The U.S. Air Force will deploy to Guam a fleet of its bomber aircraft along withÂ 300 airmenÂ from Ellsworth Air Force Base for the first time since April 2006, Air Force Times reported Thursday.
Oriana Pawlyk writes theÂ B-1 Lancer fleet will deploy to Andersen Air Force Base on Aug. 6Â as part of the service branch’s effort to establish continuous bomber presence in the Pacific.
The report noted the B-1B aircraftÂ will replace theÂ B-52 units from North Dakota’s Minot Air Force Base.
“The B-1 units bring a unique perspective and years of repeated combat and operational experience from the Central Command theater to the Pacific,” the Air ForceÂ said, according to the report.
“They will provide a significant rapid global strike capability that enables our readiness and commitment to deterrence, offers assurance to our allies and strengthens regional security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.”
The B-1B LancerÂ long-range, multimission conventional bomber serves aÂ conventional combat role and has completed more than 12,000 sorties since 2001.