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‘Bones’ on Black Dagger

Photo: A B-1B assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, refuels over the South Pacific on October 2. USAF/Airman 1st Class Gerald R Willis

 

Two US Air Force B-1B strategic bombers have deployed from their forward base at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to fly a bilateral integration training mission with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The Lancers flew the October 2 mission as part of Exercise Black Dagger and took place near Townsville on the north-eastern coast of Queensland.

During the 12-hour sortie the bombers made use of simulated and inert weapons directed by Australian Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs).

“The Australian and US air forces continue to work toward safeguarding security and stability in the region with missions focused on integrated operations,” said Brig Gen Stephen Williams, Pacific Air Forces Director of Air and Cyberspace Operations. “Joint exercises like these validate our ability to train and operate together seamlessly and ensures our ability to collectively respond cohesively if necessary.”

“Participating in tactical training with our American counterparts continues a legacy of combined military training activities that stretches back several decades,” said Air Vice Marshal Roberton, DSC, AM, the RAAF Air Commander Australia. “This exercise, and others like it, demonstrate our commitment to continuing to hone our skills as airmen.”

A B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, flies over the South Pacific on October 2. USAF/Airman 1st Class Gerald R Willis

 

A USAF B-1B, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, takes off from Andersen AFB, Guam, on October 2. USAF/Tech Sgt Richard Ebensberger

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