UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — A US bomber B-52 flew over this week’s disputed islands in the South China Sea, according to US Pacific Air Forces which oversees air operations in the region.
“Two B-52H Stratofortress bombers took off from Andersen Air Base in Guam and participated this week in routine training missions,” said a statement from the US Pacific Air Force.
“A bomber trained in the vicinity of the South China Sea before returning to Guam, while the other trained in the vicinity of Japan in coordination with the US Navy and our counterparts in Japan. the Japanese Air Force before returning to Guam,” the statement said.
The two flying operations were part of the long-standing missions of the “continuous presence of bombers” of the US Pacific Command, which, according to the military, are intended to maintain the readiness of US forces.
But as the United States regularly sends bombers to the South China Sea, this is the first time a nuclear-capable B-52 has been in use since November.
The United States has been relocating B-1, B-52 and B-2 bombers from Andersen Air Base to Guam since 2004 as part of its ongoing surveillance of bombers.
But Beijing is particularly sensitive to the presence of US military forces near areas where the Chinese government has built islands and set up military installations in disputed sea areas.
China regards these actions as provocation to challenge Beijing’s sovereignty in the region.
In September, a Chinese warship approached within 45 meters of the destroyer USS Decatur, forcing the US ship to maneuver to avoid a collision.
The United States has accused China of deploying anti-ship missiles, electronic jammers, and surface-to-air missiles on disputed islands in the South China Sea.
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