200919-N-DL524-1191 PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 19, 2020) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115, launches from the flight deck of the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in support of Valiant Shield 2020. Valiant Shield is a U.S. only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training in a blue-water environment among U.S. forces. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Erica Bechard)
U.S. Navy

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Valiant Shield 2020 Flight Operations

200919-N-DL524-1191 PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 19, 2020) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115, launches from the flight deck of the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in support of Valiant Shield 2020. Valiant Shield is a U.S. only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of [Read More …]

1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division Soldiers stage Bradley Fighting Vehicles along a flight line as a C-17 aircraft lands near northeastern Syria Sept.19,2020. The vehicles will be used during operations in support of Combined Joint Task Force- Operation Inherent Resolve. CJTF-OIR remains committed to working by, with and through our partners to ensure the enduring defeat of Daesh. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael West)
U.S. Army

1-6 IN Bradley Fighting Vehicles in northeastern Syria

1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division Soldiers stage Bradley Fighting Vehicles along a flight line as a C-17 aircraft lands near northeastern Syria Sept.19,2020. The vehicles will be used during operations in support of Combined Joint Task Force- Operation Inherent Resolve. CJTF-OIR remains committed to working by, with and through our partners to ensure the enduring defeat of [Read More …]

200918-N-NH257-1037 STRAIT OF HORMUZ (Sept. 18, 2020) The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) steam in formation during a Strait of Hormuz transit, Sept. 18. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. With Nimitz as the flagship, deployed strike group assets include staffs, ships and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group 11, Destroyer Squadron 9, Princeton and Carrier Air Wing 17. Philippine Sea is assigned to Combined Task force 50, led by Nimitz Carrier Strike Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Elliot Schaudt)
U.S. Navy

USS Nimitz with Accompanying Carrier Strike Group Ships Enter Arabian Gulf

200918-N-NH257-1037 STRAIT OF HORMUZ (Sept. 18, 2020) The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) steam in formation during a Strait of Hormuz transit, Sept. 18. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security [Read More …]

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 19, 2020) -- Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) launches a Harpoon surface-to-surface missile as part of a joint force sinking exercise (SINKEX) targeting the decommissioned frigate USS Curts (FFG 38) during Valiant Shield 2020. Valiant Shield is a U.S. only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training in a blue-water environment among U.S. forces. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Hong)
U.S. Navy

USS Antietam launches Harpoon missile during SINKEX

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 19, 2020) — Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) launches a Harpoon surface-to-surface missile as part of a joint force sinking exercise (SINKEX) targeting the decommissioned frigate USS Curts (FFG 38) during Valiant Shield 2020. Valiant Shield is a U.S. only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training in a [Read More …]

Four U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Sept. 10, 2020. The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, demonstrating U.S. Air Forces Central’s posture to prevail tomorrow and forge resolute partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Parsons)
U.S. Air Force

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels F-15E Strike Eagle

Four U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Sept. 10, 2020. The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, demonstrating U.S. Air Forces Central’s posture to prevail tomorrow and forge resolute partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Parsons)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Keith Walton, avionics systems specialist, left, and Senior Airman Cody Gregory, assistant crew chief, right, with the 27th Fighter Squadron assigned to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, preform pre-flight checks with pilot Capt. Nichole Ayers, also from the 27th FS at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Sept, 18, 2020. Approximately 45 F-22 Raptor and F-15 Eagle aircraft and aircrew teams from Air Combat Command travelled to Tyndall for a Weapons System Evaluation Program to practice and troubleshoot air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons system functions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)
U.S. Air Force

Tyndall holds Weapons System Evaluation Program

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Keith Walton, avionics systems specialist, left, and Senior Airman Cody Gregory, assistant crew chief, right, with the 27th Fighter Squadron assigned to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, preform pre-flight checks with pilot Capt. Nichole Ayers, also from the 27th FS at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Sept, 18, 2020. Approximately 45 F-22 Raptor and F-15 [Read More …]

EAST CHINA SEA (Sept. 17, 2020) U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Dylan Stubblefield, a machine gunner with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and a native of Kinta, Oklahoma, fires his M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle during a live-fire deck shoot aboard dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). Germantown, part of the America Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG), 31st MEU team, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kolby Leger).
U.S. Marine Corps

Putting rounds down range: U.S. Marines with 2/4 fire their weapon systems during a deck shoot

EAST CHINA SEA (Sept. 17, 2020) U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Dylan Stubblefield, a machine gunner with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and a native of Kinta, Oklahoma, fires his M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle during a live-fire deck shoot aboard dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). Germantown, part of the America Amphibious Readiness [Read More …]

200915-N-NH431-2002 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 15, 2020) An F-35C Lightning II from the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 takes off from the flight deck of Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Vinson is currently underway with Carrier Air Wing Two, fully integrating and operating together for the first time since the addition of the F-35C Lightning II. Vinson is completing flight deck certification and carrier air traffic control center certification. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katlyn E. Huska/Released)
U.S. Navy

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Completes Qualifications and Certifications

200915-N-NH431-2002 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 15, 2020) An F-35C Lightning II from the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 takes off from the flight deck of Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Vinson is currently underway with Carrier Air Wing Two, fully integrating and operating together for the first time since the addition of the F-35C Lightning [Read More …]