“Valiant Shield” Targets Farallon and Area-517 This Coming Sunday Thru Tuesday

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Guam – Valiant Shield participants will conduct training on Farallon de Medinilla on Sunday and Monday September 19 and 20 from 2-10 p.m. Then they’ll turn their sights on Warning Area-517 on Monday September 20 from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. and on Tuesday September 21 from 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

The general public especially fisherman, commercial pilots and marine tour operators are advised to stay clear from these areas during the times and date indicated.

The general location of the training on the island of Farallon de Medinilla training area will be on a 10 nautical mile radius on all quadrants. Farallon de Medinilla plays a special and unique role in national defense because its location provides access frequency that supports established training requirements. In addition, the air and sea space in the Farallon provides sufficient room for the many different attack profiles necessary to replicate training opportunities in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

W-517 is an irregular shaped polygon comprising of 14,000 nautical square miles of airspace that begins south of Guam and extends south-southwest in international waters. W-517 supports surface and aerial gunnery, missiles, and laser exercises. This will affect fishing in the vicinity of Santa Rosa Reef and Galvez Bank. W-517 is contained within the following coordinates: 13° 10″N/144° 30″E, 13° 10″N/144° 42″E, 12° 50″N/144° 45″E, 11° 00″N/144° 45″E, 11° 00″N/143° 00″E, 11° 45″N/143° 00″E, 12° 50″N/144° 30″E.

Valiant Shield, scheduled from Sept. 12-21, began in the vicinity of Palau and consists of an opposed transit as the ships steam east and ends near Guam. This is the third Valiant Shield conducted by the United States since June 2006.  

The Valiant Shield series focuses on integrated joint training among U.S. military forces. It enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces’ ability to detect, locate, track and engage units at sea, in the air, on land and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas.