16 Jan '18, 9pm

B-52s to Replace B-1Bs for Latest Bomber Rotation in the Pacific

B-52s to Replace B-1Bs for Latest Bomber Rotation in the Pacific

The U.S. Air Force is deploying six B-52H Stratofortress bombers and approximately 300 airmen from Barksdale Air Force Base , Louisiana, to Andersen Air Force Base , Guam, in coming days for the continuous bomber presence mission in the Pacific. The service announced Tuesday that the long-range bombers will replace B-1B Lancers from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base , South Dakota, by the end of the month. The move marks a significant shift to bring back the B-52H, which held on to the CBP mission from 2006 to 2016, putting a nuclear-capable bomber in theater at a time when relations between the U.S. and North Korea are largely unpredictable. Additionally, the swap comes as the B-1B bomber aircrews anticipate returning to the Middle East in coming months and have been training for the evolving battlespace in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, accordi...

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