PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 15 Rear Adm. Ross Myers visited the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill to see how the "Sword of the Fleet" operates during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), Aug. 12.
CSG 15 is the training and evaluation strike group that designs the evolutions for each COMPTUEX.
"Everything that we do, everything that we show you is based in reality," Myers said during a question and answer session with Bunker Hill's wardroom. "None of this is make believe."
Myers explained that each carrier strike group which returns from deployment provides feedback to CSG 15, creating an evolving program. A ship's commander could go through COMPTUEX multiple times and still have new challenges during each iteration. He also pointed out that Bunker Hill and the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) are ahead of where a CSG would normally be during this phase of training.
"Right now, Bunker Hill and TRCSG are beyond where other strike groups are normally at this point," Myers said. "However, this is only the front half. The back half is where we put it all together."
Myers cautioned the assembled officers to maintain their focus and energy level for what is yet to come for COMPTUEX.
"In aviation, we call the limits of what is possible 'the envelope,'" he said. "You can only determine what that is by pushing those limits. On that glide scope, you are ahead of where you need to be, but that doesn't mean you can coast along."
Myers pointed out that up to now, all of the different commands which are part of TRCSG have engaged in strictly unit-level training. While that training was vital, he said, it only served to support what real-world operations are: an integrated environment.
"COMPTUEX is not for Phase Zero deployments," he said. "It is for Phase II combat operations... and no one is going to fight alone. It's all integrated."
Myers, while fielding comments from the various officers about the value of their experiences so far, pointed out his own interest in seeing Bunker Hill.
"In the past year, we've done about eight iterations of COMPTUEX, and I've had the ability to see this ship and what her crew can do as OPFOR (opposition force)," he said. "I'm really excited to see what you're going to do on the other side of the fence."
Bunker Hill is part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike group, which is conducting its final pre-deployment evaluation to ensure safe and effective coordination within the strike group to achieve mission readiness and the ability to effectively execute the Navy's maritime strategy. Following the successful completion of COMPTUEX, the TRCSG will conduct worldwide operations in its upcoming deployment
TRCSG is comprised of Carrier Strike Group 9 staff, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23 staff, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, and the guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97), USS Higgins (DDG 76), USS Preble (DDG 88), USS Sampson (DDG 102) and Bunker Hill.
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