Guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) departed Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, Jan. 9, to participate in a scheduled Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG).
The purpose of COMPTUEX, which is conducted by Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4, is to evaluate the mission readiness of all deployable assets, exercising each ship with unplanned and fast-paced tests that will simulate various real-world scenarios.
“Forrest Sherman will get a chance to perfect our considerable weapons and sensor employment and demonstrate combined strike group operations,” said Cmdr. John Krisciunas, commanding officer of Forrest Sherman. “I couldn’t be prouder of my crew, their efforts and their excellence.”
Each exercise will test how well Forrest Sherman operates as part of a larger strike group as well as independently. Training scenarios include simulated surface, air, undersea, strike and electronic attacks.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for the Forrest Sherman and TRCSG to execute, analyze and improve the processes we’ve been rehearsing for the entire Fleet Response Plan training cycle, with the goal of being certified for sustained combat operations,” said Lt. Grant Greenwell, operations officer of Forrest Sherman. “Forrest Sherman is filled with 300 of America’s best Sailors who are eager to display the hard-earned skills we’ve honed over the past year.”
Sailors attached to Forrest Sherman are also confident that they will be able to handle any task during the training exercise.
“I’ve been on a lot of different ships, and Forrest Sherman definitely is a topnotch command that strives to set the bar higher each time,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Joseph Platter. “There is no doubt in my mind the Sailors are up to this and we will blow it out of the water.”