IKE Carrier Strike Group Conducts Missile Exercise
IKE Carrier Strike Group Conducts Missile
By Lt.j.g. Christian Asaban, USS San Jacinto
Atlantic Ocean — (NNS)
— March 17, 2016 — Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKECSG) completed a multi-ship, live-fire
exercise with the Standard Missile (SM-2), March 15.
The dynamic exercise was part of the strike group's final preparation for the
composition training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) that certifies all strike groups
prior to deployment.
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers launch Standard Missiles 2 (SM-2)
The exercise, led by the carrier strike group's Air and Missile Defense
Commander and San Jacinto Commanding Officer, Capt. Dennis Velez, also served to
demonstrate the Navy's continued efforts to train for today's warfighting
"We have always worked to evolve our training, including live firing
exercises against high speed targets during and shortly after the Cold War,"
said Velez. "And here we are once again adapting and demonstrating our tactical
proficiency. With this shoot specifically, we're seeing our Sailors operate
their weapons systems successfully against advanced threats in contested
The six combatants--USS San Jacinto (CG 56), USS Monterey (CG 61), USS Mason
(DDG 87), USS Roosevelt (DDG 81), USS Stout (DDG 55) and USS Nitze (DDG 94)--practiced
a number of advanced tactical techniques and procedures including cooperative
tracking before firing Standard Missiles (SM-2) at the inbound targets. All six
ships scored kills as measured by the missile and target instrumentation,
including two direct hits. This demonstrates a successful ramp-up in an era of
continued complexity and tactical relevance in the employment of the Aegis
weapons system against high-end threats.
SM-2 is an integral part of the layered defense that protects the world's
naval assets and gives warfighters a greater reach in the battlespace. SM-2
variants have successfully intercepted targets, proving their lethality against
subsonic, supersonic, low- and high-altitude, high-maneuvering, diving,
sea-skimming, anti-ship cruise missiles fighters, bombers and helicopters in an
advanced electronic countermeasures environment.
IKECSG is comprised of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Carrier
Air Wing 3, USS San Jacinto (CG 56), USS Monterey (CG 61) and the ships of
Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26--USS Stout (DDG 55), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), USS
Mason (DDG 87) and USS Nitze (DDG 94).