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Super Hornets Train on the USS George Washington

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 21, 2014) - Air Department Sailors prepare an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 for launch from the flight deck of the forward deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Aircraft from the Air Force 36th Operations Group and elements of the Army 94th Air and Missile Defense Command supported by surface ships and aircraft from Commander, Task Force 70 and aircraft from Marine Group 12 conducted the integrated joint island defense exercise as part of Valiant Shield 2014. Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only exercise integrating an estimated 18,000 Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps personnel, more than 200 aircraft and 19 surface ships, 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Loni Mae Lopez) 140921-N-ZK360-054

Protecting the Skies

RUNWAY BAKER, TINIAN, North Marianas Islands (Sept. 20, 2014) - Cpl. Kyle W. Losee, left, and 1st Lt. Traver K. Mayfield acquire an aircraft target with a Stinger missile weapon system on aircraft during the island seizure portion of Valiant Shield 2014 at Tinian's North Field. Guam National Guardsmen are acting as opposition forces who are defending a captured compound that Marine infantrymen from Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment are attempting to reclaim. Losee is an assistant gunner and Mayfield is the officer in charge with the 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Det. 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. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei) 140920-M-AZ394-001

Marines Train in the North Marianas Islands

RUNWAY BAKER, TINIAN, North Marianas Islands (Sept. 20, 2014) - Two MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft containing Marine infantrymen land near Tinian's North Field as part of the island seizure portion of Valiant Shield 2014. The Marines within the aircraft disembarked and the Osprey took off before the Marines made their way to reclaim a compound that has been captured by opposing forces, represented by Guam Army National Guard's Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment. The Ospreys are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. 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. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei) 140920-M-AZ394-002

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