By Ensign Danielle Abad and EnsignWinter Rae
USS Hue City and USS Philippine Sea Public Affairs

Guided-missile cruisers USS Hue City (CG 66) and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) departed Naval Station Mayport to begin a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG), Nov. 28.

During COMPTUEX, the final phase in preparing the cruiser for its upcoming deployment, Hue City will test its operational readiness through cooperative efforts within GHWBCSG. 

Hue City will be evaluated on its ability to defend critical assets in the battle group by exercising pre-planned responses through a series of varied scenarios. These realistic and challenging scenarios will allow the strike group to gauge readiness on multiple mission areas, including maritime interdiction operations, counter-piracy, and strike warfare.

"The 'Golden Dragons' of Hue City are looking forward to the operational challenges presented at COMPTUEX," said Capt. Dan Gillen, Hue City commanding officer. "This is a great exercise that will test our skills to collectively operate and fight as a strike group. Hue City Sailors have trained hard and are anxious to get on deployment."

"It is incredibly exciting to be able to head out to sea and display the capabilities of this mighty warship," said Lt. Jeramy Brux, Philippine Sea's operations officer. "The Philippine Sea crew has been preparing for this event far in advance, and they are ready to take on the challenge." 

The exercise will vastly improve Hue City's familiarization with GHWBCSG, and establish a proficient warfighting team. Upon the successful completion of COMPTUEX, Hue City will be considered capable of deploying for worldwide operations.

GHWBCSG is comprised of aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77), Carrier Air Wing 8, Destroyer Squadron 22, guided-missile destroyers USS Truxtun (DDG 103) and USS Laboon (DDG 58), and guided-missile cruisers USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and Hue City.