Di Vincenzo Santo*
(Da The Diplomat – 18 gennaio 2018)
Washington. On Tuesday, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) began deploying six B-52H Stratofortress bombers and approximately 300 military personnel from Barksdale Image Credit: U.S. Air Force Air Force Base, Louisiana, to Andersen Air Force Base on Guam in the Western Pacific in support of United States Pacific Command’s (USPACOM) continuous bomber presence mission in the Asia-Pacific region. The B-52Hs, which last deployed to Guam in July 2016, are slated to take over responsibility from the B-1B Lancer heavy strategic bombers of the USAF’s 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS) of the 7th Bomb Wing, which deployed to the region in February 2017.
Last week, USAF also dispatched three B-2 Spirit stealth bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri to the Pacific island. While the USAF has routinely been stationing B-1B, B-52H, and B-2 Spirit bombers in Guam since 2004, the presence of three different bomber types, two of which (the B-52H and B-2 Spirit) are capable of carrying nuclear weapons, is intended to underline the United States’ defense commitment to its regional allies in the face of North Korean nuclear provocations. […]
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