The U.S. Air Force announced overnight it has deployed three nuclear-capable B-2 Spirit stealth bombers to Andersen Air Force Base on the island territory of Guam.
The announcement indicated the bombers were being deployed for a prolonged, but indeterminate, period of time, stating that more than 200 airmen were also being sent to the base to provide support for the aircraft. A B-2 was last deployed to Guam in October, but only for a few hours before returning to its base in Missouri.
The Air Force deployed three B-2s to Guam in 2016. The statement said the bombers were joining the Pacific Command’s “bomber assurance and deterrence” mission. Several B-1B Lancer bombers have also been deployed to Andersen AFB.
FOX News reports the new deployment, just days after what appeared to be successful talks between North and South Korea, is meant to send a “strong message” to the Hermit Kingdom.