B-52 Conducts Show of Force Over South Korea

A B-52 heavy bomber operating from Andersen AFB, Guam, conducted a low-level flight over South Korea on Sunday in a show of force following North Korea’s recent nuclear test. The Stratofortress was escorted by a US F-16 and South Korean F-15K Slam Eagle. “This was a demonstration of the ironclad US commitment to our allies in South Korea, in Japan, and to the defense of the American homeland,” said Adm. Harry Harris, US Pacific Command boss, in a release. “North Korea’s nuclear test is a blatant violation of its international obligations. US joint military forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific will continue to work with all of our regional allies and partners to maintain stability and security.” US Forces Korea deputy commander and 7th Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy said the US and Republic of Korean Air Force “are prepared to meet any threat to our alliance.” ROK Air Force Operations Command boss South Korean Lt. Gen. Lee Wong G, speaking alongside O’Shaughnessy during a joint press conference at Osan AB, South Korea, said the two countries are working together to “maintain a perfect readiness posture.” The B-52 immediately returned to Andersen after the flight, states the release. North Korea’s Jan. 6 nuclear test is its fourth since 2006; the third test was conducted in 2013. (See also Osan release.)