Bombers From Guam Join Show-Of-Force Over Korean Peninsula

Operation was a direct response to North Korea’s Friday launch of an intermediate range ballistic missile over northern Japan, according to a statement from the U.S. Pacific Command

By Dana M Williams

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, September 18, 2017) – Bombers from Andersen Air Force Base joined other military aircraft from the U.S., Japan and South Korea in a show of force that included a bombing drill with live ammunition over the Korean peninsula Monday.

The operation was a direct response to North Korea’s Friday launch of an intermediate range ballistic missile over northern Japan, according to a statement from the U.S. Pacific Command. The missile flew 2,300 miles from the capital of Pyongyang and landed in the ocean.

“Aircraft flew across the Korean Peninsula and practiced their attack capabilities by releasing live weapons at the Pilsung Range training area,” according to the statement.

Captions for photos that accompanied the statement said the mission demonstrated “the United States’ ironclad commitment to our allies in the face of aggressive and unlawful North Korean missile tests.”

Guam bombers participate

Two B-1B Lancer bombers from Andersen Air Force Base; four Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II fifth-generation advanced fighters from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan; four Republic of Korea Air Force F-15K fighters and four Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighter jets participated.

While Friday’s launch posed no threat to the Guam, it was the longest-ever such flight of a North Korean missile and clearly showed that the island is within range of the country’s weapons. Guam, which has been publicly identified as a target for attack by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is located about 2,100 miles from Pyongyang.

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