USS Ronald Reagan, Carrier Strike Group 7 Return from COMPTUEX

Story Number: NNS051110-14Release Date: 11/10/2005 9:46:00 PM
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From USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The officers and crew of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 7, and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 returned home to San Diego Nov. 10 following completion of the ship's initial Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

Ronald Reagan, CCSG 7 and CVW-14 commenced the 18-day exercise shortly after departing Oct. 17 from their San Diego homeport.

COMPTUEX is an exercise designed to train embarked staffs, ships, and air wing that make up the carrier strike group to function as one highly effective fighting force. The exercise consists of two distinct phases and was evaluated by Commander, Strike Force Training, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Phase I included a detailed schedule of events (SOE) designed to provide specific task training and evaluation for the carrier strike group and warfare commanders. Phase II, also known as the final battle problem, consisted of a real-world type exercise with no pre-planned SOE.

Rear Adm. Michael H. Miller, commander, Carrier Strike Group 7, said he was extremely impressed with the way the different components of the strike group worked together to conduct operations during the exercise.

"Ronald Reagan and CVW-14 proved to be a formidable fighting force," said Miller.

"COMPTUEX proved that we have the speed and agility to quickly execute operations around the world in support of the war on terror. Carrier Strike Group 7 is an example of how the Navy is able to carry out our mission anytime, anywhere in the world," he added.

"I'm extremely proud of the men and women of USS Ronald Reagan and Carrier Strike Group 7," said Capt. James A. Symonds, Ronald Reagan's commanding officer. "We proved that we are a highly capable fighting force ready to perform our mission when called upon," he said.

In addition to Ronald Reagan, other ships participating in the COMPTUEX included USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), USS McCampbell (DDG 85), USS Decatur (DDG 73), USS Rainier (AOE 7), USS Tucson (SSN 770), as well as five Canadian naval vessels: HMCS Algonquin, HMCS Calgary, HMCS Ottawa, HMCS Protecteur and HMCS Vancouver. The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group also participated during the final battle problem, integrating their Joint Task Force Exercise into Reagan's COMPTUEX.

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Commanding Officer, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Capt. James A. Symonds, gives the signal to launch an F/A-18E Super Hornet.
051107-N-5549O-123 Pacific Ocean (Nov. 7, 2005) - Commanding Officer, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Capt. James A. Symonds, gives the signal to launch an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron One One Five (VFA-115), from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Reagan is currently underway in the Pacific Ocean participating in the ship's initial Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Kevin S. O'Brien (RELEASED)
November 8, 2005
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