These are tough times for mainland China and residents of the strait in Taiwan, both of whom have shown their military might after Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island.
On an official level, the US military is staying out of it, even as it is busy throwing harsh words at China for its deployment around Taiwan. But unofficially, the United States does not shy away from showing its might to the entire Asian nation. And it has been doing so long before current events.
The United States has a huge military presence in the Indo-Pacific., We often see this thanks to photographs of the various branches publishing their troops in action there. And this is one of the most recent photographs showing America’s exploits in the Pacific.
Lined on the runway at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan Dozens of fighter jets appear to be sitting on parallel assembly lines, ready to be launched from a wartime factory, But this is only a display of military prowess, carried out as part of an already planned preparatory exercise at the base in July.
Although, at first glance, a collection of fifth-generation aircraft can be misleading, the reality is a bit more complicated. Sure, the front lines of this formation are occupied by eight F-35 Lightnings ten from the US Marine Corps (USMC), ten from the US Air Force (USAF) and ten F-22 Raptorbut we have even more behind F/A-18 Hornet (five of them are stationed with the USMC), and one KC-130J Super Hercules deep in formation.
The drill involved units from the USAF’s 354th Air Expeditionary Wing and the Marines’ 12th Air Group, and was intended to show the world in general (and China in particular, of course), that the United States could defend itself against potential threats. Can easily deploy combined forces. ,