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The 489th Bomb Group was reactivated Saturday during a ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base. The bomb group will be the first B-1B Lancer Reserve unit in the Air Force.
Originally activated in 1943, the 489th Bomb Group participated in combat operations in Europe during World War II but was then deactivated just two years later.
originally posted by: Sparkymedic
Hmmm, that is interesting.
I'm no USAF expert, but I assume it's posturing in reaction to the Russian movements in the ME. But perhaps also posturing in regards to the USN's movement of their carrier group to the disputed Chinese islands?
I know China has ICBM's but I don't think they have tactical bombers like the B-1B.
The Pentagon's point man on Asia-Pacific said Boeing (Rockwell) B-1B Lancer bombers and surveillance aircraft would be deployed to Australia as the United States looks to firm up its regional military posture towards Chinese territorial claims.
Assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, David Shear, made the comments at a US Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on 14 May. Dubbed 'Safeguarding American Interests in the East and South China Seas', the session was focused on the US response to Chinese reclamation activities in the Spratly Islands.
While US Air Force (USAF) bombers have visited RAAF Base Darwin in recent years, most notably Boeing B-52s in August 2012 and December 2014, officials from both the United States and Australia have moved quickly to tone down Shear's comments.
USAF Colonel David Honcul, director of Public Affairs for Pacific Air Forces, told IHS Jane's that "the US Department of Defense has routinely deployed heavy-lift bomber assets through Australia in the past ... With regard to our force posture initiatives in Australia, the Department is currently exploring a range of options for future rotations with our Australian counterparts. The specifics of future force posture cooperation are yet to be finalized."
An Australian Department of Defence (DoD) spokesperson told IHS Jane's that "the US government has contacted us to advise that the official misspoke."
The Australian DoD added that the US-Australian alliance was "not directed at any one country. The specifics of the future force posture cooperation are yet to be finalised. Details are subject to continuing discussions between Australia and the United States. A range a different US aircraft already visits Australia for exercises and training. Increased cooperation will build on these activities.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Vasa Croe
The Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves are responsible for over half the missions in the Air Force.
The B-1 doesn't have any more range than the other two bombers do. Any of them can reach any target in the world with refueling.
As for the unit, they activate and deactivate units. It happens. They're getting ready to induct the new bomber so they're going to need new units, so you'll see new ones activated and eventually transfer to the new aircraft.