Drill at Naval Station Everett This Week With Simulated Automatic Weapons Fire

May 12, 2014

Everett, Everett Government

Naval Station Everett Police

EVERETT, Wash. (Jan. 16, 2013) Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Tory Penfield directs traffic during a suspicious package drill on Naval Station Everett (NSE). Security forces on NSE perform drills and training regularly in order to improve readiness for real-life situations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeffry A. Willadsen/Released) Courtesy Homeport Northwest (click photo for more)

The USS Nimitz returned to Naval Station Everett this morning after conducting certification drills with its air wing off the coast of California. The ship and crew have returned in time for another base security exercise which will involve simulated gunfire. The drill will also involve multiple area hospitals as well as the Everett Fire Department. Here are the details as provided by NSE spokesperson Kristin Ching in case you have to visit the base over the next few days…

Naval Station Everett will be conducting a security exercise in the harbor around the base from May 13-15. Due to this exercise, expect Naval Station Everett gate closures on May 15 between the hours of 8:30-11:30 a.m.

The exercise will include security boat maneuvers and the use of automatic weapon blank rounds, to enhance training realism. Exercise participants will not be issued live ammunition.

There will be a 100-yard safety zone in effect and a notice to mariners will be in effect during the exercise.

City of Everett Fire and base fire and medical personnel will also practice responding to simulated mass injuries. Providence Regional Medical Center Colby Campus and Cascade Valley Hospital will participate in the exercise by receiving simulated injured patients.

The purpose of the exercise is to maintain and improve qualifications of emergency response personnel who are charged with protecting the base, naval vessels, and maritime environment. Additionally, the exercise will test the base’s ability to integrate with community partners during a simulated mass casualty incident.

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