U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit bombers left Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Friday en route to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, as part of an Air Expeditionary Force deployment, according to a Pacific Air Forces news release.

The release did not specify the number of B-2s deploying to Guam. The AEF deployments to Guam began in February 2004.

According to the release, the B-2s provide the U.S. Pacific Command “a continuous bomber presence in the Asia-Pacific region, enhancing regional security and the U.S. commitment to the Western Pacific.”

The rotation also “provides training opportunities to integrate bombers into Pacific Command’s joint and coalition exercises from a forward operating base,” according to the release.

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