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Japanese, Korean and U.S. Aircraft Conduct Show of Force in Response to North Korean Missile Launch

170918-O-N0132-6698 PILSUNG RANGE, Republic of Korea

Munitions from a U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) bilateral mission explode at the Pilsung Range, South Korea, Sept 17, 2017. The U.S. and ROKAF aircraft flew across the Korean Peninsula and practiced attack capabilities by releasing live weapons at the training area before returning to their respective home stations. This mission was conducted in direct response to North Korea's intermediate range ballistic missile launch, which flew directly over northern Japan on September 14 amid rising tension over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile development programs. (U.S. Army photo by SSgt. Steven Schneider)

170918-O-N0132-003 PACIFIC OCEAN

B-1B Lancer bombers flanked by U.S. Marine Corps F-35 Lightning II and Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighters execute a bilateral mission over the Pacific Ocean, demonstrating the United States' ironclad commitment to its allies in the face of aggressive and unlawful North Korean missile tests, Sept. 17, 2017. This mission was conducted in direct response to North Korea's intermediate range ballistic missile launch, which flew directly over northern Japan on September. (Courtesy Photo)

170918-ZZ999-0004 PILSUNG RANGE, Republic of Korea

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, flanked by Republic of Korea Air Force F-15K Slam Eagles, drops a 2,000 pound live munition at Pilsung Training Range, South Korea as a part of a show of force mission in response to North Korean unsanctioned intercontinental ballistic missile tests, Sept. 17, 2017. The most recent test took place last Friday and overflew the Japanese island of Hokkaido, resulting in increased tensions in both Japan and the Republic of Korea. The training mission conducted by the U.S. and Republic of Korea reaffirmed the capability of both nations to conduct air operations in tandem during a war-time capacity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Mike Karnes)

170918-ZZ999-0003 PILSUNG RANGE, Republic of Korea

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, flanked by Republic of Korea Air Force F-15K Slam Eagles, drops a 2,000 pound live munition at Pilsung Training Range, South Korea as a part of a show of force mission in response to North Korean unsanctioned intercontinental ballistic missile tests, Sept. 17, 2017. The most recent test took place last Friday and overflew the Japanese island of Hokkaido, resulting in increased tensions in both Japan and the Republic of Korea. The training mission conducted by the U.S. and Republic of Korea reaffirmed the capability of both nations to conduct air operations in tandem during a war-time capacity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Mike Karnes)

170918-ZZ999-0002 PILSUNG RANGE, Republic of Korea

U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers, U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning IIs and Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighters fly in formation during a show of force, north of Japan, Sept. 17, 2017. The flight took place in response to a North Korean test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido last Friday. The formation illustrates the ironclad alliance the U.S. maintains with allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Mike Karnes)

170918-ZZ999-0001 PILSUNG RANGE, Republic of Korea

U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers, U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning IIs and Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighters fly in formation during a show of force, north of Japan, Sept. 17, 2017. The flight took place in response to a North Korean test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido last Friday. The formation illustrates the ironclad alliance the U.S. maintains with allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Mike Karnes)

170918-O-N0132-6998 PILSUNG RANGE, Republic of Korea

Munitions from a U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) bilateral mission explode at the Pilsung Range, South Korea, Sept 17, 2017. The U.S. and ROKAF aircraft flew across the Korean Peninsula and practiced attack capabilities by releasing live weapons at the training area before returning to their respective home stations. This mission was conducted in direct response to North Korea's intermediate range ballistic missile launch, which flew directly over northern Japan on September 14 amid rising tension over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile development programs. (U.S. Army photo by SSgt. Steven Schneider)

170918-O-N0132-7139 PILSUNG RANGE, Republic of Korea

Munitions from a U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) bilateral mission explode at the Pilsung Range, South Korea, Sept 17, 2017. The U.S. and ROKAF aircraft flew across the Korean Peninsula and practiced attack capabilities by releasing live weapons at the training area before returning to their respective home stations. This mission was conducted in direct response to North Korea's intermediate range ballistic missile launch, which flew directly over northern Japan on September 14 amid rising tension over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile development programs. (U.S. Army photo by SSgt. Steven Schneider)

170918-O-N0132-7230 PILSUNG RANGE, Republic of Korea

Munitions from a U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) bilateral mission explode at the Pilsung Range, South Korea, Sept 17, 2017. The U.S. and ROKAF aircraft flew across the Korean Peninsula and practiced attack capabilities by releasing live weapons at the training area before returning to their respective home stations. This mission was conducted in direct response to North Korea's intermediate range ballistic missile launch, which flew directly over northern Japan on September 14 amid rising tension over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile development programs. (U.S. Army photo by SSgt. Steven Schneider)

170918-O-N0132-6758 PILSUNG RANGE, Republic of Korea
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Munitions from a U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) bilateral mission explode at the Pilsung Range, South Korea, Sept 17, 2017. The U.S. and ROKAF aircraft flew across the Korean Peninsula and practiced attack capabilities by releasing live weapons at the training area before returning to their respective home stations. This mission was conducted in direct response to North Korea's intermediate range ballistic missile launch, which flew directly over northern Japan on September 14 amid rising tension over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile development programs. (U.S. Army photo by SSgt. Steven Schneider)

170918-O-N0132-6825 PILSUNG RANGE, Republic of Korea
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Munitions from a U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) bilateral mission explode at the Pilsung Range, South Korea, Sept 17, 2017. The U.S. and ROKAF aircraft flew across the Korean Peninsula and practiced attack capabilities by releasing live weapons at the training area before returning to their respective home stations. This mission was conducted in direct response to North Korea's intermediate range ballistic missile launch, which flew directly over northern Japan on September 14 amid rising tension over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile development programs. (U.S. Army photo by SSgt. Steven Schneider)

170918-O-N0132-6825 PILSUNG RANGE, Republic of Korea
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Munitions from a U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) bilateral mission explode at the Pilsung Range, South Korea, Sept 17, 2017. The U.S. and ROKAF aircraft flew across the Korean Peninsula and practiced attack capabilities by releasing live weapons at the training area before returning to their respective home stations. This mission was conducted in direct response to North Korea's intermediate range ballistic missile launch, which flew directly over northern Japan on September 14 amid rising tension over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile development programs. (U.S. Army photo by SSgt. Steven Schneider)

170918-O-N0132-006 PACIFIC OCEAN
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U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flanked by U.S. Marine Corps F-35 Lightning II and Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighters execute a bilateral mission over the Pacific Ocean, demonstrating the United States' ironclad commitment to our allies in the face of aggressive and unlawful North Korean missile tests, Sept. 17, 2017. This mission was conducted in direct response to North Korea's intermediate range ballistic missile launch, which flew directly over northern Japan on September 14. (Courtesy Photo)

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U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flanked by U.S. Marine Corps F-35 Lightning II and Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighters execute a bilateral mission over the Pacific Ocean, demonstrating the United States' ironclad commitment to our allies in the face of aggressive and unlawful North Korean missile tests, Sept. 17, 2017. This mission was conducted in direct response to North Korea's intermediate range ballistic missile launch, which flew directly over northern Japan on September 14. (Courtesy Photo)

170918-O-N0132-004 PACIFIC OCEAN
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U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flanked by U.S. Marine Corps F-35 Lightning II and Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighters execute a bilateral mission over the Pacific Ocean, demonstrating the United States' ironclad commitment to our allies in the face of aggressive and unlawful North Korean missile tests, Sept. 17, 2017. This mission was conducted in direct response to North Korea's intermediate range ballistic missile launch, which flew directly over northern Japan on September 14. (Courtesy Photo)

170918-O-N0132-002 PACIFIC OCEAN
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U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flanked by U.S. Marine Corps F-35 Lightning II and Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighters execute a bilateral mission over the Pacific Ocean, demonstrating the United States' ironclad commitment to our allies in the face of aggressive and unlawful North Korean missile tests, Sept. 17, 2017. This mission was conducted in direct response to North Korea's intermediate range ballistic missile launch, which flew directly over northern Japan on September 14. (Courtesy Photo)

170918-O-N0132-001 PACIFIC OCEAN
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U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flanked by U.S. Marine Corps F-35 Lightning II and Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighters execute a bilateral mission over the Pacific Ocean, demonstrating the United States' ironclad commitment to our allies in the face of aggressive and unlawful North Korean missile tests, Sept. 17, 2017. This mission was conducted in direct response to North Korea's intermediate range ballistic missile launch, which flew directly over northern Japan on September 14. (Courtesy Photo)

170918-M-RP664-0107 MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan
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U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 depart Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Sept. 17, 2017. The F-35B Lightning II aircraft joined United States Air Force, Japan and Republic of Korea Air Force aircraft in a sequenced bilateral show of force over the Korean Peninsula. This show-of-force mission demonstrated sequenced bilateral cooperation, which is essential to defending U.S. allies, partners and the U.S. homeland against any regional threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron Henson)

170918-M-RP664-0052 MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan
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U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 depart Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Sept. 17, 2017. The F-35B Lightning II aircraft joined United States Air Force, Japan and Republic of Korea Air Force aircraft in a sequenced bilateral show of force over the Korean Peninsula. This show-of-force mission demonstrated sequenced bilateral cooperation, which is essential to defending U.S. allies, partners and the U.S. homeland against any regional threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron Henson)

170918-M-KE800-0189 MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan
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A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 departs Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Sept. 17, 2017. The F-35B Lightning II aircraft joined U.S. Air Force, Japan and Republic of Korea Air Force aircraft in a sequenced bilateral show of force over the Korean Peninsula. This show-of-force mission demonstrated sequenced bilateral cooperation, which is essential to defending U.S. allies, partners and the U.S. homeland against any regional threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Carlos Cruz Jr.)

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U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 depart Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Sept. 17, 2017. The F-35B Lightning II aircraft joined U.S. Air Force, Japan and Republic of Korea Air Force aircraft in a sequenced bilateral show of force over the Korean Peninsula. This show-of-force mission demonstrated sequenced bilateral cooperation, which is essential to defending U.S. allies, partners and the U.S. homeland against any regional threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Carlos Cruz Jr.)

170918-M-KE800-0070 MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan
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U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 depart Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Sept. 17, 2017. The F-35B Lightning II aircraft joined U.S. Air Force, Japan and Republic of Korea Air Force aircraft in a sequenced bilateral show of force over the Korean Peninsula. This show-of-force mission demonstrated sequenced bilateral cooperation, which is essential to defending U.S. allies, partners and the U.S. homeland against any regional threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Carlos Cruz Jr.)

170918-M-KE800-0103 MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan
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U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 depart Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Sept. 17, 2017. The F-35B Lightning II aircraft joined U.S. Air Force, Japan and Republic of Korea Air Force aircraft in a sequenced bilateral show of force over the Korean Peninsula. This show-of-force mission demonstrated sequenced bilateral cooperation, which is essential to defending U.S. allies, partners and the U.S. homeland against any regional threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Carlos Cruz Jr.)

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii --

United States Air Force and Marine Corps aircraft joined Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Republic of Korea Air Force aircraft in a sequenced bilateral show of force over the Korean Peninsula September 17, in response to North Korea’s launch of an intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) over Japan on September 14.

Two B-1B Lancer bombers from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam; four U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II fifth-generation advanced fighters from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan; four Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) F-15K fighters; and four Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) F-2 fighter jets executed this mission.

During the mission, U.S. and ROKAF aircraft flew across the Korean Peninsula and practiced their attack capabilities by releasing live weapons at the Pilsung Range training area. The F-35Bs, B-1B bombers and Koku Jieitai fighters flew together over waters near Kyushu, Japan.

U.S. Pacific Command maintains the ability to respond to any threat in the Indo-Asia-Pacific theater at a moment’s notice. 

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