The United States Air Force has deployed three B-2 Spirit bombers and more than 200 airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
The bombers arrived in Hawaii on January 10 in support of US Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission.
The US Air Force said bomber aircraft regularly rotate through the Indo-Pacific region to integrate capabilities with key regional partners and maintain a high state of aircrew proficiency.
“This training is crucial to maintaining our regional interoperability,” said Lt. Col. Joshua Dorr, 393rd Bomb Squadron director of operation. “It affords us the opportunity to work with our allies in joint exercises and validates our always-ready global strike capability.”
“Deploying to Hawaii enables us to showcase to a large American and international audience that the B-2 is on watch 24 hours a day, seven days a week ready to protect our country and its allies,” Dorr added.
The US Air Force said B-2s low-observable, or “stealth,” characteristics give it the ability to penetrate an enemy’s most sophisticated defenses and put at risk their most valuable targets, its presence in the Hawaiian Islands stands as a testament to enhanced regional security.