Continuous Bomber Presence (CBP). The CBP has been operational for more than a decade in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. These missions, flown by Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), routinely operate throughout the region in accordance with international law and norms.

The B-52Hs operating out of RAF Fairford are part of the Bomber Task Force currently deployed to Europe from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. While in theater, the bombers will conduct training with NATO allies and partners in order to enhance interoperability and readiness. The deployment of strategic bombers to the UK helps exercise RAF Fairford as U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s forward operating location for bombers.

Strategic bomber missions enhance the readiness and training necessary to respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe.