Simpson's integrated phase of IDCERTEX involved training between multiple ships and aircraft within ARGMEU EX, which included USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), the guided-missile destroyers USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) and USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). The overall training included consisted of flight operations, submarine tracking, strait transit formations, replenishment-at-sea and other required mission evolutions.
"It is important for us to provide a complex certification exercise with multiple ships," said Master Chief Cryptologic Technician - Technical James T. Womack, CSG-4's senior enlisted leader. "Simpson may be an independent deployer, but the crew needs to be ready to join other ships, aircraft and submarines at a moment's notice to assist in maritime security operations (MSO). Simpson has been certified as ready."
CSG-4 trains and certifies combat ready Naval forces by optimizing full spectrum integration of Atlantic Fleet Carrier Strike Groups, Amphibious Readiness Groups and Independent Deploying ships, assessing their performance of weapon systems, watch teams and staffs during live exercises, synthetic training and academic instruction.
Simpson, named for Rear Adm. Rodger W. Simpson, is homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Fla.
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