Saturday, December 01, 2007

Nassau Strike Group Participating in COMPTUEX

Attention East Coast Monitors: Another opportunity to catch some interesting comms on the radio.

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cory Rose, Nassau Strike Group Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- The Nassau Strike Group (NASSG) is taking part in a Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX) Nov. 29 through Dec. 17, as the strike group continues to prepare for deployment.

Commander, 2nd Fleet scheduled the exercise that will be led by Commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic.

COMPTUEX is designed to provide realistic training environments for U.S. Naval forces that closely replicate the operational challenges routinely encountered during military operations around the world. The training will ensure that the NASSG is prepared to support any mission while providing an opportunity to confirm joint and cooperative operating procedures with other U.S. military services and military services of our neighbors and allies.
The exercise will ensure U.S. forces attain the greatest capability, accentuating the need for a scalable, deployable force on short notice.

The NASSG is made up of the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4), amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13), amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), guide-missile destroyers USS Ross (DDG 71) and USS Bulkeley (DDG 66), the attack submarine USS Albany (SSN 753), and a Marine Landing Force from the 24 MEU.

Participating as a simulated coalition partner is USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) and also participating as simulated opposition forces are guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99), and guided-missile frigates USS Klakring (FFG 42), USS Nicholas (FFG 47) and USS Hawes (FFG 53).

Currently preparing for its regularly scheduled 2008 deployment, the NASSG is made up of more than 5,000 Sailors and Marines, and projects sea power ashore by maintaining the capability of landing amphibious forces by helicopters, amphibious track vehicles, air cushion landing craft, and assault craft whenever and wherever the need arises.