USS Harry S. Truman team begins final exam before deployment

NNS4702. USS Harry S. Truman team begins final exam before deployment By USS Harry S. Truman public affairs USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) - With months of preparation under their collective belts, the Sailors and Marines of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Battle Group prepare for one final hurdle as they begin Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 01-1. JTFEX is the culmination of pre-deployment training that began for the carrier as independent operations and carrier qualifications, progressed through the integration of the carrier's air wing (Carrier Air Wing 3), and finally operations as the centerpiece of a carrier battle group. Successful completion of JTFEX will result in certification that the carrier battle group is ready to commence its maiden deployment, scheduled to begin in late November. The exercise will involve not just the Truman Battle Group and the USS Nassau (LHA 4) Amphibious Ready Group (also scheduled to deploy in late November). JTFEX 01-1 will also involve personnel from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard - about 30,000 U.S. service members in all. In addition, the NATO exercise "Unified Spirit" will run concurrently with the JTFEX, with forces from Canada, Denmark, France, Germany and the United Kingdom playing major roles. Most NATO nations are expected to contribute some personnel to the exercise. This kind of joint and combined training enhances the readiness of both United States and allied forces, and is representative of the way nations often assign forces to deal with modern crises today. The exercise will take place in the waters off the U.S. East Coast, as well as the Puerto Rican operating area. Only U.S. forces will use the inner range facilities on Vieques Island, and will operate with only inert weapons at Vieques. Forces will train in a simulated high-threat environment that involves air, naval and ground operations, incorporating surveillance, reconnaissance and other operations such as maritime interdiction, embassy support and non-combatant evacuation. The realistic scenario being used in the exercise incorporates many of the challenges the Truman Battle Group and Nassau Amphibious Ready Group may encounter during their upcoming deployment. This will be the first deployment for USS Harry S. Truman, which was commissioned in 1998. In addition to the carrier and embarked air wing, the Truman Battle Group includes the guided missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56); the guided missile destroyers USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and USS Porter (DDG 78); the destroyers USS Stump (DD 978) and USS Deyo (DD 989); the guided missile frigate USS Carr (FFG 52); the ammunition ship USNS Mount Baker (T-AE 34); the replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196); and the attack submarines USS Alexandria (SSN 757) and USS Norfolk (SSN 714). JTFEX 01-1/Unified Spirit will be conducted by the Commander, 2nd Fleet and Commander, Striking Fleet Atlantic, embarked aboard the command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20). USS Harry S. Truman is commanded by Capt. David L. Logsdon. For more information about USS Harry S. Truman and other carriers of the Atlantic Fleet, go to For general information about carriers, destroyers, frigates and submarines, go to For information about oilers and ammunition ships, go to the web site of the Military Sealift Command at -USN-