CNIC to Conduct Exercise Citadel Protect

Story Number: NNS140922-13Release Date: 9/22/2014 1:33:00 PM
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From Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) will conduct exercise Citadel Protect, an anti-terrorism/force protection (AT/FP) exercise in San Diego Sept. 22-26

The Department of Defense Physical Security Enterprise and Analysis Group (PSEAG), the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), the Countering Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) and Naval Base San Diego has partnered with CNIC, to plan, execute and assess Citadel Protect and an Integrated Waterside Security Concept Demonstration (IWS CD).

The Citadel Protect exercise is part of the Navy's training and exercise continuum, which enables Navy security forces to train and simultaneously assess mission essential tasks and readiness across the enterprise. The exercise series focuses on command, control and communications for missions requiring a coordinated response from both ashore and afloat units in response to waterborne improvised explosive devices (IED) and land-based active shooter threats.

"We are committed to training and conducting exercises throughout the year to identify and mitigate any issues in our current force protection structure," said Bill Clark, CNIC's exercise program director. "This exercise is one of the methods that we can take a holistic approach to assess AT/FP program readiness and provide realistic training to our Sailors."

The IWS CD sponsored by the PSEAG will be conducted as part of the United States Fleet Forces Command and Navy Warfare Development Command Fleet Experimentation Program. "The IWS Concept Demonstration is about integrating existing waterside security systems such as the Electronic Harbor Security System, Harbor Security Boats and Port Security Barriers with new capabilities and integrating the operational capabilities of disparate Navy security forces - afloat, ashore and expeditionary to improve overall waterside security against the asymmetric threat.

By design this effort is an initiative to integrate waterside security at both the systems and organizational levels in a cost effective manner using the Citadel Protect exercise to demonstrate this integrating concept and organizing construct," said Rod Gillis, PSEAG chairman.

Two San Diego-based ships USS Lake Champlain, and USS Rushmore, will participate in this year's exercise. The exercise provides an opportunity to conduct integrated shore/afloat training and to validate the installation's directed in-port security plan in order to jointly respond to multiple AT/FP scenarios within Navy Base San Diego's battle space.

Several exercises will be enhance the various training events including the use of pyrotechnics, simulated improvised explosive devices, and employment of Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System technology by security force personnel. During an active shooter scenario, medical personnel from local hospitals and medical centers will respond and treat simulated victims. Special "moulage" kits will be used to dress up victims, providing first responders with realistic injuries and symptoms to diagnose and treat.
The JIEDDO supports the Citadel Protect exercise series with emphasis on counter-IED training and equipment, and for this exercise is also sponsoring a new system for underwater threat detection and interdiction. The CTTSO is the sponsor for a candidate technology demonstrating capabilities for a next generation port security barrier that includes a remotely operated gate system.

"In our exercises, we strive to create a training environment that mirrors the operational environment," said Clark. "This exercise and concept demonstration will incorporate the sights and sounds of actual waterborne improvised explosive devises and blank ammunition fire as part of the simulated attacks to enable our Sailors to demonstrate and validate pre-planned responses, tactics, techniques and procedures in a high-stress, realistic environment."

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