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Enterprise Completes Joint Maritime Course

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Story Number: NNS040701-14 Release Date: 7/1/2004 4:26:00 PM

By Journalist 3rd Class Sara Omo, USS Enterprise Public Affairs

ABOARD USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) completed the Joint Maritime Course (JMC) of Summer Pulse '04, sponsored by British military forces, June 30.

Summer Pulse '04 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces.

JMC, which began June 21, teamed Enterprise with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces from Norway, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Spain.

"The JMC gave us the chance to operate in a NATO exercise," said Operations Officer Capt. John Lockler. "This was a significant exercise for us to be a part of, because many of the procedures for working in a NATO environment are not the same, such as the use of different words in communications. This exercise gave us the opportunity to practice skills that we normally would not use."

"This was the opportunity for us to work jointly with our allies," added Navigation Officer Cmdr. Jeff Bartkoski. "This is extremely critical to our mission readiness. In the current political environment, it is critical that you have the support of your allies and that you know how to work with them, as well. Tomorrow, we could be called upon to join coalition forces, and we have to be prepared to work together and be able to operate jointly."

The JMC was divided into two phases: work-up and operational. "The work-up phase could be compared to the first two weeks of Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMTUEX)," said Bartkoski. "All the scenarios that we went through and our responses to them were scripted out."

"Basically, the workup phase was designed for us to get used to working with our allies and for them to get used to working with us," said Chief Operations Specialist (AW/AW) David Tilley, of operations department's combat direction center (CDC). "We all speak the same language (while working with British counterparts), but we still had to learn how to communicate."

During the workup phase, Big E Sailors got the opportunity to practice their warfighting skills. Tilley and his junior operations specialists worked with the British to help create the opposition forces, which created realistic training scenarios for the Sailors in CDC.

"The fire control technicians, operations specialists and cryptologic technicians were able to practice defending the ship during the opposition raids," Tilley explained.

"The work-up phase was considered successful," said Bartkoski. "I think we accomplished what we set out to do. We gained the opportunity to practice procedures and checklists that weren't so familiar to us."

During the operational phase of JMC, Big E Sailors were required to respond on their own based on the experience they gained in the work-up. One of the scenarios was the Coordinated Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise. For three days, anti-submarine warfare operators from CDC's Undersea Warfare Module concentrated on avoiding, tracking and defending against enemy submarines.

"In the operational phase, we continued to refine the skills we learned and apply them," said Lockler. "This could very well be compared to the last two weeks of COMPTUEX. We had to use what we learned to provide strategic and operational support for the scenarios going on around us."

As Enterprise completes its second successful NATO exercise of Summer Pulse '04, the experience gained will be critical to mission readiness of Enterprise. Under the Navy's operational construct, the Fleet Response Plan, Enterprise Sailors could be called upon to respond to a real world crisis any time, any place.

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