NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Over the next two weeks you may see more activity around our local Navy bases.
That’s because Navy personnel are once again participating in their annual security training exercises.
The Citadel Shield Solid Curtain anti-terrorism force protection exercise kicked off Monday.
While this is a nationally recognized event annually, in this video from past years it shows how each naval base in Hampton roads is participating by conducting several different scenarios based on their needs
“It starts off slowly, on the low end of the security spectrum with things like access control trying to prevent unauthorized access, to a higher end, which is similar to attacks on ships or an active shooter type of scenario,” said Rear Admiral Charles W. Rock, commander NVY Region Mid-Atlantic
Rear Admiral Charles W. Rock said they take real life experiences into effect when creating training exercises, even though there is no real threat to the public at the time.
“We don’t train just annually, but this annual opportunity allows us to focus on some of the more complex activities, that exercising the entire chain of command, not just at the tactical level with our security forces at the installation, but all the way up the chain of command,” Adm. Rock said.
Captain Jonathan Kline said they’ve altered things to improve from years past, but if you commute around these installations in the next two weeks, be prepared, you may see some differences in traffic and military personnel.
“It’s invaluable, the type of training we do here, and we don’t get the opportunity to take a pause from daily operations often enough to do it sometimes, so taking advantage of this is really important to us,” Capt. Kline said.