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On June 30, Skies embarked on board the U.S. Navy’s flagship of Carrier Strike Group 2, CVN-69, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. Affectionately referred to as “The Mighty Ike” or “The best damn ship in the Navy” by her crew, Ike was performing operations off the eastern U.S. Coast in support of the Strike Group’s participation in the Carrier Strike Group 4 Composite Training Unit Exercise, also known as COMPTUEX.
COMPTUEX is a multi-week pre-deployment exercise designed to certify the carrier, as well as fully integrate the entire strike group, in preparation for combat operations. During the training exercise, the carrier, sailors, supporting warships, and air wing are tested and graded through various battle-oriented exercises. During a COMPTUEX, the strike group is presented with a set of real-world scenarios set in a fictional and simulated battle space, allowing for real-world training with real-world risk.
“I need everyone to have high morale, and we’re getting there. Once that happens, other things will follow. Greatness and excellence will follow from that. By doing COMPTUEX, the most advanced exercise involving the entire strike group, if we can do that successfully . . . we will in fact be the best damn ship in the world. The best damn ship strike group in the Navy. So, it’s a mindset.”
Capt Chris “Chowdah” Hill
At the end of July, the Ike and her strike group successfully completed the COMPTUEX exercise and returned to port at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, fully certified for deployment.