From CTF 70 and ESG 7 Public Affairs
USS Benfold (DDG 65), USS Germantown (LSD 42) and USS Green Bay (LPD 20) transit the Philippine Sea in formation during Valiant Shield 2016. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Andrew Schneider) >>
PHILIPPINE SEA - Units from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Air Force completed the biennial exercise Valiant Shield 2016 (VS16), Sept. 23.
The 12-day exercise is a biennial, U.S.-only, field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on joint training among U.S. forces to conduct a range of missions on land, sea, in the air and cyberspace.
The VS16 participants included Commander, Task Force 70/Carrier Strike Group 5 including aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Carrier Air Wing 5, guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), guided-missile destroyers USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Benfold (DDG 65), USS McCampbell (DDG 85), USS Momsen, (DDG 92) and other associated units; Commander, Task Force 76/Expeditionary Strike Group 7 including amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD 20), amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and associated Marine-Air-Ground Task Force units.