Naval Station Everett to hold security exercise

EVERETT — Naval Station Everett will conduct a security exercise in the harbor around the base Tuesday through Thursday next week.

The exercise will involve security boat maneuvers and automatic weapons firing of blank rounds to add realism for the sailors and personnel in the exercise.

No live ammunition will be used, but observers from the shore might see an increase in activity in the harbor and on the base, Naval Station Everett public affairs officer Kristin Ching said.

“They may hear the rounds going off,” Ching said.

The Navy will establish a 100-yard safety zone around the area, and the U.S. Coast Guard will issue a notice to mariners, steering boaters clear.

The gate to the naval base will be closed Thursday, May 15, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. for the exercise.

In addition to the maneuvers in the harbor, the Everett Fire Department, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett and Cascade Valley Hospital will take part, practicing for a mass-casualty incident.

The exercise is designed test the base’s ability to work with civilian and community partners during a crisis.

While part of the exercise involves transporting “patients” to hospitals, participants will not use marked vehicles or ambulances, Ching said.

Likewise, ships stationed at the base are not scheduled to be involved.

Next week’s operation is one of many regularly scheduled exercises at naval installations across the country.

“We do many exercises per year; this is just one of them,” Ching said.”

Chris Winters: 425-374-4165; cwinters@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Turkey talk: Kindergartners explain the Thanksgiving holiday

Our annual pilgrimage led us this year to Pathfinder Kindergarten Center in Everett.

Police locate suspect in Snohomish River after he fled

They used a thermal-imaging camera to locate the man in the water near Dagmars Marina.

Electrical fire on roof of Marysville school extinguished

There was no apparent structural damage to Cascade Elementary School.

As police closed in, 2 heavily armed pot-shop robbers fled

Cops surrounded the place in Mountlake Terrace. The suspects were tracked by dogs and apprehended nearby.

Hiker rescued on Boulder River trail after 15-foot fall

She was reported to have possible leg and rib fractures.

Alleged philanderer attacked with hammer near Everett

His girlfriend had accused him of cheating and allegedly called on another man to confront him.

Snohomish County Council passes a no-new-taxes budget

The spending plan still funds the hiring of five new sheriff’s deputies and a code enforcement officer.

In Sultan, there was a seat at the table for everyone

Every year, the town’s community dinner ensures no one has to dine alone on Thanksgiving.

Most Read