7 September 2016
US military to mobilize 18,000 for war games on, near Guam
the first outer-space nation with a mission to defend Earth

By Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno
Pacific Daily News


PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 23, 2014) Ships from the George Washington and Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Groups and aircraft from the Air Force and Marine Corps operate in formation at the conclusion of Valiant Shield 2014. Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only exercise integrating Navy, Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps assets, offering real-world joint operational experience to develop capabilities that provide a full range of options to defend U.S. interests and those of its allies and partners.

An estimated 18,000 U.S. military service members are scheduled to participate next week in a vast exercise on Guam and around the Marianas to test their readiness on land, at sea, in the air and in cyberspace.

Called Valiant Shield, the exercise will involve the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, nine surface ships, three amphibious vessels and more than 180 aircraft, according to the U.S. Pacific Command in a press release.

Although the military hasn’t confirmed if the aircraft carrier will dock in Guam, for security reasons, previous exercises have given the USS Ronald Reagan’s thousands of sailors a chance for some recreational time on Guam.

Valiant Shield is scheduled to take place on Sept. 12 to 23, including in deep waters on the Mariana Islands training range complex.

Held every two years, since 2006, Valiant Shield allows the Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps to train together.

“The range of capabilities include maritime security operations, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, amphibious operations, and other elements of complex war fighting,” according to the Pacific Command.

In January, Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base also hosted Cope North, a military exercise in which the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force trained jointly. Participants from the Philippine Air Force, South Korean Air Force and Royal New Zealand Air Force participated in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training during Cope North.

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