Naval installations in the National Capital Region will participate in the annual Hurricane Exercise/Citadel Gale 2019 (HURREX/CG19 April 15 – 26. These Naval installations include Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Naval Support Activity Washington, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Naval Support Activity South Potomac, Naval Activity Annapolis, and Naval Support Activity Bethesda.
This annual exercise, led by U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Commander, Navy Installations Command, 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 (NFAAS).
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 will review and exercise heavy weather instructions procedures. There will be no Navy ship movements associated with HURREX/CG 19.