US Navy Exercise in Prep for Hurricane Season

MERIDIAN, Miss. Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian firefighters remove a car door using a hydraulic rescue tool, commonly known as “jaws of life”, to rescue a training dummy during the HURREX/Citadel Gale 2018 exercise at NAS Meridian, May 2, 2018. The exercise simulated a tornado spawned from a hurricane. HURREX/Citadel Gale is an annual exercise which prepares the Navy to respond to adverse weather threats in U.S. coastal regions, and to maintain the ability to deploy forces even under the most severe weather conditions. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Liaghat)

From U.S. Fleet Forces Command Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) — U.S. Fleet Forces Command, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, and Commander, Navy Installations Command, based in Washington, D.C., are conducting Hurricane Exercise/Citadel Gale 2019 (HURREX/CG 19) April 15-26.

This annual exercise prepares the U.S. Navy to respond to adverse weather conditions in U.S. coastal regions and maintain the ability to deploy forces under the most severe weather conditions. It also tests the response times for accounting for Sailors, Department of the Navy civilians and families in the affected regions through the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System.

HURREX/CG 19 will involve a simulated storm system developing and intensifying to hurricane strength, threatening the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico.

All Navy commands at Naval District Washington, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic and Navy Region Southeast will participate by reviewing and exercising heavy weather instructions procedures.

There will be no Navy ship movements associated with HURREX/CG 19.

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