A Related Modern
Aircraft Carrier

Valiant Shield

Editor's Note

More than 60 years have passed since our valiant naval aviators and their support systems performed their heroic deeds in the South Pacific in The Battle of the Marianas, June 1944, paving the way for the eventual defeat of the Japanese military system during WW II. Time and again, since then, our men and women in uniform have been called into action using increasingly complex and technologically advanced weapons systems. As I write this introduction, in 2006, our military services have conducted a training exercise known as Valiant Shield. This process has brought together three of our largest, most modern, aircraft carriers and their support systems. One of the by-products of this gathering is a collection of unique and inspiring aerial photographs that brings this collection of hardware and dedicated personnel into view where we can, in sweeping perspectives, take in the scope of this coordinated effort.

Presented here is information that has been made available via the Internet. You will find a link below that will take you to a much more detailed presentation relating to the Valiant Shield 2006 exercise.


Subject: Valiant Shield 2006 - Three Carrier Strike Groups
 For the first time in over 20 some odd years, three carrier strike groups got together in formation for a great photo op. 

The ABRAHAM LINCOLN, KITTY HAWK, and RONALD REAGAN.  We even had Air Force planes fly-over, see the B-2 Stealth Bomber in the fifth & seventh picture down.

060618-N-8492C-276 PACIFIC OCEAN, (June 18, 2006) – USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) (foreground), USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) (middle), USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and their associated carrier strike Groups steam in formation while 17 aircraft from the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps fly over them During a joint photo exercise (PHOTOEX) while preparing for exercise Valiant Shield 2006.

The Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group is currently participating in Valiant Shield 2006, the largest joint Exercise in recent history. Held in the Guam operating area June 19-23, the exercise includes 28 Naval vessels including three carrier strike groups. Nearly 300 aircraft and approximately 22,000 service members from the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard are also participating in the exercise. Official U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer’s Mate Todd P.
Cichonowicz (RELEASED)

Note these seven pictures on this page below and
then consider learning more at URL



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