Japanese, U.S. fighters, bombers in exercise near Korean peninsula

Japanese F-15 fighters with the Air Self-Defense Force took part in exercises with U.S. military aircraft including B-1B bombers and F-35 stealth fighters.

The exercise was the largest in a series aimed at pressuring North Korea following its ballistic missile tests.

“The drill was meant to bolster joint operations and raise combat skills,” the ASDF said in a statement.

Included: A pair of B-1Bs  from Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam, joined by six F-35s four F-18s and a tanker aircraft from U.S. bases in Japan.

Japan sent four F-15 fighters and a patrol aircraft. [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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