US bombers hold training missions to South China Sea

United States Air Force (USAF) Pacific Air Forces has reported that 2 B-52H Stratofortress bombers participated in routine training missions on August 27 and 30 in the vicinity of the South China Sea.

The bombers, assigned to the 96th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), departed and also returned to Anderson Air Force Base, Guam.

“In addition to the routine training, the B-52Hs integrated with the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Aug. 30,” USAF Pacific Air Forces said.

“U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence (CBP) operations have been ongoing since March 2004; these recent missions are consistent with international law and United States’ long-standing and well-known freedom of navigation policies,” it added.

“CBP operations demonstrate the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, help maintain the readiness of U.S. forces and improve coalition and joint service interoperability,” it noted.