LATEST NEWS
 Top Stories
 U.S.
  Severe Weather
  Bird Flu
 World
  Castro
  Mideast Crisis
  Iraq
 Business
 Personal Finance
 Technology
 Sports
  Sports Columns
  NASCAR
  Baseball
  College Hoops
  NBA
  NHL
  Tennis
  Golf
 Entertainment
 Health
 Science
 Politics
 Washington
 Offbeat
 Podcasts
 Blogs
 Weather
 Raw News
 NEWS SEARCH
 
 Archive Search
 SPECIAL SECTIONS
 Multimedia Gallery
 AP Video Network
 Today
 in History
 Corrections
Dec 7, 5:32 AM EST

Russian strategic bombers fly patrol mission from Indonesia


Latest News
Putin thanks Trump for CIA tip he says stopped bomb plot

3 militant suspects killed in raid in Russia's Caucasus

Putin looks for quick win, but voter apathy worries Kremlin

NATO concerned Russian missile system breaks Cold War pact

Russia to resume flights to Egypt, halted after 2015 bombing

The Latest: Putin backs efforts to find kids of IS fighters

Multimedia
Suharto Leaves Legacy of Anger
Images of Suharto's Life
Multimedia
Russia Celebrates Summer Solstice

MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian military says its strategic bombers have flown a patrol mission over the Southern Pacific after taking off from Indonesia, part of Moscow's efforts to restore its Cold War-era military foothold around the world.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the two Tu-95 strategic bombers flew from Biak Island in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province where they arrived Tuesday. It said Thursday's patrol lasted eight hours.

Russian state television stations reported that the nuclear-capable bombers accompanied by heavy-lift transport planes would spend a few days on Biak, but there was no immediate signal that such visits could continue in the future.

The bombers' visit to Indonesia marked the first such deployment since Cold War times, when Soviet maritime patrol planes flew over the Pacific from a base in Vietnam.

© 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.