Air Defense Exercise Ensures Skies Above Truman Strike Group Remain Safe

Story Number: NNS090702-19Release Date: 7/2/2009 7:26:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Rebekah Adler, Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and Carrier Strike Group 10 conducted an air defense exercise (ADEX), one part of their composite training unit exercise June 29.

"ADEX is basically how well the battle group defends itself against air threats," said Chief Operations Specialist (SW/AW) Robert Regan, leading chief petty officer of the ship's combat direction center.

"We need to maintain our airspace without any conflicts."

ADEX also helps teach Sailors how to communicate effectively in any environment through various systems.

ADEX is comprised of many situations the battle group may face. The scenarios can range from a two-hour, low, slow flyer drill to full-on battle situations that can last up to 24 hours.

"This stage of training fine-tunes our systems and crew before we go on deployment," said Electronics Technician 2nd Class (SW) Jason Cranford. "If and when we engage in combat operations, it won't be the first time we've done it as a strike group. We're making sure our equipment is fully operational and that we can endure anything during sustained combat."

Once ADEX is completed, the lessons Sailors learned during this event will carry them through to the strike group's next major exercise, a joint task force exercise. Both exercises bring ships and aircraft together to practice projecting force as a battle group in the interest of global maritime security and protecting homeland security.

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The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Atlantic Ocean during a Tailored Ships Training Availability and Final Evaluation Phase.
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
May 6, 2009
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