VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana is scheduled to conduct an emergency training exercise at 1 p.m. today in preparation for the 2020 NAS Oceana Virtual Air Show.
The exercise will allow Navy personnel and the City of Virginia Beach first-responders to react to a simulated incident onboard the installation. The goal is to enhance the readiness of our response teams and to maintain interoperability between Navy leadership and the City of Virginia Beach. The exercise will not be open to the media.
“The City of Virginia Beach and NAS Oceana have an immensely strong relationship and a long history of partnering together for exercises such as these,” said Capt. John W. Hewitt, NAS Oceana’s Commanding Officer. “Today’s tabletop and field training exercise will enable our respective fire departments, EMS and emergency management personnel to hone their skills through a variety of scenarios. We are very grateful and appreciative for this opportunity which serves to strengthen the bond between the Navy and the City of Virginia Beach.”
Annual training exercises, such as these, are conducted to mitigate the loss of life and property, and to minimize the impact to the community. The exercise is not in response to any specific threat, but regularly scheduled. Area residents may see increased activity associated with the exercise, as well as potential smoke on the airfield. Measures will be taken to minimize disruptions to normal base operations. If the exercise is disrupted by inclement weather, today’s training will be canceled.
The 2020 NAS Oceana Virtual Air Show will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19 from noon to 4 p.m. It can be viewed online at https://www.facebook.com/events/1849904701816801/. For updated information on NAS Oceana and the 2020 NAS Oceana Virtual Air Show, visit www.facebook.com/NavalAirStationOceana.