Wednesday, December 05, 2007

TSV-1 Prevail Offers Fleet Unique Training Opportunity

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David Wyscaver, Nassau Strike Group Public Affairs

A member of the Vessel, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) team assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) sets an initial security watch during Maritime Interception Operation (MIO) training. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg)

PREVAIL, At Sea (NNS) -- Training Support Vessel (TSV-1) Prevail is supporting the Nassau Strike Group in its Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX) through Dec. 17. as the strike group readies for deployment.

In the 21st century of military warfare, mission readiness is becoming more important than ever. Many different programs, articles of instruction and platforms exist to familiarize service members with the needed fundamentals to accomplish the most difficult of tasks.

The U.S. government-owned, civilian-crewed Training Support Vessel (TSV-1) Prevail is multifaceted to perform a wide array of military training missions to include operational security monitoring, threat simulation, electronic warfare services, maritime interdiction operation training support, cryptologic training and mine laying/retrieval operations.

The 224-foot Prevail is the first and only of a new designation of "Training Support Vessel" created by the Navy to coordinate training missions involving carrier battle groups and other fleet-related duties.

One of the main tenets of COMPTUEX is to provide a realistic training environment to ensure effective and intense training. Thus, having an actual vessel participate offers the strike group that realistic platform for preparation. Likewise, exercises like COMPTUEX offer the strike group and the Navy opportunities to train like it fights – in an open, littoral environment using actual and capable vessels.

Prevail's capacity for simulated warfare training has been continuously enhanced to integrate the latest developments in advancing technology, including improved threat simulation capabilities and multi-drone launch/retrieval.

The 12-person Merchant Marine crew onboard Prevail plays an important role in training service members and providing them with the necessary tools needed to fight the most diverse of enemies.