The US has deployed stealth B-2 Spirit bombers to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for training in the Pacific, Pacific Air Forces revealed Friday.
Coming at a time of heightened tension between the US and China, the deployment is intended to notify allies and adversaries alike that these nuclear-capable bombers are “on watch 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
Pacific Air Forces explained that the B-2 bombers have the ability to “penetrate an enemy’s most sophisticated defenses,” as well as “put at risk their most valuable targets.”
The US has deployed three B-2 Spirit bombers and 200 airmen to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii for training in the Pacific, Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs revealed Friday.
The stealth aircraft from Whiteman Air Force Base were deployed to the Pacific to support US Strategic Command’s Bomber Task Force mission, a deterrence mission intended to reassure allies and send a clear message to any country that would threaten regional peace and security.
“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,” Lt. Col. Joshua Dorr, the director of operations for the 393rd Bomber Squadron, explained in a statement.
“This training is crucial to maintaining our regional interoperability. It affords us the opportunity to work with our allies in joint exercises and validates our always-ready global strike capability,” he added.
The latest deployment marks the second time B-2 Spirit bombers, which are capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear weapons payloads, have been deployed to Hawaii. During the first deployment, the bombers trained alongside F-22s flown by members of the Hawaii Air National Guard 199th Fighter Squadron.