July 03, 2022

US deploys B-1B bombers to Guam as region braces for North Korean nuclear test

Aircraft staged bombing runs over peninsula in past, but expert says deployment may just be part of regular rotation

The U.S. has deployed B-1B Lancer bombers to Guam for training with allies and partners in the region, the U.S. military announced this week, raising the possibility that the bombers will once again conduct drills around the Korean Peninsula to deter North Korean weapons tests.

In a press release, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command stated that multiple B-1B Lancers landed at Andersen Air Force Base on June 3 as part of a “Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Bomber Task Force (BTF) deployment,” without specifying the exact number of aircraft.