US Conducts Largest Exercise Called Valiant Shield 22 in Indo-Pacific, 13,000 Troops Deployed

US Conducts Largest Exercise Called Valiant Shield 22 in Indo-Pacific, 13,000 Troops Deployed
US Conducts Largest Exercise Called Valiant Shield 22 in Indo-Pacific

International Military - Tensions with China over Taiwan continue to escalate, the US military is holding large-scale training events in the Indo-Pacific. This training includes a variety of highly sophisticated defense equipment. Starting from the F-35 Lighting II stealth fighter jet, aircraft carrier attack operations, anti-submarine warfare, to cyber and outer space warfare.

The name of the exercise is Valiant Shield 22, which is one of the largest maritime and aviation exercises in the Indo-Pacific. Reporting from, from June 6 to June 17, the US Navy's 7th Fleet held Valiant Shield 22 exercise in Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and in the seas around the Mariana Island Mountains Complex.

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As is well known, the US Navy's 7th Fleet is responsible for the Indo-Pacific area of ​​operations. As for Valiant Shield 22, it was focused on the two Carrier Attack Groups. The carriers included the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

In total, Valiant Shield 22 includes 15 surface warships, more than 200 combat, attack, reconnaissance and support fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. Troops were deployed about 13,000 from the Navy, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Space Force.

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"VS22 is a US-specific biannual field exercise (FTX) focused on integrating joint training in a multi-domain environment. This training builds real-world proficiency in maintaining joint forces through the detection, deployment, tracking, and engagement of units at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace in response to various mission areas.

Exercises like VS22 allow troops across the Indo-Pacific the opportunity to integrate the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, Space Force, and Special Operations to train in precise, lethal, and beyond multi-axis, multi-domain effects. commonplace that demonstrates the strength and versatility of the Joint Force," the US Navy's 7th Fleet said in a press release.

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In addition to the two aircraft carriers, the amphibious landing craft USS Tripoli, Marine Expeditionary Forces I and III, Air Force 36th Wing, and 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) also participated in the training event. Quoted from, the VS22 FTX prepares the Joint Forces to quickly respond to a crisis.

The entire spectrum of operations from humanitarian aid and disaster relief to armed conflict is carried out. The VS22 assists US forces in developing regional and global power projection capabilities.

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Integrated training provides multiple options for succeeding in defending the interests of the US and its allies and partners around the world. It is the ninth iteration of the VS series which began in 2006.

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