US stationing B-2 stealth bombers in Guam; Reaction to North Korean nuke tests?

The U.S. Pacific Command has announced that a pair of its B-2 Spirit stealth bombers are being temporily stationed in Guam. Normally, these birds live in Missouri, so it’s quite a move.

There are a number of possible explanations for the shift, but we couldn’t help but wonder if it was connected to some other news today.

Any military buffs care to comment? Is this standard procedure, or is there some tactical significance to this?

  • Dan Thorpe

    It certainly raises suspicion that a group of stealth bombers are deployed so close to a North Korea before nuke test.

  • Pete Chmielecki

    It’s been done before. Global Strike Command’s been rotating B-2s and B-52s from Minot and Barksdale through Guam on detachments for a couple years.

  • SpinMeNot

    B-2’s have been deployed to Guam before, one crashed before clearing the runway on takeoff in 2008 (‘Spirit of Kansas’), and another (‘Spirit of Washington’) caught fire there in 2009 as I recall. In the latter case, it took some 18 months to get it airworthy, limp it back to Palmdale in 2011. It was estimated that it would take 2 more years to return to active duty.

    I find it odd that they are announcing it … if he was going to use them, announcing it would … oh wait, nvm .. its BHO, the guy that outed DEVGRU and Seal Team 6 …

  • Jerome Goolsby

    Age old practice of force projection and “sabre rattling”….used to be done all the time by both sides during the Cold War. Only question is – is North Korean leadership as rational as the old USSR and USA were? If not, it could get really bad really fast.

  • peteee363

    make sure you don’t park all of them on one side of the island, it might flip over! at least hank said so!

    • PennyRobinsonFanClub

      To be fair, that WAS a lesson they learned at Pearl Harbor….
      /Not the “flipping over part.”

      • peteee363

        if they will be there any length of time, they will construct hangers (bomb proof ones), not much of a chance to leave these expensive planes out in the open anywhere near china.

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    This would sure be funny if he goes from his “Peace In Our Time” Neville Chamberlain speech straight to “Give ’em Atomic Hell Harry” Truman

  • TomJB

    This twitch surprised me as I had hear nothing about any US actions against NK, world-at-large or in the UN. I tend to keep an eye on things as I am considering volunteering to do a 2-3 year stint in the ROK so my wife can be closer to home for a while. I would venture, though, that Kim may be “rattling sabres” internationally as either justification some sort of domestic crackdown “security purposes,” or as cover for a large scale failure of some kind about which we will soon hear.

  • fish4man61

    They are there more for China than Korea,