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

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03/29/19 12:00 AM

ASAN, Guam (March 29, 2019) – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 will conduct training at the former Adm. Nimitz Golf Course in Barrigada from April 1 at 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. April 2, and from April 4 at 11p.m. to 1 a.m. April 5.

The Navy will conduct training from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. April 1-30, at the island of Farallon de Medinilla.

The Navy will conduct training at Warning Area 517 (W-517) during the following dates and times:

·         April 1-2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

·         April 3 from 11 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

.         April 4 from 12:01-1 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 11:55 p.m. 

The Navy will conduct an open-ocean exercise at the following coordinates 13° 26"N/145° 08"E, 13° 42"N/144° 36"E during the following dates and times:

·         April 4 from 11 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

·         April 5 from 12:01-1 a.m. 

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 general location of the training on the island of Farallon de Medinilla will be in a 3-nautical mile radius of the island. Farallon de Medinilla, located in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, supports aircrew combat readiness training.

W-517 is activated south of latitude 12° 40’ 00"N. 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.

It is recommended the general public, fishermen and marine tour operators monitor the Coast Guard broadcast notice to mariners for advisories. It is also recommended the general public, commercial pilots, fishermen and marine tour operators stay clear from these areas during the dates and times indicated.

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.

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