The USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is the third U.S. Navy Nimitz-class supercarrier, and one with a lot of history. The flagship of the newly established Carrier Strike Group 1, it’s accompanied by the Carrier Air Wing Seventeen, the Destroyer Squadron 1 and the guided missile cruiser Bunker Hill to go along with the Nimitz-class supercarrier. The San Diego based Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, as it’s known, has the honors of having the body of Osama bin Laden been buried at sea from the deck of the Carl Vinson, and playing host to the first NCAA basketball game on an aircraft carrier, between North Carolina and Michigan State.
An intermediate-level battle group exercise designed to forge together the battle group and its components into a fully functional fighting team, a composite training exercise (COMPTUEX) is a critical part in the pre-deployment training cycle, and a prerequisite for the battle group’s Joint Task Force Exercise. Successful completion of COMPTUEX certifies the carrier and its air wing as qualified for open ocean operations. In this video, we can see the supercarrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) underway as part of a simulated strait transit conducted by the Carrier Strike Group while conducting a COMPTUEX off the coast of Southern California before departing for deployment.
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