“North Korea’s actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland, and their destabilizing actions will be met accordingly.” – U.S. Pacific Air Forces Commander General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy
Guam – Two B1-B bombers from Andersen Air Force base took part in a show of force to North Korea that was conducted as a response to the DPRK’s launch of a short range ballistic missile over the Northern part of Japan.
On Tuesday, the hermit kingdom launched a missile that flew over the Erimo cape of Hokkaido, Japan before plunging into the Pacific ocean. According to the Pacific Air Forces’ public affairs, the B1-B lancers from Andersen joined 4 of the “United States’ newest and most advanced fighters, the U.S. Marine Corps’ F-35b Lightning II,” in a “sequential bilateral mission with Japan and Republic of Korea air forces” on August 30. The F-35bs were from the Marine Corps air station in Iwakuni, Japan. They were also joined by two Koku Jieitai F-2s from the Japan Air Self-Defense force and four ROK Air Force F-15ks.
The group of fighters and bombers flew a 10-hour mission over waters near Kyushu, Japan and across the Korean peninsula. They also simulated an attack by “releasing live weapons at the Pilsung range training area before returning to their respective home stations.” U.S. Pacific Air Forces Commander General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy is quoted as saying, “North Korea’s actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland, and their destabilizing actions will be met accordingly.”