Valiant Shield | Silver Eagle Sink Vessel
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Capt. Akinori Yonamine, and Capt. Eric McCusker, F/A-18A Hornet pilots assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 115, assisted in the live-fire sinking exercise during Valiant Shield 16, 220 nautical miles Northeast of Guam, Sept. 12, 2016. Units from the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps participated in the sinking exercise, which provided them the opportunity to gain proficiency in tactics, targeting and live firing against a surface target at sea. This U.S.-only, biennial exercise allows the services an opportunity to train in a blue-water environment, helping refine the military’s ability to present a seamless joint force and respond to any contingency in a timely manner.
(U.S. Marine Corps video by Sgt. Jessica Quezada)