US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — US forces deployed B-52 strategic bombers from Guam Island in the Pacific Ocean and relocated them to a North Dakota base.
This was done in order to get these planes out of a potential attack from China and use them more flexibly in Washington’s global plans, the Japanese newspaper Sankei reported Monday citing the command of the US Air Force.
According to the publication, five B-52s left the Andersen Air Force base on Guam Island on April 16 and arrived at Minot base in North Dakota. Strategic bombers B-52, B-1 and B-2 have been deployed in turn on Guam since 2004 as part of a policy of pressure on China and the DPRK.
From there, they made, in particular, flights to the zone of the Korean Peninsula to demonstrate the US military power to Pyongyang.
However, bases on Guam, Sankei notes, now find themselves in the potential strike zone of Chinese medium-range missiles. In such circumstances, it was decided to transfer all strategic bombers to the United States.
At the same time, the newspaper writes, the Pentagon does not exclude a new temporary transfer of such aircraft to Guam.
Between October 2024 and March 2025, the United States plans to begin a partial relocation of the Marine Corps to Guam from the southern Japanese island of Okinawa. It is planned to relocate about 5 thousand of the 19 thousand marines located in Japan.
Their transfer is intended to reduce the contingent in Okinawa, where more than 70% of the area of American military facilities in the country is concentrated.
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