Ellsworth B-1B Lancers fly 33-hour round-trip sortie to South China Sea

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. — Two United States Air Force B-1B Lancers from the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth AFB flew a 33-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over the South China Sea on Wednesday, April 29th.

The sortie was part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission, according to a Facebook post by Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

This operation served to demonstrate the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model, in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability with persistent bomber presence.

This follows an April 22 CONUS-based bomber bilateral training where the B-1 integrated with six U.S. Air Force F-16s and 15 Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) F-15s near Japan.

USSTRATCOM has conducted BTF missions (previously known as Bomber Assurance and Deterrence missions) since 2014 as a demonstration of the U.S. commitment to collective security, and to integrate with Geographic Combatant Command operations.

The first mission included B-52H Stratofortresses and B-2 Spirits traveling from the continental United States to Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam in April 2014.



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