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B-2 Stealth Bombers Land in Australia for Pacific Joint Exercise

US Air Force B-2 Spirit aircraft landed at Australia’s Royal Australian Air Force Base at Amberley on July 10 to join Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Bomber Task Force exercises.

The joint drill will be conducted to improve tactical operations between the aerial forces of Australia and the United States.

The stealth bombers will be deployed alongside units of the American KC-135 Stratotanker refueling aircraft.

US Air Force 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Andrew Kousgaard said that the B-2 aircraft deployment shows the lethality of the long-range penetrating strike force.

The multi-role stealth bomber can deploy conventional and nuclear warheads.

PACAF will use the B-2s to plot strategy, deterrence, and other training missions to maintain security in the Indo-Pacific. The exercise is part of the Australia-US Force Posture Agreement’s Enhanced Cooperation Initiative.

The US Strategic Command periodically conducts the Bomber Task Force project to polish objectives and conduct operations with allies.

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