Dwight D. Eisenhower Strike Group MED 09 Deployment
CVN-69 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 07-2 "Operation Bold Step" demonstrated the ability of the U.S. Navy to operate jointly with partner navies around the globe. "Operation Bold Step" began 26 July 2007 with Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, Truman Carrier Strike Group and the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (R06) operating jointly with as many as 30 ships and more than 15,000 Sailors and Marines from five different nations. JTFEX 07-2 lasted until 31 July 2007 off the coast of North Carolina and Florida.
"The foundation of international maritime security is a network of navies, coast guards and law enforcement authorities from like-minded, freedom-loving nations all committed to the peaceful use of the world's oceans and seas. International coalitions with these common values will help defeat terrorist groups, leaving them no place to hide and no path to exploit for their purposes," said Rear Adm. Philip Hart Cullom, Commander, Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group.
The exercise is a "graduate-level" exercise to ensure U.S. and coalition forces can work together, deploy on short notice, and scale up as a combat capable force anytime, anyplace needed around the world. A coalition JTFEX like 'Operation Bold Step' reinforces this global network for security while testing a coalition's ability to rapidly aggregate as a force to deter aggression, yet also respond with precision, speed, and power if necessary.
Although the training in JTFEX is primarily "naval" in nature, our actions at sea in this exercise are focused on joint inter-service objectives since real world operations today are inherently joint in nature, where objectives at sea and those on land are inextricably linked. There were early successes of the Eisenhower and Truman Strike Groups and the Illustrious Strike Group. Most notably, there was the successful landing of a Marine MV-22 Osprey on the deck of Illustrious. Additionally, the Royal Navy ship continues to lead a strike group of U.S. Navy destroyers and frigates, along with a squadron of U.S. Marine AV-8B "Harriers" during JTFEX.
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