By Rear Adm. Roy Kelley
Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic
I would like to take this time to extend a hearty “Bravo Zulu” to the Sailors of the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG 8) for their completion of the ever-rigorous Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). Your successful completion of this joint exercise showcases your sustained durability, tactical expertise and dedication to the mission. Truly, you have shown the Navy, and the world, that your ships and air wing are fully capable of protecting our nation as a deployment-ready fighting force.
It took all hands from USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 to make this evolution a success. Additionally, those serving aboard the guided missile cruiser and seven guided-missile destroyers that complete the CSG should also be commended. With the addition of ships from Norway and Germany, this COMPTUEX offered an extra level of realism and provided a visible demonstration of our partnerships and interoperability with these key allies. Throughout the exercise, CSG-8 showcased its ability to provide proven warfighting capabilities through a variety of simulated events. These events tested all units across every core warfare area including air warfare, strait transits, as well as responses to surface and subsurface contacts and electronic attacks.
The accomplishments you have made during this time are a testament to the commitment you have in defending our great nation and providing the strength and support of the U.S. Navy wherever and whenever it is needed. Congratulations on a job well done.