Navy base to take part in annual security exercise

The Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach will take part in the largest Navy security exercise of the year from Jan. 29 through Feb. 9.

The exercise, called Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2018, will be conducted on naval bases and installations throughout the continental United States. At the naval weapons station, drills and training will be conducted on a wide range of potential security scenarios.

Measures will be taken to avoid disruptions to operations in and around the installation, but there may be times when the exercise causes increased traffic around the weapons station, delays in base access, and gate closures. Area residents may also see increased military and civilian law enforcement activity associated with the exercise, and the station’s “Giant Voice” mass notification loudspeaker system may be used. Civilian boat traffic through Anaheim Bay may be temporarily restricted.

The event is not in response to any specific threat but is a regularly-scheduled exercise, developed to enhance the training and readiness of Navy security personnel.

For more information about Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2018 contact the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Public Affairs Office at 562-626-7215. Live updates will also be posted on the station’s Facebook page (search under “Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Detachment Fallbrook, Detachment Norco”).