ROK/US Alliance aircraft conduct extended deterrence mission

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- In a demonstration of the steadfast commitment to the Republic of Korea's defense, a United States Air Force B-52 Stratofortess from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam conducted a low-level flight Jan 10 in the vicinity of Osan, South Korea, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea.

The B-52 was joined by a ROK F-15K Slam Eagle and a U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcon.

"The flight today demonstrates the strength and capabilities of the Alliance," said Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, U.S. Forces Korea commander. "The close military cooperation between the United States and the Republic of Korea ensures we are ready to respond at any time to those who would threaten stability and security."

In a statement to reporters gathered at Osan Air Base prior to the flight, United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea deputy commander and U.S. Seventh Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, highlighted the capabilities and readiness of the ROK - U.S. Alliance.

"B-52 missions reinforce the U.S. commitment to the security of our allies and partners, and demonstrate one of the many alliance capabilities available for the defense of the Republic of Korea," O'Shaughnessy said.

Upon completion of the flight over South Korea, the B-52 returned to Guam.