The USS Nimitz (CVN 68) is now underway and left Bremerton, WA on April 27.
While the Nimitz is out to sea its sailors will be participating in a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). This exercise is designed to fully integrate units of a carrier strike group (CSG), testing how a strike group as a whole can sustain combat operations from the sea.
The ships, squadrons and crew are tested on every core warfare area in the assigned mission sets through simulated and live events to include air warfare, strait transits, responses to surface, subsurface and electronic attacks.
CSG’s are can deploy on short notice to anywhere in the world to support our partners and allies, maintaining maritime security and stability.
“I am incredibly proud of this team. The men and women of Carrier Strike Group 11 joined the military and raised their right hand because they had a calling to serve for moments precisely like this — with our nation and our citizens facing such significant challenges. Our nation looks to us to be ready to return to sea, to execute our mission, and to support our national security objectives. We are humbled and honored to do so” said Rear Adm. Yvette M. Davids, commander, CSG 11.
Due to the Corona Virus, the Nimitz completed a 27 day quarantine period aboard the ship and tested all-hands for the virus before departing to ensure the health and safety of the crew.
“Dealing with the challenges of the COVID pandemic has been difficult, so I’m very pleased that our mitigation efforts have put us in a position to get underway,” said Capt. Max Clark, commanding officer.
“We are all looking forward to training and operating again. I give the crew all the credit. From the beginning, they have done all that I and Navy leadership have asked them to do — face coverings, social distancing, continuous ship sanitization, testing and periods of quarantine; all executed with precision and professionalism. Without their hard work and personal sacrifices, getting this warship out to sea would not have been possible. And I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge our Navy families that serve as our bedrock of support.”
The addition ships and units scheduled to conduct the COMPTUEX exercise are guided-missile cruisers USS Princeton (CG-59), homeported in San Diego, Calif.; guided-missile destroyers USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), homeported at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, USS Sterett (DDG-104), homeported in San Diego, Calif., and USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114), homeported in Everett, Wash.; Destroyer Squadron 9 based in Bremerton, Wash.; and Carrier Air Wing 17 and its associated squadrons and personnel from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Wash., NAS Lemoore, Calif., NAS North Island, Calif., and Naval Base Ventura County, Calif said the US Navy.
All of the units will complete testing for the Corona Virus before they get underway or embark and they will quarantine or complete a fast cruise for at least 14 days.