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An F/A-18E Super Hornet flies above the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) as part of flight operations during Valiant Shield 2016.
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PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 18, 2016) An F/A-18E Super Hornet flies above the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) as part of flight operations during Valiant Shield 2016. Valiant Shield is a biennial, U.S. only, field-training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces. This is the sixth exercise in the Valiant Shield series that began in 2006. Benfold is on patrol with Carrier Strike Group Five in the Philippine Sea supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Deven Leigh Ellis/Released)

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