DVIDS – News – Valiant Shield 2022 is coming to an end


ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam – The ninth iteration of Exercise Valiant Shield concluded on June 17, 2022, after 12 days of joint operations at sea, in the air, on land and in cyberspace.
Valiant Shield 2022 is a biennial, US-only, joint field training exercise (FTX) focused on integration between US forces with current operational plans. This training allows real mastery of the maintenance of joint forces by detecting, locating, following and engaging enemy units.

The highlight was the sinking exercise (SINKEX) on the decommissioned ex-USS Vandegrift (FFG 48). SINKEX featured a tightly synchronized sequence of live fire events, demonstrating the ability of joint forces to deliver fire and effects in the maritime environment. This SINKEX provided the Joint Task Force with the opportunity to test new weapons and communications technologies and rehearse the integration of cyber effects to conduct long-range, precise, lethal and overwhelming multi-domain strikes against a target. surface at sea.

“This exercise was the perfect opportunity to conduct integrated deterrence, which was the cornerstone of our approach,” said Rear Admiral Robb Chadwick, Joint Exercise Valiant Shield 22 Control Group Director. combined our efforts across all areas of warfare and across the spectrum of conflict to ensure that the United States, alongside our allies and partners, can deter or defeat aggression in any form or sphere.”

The exercise took place in the joint Marianas area of ​​operations, including Palau, Naval Base Guam, Andersen Air Force Base and the complex off the Mariana Islands, some events in training also taking place in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
“Forward presence is important,” said US Navy Cmdr. Logan Ridley, Chief Planner for Valiant Shield 22. “Driving Valiant Shield in the Western Pacific provided definite opportunities to practice the actual Joint Task Force tactical mission, execute long-range fire and visualize those successes.”

Valiant Shield provides a place to test current and new technologies and platforms, such as “multi-source artificial intelligence experiments”, which reinforce the military’s current position as the supreme joint force. It also provides feedback used to guide the budget and procurement process for future years.

III MEF Marines brought in the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) to perform HIMARS Rapid Infiltration (HI-RAIN), where the Air Force National Guard provided rapid landing of their C-130 Hercules over the Republic of Palau. The inclusion of the HI-RAIN mission greatly increases the lethality of precision fires and the survivability of the HIMARS launcher, crew and aircraft due to reduced exposure to hostile fires.

The 94th AAMDC conducted a live-fire Patriot missile exercise on Palau, a first for the island nation, as the US Department of Defense continues to intensify its focus on the Indo-Pacific region. The Patriot is capable of defeating both high performance aircraft and tactical ballistic missiles.
“One hundred percent successful,” said Brig. Gen. Mark Holler, commanding general of the 94th Army, Air and Missile Defense Command. “Everything went as planned.”

Live-fire drills are one of the most valuable ways air defenders train their craft. The ability to defend U.S. allies and partners is part of the mission, and conducting training in different locations in the region allows the U.S. military to learn and improve its skills to support a free and open.

The Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) demonstrated a myriad of capabilities: expeditionary diving, maritime and port security, logistics support, construction, coastal patrol, explosive ordnance disposal, and automated construction of expeditionary structures (ACES). ACES’ unique capability included the operational demonstration of a concrete 3D printing capability, specifically designed for expeditionary environments.

The NECC exercised its capabilities to allow freedom of movement for the fleet and joint force by removing physical, man-made and explosive threats that impede the joint force’s ability to maneuver, both on land and at sea.
All of this builds to the dramatic conclusion of the Valiant Shield 2022 SINKEX. The military uses obsolete US Navy ships for sinking exercises to train joint forces and test the effectiveness of modern weapons on ship and aircraft designs.

SINKEX participants included Carrier Air Wing 5 embarked aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), which conducted long-range maritime strikes from fixed and rotary wing aircraft. The Seventh Fleet, embarked aboard USS Tripoli (LHA 7), led the task forces in executing a comprehensive live-fire process. The USS Benfold (DDG 65) launched a targeted surface-to-surface missile, which had a significant impact on the sinking of the Vandegrift. USS Key West (SSN 722), along with B-1B Lancers from the 28th Bomb Wing and F-18s and F-35Bs from Marine Fighter Attack Squadrons (VMFA-533 and VMFA-121) also participated in SINKEX.

Planning for Valiant Shield 2024 has already begun, incorporating lessons learned over the past two weeks so that the Indo-Pacific joint forces can continue to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.


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