B-1B Lancers returned to the Indo-Pacific region to conduct bomber task force operations, say the U.S Air Force.
“Four bombers and approximately 200 Airmen from the 9th Bomb Squadron, 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, deployed to support Pacific Air Forces’ training efforts with allies, partners and joint forces; and strategic deterrence missions to reinforce the rules-based international order in the Indo-Pacific region. Three B-1Bs flew to Andersen AFB while one split off and flew down east of Japan to conduct training with U.S. Navy assets operating in the region before heading to Andersen AFB.”
“Deployments like this allow our Airmen to enhance the readiness and training necessary to respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe,” said Col. Ed. Sumangil, 7th BW commander, in a news release.
“It also provides a valuable opportunity to better integrate with our allies and partners through joint and combined operations and exercises.”
The B-1 can carry the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the U.S. Air Force.
The last time the B-1s were deployed to the region was in 2017.