The US Has Relocated Strategic Bombers From The Island Of GUAM
The US armed forces moved b-52 strategic bombers from the island of GUAM in the Pacific ocean and moved them to a base in North Dakota. This is done to withdraw these aircraft from a potential strike from China and use them more flexibly in Washington's global plans, the Japanese newspaper Sankei reported on Monday, citing the command of the US air force.
According to the publication, five B-52s left the US air force base, Andersen, on the island of GUAM on April 16 and arrived at the Minot base in North Dakota. B-52, B-1 and B-2 strategic bombers have been deployed on GUAM in turn since 2004 as part of a policy of pressure on China and the DPRK. They flew from there, in particular, to the Korean Peninsula zone to demonstrate American military power to Pyongyang.
However, the bases on GUAM, Sankei notes, are now in the zone of a potential strike by 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 rule out a new temporary transfer of such aircraft to GUAM.
In the period from October 2024 to March 2025, the US 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 stationed in Japan. Their transfer is designed to reduce the contingent on the territory of Okinawa, where more than 70% of the area of American military facilities in the country is concentrated.