NATO AWACS, US Navy Improve Maritime Integration

NATO AWACS took part in a live, scenario-driven tactical exercise with the U.S. Navy from Jan. 16 to Jan. 28, 2015.

For 12 days, two aircraft and more than 70 personnel from the E-3A Component participated in the Composite Training Unit Exercise, commonly referred to as COMPTUEX 2015, to improve maritime integration by conducting various maritime missions with units from the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps.

Maj. Marie Quick, the deployment commander, said:

This exercise has provided the Component with valuable insight into U.S. naval operations beginning with the mission planning process through execution and debrief. The component aircrew members supporting this exercise have received real-world training they would not otherwise obtain at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen during a maritime simulation where it is sometimes difficult to simulate numerous external agencies.

Operating out of Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia, component aircrew members executed several naval missions off the eastern coast of the U.S. to include surface search control, maritime air control, sector air defense control and maritime strike.

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