VIDEO: F-15s Dispatched From Andersen to Intercept Russian Bombers That Circled Guam Last Tuesday

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Guam – Two U.S. Air Force F-15s participating in the ongoing “Cope North” exercise at Andersen Air Force Base [AAFB] were scrambled to track two Russian Tu-95 bombers that circled Guam last Tuesday.

The incident was first reported Friday in the Washington Free Beacon in a story written by Bill Gertz.

READ the report in the Washington Free Beacon HERE 

AAFB Chief Public Affairs Officer Captain Chris Hoyer declined comment and referred PNC News to PACAF Public Affairs Captain Kim Bender in Hawaii.

Gertz’s report in the Free Beacon says that the bombers were nuclear armed. He writes that “the Russian Tu-95 Bear-H strategic bombers were equipped with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles.”

SEE a Russian Tu-95 Bear Bomber on examiner.com HERE

We asked Capt. Bender in our email to her whether that was true, but she did not respond to that or other questions.

In her response to PNC News, Capt. Bender issued a statement which confirms that “on Feb. 12, two Russian Tu-95 bomber aircraft circled Guam” and “two U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter aircraft, operating out of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, scrambled and responded to the aircraft” 

Bender says the 2 U.S. F-15s were participating in the annual “Cope North” exercise at Andersen, but they are stationed with the 18th USAF Wing at Kadena in Japan.

“The Tu-95s were intercepted and left the area in a northbound direction,” and “no further actions occurred.”

Capt. Bender declined to say what time on Tuesday the intercept occurred, or how close the Russian bombers came to Guam, as well as declining to answer whether they were nuclear armed.

“For operational security reasons, specific details on this event cannot be released,” said Capt. Bender. 

PACOM forces are postured to ensure air warning and control over Hawaii, Guam, and the U.S. interests in the Pacific area of responsibility,” states Capt. Bender adding “PACOM maintains fighters on alert to respond quickly to any potential air threats within the Pacific area of operations.” 

READ the statement from PACAF Public Affairs Captain Kim Bender in FULL below:

On Feb. 12, two Russian Tu-95 bomber aircraft circled Guam. Two U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter aircraft, operating out of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, scrambled and responded to the aircraft. The Tu-95s were intercepted and left the area in a northbound direction. No further actions occurred.

The F-15s were participating in an annual exercise, Cope North, on Andersen AFB. The F-15s are stationed at the 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan.

For operational security reasons, specific details on this event cannot be released.

PACOM forces are postured to ensure air warning and control over Hawaii, Guam, and the U.S. interests in the Pacific area of responsibility. PACOM maintains fighters on alert to respond quickly to any potential air threats within the Pacific area of operations.