U.S. Indo-Pacific Forces Come Together: Valiant Shield 22

06 June 2022

From U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only, biennial field training exercise focused on integration of joint training in a multi-domain environment.

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam – U.S. Indo-Pacific command joint forces are scheduled to participate in exercise Valiant Shield (VS) 2022, June 6-17, on Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau and at sea around the Mariana Island Range Complex.

Participants include USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Groups, USS Tripoli (LHA 7), 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), I and III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), 36th Wing, 15 surface ships, more than 200 aircraft, and an estimated 13,000 personnel from the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Space Force.

VS22 is a U.S.-only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) focused on integration of joint training in a multi-domain environment. This training builds 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. Exercises like VS22 allow forces across the Indo-Pacific the opportunity to integrate Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, Space Force, and Special Operations to train in precise, lethal, and overwhelming multi-axis, multi-domain effects that demonstrate the strength and versatility of the Joint Force. 

Sailors launch a MK18 Mod 1 unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) in the vicinity of Tinian Harbor from a commercial maritime support vessel in support of Valiant Shield 22.
TINIAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (June 7, 2022) Mineman 3rd Class Anthony Roman and Mineman 3rd Class Deondra Fontenot, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, launch a MK18 Mod 1 unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) in the vicinity of Tinian Harbor from a commercial maritime support vessel in support of Valiant Shield 22. Exercises such as Valiant Shield allows the Indo-Pacific Command Joint Forces the opportunity to integrate forces from all branches of service to conduct precise, lethal, and overwhelming multi-axis, multi-domain effects that demonstrate the strength and versatility of the Joint Force and our commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Tyler Baldino)
Sailors launch a MK18 Mod 1 unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) in the vicinity of Tinian Harbor from a commercial maritime support vessel in support of Valiant Shield 22.
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TINIAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (June 7, 2022) Mineman 3rd Class Anthony Roman and Mineman 3rd Class Deondra Fontenot, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, launch a MK18 Mod 1 unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) in the vicinity of Tinian Harbor from a commercial maritime support vessel in support of Valiant Shield 22. Exercises such as Valiant Shield allows the Indo-Pacific Command Joint Forces the opportunity to integrate forces from all branches of service to conduct precise, lethal, and overwhelming multi-axis, multi-domain effects that demonstrate the strength and versatility of the Joint Force and our commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Tyler Baldino)
Photo By: Lt. Tyler Baldino
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VS22 FTX prepares the Joint Force to rapidly respond to crises and contingencies across the spectrum of operations from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to armed conflict. VS22 assists U.S. forces in developing regional and global power projection capabilities. Integrated training provides a full range of options to succeed in defense of U.S. interests and those of its allies and partners around the world. This is the ninth iteration of the VS series that began in 2006.

Media queries regarding VS22 should be directed to the Joint Information Bureau at (671) 362-4641 or VS22jib@gmail.com. Imagery and stories regarding VS can be found here: https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/ValiantShield.

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