B-2 Spirits Complete Deployment, Train with B-1s, F-22s and Australian Allies

Two U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit aircraft deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., taxi back to the parkway after a local flying mission at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 16, 2017. Close to 200 Airmen and three B-2s deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and Barksdale Air Force Base, La., in support of U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Assurance and Deterrence missions. USSTRATCOM units regularly conduct training with and in support of the Geographic Combatant Commands. USSTRATCOM, through its global strike assets, helps maintain global stability and security while enabling units to become familiar with operations in different regions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Andy M. Kin)

Three B-2 Spirits recently returned to Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, following a three-week deployment to Andersen AFB, Guam, where they conducted joint, integrated operations with various U.S. military assets and completed long-range training with Australian partners.

This deployment was designed to ensure bomber crews maintain a high state of readiness and crew proficiency, and it provided opportunities to integrate capabilities with key partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

During the deployment, the bombers conducted missions throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to include sorties in the vicinity of Australia, where they integrated with the Australian Air Operations Center and Australian Joint Terminal Attack Controllers.

“The B-2’s nearly 7,000 mile, unrefueled range allows us to seamlessly integrate with our Australian counterparts on the tactical and operational levels, demonstrating the ability to deter adversaries and defend our allies and partners,” said Brig. Gen. Dirk Smith, Pacific Air Forces Director of Air and Cyberspace Operations. “Each time we take part in combined exercises, we not only verify our operational capabilities but also enhance our strong alliance.”

Additionally, the B-2s conducted an integrated exercise with U.S. Navy forces and Hawaii Air National Guard F-22A Raptors near Oahu. Throughout their deployment, the B-2s took part in integrated training missions with B-1B Lancers currently deployed to Andersen AFB in…

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