However, the latest “deployment does not signal that operations have been ordered,” CNN reported.
“For operational security, we are not discussing forces flowing into or out of the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility at this time,” Pentagon spokeswoman Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich told Military.com in response to a request for comment.
Pentagon sends six B-52 strategic bombers to military base on Diego Garcia that is beyond the range of Iran’s ballistic missiles to prepare to hit Tehran if given the order
- Six B-52 bombers are being deployed to the US military base on Diego Garcia
- Diego Garcia is an atoll located in the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean
- Pentagon says deployment does not mean US has decided to attack Iran
- Tensions have been high since US strike killed a top Iranian general on Friday
- Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force, was killed in Baghdad
The U.S. Air Force has performed a huge show of strength by launching 52 fully-armed Lightning II stealth fighters in a single wave from a base in Utah.
The F-35A aircraft, which are worth a total of $4.2 billion, took off in quick succession from the Hill Air Force Base in Utah on Monday as tensions mount in the Middle East over the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
Practice makes perfect ⚡⚡.
What an awesome first day of practice over Utah @HAFB.
We'll be practicing all week so stay tuned for more imagery!@thef35 #AimHigh #airforce #fighterjet #military #f35demoteam #F35 #lightningii #airshow #aviationphotography #aviation pic.twitter.com/yOAZLait3g
— F-35A Demonstration Team (@F35demoteam) January 7, 2020
Combat Power Exercise! https://t.co/aWjbICJZSM
— Hill Air Force Base (@HAFB) January 6, 2020
Fifty two is the number of American diplomats and civilians seized by Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis, and the number of targets that Trump has threatened to strike in Iran if the regime retaliates over Soleimani’s death.
The exercise was carried out by the active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings, which said it showed the Air Force’s ability to deploy a large force of the F-35As.
Today we launched about 50 F-35s in rapid succession. Part of a long-planned combat power exercise with @388fw, we pushed the boundaries and tested our Airmen’s ability to deploy @thef35 en masse. We’re ready to fly, fight, and win. @usairforce @USAFReserve @USAF_ACC pic.twitter.com/QskjR6lsch
— 419th Fighter Wing (@419fw) January 6, 2020
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