US Northern Command Leads Large-Scale Multi-Combatant Exercise with Truman Carrier Strike Group
US Northern Command Leads Large-Scale Multi-Combatant Exercise with Truman Carrier Strike Group

US Northern Command Leads Large-Scale Multi-Combatant Exercise with Truman Carrier Strike Group

U.S. Northern Command is leading a major homeland defense exercise today conducted in partnership with North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Transportation Command, U.S. Strategic Command, and U.S. Space Command, with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) under the operational control of U.S. Northern Command. This large-scale exercise is a first of its kind where four combatant commands and NORAD are conducting homeland defense operations, exercising joint integration, conducting multi-national operations, and strengthening interoperability in command and control.

Exercise participants are using Link 16, a tactical data system that enhances tactical capabilities by allowing players to share real-time situational awareness and command and control data.NORAD, in conjunction with U.S. Northern Command, will conduct an air defense exercise to demonstrate the capabilities of Canada and the United States. NORAD CF-18s and F-15s, fueled by KC-135 Stratotankers, will conduct an air intercept exercise in conjunction with F/A-18 fighter aircraft from the HSTCSG.

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US Northern Command Leads Large-Scale Multi-Combatant Exercise with Truman Carrier Strike Group
An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the Atlantic Ocean, May 12, 2020. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) remains at sea in the Atlantic as a certified carrier strike group force ready for tasking in order to protect the crew from the risks posed by COVID-19, following their successful deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. Keeping HSTCSG at sea in U.S. 2nd Fleet, in the sustainment phase of OFRP, allows the ship to maintain a high level of readiness during the global COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tamara Vaughn/Released)

The HSTCSG is comprised of the flagship Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and the embarked squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60). HSTCSG remains at sea as a combat ready element of the global response force to ensure access, deter aggression and defend U.S., allied and partner interests while conducting USNORTHCOM’s top-priority mission of homeland defense, despite COVID-19.The HSTCSG is under the operational control of USNORTHCOM during the exercise, demonstrating the command’s mission to deter, detect, and defeat threats to the United States as it conducts its primary mission of defending the homeland.

U.S. Transportation Command is providing Operation NOBLE EAGLE alert tankers along the East Coast to support forces during the exercise. USTRANSCOM’s aerial refueling fleet is the backbone of rapid U.S. global operations and the lifeblood of the Joint Force’s ability to deploy an immediate force supporting all National Defense Strategy Mission areas. USTRANSCOM maintains a global deployment posture, ready mobility capacity, and the global command and control at echelon necessary to generate this immediate force and seamlessly transition to a fully mobilized Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise to project a decisive force when required.

U.S. Strategic Command will provide a B-1B Lancer long-range bomber to simulate an adversary role and attempt to penetrate U.S. airspace to provide realistic training to forces during the exercise. The multi-mission, supersonic B-1B can rapidly deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision munitions against any adversary, anywhere in the world at any time. For the exercise, USSPACECOM through NAVSPACECOM is providing space operations support to the Second Fleet commander through satellite communications and GPS to ensure all units are communicating and executing clear command and control. This enables the HSTCSG to employ their tactics, techniques and procedures to increase lethality throughout DFE operations.

US Northern Command Leads Large-Scale Multi-Combatant Exercise with Truman Carrier Strike Group
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) swiftly cuts through the water off the North Carolina coast while conducting a Tailored Ship’s Training Availability Two (TSTA II) and Cycle Operations (CYCLIC OPS). U.S. Navy photo by Jeffrey G. Katz.
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