"This training is crucial to maintaining our regional interoperability," said Lt. Col. Joshua Dorr, 393rd Bomb Squadron director of operations, in a release. "It affords us the opportunity to work with our allies in joint exercises and validates our always-ready global strike capability."
Last year, B-2 Spirit bombers conducted their first-ever rotation to Hickam and executed missions with their F-22 Raptor stealth fighter counterparts, giving pilots a sense of how the two aircraft would pair in a high-threat environment.
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During their last stint in Hawaii, training focused on integrating with F-22s from the 199th Fighter Squadron, 154th Wing, under the Hawaii Air National Guard. F-22s escorted the heavy bombers in simulated exercises, providing extra situational awareness during the mission, officials said at the time.
Additionally, airmen supporting the operations also practiced hot-pit refueling -- or keeping aircraft engines running on the flight line while the plane takes on fuel -- and loading inert BDU-50 bombs in the B-2's bomb bay, the Air Force said.
A B-2 also flew to the Pacific in 2017 to demonstrate the nation’s commitment to partners and allies while North Korea conducted missile tests.
Its presence at the time marked a return for the B-2 -- capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear weapons -- to the theater since a trio of the bombers wrapped up training exercises earlier in the year with the Australian Air Force.