The US Navy is set to conduct Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2020 (CS-SC20) on all of its installations in the continental US (CONUS).

The Commander of US Fleet Forces Command (USFFC) and Commander of Navy Installations Command (CNIC) will participate in the exercise, which will run from 3-14 February.

The annual force protection exercise is a two-part drill that will be carried out back-to-back.

Citadel Shield is a CNIC-led field training exercise (FTX) where participants will react to simulated threats.

Led by USFFC, Solid Curtain is a command post exercise (CPX) portion that involves conducting command and communications between units using simulated events.

CNIC operations director Tim Alexander said: “The Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain Exercise enhances our ability to support the fleet, fighter and family.

“Our regions and installations continue honing their security skills through realistic scenarios, which maintain a peak level of readiness response for all potential security threats.”

The two exercises will cover a range of fields of the navy’s force protection programmes. It will improve the Naval Security Force personnel’s response to attacks.

Using realistic scenarios, it will train personnel to maintain a high level of readiness.

US Fleet Forces Command FP director captain Raymond Benedict said: “The safety and security of our people, equipment and facilities is a top priority.

“We train the way we fight, and exercising our personnel in response to varying realistic threats enhances our personal and force-wide readiness.”

Since 2007, the CS-SC20 exercise has been planned and conducted once a year.