ROK/US Alliance aircraft conduct extended deterrence mission

United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea deputy commander and U.S. 7th Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy and Col. Andrew Hansen, 51st Fighter Wing commander, watch a low-level pass from a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress, Andersen Air Base, Guam, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea over Osan, South Korea, on Jan. 10, 2015. The B-52 was joined by a Republic of Korea Air Force F-15 Slam Eagle and a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon.  In a conventional conflict, the B-52 can perform strategic attack, close-air support, air interdiction, offensive counter-air and maritime operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristin High)

United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea deputy commander and U.S. 7th Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy and Col. Andrew Hansen, 51st Fighter Wing commander, watch a low-level pass from a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress, Andersen Air Base, Guam, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea over Osan, South Korea, on Jan. 10, 2015. The B-52 was joined by a Republic of Korea Air Force F-15 Slam Eagle and a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon. In a conventional conflict, the B-52 can perform strategic attack, close-air support, air interdiction, offensive counter-air and maritime operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristin High)

A U.S. Air Force B-52H  Stratofortress from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a low-level flight in the vicinity of Osan Air Base, South Korea, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea Jan. 10, 2016. The B-52 was joined by a ROKAF F-15 Slam Eagle and a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon.  The B-52 is a is a long-range, heavy bomber that can fly up to 50,000 feet and has the capability to carry 70,000 pounds of nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dillian Bamman)

A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a low-level flight in the vicinity of Osan Air Base, South Korea, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea Jan. 10, 2016. The B-52 was joined by a ROKAF F-15 Slam Eagle and a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon. The B-52 is a is a long-range, heavy bomber that can fly up to 50,000 feet and has the capability to carry 70,000 pounds of nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dillian Bamman)

A U.S. Air Force B-52H  Stratofortress from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a low-level flight in the vicinity of Osan Air Base, South Korea, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea Jan. 10, 2016. The B-52 was joined by a ROKAF F-15 Slam Eagle and a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon.  The B-52 is a is a long-range, heavy bomber that can fly up to 50,000 feet and has the capability to carry 70,000 pounds of nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dillian Bamman)

A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a low-level flight in the vicinity of Osan Air Base, South Korea, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea Jan. 10, 2016. The B-52 was joined by a ROKAF F-15 Slam Eagle and a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon. The B-52 is a is a long-range, heavy bomber that can fly up to 50,000 feet and has the capability to carry 70,000 pounds of nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dillian Bamman)

A U.S. Air Force B-52H  Stratofortress from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a low-level flight in the vicinity of Osan, South Korea, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea Jan. 10, 2016.  The B-52 is a is a long-range, heavy bomber that can fly up to 50,000 feet and has the capability to carry 70,000 pounds of nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability. 
(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm)

A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a low-level flight in the vicinity of Osan, South Korea, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea Jan. 10, 2016. The B-52 is a is a long-range, heavy bomber that can fly up to 50,000 feet and has the capability to carry 70,000 pounds of nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm)

A U.S. Air Force B-52H  Stratofortress from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a low-level flight in the vicinity of Osan, South Korea, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea Jan. 10, 2016. The B-52 was joined by a ROKAF F-15 Slam Eagle and a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon.  The B-52 is a is a long-range, heavy bomber that can fly up to 50,000 feet and has the capability to carry 70,000 pounds of nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability. 
(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm)

A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a low-level flight in the vicinity of Osan, South Korea, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea Jan. 10, 2016. The B-52 was joined by a ROKAF F-15 Slam Eagle and a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon. The B-52 is a is a long-range, heavy bomber that can fly up to 50,000 feet and has the capability to carry 70,000 pounds of nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 36th Fighter Squadron, conducts a low-level flight as part of a demonstration of force at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Jan. 10, 2016. This demonstration was a response to recent provocative action by North Korea and included a B-52H Stratofortress from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, A-10 Thunderbolt II’s as well as a ROKAF F-15 Slam Eagle.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 36th Fighter Squadron, conducts a low-level flight as part of a demonstration of force at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Jan. 10, 2016. This demonstration was a response to recent provocative action by North Korea and included a B-52H Stratofortress from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, A-10 Thunderbolt II’s as well as a ROKAF F-15 Slam Eagle. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm)

United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea deputy commander and U.S. 7th Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, Lt. Gen. Wang-keon Lee, ROK Air Force Operations Command commander, and members of the U.S. and ROK Air Forces prepare to watch a low-level pass from a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress, from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea in the vicinity of Osan Air Base, South Korea, Jan 10, 2016. The combined mission demonstrates the strength of the alliance between the U.S. and ROK and the resolve of both nations to maintain stability and security on the peninsula. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristin High)

United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea deputy commander and U.S. 7th Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, Lt. Gen. Wang-keon Lee, ROK Air Force Operations Command commander, and members of the U.S. and ROK Air Forces prepare to watch a low-level pass from a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress, from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea in the vicinity of Osan Air Base, South Korea, Jan 10, 2016. The combined mission demonstrates the strength of the alliance between the U.S. and ROK and the resolve of both nations to maintain stability and security on the peninsula. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristin High)

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a low-level flight in the vicinity of Osan, South Korea, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea Jan 10, 2016. The B-52 was joined by a ROKAF F-15 Slam Eagle and a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon.  The B-52 is a is a long-range, heavy bomber that can fly up to 50,000 feet and has the capability to carry 70,000 pounds of nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristin High)

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a low-level flight in the vicinity of Osan, South Korea, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea Jan 10, 2016. The B-52 was joined by a ROKAF F-15 Slam Eagle and a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon. The B-52 is a is a long-range, heavy bomber that can fly up to 50,000 feet and has the capability to carry 70,000 pounds of nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristin High)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea - United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea deputy commander and U.S. 7th Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy (right) and Lt. Gen. Wang-keon Lee, ROK Air Force Operations Command commander (left), walk toward the podiums before speaking to Korean and international media at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Jan. 10, 2016, prior to a low-level pass from a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress in response to recent provocative action by North Korea. The B-52 was joined by a ROKAF F-15 Slam Eagle and a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon.  The B-52 is a is a long-range, heavy bomber that can fly up to 50,000 feet and has the capability to carry 70,000 pounds of nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea - United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea deputy commander and U.S. 7th Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy (right) and Lt. Gen. Wang-keon Lee, ROK Air Force Operations Command commander (left), walk toward the podiums before speaking to Korean and international media at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Jan. 10, 2016, prior to a low-level pass from a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress in response to recent provocative action by North Korea. The B-52 was joined by a ROKAF F-15 Slam Eagle and a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon. The B-52 is a is a long-range, heavy bomber that can fly up to 50,000 feet and has the capability to carry 70,000 pounds of nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea - United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea deputy commander and U.S. 7th Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy (right) and Lt. Gen. Wang-keon Lee, ROK Air Force Operations Command commander (left), speak to Korean and international media at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Jan. 10, 2016, prior to a low-level pass from a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress in response to recent provocative action by North Korea. The B-52 was joined by a ROKAF F-15 Slam Eagle and a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon.  The B-52 is a is a long-range, heavy bomber that can fly up to 50,000 feet and has the capability to carry 70,000 pounds of nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton)
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OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea - United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea deputy commander and U.S. 7th Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy (right) and Lt. Gen. Wang-keon Lee, ROK Air Force Operations Command commander (left), speak to Korean and international media at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Jan. 10, 2016, prior to a low-level pass from a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress in response to recent provocative action by North Korea. The B-52 was joined by a ROKAF F-15 Slam Eagle and a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon. The B-52 is a is a long-range, heavy bomber that can fly up to 50,000 feet and has the capability to carry 70,000 pounds of nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea - United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea deputy commander and U.S. 7th Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy (right) and Lt. Gen. Wang-keon Lee, ROK Air Force Operations Command commander (left), speak to Korean and international media at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Jan. 10, 2016, prior to a low-level pass from a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress in response to recent provocative action by North Korea. The B-52 was joined by a ROKAF F-15 Slam Eagle and a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon.  The B-52 is a is a long-range, heavy bomber that can fly up to 50,000 feet and has the capability to carry 70,000 pounds of nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton)
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OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea - United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea deputy commander and U.S. 7th Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy (right) and Lt. Gen. Wang-keon Lee, ROK Air Force Operations Command commander (left), speak to Korean and international media at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Jan. 10, 2016, prior to a low-level pass from a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress in response to recent provocative action by North Korea. The B-52 was joined by a ROKAF F-15 Slam Eagle and a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon. The B-52 is a is a long-range, heavy bomber that can fly up to 50,000 feet and has the capability to carry 70,000 pounds of nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea - A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a low-level flight in the vicinity of Osan Air Base, South Korea, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea Jan. 10, 2016. The B-52 was joined by a ROKAF F-15K Slam Eagle and a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon. The B-52 is a is a long-range, heavy bomber that can fly up to 50,000 feet and has the capability to carry 70,000 pounds of nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton)
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OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea - A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a low-level flight in the vicinity of Osan Air Base, South Korea, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea Jan. 10, 2016. The B-52 was joined by a ROKAF F-15K Slam Eagle and a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon. The B-52 is a is a long-range, heavy bomber that can fly up to 50,000 feet and has the capability to carry 70,000 pounds of nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton)

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.