U.S. Pacific Command Forces Come Together for Valiant Shield 2014
File Photo. PACIFIC OCEAN, (June 18, 2006) – USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) carrier strike groups steam in formation during a joint photo exercise (PHOTOEX)  in preparation for Valiant Shield 2006.  The PHOTOEX featured 14 ships as well as 17 aircraft from Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corp including a B2 bomber.  The Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group is currently participating in Valiant Shield 2006, the largest joint exercise in recent history.  Held in the Guam operating area (June 19-23), the exercise involves 28 Naval vessels including three carrier strike groups, more than 300 aircraft and more than 20,000 service members from the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
Official U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Jarod Hodge. (RELEASED)
U.S. Pacific Command Forces Come Together for Valiant Shield 2014
From U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
PEARL HARBOR - Forces from the U.S. Pacific Command are scheduled to participate in Exercise Valiant Shield (VS) scheduled for Sept. 15-23, on Guam and around the Marianas Island Range Complex. Participants include two aircraft carriers, 19 surface ships, more than 200 aircraft and an estimated 18,000 personnel from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas.

The participating forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of joint forces. These capabilities range from maritime security operations to anti-submarine and air defense exercises and complex warfighting.

The lessons learned from exercises like VS14 will assist the U.S. in continuing to develop regional and global power projection capabilities that provide a full range of options to succeed in defense of its interests and those of its allies and partners around the world.

The VS series is aimed at developing a "pre-integrated" joint force built from habitual relationships. This force builds interoperable and complementary cross-domain capabilities and benefits from realistic, shared training enhancing the flexibility to develop new tactics, techniques, and procedures as operational conditions dictate. Such forces will provide the deterrence and stabilizing effects of a force-in-being, ready at the outset of a contingency without delays for buildups or extensive mission rehearsal.

This is the fifth exercise in the Valiant Shield series that began in 2006.
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