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Naval Weapons Station Earle to Conduct Harbor Protection Exercises March 23


03/22/21 09:59 AM

Colts Neck, N.J. -- Naval Weapons Station Earle (NWS Earle) will conduct harbor protection exercises from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2021, in the waters surrounding the Navy’s pier in Leonardo, N.J.

Additionally, as part of the exercise, residents may see an increased security presence at the Waterfront gate along route 36 in Leonardo.

The exercises are designed to enhance the training and readiness of harbor security forces. The training is not in response to any specific threat but is regularly scheduled.

The exercises will involve marked U.S. Navy harbor patrol boats and sentry towers conducting training with and firing blank ammunition in Sandy Hook Bay in the vicinity of the NWS Earle Waterfront Restricted Area.  The local communities which may be affected by the noise of the blank ammunition include Leonardo, Atlantic Highlands, Belford, Middletown and Sandy Hook National Park. As a reminder, the waters surrounding the NWS Earle Pier are a restricted area. The Marine Security Zone is shown on navigational charts for Lower New York Harbor and are patrolled by armed Navy Security Forces. Violators will be prosecuted.

For more information please contact William Addison, NWS Earle Public Affairs Officer, at (732) 866-2171 or