NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) — U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF), headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) based in Washington, D.C., are conducting a natural disaster preparedness exercise, Hurricane Exercise/Citadel Gale 2018 (HURREX/CG 18), April 24 – May 11.

This annual exercise prepares the Navy to respond to adverse weather threats in U.S. coastal regions, and to maintain the ability to deploy forces even under the most severe weather conditions. HURREX/CG 18 will involve a simulated storm system developing and intensifying to hurricane strength, threatening the East Coast regions.

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KEY WEST, Fla. (Sept. 10, 2017) This is a still frame of a video of Hurricane Irma at approximately 7:30 a.m. (EDT) as the Category 4 storm approached the location where 36 Naval Air Station Key West personnel where safely positioned in a Category Five hurricane rated hotel near the base. The hurricane made landfall later in the morning at 9:10 a.m. approximately 18 miles away at Cudjoe Key in the lower Florida Keys. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

All Navy commands at Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, Naval District Washington and Navy Region Southeast will participate by reviewing and exercising heavy weather instructions, procedures and
accounting for Sailors, Department of the Navy civilians, and Navy families in the affected regions through the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS).

There will be no U.S. Navy ship movements associated with HURREX/CG 18.