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US dispatches nuclear stealth bombers to Asia-Pacific

US dispatches nuclear stealth bombers to Asia-Pacific
The US has dispatched three nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers to the Asia-Pacific region amid rising tensions with China over the South China Sea.

According to Press TV, the US Strategic Command, which is tasked with overseeing the military's nuclear arsenal, made the announcement on Wednesday, without referring to the bombers’ base or duration of operations.

“While in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, the B-2s will integrate and conduct training with ally and partner air forces, and conduct a radio communications check with a US air operations center,” it said.

The planes, based at the state of Missouri, are capable of utilizing both nuclear and conventional weaponry.

According to the Strategic Command, the B-2s will engage in training operations with the Australian military.

“This deployment will ensure bomber crews maintain a high state of readiness and crew proficiency, and will provide opportunities to integrate capabilities with key regional partners,” it added.

Earlier, a US Pacific Air Forces spokesman announced the commencement of negotiations with the Australian government over the stationing of long-range bombers in the country.

ME

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