USS Truxtun leaves Naval Station Norfolk for training

160901-N-CS953-042 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 1, 2016) Sonar Technician 3rd Class Paul Harold and Hull Technician Fireman Dylan Persley, members of the flying squad's pipe patching and shoring team aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103), climb through a scuttle during a drill. Truxtun is underway conducting routine operations and training in preparation for an upcoming deployment with the George H.W. Bush Strike Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tim Comerford/Released)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) left Naval Station Norfolk Monday for a composite training unit exercise as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group.

Truxtun and other assets in the carrier strike group are going through a series of “high-velocity” training scenarios to demonstrate the strike group’s capabilities.

The training will test the strike group’s ability to perform and effectively respond as a team during stimulated situations they may encounter as they prepare for their upcoming deployment.

The exercise consists of training on anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, strike warfare, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, irregular warfare, counter piracy and maritime interdiction scenarios.

“Our months of training and hard work are going to pay off while supporting the strike group,” said Cmdr. Joseph Baggett, Truxtun commanding officer. “The crew is excited and ready to work within our strike group in preparation for deployment.”

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is made up of aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77), Carrier Air Wing 8, Destroyer Squadron 22, guided-missile destroyers Truxtun and USS Laboon (DDG 58), and guided-missile cruisers USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and USS Hue City (CG 66).