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Hampton Roads Navy installations to participate in security exercise

The exercise is designed to enhance the readiness of Navy security forces and ensure seamless interoperability among the commands, other services and agency partners
Credit: Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua M Tolbert
Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Security Forces conducted a gate runner and suspicious package exercise at Northwest Annex on Jan. 30 as part of Exercise Citadel Shield/Solid Curtain 2018 (CS-SC18). CS-SC18 is a two-part, linked Anti-Terrorism Force Protection exercise conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Commander, Navy Installations Command on all Navy installations in the continental U.S. This annual exercise enhances the training and readiness of Navy security personnel and better prepares Department of the Navy (DON) employees (service members, contractors, civilians) for potential force protection situations. It establishes a learning environment for security personnel to exercise functional plans and operational capabilities. Exercise CS/SC18 is an annual exercise and not in response to any specific threat.

NORFOLK, Va. — Navy installations across the country are expected to participate in an annual force protection exercise from February 3 to 14. That includes Hampton Roads installations too.

The exercise, Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2020, is designed to enhance the readiness of Navy security forces and ensure seamless interoperability among the commands, other services and agency partners.

“Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain is an important training opportunity designed to ensure our personnel and security forces are at peak readiness to deter and respond to potential security threats,” said Rear Adm. Charles Rock, the commander of the Navy’s Mid-Atlantic Region. “We test ourselves against an array of realistic scenarios and we conduct the exercise in coordination with our community partners.”

Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2020 is not in response to any specific threat but is a regularly scheduled exercise.

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Measures have been taken to minimize disruptions within local communities and to normal base operations, but there may be times when the exercise causes increased traffic around bases or delays in base access. Area residents may also see or hear security activities associated with the exercise. As always, “see something, say something” applies, even during an exercise.  Everyone should report suspicious activity if they witness something.  Advanced coordination has taken place with local law enforcement and first responders.

“Our partnerships with police, fire and emergency services in the communities that host our bases is vital to our success. We know that there will be increased activity on and around our installations across the region,” Rock said. “All of my installation commanders are engaging with local government partners to mitigate unnecessary disruptions to traffic and community services.”

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