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ASDF jets, U.S. bombers conduct joint exercises

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Two Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighters conducted joint drills with U.S. B-1B strategic bombers over the Kyushu region in southwestern Japan on Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

The U.S. Air Force bombers later flew to the Korean Peninsula for joint training with the South Korean air force.

The series of drills was apparently intended to demonstrate the strength of the three countries’ security cooperation in the face of growing threats from North Korea.

The U.S. bombers took off from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam and joined the F-2 fighters from the ASDF’s Tsuiki base in Fukuoka Prefecture in Kyushu for navigation training, according to the ministry and the U.S. Pacific Air Forces.Speech

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