Navy to conduct security exercises

NAVAL MAGAZINE INDIAN ISLAND — Naval Magazine Indian Island personnel will conduct security training exercises today and Thursday.

The exercises are similar to six others that have taken place since Aug. 29.

Three training sessions were held in September and three were held earlier this month.

The exercises will take place on the water outside of the ammunition pier’s port security barrier and outside of the installation’s main gate.

The Navy said in a press release that it routinely conducts these types of exercises at installations across the world to ensure readiness and verify response procedures.

Installation personnel and residents living in the communities surrounding Indian Island could notice increased activity on the water near the pier during the exercise.

Training activities will include the presence of harbor security boats on the water, the use of blank ammunition, an object in the water within the exercise area, loud sirens and bright blue flashing lights.

Additional security personnel will be present around the main gate for a training scenario, during which time there will be loud noises to include yelling, whistles and sirens.

Passersby should remain clear of the training areas for the duration of the exercise. The drill area outside of the main gate will be clearly marked by signage and the blue line demarcating federal property, which is restricted to public access.

Safety observers wearing blue vests will be present for the duration of the exercise.

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