NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Nearly 7,600 Sailors left their homeports as the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) deployed Oct. 13 in support of the global war on terrorism.
The strike group wrapped up Summer Pulse '04, a groundbreaking exercise involving seven carrier strike groups, in late July. During this exercise, Truman also completed their Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), successfully completing a series of complex training events, which included naval surface fire support training and air-to-ground bombing off the East Coast of the United States. COMPTUEX is an intermediate level exercise designed to forge the strike group into a cohesive, fighting team and is a critical step in the pre-deployment training cycle.
Commanded by Rear Adm. Michael Tracy, commander, Carrier Strike Group 10, HSTCSG includes the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman with its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3; the Norfolk-based guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61); the Norfolk-based guided-missile destroyers USS Barry (DDG 52) and USS Mason (DDG 87); the Groton, Conn.-based fast-attack submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN 706); and the combat logistics ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) from Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J.
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