The U.S. Navy’s dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) and the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) completed a Combined COMPTUEX (Composite Training Unit Exercise) on Dec. 9.
Oak Hill along with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and other components of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) participated in COMPTUEX, a capstone event certifying the amphibious ready group (ARG) as a deployment ready force.
The combined COMPTUEX was conducted over a 31-day underway period to test the ARG on its ability to function and cooperate together as a unit capable of operating in real world scenarios. It is the final exercise of a lengthy work-up phase and the last certification event prior to the Iwo Jima ARG and 26th MEU’s deployment early next year.
Run by Carrier Strike Group 4 and Expeditionary Operations Training Group, the exercise tested Sailors in a range of operations.
The exercise fully integrated the Sailors and Marines as an amphibious force by testing their ability to execute a wide-range of military operations. The Marines and Sailors participated in a variety of training events that included live fire exercises, detainee handling operations, counter piracy boarding drills, two simulated strait transits; landing craft, air cushion operations; and multiple combat systems, air and missile defense exercises.
Following Combined COMPTUEX the Iwo Jima ARG is prepared to conduct maritime operations around the world during its upcoming deployment.
The Iwo Jima ARG embarks the 26th MEU and is comprised of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), the transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), Oak Hill, Fleet Surgical Team 8, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron-28, Tactical Air Control Squadron-22, components of Naval Beach Group 2, and the embarked staff of Amphibious Squadron 4.
MC2 Lyle Wilkie, USS New York (LPD 21), MC3 Jessica L. Dowell, USS Oak Hill