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NNS020904-09 Truman Battle Group Begins Exercise in Puerto Rico

9/4/2002 10:54:00 AM

From Second Fleet Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Ships and aircraft of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Battle Group recently commenced use of the Vieques Island inner range in conjunction with their Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX).

The exercise will also utilize the Northern and Southern Puerto Rican Operating Areas and will involve complex battle group training events, naval surface fire support training and air-to-ground bombing.

COMPTUEX is an intermediate level battle group exercise designed to forge the Battle Group into a cohesive, fighting team.

Conducted by Commander, Carrier Group Four, Rear Adm. Lindell Rutherford, it is a critical step in the pre-deployment training cycle and a prerequisite for the battle group's Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) scheduled for later next month. Successful completion of COMPTUEX also certifies the carrier and its embarked air wing as qualified for open ocean operations.

In accordance with presidential directives, all training on Vieques will utilize inert (non-explosive) ordnance.

The Harry S. Truman Battle Group is commanded by Rear Adm. John D. Stufflebeem, Units participating in COMPTUEX include Truman with Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW 3) and Commander, Destroyer Squadron Two Two (CDS 22) embarked, the guided missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56); the guided missile destroyers USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79), USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and USS Donald Cook (DDG 75); the destroyers USS Briscoe (DD 977) and USS Deyo (DD 989); the guided missile frigate USS Hawes (FFG 53); the attack submarines USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) and USS Montpelier (SSN 765); and the oilers USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196) and USNS Mount Baker (T-AE 34).



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