Philly Navy unit takes part in anti-terrorism exercise

    If you see some urgent-looking military activity around Robbins Street in Northeast Philadelphia this week, don’t be alarmed.

    The Naval Support Activity center there is taking part in Exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2011, an anti-terrorism exercise being conducted Tuesday through Friday at 79 installations around the United States and Guam.

    The drill is designed to enhance readiness of Navy security personnel to respond to terrorist threats to bases or units.  The Solid Curtain part involves threats to bases and installations; the Citadel Shield refers to threats to field units.

    About 300 mock “incidents” will be thrown at those taking part in the exercise during the course of the four days.

    If you’re around the Northeast Philly site around the next four days, you might see some personnel scurrying about in tactical gear, but don’t be alarmed.  But be warned that if you have to drive into or out of the installation during th exercise, expect delays.

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