MSC Ships Support USS John C. Stennis Battle Group Composite Unit Training Exercise

Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oilers USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) and USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) provided logistics support to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and the nine ships that make-up its battle group, during a three week Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of Southern California.

The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) sends a refueling line to the guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) during an underway replenishment during a composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California.   (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Emiline L. M. Senn/Released)

The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) sends a refueling line to the guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) during an underway replenishment during a composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Emiline L. M. Senn/Released)

Over the duration of the exercise, Aug. 1-27, MSC ships delivered over 4 million gallons of diesel fuel nearly 4.5 million gallons of jet fuel, and 729 pallets of food and supplies via underway replenishment evolutions at sea. Kaiser and Yukon’s support allowed the strike group ships USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), USS Russell (DDG 59), USS Chun Hoon (DDG 93), USS Gridley (DDG 101), USS Stockdale (DDG 106), USS Wayne E. Myer (DDG 108), USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), USS Spruance (DDG 111), USS Cape Saint George (CG 71) and Stennis to receive fuel and supplies underway, allowing them to stay on station, and continue exercising without having to return to port.

An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter conducts a vertical replenishment between the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan J. Batchelder/Released)

An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter conducts a vertical replenishment between the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan J. Batchelder/Released)

 

The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) sends fuel hoses to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during a replenishment-at-sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Frost/Released)

The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) sends fuel hoses to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during a replenishment-at-sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Frost/Released)

COMPTUEX is a required exercise for each carrier battle group before departing for a six-month deployment. In the months prior to COMPTUEX, each ship and aircraft in the battle group has trained in its specialty. COMPTUEX brings ships together to project force as a battle group, forging them into a cohesive, fighting team. It’s a critical step in the pre-deployment training cycle.

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