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Military to Conduct Training in Outer Apra Harbor, Farallon de Medinilla, Warning Area 517

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10/25/19

SANTA RITA, Guam (Oct. 25, 2019) – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 will conduct training from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 28 in outer Apra Harbor.

The U.S. Marine Corps will conduct training from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 28-29 at the island of Farallon de Medinilla.

The U.S. Navy will conduct training from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at the island of Farallon de Medinilla.

This training supports aircrew combat readiness and is critical to developing the skills needed to respond to operational missions throughout the region to ensure a stable, free, and open Indo-Pacific.

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

The Navy will also conduct training from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30 at Warning Area 517.

Santa Rosa Reef and Galvez Banks remain open. For the duration of the exercise, it is recommended the general public, fishermen, and marine tour operators remain clear of 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, and 12° 50"N/144° 30"E.

W-517 begins south of Guam and extends south-southwest in international waters. W-517 supports surface and aerial gunnery, missiles, and laser exercises.

U.S. Naval Base Guam Security Forces will conduct training from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 31 in outer Apra Harbor.

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

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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