The COMPTUEX scrimmages included, for the first time in recent memory, scenarios with SEAL team sailors and Marines to test how they and a carrier strike group would support one another.
The exercises included live fire onshore, with the strike group's sailors providing over-the-horizon targeting and directing combat aircraft in close-air support for SEALs onshore. In addition, the strike group practiced the complexities of coordinated operations with an expeditionary strike force of an amphibious assault ship and the Marines they bring to hostile shores.
That practice was with a virtual expeditionary force-ships and Marines that lived within the computer screens, software and radio communications systems of the Eisenhower strike group. The strike group also practiced operating with another carrier-centered task force-though this one, like the expeditionary group, was virtual. Such combined strike group operations are what the most intensive confrontation with great power navies would almost certainly involve.
Composite Training Unit Exercise.
The use of air assets to assist and aid ground units.
Close air support (CAS)-sometimes called tactical air support-gave American ground forces a tremendous military advantage during World War II.
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