NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) completed Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
Included in this group is USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), USS New York (LPD 21) Amphibious Squadron 8 (PHIBRON 8) and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
"To conclude COMPTUEX with an amphibious assault is a great way to highlight the bond with PHIBRON 8 and the MEU," said Col. Frank Donovan, commanding officer of 24th MEU. "COMPTUEX was to prove and test and challenge our 'mechanics' of ship to objective maneuver. COMPTUEX provided more than expected challenges. I walk away with great appreciation for the leadership of PHIBRON 8, the three great ships and appreciation for adaptable, flexible and combat power the ARG/MEU team can deliver from the sea on time and on target."
To complete COMPUTEX, the ARG completed more than 100 training evolutions to include air defense, counter targeting, live fire, low slow flyer exercises and maritime security operations between Nov. 29 and Dec. 21.
The Iwo Jima ARG is scheduled to deploy in spring 2012.