A U.S. B-52 bomber conducted a low-level flight today in the vicinity of Osan, South Korea, in response to a recent nuclear test by North Korea, U.S. Pacific Command said.
The B-52, flying out of Andersen Air Force Base on Guam, was joined by South Korean F-15 fighter aircraft and U.S. F-16 fighter aircraft. The flight occurred about 5 p.m. Hawaii time.
“This was a demonstration of the ironclad U.S. commitment to our allies in South Korea, in Japan, and to the defense of the American homeland,” said Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii. “North Korea’s nuclear test is a blatant violation of its international obligations. U.S. joint military forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific will continue to work with all of our regional allies and partners to maintain stability and security.”
The last time a similar U.S. show of force flight occurred was in 2013 after North Korea’s nuclear test then. North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test on Wednesday.
The flight mission demonstrated the strength of the alliance between the United States and the South Korea and the resolve of both nations to maintain stability and security on the Korean Peninsula, Pacific Command said.
Headquartered in Hawaii, U.S. Pacific Command is responsible for all U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps forces over half the earth’s surface, stretching from the waters off the west coast of North America to the western border of India, and from Antarctica to the North Pole.
The B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range strategic bomber and part of the U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Pacific Command said. Upon completion of the flight over South Korea, the B-52 returned to Guam.