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"China's Nightmare": B-2 Stealth Bombers Deployed to Hawaii, "on Watch" 24/7

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By Tyler Durden  /  ZeroHedge

The US Air Force is putting China on notice as it announced Friday a new deployment of three B-2 Spirit stealth bombers to Hawaii for training in the Pacific. The nuclear-capable aircraft departed Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, and touched down at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, along with 200 support personnel airmen, as part of a U.S Strategic Command-led Bomber Task Force mission. 

One defense analyst recently called the increase in B-2 bomber deployments to Hawaii “China’s nightmare, and something Beijing should get use to.”

“Deploying to Hawaii enables us to showcase to a large American and international audience that the B-2 is on watch 24 hours a day, seven days a week ready to protect our country and its allies,” military spokesman Lt. Col. Joshua Dorr said in a statement. Though a Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs press release did not expressly mention China, Beijing has reacted aggressively to a number of routine US long-range flyovers in the Pacific and South China Sea regions over the past year, including “close call” incidents involving Chinese intercept attempts of US vessels passing through what China claims as its own territorial waters. ”Its presence in the Hawaiian Islands stands as a testament to enhanced regional security,” the US military statement continued. 

The Air Force statement further touted the B-2′s ability to “penetrate an enemy’s most sophisticated defenses,” as well as “put at risk their most valuable targets” due to its “low-observable, or stealth, characteristics”. The statement continued, “This training is crucial to maintaining our regional interoperability. It affords us the opportunity to work with our allies in joint exercises and validates our always-ready global strike capability.”

Previously, B-2 bombers were operational in Guam in support of regional allies at a moment of escalating tensions between North Korea and the US in 2017 over Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

A B-2 Spirit bomber lands at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, on Jan. 10, 2019. Image source: USAF, Senior Airman Thomas Barley

Crucially, though this latest deployment is being described as “routine” it is only the second time the B-2 Spirits have been sent to Hawaii, and in the largest numbers, after an initial training run in the Pacific in October. At the time Maj. Gen. Stephen Williams, the director of air and cyberspace operations at the Pacific Air Forces headquarters, noted the bombers “helped ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific” — language frequently used by US officials in response to China’s condemnations of the recent uptick of American operational activity near southeast Asia. 

As recently as December Chinese officials issued threats against what was described as American military “meddling in China’s affairs”. For example Dai Xu –  President of the Institute of Marine Safety and Cooperation, and a PLA Air Force Colonel Commandant, recently stated

“If the U.S. warships break into Chinese waters again, I suggest that two warships should be sent: one to stop it, and another one to ram it… In our territorial waters, we won’t allow US warships to create disturbance.” 

“The US keeps meddling in China’s affairs, so why can’t China go to areas like Hawaii where the US is dominant,” he added. Xu was referring to the frequent Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs) conducted by the United States in the South China Sea.

Regarding the new B-2 deployment to Hawaii, it will be interesting to see just how close the advanced nuclear-capable stealth bombers come to airspace in which Beijing has issued prior threats to US planes. Last August, for example, a US Navy P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance plane flying over the regionally disputed Spratley Islands in the South China Sea was told Leave immediately and keep out to avoid any misunderstanding” in a series of radio communicated warnings from the Chinese military. China has also told US allied forces like the armed forces of the Philippines, ”Leave immediately or you will pay”.

The dramatic inflight recording of China’s warnings during an early August 2018 incident below (starts at :50 mark):

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“Leave immediately”: A US Navy plane, with CNN aboard the flight, is warned over the South China Sea 

3:01 AM – Aug 10, 2018

In response to the belligerent Chinese radio communications to “leave immediately” the US crew cited that the plane was conducting lawful activities over international territory. Under international law, a country’s airspace is considered to be 12 nautical miles distant from the coastline of the nation. But Beijing has of late laid claim to more and more territory surrounding its controversial string of man-made artificial islands, and claiming further the skies above as sovereign Chinese airspace, which the US has refused to recognize. 

But considering the Northrop Grumman built B-2 stealth bomber is by design extremely difficult to detect by radar, allowing it to penetrate sophisticated enemy anti-air defenses, Beijing will have to find it first.

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    • FauxScienceSlayer

      Another M.I.C. STEALTH JOKE. Making a target “invisible” to selected radar frequencies does not effect all frequencies, nor prevent visible light and Infrared engine exhaust from spy satellite. This is “security theater” for tax paying sheeple.

      “All Wars Are Bankers Wars” by Michael Rivero at WhatReallyHappened website

    • tonyw

      China worry?? not as much as the rest of the world should worry…at least for the short time left to us if the u s is stupid enough to use these nuke bombers…It will be on once the first plane, missile, or sub crosses the has to be there is no second chance.. americans still have this “funny idea” they can survive a limited nuclear war.. They possibly could if it was against NZ or Australia.. Not China Russia and probably Iran India , Pakistan.. Hit one and the others know they are next.. little countries like england have no missile with multiple warheads will annihilate them. Might as well throw 3 – 4 at them as there will be no one left for any that may be saved… The PTB think their underground bolt holes will save them.. It may save them….but for what. There will be none of we slaves left to do the work for them

    • Slimey

      No tail, rudders, cockpit or fuselage CONFUSE any radar – says Confuses. :lol:

    • Rockledge

      Our politicians do NOT want to give China a problem. The Chinese would kick our weak bumbling asses.
      They don’t have a military that is stretched too thin butting into everyone elses business.
      They have technology that actually WORKS because their best and brightest are being used to their best potential, not flipping burgers like they do here where who goes to college has to do with how much wealth mommy and daddy has instead of because of aptitude.
      They protect their borders and are not struggling to fight against invasion, and they don’t have a Trojan Horse of invading criminals ready to explode. They have a NATION, which we no longer have. Their people are passionate about their government.
      Half of the people in the united states are only motivated by greed and whatever freebies they can get. They other half are motivated by greed and only care about what benefits them personally.
      We are incompetent to control our borders. China protects their borders, and therefore their culture, which we no longer have.
      We are so weak that our military is partially comprised of women. When God wanted to curse a nation, he would tell them He would make their soldiers like women.
      Our military is comprised of those who cannot get a living wage anywhere else. Their military is comprised of men who are passionate about their nation.

      Messing with China is for fools.




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