PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Staff and patients experienced some delays getting into Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Thursday morning.
Gate 2 on Sprateley Street, also known as the "back gate," was closed to comply with the conditions of the Navy's anti-terrorism exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield.
According to the Navy, that meant all staff and patients had to enter the base via the front gate on Effingham Street. The security exercise also required a 100 percent ID check of all occupants of all vehicles entering the base.
At the height of the morning rush hour, traffic into the base was slow and heavy.
Officials say the back gate to the medical center is normally open during the morning and afternoon rush hours, but that Exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield required NMCP to close and secure the gate through the Thursday morning hour.
The Navy says Gate 2 will re-open Thursday afternoon.
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