The US B-1 Bomber will not be immediately based in Australia. Photo: Supplied

The Guardian: Tony Abbott says US defence official 'misspoke' on B-1 bombers in Australia

David Shear had told US Senate committee the US would be ‘placing additional airforce assets in Australia, including B-1 bombers and surveillance aircraft’

A senior United States defence official “misspoke” when he told a US Senate committee the country planned to station B-1 bombers in Australia, Tony Abbott has said.

US Defence Department assistant secretary for Asian and Pacific security affairs, David Shear, told the committee the US “will be placing additional airforce assets in Australia as well, including B-1 bombers and surveillance aircraft”. He said more marines would be deployed to the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, as the US tries to assert its dominance against an increasingly powerful China.

Update #1: U.S. official misspoke on deployment of bombers to Australia -PM Abbott -- Reuters
Update #2: US official misspoke on B-1 bombers being based in Australia: Tony Abbott -- Sydney Morning Herald

WNU Editor: Misspoke?!?!?!?!

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