US bomber, carrier strike force multirole fighters fly over South China Sea

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A United States Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber under 96th Bomb Squadron, 2nd Bomb Wing participated in a maritime integration exercise in South China Sea with USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike groups before landing at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, US Pacific Air Forces (US PACAF) said.

Aircraft from United States Nimitz Carrier Strike Force and a B-52 Bomber from Barksdale Air Force base conduct integrated joint air operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. The USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Groups are conducting dual-carrier operations in the South China Sea as the Nimitz Carrier Strike Force. US Navy photo

Nimitz and Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Groups are currently operating in South China Sea as Nimitz Carrier Strike Force.

“The B-52 flew the 28-hour mission to demonstrate U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s commitment to the security and stability of the Indo-Pacific region,” US PACAF said.

It added that the exercise was part of a bomber task force dynamic force employment used by US Strategic Command to conduct training with and in support of Geographic Combatant Commands efforts to help maintain global stability and security.

“Bomber Task Force demonstrates U.S. capability to rapidly deploy to a forward operating base and execute long-range strike missions,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Duff, 96th Bomb Squadron commander. “This sortie demonstrates our ability to reach out from home station, fly anywhere in the world and execute those missions, rapidly regenerate from a forward operating base and continue operations.”