The president of the Philippines has made some remarks recently regarding the American presence on his country’s soil. After years under U.S. protection, he has decided that China can protect their interests better on the hotly contested South China Sea. Perhaps he needs a little reminder of the U.S. military might, and the U.S. Navy is always happy to remind anyone who’s the “big boy” of the seas.
Cue in a U.S. Navy strike group display of sea power during a show of force in the Philippine Sea at the U.S. The largest military exercise to be conducted by the United States in Pacific waters and the first time that three carrier strike groups had operated together in the Pacific in over ten years. With a focus on integration of joint training in a blue-water environment among U.S. forces, Valiant Shield brings together units from the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. This video brings images of a massive close U.S. Navy ship formation made from a Navy Carrier Strike Group led by the USS Ronald Reagan & USS Bonhomme Richard, along a U.S. Navy Expeditionary Strike Group. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
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