Navy Region Hawaii to conduct Citadel Pacific exercise

PMRF Security Forces personnel take down their suspect and secure his weapon during an active shooter exercise conducted as part of Citadel Pacific 2016. File photo by MC2 Omar-Kareem Powell

Grace Hew Len

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs

Navy Region Hawaii will participate in the annual anti-terrorism/ force protection exercise, Citadel Pacific 2017 from July 31 to Aug. 4. The annual exercise is designed to enhance the training, readiness and capability of Navy security forces to respond to threats to Navy installations and units. This exercise is not in response to any specific threat, but is a regularly scheduled exercise.

Measures will be taken to minimize disruptions to normal base operations, but there may be times when the exercise may cause increased traffic around the base or temporary delays in base access.

As part of Citadel Pacific, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JB -PHH) will hold field training drills Aug. 2-4, when increased security activities will take place at a few locations on base. The realistic training allows security forces to analyze security measures and exercise their ability to respond to threats and deter real-world attacks.

Base personnel and area residents may see and hear sounds of blank ammunition, sirens, and increased security activities in the harbor. Base personnel should expect to hear exercise announcements communicated via the “Giant Voice” mass notification system and computer desktop notification system. All announcements will be preceded and followed with, “Exercise, Exercise, Exercise.”

“Throughout the year our security forces as well as our fire and emergency services train to respond to a variety of emergencies. Citadel Pacific provides a realistic opportunity for our first responders to put their training into action,” said Dr. Mike Smith, Navy Region Hawaii director of training and exercises.

Realistic training scenarios and responses like those practiced during Exercise Citadel Pacific enable installations to maintain forces at a high level of readiness to ensure the safety of personnel, information and equipment.

Exercise Citadel Pacific 2017 is an annual exercise conducted by U. S. Pacific Fleet and Commander, Navy Installations Command on Navy installations in the Pacific region.

For more information, contact the JBPHH Public Affairs Office at 473-2926.

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