"The B-1 units bring a unique perspective and years of repeated combat and operational experience from the Central Command theater to the Pacific," the release said. "They will provide a significant rapid global strike capability that enables our readiness and commitment to deterrence, offers assurance to our allies, and strengthens regional security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region."
In May, a Minot B-52 at Andersen crashed at Andersen’s flight line. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. All seven aircrew members, performing a routing training mission, safely exited the aircraft the B-52H Stratofortress after the crash.
Pacific Command has maintained a rotational strategic bomber presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region for more than a decade to foster partnerships with allies, and to keep adversaries at bay.
In January, a B-52 from Andersen conducted a low-level flight near Osan Air Base, South Korea, after North Korea days earlier purported a successful hydrogen bomb test.
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