The exercise is not in response to a specific threat, officials say.

171016-N-VC599-034 NORFOLK (Oct. 16, 2017) The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) deploys from Naval Station Norfolk. Monterey departed for a surge deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. 6th Fleet areas of operations. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Wolpert/Released)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Beginning Jan. 31, Navy installations on Hampton Roads will participate in the annual force protection exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain. The exercise will continue until February 11.

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“The Navy is an integral part of the Hampton Roads community and we are committed to being good neighbors,” said Rear Admiral Charles Rock, Commander Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. “We appreciate the support and patience of the community as we strive to minimize disruption to local traffic while giving our force the most realistic and dynamic formation possible.”

The regular exercise is designed to improve Navy security force readiness and ensure seamless interoperability between commands, other services and agency partners. It’s not in response to any specific threat, officials say.

During training, officials will participate in realistic training scenarios including waterside events, active shooter and unauthorized base access.

“Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2022 will ensure that we are ready to respond quickly to any threat at any time,” Rock added. “Nothing is more important than the safety of our employees. Those who live, work and visit our bases can be assured that Navy Security is ready to respond appropriately, quickly and confidently to any threat.

During training, steps are taken to minimize disruption to local communities and basic operations. However, the public can expect the exercise to result in increased traffic around bases or delays in accessing bases.

Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2022 is conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Force Command and Commander, Navy Installations Command at all Navy installations in the continental United States

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