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U.S. Navy, Bahrain Completes Crisis Response Exercise

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Story Number: NNS071228-02
Release Date: 12/28/2007 5:53:00 AM

From U.S. Naval Support Activity Bahrain Public Affairs

JUFFAIR, Bahrain (NNS) -- More than 1,200 U.S. service members and Department of Defense personnel and the Bahrain Ministries of Interior, Health and Defense participated in a crisis response exercise at The Bahrain School Dec. 27.

The exercise served to test and evaluate Naval Support Activity (NSA's) crisis and consequence management and emergency response procedures as well as those of the Bahraini government. According to NSA Bahrain Emergency Management Coordinator for the exercise, Jay Ulrich, exercise objectives were met successfully.

"Everything went as planned, and the integration of U.S. and Bahraini teams was phenomenal," he said.

Ulrich went on to say that the most successful evolution for U.S. forces during the exercise was the integration of the Marines assigned to the Marine Fleet Anti-Terrorism Team and Sailors assigned to NSA Bahrain's Explosive Ordnance Detachment.

"They conducted their portion of the exercise as close to how they would react in a real-life situation, and both teams did very well – given the circumstances," said Ulrich.

Naval Support Activity Bahrain Deputy Emergency Management Officer, Lt.j.g. Paul Farr, who was at the Bahrain School during the exercise, agreed that all went well and the exercise was beneficial for U.S. and the government of Bahrain participants.

"Today we had the opportunity to bring the U.S. Navy and Bahraini teams together in a scenario that challenged their response and skills," said Farr.

NSA Security Officer, Lt. Debra Kleinsmith added, "This exercise was a great opportunity for our two country's security forces to work together and learn how each other would respond to a real-world threat. This was a great experience that produced some very valuable lessons."

Emergency and first responders from NSA Bahrain, Naval Branch Medical Clinic, NSA Bahrain's Emergency Response Team, Salmaniya Medical Complex and Defense Fire Service also worked together to reach their objective, which was to simulate casualty extraction, medical care and transport them to area hospitals.

At the conclusion of the exercise, members of the U.S. and Bahrain government agency teams agreed that they had learned some extremely valuable lessons that they will all take with them to improve and refine their response to future exercise play and real-world situations.

"Our relationship with the Bahraini government is built on trust," said Lt.j.g. Scott Johnson, NSA Bahrain assistant security officer. "They know we will support them, and we know we can count on their help."

For more news from Naval Support Activity Bahrain, visit www.news.navy.mil/local/nsabahrain/.

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