GULFPORT -- The Naval Construction Battalion Center will participate in the Navy's force protection and anti-terrorism exercise called Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield, Feb. 18-28.
Base spokesman Rob Mims said SC-CS 2014 is an exercise conducted on all Navy installations in the continental United States. It is meant to sharpen the skills and situational readiness of Navy security personnel through real-life training.
"Solid Curtain Citadel 2014 is an annual training exercise that tests and challenges our leadership, watch standers and first responders to identify processes and procedures that require corrective actions, additional training, planning and other resources to improve mission capability," said Capt. Brett Calkins, Navy Region Southeast training and operations officer.
Because of the exercise, military personnel, civilian employees, retirees and family members can expect increased security measures, and traffic delays on roads near installations and at installation gates.
Mims said facilities such as the Navy Exchange, commissary, pharmacy and Navy medical facilities are not planned to close, although the Seabee Base will lock down from 1 to 2 p.m. Feb. 24. During that closure, no entry or exit will be allowed.
The "solid curtain" portion of the exercise will focus on command, control and communication between all echelons throughout the Navy, and "citadel shield" emphasizes installation-level training exercises to test the ability of installation security forces during an emergency.