A USAF B-1B Lancer from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron launched from Andersen Air Force Base (AFNS) on the island of Guam for a bilateral mission conducted with Japan and the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) on Aug 7 in the Indo-Pacific region.
The B-1 integrated with eight F-2’s and six F-15’s from the Koku-Jieitai or the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force near Japan. The exercise was conducted to improve interoperability and readiness between the forces of the two nations.
“Opportunities to train alongside our joint partners and allies in the region are an invaluable experience for our Airmen. Not only are we able to highlight our continued commitment to our allies, but it also increases our ability to integrate with one another and strengthen our combined capabilities,” said Lt. Col. Lincoln Coleman, 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron commander.
The B-1s are deployed to Guam from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. They conduct long-range, long-duration Bomber Task Force missions. This gives the aircrews opportunities to train alongside allies and partners in a joint environment, while increasing interoperability and bolstering their ability to support a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Joint war training at sea was also conducted between the B-1 and with the Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) in the Sea of Japan.
“Integration with our joint partners is essential to ensuring joint force responsiveness and lethality, and maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific. The recent integrated training between our carrier strike group and Air Force B-1s is the latest example of how we are continually working to stay synched with all of our joint partners and ready to respond to any contingencies throughout the region,” said Joshua Fagan, U.S. Navy Commander and the Task Force 70 air operations officer.
The continual focus on interoperability training is designed to promote stability, security and seamless integration throughout the Indo-Pacific region for the U.S. Air Force and joint and partner forces.