US Naval installations to participate in CS/SC 2020 exercise

23 January 2020 (Last Updated January 23rd, 2020 15:23)

All naval installations within the US are set to take part in the scheduled Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain (CS/SC) 2020 exercise conducted from 3-14 February.

US Naval installations to participate in CS/SC 2020 exercise
Personnel are required to register for the AtHoc wide area alert network to be aware of force protection conditions. Credit: Ricky Tang.

All naval installations within the US are set to take part in the scheduled Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain (CS/SC) 2020 exercise conducted from 3-14 February.

CS/SC 2020 is an annual two-week anti-terrorism and force protection (ATFP) exercise.

Citadel Shield, which is run by Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), will take place in the first week.

Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (USFFC) will run the Solid Curtain exercise during the second week.

During the CS/SC 2020 exercise, US Navy security forces will undergo realistic scenarios aimed at maintaining a high level of readiness.

Naval District Washington (NDW) exercise analyst Tim Stoessel said: “Now that we have completed the annual training and inspection of the navy security forces, we try to use Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain as a continuation of our training for our ATFP security forces.

“We usually either do an active shooter or active attacker scenario.”

The significance of the CS/SC exercises is highlighted by real-world events, such as the shootings at Naval Air Station Pensacola and Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

NDW training and exercise director Matthew Brown said: “One of the things we’re looking at is the possibility of internal threats.

“I think we’ve done a really good job of protecting our fence lines, but unfortunately, some of the incidents that have occurred recently have taken place inside the fence lines.”

Personnel are required to register for the AtHoc wide-area alert network so they are aware of force protection conditions and other emergency, environmental, or exercise-related impacts on the area.

The focus is on staggered entry and exit times for personnel working on installations to limit traffic at entry control points.

They are also required to keep themselves familiar with their command or tenant command anti-terrorism plan.

Last November, the US Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) concluded a bilateral maritime exercise to bolster security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.