Harry S Truman CSG completes COMPTUEX prior to deployment

4 October 2015 (Last Updated October 4th, 2015 18:30)

The US Navy's Harry S Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) has successfully completed a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), performing various military exercises prior to a future deployment.

USS Harry S Truman

The US Navy's Harry S Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) has successfully completed a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), performing various military exercises prior to a future deployment.

The exercise involved several warfare scenarios, such as simulated surface, air, undersea, strike, and electronic attacks.

In addition, HSTCSG performed simulated search and seizure scenarios, live-fire evolutions, and strike group formations.

USS Harry S Truman commanding officer captain Ryan B Scholl said: "As the Strike Group's Flagship, we are the central node and the focal point to the entire exercise.

"Together, we've conquered every challenge by communicating, planning and acting as a team, each ship, each aircraft and their sailors brought their expertise, making us a powerful combat force."

The successful completion of the exercise marks the strike group's deployment readiness and the ability to fight and defend itself.

"The training has built a strong sense of camaraderie and teamwork both on the ship and between ships."

HSTCSG is expected to be deployed late this year and will include the aircraft carrier Harry S Truman (CVN 75), Carrier Air Wing 7, guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68), Destroyer Squadron 28, and guided-missile destroyers Gravely, Bulkeley, Gonzalez, and Ramage.

According to USS Gravely commanding officer Alysa Ambrose, one of the best aspects of the training was the anti-terrorism and force protection exercises that permitted watchstanders to work together to assess and neutralise incoming threats.

Ambrose said: "It has built a strong sense of camaraderie and teamwork both on the ship and between ships."

The navy recently tested an unmanned aircraft system aboard its guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez during COMPTUEX.
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Image: Gunner's Mate Seaman Apprentice J. Hahn cleans the mount of a .50-calibre machine gun aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman. Photo: courtesy of U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman J. Tolbert/Released.