B-52s headed to Indian Ocean island amid Iran tensions

Published: Jan. 6, 2020 at 9:05 PM CST
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UPDATE: 1/7/2020 Capt. Earon E. Brown, with Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs, released the following statement to Your News Leader, with regards to whether aircraft or personnel from Minot Air Force Base would be involved in a recent deployment of B-52 Stratofortress aircraft to the Indian Ocean:

“To preserve operational security, we will not confirm or discuss details of potential deployments."

ORIGINAL STORY: The Pentagon is deploying several B-52 Stratofortress bombers to an installation in the Indian Ocean to be available in case operation orders are given, in the wake of the rising tensions with Iran, according to CNN and Military.com.

The bombers will reportedly be sent to Diego Garcia, a British island in the Indian Ocean.

The action does not necessarily indicate that operation orders have been given or will be given.

The move comes days after an airstrike in Iraq killed Qassem Soleimani, a high-ranking Iranian military general.

According to “Aircraft Spots,” a Twitter feed that tracks military air movements, some B-52s were spotted departing Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana Monday.

The airbases in Barksdale and Minot are the two installations in the United States that house the B-52 aircraft.

It’s unclear at this time if the deployment will involve any aircraft of personnel from Minot Air Force Base.

Your News Leader is reaching out to base officials and will update as we learn more.