A long-range B-2 Spirit bomber has conducted a training mission over the Pacific Ocean, ahead of President Trump’s visit to South East Asia.
The aircraft took off from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, US, and flew into its designated area of operations so that bomber crews could ” familiarize themselves with air bases and operations in different geographic combatant commands,” according to a statement released by US Strategic Command.
The mission is largely seen as a further show of force by the US military in the wake of heightened tensions with North Korea.
The B-2 bomber series first became operational in 1993. It is designed to fly stealthily and penetrate air defense grids, and can deliver both conventional and nuclear payloads.
The aircraft performed combat missions during the Kosovo War in 1999, in Afghanistan in 2003, and during the Iraq War.