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USS McFaul Returns From COMPTUEX

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS150210-10
Release Date: 2/10/2015 12:29:00 PM

By Ensign Ian Akisoglu, USS McFaul Public Affairs Officer

NORFOLK (NNS) -- The guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Feb. 7, after wrapping up its composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX).

Throughout the exercise, McFaul participated in a series of scenario-driven and unscripted events, emphasizing the ship's ability to operate as part of a larger strike group as well as fight independently.

COMPTUEX encompassed multiple warfare areas, including air defense, surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, electronic warfare, ballistic missile defense, and maritime interdiction operations.

'COMPTUEX is the capstone training event of a ship preparing to deploy,' said Cmdr. Mike Gunther, USS McFaul's commanding officer. 'After this past month, I know this ship and this crew are battle-ready, prepared for any threat we may encounter, and ready to execute all assigned missions.'

Four weeks long, COMPTUEX is considered one of the most grueling training events that ships and crews go through. It is a partially scripted, partially unscripted exercise that takes place entirely at sea, mimicing actual wartime conditions. The greatest challenges Sailors face throughout the exercise are fatigue and adapting to the unknown.

'After four weeks underway, I'm exhausted' said Operations Specialist 2nd Class Melinda Chik. 'But despite the exhaustion, we accomplished some really amazing things out here this past month. It was great to see the crew band together and really become a cohesive unit.'

McFaul is scheduled to deploy sometime in Spring 2015.



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