Naval Station Everett will be participating in a nation-wide security exercise Jan 29- Feb 9

(EVERETT)- Naval Station Everett will participate in Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2018 (SC-CS18) Jan. 29 - Feb. 9. The annual anti-terrorism/force protection exercise will be conducted on naval installations throughout the continental United States, including Navy Region Northwest.

Due to this exercise, there will be gate closures at Naval Station Everett on Tuesday, Jan. 30 and on Wednesday, Feb. 7 between the hours of 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Measures have been taken to minimize disruptions to the community and normal base operations, but there may be times when the exercise causes increased traffic around bases or delays in base access.

This field training exercise uses realistic scenarios to ensure U.S. Navy security forces maintain a high level of readiness to respond to changing and dynamic threats. Area residents may see or hear activities associated with the exercise. Advanced coordination has taken place with local law enforcement and first responders.

The weeks of training at NSE will include shooting of blank rounds to simulate gunfire and a heightened law enforcement presence at the base waterfront. Nearby residents and boaters may hear blank gunfire Jan. 30-31 and Feb. 5-7.

SC-CS18 is a two-part, anti-terrorism/force protection exercise conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) on all continental Navy installations.

The exercise is designed to ensure peak readiness of Navy security forces and seamless interoperability among the commands, other services, and agency partners. Exercise SC-CS18 is a regularly scheduled exercise and is not in response to any specific threat.

Naval Station Everett is committed to maintaining a high level of readiness and coordination with mutual aid partners and first responders. Ensuring the safety of Navy equipment, and more importantly, service members, families, Navy civilians, and contractors is a top priority.