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Military to Conduct Training at Farallon de Medinilla, former Adm. Nimitz Golf Course, in Open Ocean, Warning Area 517

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03/01/19 12:00 AM

ASAN, Guam (March 1, 2019) – Military units participating in COPE North 2019 will conduct training from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 4-8 at the island of Farallon de Medinilla.

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit will conduct training at the former Adm. Nimitz Golf Course in Barrigada during the following dates and times:

- Noon to 11:55 p.m. March 4

- Noon to 4 p.m. March 5-18

The Navy will also conduct an open-ocean, live-fire gunnery exercise from 10 a.m. to 11:55 p.m. March 7.

Military units participating in Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training 2019 will conduct training from midnight to 11:59 p.m. March 7-10 at Warning Area 517 (W-517).

It is recommended the general public, fishermen and marine tour operators monitor the Coast Guard broadcast notice to mariners for advisories.

The general location of the training on the island of Farallon de Medinilla will be in a 12-nautical mile radius of the island. Farallon de Medinilla, located in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, supports aircrew combat readiness training.

The public should be advised that routine helicopter training often accompanied with the use of blanks can occur during training at the former Adm. Nimitz Golf Course.

The open-ocean exercise will take place within a 10-nautical mile radius of the following coordinates: 13° 26"N/145° 08"E, 13° 42"N/144° 36"E.

It is recommended the general public, commercial pilots, fishermen and marine tour operators stay clear from this area during the dates and times indicated.

W-517 is activated south of latitude 12° 40’ 00"N. Santa Rosa Reef and Galvez Banks will be open for public use. W-517 begins south of Guam and extends south-southwest in international waters. W-517 supports surface and aerial gunnery, missiles and laser exercises. W-517 is contained within the following coordinates: 13° 10"N/144° 30"E, 13° 10"N/144° 42"E, 12° 50"N/144° 45"E, 11° 00"N/144° 45"E, 11° 00"N/143° 00"E, 11° 45"N/143° 00"E, 12° 50"N/144° 30"E.

These types of trainings are designed to enhance the readiness of military personnel. Residents in surrounding areas should not be alarmed if they see or hear increased activity associated with the training.