Chafee returns to Pearl Harbor after completing COMPTUEX off California

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) conduct a replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) while underway conducting COMPTUEX off the coast of Southern California, April 12. Photo by MC3 Deanna C. Gonzales

Ensign Ben Ralen

USS Chafee (DDG 90) Public Affairs

The guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) returned home May 5 after a successful completion of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). The exercise took place in the Southern California Operations Area and involved the Nimitz Strike Group as well as other Naval

Surface and Air assets, simulating the opposing force during the month long event.

Events tested the Strike Group’s ability to integrate and conduct sustained multi-dimensional combat operations involving surface, air, subsurface, land attack, electronic warfare, a Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) mission, and extended freeplay scenarios.

“As a young operations specialist, it was really neat to see the Navy functioning as it was meant to, and gain valuable experience in rate,” said Operations Specialist Seaman Anita Rodriguez. “NSFS and working with other branches was highly rewarding.”

Particularly noted was Chafee’s successful launch of a Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) against a drone. The Chafee technical and tactical team devoted countless hours of preparation and planning in order to safely execute an SM-2 telemetry shoot during the missile exercise.

“A dedicated focus on training, and a relentless pursuit of tactical knowledge resulted in a flawless performance,” said Systems Test Officer Lt. j.g. Anthony Morgan.

“Our team came together and could not have gotten better results.”

During COMPTUEX, Chafee embarked the Easyriders of HSM-37 Detachment 4. The helicopter detachment extended Chafee’s tactical capabilities and was integral in multiple events, including show-of-force transits and subsurface warfare.

Chafee’s tactical prowess continued throughout all of COMPTUEX, pushing the envelope of tactical proficiency. COMPTUEX stressed the capabilities of the Aegis class guided missile destroyer, where the multi-mission platform utilized its command and control capabilities to take on alternate warfare commander duties, serving a key role in coordinating other platforms to protect the strike group and conduct offensive operations.

“Team Chafee was readily available to take on all challenges at a moment’s notice,” said Cmdr. Brian Fremming, commanding officer, USS Chafee.

“We quickly integrated with the rest of Nimitz Strike Group and came together as a cohesive team. The crew’s exceptional performance showed their resiliency, toughness, and commitment to excellence.”

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