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Military to Conduct Training in Open Ocean, at Farallon de Medinilla, Radio Barrigada, Warning Area 5-17

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05/21/19 12:00 AM

ASAN, Guam (May 21, 2019) – The U.S. Navy will conduct open-ocean exercises from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 23 within a 10-mile radius of the following coordinates: 13˚27''N/144˚21''E.

Additional open-ocean exercises will take place from 12:01-8 a.m. and 4-10 p.m. May 25 and from 2-8 a.m. May 26 within a 10-mile radius of the following coordinates: 13˚48''N/144˚41''E.

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

The Navy will also conduct training from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 24 and from 7 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. May 26 at the island of Farallon de Medinilla.

The general location of the training on the island of Farallon de Medinilla will be within 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.

Naval Special Warfare Group 1 will conduct Close Quarters Combat training from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 24-26 at Radio Barrigada.

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. The public should be advised that the use of blanks can occur during training at Radio Barrigada.

Units participating in Exercise Pacific Vanguard will conduct training daily from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. May 23-28 at Warning Area 517 (W-517).

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.