From Staff

All Navy installations in Florida, including Naval Station Mayport, will soon be participating in the Navy 2017 Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield Exercises.  These are annual anti-terrorism/force protection exercises conducted on all Navy installations in the continental United States beginning Jan. 30-Feb. 10.

These exercises, coordinated by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Commander, Navy Installations Command, are designed to enhance the training and readiness of Navy security forces to respond to threats against installations and units.  The two exercises, each with a distinct focus, occur sequentially and stress different areas of the Navy's anti-terrorism program to enhance the readiness of Navy security forces to respond to real-world threats.

Measures are being taken to minimize disruptions to normal base and station operations.  However, to facilitate training and minimize vehicle activity, there may be times when the exercises cause increased traffic around the base, delays in base access, and facility closures.  While we will be exercising throughout the two-week period, the biggest potential impact will take place on Wednesday, February 7, 2017.

Each installation is coordinating with state, county, and city counterparts to address concerns and advise area residents to factor in additional time for traveling to their base and getting through gates.  Vehicle drivers and passengers seeking base access should carry proper identification with them at all times.

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Bill Austin at (904) 629-7145 or