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Sailors combat a simulated aircraft fire as part of a mass casualty drill on the flight deck of the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during Valiant Shield 2018. The biennial, U.S. only, field-training exercise focuses on integration of joint training among the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. This is the seventh exercise in the Valiant Shield series that began in 2006.
Sailors combat a simulated aircraft fire as part of a mass casualty drill on the flight deck of the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during Valiant Shield 2018. The biennial, U.S. only, field-training exercise focuses on integration of joint training among the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. This is the seventh exercise in the Valiant Shield series that began in 2006. (Kenneth Abbate/U.S. Navy photo)
Sailors combat a simulated aircraft fire as part of a mass casualty drill on the flight deck of the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during Valiant Shield 2018. The biennial, U.S. only, field-training exercise focuses on integration of joint training among the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. This is the seventh exercise in the Valiant Shield series that began in 2006.
Sailors combat a simulated aircraft fire as part of a mass casualty drill on the flight deck of the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during Valiant Shield 2018. The biennial, U.S. only, field-training exercise focuses on integration of joint training among the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. This is the seventh exercise in the Valiant Shield series that began in 2006. (Kenneth Abbate/U.S. Navy photo)
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads a formation of Carrier Strike Group Five ships as U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircrafts and U.S. Navy F/A-18s pass overhead for a photo exercise during Valiant Shield 2018. The biennial, U.S. only, field-training exercise focuses on integration of joint training among the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. This is the seventh exercise in the Valiant Shield series that began in 2006.
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads a formation of Carrier Strike Group Five ships as U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircrafts and U.S. Navy F/A-18s pass overhead for a photo exercise during Valiant Shield 2018. The biennial, U.S. only, field-training exercise focuses on integration of joint training among the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. This is the seventh exercise in the Valiant Shield series that began in 2006. (Kaila Peters/U.S. Navy photo)
U.S. Navy Aircrewman Operator 3rd Class Jonathan Ziminski with Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 views a sink exercise, part of Exercise Valiant Shield 18 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 23, 2018. Valiant Shield is a biennial, U.S. only, field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces in relation to current operational plans. 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.
U.S. Navy Aircrewman Operator 3rd Class Jonathan Ziminski with Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 views a sink exercise, part of Exercise Valiant Shield 18 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 23, 2018. Valiant Shield is a biennial, U.S. only, field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces in relation to current operational plans. 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. (Seth Rosenberg/U.S. Marine Corps photo)

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The USS Ronald Reagan strike group arrived in Guam this week after wrapping up “successful” Valiant Shield drills in the Northern Marianas, a Task Force 70 statement said.

The weeklong, U.S.-only exercise included 15,000 sailors, airmen, soldiers and Marines participating in maritime security operations, anti-submarine and air-defense drills and a sinking exercise in which a decommissioned ship was used for live-fire training.

“Our assets performed remarkably well during the event,” Cmdr. Randy Reed of Submarine Group 7 said in a 7th Fleet statement. “There were a lot of lessons learned, which for our submarine crews and commanders is a critical aspect of operational readiness.”

Capt. Pat Hannifin, who took the helm of the Ronald Reagan on Sept. 10, said the sailors were excited about the port visit to Guam.

“After demonstrating United States strength and resolve across the region for the last month and completing combat exercises in local waters, Reagan sailors have looked forward to visiting Guam for some time now,” he said in the Task Force 70 statement.

Sailors from the strike group planned to take part in community outreach projects, such as cleaning up Guam beaches and interacting and helping kids in schools, the statement added.

Ronald Reagan sailors also helped with recent Typhoon Mangkhut recovery efforts after the torm lashed area islands with winds exceeding 100 mph.

The nation’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier has been on patrol of the Indo-Pacific region since leaving its Yokosuka homeport in August.

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