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U.S. Air Force bombers integrate with RAAF in Exercise Black Dagger

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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., flies over the South Pacific Oct. 2, 2017. The Lancer conducted a bilateral training mission with Royal Australian Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers as part of Exercise Black Dagger, a training exercise designed to foster increased interoperability between Australia and the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Gerald R. Willis)

Andersen AFB

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., prepares to take off from Andersen AFB, Guam, Oct. 2, 2017. The Lancer conducted a bilateral training mission with Royal Australian Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers as part of Exercise Black Dagger, a training exercise designed to foster increased interoperability between Australia and the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Richard Ebensberger)

U.S. Air Force bombers integrate with RAAF in Exercise Black Dagger

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., takes off from Andersen AFB, Guam, Oct. 2, 2017. The Lancer conducted a bilateral training mission with Royal Australian Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers as part of Exercise Black Dagger, a training exercise designed to foster increased interoperability between Australia and the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Richard Ebensberger)

U.S. Air Force bombers integrate with RAAF in Exercise Black Dagger

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., refuels over the South Pacific Oct. 2, 2017. The Lancer conducted a bilateral training mission with Royal Australian Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers as part of Exercise Black Dagger, a training exercise designed to foster increased interoperability between Australia and the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Gerald R. Willis)

Andersen AFB

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., prepares to take off from Andersen AFB, Guam, Oct. 2, 2017. The Lancer conducted a bilateral training mission with Royal Australian Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers as part of Exercise Black Dagger, a training exercise designed to foster increased interoperability between Australia and the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Richard Ebensberger)

Andersen AFB

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., flies over the South Pacific Oct. 2, 2017. The Lancer conducted a bilateral training mission with Royal Australian Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers as part of Exercise Black Dagger, a training exercise designed to foster increased interoperability between Australia and the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Gerald R. Willis)

Andersen AFB

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., prepares to take off from Andersen AFB, Guam, Oct. 2, 2017. The Lancer conducted a bilateral training mission with Royal Australian Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers as part of Exercise Black Dagger, a training exercise designed to foster increased interoperability between Australia and the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Richard Ebensberger)

Andersen AFB

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., takes off from Andersen AFB, Guam, Oct. 2, 2017. The Lancer conducted a bilateral training mission with Royal Australian Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers as part of Exercise Black Dagger, a training exercise designed to foster increased interoperability between Australia and the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Richard Ebensberger)

Andersen AFB

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., prepares to take off from Andersen AFB, Guam, Oct. 2, 2017. The Lancers conducted a bilateral training mission with Royal Australian Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers as part of Exercise Black Dagger, a training exercise designed to foster increased interoperability between Australia and the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Richard Ebensberger)

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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., takes off from Andersen AFB, Guam, Oct. 2, 2017. The Lancer conducted a bilateral training mission with Royal Australian Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers as part of Exercise Black Dagger, a training exercise designed to foster increased interoperability between Australia and the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Richard Ebensberger)

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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., takes off from Andersen AFB, Guam, Oct. 2, 2017. The Lancer conducted a bilateral training mission with Royal Australian Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers as part of Exercise Black Dagger, a training exercise designed to foster increased interoperability between Australia and the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Richard Ebensberger)

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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., flies over the South Pacific Oct. 2, 2017. The Lancer conducted a bilateral training mission with Royal Australian Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers as part of Exercise Black Dagger, a training exercise designed to foster increased interoperability between Australia and the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Gerald R. Willis)

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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., prepares to take off from Andersen AFB, Guam, Oct. 2, 2017. The Lancers conducted a bilateral training mission with Royal Australian Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers as part of Exercise Black Dagger, a training exercise designed to foster increased interoperability between Australia and the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Richard Ebensberger)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers based at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a bilateral integration training mission with the Royal Australian Air Force as part of Exercise Black Dagger near Townsville in North-Eastern Australia, Oct. 2, 2017. 

 

The 12-hour sortie, included the use of simulated and inert weapons directed by Australian Joint Terminal Attack Controllers.

 

"The Australian and U.S. air forces continue to work toward safeguarding security and stability in the region with missions focused on integrated operations," said Brig. Gen. Stephen Williams, Pacific Air Forces Director of Air and Cyberspace Operations. “Joint exercises like these validate our ability to train and operate together seamlessly and ensures our ability to collectively respond cohesively if necessary.”

 

During the exercise, the B-1 pilots maintained contact with RAAF JTACs on the ground in order to safely and effectively deliver firepower when and where determined by the Australian team.

 

“Participating in tactical training with our American counterparts continues a legacy of combined military training activities that stretches back several decades,” said Air Vice Marshal Roberton, DSC, AM, the Royal Australian Air Force Air Commander Australia. “This exercise, and others like it, demonstrate our commitment to continuing to hone our skills as airmen.”

 

These missions ensure the U.S., along with key allies such as Australia, improve our bilateral defense cooperation and interoperability.