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U.S. troops ready for Valiant Shield exercise in Pacific Ocean

U.S. troops ready for Valiant Shield exercise in Pacific Ocean

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Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is among numerous ships, aircraft and military personnel involved in Valiant Shield, a Pacific Ocean training exercise. The 12-day exercise of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command begins on Tuesday in Guam and at the Mariana Islands Range Complex. Approximately 100 aircraft and about 11,000 personnel of the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines will be involved in training integration in a "blue water environment." Advertisement The amphibious assault ship USS America, amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans, dock landing ship USS Germantown and other surface ships will participate. Valiant Shield, a biennial event in its eighth exercise since beginning in 2006, concentrates on enabling real-world proficiency in detecting, locating, tracking...