Three U.S. Air Force B-2 stealth bombers launched from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, early this morning (11 Aug 20), heading for the remote island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.
The three bombers flew west from their home base and out over the Pacific Ocean, passing Hawaii and then onward for a planned run across northern Australia before continuing west to the secluded island air base.
The aircraft used radio callsigns Reaper 11, Reaper 12, and Reaper 13, and follows the deployment of six USAF B-52s earlier this year to the remote base. That deployment was a response to a spike in tensions with Iran.
Today's deployment smacks of China.
Tensions between the US and China are growing almost daily, and a number of military analysts, and even politicians, have openly suggested a kinetic conflict within 90 days, likely beginning in the South China Sea.