GHW Bush Strike Group Completes COMPTUEX

Story Number: NNS110211-11Release Date: 2/11/2011 4:09:00 PM
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From George H.W. Bush Strike Group Public Affairs

MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- George H.W. Bush Strike Group (GHWBSG) and embarked Carrier Air Wing 8 completed a successful Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in the Atlantic Ocean Feb. 11, following three weeks of drills and exercises in preparation for their scheduled combat deployment later this year.

"I am extremely proud of the George H.W. Bush Strike Group's performance during COMPTUEX," said Rear Adm. Nora Tyson, Bush Strike Group commander. "Our Strike Group and coalition team have come together and formed an effective and cohesive fighting unit."

COMPTUEX is designed to test every capability of a Strike Group, with the goal being to hone warfare skills and tactically execute as one cohesive unit as the Strike Group prepares for its inaugural combat deployment. The training exercise is part of the intermediate phase of the Inter-Deployment Training Cycle.

Strike Group ship boarding teams performed almost 20 practice visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) evolutions, while the air wing totaled 3,777 hours of flight time during 1,808 sorties flown.

"It was a very successful three weeks," said Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8) Commander, Capt. Jeff Davis. "The strike group made great advancements in the integration of the warfare commanders to project coalition naval power."

The successful completion of COMPTUEX was the result of a total team effort from GHWBSG, which includes five U.S. ships, a Spanish frigate, a French destroyer, and the embarked air wing, totaling roughly 7,500 Sailors.

Though many Bush Sailors are looking forward to their first port call in Mayport, Feb. 11, following a busy 23 days at sea, Tyson said the team will need to be ready to get back to work as soon as liberty expires to begin the final stage of pre-deployment training, the Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX).

"We still have a lot of work ahead of us in order to be certified as combat-ready for our deployment, and I look forward to JTFEX as the perfect opportunity to further refine and perfect our teamwork and warfighting competencies at sea."

The Bush strike group is comprised of CVW 8, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), the guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and USS Anzio (CG 68), Destroyer Squadron 22 ships USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and USS Truxtun (DDG 103), the French destroyer FS Primauguet (D 644) and the Spanish frigate ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbn (F 102).

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3/11/2011 9:13:00 AM
So very proud of all the personal aboard the Bush. My son is part of the Bush. Will be heart broken when he get deployed, but that is part of being a Navy mom. Great job to all!

2/24/2011 4:37:00 PM
Congratulations on a job well done!! A very special congrats to my daughter, PRAN Jamie Pertinaci!! We are all very proud of you!

2/23/2011 10:42:00 AM
Excellent job to everyone on CVN 77. I am so proud of my son being part of this elite group of men and women.

2/20/2011 8:02:00 PM
Well Done! And a special congratulations to AZ2 Jackson!

2/20/2011 3:35:00 PM
Congrats to a great group of men and women on this ship. Proud to say our son is one of them. Bob and Linda Jahnke...Jackson, MI

2/15/2011 2:37:00 PM
I am a Navy man of the 60's.I would love to show these new "white hats"how shape and wear a white hat properly. Thank you and do let me know if I can help.

2/14/2011 11:51:00 PM
We are so proud to have our son part of this AWESOME group!! Great job!

2/13/2011 5:16:00 PM
Yay!! so proud of them.. lots of hard work completed.. keep up the good work!! Proud navy mom and dad :)

2/13/2011 3:50:00 PM
Congratulations on a job well done! You are proving to be a great team!

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The Spanish navy frigate SPS Almirante Juan de Borbon (F 102) transits the Atlantic Ocean.
110208-N-9589S-376 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 8, 2011) The Spanish navy frigate SPS Almirante Juan de Borbon (F 102) transits the Atlantic Ocean. Almirante Juan de Borbon is participating with the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group during their composite training unit exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Richard J. Stevens/Released)
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