October 14, 2018 – Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) departed Naval Station Norfolk, Oct. 13, to conduct a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX).
COMPTUEX is the final pre-deployment exercise that certifies the ARG’s abilities to conduct military operations at sea and project power ashore with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit through joint planning and execution of challenging and realistic training scenarios.
The exercise is hosted by Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4, which mentors, trains and assesses East Coast units preparing for future deployments.
The Kearsarge ARG consists of Amphibious Squadron 6, USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), USS Arlington (LPD 24) and USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43).
The guided-missile destroyers USS Gravely (DDG 107) and USS McFaul (DDG 74) are also participating in the exercise.