NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- More than 15,000 U.S. and Allied military service members will participate in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 03-1 Oct. 28 - Nov. 6.
JTFEX 03-1 will present U.S. and multinational forces with realistic and dynamic exercise threats that closely replicate the operational challenges military forces encounter around the world.
It is designed to prepare U.S. forces for joint and combined operations while providing the opportunity to certify the U.S. Navy Carrier Battle Group (CVBG), Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) for deployment. Participating forces will train using equipment and systems that incorporate the latest advances in technology.
"This exercise provides the battle group with valuable experience in joint operations, while giving them an opportunity to refine key tactical skills they will undoubtedly need while on deployment," said Dawson. "Every battle group since Sept. 11 has forward-deployed into harm's way and faced actual combat. This exercise represents a demanding test of the battle groups techniques, tactics and procedures that will help ensure that our forces are ready to fulfill any mission given them by the national command authority."
JTFEX 03-1 will take place along the Atlantic seaboard of the United States, in the waters off Virginia and North Carolina.
Participating U.S. forces include: Commander, Carrier Group 2 (CCG 2); aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) with Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVW 3) embarked; Commander Destroyer Squadron 22 (CDS 22); guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56); guided-missile destroyers USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79), USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and USS Mitscher (DDG 57); destroyers USS Deyo (DD 989) and USS Briscoe (DD 977); frigate USS Hawes (FFG 53); ammunition ship USNS Mount Baker (T-AE 34); and auxiliary oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196).
USS Iwo Jima ARG units include: Commander Amphibious Squadron Six; multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7); amphibious transport dock USS Nashville (LPD 13); dock-landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50); and the 26th MEU embarked.
Also participating are the mine warfare units of Commander Mine Countermeasures Squadron 1, including the coastal minehunters USS Pelican (MHC 53), USS Osprey (MHC 51) and USS Falcon (MHC 59). Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM 14), an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) detachment, and USNS Prevail (T-AGOS 8) will also be on the scene.
Opposition forces include: destroyer USS Hayler (DD 997); frigates USS Nicholas (FFG 47), USS Estocin (FFG 15) and USS Taylor (FFG 50); and auxiliary oiler USNS John Lenthal (T-AO 189).
They will be joined in the effort by two to four boats from Fleet Composite Squadron 6 (VC 6) and the research motor vessel Gosport (IX-517). Elements of the U.S. Army's 2nd Battlefield Coordination Detachment, Puerto Rican Army National Guard's 92nd Separate Infantry Brigade and the Air Force's Air Combat Command will take part in the exercise, as well as many other Navy and Air Force assets, such as Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 5, Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 2, fast attack submarines and various U.S. Air Force strike and refueling aircraft.
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