US Sends F-22 Raptors, F-15E Strike Eagles and Destroyer to Pacific to Counter CCP China

U.S. Air Force photo/Sam Eckholm

As tensions continue to rise with China in the South China Sea, and Taiwan Strait, the U.S. is beefing up its deployed forces in the region. A U.S. Navy destroyer just sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea in another Freedom of Navigation Operation, or FONOP, and the U.S. Air Force is sending nearly three dozen additional air defense and strike fighters to Guam and Tinian in a display of “strategic flexibility.”

Both military moves are designed to send a message to Beijing; America can and will defend its allies and interests in the region.

The National Interest reports:

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Russell sailed by the Spratly Islands, claimed by China, earlier this week. The Russell belong to the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet, which stated that the destroyer “asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Spratly Islands, consistent with international law,” adding that “this freedom of navigation operation upheld the rights, freedoms and lawful uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging unlawful restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan.”

Commissioned in 1995, the Russell’s System Mk 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) accepts a wide range of armaments that include Tomahawk cruise missiles, RIM-67 surface-to-air missiles, and RUM-139 ASROC anti-submarine missiles.

The Biden administration has continued the Trump policy of challenging China’s illegal maritime claims to most of the South China Sea.

As to the Air Force deployment, a statement from the Pacific Air Force said that:

More than 35 aircraft and approximately 800 Airmen from Pacific Air Forces and Air Combat Command will deploy to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s area of responsibility in July to participate in Operation Pacific Iron 2021.

Pacific Iron 2021 is a PACAF dynamic force employment operation to project forces into the USINDOPACOM’s area of responsibility in support of the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) which called on the military to be a more lethal, adaptive, and resilient force.

Approximately 25 F-22 Raptor stealth fighters, ten F-15E Strike Eagle fighter bombers, two C-130J Hercules transport planes from bases in the U.S. and the region, along with 800 airmen, will conduct “combat dispersal operations” in Guam and Tinian.

The combat aircraft and crews will be coming from locations as far afield as Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii (Air National Guard), and Yokota Air Base, Japan.

This unusually large single deployment of 25 F-22 Raptor fifth-generation stealth fighters represents a larger force of fifth-generation fighters than China has in its entire inventory. And that’s the point of the exercise.

“We have never had this many Raptors deployed together in the Pacific Air Forces area of operations,” Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces commander, told CNN.

Carl Schuster, a Hawaii-based defense analyst told CNN that the U.S. “Pacific Air Force is demonstrating that it can deploy as many or more fifth-generation aircraft into the theater on short notice than (China) currently has” in its whole air force and navy combined. ADN

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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ROBERT POWELL
ROBERT POWELL
2 months ago

ALL WELL AND GOOD,but will O’byden &comrades do anything if fired upon???????

Bret
Bret
2 months ago
Reply to  ROBERT POWELL

Well you know He’ll be right on that immediately he will do all he can do and send his border Czar to the scene in Iceland who will claim that the US ships firing at the missiles that China is shooting at them is systemic racism and immediately leave Iceland claiming she has been to the battlefront and the American Military is being completely and systemically racist against China!

Bret
Bret
2 months ago
Reply to  Bret

Then she will come back and go to Maine and do another checkup on the Southern Border Crisis! Which is about as close to the Southern Border she will go if she has to do her job as Border Czar!

sam hill
sam hill
2 months ago
Reply to  Bret

And I know that to be true because Hellory was with giggles and explained to her how to take cover on the tarmac while under enemy fire. Much sarcasm intended!

Micala
Micala
2 months ago
Reply to  ROBERT POWELL

Don’t hold your breath! Biddyboy is still trying to locate the Men’s Restroom in the White House! Dang, every time he finds it, Pelosi is in it! So confusing for biddyboy!

Billy Q
Billy Q
2 months ago
Reply to  ROBERT POWELL

He will shit in his Depends

Pondman
Pondman
2 months ago
Reply to  ROBERT POWELL

You mean other than have his diaper changed, I doubt it!

JOHN T. FOX
JOHN T. FOX
2 months ago

THIS WILL BE A DISASTER!

merryinfidel
merryinfidel
2 months ago

So, we’re putting them all in one place so China can take them out in one fell swoop…

Gus Richards
Gus Richards
2 months ago
Reply to  merryinfidel

Does seem that way doesn’t it? The notification time will be so much shorter with them all bunched up that way. Need to go back to the old days where half the force was always airborne.

Micala
Micala
2 months ago

Thank you U.S. Sir Force and Navy for stepping up and defending those islands from the CCP who arrogantly thinks they can do anything they want without consequences!

Are the U.S. democrats descendants from the CCP? They seem to have the same characteristics!

Micala
Micala
2 months ago
Reply to  Micala

Sorry, It’s “Air Force”, not Sir Force. Duh.

elemteacher
elemteacher
2 months ago

And Senile Joe is at the helm. I’m having flashes of Dr. Strange in Infinity War as he looks at all the possible future scenarios and comes up with nothing positive.

david
david
2 months ago

A weak president like Joe Biden is more than likely to get us in a war…than a strong president like Trump who means what he says!!

Billy Q
Billy Q
2 months ago

Can’t wait until the 3WW to start, we have such a great bunch of leaders in the White House?

nemo
nemo
2 months ago

O’Biden is wrong (as usual) … Several years ago, the UN(all the nations signed off, including Carter) and the USA signed a document that “gave” Taiwan to China… That document if memory serves right is called a “White Paper” … If that issue starts a war with China… Look for Russia to come and get Long Island … (which is part of New York … Just as Taiwan is part of China … as the “White Paper”, all the UN people signed, says, in the 1970s) … Russia already got Cuba … Just 90 miles south … now some as shole outfit is working on Haiti … Is Bermuda next??? … the USA had better get the act together & O’Biden aint “it” …

ConanTheRepublican
ConanTheRepublican
2 months ago
Reply to  nemo

China and Russia will probably make their move in the next year, and just divide the US into Western Zone and Eastern Zone like in “Man in the High Tower”. We’re gonna get rolled.

EMW70
EMW70
2 months ago
Reply to  nemo

In the game of Go, the Chinese strategy game, one encircles your adversary, which flips their tiles to your color. Seems similar, doesn’t it? Look where Canada has gone – full tyrannical censorship and brutal lockdowns. Arresting pastors and rabbis, but leaving imams alone.

agiletz
agiletz
2 months ago

You do know that bidentime and his minions are trying to rid the AF of the 22 – by far and away the most capable warbird in the arsenal. So NO he won’t do anything if a number of the 22s are destroyed, tho he might be jumping up and down with joy privately!

ConanTheRepublican
ConanTheRepublican
2 months ago

ANYTHING that the Biden Administration does in the area will fail, miserably. They have NO WORLDVIEW, and have no idea the goals of the communist world. They are weaklings, and squishy leftwing filth.

EMW70
EMW70
2 months ago

We need to step up from FONOPs to supporting our partners in their EEZ enforcement. Accompany some Filipino fishing boats out to the Spratly Islands and/or Scarborough Reef and protect them from the CCP tyrannical fishing fleet that would descend upon them a few hours later. USCG with Filipino Coast Guard and Navy, USN a few miles away.
Let’s stop making the same point over and over and step it up.

TheMadMan
TheMadMan
2 months ago

Well, American Citizens WWIII is about to start in the South Pacific.

Bob Brady
Bob Brady
2 months ago
Reply to  TheMadMan

Since my grown kids were young, I have always asserted that the next World War would start in this area. Scary times indeed. If I am wrong now, I will not be wrong for long, given time. I hope that we get that time.

Biden is obviously mentally impaired and weak, (my mother died of Alzheimers complications), and the folks running the Presidency are not really understood, which is scary as well. How the Biden election went or was counted is less of an issue, as we are dealing with our domestic hand as the cards were turned face up.

Shame on the media idiots and the University programs for journalism and their radio and TV specialties as taught. I was married to one of their graduates for over 27 years, and it never made any sense from a world or local view. I am certain that she felt the same way for my polar 180 degree view.

If push comes to shove, it will be costly in blood, treasury, material, and time. I hoped not to see this, but here we are; likely much closer than we generally know. Thank the imbalance of trade, preferential duty and IRT treatment and the 1970’s normalization of relations, and the relocation of our manufacturing might. Now we already are seeing shortages in a number of products and empty store shelves. Well, so much for those Chinese fly swatters.

I support the USA and it’s home made products…as they are truly better built. I still think that the Chinese astronauts are either nuts, high, or some of the bravest souls alive. Imagine going into space on a glorified, upgraded bottle rocket.

If not doing so now, pray for our Nation, your kids, and grandchildren. I am too old to give a rats patoot, but I will do all I can to contribute to any effort as needed for our National task…if it should be needed. I do relish and enjoy the freedoms and fruits of our Nation as conceived by our founders.

Jawad
Jawad
2 months ago

Sarcasm reigneth supreme today, forsooth! And rightly so.

Bret
Bret
2 months ago

The F-22’s were never supposed to leave American soil! What happened with that Biden giving China all of the Specs so they can try to build a version of them? Good luck with that the flips will extinguish any other type of engine! They are the closest thing to a UFO that has ever been made as far as maneuverability!

Gerald S Ladd
2 months ago

He gutted the military. Just like his twin brother Obughole did. Retaliate against his financer China? Not likely. They know drooling Joe is a gutless idiot.

ROBERT DAVID HODGES
ROBERT DAVID HODGES
2 months ago

PELOSI AND HE R BUNCH WERE AFRIAD TRUMP WOULD SEND US INTO WAR AND HERE WE ARE WITH VIDEN SENDING US TO WAR AND PELOSI SILENT.

Sharon McConville
Sharon McConville
2 months ago

Where’s Harry when we need him?


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