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USAF Deploys All Three Bomber Variants to Guam

January 19, 2018

From the Air Force Magazine website

A B-52 Stratofortress bomber lands at Andersen AFB, Guam, Jan. 16, 2018. The Stratofortress is one of six B-52H from Barksdale AFB, La., deploying to Andersen in support of US Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence mission. USAF photo by TSgt. Richard P. Ebensberger.

Six B-52s and about 300 airmen are deploying to Andersen AFB, Guam, to take over the continuous bomber presence mission in the Pacific. The B-52s, from Barksdale AFB, La., will replace six B-1B Lancers from Ellsworth AFB, S.D., as they wrap up their deployment later this month, according to a Pacific Air Forces release. Additionally, three B-2 Spirits deployed to Guam last week to support the Pacific deterrence mission.

With a B-52 touching down at Andersen on Jan. 16, according to a PACAF photograph accompanying the announcement, all three bomber variants are at the base for the first time since August 2016 and for just the second time in USAF history.

While at Andersen, the B-52s will provide a “credible, strategic power projection platform,” according to a Pacific Air Forces release. During their deployment, the Ellsworth B-1s flew multiple deterrence flights to the Korean Peninsula, along with participating in training exercises with Australia, South Korea, and Japan.

Since 2004, the Air Force has kept a constant deployment of strategic bombers at Andersen.

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