From USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Public Affairs


The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG) departed Norfolk, Virginia, Nov. 28 to begin its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

COMPTUEX is a robust test combining technology, training, and tactics into multiple scenarios leading to certification for deployment.

"This culminating event builds confidence that we can employ the strike group as a maritime superiority force against any potential adversary, located anywhere in the world, regardless of their military capabilities," said Rear Adm. Kenneth Whitesell, commander, CSG 2.

"This is the most effective method to actually demonstrate how we adapt to an ever-changing global environment. There is no better training in preparation for deployment."

CSG 4 is evaluating the GHWBCSG on their performance during the simulated surface and sub-surface threats, and ship movements the ships may encounter during a strait transit or in the vicinity of hostile waters. 

"The crew has demonstrated their ability to meet the challenge of a shortened training cycle, and this will be their final test before deployment," said Cmdr. Tracey Gendreau, aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) operations officer.

"Our Sailors are ready for the evaluation; they are excited to demonstrate proficiencies while they learn, train, and fight."

Throughout the exercise, fictitious geopolitical scenarios are used to replicate real-world circumstances the GHWBCSG may encounter during the slated deployment.

"This is the closest training to real-world scenarios that is available," said Cmdr. Gabriel Mauldin, George H.W. Bush combat directions officer.

"We have qualified several watch standers during the training cycle, and this will test their knowledge in a new and elevated manner."

GHWBCSG is comprised of George H.W. Bush; staffs of CSG 2, Carrier Air Wing 8 and its squadrons; Destroyer Squadron 22 staff and its guided-missile destroyers; and guided-missile cruisers USS Hue City (CG 66) and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58).

GHWBCSG is conducting its final pre-deployment evaluation to ensure safe and effective coordination with the strike group to achieve mission readiness and the ability to work alongside international allies in the execution of the Navy's maritime strategy.

CVW-8 is composed of eight aircraft squadrons: F/A-18A/C/E/F Hornets and Super Hornets; E2-C Hawkeyes; EA-18G Growlers; and MH-60R and MH-60S Seahawks. 

The HSM-70 "Spartans" are homeported at NAS Jacksonville.

More than 1,700 personnel are assigned to CVW-8, part of the George H.W. Bush Strike Group.