US Navy to stage statewide force protection drills

Illustration: Sailors aboard USS Carney (DDG 64) simulate dewatering a space during a simulated small boat attack and mass casualty drill on Carney during Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2015. Photo: US Navy

The U.S. Navy announced it will be staging force protection drills within the continental United States (CONUS) at the end of January.

Naval installations are set to conduct exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2017 (SC-CS17) from January 30 to February 10.

SC-CS17 is a two-part, anti-terrorism/force protection exercise conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) on all CONUS Navy installations.

This annual exercise is designed to enhance the readiness of Navy security forces and ensure seamless interoperability among the commands, other services, and agency partners.

The navy noted that the exercise was not in response to any specific threat, but is a regularly scheduled exercise.

“All commands under USFF tactical control for force protection will participate in the exercise,” said William Clark, CNIC exercise director. “Local area residents in the vicinity of naval bases may see increased military activity and possible traffic and pedestrian congestion associated with the exercise.”

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