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Two U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bombers fly over the Pacific Ocean during a routine training mission Aug. 1, 2018

A B-52 bomber shows how it can lay a devastating minefield at sea from nearly 50 miles away in a warning to US rivals

A B-52H Stratofortress heavy long-range bomber reportedly demonstrated the ability to deploy powerful sea mines from the air at distances of nearly 50 miles during the latest Valiant Shield exercises.
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads a formation of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 ships as U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft and U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets pass overhead for a photo exercise during Valiant Shield 2018 on Sept. 17.

One picture shows why Beijing’s ‘carrier killer’ missiles won’t win the South China Sea in a fight

The US military recently pulled together Valiant Shield 18, which assembled a formidable armada: the US's forward-deployed USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, 15 surface ships, and 160 aircraft — a force that China sorely lacks.