US Navy brings exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield to a close

Installations in the U.S. Navy Region Northwest (NRNW) concluded exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SC-CS) 2017 which they carried out in coordination with local law enforcement and emergency personnel.

The exercise took place between January 30-February 10.

During SC-CS 2017, NSF personnel at all NRNW installations conducted several realistic threat simulations, including active shooters, vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, personnel-borne improvised explosive devices, alarm responses, entry control point penetrations, protests, surveillance, hazardous material response, bomb threats, suspicious packages, and mass casualties.

SC-CS is a two-part, anti-terrorism/force protection exercise conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFFC) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), designed to enhance the training and readiness of naval security forces (NSF) to respond to threats to installations and units, while also testing communications between NSF, emergency operations centers (EOC), and regional operations centers.

“SC-CS is USFFC’s annual, nationwide force protection exercise,” said Mark D. Brooks, installation training and readiness officer, Naval Station Everett. “It tests the ability of security departments and installations to respond to simulated security incidents throughout the two-week exercise.”

“This is a quick reaction, scenario-driven exercise designed to evaluate watchstanders/first responders in the rapid assessment and response to a multitude and/or multiple threats on Navy forces,” said Rich Miller, Naval Base Kitsap installation training officer. “This exercise will also evaluate installation-wide knowledge, understanding, and implementation of instructions and operating procedures.”

The coordinated effort included USFFC, CNIC, NRNW installations, the federal fire department, anti-terrorism training teams, installation training team, security, emergency operations centers, regional operations center, Naval Facilities Northwest, Fleet and Family Support Centers, Strategic Weapons Facility, Pacific, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Naval Base Kitsap K9, Washington State Police, Kitsap County Emergency Management, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Naval Hospital Bremerton, Marine Corps Security Forces Battalion, Submarine Group 9, aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), and the Navy Exchange.