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TR Earns Combat Operations Efficiency Certification

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Story Number: NNS050727-06
Release Date: 7/27/2005 12:21:00 PM

By Journalist 3rd Class John M. Cokos, USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs

ABOARD USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (NNS) -- USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) (TR) officially achieved Combat Operations Efficiency (COE) certification July 17, proving that the carrier/air wing team has met the criteria needed to fly in the open ocean without a divert airfield.

To obtain COE, the carrier and air wing must execute maximum efficiency and safety during launch and recovery. According to TR Commanding Officer Capt. John R. Haley, TR and the air wing have overcome a multitude of challenges throughout COMPTUEX (Composite Training Exercise) and while obtaining COE certification.

“The carrier/air wing team has performed phenomenally even while everything was going against us,” said Haley. “At one point we operated with only one catapult and two recovery wires and still performed impressively. Not to many air wings can do that.”

Since COMPTUEX began a month ago, TR flight operations have continued without any no-fly days.

“The air department and squadrons have made serious sacrifices for the good of the team,” said Haley. "With flight operations going on every day, many late nights were spent keeping our planes and our flight deck operable.”

Even with so much work going into flight operations, the rest of the ship was still meeting the challenges of COMPTUEX and JTFEX (Joint Task Force Exercise).

“Combat Systems managed to block or track every attack on our network systems,” said Haley. “This by far is one of the best performances we’ve seen in over two years. Additionally, the reactor department, while supplying the ship and the flight deck with power, still managed to do drills and prepare for their next [major evaluation].”

TR has maintained the highest level of communication and coordination at all levels during the last month, said Haley.

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