Destroyer Squadron NINE and ABRAHAM LINCOLN Carrier Strike Group successfully completed Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of Southern California Oct 12.
COMPTUEX is a 17-day exercise used to both train and evaluate the Strike Group's operational readiness in multiple mission areas. In single-mission, stand-alone events as well as multi-mission integration of air, strike, information, surface and anti-submarine warfare, the ships of Destroyer Squadron NINE were up to the task.
USS MOMSEN (DDG 92), USS STERETT (DDG 104) and the Squadron Staff were tested rigorously in their abilities to plan and execute “up, down, and out” to take the fight to any foe while defending USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN from simulated enemy attacks throughout the exercise.This included tracking and conducting simulated attacks on submarines, maritime interdiction operations, visit board search and seizure drills, land-attack missile drills, and transiting through narrow straits with potential enemies nearby. These events often occurred simultaneously, helping the ships ready themselves for multi-dimensional tasking while deployed overseas.
This COMPTUEX was further enhanced by the inclusion of units from the Canadian, Japanese, and Chilean navies. This incorporation of coalition partners prepares the Sailors of DESRON 9 for the close coordination that will be required when ABRAHAM LINCOLN Strike Group deploys later this year.
The ABRAHAM LINCOLN Strike Group consists of USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72), Destroyer Squadron NINE, Carrier Air Wing TWO, and the guided-missile cruiser USS CAPE ST GEORGE (CG 71).