US Navy’s Pacific bases to conduct security exercise

20 August 2014 (Last Updated August 20th, 2014 18:30)

US Navy deployments across the Pacific Command area of responsibility, including Navy Region Japan, Joint Region Marianas and Navy Region Hawaii, are set to take part in Citadel Pacific 2014.

US Navy deployments across the Pacific Command area of responsibility, including Navy Region Japan, Joint Region Marianas and Navy Region Hawaii, are set to take part in Citadel Pacific 2014.

Scheduled for the 25-29 August, the exercise is aimed at improving the training, readiness and capability of Navy Security Forces.

"The exercise is aimed at improving the training, readiness and capability of Navy Security Forces."

The US Navy said that it is a regularly programmed event and is not being conducted in response to any particular threat.

In a bid to trim down traffic issues during the exercise, the navy has implemented specific measures, which should also minimise disruptions to normal base and station operations.

However, previous Citadel Pacific exercises have occasionally affected traffic surrounding bases, leading to trivial disruptions at gates, mainly at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Furthermore, installations have also reportedly been advised to make use of 'giant voice' communications to transmit messages to exercise participants throughout the base.

During the exercise, navy personnel and guests passing to and from navy installations in these regions may change their schedules to accommodate any potential delays.

The Commander Naval Forces Japan is anticipating normal access, with no major interruptions to bases and commands.

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