Washington – The United States has sent two squadrons of F-22 raptor aircraft to the Guam Island in the Pacific Ocean. The deployment is claimed to be part of the war exercise, Operation Pacific Iron, starting in the next few days. But former officials and military analysts say the United States has issued a warning to China by sending several fighter jets to the Pacific. Meanwhile, amid rising tensions with China, US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin is reportedly set to visit the Philippines, Vietnam and Singapore, later this month.
A few hours ago, the US Air Force deployed about twenty-five F-22 stealth aircraft at three airports on the island of Guam. In addition, ten F-15E Strike Eagles fighters, two C-130J Hercules cargo planes and about 800 personnel have arrived for the Operation Pacific Iron 2021 exercise. This is considered the largest deployment to date for the practice, which is being held in the Guam and Tinian islands. General Kenneth Wilsbach, Chief of the US Pacific Air Force Command, said, ‘Such a large deployment of F-22s in the Pacific Air Force has never been done in the past’.