U.S. bombers conduct bilateral training with Royal Australian Air Force in conjunction with Lightning Focus exercise
By Headquarters Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs
/ Published November 27, 2017
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --
Two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers conducted a bilateral integrated training mission with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as part of Exercise Lightning Focus over northern Australia, Nov. 27.
An RAAF-led exercise scheduled to run through Dec. 2, Lighting Focus is intended to provide air-to-air training for pilots, weapons system officers and air battle managers, strengthening military-to-military relationships with our allies and partners.
During the mission, the B-1B bomber took off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and transited the south Pacific. Upon completion of the mission, the Lancers landed at RAAF Base Amberley, Australia.
The training is being conducted as part of the Enhanced Air Cooperation (EAC) between the U.S. and Australia. Led by U.S. Pacific Command, EAC allows the U.S. Department of Defense and the Australian Defence Force to build upon their individual and combined capabilities and advance interoperability between the nations.