US Navy’s USS The Sullivans destroyer to begin composite training unit exercise

10 September 2015 (Last Updated September 10th, 2015 18:30)

The US Navy's Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans is set to begin composite training unit exercise, COMPTUEX.

USS The Sullivans

The US Navy's Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans is set to begin composite training unit exercise, COMPTUEX.

The vessel will join the remainder of the Harry S Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) in order to conduct the exercise, which tests HSTCSG's capability to effectively react to real-world scenarios and perform as an integrated unit.

Command master chief Herbert Stephens said: "COMPTUEX is the final in a series of training exercises designed to certify the ship prior to deployment, and Team Sullivans is excited to demonstrate the warfighting capabilities and operational excellence of the crew.

"As a ballistic missile defence platform, the crew rarely has the opportunity to operate with a carrier strike group. Our operations and combat systems teams are ready for the challenge."

During the exercise, the destroyer will undergo challenging training scenarios that simulate real-world situations the ship could encounter during its upcoming deployment.

Operations intelligence division officer Ensign J Duffy said: "COMPTUEX will be an exciting experience for many of us, as we have not conducted operations as part of a carrier strike group before.

"The schedule will be busy, but it will be a great opportunity to see and use all of our systems with other ships,"

"The schedule will be busy, but it will be a great opportunity to see and use all of our systems with other ships."

After the successful completion of this exercise, The Sullivans will be certified for worldwide operations and battle-ready for its upcoming deployment.

In July, USS The Sullivans suffered minor damages after a missile fired from the vessel exploded close to the vessel off the coast of Virginia.

The missile was fired from the forward missile deck as part of an exercise off the US Atlantic coast.


Image: The US Navy's Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by photographer's mate 1st class Jim Hampshire.