What made the United States remove the B-52 bombers from Guam

The United States withdrew five strategic B-52 bombers from its Pacific base on the island of Guam, transferring them to North Dakota. Some military experts considered this a preventive measure of protection against China's medium-range ballistic missiles.

What is this, Washington's unspoken surrender to Beijing's growing military might in the Asia-Pacific region, or is it a stage in a new struggle for supremacy in the Pacific between two rival powers?

The most important Pentagon reference points in this region are the Hawaiian Islands with the famous Pearl Harbor and the island of Guam, where two military bases are located at once. These include the US Navy base Apra Harbor and the Andersen Air Force Base. It was on the latter that the "stooped" B-52s were located.

At the time, not only B-52s, but also strategic B-1 and B-2 bombers, which are present on a rotational basis, were deployed on the Andersen base. Its runway over 3 thousand meters long could well be taken even Space Shuttle if necessary. "Strategists" the Pentagon began to deploy in Guam to exert pressure on Beijing and Pyongyang. From the island, bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons regularly flew to North Korea and China.

But the Chinese were not idle either: they developed a family of medium-range missiles DF-21 (Dongfeng-21). Initially, they were planned as strategic, but later modifications were created with conventional, non-nuclear warheads that can be used both against ships and against satellites. According to some estimates, the PLA has from 130 to 140 medium-range ballistic missiles DF-21. The DF-17 missile with a hypersonic planning warhead is capable of flying from 3000 to 3500 km. It is believed that China’s armament has three dozen DF-26 BMDs, whose range reaches from 4500 to 5000 km, that is, they are capable of finishing off to Guam.

By the end of 2020, China’s arsenal is expected to reach 200 units, and they have made Guam and other US military bases in the Asia-Pacific region a potentially unsafe place. Is it any wonder that the US Armed Forces command requested additional funding of $ 20 billion to further contain the offensive potential of China? Admiral Phil Davidson states:

America Day begins in Guam, and this is a place for which we must not only fight today, but also fight, given the future threats.

The priorities of the US military are the creation of a modern and effective air defense / missile defense system over Guam, strengthening anti-ship defense, equipping with high-precision weapons and the formation of a force group capable of conducting military operations and carrying out operations to "ensure regional stability."

In other words, the United States does not intend to give up its positions in the Asia-Pacific region. Now the "strategists" for the time being flew to a safe distance, but they promise to return.
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  2. 123 Online 123
    123 (123) April 21 2020 14: 49
    Now the "strategists" for the time being flew to a safe distance, but they promise to return.

    How much sadness crying and hopes of returning fellow and all in one sentence. what It is felt from the heart. yes
    Just like Mary Poppins. laughing In any case, "Poppins" flew to write off, in extreme cases, for repairs.

  3. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
    Marzhecki (Sergei) April 21 2020 18: 24
    Quote: 123
    How much sadness and hope for a return, and all in one sentence. It is felt from the heart.

    You are a clown. No.
    1. 123 Online 123
      123 (123) April 22 2020 00: 38
      And what remains? Aircraft flew, not a great event, not an airfield, but they transported it. In those parts, besides this, a lot of interesting things are happening.
      Near the Paracel Islands, the Chinese are all butting, the Vietnamese schooner has been drowned, our two corvettes are rubbing there, watching what is happening. Trump swears at the Chinese, says they are testing nuclear weapons. It’s not clear what’s going on, that’s what they’ll look at; they’ll cover the moratorium, they themselves will begin to blow up. In general, the region is not boring. Flight of aircraft against the general background is not impressive.
      Browse through at your leisure, take a rest, Sechin will not go anywhere without your convictions in a couple of days.

  4. cmonman Offline cmonman
    cmonman (Garik Mokin) April 21 2020 21: 28
    Sergey, did you ask the amers why they did this? But they do not hide! If you ask on Google about the transfer of the B-52 from Guam, then full info (first Google).

    Strategic bombers will continue to operate in the Indo-Pacific region, including Guam, on time and at our option, ”the Air Force global strike command said in a statement. “We will make full use of all training opportunities together with our allies and partners, to ensure interaction and strengthen our collective ability to be unpredictable in the operational plan.”
    According to AFGSC, the transition to the “dynamic use of force” model allows bombers to work with a “wider range of foreign locations” with greater stability, while maintaining the aircraft on an ongoing basis in the United States, AFGSC reports.

    But if their explanation does not suit you, then we leave your opinion.
    1. g1washntwn Offline g1washntwn
      g1washntwn (George Washington) April 22 2020 13: 24
      Quote: cmonman
      our collective ability to be unpredictable in operational terms

      But in my opinion, the opposite is predictable. A threat has arisen - they are ticking under the skirt. Because in terms of "unpredictability" everything is not so unambiguous, and if the emerging window of opportunity, at least to a small extent, but made it possible to act suddenly from nearby bases, then "wait for the weather from the sea" from bases in the United States at the current technological level, they designated potential enemies , you can endlessly, and flying out in advance is the same as shouting at every corner - "citizens of Odessa, we still follow your hamanochki!" The Americans are not used to living under constant pressure, the full-time army psychologists are overworking.
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    bobba94 (Vladimir) April 24 2020 20: 05
    I saw the B-52 take off ..... it's like 2 locomotives rising into the air, I'm talking about burning and soot.