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U.S., Japan, South Korea sharpen skills with nighttime training

First for U.S., Japan, Republic of Korea air forces: nighttime training near Sea of Japan

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., prepare to take off from Andersen AFB, Guam to fly sequenced bilateral missions with two Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15 Eagles and two South Korean air force F-15K Slam Eagles near the Sea of Japan, Oct. 10, 2017. This mission marks the first time U.S. Pacific Command B-1B Lancers have conducted combined training with Japanese and South Korean fighters at night, demonstrating the nations’ increasing combined capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Smoot)

First for U.S., Japan, Republic of Korea air forces: nighttime training near Sea of Japan

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., takes off from Andersen AFB, Guam to fly sequenced bilateral missions with two Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15 Eagles and two South Korean air force F-15K Slam Eagles near the Sea of Japan, Oct. 10, 2017. This mission marks the first time U.S. Pacific Command B-1B Lancers have conducted combined training with Japanese and South Korean fighters at night, demonstrating the nations’ increasing combined capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Skovo)

First for U.S., Japan, Republic of Korea air forces: nighttime training near Sea of Japan

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., taxi before take off from Andersen AFB, Guam to fly sequenced bilateral missions with two Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15 Eagles and two South Korean air force F-15K Slam Eagles near the Sea of Japan, Oct. 10, 2017. The purpose of bilateral training is to foster increased interoperability amongst Japan, South Korea and U.S. air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Skovo)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AFNS) --

U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and South Korean air force units sharpened their combat skills during a sequenced bilateral mission near the Sea of Japan Oct. 10, 2017.

Using Andersen Air Force Base, Guam as a power projection platform, two B-1B Lancers assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, conducted the first combined nighttime training mission between U.S. Pacific Command B-1B Lancers and Japanese and South Korean fighters.

Participating in bilateral training enables the operational units to improve combined capabilities and tactical skills, while also building confidence and strong working relationships.

"Flying and training at night with our allies in a safe, effective manner is an important capability shared between the U.S., Japan and [South] Korea, and hones the tactical prowess of each nations’ aviators," said U.S. Air Force Maj. Patrick Applegate, from the 613th Air Operation Center. "This is a clear demonstration of our ability to conduct seamless operations with all of our allies anytime, anywhere."
 
The mission, flown as part of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence mission, demonstrates how U.S. military forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific are always ready to defend the American homeland, and how the U.S. stands resolutely with Japan and South Korea to honor their unshakeable alliance and commitment to safeguard security and stability.
 
Continuous Bomber Presence missions ensure the U.S., along with key allies, have a credible capability to respond to a variety of levels and types of threats throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. These actions are consistent with long-standing and well-known U.S. freedom of navigation policies that are applied to military operations around the world.

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