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Norfolk Ships Participate in Multi-Battle Group In Port Exercise

Navy Newsstand

Story Number: NNS040225-09

Release Date: 2/25/2004 4:04:00 PM

From Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The Norfolk-based USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group joined the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) strike groups in a Multi-Battle Group In Port Exercise (MBGIE) Feb. 23 to 27.

This battle force fleet exercise replicates at-sea warfighting conditions while remaining in port. Using the Navy's distributed training network, the MBGIE is the first event in which multiple strike groups train concurrently at different fleet concentration areas, using a shared synthetic battlespace training environment.

The exercise will primarily be conducted in Norfolk, San Diego and Bremerton, Wash.

The MBGIE will give Truman, Stennis and Vinson carrier strike groups a dedicated opportunity while in port to train their decision-makers, promote coordination between warfare commanders, execute battle force operations, and familiarize crews with real-time war operations and terminology.

The exercise scenario encompasses 72 hours of wartime planning and execution, using a combination of actual ship command/control equipment and designated simulation systems, including Joint Semi-Active Forces and battle force tactical training.

The Hampton Roads commands participating in the MBGIE include Cruiser-Destroyer Group 2, Destroyer Squadron 26, Tactical Training Group Atlantic, the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61), and the guided-missile destroyers USS Laboon (DDG 58) and USS Mahan (DDG 72). Some members of the crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) will also participate in the exercise from simulators at the Tactical Training Group Atlantic.

Additionally, two fast-attack submarine crews from USS Montpelier (SSN 767) and USS Helena (SSN 725) will participate using submarine multi-mission tactical trainers in Norfolk and San Diego. Likewise, a signals reconnaissance aircraft EP-3 Aries crew will take part in the exercise using the mission avionics system trainer in Fallon, Nev.

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