NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Starting January 31, navy installations across Hampton Roads will participate in the annual force protection exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain. The exercise will run through February 11.

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“The Navy is an integral part of the community in Hampton Roads and we are committed to being good neighbors,” said Rear Adm. Charles Rock, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. “We appreciate the community’s support and patience as we work to minimize disruptions to local traffic while giving our force the most realistic, dynamic training possible.”  

The regularly-scheduled exercise is designed to enhance the readiness of Navy security forces and ensure seamless interoperability among commands, other services and agency partners. It is not in response to any specific threat, officials say.

During the training, officials will participate in realistic training scenarios will include waterfront events, an active shooter and unauthorized base access.

“Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2022 will ensure we are ready to quickly respond to any threat at any time,” Rock added. “Nothing is more important than the safety of our people. Those who live, work and visit our bases can rest assured knowing that Navy security is prepared to respond appropriately, quickly and with confidence to all threats.”

While the training is taking place, measures are being taken to minimize disruptions within local communities and to base operations. However, the public can expect that the exercise will cause increased traffic around bases or delays in base access.

Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads-Northwest Annex will conduct a security drill on the installation on Feb. 3 at 9 a.m. as part of the larger series of exercises. The drill will be a quick reaction, scenario-driven evolution to train personnel on the rapid response to different types of security incidents.

Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2022 is conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Commander, Navy Installations Command on all Navy installations in the continental U.S.