US, Japan execute integrated Bomber exercise Published April 14, 2023 SEA OF Japan -- On Apr. 14, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command deployed two bombers and accompanying aircraft in a bilateral air exercise with Japan Self-Defense Forces fighters to demonstrate the consistent and capable deterrence options readily available to the U.S.-Japan Alliance. Two U.S. B-52 bombers, two KC-135 aircraft and four F-35 fighters integrated with four Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighters over the Sea of Japan, exemplifying the our alliance's ability to quickly and decisively respond to threats against Japan. The U.S. remains committed to peace and prosperity throughout the Indo-Pacific alongside our Japanese allies, together acting as the cornerstone of peace and security in the region. Our bilateral commitment to the defense of Japan remains ironclad.