Nuclear-capable bombers deployed to Guam

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber lands at Andersen Air Force Base Jan. 16, 2018.

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Richard P. Ebensberger

Six B-52H Stratofortress bombers and 300 airmen from Barksdale Air Force Base Louisiana have deployed to Andersen Air Force Base to reinforce the “continuous bomber presence” mission in the Pacific amid the on-and-off tension caused by North Korea’s erratic behavior.

In a press release on Tuesday, the US Pacific Air Command announced that the nuclear-capable Stratofortresses will replace the conventional B-1B Lancers at AAFB and will take over the mission from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron deployed from Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota by the end of the month.

The B-52s returned to Guam more than a week after the arrival of three B-2 Spirits stealth bombers and 200 airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base Missouri in support of the bomber assurance and deterrence mission. They arrived at AAFB on Jan. 8 for a “short-term deployment” to conduct local and regional training sorties.

Stars and Stripes reported that this is only the second time in history these three types of bombers have been sent to Guam simultaneously. The last time this occurred was in August 2016