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Truman Strike Group Completes COMPTUEX

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class John Gandy signals an EA-18G Growler assigned to the “Rooks” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Feb. 28, 2018. US Navy Photo

Having successfully completed the exercise certifying being ready for deployment, the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on Thursday.

The Truman Strike Group departed forComposite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) on Feb. 1, and spent the month participating in a series of training scenarios testing their abilities to conduct air warfare, strait transiting, responding to electronic attacks, and surface and subsurface contacts.

“Throughout this exercise, I’ve seen all elements of our strike group – the flagship, the air wing, the destroyer squadron and USS Normandy (CG-60) – come together as one team to tackle even the most complex warfighting scenarios,” said Rear Adm. Gene Black, the commander of the Truman Strike Group. “The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is trained, and we are ready to answer our nation’s call.”

During the exercise, the Truman Strike Group was joined by the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Roald Amundsen (F 311) and the Sachsen-class German frigate FGS Hessen (F 221). During the exercise, both ships were fully integrated into the command and control structure, and were treated just like the other U.S. ships in their primary warfare areas.

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), right, conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) and the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Roald Amundsen (F 311). US Navy Photo

“Any time we can operate with another one of our allies anywhere in the world, we gain from it and they gain from it,” Rear Adm. Gene Black, commander of Truman CSG, said in a Navy news release in February.
“I’ve always had great success working with allies, and this is just a similar task with a more complex mission set. I’m very confident of our success and look forward to sailing with these two great ships.”