From NS Mayport

In an effort to fully inform the Sailors, Civilians and residents of Naval Station Mayport of potential impacts around the base due to for the annual Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield, NS Mayport has released a question and answer.

What is the purpose of Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2017?

The purpose of Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2017 is to ensure that the Navy is ready to respond to changing and dynamic threats at all times. It is our responsibility to ensure the safety of our Sailors, their families, civilians and contractors, as well as our local community neighbors.

What is the significance of this exercise?

This exercise is of vital importance to our ability to execute the Navy's mission in support of Homeland Defense and to protect all our people in situations that pose a significant and immediate threat to their safety.

What specific training will be conducted during Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2017?

The Navy will be conducting training such as waterfront events, active shooters and personnel attempting to gain unauthorized base access. These realistic training scenarios ensure that we are ready to respond to changing and dynamic threats at all times. It is Navy policy not to discuss specifics of force protection measures, including exercises, so specific details of this exercise will not be released.

Is Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2017 one or two exercises?

The two exercises, each with a distinct focus, occur simultaneously and will stress different areas of the Navy's force protection and anti-terrorism programs to enhance the training and readiness of Naval Security Force (NSF) personnel to respond to real-world threats.

Why is this exercise important?

Protecting our Navy installations is extremely important to national security. To maintain a high level of readiness, Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2017 provides important realistic training across the Fleet. Safeguarding our Navy personnel, families, veterans, retirees, base visitors and equipment at home is the first step in mission accomplishment and ensures the Navy is ready to put to sea in defense of national interests.

Will there be an increase of military patrols and surveillance in the vicinity of Naval installations during Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2017?

There may be a noticeable increase in patrols on and around Navy installations from Jan. 30-Feb. 10, as a result of this planned exercise. There is no cause for concern.

Is Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2017 being held in response to a specific threat?

No, this exercise has been planned and conducted annually since 2007 and is not in response to any specific threat. The training is an important part of maintaining readiness of our forces through exercising the Navy's Force Protection procedures.

Will access to the Navy installations be restricted?

No. If base access is adversely affected, Commanding Officers will relax entry control point measures to reduce or mitigate congestion. In accordance with the force protection procedures, normal access to local naval installations and commands may be limited during certain periods. Navy installations are working to conduct a meaningful and realistic exercise, while minimizing the impact to the local community.