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2 Aircraft Carriers, F-35s And Warships: The Valiant Shield 22 Drill Is A Warning To China Valiant Shield 22

As tensions with China over Taiwan continue to build, the U.S. military is holding a large-scale training event in the Indo-Pacific with an eye toward Beijing.

The drill has everything. From F-35 Lighting II stealth fighter jets to carrier strike operations to antisubmarine warfare to cyber and space warfare, Valiant Shield 22 is one of the biggest maritime and aviation exercises in the Indo-Pacific.

Valiant Shield 22 From June 6 to June 17, the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet, which is responsible for the Indo-Pacific area of operations, is holding the Valiant Shield 22 exercise in Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and at sea around the Mariana Island Range Complex.

Valiant Shield 22 is focused on two Carrier Strike Groups: the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). In total, Valiant Shield 22 includes 15 surface warfare ships, more than 200 fighter, attack, reconnaissance, and support fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, and around 13,000 troops from the Navy, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Space Force.

VS22 assists U.S. forces in developing regional and global power projection capabilities. Integrated training provides a full range of options to succeed in defense of U.S. interests and those of its allies and partners around the world,” the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet added.

The Chinese Factor Over the past few years, the Chinese military has really ramped up the pressure in the Indo-Pacific, especially against Taiwan.

This is a result of a sweeping modernization effort that seeks to make the Chinese military the regional power in the waters and skies of the Indo-Pacific. Although Beijing is still some way off that goal, it is reaching it in strides.

Exercises like Valiant Shield 22 offer realistic opportunities to test and develop concepts and tactics, techniques, and procedures to be used in real combat.