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Mayport Participates in Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2011

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110228-27

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sunday Williams, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East, Det Southeast

MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Station (NAVSTA) Mayport participated in exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2011 (SC/CS 2011), an annual security training exercise coordinated by U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF), in Mayport, Fla., Feb. 21–25.

Solid Curtain-Citadel Shieldan is an annual security training exercise coordinated by U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF), in Mayport, Fla., and is the largest anti-terrorism/force protection (AT/FP) exercise conducted by Navy installations and activities in the continental United States.

NS Mayport Installation Training Officer Willie Green said the exercise was designed to test and train the installation's ability to prevent, detect and defend against an act of terrorism.

"This exercise provided a great opportunity to test multiple security measures that have been pre-planned," said Green. "Some of these security measures are only used once a year or maybe not ever. So we get this chance to see if these measures are still effective, and it's great training for all hands on and off the installation."

The exercise consisted of several mini-drills that tested primary mission capabilities such as fire and emergency services, safety, fleet and family readiness, security and the computer network alert system.

Simulated scenarios included pre-planned responses to an intrusion of a small boat crashing into USS Boone (FFG 28), causing an explosion to invoke security, medical and fire fighters to respond to a mass-casualty; as well as an active-shooter scenario where two shooters killed and wounded several people, and then took the commanding officer hostage.

Other scenarios simulated suspicious packages where the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 6 had to go in and remove the package using various techniques.

"The benefit, for not only us but everyone involved, is that we all get to work together and see how our team will interact with security and the fire fighters as well as the medical services," said Lt. Michael Simmons EODMU 6 officer in charge. "It is so important for us to not only perfect our EOD skills but the skills where we work with our other counter parts, so we can ensure the safety of the base."

The simulations and exercises are designed to train responders to react to a real world threat, and NS Mayport Commanding Officer Capt. Douglas Cochrane said he is confident his Sailors know what to do in an actual situation.

"We have a lot of excellent Sailors here; we have professionals that take this mission very seriously and are dedicated to the protection of the assets here, national security and of course life and limb of fleet, family and fighter," said Cochrane. "You look at what the enemies have done in the past, and you try and forecast what they will do in the future; it is not an exact science, we just do our best to get better at it every day."

SC/CS 2011 consisted of more than 250 individual training events across the country.

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