ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 7, 2014) – The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) made strides toward her upcoming deployment by training and operating with ships from Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) during integrated training known as group sail (GRUSL) from Sept. 16 to Oct. 10.
TRCSG includes embarked staff of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, and four ships from Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Forest Sherman (DDG 98), USS Farragut (DDG 99) and USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81).
GRUSL tested the ability of TRCSG to perform as a team. It also marked an opportunity for Sailors from different ships and squadrons to work with others within the strike group to complete a common goal.
“Group sails are designed to bring together the individual commands that make up the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and begin operating together in order to be able to fight as one team,” said Lt. Michael Buckley, TR’s assistant future flight operations officer for CSG12.
TR conducted joint maneuvers with TRCSG ships, which included two straits transits .
“Our mission is to complete all unit-level training requirements, and complete critical events,” said Buckley. “We want to hone individual and unit level skills and transition from a ‘crawl’ to a ‘walk’ mentality. It’s a great opportunity to work with other communities and see different evolutions that Roosevelt’s strike group has not completed as a group in a long time.”
“I’m starting to see everyone coming together, because the training teams are helping them turn what they have learned into muscle memory,” said Lt. Cmdr. Zavean Ware, TR’s training officer. “This is just the beginning. It’s a long road but our Sailors are resilient and in the end they may be tired and stressed but they are going to get it done. I have faith in our Sailors.”.”
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sandra A. Pimentel, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs
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