An Air Force B-52, along with a KC-135 refueling tanker, landed in Australia on Monday Dec. 8 to train with the Royal Australian Air Force. This marks the fourth time a Superfortress has landed down under since 2012.
The B-52, along with a KC-135 refueling tanker, are in Australia for short term joint training as part of a rotational presence in the region. The U.S. and Australia in 2011 agreed on a joint Force Posture Initiative to train together to face threats in the Pacific.
The B-52, assigned to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and deployed from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, touched down at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin. The Air Force has bombers deployed to Guam on a constant rotational basis.
The training mission will include simulated ordnance drops at the Delamere Training Range and a fighter intercept exercise, according to Pacific Air Forces.