Seabee Base in Gulfport moves to “Solid Curtain” portion of annual Navy-wide force protection exercise
GULFPORT, Miss. (WXXV) — Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport is moving on to the “Solid Curtain” portion of the annual Navy-wide force protection exercise.
Last week the “Citadel Shield” portion of the exercise took place, which involved a field training exercise in Pascagoula.
The second portion, “Solid Curtain” which starts Monday, Feb. 10 and lasts through Friday, Feb. 14 and will involve various force-protection training scenarios taking place onboard NCBC Gulfport later this week.
CS-SC20 is conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Commander, Navy Installations Command on all Navy installations in the continental U.S.
It is designed to enhance the readiness of Navy security forces and ensure seamless inter-operability among the commands, other services and agency partners.
Measures have been taken to minimize disruptions to normal base operations, but there may be times when the exercise causes increased traffic around the base or delays in base access.
This could include increased vehicle searches at the Pass Road, 28th Street and Broad Avenue gate entrances to NCBC, so it’s important for drivers to have proper identification (such as their Common Access Card and driver’s license) and vehicle documentation (such as registration and insurance, and making sure any tags are up to date) to ensure that traffic on and off base flows as smoothly as possible.
Area residents also may see or hear security activities associated with the exercise.
NCBC Gulfport is coordinating with local law enforcement and first responders so they are aware of the activities taking place on base during the exercise period.
According to Capt. William Whitmire, these exercises are vital to the safety of the base and the Gulfport community as a whole, and they provide a good opportunity to coordinate with local law enforcement and first responders.
“We train very closely with our inner agency partners here in Gulfport. I think we have one of the tightest working relationships of any base,” said Whitmire. “So this is a great opportunity not only for us to train and hone our skills, but also for the inner agency to get some really good training.”