We dug out some additional information about Comptuex, JTFEX and Bold Alligator Navy Exercises since it is very clear now that the media will never report on this. What we have found is extremely unsettling. The data was collected from official sources, press releases, blogs etc. There was a lot of of military activity and all this talk about tides, warm winter, and dolphins’ sociality is so ridiculous especially when we learn more and more about what have been going on in the common dolphins’ habitat prior and after the initial stranding. Please share this info, the media will never report about any of this.
COMPTUEX aka Composite Unit Training Exercise
- `building cohesion between the 24th MEU and PHIBRON-8 in conducting amphibious operations, crisis response, and limited contingency operations while operating from the sea`(source)
- `preparing for a wide variety of missions in a fictional country in the vicinity of Naval Station Mayport near Jacksonville, Fla` (source)
- `non-combatant evacuation of personnel; visit, board, search and seizure of maritime vessels at sea; and aviation training for the various aircraft of the 24th MEU`(source)
- `aviation operations with MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft and CH-53 Super Stallion helicopters`(source)
- `more than 100 training evolutions to include air defense, counter targeting, live fire, low slow flyer exercises and maritime security operations between Nov. 29 and Dec. 21` (source)
- `COMPTUEX incorporates a myriad of missions to include air defense, maritime interdiction, and anti-submarine warfare` (source)
- `USS VICKSBURG, At Sea (NNS) — The Operations department aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) took on some additional crew members while underway in the Atlantic Ocean, Jan. 19.`(source)
- Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 8 (PHIBRON 8: USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall) (source)
- `USS Nitze is part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, which is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). ` (source on 1/21/12)
- `guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) successfully completed a live-fire exercise of its entire array of gun weapon systems while underway conducting its composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Jan. 17` (source)
- `guided-missile destroyer USS James E Williams (DDG 95) is participating in a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) while underway in the Atlantic Ocean Jan. 16 to certify the ship for its upcoming fourth deployment` (source)
- `USS Enterprise (CVN 65) departed its homeport of Norfolk, Va., Jan. 11 to participate in a Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX)` (source)
- `The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group includes USS Enterprise (CVN 65), Carrier Air Wing 1, Destroyer Squadron 2, guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69), guided-missile destroyers USS Porter (DDG 78), USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) and USS Nitze (DDG 94)`(source)
Bold Alligator 2012 aka “the largest joint and multinational amphibious assault exercise held off the East Coast in the last 10 years” (source)
1. Dates: Jan. 30-Feb. 12, 2012 (source)
- `Northrop Grumman’s BAC1-11 test aircraft is flying air-to-air and air-to-ground reconnaissance missions during Bold Alligator’s large naval and ground force maneuvers on the Atlantic coast. Participating naval forces include an aircraft carrier strike group, amphibious ready group, NATO alliance ships from eight partner nations, and Marine landing forces.` (source)
- `The culmination of Bold Alligator 2012 will be three large-scale events: an amphibious assault at Onslow Beach, Camp Lejeune, N. C., an air assault from the sea into Fort Pickett, Va., and an amphibious raid at Fort Story, Va` (source)
3. Locations: off the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina and Florida (source)
- `Twenty-five ships, and 20,000 Sailors, Marines and Coastguardsmen are participating in the two-week exercise, which runs through Feb. 13. Commands involved include Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG), Expeditionary Strike Group 2 (ESG-2), 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB), Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), 24 Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Naval Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) as well as coalition ships, units, and observers from 12 other countries` (source)
- `USS Wasp (LHD 1) returned to sea Jan. 9 to conduct qualifications in preparation for Bold Alligator 2012 the nation’s largest joint/multinational amphibious assault exercise in the past 10 years`(source)
Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX).
This is yet ANOTHER exercise that was going on, it makes it number 3. The dates and locations for JTFEX are not clear at this point, but this report was published on Jan. 12, 2012.
1. `USS Enterprise (CVN 65) departed its homeport of Norfolk, Va., Jan. 11 to participate in a Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX). The JTFEX will test the ship’s ability, as well as that of its strike group, to operate in a complex, hostile environment with other U.S. and coalition forces` (source)
Now, here is some unofficial data that puts USS Enterprise somewhere in North Atlantic on January 14, 2012. The radio enthusiast in Rhode Island that has been listening to the military chatter reported on January 14, 2012:
“I just wanted to pass this along…the USS Enterprise is conducting her last COMPTUEX qualifications before heading out to sea for her final mission. This activity is taking place in the Atlantic and can be monitored on 4712 USB and 5723 USB. They are very active this morning on 5723 USB with c/s Echo Whiskey,Juliet and Echo passing track numbers.Im getting great signals here in RI. Enjoy!
Time 0932 AM local.” (source)
The fact that they got very good signal could only indicate the proximity of USS Enterprise to Rhode Island on January 14, 2012. The first dolphins started to strand on Jan.12-13, 2012.
We are also seeing new media tactics that is emphasizing that “Only 71 of 177 beached dolphins found alive on Cape Cod” Please do not fall for this. The fact that only 71 were found alive does not mean that the rest washed ashore dead. The rest could have as well strand alive but died before being discovered. Such irresponsible reporting should stop!