From Feb. 3 to Feb. 14, Northwest Navy bases will participate in an annual anti-terrorism exercise.
The exercise, dubbed Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2020 is designed to ensure Navy personnel are at peak readiness to deter and respond to potential security threats, according to a Navy press release. The Navy’s policy doesn’t allow discussion related to the specifics of the force protection, details of the exercise will not be released.
The exercise is conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Commander, Navy Installations Command on all Navy installations located in the continental United States. According to the release, 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 due to temporary gate closures or other security-related activities.
Area residents may also see or hear security and other first-responder activities associated with the exercise, including potentially seeing training smoke, hearing small explosive sounds, or observing increased vessel activity on the water near an installation.
“The safety and security of our people, equipment and facilities is a top priority,” the release states. “The Navy routinely conducts this type of security and other emergency response exercises to ensure readiness and improve coordination, communication and collaboration with other agencies during emergency situations.”