Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mark Milley and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said the mission remains the same in deterring bad behavior by Iran.
The Trump administration is deploying multiple heavy bombers to a military base approximately 2,000 miles south of Iran as tensions to continue to rise in the region after the U.S. military terminated Iranian terrorist Qassem Soleimani last week.
“The U.S. Air Force is deploying six B-52 bombers to Diego Garcia, an island base in the Indian Ocean,” Fox News reported. “The move … was the latest in efforts by U.S. military officials to bolster resources near the Middle East after the Iraqi Shia militia Kataib Hezbollah hinted at possible retaliatory attacks to avenge Soleimani’s death.”
The B-52 is one of the deadliest bombers in the world as it has a range of nearly 9,000 miles and can deliver up to 70,000 lbs. of a wide variety of ordnance — bombs, smart weapons, mines, and missiles — at an elevation of 50,000 feet while traveling at 650 mph.
The Daily Mail reported that the B-52s were being sent to Diego Garcia and not other military bases in the region because the base is out of the reach of Iran’s long range missiles.