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Truman Reaches Mid-Point of COMPTUEX

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS150921-05
Release Date: 9/21/2015 11:22:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman B. J. Siens

ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group's (HSTSG) Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), reached its midpoint Sept. 18.

Aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departed Naval Station Norfolk Sept. 2, to participate in COMPTUEX, a series of at sea-training scenarios meant to test proficiency in a range of areas including air warfare, strait transits, and responses to surface and subsurface contacts and electronic attacks.

The month-long exercise is designed to certify the strike group as a deployment-ready fighting force capable of completing operations in overseas theaters.

Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4, Rear Adm. Richard Butler is aboard Truman to conduct training and provide mentorship to leadership and watchstanders as well as evaluate HSTCSG throughout the exercise.

'Truman is very well prepared,' said Butler. 'Truman is the flagship of the strike group. COMPTUEX is all about how the carrier integrates with the rest of the ships and how well they work together as a whole.'

COMPTUEX replicates real-life scenarios to train and test the strike group in preparation for events that may occur on deployment.

'It really puts things in perspective for our Sailors,' said Senior Chief Intelligence Specialist J. Heyer, Intelligence department's OZ division leading chief petty officer. 'COMPTUEX helps to solidify our training before we go on deployment.'

The exercise illustrates the importance of teamwork and communication to HSTCSG's success. An example of this teamwork is the Ship's Nautical or Otherwise Photographic Interpretation and Examination team (SNOOPIE), combining Sailors from intelligence and media departments.

'It's cool to see how we have integrated every aspect of our capabilities with other departments and with the other ships in the strike group,' said Intelligence Specialist 3rd Class B. Fuller, intelligence department's SNOOPIE team lead. 'We have all been working together as a team.'

The second half of COMPTUEX will be increasingly complex for HSTCSG, according to Butler.

'We are going to start giving the strike group more complex, unscripted scenarios that are representative of what you can potentially see on deployment,' said Butler. 'During the final week of COMPTUEX the strike group will complete a continuous six-day scenario which should provide excellent training for Truman and the strike group as a whole.'

COMPTUEX helps identify the strengths and weaknesses of the strike group in a training environment.

'We've learned a lot. You can plan things and put procedures in place and then on COMPTUEX you get the opportunity to test them against something physical, and you can find holes in things,' said Heyer. 'But that's ok, that's what we are out here for, to train and to get as prepared as possible for us to go on deployment.'

HSTCSG is scheduled to deploy later this year, and includes USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28, guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68), and guided-missile destroyers USS Gravely (DDG 107), USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) and USS Ramage (DDG 61).



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