Training on at PMRF today

BARKING SANDS — People living near the U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility might have heard sirens and other loud noises coming from the base Tuesday, and those noises will be continuing today.

It’s because of a two-day training exercise.

Training is centered around chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and enhanced conventional weapons (CBRNE) exercises, designed to enhance the training, readiness and capability of security forces and first responders, according to PMRF staff.

“From what I saw it was a great training event,” said Capt. Vincent Johnson, PMRF commanding officer.

The exercise is not in response to any specific threat, PMRF staff members said.

Sirens and exercise announcements communicated through a mass communications system called the “Giant Voice” could continue to echo from PMRF through today, and people might see those in training in protective CBRNE suits at PMRF.

Staff members at PMRF said the exercise might cause some temporary delays in base access and increased traffic around the base, but measures are being taken to minimize disruption to community and normal base activities.

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